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Ackerman backs Vallone 

Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman endorsed Paul Vallone for City Council District 19 on September 26.

“I know the people and the neighborhoods of northeast Queens like the back of my hand, which is why I know Paul Vallone is the right choice to help preserve our precious quality of life and protect the middle-class families who live here,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman retired this January after having served 15 terms in Congress.

He had endorsed Vallone’s rival, Austin Shafran, back in July for the Democratic primary election.

Vallone beat Shafran by nearly 200 votes after a final vote count, though the hard-fought race came down to the wire.

The Flushing attorney now faces Republican challenger Dennis Saffran in the November general election.

“Now more than ever, the people of the 19th City Council District need a leader who can deliver the resources this district deserves,” Ackerman said. “There is no doubt that Paul Vallone is the right man for the job.”



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