2013-05-15 / Political Page

Union Endorses Paul Vallone; Funds Flow For Council Run

Democratic City Council candidate Paul Vallone announced that he has raised over $73,000 in his bid to replace disgraced Councilmember Dan Halloran. In just three months, Vallone’s campaign has doubled its fundraising totals and has received widespread community support from local leaders. Vallone has received over 100 contributions from residents of the 19th council district and will receive maximum funding from the city Campaign Finance Board.

“The last several weeks have demonstrated, now more than ever, why we need integrity and honesty from our elected officials. Our district has been embarrassed enough and forgotten for too long. I will proudly follow the bond of sacred trust that has been established by my family for over three generations. The tremendous financial and community support that we have received has been truly humbling and clearly states that we stand united in restoring our great district,” said Vallone.

In addition to the growing grassroots momentum, the Vallone campaign recently received its first major union endorsement from the Detectives Endowment Association (DEA).

“We have a long fight ahead in this difficult economy to ensure that the hardworking men and women of the city’s municipal labor force are not unfairly targeted as the scapegoats for the economic woes of this great city, state and nation. We have many legislative and collective bargaining challenges in this era of attacks against working men and women, especially the attack on civil service pensions and benefits,” said DEA President Michael J. Palladino. “That’s why the DEA is pleased and proud to endorse Paul Vallone’s bid for the New York city council. Thousands of our members work, live, and were raised in Queens, and we look forward to working closely with Mr. Vallone to ensure the safety and security of the entire community, and to help implement quality of life improvements for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”

“Nothing is more important than our public safety, period,” said Vallone. “I am so proud to have earned the support of the Detectives Endowment Association—an organization whose members risk their lives in the line of fire to ensure that communities like ours are safe places to live, work and raise a family. The DEA has had my back since day one, and they can count on that same support in return.”

The Detectives Endowment Association represents approximately 17,000 active and retired NYPD detectives. Founded in 1917, with its independent collective bargaining status granted in 1963, the DEA is the second largest police union in New York state. Its President, Michael J. Palladino, is also the president of the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations.

The 19th council district includes Bayside, Whitestone, College Point, Bay Terrace, Auburndale, Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Flushing.

For more information regarding Paul Vallone’s campaign for city council, visit www.PaulVallone.com.

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