March 17th, 2008
Who wouldnít want to bring in spring with another special election?
Well, voters of the 30th City Council District don’t get a choice. As of April 18, Councilmember Dennis Gallagher will no longer represent the 30th district, because he is resigning as part of a plea bargain on rape charges from last year. Thatís the second official resignation — the first being Gov. Eliot Spitzer — in less than a week.
It is now up to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call a special election.
Gallagher’s statement, which is available in full here, reads:
By Courtney Gross on March 17, 2008, 4:03 pm
On Sunday, July 8, 2007, while I was intoxicated, I intentionally and forcibly touched intimate parts of the complainant and subjected her to sexual contact without her consent. My conduct was wrong and I apologize to the complainant. I intend to continue treatment for my alcohol abuse and also announce my resignation as a member of the New York City Council, effective close of business on Friday, April 18, 2008.
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