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Halloran kicks off his re-election bid

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City Councilman Dan Halloran hosted a e-election fundraiser at Verdi’s in Whitestone. Photo by Ken Maldonado
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Former state Sen. Frank Padavan (l.) shows his support for the re-election of City Councilman Dan Halloran. Photo courtesy Dan Halloran
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City Councilman Dan Halloran addresses a crowd of supporters at his campaign kick-off event in Whitestone. Photo courtesy Dan Halloran
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Councilman Dan Halloran is joined by former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a fellow Republican. Photo by Ken Maldonado
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Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota (l.) speaks at the event for Councilman Dan Halloran. Photo by Ken Maldonado

A busy City Council race to represent northeast Queens continued to gain momentum as the Republican incumbent kicked off a re-election bid based on his experience in the district.

Last week, Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) launched his campaign at Verdi’s catering hall in Whitestone in the company of noteworthy supporters, including former 38-year Republican state Sen. Frank Padavan.

Halloran used the event as an opportunity to remind the district, which includes Little Neck, Bayside, Whitestone, Auburndale and College Point, that if it is not broken, it does not need to be fixed.

“Other candidates may talk about what they might do. I can tell you what we have done,” Halloran said in a release about the event. “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.”

The councilman also praised his district office, citing its No. 1 ranking in constituent services in the Council for the last three years with more than 8,000 constituent cases under its belt.

At the campaign kick-off, big names in the ranks of Queens Republicans threw their support behind Halloran, who was elected to the Council in 2009 to succeed current state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Other noteworthy GOPers included Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), former Sen. Serf Maltese and Republican mayoral candidates John Catsimatidis, George McDonald and Joe Lhota.

When addressing the crowd, Padavan remarked on the importance of the 19th Council District race as an ongoing fight to preserve the residential character of the various communities, according to the release.

“This campaign is about three things: neighborhoods, neighborhoods and neighborhoods,” Padavan said. “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.’”

The race to unseat Halloran, who ran for Congress last year against now-U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), has grown more crowded since the beginning of the year. Four Democrats eyeing the seat include Democratic state committeeman Matthew Silverstein, former state Assemblyman John Duane, attorney Paul Vallone and Austin Shafran, of the state’s economic development agency Empire State Development.

Shafran, who also worked under former Rep. Gary Ackerman and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), marked the beginning of his campaign alongside Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in Bay Terrace — the same area where Silverstein draws much of his support.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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Tony says:
With term limits and all he only has one more term to fully screw us. Wait till you see what this louse of a lass has in store for us wee peasant folk

Bayside there is a surprise a coming

Whitestone has the former grace property the former CYO property and let us not neglect the gambino property

Hahah frosty lucky charms indeed
Feb. 25, 2013, 5:35 pm
Tony says:
Ah yrs padavan what an upstanding citizen buying cars w campaign contributions and selling state land to Indian developers. Ie. creedmore scandal.
Feb. 25, 2013, 5:45 pm
Tony from Whitestone says:
You still got his predecessor, who is in with massage parlors, toxic dumpers, and every racist west of Astoria.
Feb. 26, 2013, 11:25 pm
Jack360 from Queens says:
I can see Halloran losing to Paul Vallone because of the still large (yet diminishing) italo-american base in Whitestone and the nadir republican brand turning off/depressing voter turnout.
March 2, 2013, 12:27 pm

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