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Some of Halloran’s grant funds frozen

Three of lawmaker’s discretionary grants suspended, spokesman quits

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

The stain surrounding embattled Councilman Dan Halloran (D-Whitestone) is spreading.

The city froze $72,857 of the lawmaker’s discretionary grants, according to published reports.

The total of 12 allocations was slated to go to the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Community Center, Quality Services for the Autism Community and Prevention Alternatives for Families in Crisis Nature-Nurture Counseling Center.

The Queens Chronicle was not able to reach any of the organizations for comment.

Halloran had allocated 40 grants in total, worth about $400,000 in discretionary funding, according to the Councilman’s office.

The freezing of the grants does not necessarily mean the money will not be disbursed.

The grant freeze follows Halloran’s April 2 arrest on corruption charges after being taped discussing an alleged pay-to-play scheme that would have redirected thousands of taxpayer dollars to a developer, then serving as a conduit for state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s (D-Hollis) failed attempt at buying Wilson Pakula certificates to gain the Republican line for a mayoral run.

There was no immediate indication the money was frozen due to a connection to the investigation into Halloran’s dealings.

To add to the lawmaker’s woes, another member of his staff jumped ship, as spokesman Kevin Ryan left to become a clerk at the borough’s Board of Elections office.

Halloran has made a few appearances both at the City Council and his district office, though has largely remained off the radar.

He has denied all allegations against him and announced in May he would not seek a second term in office so he could instead focus on the charges he faces.

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