Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Paul Vallone enters District19 Dem primary
From Bayside Patch:
Paul Vallone said he intends to challenge Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, for his seat this fall.
Vallone, who is the son of former Council Speaker Peter Vallone and brother of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., previously ran in the Democratic primary for the seat in 2009.
“I’m building on what we started four years ago,” said Vallone, an attorney who lives in Flushing. “In 2009, it was more of a getting to know you kind of thing. We’ve worked our butts off in the community to bring this campaign to fruition.”
Matthew Silverstein, a Democratic state committeeman, is the only other contender who has announced a bid in this fall’s primary for the seat.
Other names who have been mentioned as contenders are former state Assemblyman John Duane and Austin Shaffran, who is an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Vallone said his family has inspired him to jump into the race.
“I’ve had my father as a role model,” he said. “I’ve seen how when you’re a strong local representative, you can go to City Hall and bring back to the district.”
Vallone said he will run on many of the same issues on which he focused in his 2009 bid.
Since Halloran and Vallone are buddies, dontcha think something must be up?