Dan Halloran Crosses Party Lines to Back Paul Vallone

Dan Halloran announcing a failed congressional campaign last year.
Dan Halloran announcing a failed congressional campaign last year.

Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year, declared today he would be crossing party lines to vote for Democrat Paul Vallone to succeed him in the council–a fact celebrated by Mr. Vallone’s GOP rival, Dennis Saffran. Continue reading “Dan Halloran Crosses Party Lines to Back Paul Vallone”

Dennis Saffran Makes His Case in Dan Halloran’s Shadow

Dennis Saffran. (Photo: Saffran campaign)
Dennis Saffran. (Photo: Saffran campaign)

Running in the shadow of an indicted pol of his own party, Dennis Saffran is hoping voters in northeast Queens aren’t souring on the Republican brand in one of the few City Council races the GOP can conceivably win this year.  Continue reading “Dennis Saffran Makes His Case in Dan Halloran’s Shadow”

John Catsimatidis Hints at Investigation Into City Officials

Republican John Catsimatidis speaks outside of Queens Borough Hall.
Republican John Catsimatidis speaks outside of Queens Borough Hall.

Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis hinted to reporters today that he had testified in an investigation pertaining to the City Council, but declined to provide any further details.

“I’m not sure I’m allowed to talk about it but there are a few investigations going on that I am privy to,” Mr. Catsimatidis said in Queens today after being asked why none of the Republican City Council members had endorsed his candidacy. All have chosen to side with his rival, former MTA Chair Joe Lhota instead. Continue reading “John Catsimatidis Hints at Investigation Into City Officials”

Dan Halloran Loses Another Staffer

Dan Halloran, at a happier time, announcing for Congress last year.
Dan Halloran, at a happier time, announcing a congressional bid last year.

Embattled Councilman Dan Halloran, whom federal prosecutors have charged with quarterbacking a bribery scheme to rig the mayor’s race, is having trouble holding staff members.

First, Mr. Halloran’s legislative director, John Mulvey, bailed, followed by his chief of staff, Chrissy Voskerichian. And today, Kevin Ryan, Mr. Halloran’s spokesman, just did the same.

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U.S. Attorney Rejects Idea of Corruption Conspiracy Against Minority Pols

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Loretta Lynch speaking last night.

As indictments of minority elected officials continue to pile up, some leaders have openly suggested, while offering scant evidence, that a conspiracy exists to remove blacks and Latinos from power. But U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, one of two federal prosecutors responsible for bringing many of the recent corruption charges, outright rejected any conspiracy theories last night.  Continue reading “U.S. Attorney Rejects Idea of Corruption Conspiracy Against Minority Pols”

Dan Halloran Staffers Boost Ex-Chief of Staff’s Bid to Replace Their Boss

Chrissy Voskerichian. (Photo: electchrissy.com)
Chrissy Voskerichian. (Photo: electchrissy.com)

Councilman Dan Halloran’s former chief of staff, running in the race to replace him after he was arrested on corruption charges, has raised about $11,000 in less than two weeks.

Chrissy Voskerichian abruptly left her post when Mr. Halloran, a Republican, was charged last month for allegedly quarterbacking a bribery scheme for a mayoral candidate. She filed a campaign committee to run in the Democratic primary in Mr. Halloran’s northeast Queens district, even before he said he would not seek re-election. Continue reading “Dan Halloran Staffers Boost Ex-Chief of Staff’s Bid to Replace Their Boss”

Embattled Councilman Dan Halloran Won’t Seek Re-Election

Dan Halloran (Photo: Facebook)
Dan Halloran (Photo: Facebook)

Councilman Dan Halloran, who has been charged with helping quarterback a bribery scheme to rig the mayoral race, will not seek another term in office, he announced this afternoon.

“Regrettably, I must now focus my attention on clearing my name and restoring my reputation, while I continue to discharge my sworn duties as a member of the New York City Council,” he said in a statement. “After much thought, I have concluded that it is impossible for me to properly do these things and take on the enormous demands of a political campaign, so I will not to pursue another term in the Council.”

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