Just 48 hours after a storm dumped eight inches of snow on the city, more than 250 elected officials, family members, supporters and area residents braved icy roads and snow mounds to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Paul Vallone at P.S. 169 in Bay Terrace. The son of former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., brother of former Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and new representative of Council District 19, Vallone was joined by Public Advocate Letitia James, Congressmembers Steve Israel, Grace Meng and Carolyn Maloney, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former City Comptroller John Liu, state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Michael Gianaris, as well as Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Councilmember Mark Weprin and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
The event was hosted by Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, and the new councilmember was sworn in by his father, Peter Vallone Sr. “Today’s celebration is an overwhelming affirmation of my commitment to bring every federal, state and local leader to our district,” stated Vallone, “and to unite our cultural, ethnic, civic, and neighborhood group as one proud community for the whole city to see.” On December 10, Vallone was sworn in officially by City Clerk Michael McSweeney. The ceremony also featured displays of various cultural dances and performances representing the diversity of the borough. William Liao, a fourth grader from P.S. 203 recited, from memory, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus.
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