Vallone Takes Job Under Gov. Cuomo

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Staff Writer

After serving Astoria for 12 years, Peter Vallone Jr. is on his way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to serve as a special assistant to Commissioner Anthony Annucci of the Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision.

In addition to serving District Council 22 for more than a decade, Vallone, an attorney by trade, served as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, for which he was charged with oversight of the NYPD, the District Attorneys, the Office of Emergency Management and the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Vallone said he is grateful and thankful to be given this opportunity to serve again by Cuomo.

“I was mulling different opportunities, but when the Governor offered this position, I jumped at it. I am excited to work with him,” he said.

A statement released by Cuomo’s office last week highlighted Vallone’s commitment to public service and the honors he has received for his work protecting the City’s most vulnerable by the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, the Immaculate Conception Youth Program and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Given that Vallone has the experience in dealing with district attorneys and various law enforcement agencies, he said he will take charge of his new position by focusing on life issues that truly matter to him.

“My experiences and the relationships that I’ve built in my 18 years, both as a prosecutor and public safety chair, will be very helpful,” Vallone said. “There are many issues facing that agency and I look forward to being able to help.”

Even though Vallone said he will have to scale back on voicing his opinions quite freely and frequently via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, he said “this is going to be an interesting opportunity.”

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