Queens Republican Councilman Dan Halloran, one of New York City’s more colorful political figures, is leaning toward running against similarly colorful Democratic state Sen. Tony Avella, according to multiple sources who have spoken with Halloran. —
In May, Halloran told a number of business leaders in a meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce that he was planning on running, according to people who attended the meeting. (The president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Jack Friedman, said he could not recall Halloran making the statement.)
And at a late November fundraiser in Whitestone, Halloran privately told attendees he was planning on opening up a campaign committee for a Senate run, a source said – though he has yet to register a committee with the state Board of Elections.
Yet others say he has yet to make a decision. At a Queens Village Republican Club meeting in December entitled “Energizing the GOP for 2012” Halloran did not talk about the possible race with Avella.
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