Gallagher's Last Day
April 18th, 2008
While all eyes turned toward Kendall Stewart and his indicted staff members as well as the fictitious group budget scandal whirling around Speaker Christine Quinn, we all forgot about another scandal at City Council that terminates today.
As of close of business today, Council District 30 in Queens is without a representative. That’s right; so long Dennis Gallagher, who resigned last month after he arranged a plea bargain that stemmed from rape charges from 2007.
At City Hall on Wednesday, Gallagher appeared quasi-relieved and not the slightest bit melancholy when asked about his last day.
Gallagher, who in his plea bargain statement said he would seek treatment for alcohol abuse and admitted to subjecting a 52-year-old Queens resident to sexual contact without her consent in his Middle Village district office, said he would move on and survive. What’s next? He said the private sector.
As Gallagher watches the clock tick down today, you can bet five candidates who are vying for his seat are gearing up for a crowded special election. Among the candidates are former city councilmember Tom Ognibene and Elizabeth Crowley — cousin of Rep. Joseph Crowley. Check out our new feature, Who’s Running For What, to see where the race for District 30 currently stands.
Queens Crap, a well traveled blog for Gallagher’s district which rarely, if ever, has kind words for the soon-to-be former councilmember, has a countdown of Gallagher’s last days.By Courtney Gross on April 18, 2008, 11:23 am
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