In the crowded restaurant Oveila on 30th Avenue, Vallone supporters held signs and discussed the upcoming campaign.
Vallone has earned a reputation as an outspoken member of the City Council, especially when it comes to issues of public safety. He was also one of the first to speak out agains the renaming of the Queensborough Bridge for former mayor Ed Koch, and was a lead critic in the recent move of the statue Triumph of civic Virtue from Queens to Brooklyn.
As chair of the Public Safety Committee, he has been one of the few supporters of the NYPD controversial stop-and-frisk policy
Attending Monday's event was Congressman Joseph Crowley, who also happens to head the Queens County Democratic Party. Although he said his appearance was not a public endorsement of Vallone in the crowded race, he said the strong support from the community would be on his mind.
“Peter Vallone has been an outstanding and a great city councilman,” Crowley said. “We know that there is a future for Peter Vallone in New York City politics.”
While Crowley didn't endorse Vallone, there was one group who has already thrown their weight behind the candidate. Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, stood next to Vallone and vowed to work for him during his campaign.
“The Correction Officers union didn’t come just to give him a check,” Seabrook said. “We came out here to get our marching orders as to what we intend to do and how he wants us to do. He will be the next borough president of Queens.”
Vallone spoke about why he wants to run for borough president and why he is the best candidate.
“I’m the one with a record of fighting for Queens,” he said. “I’m the only person with any public safety background. I’m the only person with any small business background, and that’s what Queens needs right now.”