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Halloran’s spokesman steps down

Kevin Ryan (r.) is leaving his post as spokesman for City Councilman Dan Halloran to take a job with the city Board of Elections. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Another top official working for embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stepped down this week, making it the third time an aide has quit since the councilman was arrested on federal corruption charges.

Halloran spokesman Kevin Ryan said he would be leaving the Whitestone district office for a position with the city Board of Elections after nearly one year on the job.

“I have greatly enjoyed working for the City Council, especially in the unique 19th District,” Ryan said. “I am grateful to the Council member, my co-workers, especially my communications colleague, Victor Mimoni, the fine journalists I’ve had the pleasure of working with and the District 19 residents for making it such an exciting opportunity.”

Halloran was arrested April 2 and indicted on charges of using bribery and corruption to secure a spot for state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) on the ballot’s GOP line in the mayoral race. He pleaded not guilty along with Smith and four other lawmakers following the April 18 indictment detailing the alleged scheme.

The councilman also said last month he would not be seeking re-election to the seat he originally won in 2009 so he could focus his time on clearing his name and restoring his reputation.

Ryan took on the role as Halloran’s spokesman in September after his predecessor, Steven Stites, shifted to a strictly advisory role for the councilman. His resignation makes him the third major player in Halloran’s office since the scandal swept through the northeast Queens Council district earlier this year.

Legislative Director John Mulvey and Chief of Staff Chrissy Voskerichian both stepped down as Halloran staffers soon after the councilman’s arrest in April. Voskerichian has since declared her own bid for Halloran’s 19th District seat, running in a crowded Democratic primary with Mulvey working as a member of her political campaign.

Although he will be leaving the Whitestone Republican’s team, Ryan said he still planned on remaining an active member of the Queens GOP and the northeast Queens Republican Club after moving onto the BOE.

“I am enthusiastic about continuing to serve voters at the Board of Elections, where I look forward to becoming a better public servant by learning more about the electoral process,” Ryan said. “I think this election cycle will be fun.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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Ear from To the ground says:
Word on the streets is that he is going to start a community based civic group that will provide cover for the next council person
June 23, 2013, 7:28 pm
Angelo from Whitestone says:
Al, the only words you hear are the many voices in your head.
June 24, 2013, 5:35 am
Ang from My moms basement says:
Sorry went on bender again
Ignore please
My bad
June 24, 2013, 6:29 am
Angelo from Whitestone says:
Centola, the only "word on the streets," is that your kids have to grow up knowing their father is such jealous ass.
June 24, 2013, 9:29 am
The real Carmine says:
Alfredo is not on this thread, I am Ear from To the ground, you jealous junky. Light and sweet, PUNK.
June 24, 2013, 9:59 am
Anthony says:
Interesting unintentional admission of guilt Centola. The question is, who is the real Carmine? I think you made that perfectly clear.
June 24, 2013, 11:21 am
Carmine says:
June 24, 2013, 3:54 pm
Anthony says:
June 24, 2013, 4:50 pm
Emilio from Ova heya says:
Oh children when yo gonna stopa the nonsense
June 24, 2013, 9:40 pm
Malcolm from The money's in da middle homes says:

Gotta distract

Keep at it D

Checks in da mail yo
June 24, 2013, 9:42 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, in all honesty, I need to know, what the hell is wrong with you?
June 25, 2013, 1:24 pm
Carmine says:
Al has never written anything on the thread, he is not here!! What is wrong with you??? PUNK.
June 27, 2013, 8:56 am
Angelo says:
Hey Al, stop by anytime, I'll have a hot cup waiting for you. You like it light and sweet, right? Don't forget to bring Ear, Carmine, Malcolm and the real Carmine.

Your a joke that's not funny!
June 27, 2013, 2:53 pm
Carmine says:
I'm there almost every day
No need for anyone to bring me
I even stand in the back of the church drinking coffee and sharing good times with others
Say hello next time don't just nod
It's rude
June 27, 2013, 10:59 pm
Angelo says:
Hey Al, how many times have I asked you to introduce me to the names you share good times with. Next time no nod, just a very firm handshake. A large cup of light and sweet to share with your others. Next time on the house.
June 28, 2013, 10:06 am
Poli says:
Serious issues this Angelo has.

Quite a fixation.

A Lil scarey.
June 28, 2013, 9:28 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, cut your crap.
June 29, 2013, 12:52 pm
To says:

You so funny.

June 29, 2013, 12:59 pm

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