Halloran Declares Candidacy for Congress
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 08:27
Halloran Declares Candidacy for Congress
Council Member Launches Campaign in Bowne Park, Just Blocks From Where He Grew Up
Dan Halloran, a lifelong resident of Queens and a member of the New York City Council, launched his campaign today for Congress in New York’s new Sixth Congressional District.
Flanked by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, Halloran gathered under the American flag at Bowne Park in Flushing, just a block from his home and several blocks from where he grew up.
“I am running for Congress because the president and the Democrats’ policies have failed, and New Yorkers need a new voice,” Halloran said. “Democrats in Washington, led by President Obama, have spent us into financial ruin. They have failed to grow our economy and have led us deep into a harrowing recession. And they have thumbed their nose at Israel, calling for a return to its 1967 borders and showing an unwillingness to stand up to our mutual enemy, Iran, who wishes to destroy us. My Democratic opponents are nothing but a rubber stamp for this president’s failed leadership.”
Halloran continued, “I will work to create jobs and grow small businesses. I will fight for energy independence so our middle-class families pay less for gas at the pump. And I will steadfastly defend Israel, our nation’s most vital ally. Our middle class, our American values, and our national security are at stake.”
Halloran was joined by numerous friends, family and supporters; elected officials including former Congressman Rick Lazio; Council Member Eric Ulrich; and former State Senator Frank Padavan; Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens Republican Party; Mike Long, chairman of the New York Conservative Party; John Procida of the Queens Libertarian Party; and last but not least, his beloved Great Danes, Dasher and Esme.
Halloran was elected to the City Council in 2009, in a district where Democrats enjoy a 3:1 enrollment advantage, despite being outspent by his Democratic opponent by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since then, as a Council Member, Halloran has fought government overspending whileworking to preserve Queens’ quality of life. In his short time on the Council, Halloran has earned a place as one of the City’s most outspoken voices for reform, common sense, and limited government.
Before his election, he worked as an attorney in private practice, where he was of counsel to the police officers’ union; a small business owner; and worked in the offices of two District Attorneys, helping to keep our streets safe. He is a fifth-generation resident of Queens and comes from a family of service to New York City. Two of Halloran’s brothers are FDNY firefighters; his father was a deputy commissioner in City government; his grandfather an NYPD detective.
On Saturday, Halloran was nominated by the Queens Republican Party. He has also been nominated as the candidate of the Conservative Party.
The new Sixth District is an open seat. It includes the Queens neighborhoods of: Murray Hill, Bayside, Bayside Hills, Oakland Gardens, Fresh Meadows, Auburndale, East Flushing, Flushing Murray Hill, Queens Boro Hill, Briarwood, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and Ridgewood.
The district has a well-established independent streak that belies its Democratic registration advantage, and has elected numerous Republicans in the recent past, including Padavan (who represented an overlapping district for 38 years until 2010), Maltese, and Council Members Mike Abel and Anthony Como. Countless families in the district have been hurt by the president’s failed policies. In the last two years, two other Republicans have been elected to Congress in similar districts in the five boroughs.
Dan Halloran(R-Flushing), a member of the New York City Council, is running for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District, which includes the Queens neighborhoods Murray Hill, Bayside, Bayside Hills, Oakland Gardens, FreshMeadows, Auburndale, East Flushing, Flushing Murray Hill, Queens Boro Hill,Briarwood, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and Ridgewood.