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Paul Vallone Garners Support From Grace Meng, Ron Kim In NE Queens City Council Skirmish

Vallone’s camp rolled out endorsements on Monday from Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Ron Kim, both Democrats who made history when they were elected last year.

“Paul Vallone is a strong fighter for his community and will make a dynamic and effective City Council member,” said Meng, the first Asian-American elected to Congress from New York.

“Paul and I are both raising our families in Queens and know the importance of keeping our community a great place to live,” she said.

Halloran, now facing federal charges as part of an alleged scheme to rig the Republican primary for mayor, is not seeking re-election.

Meng and Kim are considered key because of their influence in the Asian-American community — which makes up about 18% of Democratic voters in the district.

The 19th CD in northeast Queens, including parts of Flushing, Bayside and Little Neck and Douglaston, has a large and growing Asian-American population.

Halloran, a Republican, won the seat in 2009 after a fiery face-off with Democrat Kevin Kim.

Kim’s supporters griped that Halloran was fanning anti-Asian sentiment in campaign literature that showed pictures of crowded downtown Flushing.

There are no Asian-American candidates in this cycle’s Democratic primary, which includes Vallone, Austin Shafran, Paul Graziano and ex-Assemblyman John Duane.

Kim broke ground last year as the first Korean-American elected to the state Legislature.

He credited Vallone with helping “build a bridge between our communities.”

Vallone said he was “thrilled” to have Meng and Kim’s endorsements and looks forward to “restoring honesty and integrity to the 19th City Council seat.”

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