Flushing park bench dedicated in memory of former Council Member Paul Vallone

Photo by Toni Cimino

The Friends of Francis Lewis Park held a heartfelt ceremony to honor the late Council Member Paul A. Vallone with a dedicated bench in the park at 147th Street and 3rd Avenue, on Friday, June 14.

Paul A. Vallone, who passed away earlier this year, was remembered for his unwavering commitment to the community and his significant contributions to the city’s parks and public spaces. Vallone, who served in the New York City Council, was celebrated for his tireless work in improving the quality of life for his constituents.

Photo by Toni Cimino

The dedication ceremony was attended by Vallone’s family, friends, colleagues, several elected officials and community members, all of whom shared heartfelt stories and memories of Vallone’s impact on their lives and the community. The bench, now a permanent fixture in Francis Lewis Park, serves as a symbol of Vallone’s enduring legacy and his dedication to public service.

Council Member Sandra Ung spoke at the dedication, reflecting on Vallone’s legacy. “Our city lost a true public servant when Paul Vallone passed away earlier this year,” said Ung. “I’m sure it will not be the last tribute to this remarkable life.”

As a council member, Vallone was known for his advocacy on behalf of parks and recreation and his efforts in securing funding and resources for community projects. His work has left a lasting impression on the community, and the bench dedication is a testament to his lasting impact.

Photo by Toni Cimino

The Friends of Francis Lewis Park, a local community group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the park, organized the event. They expressed their gratitude for Vallone’s contributions and emphasized the importance of continuing his work to improve public spaces in the area.