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Vallone Endorsed by Kevin Kim for Halloran’s Seat

City Council contender Paul Vallone has picked up an endorsement from Kevin Kim in his bid for Dan Halloran’s seat.

Kim bested Vallone in the 2009 Democratic primary for the seat before eventually being defeated by Halloran.

“It’s time to restore honest, Democratic leadership to the 19th City Council District and I can think of no better candidate to do that in this primary than Paul Vallone,” Kim said.

Kim, who had been an aide to former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, was previously thought to be a contender for Halloran’s seat this fall, but he eventually decided not to enter the race.

Vallone will face off in September’s Democratic primary against former state Assemblyman John Duane, former Halloran chief of staff Chrissy Voskerichian, long-time community activist Paul Graziano and Austin Shafran, formerly of Empire State Development.

Dennis Saffran, a Douglaston attorney, is the only Republican in the race.

See full article at Bayside-Douglaston Patch.