Former Councilman Daniel Halloran wanted to secure City Hall posts for Republicans: report


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During the White Plains federal corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, jurors on Wednesday heard a secretly-taped recording of former City Councilman Daniel Halloran telling an undercover agent that Republicans should get at least half of the city’s top appointments, according to a published report.

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Paul Vallone wins race for Halloran’s seat, continues Vallone legacy


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The 40-year Vallone legacy will live on in City Hall. Paul Vallone, 46, will carry his family’s name in the City Council for the next four years after winning election Tuesday to lead District 19 in northeast Queens. Vallone beat Republican Dennis Saffran with 57.2 percent of the vote, as of midnight with all precincts reporting, […]

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Candidates vie for votes in Councilmember Halloran’s district


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The six candidates vying to replace scandal-scarred Councilmember Dan Halloran mapped out ways they would bring integrity back to the seat at a Flushing forum last week. “There is such anger, and it’s justified,” said Paul Vallone at a forum hosted by the MinKwon Center for Community Action. “We need to reclaim our local council […]

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Smith, Halloran lawyers want some charges dismissed against embattled pols


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State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilmember Dan Halloran and former Republican leaders appeared in court late last week to continue fighting federal charges. They all pleaded not guilty in April. Lawyers for the defendants are reportedly fighting to get some of the charges dismissed. They could not be reached for comment in time for press. Officials […]

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Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran launches law practice


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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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Halloran district to get funding for all participatory budget items


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The district represented by indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran will receive funding for all seven participatory budget items and then some. Nearly $3.2 million in capital and expense projects will be honored by the City Council, according to the legislative body’s Queens delegation. “Northeast Queens is home to many of the borough’s great cultural institutions, not-for-profits […]

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Halloran spokesperson latest top aide to jump ship


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The mouthpiece for indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran has quit his post, The Courier has learned. Kevin Ryan, 37, resigned Friday as the lawmaker’s director of communications. He worked for Halloran for nearly one year. “I have greatly enjoyed working for the City Council, especially in the unique 19th  District,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am […]

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Halloran dropping re-election bid amid federal charges


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DAN HALLORAN

With an uphill legal battle underway, Councilmember Dan Halloran will not to run for re-election later this year, widening an already crowded race for his seat. A source close to Halloran originally confirmed the embattled legislator is withdrawing from the race. “Regrettably, I must now focus my attention on clearing my name and restoring my […]

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Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway


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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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Halloran, Smith enter not guilty pleas


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Two Queens politicians and a borough GOP boss pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, April 23 in a federal case alleging they conspired to rig the mayoral election, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chair Vincent Tabone face bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud charges. […]

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Indictment in Smith, Halloran mayoral bribery case


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A federal grand jury has indicted State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilmember Dan Halloran for an alleged bribery plot to rig the mayoral race. Vincent Tabone, vice chair of the Queens County Republican Party, Joseph Savino, chair of the Bronx County GOP, Mayor Noramie Jasmin of Spring Valley, and the deputy mayor, Joseph Desmaret, were also named in […]

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Dan Halloran staffers resign following councilmember’s arrest


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Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran’s two top aides have jumped ship. Chrissy Voskerichian, the legislator’s chief of staff, announced her immediate resignation on April 8. John Mulvey, Halloran’s legislative director, also announced he is quitting as of April 12. “In leaving, I remain hopeful that the community will remember all of the hard work that went […]

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City Council strips Dan Halloran of funding power


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DAN HALLORAN

The City Council has voted to strip disgraced Councilmember Dan Halloran of his committee assignments and power to allocate funding. Halloran faces federal charges for allegedly playing a key role in a conspiracy and bribery scheme to rig the mayoral election, authorities said. Power to distribute funds in the 19th District now falls to Speaker Christine […]

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