Queens lawmakers voted Tuesday to make resurrecting the Peter F. Vallone Scholarship their top priority this year after the city-funded program that aided CUNY students was cut in 2011 for politically motivated reasons.
“Kids were hurt by a petty act of retribution, and it’s time to rectify that injustice,” said former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who claims then-Speaker Christine Quinn slashed the $6 million program named for his father after he opposed a push to rename the Queensboro Bridge.
Each year since 1998, the merit-based scholarship went to about 15,000 students who graduated from city high schools, regardless of immigration status, said Vallone Sr., who joined supporters in City Hall Thursday to call for its reinstatement by 2015.
Recipients who maintained a B-average saved up to $1,250 in tuition each year.
“This is the first real Dream Act,” the former Council speaker said. “Please restore it because it simply is the right thing to do.”
Legislators say they stand a chance under the city’s new administration, especially if they rally support in other boroughs.
With all the issues the borough has, this is the Machine's top priority?