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Council extends smoking ban to city parks, beaches

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 22, District 32 on February 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

The City Council voted last week to expand the smoking ban by prohibiting smokers from lighting up in city parks and beaches. Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) was the author of a compromise bill that would have designated smoking areas in parks and beaches but the legislation never made it to the Council floor. “Unfortunately, [...]

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Boro pols slam city at hearing for snow response

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, City Offices, District 22, District 30 on January 13, 2011 | No Comments

“At some point you’ve got to realize they weren’t plowing,” City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), chairman of the Council Public Safety Committee, told city Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty during a heated exchange. “They may have been on the highways, they might have been in Manhattan, but they weren’t in Queens, they weren’t on Staten Island, they weren’t in Brooklyn.”

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Flushing pols rally for more cops after killings

Posted by Rebecca Henely and Christina Santucci in Assembly, City Council, District 20, District 22, District 22 on August 5, 2010 | No Comments

City Councilmen Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) held a rally for greater police presence in Flushing at the James A. Bland Community Center at 133-36 Roosevelt Ave., across the street from the Mobil gas station where Pakistani immigrant Nadeem Khan was killed July 25.

Keep W train: West Qns. pols

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Council, District 19, District 22, District 36 on December 23, 2009 | No Comments

Astoria’s elected officials blasted the city’s decision to shut down its W train service last week, saying thousands of western Queens residents rely on the subway to commute to Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Dec. 16 in favor of subway service cuts that would include eliminating Astoria’s W train completely in the spring. The [...]

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Improve traffic safety at 21st Ave.: Officials

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on December 9, 2009 | No Comments

Astoria elected officials and community activists rallied last weekend at a site along 21st Avenue where they called for new traffic safety measures in the wake of a man being struck and killed while crossing the street last month. Konstantinos Stayropoulos died after being hit by a car at the intersection of 21st Avenue and [...]

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Vallone pushes subway anti-harassment measures

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on December 2, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is urging the city to undertake new initiatives to prevent sexual harassment or assault on city subways in light of the police’s arrest of more than 400 individuals who tormented women on trains within the past year. The councilman has proposed that the city Police Department compile a list [...]