FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 14, 2017) City Council candidate Paul Graziano, running hard against incumbent Paul Vallone, was the closest challenger in a two-way race citywide, garnering 46% of the vote and receiving 2,518 votes to Vallone's 2,991. Graziano will now face Vallone in the November 7th General Election on the Reform Party ballot line.
"I am greatly appreciative that over 2,500 constituents in northeast Queens voted for me in the Democratic Primary based on my campaign of protecting our neighborhoods from overdevelopment, making sure that our children in northeast Queens receive the best education possible and providing extended care for our seniors - and zero tolerance of corruption of our elected officials and government," Graziano stated.
"During the entire campaign, my opponent, Paul Vallone, continuously made outrageous and disparaging statements towards my campaign and candidacy including that 'everyone was with him' and no one was with me. Based on my candidacy getting close to 50% of the vote in the Democratic Primary, I beg to differ.
"I look forward to continuing talking with the residents and voters of northeast Queens during the next two months about the issues that affect them most - including which candidate best represents the needs of the neighborhoods of the 19th Council District."