2016-01-13 / Features

Vallone Jr. Sworn In As Civil Court Judge

BY JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI AND DAN MILLER


Hon. Peter F. Vallone Jr. newly elected Civil Court Judge of New York City with his mother Tena and father, former City Council Speaker Peter F. Vallone Sr. Hon. Peter F. Vallone Jr. newly elected Civil Court Judge of New York City with his mother Tena and father, former City Council Speaker Peter F. Vallone Sr. Friends, family and former political colleagues came to the Queens Civil Courthouse where they joined former Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. on January 7 for his induction as Judge of the Civil Court of New York City. The term of a Civil Court Judge is 10 years.

Judge Peter Vallone Jr. was administered the oath of office by the Hon. William F. Kuntz, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Standing in witness of the induction were Judge Vallone’s father, former City Council Speaker Peter F. Vallone Sr., his mother Tena Vallone and his daughters, Catherine and Caroline.

Judge Vallone served on the City Council for a dozen years and chaired the Council’s Public Safety Committee, making the city’s public safety his life’s mission. He was a big supporter of the NYPD and often was in conflict with the Bloomberg administration on issues related to members of the PBA.


Former colleagues State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyme mbers Aravella Simotas and David Weprin applaud newly swornin Judge Vallone Jr. Former colleagues State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyme mbers Aravella Simotas and David Weprin applaud newly swornin Judge Vallone Jr. Judge Vallone is also brother to Councilman Paul Vallone, as well as grandson of former Civil Court Justice Charles J. Vallone, for whom the Queens Civil Courthouse is named.

Judge Vallone gave credit for his success to his family involvement in public life.

The Vallone family has been involved in almost every aspect of community service dating back to the turn of the last century.

A graduate of Fordham University and Fordham Law School, Vallone was an intern at the Queens District Attorney’s Office and served for a half a dozen more years in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney.

During his induction the former Councilman attributed his success to the work of his father and grandfather before him. He thanked his grandfather, Charles J. Vallone for teaching him the value of helping other people, and credited his active involvement in community to his father, Peter Vallone Sr.

“My father taught me, one man can make a difference,” he said.

At the conclusion of his acceptance speech Judge Vallone said, “My public fight for justice is done. In my courtroom justice will be served.”

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