Two Republicans who are allied with the RLC are running for City Council and Borough President, respectively, in Queens (New York City) due to the lack of Republicans in city government. The Republican Liberty Caucus of New York, just this week, endorsed Dan Halloran for City Council and Robert Hornak for Queens Borough President.
“[My district] is a long-time Republican territory … the same area represented by state Sen. Frank Padavan,” according to RLC member Dan Halloran. Halloran hosted a fundraising event featuring Senator Padavan and other prominent Republicans on Saturday, April 5.
Mr. Halloran (photo at left), an Air Force veteran and former member of the New York City Police Department, is running to be the next City Councilman representing Queens, district 19. Halloran, who attended the RLC National Convention in Jacksonville, also has received the endorsement of the local GOP.
With a field of five Democrats fighting to replace Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Halloran is the sole Republican in the race. Another candidate, Joseph Gravagna, recently bowed out of the Republican competition during a meeting of the Northeast Queens Republican Club, saying Halloran was “the ideal candidate who represents the very best in our party.”
The Halloran name is well-known in Flushing, part of the area the candidate wants to represent. His family ran a real estate business there for over 80 years. Halloran grew up in Flushing, 15 blocks away from his current Whitestone home. Halloran is a graduate of Fordham University and received his law degree from St. John’s University and advanced L.L.M. from SUNY Buffalo.
“We are in a fiscal crisis. Many city agencies could be merged, saving $6.9 billion,” Halloran said. “There are 116 agencies now and many are redundant. It contributes to a bloated bureaucracy.”
Robert Hornak, Chair of the Urban Republicans and the former NYYRC chairman and club president, is running for Queens Borough President. At his kickoff fundraiser in February, former New York RLC Board member Dr. Herb London and longtime pro-liberty activist Niger Innis were present to support Hornak’s bid. His Host Committee included RLC member Luke Vander Linden and former RLC-endorsed candidate for Senate, Michael Benjamin. RLC member Ron Lewenberg is also on his campaign team.
RLC members from across New York state will be watching these races closely, as well as the race of Westchester County District Attorney candidate and RLC member Dan Schorr.