Paul Vallone launches run for Halloran seat

Lawyer Paul Vallone (c.) joins supporters at a party to kick off his run for City Council. Photo by Joe Anuta
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Paul Vallone kicked off his campaign for the City Council seat based in Bayside and Whitestone Tuesday night at Verdi’s of Whitestone.

Vallone is running for the seat currently occupied by Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).

“There is really a lot that can be done, primarily for making schools better and safer,” Vallone said, adding that he would like to also tackle quality-of-life issues and overdevelopment in northeast Queens.

More than 200 people attended the event, according to Vallone’s staff, and guests included several members of Community Board 7, on which he serves.

The Council hopeful raked in about $25,000, although he hopes to have about $35,000 total in his coffers by the filing deadline Jan. 15, according to his staff.

Vallone thinks that the area is in need of a change.

“We are going to have to energize the community,” he said. “Dan has been there for four years, but I think we can get someone better.”

Vallone ran for the same seat in 2008, but lost in the Democratic primary. Kevin Kim beat out the rest of the field, but then went on to lose to Halloran in the general election.

According to Vallone’s brother, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), Kim won because there were two Italian Americans in the race.

In addition to Paul Vallone, CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece also ran in that race. Each garnered about 2,000 votes, according to Peter Vallone, which if combined would have won the primary.

“The reason why an Italian American wasn’t elected four years ago is because there were two in the race,” Peter Vallone said. “It’s that simple.”

This time around, Iannece and Paul Vallone agreed not to run against each other, according to the councilman. Paul Vallone supported Iannece’s unsuccessful run for state Assembly in September, and Iannece agreed not to run for Council, according to Peter Vallone.

But others have thrown their hats into the ring.

Matthew Silverstein, a Democratic state committeeman, has been hosting fund-raisers around the district. He hails from Bay Terrace, which consistently churns out a significant bloc of votes.

Former state Assemblyman John Duane has also formed a committee to run for the office. Duane served in the 1980s and is the brother of former Manhattan state Sen. Tom Duane, who served as an openly gay and openly HIV-positive lawmaker.

The name of Austin Shafran, who works for the state’s economic development agency Empire State Development, has also been thrown around.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 2:40 am, January 11, 2013
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Jerry says:
Another corrupt political family moving in to decimate our neighborhood. This one surrounded by a drug addicted dwarfe and a carpet wearing snake oil salesman. Follow the buck chuck of community board 7 is on his team.

Need anyone say more?
Jan. 12, 2013, 9:39 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Hey all Italians who trudge up the steps of St Lukes every week, the Monsignor wont tell you but you really should'nt vote for this guy. He supports the democratic platform which includes the infanticide of abortion so de facto he is a murderer of the unborn!The Monsignor and the Bishop wont tell you because they fear their tax exempt status and quite frankly they especially the Bishop are more concerned with their next luncheon!
Jan. 12, 2013, 9:53 am
Jerry says:
Lou while your right there is more than that going on at st Luke's. it's a couple of "families" telling the Monsignor what to do and dem boys own halloran too
Jan. 12, 2013, 6:04 pm
Frank says:
So another Italian name might change things ? Lets see what the future holds...
Jan. 12, 2013, 7:17 pm
Silvano says:
So if what Peter says is true, lets get another Italian or two from the community that won't screw us. Lets see Al Centola comes to mind for one. No ties to any one politician and or political machine. No ties to special interests. A true community advocate. Then there's Paul Graziano. Zoning knight in shining armor. His only fault seems to be Avellas park side connections. Im sure we can come up with a few more paisanos in the hood that would be better than the current hoods.
Jan. 13, 2013, 1:30 am
Enoch from Whitestone says:
the dwarfe comes from a family in construction and waste management, guess we all know what that means.
Jan. 13, 2013, 5:27 am
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Jan. 13, 2013, 7:43 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
This guy took an endorsement from the fiendish, closeted, effeminate speaking Mayor Bloomberg the last time around. If you want someone to endorse so called gay marriage, to endorse the murder of abortion, to tax an fee you to death, to monitor yur soda intake than this guy is for you!
Jan. 15, 2013, 12:03 pm
Dexter says:
So who are the other guys in the pic? One looks like a guy I know who works for muss development. Who are they
Jan. 15, 2013, 8:42 pm
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