Peter Vallone Sr.

Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade
Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 10/14/2013 at 3:11PM

Astoria got together this past weekend to celebrate the 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade. On Saturday, October 12, together with Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and other local officials, the procession marched from 34th Avenue down to Astoria Boulevard and 33rd Street. The Grand Marshal of the [...]

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. [...]

One of the greatest mayors ever
News Queens Courier Staff 2/07/2013 at 11:56AM

BY PETER VALLONE SR. I served with Mayor Ed Koch for 12 years, the last four from 1986 through 1989, while I was the newly-elected head of the City Council, soon to be empowered as a truly independent legislative branch of government with the coming elimination of the unconstitutional Board of Estimate. He and I [...]

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 [...]