Vallone To State Corrections Dept.
Former City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. was named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last Thursday, Mar. 13, as special assistant to the commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, it was announced.
Vallone represented the 22nd Council District of the New York City Council, which covers parts of Astoria, Long Island City and Woodside, from 2002 to 2013.
As chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee, he was charged with oversight of the NYPD, the District Attorneys, the Office of Emergency Management and the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
He was honored for his work protecting New York 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, among many others.
Vallone got his start as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and graduated from Fordham College and Fordham Law School.
Cuomo made three other official appointments last Thursday. Kevin Kelly, who previously served as deputy commissioner of NYC Business during the Bloomberg administration, was named chief operating officer of New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
Jamal Othman-who previously served as chief of staff to the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs in the Bloomberg administration-was appointed deputy director of the state Division of Veteran’s Affairs. Nora Yates, most recently an Empire State fellow in the executive branch, was tapped as deputy director of the Community, Opportunity and Reinvestment (CORE) initiative, launched by Cuomo in 2013 to enhance the well-being of communities.
“I welcome these new appointees to my administration who join us with a dedication to public service, proven records of success and years of experience in providing help and care to New Yorkers across the state,” Cuomo said. “I am confident that these new additions to our administration will continue to improve New York State.”