Updated 3:40 p.m.
Former Queens Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. is joining the Cuomo administration.
Vallone, who represented the 22nd District from 2002 to 2013, has been appointed as the special assistant assigned to the commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
“Excited to join the team of my good friend @NYGovCuomo! Honored to be given the opportunity to work with him and serve the people of NYS,” Vallone tweeted Thursday, following the announcement.
Cuomo welcomed Vallone’s appointment, and several others he made the same day, saying the new appointees come with “dedication to public service, proven records of success, and years of experience in providing help and care to New Yorkers across the state.”
“I am confident that these new additions to our administration will continue to improve New York State,” he said.
In addition to serving as public safety committee chair during his three-terms on the council, Vallone was previously an assistant district attorney.
Last September, Vallone lost the Democratic primary for Queens borough president to Melinda Katz.