Paul Vallone takes Dem primary in northeast Queens

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Paul Vallone (c.) is joined by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (l.) and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein in front of the Bell Academ. Photo by Christina Santucci
Former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (l.) joins Austin Shafran in Bay Terrace. Photo by Christina Santucci
Council candidates Chrissy Voskerichian (l.) and John Duane chat with one another. Photo by Christina Santucci
Paul Graziano is joined by his fiancee Elzbieta Karwowska. Photo by Christina Santucci
Council candidate Austin Shafran (l.) is joined by his mother Phyllis Shafran (c.) and former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman on the campaign trail. Photo by Christina Santucci
Candidate Paul Vallone (second r.) is joined by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (c.) and members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association. Photo by Christina Santucci
Council candidate Paul Graziano chats with his campaign volunteer Shamarri Ordonez (r.) on 26th Avenue. Photo by Christina Santucci
Council candidate John Duane hand out fliers in Bay Terrace. Photo by Christina Santucci
Council candidate Chrissy Voskerichian greets voters in Bay Terrace. Photo by Christina Santucci

Paul Vallone emerged as the winner of a crowded and sometimes contentious Democratic primary in the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).

Vallone, the Queens Democratic Party’s pick for the northeast Queens 19th Council District seat, captured 31.1 percent of the vote around 11:30 p.m. with 99 percent of the vote counted, according to Associated Press. He beat out four others, including former spokesman for Empire State Development Austin Shafran with 29.5 percent, Flushing urban planning consultant Paul Graziano with 17.6 percent; former state Assemblyman John Duane with 11.5 percent and former Halloran chief-of-staff Chrissy Voskerichian with 10.3 percent.

Vallone was all smiles Tuesday night at his election party, held at Vivaldi’s in Bayside.

“We did it everybody. This is how we do it as a family. It was about family unity and a Democratic Party that stands together,” Vallone said. “It’s not over. This is a land that we know has Council members from the other party. As a unified Democratic Party, we are going to take back our Council seat everybody.”

He also said his campaign made a last-minute push at the end of the day when he heard it was really close with Shafran.

Vallone was the first to declare a run for the seat back in January and more candidates continued to throw their hats into the race as the months progressed. The Council campaign got much hotter in early April, when the incumbent Halloran was arrested and indicted on charges accusing him of using corruption and bribery to get Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) into the mayoral race as a Republican.

The ensuing months consisted of several heated public forums revolving around quality-of-life issues and restoring integrity to the district left bruised in the wake of the scandal.

His victory set up another battle in which Vallone will go up against Republican challenger Dennis Saffran from Douglaston for the 19th District seat in the general election Nov. 5.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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Lindsay from flushing says:
Vallone is corrupt and I can't wait for everyone to see it.
Sept. 11, 2013, 11:10 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, you haven't used the name Lindsay for several months now, you two faced phony.
Sept. 11, 2013, 11:28 am
Centola says:

Go F yourself

Why don't you introduce yourself already.
Sept. 11, 2013, 1:12 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
An introduction to who? The Centola side that spues endless hate filled attacks of the Vallone brothers on crap filled blog sites? Or the Centola side offering Paul congratulatory good wishes for the future? Hmmm.
Sept. 11, 2013, 4:52 pm
Paul tower says:
What an interesting world you live in Arthur. Indeed.
Sept. 11, 2013, 5:44 pm
Paul tower says:

Do tell

Where did he extend his congratulations to Paul?

Where has he spewed hatred toward them?

I'm sure you would be able to provide sources and or evidence. Not just circumstantial evidence you think is proof.

Come now as they say, put up or.....
Sept. 11, 2013, 5:49 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, we all know you antagonize your friends with your hate filled multi-name ranting. Much of the source evidence you ask for is right here within the Times Ledger archives. All your other hate crap is protected by Christina, that's a given.

I would like to know if you have ever been diagnosed with a form of dissociative identity disorder? Hope you ask your doctor. Or maybe you just present yourself using many names, only for your own personal entertainment. If it's the latter, I offer an easy solution, just cut the crap.
Sept. 12, 2013, 10:36 am
Paul Tower says:
As I expected. No proof just the rantings of a lunatic.
Sept. 12, 2013, 10:46 am
Maryann says:
Mr. Tower, thank you for suspending my suspicion of Arthur by validating the existence of circumstantial evidence in relation to Mr. Centola's on line behavior.

If you two are in agreement , then why is Arthur a ranting lunatic?

The only logical conclusion is the obvious.
Sept. 12, 2013, 12:32 pm
Lindsay from flushing says:

Arthur is a lunatic with an unhealthy and hostile obsession. Al only wants to maintain his communities quality of life with his hard work and message of unity.
Sept. 12, 2013, 1:49 pm
Carmine says:
I agree with you Lindsay.
Sept. 12, 2013, 1:54 pm
Paul Tower says:

All Arthur did was once again rant an lob absurd accusations.
Sept. 12, 2013, 2:05 pm
Maryann says:
Are you questioning your own comment Mr.Tower?
Sept. 12, 2013, 2:26 pm
NK from Bayside says:
Shafran has not conceded and Vallone has not won! What sloppy reporting! Vallone is ahead by a mere 141 votes, and there are in excess of 1000 absentee ballots and another 450 plus paper ballots because of malfunctioing machines. Typical Vallone to boast victory before the votes are in. He is a liar, slandering his opponents. Can't wait for the next round, should he prevail. I suspect Graziano and Chrissy will support Saffran. Vallone will not be our Councilman in Nov> VOTE NO FOR VALLONE!!!
Sept. 12, 2013, 10:49 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:

Centola, you start off by butt kissing Avella and crapping support for his puppet Graziano. Now kissing up to Shafran and playing nice nice to Chrissy, the lady you have been attacking for years. Who's next?
Sept. 13, 2013, 10:55 am
Scott from Whitestone says:
What exactly makes Paul corrupt? His family has been in public service for 80 years and not once have they ever been accused by a real authority of anything.

Dan Halloran was in office for less than four years and racked up two felony charges. Give the guy a freaking chance. If he's even half as corrupt as you guys say he is, then he'll get caught real quick and out of our lives for good.

And centola. I've never heard your name associated with something good. You seem like a worthless try hard whose never accomplished anything in their lives. A lot of talk with nothing to back it. What a pathetic live you live. Picking on someone via the internet, what a civic hero.
Sept. 15, 2013, 7:37 pm
Carmine says:
Scott you have no idea
Sept. 16, 2013, 11:56 am
Maryann says:
Mr. Centola, this is your defense? this is your proof? "Scott you have no idea"? Please, enlighten us with your information. You want us to believe you are privy to a vast amount of damaging insider knowledge. Come on Alfredo, share it with us. Truth is, you can't, because you are a intellectually dishonest endless name using fraud.

You know nothing, you offer nothing but malicious defamatory commentary that originates in your own mixed up hate filled mind.

You attack good people for doing good things. You are truly very sad and I feel very sorry for you.
Sept. 16, 2013, 3:49 pm
Carmine says:

Who will it be next. Which name will you use next. Who are you. Come out come out where ever you are.
Sept. 16, 2013, 7:14 pm
Maryann says:
Mr. Centola, based on your last childlike response, it is safe to say, you are unable to back up your many malicious accusations. Truly sad.
Sept. 17, 2013, 7:48 am
Sad clown says:
And we have a winnnaaa
Sept. 17, 2013, 3:35 pm
Maryann says:
Mr. Centola, no one is laughing at the clown.
Sept. 17, 2013, 5:28 pm
Happy clown says:
Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr!!!
Sept. 17, 2013, 9 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, you and your crew of pathetic loser, anonymous and multi-name using commentators, have tried supporting your candidate hiding behind many lies. Lies protected by Christina, your crappy blog master. The voters rejected all of you, and you all lost. LOL.

Welcome happy clown, you clueless idiot, your playing with the big boys now.
Sept. 18, 2013, 2:39 pm
Pathetic clown says:
Hey wait that's not me that would be you Artie

You have any wet dreams about this guy centola? Heck all you keep talking about is him.

And now you mention a Christina who dat?
Sept. 18, 2013, 7:56 pm
Pathetic clown says:
" the big boys".


You small brained fool a little full of yourself ain't ya? Wearing a suit that looks like its your daddy's doesn't make you a "big boy".

Sept. 18, 2013, 7:58 pm
Drunken dwarfe says:
Who hated Stavisky and park side ?

Who attacked them every step of the way?

Who was "ordered" to stop?

Who's boss is now posing for pics and hiring park side?

Who used to refer to park side as "dark side"?

Who is the new spokesman?

Who did he used to work for?

Who does he work for now?


Big boy indeed. Go change your diaper it's about to get soiled.
Sept. 18, 2013, 8:14 pm
Sad clown says:
Why the hostility ;-(

So much anger. Are you that unhappy? :-(
Maybe you should seek help;-(
It worked for me :-)

Besides , "big boys " don't hide behind websites under fake names. Or if your name really is Arthur, just their first names.

Your not ascared are you?
Don't be, it's ok. The voices in your head can be curtailed just seek help.

Don't worry be happy. Not like me ;-(
Sept. 18, 2013, 8:19 pm
Intelligent clown says:
Vallone barely squeeked out a victory. As a matter of fact, 70% of the democrats that voted , voted against him. AND, he barely won to someone no one knew. Someone who didn't spend four years building a base in the area. 70%, those are some real numbers. Now take that 70% along with the large Republican base in the district, add it with the conservative democrats that will vote in the general and Paul Vallone might go back to the strip.
Sept. 18, 2013, 9:17 pm
Jonas MacFarquhar from Flushing says:
Feudal casuists like Vallone perpetuate the un-American canard of the mom and pop farm/deli/dega to seclude their sedition and illegal acts. Tocqueville 1848 ii.ii,19 debunks the notion of the hereditary family farm. Milton Friedman J Eco Lit v 30 n 9 p 2129-32 shows success of small business is indeterminate because of survivor bias. McKinsey's Manyika WP Feb 7 2010 B2 shows large firms produce jobs more quickly. Even the Economist says (The small-business canard, Oct 5th 2010) only a small fraction of smaller enterprises are capable of generating sustained growth of very many jobs.
Sept. 19, 2013, 10:04 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, you are an established multi-name using antagonist and liar. Now your a hyper-emotional clown? Seriously, get some mental help.
Sept. 19, 2013, 4:08 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
I love you Mr. C
Sept. 20, 2013, 3:50 pm
Sal from Whitestone says:
Centola, you're a loser. Please go away and don't ever come back. All you do is complain, complain, complain, complain,complain and complain, but never get anything done.
Sept. 21, 2013, 5:48 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Hey sal. How you doin?
Sept. 21, 2013, 7:56 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Is this sal of the moors family?
Sept. 21, 2013, 7:59 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Alfredo Centola is a good man, why do you people work so hard to hurt his great name? Punks.
Sept. 22, 2013, 7:53 am
Carmine says:
Thank you, so true Arthur
Sept. 22, 2013, 7:55 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
I have known Al for many years. He has done more for his community then any one person or so called civic association.
Sept. 22, 2013, 7:58 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Sal your a Punk. Al is the only person that cares about his town. Think about it, why are they are fighting him?
Sept. 22, 2013, 8:02 am
Paul Tower says:
Al, keep up the good fight, your winning and winning big. We love you Alfredo Centola.
Sept. 22, 2013, 8:03 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
We love you Al.
Sept. 22, 2013, 8:05 am
Centoach cockapeede from Boccehurst says:
Hey, here's a video of Al Centipeed eating Shiela Roach:
Sept. 22, 2013, 12:20 pm
miguel says:
we should all be concerned with centola taking pictures of school buses. that is a concern for all whitestone residents
Sept. 23, 2013, 7:44 am
Carmine says:
Careful punk, Al had nothing to do with the Vallo videotaping.
Sept. 23, 2013, 12:38 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Wild allegations. Besides. Videotaping speeding school buses is legal. Are you?
Sept. 23, 2013, 1:51 pm
Steven says:
The multi-name Alfredo Centola. You brought up Vallo and you brought up speeding school buses. Now your admitting taking videos of our kids? You f-in pervert.

Hopefully our new councilmen elect will investigate this creep.
Sept. 23, 2013, 2:29 pm
Paul Tower says:
Al never admitted to anything. Punk

Is that you Arthur?
Sept. 23, 2013, 2:42 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Steven shut the hell up
Leave my crush alone.
Sept. 23, 2013, 4:22 pm
Paul tower from Everywhere says:
It never ceases to amaze. The constant name changing of the few malcontents hellbent on destroying a mans reputation

Sept. 23, 2013, 6:44 pm
Linda Saturday says:
Oh people stop the nonsense. Those drivers need to do the right thing. They need to be good neighbors. End of story
Sept. 23, 2013, 6:48 pm
miguel says:
but linda he videotapes the children on the bus, that is wrong. alfredo centola tapes the children.
Sept. 23, 2013, 8:20 pm
Linda Saturday says:
Miguel you are a disgusting vile liar
Sept. 24, 2013, 6:42 am
miguel says:
linda how can you say that about me you dont know me, is this you ideal on being a good neighbor? this guy is a very bad man, he tapes kids on the bus and in the parks. he is mean, just like you. I ask you linda, why?
Sept. 24, 2013, 7:36 am
miguel says:
you said, those drivers need to do the right thing, I am doing the right thing by letting the people know, he is a bad man.
Sept. 24, 2013, 7:39 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Miguel, please know Alfredo Centola has been posting, on this story, the names Linda, Lindsay, Paul Tower, Carmine, NK, Jonas MacFarquhar all the Clowns and Dwarfs and he is now using my name Arthur. For the record, my last post on this page was the 19th. of September 2013.

You new allegations to his behavior is very interesting. I am assuming you are a Vallo employee and if you wish to discuss this further, on the record, please talk to your employer, I would love to meet with you and your boss anytime. I will contact your management office next week. Thank you.

Sept. 24, 2013, 11:11 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Yes I am going to contact your employer and find out what exactly is going on. After all Vallo was such a wonderful neighbor in college point that when they moved to Whitestone they promised to be even better neighbors. They would never take non commercial routes and or speed thru our community
I will get to the bottom of this and share the truth with the world. I've been told that the photos were shared with the Vallone family (Vallo) I was told by other drivers that the owners instructed their drivers to take the designated routes.

I will get to the bottom of this.
Sept. 24, 2013, 11:31 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Thank you Centola, now known as Arthur from Whitestone, for admitting you have photos of young children on the school bus.

Believe me you "disgusting vile" person, I will get to the bottom of this.

Remember Alfredo, your playing with the big boys now.
Sept. 24, 2013, 11:56 am
Arthur from Whitestone in my mind says:
The big boys !

You got that! Hahaha
Sept. 24, 2013, 12:43 pm
Carmine says:
No one admitted to anything, punk. All that was written was, "I've been told that the photos were shared with the Vallone family (Vallo)". Where's your proof?

Leave Al alone.
Sept. 24, 2013, 4:29 pm
Linda Saturday says:
They are nothing but liars. Keep up the good fight Al.
Sept. 24, 2013, 4:33 pm
Paul tower from Everywhere says:
Trying to destroy a great mans reputation, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Sept. 24, 2013, 4:39 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Al is the only one that cares for his community. They are all liars.
Sept. 24, 2013, 4:43 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Google already shut one slanderous blog down. Now on to find out this fake Arthur's ip and shut him down as well.

Big boys indeed
Sept. 24, 2013, 6:48 pm
sTEVEN says:
Centola, if they shut down the Crap blog of Queens, what would you and Christina do? How's the new school job hunting going? Perv.
Sept. 25, 2013, 10:53 am
miguel says:
alfredo centola tapes the children, he tapes the children on the bus.
Sept. 25, 2013, Noon
Arthur from Whitestone says:
On the bus! You moron! On the bus? When are you going to get hit by a bus?
Sept. 25, 2013, 12:37 pm
miguel says:
i'm the moron? why are you mad, your not alfredo centola. the guy tapes the kids, dont you see that is wrong. why is he taping our children on these buses? you love him so ask him why he looks at our kids.
Sept. 25, 2013, 3:07 pm

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