Accused in New York mayoral bribery case Dan Halloran is in major debt
FBI records show Irish American politician saying he needed bribery money to get his “mortgage situation resolved”
Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was arrested earlier this week for his alleged involvement in attempting to manipulate this year’s New York City mayoral election, is also struggling with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and is recovering from a painful divorce.
Christine Comoglio, who sold Halloran his Flushing home, said Halloran owes her up to $150,000 on the 2005 transaction.
She told the New York Post “Halloran stopped returning my phone calls four months ago.”
Under their agreement Halloran signed a promissory note to pay an additional $150,000 on top of the mortgage.
The Councilman was also in arrears on his mortgage and Wells Fargo had filed a complaint against him in 2010 for missing six monthly payments on his $359,650 debt.
Comoglio told the FBI she had only entered into this unusual arrangement with Halloran because he was a friend of her boyfriend. She said he had even covered one of his mortgage payments when he was unable to do so.
She said that despite his money woes he seemed to live a good life and kept two cars, including a Jaguar.
The Post also reports that he and his ex-wife Cynthia had divorced in 2010. She has also racked up an American Express debt and had entered a settlement agreement to pay off the $24,000 debt.
On Tuesday Halloran was arrested for attempting to deliver up to $80,000 in city funds to a sham company, in an effort to make money for himself.
Frontrunner for the position, Council Speaker Christine Quinn said stricter spending rules over so-called “member items” would have prevented Halloran from getting the public funds. Halloran will be stripped of all committee assignments and all funding decisions.
His arrest relies on recordings of conversations between undercover agents and cooperative witnesses. The New York Daily News reports that during a January 31 meeting said he needed the money to get his “mortgage situation resolved”.
Halloran is one of the more colorful New York City council members. He was first elected in 2009 and is the first practicing pagan councilman to be elected. The Queens Councilman recovered from brain surgery last year.
In the past he has been accused of stirring up anti-Asian sentiment against Asian opponents.
Last fall he repeatedly used the F-bomb during a Libertarian Party function saying “I’m f--king lonely on the New York City council! I’m a goddamned Libertarian on the council! . . . I’m f--king proud of that!.”
He has also claimed that he served in the NYPD however a spokesperson from the Police Department has no record. They report that he was a police cadet in 1990, for three months, before dropping out.
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