Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. is on a quest to become the next borough president of Queens, and has been the hardest-working man (or woman) in the race so far, traveling the borough far and wide to get his name out there and meet voters outside the comforts of his well-worn Astoria district.
He was recently at forum in the Rockaways, and appeared at a town hall meeting in Woodhaven and Bayside as part of his borough-wide “Safety Tour.”
And last week he made an appearance in the heart of the old City Council district and current district of one of his opponents, State Senator Tony Avella. Vallone spoke at a meeting of the College Point Civic Association on issues such as a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the new police academy, and extension of 20th Avenue.
Wow, talk about touching on some issues near and dear to the members of the College Point Civic Association. Someone has been doing their homework!
Seriously though, you guys, pundits much smarter and wiser than us here at Pol Position believe that it is Avella who is going to be one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to Vallone winning this race, the thinking being that they both appeal to the same kind of voter,
And that demographic tends to call northeast Queens home in large numbers.
So as this race heats up, it's going to be important for Vallone to connect with those voters, who let's not forget have been more than happy to vote for Avella in the past, even helping him upset Republican Frank Padavan, who held the State Senate seat prior to Avella for decades. Decades we tell ya'!
Which we guess is why Vallone is boning up on issues like the 20th Avenue extension and the new police academy. And let's not forget, Vallone has a brother, Paul, who has called northeast Queens homes for years now and is even running his own campaign for City Council this year, so we're sure he can help him get acquainted with the lay of the land.