Queens Council Member Announces Plan for Korean Community

Council Member Paul Vallone announcing his four-year plan for the Korean community, alongside representatives from the Korean American Association of Greater New York, the Korean American Business Council of New York, Korean Community Services and the Korean American Association of Queens. (Photo via paulvallone.com)

Council member Paul Vallone, who represents Bayside and other eastern Queens neighborhoods, announced last week a four-year plan to benefit the local Korean community that will focus on “small business assistance.”

Queens Chronicle’s Ryan Brady reports that in addition to appointing a liaison between Vallone’s office and the community, the plan includes a partnership with four organizations, according to a statement released by the public official – the Korean American Association of Greater New York, the Korean American Business Council of New York, Korean Community Services and the Korean American Association of Queens.

Queens Chronicle reached out to Vallone’s office for more details:

While the councilman’s office already has Korean-speaking staffers, Vallone spokesman Lionel Morales told the Chronicle that “their main focus is to work on constituent issues” rather than on “big picture” or “small business” matters.

The councilman will reveal more details of his four-year plan — focusing on seniors, nonprofit assistance and youth networking — and partnerships with the Korean community “in the coming weeks,” according to Morales.

The Democratic council member is currently running for re-election against Flushing activist Paul Graziano, the Reform Party candidate. Go to Queens Chronicle to see why he found Vallone’s announcement “pretty hilarious.”

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