The Correction Officers Benevolent Association last week endorsed Paul Vallone in the race to replace indicted incumbent Dan Halloran on the City Council.
The endorsement comes slightly more than two months after COBA endorsed Mr. Vallone’s brother, City Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., for Queens Borough President. Peter must leave the Council because of term limits.
Their father, Peter F. Vallone Sr., was Council Speaker from 1986 through 2001, and had COBA’s endorsement in the 2001 Democratic mayoral primary.
‘He’ll Fight Vigorously’
COBA President Norman Seabrook said, “Paul Vallone will fight vigorously to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers and he can be trusted to maintain public safety and ensure our law-enforcement officers, especially Correction Officers, have the resources they need to maintain care, custody and control of the second-largest jail system in the nation.”
Paul Vallone manages the family law firm, Vallone and Vallone.
The Fire Marshals’ Benevolent Association endorsed Paul Vallone on June 3.
Other candidates for the seat include Empire State Development Corporation spokesman Austin Shafran, former Assemblyman John Duane, and urban planner Paul Graziano. They and Paul Vallone are Democrats.
Mr. Halloran, who’s a Republican, announced in early May that he would not seek re-election. He was arrested on Federal charges that he and State Senator Malcolm Smith bribed county Republican leaders to allow Mr. Smith to run for Mayor on the GOP line, and that he offered Council funding in return for political contributions.