Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran launches law practice


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Screenshot via www.halloranlaw.org

An embattled Queens legislator has launched a law practice as he awaits his own day in court. Councilmember Dan Halloran is still taking on legal cases as an attorney and has formed a separate office to handle them, The Courier has learned. This firm’s website, www.halloranlaw.org, describes Whitestone-based Halloran Law P.C. as a “one-stop shop […]

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Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photos

The first Republican candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to replace federally-indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran. Dennis Saffran, 57, said he is running in the 19th Council District to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government.” The attorney from Douglaston ran for the seat in 2001 and narrowly lost to then-Councilmember Tony […]

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UPDATE: State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilmember Dan Halloran arrested in alleged plot to rig mayor’s race


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Two Queens politicians were among six officials arrested by the FBI Tuesday for conspiring to rig the mayoral election, authorities said. State Senator Malcolm Smith allegedly bribed county GOP leaders to let him run for mayor as a Republican, according to the Southern District U.S. Attorney and FBI. Councilmember Dan Halloran is accused of setting […]

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Councilmember Dan Halloran recovering after successful surgery to remove benign tumor


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Councilmember — and congressional hopeful — Dan Halloran is on the road to recovery after undergoing a lengthy but successful neurosurgical procedure to remove a benign tumor on Wednesday, officials said. “Dan is doing well,” said spokesperson Steven Stites. “He’s back on his feet and looks like the same old Dan — if you couldn’t […]

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Queens GOP Endorse Councilmember Dan Halloran in Race to Fill Open 6th Congressional District


| RHornak@queenscourier.com

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The Queens GOP leadership made a bold move Saturday at their March Executive Committee meeting by endorsing City Councilmember Dan Halloran to run in the newly created 6th Congressional District. Party leaders strongly felt that with this unique opportunity Halloran was the best candidate to win this seat for the Republican Party, and Halloran graciously accepted […]

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Queens Republicans peace talks –too little, too late


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

After decades of internal civil wars for control of the Queens County Republican Party, the most recent factions sat down for peace talks.  Sadly, it is too little too late. With the recent indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone, NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich is now […]

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Sen. Malcolm Smith’s lawyer wants federal corruption trial delayed


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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State Senator Malcolm Smith wants his federal corruption trial delayed, as he runs for re-election and awaits a judge’s decision to dismiss some charges, his lawyer said. He and former Councilmember Dan Halloran will return to court Feb. 28.

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The real big game day


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Super Sunday and “the big game” across the Hudson may be the big story for football fans. But for those who prefer full-contact politics, there are stories galore to get us through to the November playoffs. Hizzoner and a squad of City Council players took the field up in Albany last Monday, looking for a […]

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2013: The year in photos


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As we bid adieu to 2013, The Queens Courier brings you a look at the year that was . . . from the selection of a new Pope to the downfall of our elected officials, to tragedy, controversy and everything in between. And as we look ahead to 2014, we wish our new legislators luck and the best year for our readers.

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Courier brings holiday cheer, toys to kids at Queens Centers for Progress’ Apple Preschool


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER

Santa brought smiles and of course toys to the good boys and girls at Queens Centers for Progress’ Apple Preschool in Jamaica for The Queens Courier’s annual holiday gift drive. Ringing his bell and calling out a jolly “ho ho ho,” some of the kids were a little shy of Old Saint Nick, but most […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember-elect Paul Vallone has picked the team he’ll take to City Hall in January, The Courier has learned. The seven-member staff consists mostly of longtime supporters and includes two former employees of Queens elected officials and the aunt of a local assemblymember. “These are people who believed in me five years ago, when I first […]

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Ex-Bronx GOP chair pleads guilty in bribery scandal involving Queens pols


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The New York Daily News

The former Bronx Republican chairman has pleaded guilty in the bribery scandal involving two indicted Queens legislators. Joseph “Jay” Savino admitted to accepting a $15,000 bribe in February from an undercover FBI agent to let Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith run for mayor as a Republican. Smith needed consent from three of the city’s five […]

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Graziano crosses lines, endorses Republican candidate Saffran in District 19 race


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That’s the proverbial message a northeast Queens Democrat is sending by crossing party lines to endorse the Republican candidate over the one who beat him at the polls last month. Paul Graziano, who came in third in the Democratic primary for District 19 to Paul Vallone, publicly […]

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