Campaign Kick Off

by Kevin Ryan on February 21, 2013


Council Member Halloran Launches Reelection Campaign

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Council Member Dan Halloran launched his campaign for reelection at Verdi’s in Whitestone. He was joined by more than 100 constituents, plus supporters from both sides of the aisle, union representatives and key political figures.

After being introduced by 38-year State Senator Frank Padavan, Halloran said, “This campaign is about three things: neighborhoods, neighborhoods and neighborhoods. This is a very special district, where I was raised and have lived my entire life. It’s built around a core of one and two-family homes that we’ve worked hard to own. We need to fight to keep us from becoming just another part of the ‘big city.’ Our district has received more funds in the last three years, despite the Democratic majority in the Council, because we’ve fought hard, made the right decisions and delivered for the people in Northeast Queens. We need to continue that fight to make sure our community has the voice in local government it deserves.”

Halloran continued, “Our district office has been ranked #1 in constituent services in the Council for the last three years in a row, thanks to our dedication to serving our community. We have closed over 8,000 constituent cases and we continue to strive to serve you even better. Other candidates may talk about what they might do. I can tell you what we have done: we’ve saved the after-school programs, kept the fire houses open, and enabled places like Douglaston’s Alley Pond Environmental Center, College Point’s Poppenhusen Institute, and the Bayside Historical Society to go on serving Queens.”

“Always working to increase transparency in government, I was the first Council Member to publish my discretionary funding on the internet, before it was mandatory. We are one of the first Council offices to engage with residents in the Participatory Budget program, so taxpayers can get involved with the budget process and have a voice in how their money is spent. Ours is an office working hard every day of the week and around the clock, even manning the District office during the past hurricanes, blizzards and storms 24/7 to help our constituents get City services when they were most in need. “

Council member Eric Ulrich joined his colleague, as did former State Senator Serf Maltese and former Council Member Mike Abel. Three of the Republican mayoral candidates were well represented: John Catsimatidis generously contributed as a Host, while George McDonald and Joe Lhota personally attended the Council Member’s kick-off event. When asked if he endorses Halloran for reelection, Lhota replied, “I more than endorse him. I want him to win.”

Halloran’s fundraising has already met the NYC Campaign Finance Board threshold for full matching funds, which will allow him to spend the maximum amount permitted by law in this election cycle.