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.

Ms. Voskerichian’s filing shows that other former Halloran staffers are boosting her campaign. John Mulvey, a constituent services staffer who resigned with Ms. Voskerichian, along with a family member, gave a total of $250. Amy Tam, a liaison to the Chinese community in Mr. Halloran’s office, donated $10. Paige Waranis, once Mr. Halloran’s staffer handling land use issues, donated with family members a total of $120. Mario Cappuccia, another staffer, donated $25.

But some doubt the money will amount to much.

“She has a civic following because she is the president of Station Road Civic Association, the 109th precinct council–there are some conservative Democrats in the district that could vote for her,” said a Queens Democratic insider. “But I think she’s tapped. It’s an impressive fund-raising number but her chances of winning are still minimal.”

A former director of sales for a telecommunications firm, Ms. Voskerichian is running against Democrats Austin Shafran, Paul Vallone, Paul Graziano and John Duane. Dennis Saffran, backed by the scuffling Queens GOP, is running in the Republican primary.

Ms. Voskerichian did not respond to a request for comment. Dan Halloran Staffers Boost Ex-Chief of Staff’s Bid to Replace Their Boss