Peter Vallone Sr.

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Peter Vallone
Speaker of the New York City Council
In office
January 1, 1990 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Gifford Miller
Majority Leader of the New York City Council
In office
January 1, 1986 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by Thomas Cuite
Succeeded by Joel Rivera
Member of the New York City Council
from the 22nd district
In office
January 1, 1992 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by Arthur Katzman
Succeeded by Peter Vallone Jr.
Member of the New York City Council
from the 20th district
In office
January 1, 1974 – December 31, 1991
Preceded by Thomas Cuite
Succeeded by Julia Harrison
Personal details
Born (1934-12-13) December 13, 1934 (age 82)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Fordham University

Peter Fortunate 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 that were discouraged in the pre-Vatican II era. His mother, Leah Palmigiano Vallone, was a teacher and a Democratic State Committeewoman.[3] With his wife, Tena, he has three children (Peter Jr., Paul, and Perry) and eight grandchildren. [4]

Education[edit]

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

Political career[edit]

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.[1] 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 Council more say on the budget.

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

Later career[edit]

He currently teaches political science at Baruch College and his autobiography, Learning to Govern: My Life in New York Politics, From Hell Gate to City Hall, described his years in government. He practices law in Astoria with his son, Peter 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 a former rival in the mayoral race, Mark J. Green, who attempted to win back the job of Public Advocate.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

References[edit]

New York City Council
Preceded by
Thomas Cuite
Member of the New York City Council
from the 20th district

1974–1991
Succeeded by
Julia Harrison
Preceded by
Arthur Katzman
Member of the New York City Council
from the 22nd district

1992–2001
Succeeded by
Peter Vallone Jr.
Preceded by
Thomas 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