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 [...]

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Vallone wants softer rules on parking

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he will continue to push for laws that protect city residents from overzealous traffic agents after the Council passed one bill he sponsored that would give a grace period for alternate side street parking. Vallone said he co-sponsored two bills after hearing stories of traffic agents in Astoria [...]

Vallone retains City Council seat

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Comptroller, City Council, District 22 on November 4, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) fended off Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe and Populist Jerry Kann Tuesday to retain his seat for a third term. Vallone, the son of former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., took a total of 74 percent of the vote, while Serpe garnered 23 percent and Kann took 2 percent. [...]

City review of Astoria rezone planned for December: Vallone

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said a city review of a plan to rezone Astoria for the first time in 48 years could be underway by mid-December and changes to the plan could result in zoning that would prevent larger buildings from being constructed in sections of the community. Vallone said he has worked [...]