2012-10-24 / Features

Clinton Democratic Club Welcomes Candidates


(L. to r.): Past President John Dorsa, Congressmember and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, state Senator Tony Avella, SuperChef Kids Semifinalist and former Clinton Club Kids member Alessandra Ciuffo, District Leader MaryAnn Dorsa, Clinton Democratic Club President Paul Vallone, Assemblymember and Congressional candidate Grace Meng, and the Clinton Club Kids. Present but not pictured: City Department of Buildings Queens Liaison Anthony Iuliano, Community Affairs Detective Kevin O’Donnell of the 109th Police Precinct and Crime Prevention Unit Officer Anthony LoVerme of the 109th Police Precinct. (L. to r.): Past President John Dorsa, Congressmember and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, state Senator Tony Avella, SuperChef Kids Semifinalist and former Clinton Club Kids member Alessandra Ciuffo, District Leader MaryAnn Dorsa, Clinton Democratic Club President Paul Vallone, Assemblymember and Congressional candidate Grace Meng, and the Clinton Club Kids. Present but not pictured: City Department of Buildings Queens Liaison Anthony Iuliano, Community Affairs Detective Kevin O’Donnell of the 109th Police Precinct and Crime Prevention Unit Officer Anthony LoVerme of the 109th Police Precinct. The Clinton Democratic Club held its monthly meeting on October 17 at the law offices of Vallone & Vallone. With Election Day less than three weeks away, candidates for Congress and state senate spoke to members and explained the importance of this year’s election.

Congressmember Steve Israel, whose newly formed Second Congressional District will now expand into Northeast Queens and is up for re-election, urged members to continue

President Barack Obama’s messages from the October 16 debate and vote on November 6. He insisted winning the races is not just about politics, however, but for the future of our children and the middle class. State Senator Tony Avella, who is also up for re-election, asked for volunteers for his campaign and members’ support for legislation, including increased budgets for local programs, such as senior centers, Little Leagues, and illegal truck traffic prevention. Assemblymember Grace Meng thanked the Vallone family and members for their support of her groundbreaking congressional campaign and explained her wishes to reform Congress, including women’s rights and the equal tax code. Community Affairs Detective Kevin O’Donnell of the 109th Police Precinct thanked the club for their annual candy donations that are distributed to over 500 children on Halloween. City Department of Buildings Queens Liaison Anthony Iuliano gave an update on ongoing local community construction projects and engaged in a helpful question and answer session with members.

The Clinton Democratic Club will not meet in November but will still run its annual food collection. Donations will be given to St. Vincent de Paul and St. Andrew Avellino Homeless Shelter. All donations should be dropped off at the offices of Vallone & Vallone, located at 25-59 Francis Lewis Boulevard, until November 16.

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