Peter Vallone Jr.

City Council candidate Austin Shafran gains second union endorsement
City Council candidate Austin Shafran gains second union endorsement
Politics Queens Courier Staff 2/14/2013 at 12:06PM

Austin Shafran has gained the endorsement of UFCW Local 1500 in his bid for City Council. “This is a high-priority council race for our members, and we know that Austin is the candidate who will fight the hardest to strengthen and expand the middle class,” said Bruce Both, president of the state’s grocery workers union. [...]

Cuomo administration mainstay resigns to run for Queens City Council seat
Cuomo administration mainstay resigns to run for Queens City Council seat
Northeast Melissa Chan 1/25/2013 at 11:47AM

A former mainstay in the Cuomo administration has officially announced his intent to run for City Council. Austin Shafran, 32, resigned from his post as vice president of public affairs for Empire State Development (ESD) on January 18 to enter what is now a four-way Democratic primary race for the 19th District. “I’ve played a [...]

What City Council members wish for their constituents in 2013
What City Council members wish for their constituents in 2013
Politics Queens Courier Staff 1/07/2013 at 12:18PM

The Queens Courier asked the City Council what they wish for their constituents in 2013. Here are some of the responses: Speaker Christine Quinn: To help New Yorkers still reeling from Sandy recover fully and quickly, & rebuild New York City to protect New Yorkers from the impact of climate change. Daniel Dromm: To see comprehensive immigration reform including the Uniting American Families Act (for families headed [...]

Potentials eye Vallone’s seat in 2013
Potentials eye Vallone’s seat in 2013
News Michael Pantelidis 4/26/2012 at 11:10AM

With Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s eyes on a larger prize, two Astoria natives have their sights set on his seat. Democrat Tony Meloni, the founder and executive director of the New York Anti-Crime Agency, has already announced his intent to run for office in the 22nd Council District in 2013, while Costa Constantinides, who is [...]

Vallone hosts holiday fair
Education & Kids Michael Pantelidis 12/27/2011 at 11:25AM

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and the East River Development Alliance (ERDA) hosted a holiday fair on December 15, during which over 200 underprivileged children from the western Queens housing development received toys, posed for pictures with Santa Claus, socialized with elves and participated in arts and crafts and other family activities. “We are so glad [...]

Community tackles crime, rallies in Astoria
News Michael Pantelidis 11/23/2011 at 3:03PM

Crime may never sleep, but the residents of Astoria are planning to put it to bed. Following a wave of illegal activity that recently rolled through the neighborhood, members of the community and local elected officials united at an anti-crime rally on November 16. A variety of crimes were discussed at the gathering, held at [...]