From the Daily News:
“We look forward to uniting the Democratic Party and winning in November,” said [Vallone] campaign spokesman Austin Finan.
A victory in November would continue a venerable New York tradition of having a Vallone in the City Council, a practice that goes back to 1974, when Vallone Sr. was elected.
Political dynasties are venerable? I've always thought them quite disgusting: Imagine the Staviskys, Crowleys and Vallone in a daisy chain...because that appears to be what's happening here.
From Capital New York:
Austin Shafran, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has conceded his City Council race against Paul Vallone, after falling behind by more than 190 votes.
Shafran's concession ends one of the more hotly contested Council races, which took nearly a week to resolve after last Tuesday's primary.
"We're very proud of the campaign we ran to improve the quality of life for our community," Shafran said in a statement to Capital. "I'm honored by the support we received and will continue to be a strong voice and relentless advocate for working families across the city."
It certainly doesn't look like Vallone has united Austin behind him. Graziano and Voskerichian certainly aren't uniting behind him. If he's talking about having sold his soul to County in return for their endorsement, then fine. But this still is nothing like this week's DeBlasio-Thompson-Quinn lovefest.
Quite frankly, the general consensus among the roughly 70% of CD19 Democrats who didn't vote for Paul V. is: Anybody but Vallone.
I think Joe Moretti summed it up best on the Queens Courier's website: "There goes the neighborhood. You might want to vote Republican come November. One Vallone down, one more to go."