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Vallone Scholarship is back

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:30 am

Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone was on hand Tuesday when the City Council formally restored a CUNY scholarship in his name.

The $11.1 million fund will allow city residents attending CUNY schools to receive about $400 per semester to help with books and other costs.

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), former Astoria Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) also were there.

“It’s hard to express in words my gratitude to the Speaker, my son Paul and all his colleagues on the Council for restoring this landmark scholarship,” the elder Vallone said. “The best thanks comes from thousands of young scholars who now can be the best they possibly can be, and change this city and world for the better.”

The scholarship had been eliminated in 2011 by then-Speaker Christine Quinn. Peter Vallone Jr., then serving in his father’s old Astoria district, was vocal in his belief that it was payback by Quinn for Vallone Jr.’s opposition to renaming the Queensborough Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch..

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