Astoria attorney John Ciafone is running for City Council District 22 (Astoria) to replace outgoing Peter Vallone, Jr. He has run previously for the council as well as for the assembly. He dropped out back in 2010, and he may have dropped out this time around as well since there are no CFB filings from his campaign on file.
What you may not know is that Ciafone currently appears on Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio's slumlord list. To his credit, he is on the "most improved" list, having reduced his violations from 195 to 2. He tried to donate to DeBlasio, but it was returned. Local council member/Vito Lopez protege Steve Levin and Queens BP candidates Peter Vallone and Melinda Katz apparently have no qualms about keeping his money, however.
Ciafone currently has ads on residential buildings in the Williamsburg-Greenpoint area.
They appear on 202 Franklin Street, 119 Freeman Street, and 199 Green Street, among others.
No permits are on file, so far as I can tell, that allow commercial signs on these buildings.
It's all about who you know, and who you give money to.