Daniel Halloran

Pols enter not guilty pleas

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 | No Comments

Two Queens lawmakers, the former vice chairman of the borough’s Republican Party and three co-defendants pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday before learning that their next day in court is nearly three months away. An April 18 indictment handed up by a grand jury accused state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and City Councilman [...]

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Pols push MTA to spend surplus on Queens lines

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 | No Comments

A $40 million MTA budget surplus has leaders from northeast Queens calling to expand service and undo drastic cuts made in 2010. Elected officials joined in Manhattan Sunday with advocacy group Riders Alliance and Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Allen Cappelli over the weekend with their eyes on the new state dollars made possible through [...]

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Council race expands after Halloran arrest

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 | No Comments

While the race to challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was already crowded on the Democratic side, a member of his own party has stepped up for a spot on the ballot now that the lawmaker faces federal corruption charges. Halloran had been preparing to defend his northeast Queens seat against a growing list of [...]

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Smith gets booted from IDC

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on April 19, 2013 | No Comments

Nearly two weeks after he was accused of trying to bribe his way into Gracie Mansion as a Republican, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) returned to Albany Monday and was kicked out of the Independent Democratic Conference. Smith, who joined the IDC in December in a controversial move that wrested power from Senate Democrats, was [...]

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Candidates line up to replace Councilman Comrie

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on April 19, 2013 | No Comments

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) will be term-limited out of office at the end of the year after representing St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights and Jamaica for the last 12 years, and a bevy of candidates have lined up to take his place. Community Board 13 Chairman Bryan Block, state Assembly staffer Manny Caughman, [...]

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Warring GOP Party spars over leadership

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on April 19, 2013 | No Comments

Republican leaders traded more barbs over the future of the Queens GOP Party this week in the wake of a wide-ranging bribery scandal. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Queens Republican Party Vice Chairman Vince Tabone were both charged with participating in a bribery scheme to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) on the GOP mayoral [...]