Paul Vallone, Democratic candidate for the 19th City Council seat, on June 10 received the endorsement of the Italian American Political Action Committee (IAMPAC). The endorsement is a significant one as Northeast Queens boasts one of the largest Italian American communities in New York City. In the 2009 Democratic primary for the 19th City Council District, Italian American candidates Paul Vallone and Jerry Iannece won 46 percent of the vote.
IAMPAC Chairman Jack Como, President James Lisa, Vice President Robert Fonti and Secretary Vecenzo D’Angelo remarked in a letter addressed to Vallone, “We believe that Paul Vallone is the kind of individual who embodies the type of leadership our organization supports. Paul’s appreciation of his own heritage, as well as others, demonstrates his ability to respect traditions while moving forward with a vision for the future. We wish Paul much success in this year’s election – buona fortuna!”
“Northeast Queens is home to so many unique and wonderful heritages and the Italian American community stands strongly among them,” said Vallone. “I am proud of my Italian roots and I am especially proud to earn this meaningful endorsement as our campaign continues to pick up steam.”
The Vallone family has served with integrity and trust for over three generations as Italian American community leaders and elected officials. Vallone’s great grandfather, Pietro Vallone, migrated to the United States in 1905. In 1955, Vallone’s grandfather, Charles J. Vallone, was one of the first Italian American judges elected to the bench. Vallone’s father, Peter F. Vallone Sr., was the first Italian American elected to the City Council and later became the city’s first council speaker in 1986. Vallone’s brother, Peter F. Vallone Jr., has served as councilmember for Astoria for the past 12 years.
IAMPAC is a non-partisan political action committee that is registered and operates in the state of New York. Its founders, officers and members represent a broad spectrum of political philosophies and engage in the political arena to encourage political institutions, elected officials and candidates for public office to respond with deeds to the interests and well-being of the Italian American community.