Much to the chagrin of the Vallones, there will, in fact, be 2 candidates with Italian surnames in the Democratic primaries for Queens Borough President and City Council District 19.
Desperate candidates often have their minions file petition challenges, deny that they did and then don't follow through. That's what both Vallone Brothers did.
Then there's this from Crains:
In the race to be the next Queens borough president, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is running in a Democratic primary that will almost certainly determine who wins the seat in the heavily Democratic borough. Nonetheless, Mr. Vallone decided to seek the support and ballot line of the New York Conservative Party for his candidacy—a ballot line that would only hypothetically help him in what's expected to be an uncompetitive November general election—and submitted nominating petitions for the ballot line, city Board of Elections records show.
In the end, the Conservative Party's ballot line almost certainly won't be going to Mr. Vallone because of a petition snafu, according to his campaign: On the party's nominating petitions for Mr. Vallone, his work address was improperly listed, instead of his home address.
Correction: he wasn't looking for hypothetical help. He was looking for a way to run in November in case he loses the Democratic primary. Karma's a bitch, ain't it?