Dan Halloran

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Daniel J. Halloran III
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Dan Halloran
Member of the New York City Council from the 19th District
In office
January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2013
Preceded by Tony Avella
Succeeded by Paul Vallone
Personal details
Born (1971-03-16) March 16, 1971 (age 44)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Whitestone, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University, Queens College, St. John's University School of Law
Religion Theodism

Daniel J. Halloran III (born March 16, 1971), known simply as Dan Halloran, is a former member of the New York City Council, where he was the first adherent of Theodism ever elected to the council. He was indicted on corruption charges in 2013, did not run for re-election, and was convicted in July 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Halloran was raised in a "traditional Irish household" and was an attorney prior to running for office.[1] He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from St. John's University Law School and a B.A. in history and anthropology from the City University of New York. He worked in the NYPD and several District Attorneys' offices before entering private practice as a lawyer in a firm with offices in Queens and Long Island. He has been of counsel to the New York City Patrolman's Benevolent Association (PBA), worked on the Felony Panel of the 18B Assigned Counsel Plan of NYC, and is a Court Designated Referee in the Queens Supreme Court. His family has been in public service in New York City for five generations.[2]

City council service[edit]

A former police officer, Dan Halloran was elected to the New York City Council from the 19th Council District, in Queens, on November 3, 2009,[3] succeeding Tony Avella, who made a failed bid to become the Democratic nominee for mayor.[4] He was endorsed by the Republican, Libertarian, Independence and Conservative parties.[5] He represented nearly 200,000 residents. In September 2010, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[6]

Halloran sat on the Fire & Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Land Use (including Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses sub-committee), Public Housing, and Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services committees.[7]

Political views[edit]

Halloran is a registered lifelong Republican, a fiscal conservative and libertarian. He opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare").[8] He has appeared as a regular commentator on the Strategy Room on Fox News[9] where he has discussed matters ranging from healthcare reform to government spending, off-shore oil exploration, and other conservative and libertarian principles.[10]

He was purportedly asked to run for U.S. Congress in the 2010 election cycle in the 5th District of New York by Republican, Libertarian, and Conservative leaders.[11] Despite being courted by the NRCC and Representative Peter T. King to run, he withdrew from consideration, citing the economic crisis in the New York City and state budgets and the need to set the city's finances in order before he could consider taking on a run for any other office.[12]

Halloran's cousin, Lieutenant Vincent G. Halloran, an FDNY first responder, died on 9/11;[13] Dan Halloran became the first elected official in New York City to publicly criticize the Park51 (Cordoba House) project near Ground Zero of the World Trade Center site, stating, "If we want a nation of peace ... then peace comes with understanding. And they need to understand that this is sacred ground to New Yorkers."[14] "New York City is the greatest city in the world [a place of religious tolerance, but that tolerance] starts when you say 'I understand your pain, and I am not going to inflict more on you.'" He described Ground Zero as "sacred ground to New Yorkers."[15]

Allegation of work slowdown[edit]

Halloran attracted widespread attention when he stated that five municipal employees had told him of a deliberate slowdown in clearing snow after a blizzard in December 2010; the slowdown was allegedly organized to put Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a bad light. His comments precipitated multiple criminal investigations. The two workers he identified, however, did not corroborate his story, and he refused to name the three others, citing alleged "attorney-client privilege".[16]


Halloran's study of the Viking Age and field research in Ireland led him to develop an interest in Germanic paganism, and eventually to Theodism,[8] which has attracted widespread attention. He is a member of the New Normannii Reik, a branch of Heathenism.[17] The Village Voice described Halloran as "America's First Elected Heathen";[18] another Reconstructionist Neopagan adherent, Jessica Orsini (who is Hellenic), had previously been elected to the city council of Centralia, Missouri in 2006.[19]

Halloran's religion became an issue during the campaign after it was revealed that he was an adherent of Theodism. On his group's website, Halloran offered the following descriptions of his beliefs: "We believe in and honor the Gods and Goddesses of the North, spirits of the land, and the memories of our ancestors"[1] and described his group as "a cultural, religious and martial organization; dedicated to reviving the folkways of the Norman peoples of Northern Europe."[20] Odin, Tyr and Freyr are among the deities worshipped by the group. Halloran also stated that "It is our hope to reconstruct the pre-Christian religion of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European peoples, within a cultural framework and community environment." When asked about his beliefs, Halloran said "I was raised a Roman Catholic[17] right here in Auburndale. I was baptized into the Catholic Church and took my confirmation at 13. I attended Jesuit schools. Then and now, faith is a cornerstone of my life." Halloran served as legal counsel and incorporating attorney for the New York City Pagan Pride Project.[17]

State Senator Frank Padavan stated he felt Halloran's religion should not be an issue: "We have every religion under the sun in this district ... It's all here; so what? As long as everybody is properly motivated, so be it." These sentiments were echoed by the Queens County Republican Party chairman, Phil Ragusa, who additionally described Halloran as "a traditional person" and "a regular guy".[1] Halloran has lectured and discussed his theology on a national level.[8]

The Village Voice reported on Halloran's two years in office in the paper's November 30 – December 6, 2011 edition in a report entitled "Odin Himself Might Have Had A Hard Time Predicting Dan Halloran's Strange Career On New York's City Council". The report pointed out that when Halloran was elected in an off-year campaign, he was the "'First Atheling' or prince, of his own Theodish tribe, called New Normandy. He had 'thralls' who swore their allegiance to him ... he led his flock, about 100 people at its height, in their polytheistic celebration of the gods".[21] However, on election night, November 4, 2009, Halloran thanked his law partner, promising "The next time you give me advice to take a website down, I'll do it", referring to the now defunct New Normandy website, which had contained "images of Halloran in medieval garb, hoisting drinking horns and other regalia that he [Halloran] had apparently found embarrassing."[21]

2012 Congressional campaign[edit]

On March 26, 2012 Halloran announced that he would campaign for a vacant US Representative seat in the newly redistricted 6th congressional district. He was the only Republican nominee, and has been cross-endorsed by the New York State Conservative Party and was their nominee.[22] He was designated by the Libertarian Party at their state convention in April 2012.[23] In the November 2012 general election, he lost to the Democrat, candidate Grace Meng.

Conviction for political corruption[edit]

On April 2, 2013, Halloran was arrested along with New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith by the FBI on federal corruption charges. The complaint by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York FBI field office alleged that Smith attempted to secure a spot on the Republican ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral election through bribery. As part of the scheme, Halloran allegedly facilitated the Smith bribes and also accepted over $18,000 in cash bribes from an undercover agent and a cooperating witness.[24][25][26] On May 1, 2013 Halloran announced that he would not seek re-election for his city council seat.[27]

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Halloran was convicted of taking bribes, orchestrating payoffs and participating in a scheme to help Democrat Smith to run for mayor on the 2013 ballot as a Republican. He was convicted both of acting as a liaison between Smith and Republican Party officials and of taking at least $15,000 in bribes for designating about $80,000 in New York City funds to a nonprofit entity, allowing the money to be embezzled through a no-show job.[28][29]

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Halloran was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the bribery conviction.[30]


  1. ^ a b c "Irish American pagan attorney running for City Council in Queens". Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ "CONTESTED ELECTION CASES". New York Times. 2010-08-01. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dan Halloran Wins". Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Queens GOP Endorse Councilmember Dan Halloran in Race to Fill Open 6th Congressional District; The Queens Courier". Schneps Publications, Inc., 38-15 Bell Blvd. Bayside, New York 11361. 2012-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Mud slinging makes for dirty race". Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Dan Halloran, City & State, September 28, 2010.
  7. ^ "New York City Council Committees". Legistar.council.nyc.gov. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c "A Pagan Republican comes out of the Broom Closet". Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  9. ^ "'Drill, Baby, Drill'". Video.foxnews.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ Katz, Celeste (2010-04-02). "Halloran's Profile". New York: Nydailynews.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ City Hall News report on Halloran
  12. ^ Chris Bragg (2010-05-18). "Halloran Out For Possible Ackerman Challenge". Cityhallnews.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ Memorial Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran
  14. ^ National Review report on Halloran's opposition to the Cordoba House
  15. ^ Halloran comments regarding opposition to Cordoba House [1]
  16. ^ Buettner, Russ; William K. Rashbaum (January 26, 2011). "Evidence Is Elusive on Charge of a Blizzard Slowdown". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b c Rafferty, Brian M. "Pagan 'King' Has Council GOP Nod". Queens Tribune. Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  18. ^ "'Heathen' Halloran Captures Council Seat". Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  19. ^ Orsini, Jessica. "Interview With Openly Pagan Elected Official", The Witches' Voice
  20. ^ "Pagans say they're nothing to be afraid of". Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  21. ^ a b Thrasher, Steven. "Odin Himself Might Have Had A Hard Time Predicting Dan Halloran's Strange Career On New York's City Council". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  22. ^ NY1 coverage of Halloran
  23. ^ "Libertarian Republican". libertarianrepublican.net. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  24. ^ Staff (2013-04-02). "Manhattan U.S. Attorney And FBI Assistant Director-In-Charge Announce Federal Corruption Charges Against New York State Senator Malcolm Smith And New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran" (Press release). United States Department of Justice, US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  25. ^ Signed complaint (pdf)
  26. ^ Michael Wislon; William K. Rashbaum (April 2, 2013). "Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race". New York Times. p. A1. 
  27. ^ Michael Wilson; William K. Rashbaum (April 2, 2013). "Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race". New York Times. p. A1. 
  28. ^ Marc Santora (July 29, 2014). "Ex-New York Councilman Is Convicted in Corruption Case". New York Times. 
  29. ^ John Riley (July 29, 2014). "Dan Halloran, former NYC councilman, convicted of bribery". Newsday. 
  30. ^ "Former City Councilman Dan Halloran sentenced to 10 years in prison", New York Daily News, March 4, 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Avella
New York City Council District 19