(Updated) Quinn suggests Halloran ‘go further’

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announces federal corruption charges againt New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Council member Daniel Halloran at a press conference April 2, 2013 in New York.. Credit: Getty.
Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announces federal corruption charges againt New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Council member Daniel Halloran at a press conference April 2, 2013 in New York. Credit: Getty.

UPDATE: Not long after Councilman Dan Halloran announced he would not pursue a second term in order to “focus [his] attention” on “restoring [his] reputation” in the wake of corruption allegations, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn suggested he take it a step further.

“I urge Council Member Halloran to think hard about whether he should go further and step down immediately,” Quinn said in a statement.

Quinn brought up not only the allegations of bribery and corruption, but also more recent ones of sexual harassment.

“The constituents of Dan Halloran’s district deserve to have a Council Member who is full-time, 100 percent focused on representing them,” the statement continued. “Clearly, with the outrageously unacceptable allegations that are pending… he is far from 100 percent focused on his constituents.”

The Wall Street Journal noted that following Halloran’s arrest about a month ago, Quinn took away his committee assignments and barred him from allocating city money, rendering him essentially ineffective as a councilmember.

 

Metro’s original story is below.

Councilman Dan Halloran, who was arrested about a month ago on corruption charges along with State Senator Malcolm Smith, announced that he is cutting short his campaign for re-election in order to focus his energies on clearing his name.

Halloran and Smith are accused of trying to use bribes to get Smith on the GOP ballot in the city’s mayoral race this year.

“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,” Halloran 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.”

Halloran continues to insist he is innocent and said he is “confident that [he] will ultimately be vindicated.”

“Our Nation enshrines the presumption of innocence for a reason, and I look forward to having my day in court,” he said.

 

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