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PBA, UFT, Liu Endorse Paul Vallone For City Council

October 24, 2013

   
(L. to r.); Clinton Democratic Club (CDC) Vice President Marsha Kahn, Korean American Business Council President Youngjin Kim, Congressmember Grace Meng’s Deputy District Director Anthony Lemma, Community Board 7 Vice Chair Chuck Apelian, PBA President Patrick Lynch, CDC Board Member Frank Steele, CDC President Paul Vallone, CDC Past President John Dorsa, District Leader Mary Ann Dorsa, Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, and UFT Queens Political Action Coordinator Dermot Smyth.  

The Clinton Democratic Club (CDC) held its monthly meeting on October 16 at the law offices of Vallone & Vallone. Two of the city’s most powerful unions came to endorse and support CDC President Paul Vallone and his campaign for the City Council District 19 seat. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) and Dermot Smyth, Queens Political Action coordinator for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) spoke about their commitment to Vallone and gave updates to the community.

Lynch stated law enforcement is 100 percent behind Vallone. He “is the trusted hand we need at the tiller to ensure New York City remains the safest big city in the country”. Lynch highlighted Vallone and his entire family’s legacy of commitment to public safety and to the NYPD. On a personal level, Lynch emphasized that this is his neighborhood and he is personally committed to seeing Vallone win this critical race. The PBA represents over 50,000 active and retired police officers, and has over 3,400 active members assigned to Queens.

The UFT, through their Political Action Queens representative, Smyth, emphasized the importance of electing Vallone. His commitment to children and the teachers of School Districts 25 and 26 speaks volumes about the future of our schools in the district. A frequent visitor to the Clinton Democratic Club, Smith cited the club’s continued involvement with scholarship and children’s programs as examples of Vallone’s commitment to education.

City Comptroller John Liu also endorsed Vallone’s candidacy for city council, which brought together a culmination of citywide support for Vallone. Vallone said, “I am so pleased to have the endorsement of my good friend, Comptroller John Liu. John has been a tireless public servant for many years and his dependable and thoughtful stewardship over the city’s finances has saved taxpayers millions of dollars and helped make New York City a more affordable place to live for everybody.” The club honored the comptroller with a special plaque for his dedication to the city as its 46th comptroller.

The club also collected cauldrons of Halloween candy for local police precincts and firehouses. The next monthly meeting will be held on November 20.

The Clinton Democratic Club (William Jefferson Clinton Democratic Club) is a Northern Queens based Civic Organization. Officers include Paul A. Vallone, president; Joseph Dorsa and Mary Ann Dorsa, district leaders; John Dorsa, state committee; Anna-Marie Vallone, coordinator; Roxane Carrabis, secretary; Michael Serao, treasurer; Breeana Mulligan, media and public relations.

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