2013-03-13 / Features

Vallone Begins Quest For BP Seat


(L. to r.); Catherine and Caroline Vallone with their father, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., New York Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook, District Leader Carol Scarano, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and candidate for city council Paul Vallone at the campaign kickoff party for Vallone Jr.’s, bid for borough president. 
Photos by COBA (L. to r.); Catherine and Caroline Vallone with their father, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., New York Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook, District Leader Carol Scarano, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and candidate for city council Paul Vallone at the campaign kickoff party for Vallone Jr.’s, bid for borough president. Photos by COBA Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., advanced in his quest for borough president, as the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA) endorsed him during his official campaign kick-off at Ovelia in Astoria.

“Whether it’s been rushing to the aid of Hurricane Sandy victims, taking ConEd to task during the Blackout of ‘06, or fighting to preserve the integrity of the Queensboro Bridge, Peter Vallone Jr. has stood up for what’s right since his first day in the City Council,” said COBA President Norman Seabrook. “Can you imagine how much more he could accomplish for the people of Queens as the next borough president?”


Congressmember Crowley speaks on behalf of Vallone. Congressmember Crowley speaks on behalf of Vallone. The New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association boasts a membership of 15,000 citywide and represents several thousand officers in Queens. As Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Vallone has fought for additional staffing to bolster officer safety.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of New York’s Boldest. Norman Seabrook and his members embody the same fighting spirit that has helped make Queens the greatest borough in the City of New York,” said Vallone. “Our correction officers deserve an independent leader who will fight to ensure that they be treated fairly and are sufficiently protected while on the job. I pledge to be an outspoken advocate for these unsung heroes as the next borough president.”

The councilmember was joined by his father, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., his mother Tina, his brother and candidate for city council Paul Vallone, as well as Congressmember Joe Crowley, District Leaders Veta Brome, Carol Scarano, Joan Povolny, Costa Constantinides, George Dixon and candidate for city council Tony Meloni, along with many family members, friends, elected officials and community businesses and activists. –Jason D. Antos

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