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Vallone expires in 2001; meet his son!

Posted by vallone on July 08, 1999 at 21:58:10:

from the New York Times: only 2 more years of lead-gut Vallone.

Son May Run for Vallone's Council


n a city where political dynasties are nearly as
common as politicians, the prospect of yet another
son following in his father's footsteps does not often
make waves. But the possibility that Peter F. Vallone
Jr., a son of the well-connected and influential City
Council Speaker, may succeed his father on the
Council is something that has politicians throughout the
city talking.

Vallone, a 38-year-old lawyer, has been raising money
for a potential run for the seat in Astoria, Queens, the
district that his father has represented for a
quarter-century. The senior Vallone, who has
intentions of running for mayor, is barred by term limits
from seeking re-election in the 22d Council District in

While Vallone's son said in an interview this week that
he was not certain he would run for his father's seat, he
has formed an exploratory committee and held a
reception last night to raise money for the possibility
that he will enter elective politics.

"I want to be prepared for the option of running for the
Council," he said. "It's one of the options I'm looking at.
For the moment, I'm keeping all my options open." He
said he had also given thought to running for Queens
district attorney.

Politicians and potential rivals in Queens suggest that
Vallone is more likely to run for the Council since he
has pledged to support Richard A. Brown, the Queens
District Attorney, who is seeking re-election this year.
Also, they said, the Vallone name is well known in the

For the last 10 years, he has been the managing
partner at the family law firm, Vallone & Vallone, in
Astoria. He has considered public service for some
time, he said, adding that it was in the family's blood.

His grandfather, Charles J. Vallone, was a Civil Court
judge in Queens.

While Vallone is certain to attract a considerable nest
of campaign contributions because of his father's
influence, it is likely that he will face a hotly contested
Democratic primary, should he run for the Council.

For example, George Delis, the district manager of
Community Board 1 in Queens, said he intended to run
for the Council seat in 2001.

"He is certainly not going to have a walk into the
Council that is free and clear of competition," said
Delis, who ran unsuccessfully against State Senator
George Onorato last year. "We haven't had much of a
history of strong political challengers for a long time in
this area.

I think that is about to change."

Another potential candidate is Kimon Thermos, a
lawyer who nearly defeated Assemblyman Denis J.
Butler in the 1998 Democratic primary.

Vallone said much of his decision would hinge on his
father's plans. "Should he decide to run for mayor," he
said, "I would be active in his campaign." People close
to the younger Vallone suggested that he might be
anticipating that a victory by Mayor Rudolph W.
Giuliani in the United States Senate race next year
could lead to a special election for mayor, a scenario
that is contingent upon changes being recommended
by a commission named by Giuliani to revise the City
Charter and upon approval of those changes in a

Although Vallone says he has still not made up his
mind, several Democratic politicians in Queens suggest
that he is making his intentions known to forestall other
candidates from gaining an upper hand in what could
be a competitive race.

The senior Vallone said he had not encouraged or
discouraged his son to run for office. "My interest is in
getting the best-qualified people to come into the
Council in 2001," he said. "Of course, I think Pete is
highly, highly qualified."

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