NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A city councilman charged in a corruption case that has rocked New York politics said Wednesday he won’t run for re-election after being accused of taking bribes to help a would-be mayoral candidate try to get on the ballot.
Councilman Daniel Halloran said Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek to keep his Queens seat in November’s election so he could focus on exonerating himself.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo: Dining Capacity At Restaurants Outside New York City To Be Increased To 75% Starting March 19
“Regrettably, I must now focus my attention on clearing my name and restoring my reputation,” the one-term Republican said in a statement. “I have concluded that it is impossible for me to properly do these things and take on the enormous demands of a political campaign.”
Halloran’s colleague City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said Tuesday afternoon she would urge Halloran to think hard and soon about whether he should step down immediately.
“The decision that Councilmember Halloran has made is the right one,” Quinn told reporters including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
“The councilmember, as I understand it, is not resigning. He’s going to stay in his seat. I think he needs to really think about, in light of the wise decision he finally made, whether there’s more he actually needs to do for his constituents because I can’t imagine he’s very focused on them or very much in his district office delivering services to them,” Quinn said.