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Primary Guide: City Council District 19

Northeast Queens Democrats John Duane (l.-r.), Paul Graziano, Austin Shafran, Paul Vallone and Chrissy Voskerichian will be on the ballot for the Sept. 10 primary. Photos by Christina Santucci and courtesy the candidates
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Five Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 19, which represents Little Neck, Bayside, Douglaston, North Flushing, Whitestone, Auburndale and College Point.

John Duane, a Little Neck attorney, served in the state Assembly in the 1980s for one two-year term and touted one bill he passed - the Vietnam Veterans Tuition Assistance Law - throughout his City Council run.

Flushing’s Paul Graziano has worked for nearly two decades as an urban planning consultant on downzoning, preserving the character of northeast Queens neighborhoods and protecting historic buildings and landmarks.

Austin Shafran grew up in Bayside and worked most recently as vice president of public relations for Empire State Development. Throughout the race, Shafran called on his experience working for various former federal and state elected Democrats.

Paul Vallone, a Flushing attorney, was the county Democratic Party’s pick for the City Council seat and based much of his campaign on improving public safety and restoring integrity to the northeast Queens district.

Auburndale’s Chrissy Voskerichian served as chief-of-staff for embattled Councilman Dan Halloran, but said her greatest role in his office was running an inclusive and exceptional constituent services operation.

Updated 1:07 am, September 9, 2013
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David White from Bayside says:
@36-17 Clearview Expressway, a woman named Jane has had over a dozen yard sales since she moved in. She is not the owner. The owner is Sharon Grillo. She refuses to anything to stop the sales. Jane has also been verbally abusive and uncooperative. Several neighbors have complained to 311 and the 111th. Jane's customers have blocked driveways and hydrants to look through her items. It's creating a safety issue: bringing strangers to an already busy service road. She sells without collecting taxes and she sells from early morning to late at night. She also leaves her stuff visible in the driveway. Enuf is enuf. We have pictures if you need for your story. Help us! dmwhitesr@mac.com Thank you David White Longtime Bayside Resident!!
Sept. 11, 2013, 11:07 am

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