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.”

Of course, Mr. Halloran, a colorful Republican who occupies a swing district in northeastern Queens, faced a perilous re-lection battle with a corruption trial hanging over his head. The borough’s Republican Party already dumped the incumbent in favor of Dennis Saffran. Rudy S. Giuliani, the chief of staff to neighboring Councilman Eric Ulrich and second cousin to the former mayor of the same name, has been placing his own feelers out.

For his part, Mr. Halloran mostly reflected on his record while maintaining his own innocence of all wrongdoing.

“For these last four years, our community has been fortunate to have had my incredible Council District 19 staff working hard to resolve issues between the citizenry and their City government,” he said. “We owe them a great debt. They continue work diligently in the people’s interest, and it saddens me that these dedicated public servants have suffered along with me.”

“Our Nation enshrines the presumption of innocence for a reason, and I look forward to having my day in court, where I am confident that I will ultimately be vindicated. Now is the time I must work to that end,” he added. “I thank all those who have supported me. Your encouragement has been a comfort and I am forever grateful.” Embattled Councilman Dan Halloran Won’t Seek Re-Election