2016-05-04 / Front Page

Court Nixes Halloran Appeal

By Liz Goff
The New York Federal Appeals Court last week denied an appeal by disgraced former City Councilmember Dan Halloran to overturn his 10-year prison sentence.

Halloran, who surrendered to federal prison officials in June 2015, had asked the court to toss the sentence handed down by a federal judge in his bribery conviction.

Halloran was sentenced in March 2015 to a 10-years in prison term for masterminding a scheme to help former State Sen. Malcom Smith buy his way onto the 2013 New York City mayoral ballot.

Halloran, a two-term Councilmember and former rising star in the GOP, was charged wit Smith in a federal indictment for allegedly plotting to bribe Republican Party officials to get Smith on the GOP 2013 primary ballot.

The Appeals Court released its decision in an April 28 statement that read, “We conclude that there was sufficient evidence’ to convict Halloran, a former attorney, former prosecutor and self-described pagan.

“We have considered all of Halloran’s remaining arguments, and find them without merit,” the court ruled.

Halloran was first elected to the City Council in 2009 to represent neighborhoods in eastern Queens.

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