Peter Vallone, Sr.

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Peter F. Vallone, Sr.
Speaker of the New York City Council
In office
January 1, 1986 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Gifford Miller
Majority Leader of the New York City Council from the 3rd district
In office
January 1, 1986 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by Thomas J. Cuite
Succeeded by Joel Rivera
Constituency Queens: Astoria, Long Island City
Member of the New York City Council from the 22nd district
In office
January 1, 1992 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by Thomas K. Duane
Succeeded by Peter Vallone, Jr.
Constituency Queens: Astoria
Member of the New York City Council from the 20th district
In office
January 1, 1974 – December 31, 1991
Preceded by Thomas J. Cuite
Succeeded by Julia Harrison
Constituency Queens: Astoria
Personal details
Born New York, New York
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Relations Charles J. Vallone (father)
Peter Vallone, Jr. (son)
Paul Vallone (son)
Residence Astoria, Queens, United States
Alma mater Fordham University
Fordham University School of Law
Occupation lawyer, politician

Peter F. Vallone, Sr. (born December 13, 1934 in New York City) is an American politician.

Background[edit]

His father, Judge Charles J. Vallone (1901–1967) of the Queens County Civil Court, encouraged young Peter to broaden his horizons beyond the limited social interactions with other ethnic and religious groups than were encouraged in the pre-Vatican II era. His mother, Leah Vallone, was a teacher and a Democratic State Committeewoman. His wife, Tena, and he have three children (Peter Vallone, Jr., Paul, and Perry). They also have 8 grandchildren.[1]

Political views and Education[edit]

Peter Vallone attended Fordham University, where he received his BSS (1956) and his LLB (1959).

A former Democratic New York City Councilman who represented Astoria, Queens from 1974 to 2001, he was the second most powerful official in New York City's government, after the mayor, when he became the city's first Speaker of the City Council in 1986.[2] He held that position until Gifford Miller took over in 2002.

Vallone drafted changes to the City Charter in 1989 that he claimed allowed the NYC Council greater say in the matters of the budget.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1998, and for Mayor in 2001.

Post-electoral Career[edit]

He currently teaches political science at Baruch College and his biography, Learning to Govern: My Life in New York Politics, From Hell Gate to City Hall, describing his years in government was published. Vallone practices law in Astoria, Queens with his son Peter F. Vallone, Jr., who succeeded him in the City Council in 2002. In 2005, Vallone endorsed Republican Michael Bloomberg for Mayor of New York City. In 2009, he endorsed former rival in the mayoral race Mark Green, who attempted to win back the job of Public Advocate. [3]

1998 NYS Democratic ticket[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

New York City Council
Preceded by
Thomas J. Cuite
New York City Council
20th District

1974–1991
Succeeded by
Julia Harrison
Preceded by
Arthur Katzman
New York City Council
22nd District

1992–2001
Succeeded by
Peter Vallone, Jr.
Preceded by
Thomas J. Cuite
Majority Leader of the New York City Council
1986-2001
Succeeded by
Joel Rivera
New office Speaker of the New York City Council
1990-2001
Succeeded by
Gifford Miller
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mario Cuomo
Democratic Nominee for Governor of New York
1998
Succeeded by
Carl McCall

References[edit]

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