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Halloran takes leave for surgery

Doctors to remove brain tumor from Whitestone councilman

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Thu May 31, 2012.

Free scans by the Brain Tumor Foundation at the Whitestone office of Republican Councilman Dan Halloran led to the discovery of a benign tumor in the councilman that was to be operated on Wednesday.

“The gods are good to me,” Halloran said Monday night prior to a political forum he participated in at the Flushing Library. He is running for the newly created 6th Congressional District seat and said the surgery will not slow him down.

Halloran, 41, is expected to remain in the hospital for four days and then recuperate at home. “They say I’ll be back to work in two weeks,” he said.

The tumor, Halloran indicated, hasn’t slowed him down. “Nothing can,” he said.

“In the meantime, I ask for your thoughts during these next two weeks and welcome the prayers and well-wishes of those who have expressed their concern,” Halloran added.

In a letter sent to his constituents, Halloran said the tumor was discovered in March,and that his doctors expect a speedy recovery.

Although upbeat Monday night, Halloran noted in his letter: “As with any operation, there is the potential for complications. I’ll admit to being afraid. Who wouldn’t be?”

He added that he has a “great staff” who will be there “for our community day in and day out. There will be no lack of attention to your needs while I am on the mend, and my staff will continue to provide the best constituent service in the City of New York.”

Halloran, an attorney, was elected to the City Council in 2009, filling the seat previously held by now-state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who ran unsuccessfully for mayor.

Halloran announced in March that he would run for Congress and was endorsed by the Queens Republican and Conservative parties. His platform includes creating jobs, reinforcing support for Israel and finding energy alternatives to reduce the price of gas.

The new district extends from Flushing and Bayside to Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and part of Ridgewood.

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