On September 20th, Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. was a guest speaker during a meeting of the LIC/Astoria Chamber of Commerce.
During the meeting, Vallone stressed that he, like them, was a small business owner in Astoria and that his family firm had been at the same location since 1932, and he spoke of his support for lower taxes and fewer government mandates on businesses. The Council Member also fielded questions from the chamber members.
"The small businesses of Queens are the ones that provide jobs and pay the taxes that support this city, and as one of the few elected officials who have owned and managed a small business, I understand what the city is putting you through."
An OurLIC Video is presented with this article and includes the full coverage of Peter Vallone's comments as well as the important Q&A following.
Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. represents Astoria and the surrounding communities and serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee. As Chair, he successfully led the fight against having the 9/11 terror trials in New York City, and has fought to stop cuts to the NYPD, add more officers to local precincts, and for New York City to get the money it deserves from the state and federal governments.
During the Q&A, Vallone candidly discussed plans for the future, including the possibility of becoming a candidate for Queens Borough President.
One of the Council Members important initiatives has been to call for an END TO FLORIDATON in the NYC water. Vallone discussed this in detail during Q&A
Press Release: Council Member Vallone Calls for an End to Fluoridation in NYC
If In Doubt Keep It Out! These six short words say it all when it comes to fluoridated water. A growing body of evidence reveals the harmful impact of ingesting fluoride in drinking water, including brittle bones and discolored teeth particularly for seniors, children and pregnant women.
On May 15th Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. hosted New York City’s first-ever anti-fluoride rally and press conference, where he stood with a coalition of medical professionals, researchers, and students on the steps of City Hall to call for the end of fluoride in New York City’s drinking water.
He was joined by Dr. Yolanda Whyte, pediatrician from Atlanta; Dr. Lewis Gross, director of Holistic Dentists in Tribeca who also served as an Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology at Columbia University; Paul Beeber, a leading anti-fluoride advocate; Carol Kopf, longtime anti-fluoride advocate and founding member of the Fluoride Action Network; and 20 fifth grade students from PS 122 in Astoria who have spent the year studying fluoridation, and crafted the slogan, "no fluoridation without representation!"
To answer everyone’s first question, "Isn’t it good for your teeth?" - most medical and scientific professionals agree that fluoride is beneficial when topically applied to teeth. However, it should not be ingested.
Last year, Vallone drafted legislation (Intro 463) to ban the addition of fluoride from New York City’s municipal water supply. Citing concerns for public health, savings for the city, and denouncing the government’s role in force-medicating the public, he has worked to call attention to the issue and gather support from fellow Council Members.
"This legislation will have an immediate and critical impact C the city will save between 7 and 10 million dollars per year, and New Yorkers will no longer ingest a toxic chemical every time they take a sip of water, take a shower or wash a piece of fruit, " said Vallone.
"While 4 out of 5 dentists may be enough to pick a gum, all should agree before we force-medicate the public."
Most countries in Western Europe have stopped fluoridating, along with multiple municipalities in the US, including Suffolk and Nassau counties and Albany in New York State.
Fluoride is a toxic substance that accumulates in bones and tissues ~ with only 50 percent excreted. A 2008 study revealed that a third of children and 41 percent of 12 to 15 year olds have dental fluorosis, a disturbing indicator of chronic fluoride poisoning. This condition typically starts with dark stains on the teeth, but as it progresses they become pitted, brown and disfigured. In addition, medical experts are also very concerned about the non-visible signs throughout the body caused by fluoridation.
"I will be introducing a bill soon to ensure that our state’s laws and regulations reflect the growing awareness of the potential negative health consequences of fluoridation, but the choice of whether to add fluoride is, and is likely to remain, a decision for local governments to make. I applaud Councilmember Vallone and his colleagues for raising this important issue in New York City and calling for action," said State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, who represents Manhattan’s East Side and serves on the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee.
Peter Vallone, Jr. New York City Council Member
Peter Vallone, Jr. New York City Council Member
(L) Peter Valone, NY City Council Member (R) Arthur Rosenfield, President, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce
(L to R)John Dallaire, Glenn Laga, Renos Kourtides, NYC Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr., Nick Vaglica, Arthur Rosenfield, Paul Finnegan