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19th City Council District

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Aug 03, 2013
 

The race for the 19th City Council District became highly competitive after the incumbent, Republican Daniel Halloran, resigned earlier this year amid allegations that he was involved in a bribery scheme to get Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith onto the mayoral ballot. The 19th district had been redrawn during last year's districting process in many ways to accomodate Halloran's re-election. But with Halloran out of the running, this seat is up for grabs.

GENERAL

Dennis Saffran

Dennis Saffran (R)

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Biography: Saffran grew up in Queens and is a lawyer who has worked in the New York State Division of Housing and was a special assistant to the state attorney general. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and New York University Law School. Dennis lost by one percentage point in the 2001 19th district election.

Paul Vallone

Paul Vallone (D)

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Biography: Vallone, 42, is the son of former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and the brother of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. He was born in Astoria and has lived in Flushing for more than 20 years. He works as managing director of the law firm Vallone & Vallone, LLP. He is a member of the 109th Precinct Council, the Broadway/Flushing Homeowner's Association and was previously a board member of Community Board 1. He served as president of the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis and the Astoria Civic Association where he raised more than $30,000 annually for Queens high school students. He is married with three children.

PRIMARY

John Duane

John Duane (D)

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Biography: John Duane, 56, is an attorney and a longtime resident of Queens. He received his bachelor's degree from Colgate University and his law degree from Columbia Law School. Duane worked in the state attorney general's office for two years and was elected to the state Assembly, representing the 26th district, in the early 1980s, serving one two-year term in 1983 and 1984. He has since been in general law practice in Queens.

Paul Graziano

Paul D Graziano (D)

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Biography: Graziano is a lifelong resident of North Flushing. He has been an advocate in in the district and a consultant working with state Sen. Tony Avella, focusing on preservation and zoning. Graziano received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his master's degree from Hunter College.

Dennis Saffran

Dennis Saffran (R)

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Biography: Saffran grew up in Queens and is a lawyer who has worked in the New York State Division of Housing and was a special assistant to the state attorney general. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and New York University Law School. Dennis lost by one percentage point in the 2001 19th district election. 

Austin Shafran

Austin Shafran (D)

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Biography: Shafran was born and raised in Bayside. He graduated magna cum laude from Queens College. Shafran has spent most of his career in government, serving under Congressman Gary Ackerman, City Councilman David Weprin and later as press secretary to Malcolm Smith when he was state Senate majority leader. In 2011, Shafran was chosen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help manage the state’s economic development agency.

Paul Vallone

Paul Vallone (D)

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Biography: Vallone, 42, is the son of former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and the brother of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. He was born in Astoria and has lived in Flushing for more than 20 years. He works as managing director of the law firm Vallone & Vallone, LLP. He is a member of the 109th Precinct Council, the Broadway/Flushing Homeowner's Association and was previously a board member of Community Board 1. He served as president of the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis and the Astoria Civic Association where he raised more than $30,000 annually for Queens high school students. He is married with three children.

Chrissy Voskerichian

Chrissy Voskerichian (D)

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Biography: Voskerichian is a lifelong resident of Northeast Queens. She worked in business for over 30 years, until getting involved in civic organizations in Queens. She was hired by Halloran’s office where she eventually became his chief of staff.


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