Paul Graziano is running against Councilman Paul Vallone in a district that includes Bayside, Whitestone and College Point. Graziano lost in the primary for the seat in 2013, but that was a five-way race that Vallone won, eventually defeating a Republican challenger in the general election.
Graziano will theoretically have a better shot this year in a two-way race, but he won’t have to be as concerned about his showing in the primary this time around, as a source tells us that he will also run on the Reform Party line, which means he will be on the ballot regardless come November.
Graziano still has some paperwork to complete – including getting one signature from a registered Reform Party in the district – but a formal announcement should be coming soon.
In other Queens-related election news, it appears that the Queens County GOP once again can’t get on the same page, this time when it comes to the mayor’s race.
Party leadership has already announced that they are supporting candidate Paul Massey, but about a month ago one of the party’s most prominent elected officials, Councilman Eric Ulrich, announced that he was supporting Bo Dietl, who wasn’t even registered in the party.
Now a source tells us that the rank-and-file members are increasingly becoming enamored with Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican assemblywoman who represents Bay Ridge and Staten Island, and feel that the party was too hasty in throwing its official support behind Massey.
Just more of the same from a county party that could have a real influence in city politics if it could just find some sort of unity.