135 Bowery Foe Implicated in NYC Political Scandal
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Hindsight might be 20/20, but neighborhood activists certainly smelled fish of some kind amidst the 135 Bowery fiasco. The federal style row house had been landmarked for a minute, then just as quickly demolished after the City Council overturned the ruling of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Since then, it’s dormancy and a real estate listing carrying a price tag of $8.5 million.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last week that prominent City Councilmember Dan Halloran, who also voted to overturn the designation, is now implicated in the recent NYC corruption scandal, albeit for a different matter altogether. According to DNAinfo:
Dan Halloran is a Republican city councilman who is accused of working as a “quarterback” in state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s bribery scheme, identifying officials who would be open to bribes and arranging meetings with them, prosecutors said.
Halloran, 42, arranged for an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a real estate developer to meet with two Republican county leaders to bribe the county leaders for their support of Smith’s mayoral campaign, authorities said.
Halloran also agreed to steer up to $80,000 in City Council funds to the FBI’s posed real estate developer, in exchange for the developer’s participation in the scheme, prosecutors said.
In return for his services, Halloran allegedly pulled in about $20,500 in cash bribes for himself and said he wanted to be named deputy police commissioner if Smith was elected mayor, officials said. Halloran was arrested Tuesday and charged with wire fraud and participating in a bribery conspiracy.
Halloran, a lifelong Queens resident, was known as an outspoken conservative member of the City Council and was named a “Rising Star” in City & State’s 40 Under 40 list. He was elected in 2010 and represents the 19th District.