I am outraged by his arrogant response to you. I would never leave my name knowing what he is capable of, given his cozy relationship with the precinct. I in fact witnessed him scream at a guy who flipped a passing car the bird because the passing car called the guy in question a f*ggot. Vallone threatened someone defending their integrity with hauling them to jail!!!
Anyone that would allow their own neighborhood to become a dumping ground for trash as shore blvd and astoria park have become should be removed from power. How the hell are empty oil barrels with no tops along the river going to contain garbage when you have strong river winds whipping the refuse up into the air, all over the park, and worse yet, into the river? It;s not rocket science, but apparently Vallone, it is. If he had not noticed the problem by virtue of being a resident, then that is overwhelming evidence he is not truly involved in his community and does not know about the problems in his own backyard. (though I must say it is lovely having the astoria park area cleared of snow first, as he lives here. Just one of the many countless perks he enjoys at the taxpayers expense)
What kind of traitor allows littering to go unchecked in his backyard? Sure, they'll ticket my 70 year old neighbor for not having a leash on his senior golden retriever off, but they won't ticket whole people who decide to set up grills, have birthday parties, and then leave their crap behind as they go back to their own neighborhoods. They won't ticket hoodlums leaving their fast food containers behind...right where over 1,000 people lost their lives. It is the site of General Slocum ferry disaster. Would we allow people to leave their fried chicken bones at ground zero? F THAT. This is an outrage. This is an insult to our history. It is an insult to the environment. This is an insult to my checking account. I pay taxes and I DEMAND better of our "leadership".
He has the power to actively and IMMEDIATELY change the situation, yet he ignores the tax paying citizens to the point that we have to harrangue him online.
If you are reading this Vallone, your days of abusing your neighbors is finished. You are far too content to live amongst filth. You are allowing our history to be raped and raized to the ground. You've encouraged unbridled construction for profit knowing full well we do not have the infrastructure to support it.
You've done nothing but enjoy political celebrity, branding as one person pointed out, your name on anything that is pinned down or hired to clean trash in front of morning commuters in a crass bid to make us think you actually give a good god damn.
If you really want to fix Astoria, you'd use every ounce of influence you have with the precinct to actively and agressively ticket people for littering, for blaring car horns and car stereos Be a pain in the ass in the pursuit of saving our old historic buildings (does anyone realize that the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new American Wing has an entire 19th century parlor removed from a no longer standing farmhouse in Astoria?) An intelligent, soulful person would do that, but as you have zero respect for history, nature or those you obviously look down upon, (your neighbors) we'll need to continue hammering at you and forwarding these postings to every metro area media outlet until you DO YOUR JOB.
PS -If Vallone has endorsed you as a political candidate (specifically speaking of that greek girl riding his coat tails) I am SO not voting for you. Not until Vallone gets off the can and gets it in gear.