"This past Tuesday, we were reminded of the constant corrupt and unethical behavior during the past three years conducted by Paul Vallone, as was shown during the petitioning process in June and July, when his campaign conducted fraud and forgery on a massive scale,” Graziano stated. "On Primary Day, it was revealed that Paul Vallone's campaign illegally supplied free taxi rides for seniors needing transportation to the polling stations. This was confirmed with an email forwarded to the campaign from a resident of the Bay Club in Bay Terrace who was informed in the email that 'Should you need transportation to visit a polling center to vote in today's primary election, Paul Vallone's campaign has arranged free trips with Four-Two's car service. Feel free to call (718) 428-7285 to schedule a ride to and from the polls.' (see attachment)
“I have spoken to the appropriate law enforcement agencies of the need to examine the connection between Paul Vallone's campaign and the Four-Two's car service, which had recently been paid $40,000 in June in discretionary funds as part of a pilot program to provide 'free rides' for seniors in need of transportation to doctor's appointments and the like. The relationship already exists between Paul Vallone and Four-Twos based on that pilot program, so I wouldn’t be surprised that there was a deal struck behind closed doors.
"Based on this 'free' service provided by Paul Vallone's campaign on Primary Day - which should be counted as campaign spending, according to campaign finance law - I have also contacted the Campaign Finance Board and will file an official complaint against Paul Vallone's campaign for - once again - violating the law. In a strange twist, the Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club also seems to be involved, as one of the numbers listed to contact them is the same as Paul Vallone’s campaign phone number listed above (see attachment). Referenced Articles: