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Councilman under investigation won't seek re-election
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City councilman charged with taking
bribes to help a would-be mayoral candidate won't run for re-election.
Councilman Daniel Halloran said in a statement Wednesday he won't
seek to keep his Queens seat in November. He says he needs to
focus on clearing his name. The one-term Republican has pleaded not
guilty to accepting payoffs to help state Sen. Malcolm Smith buy
himself a shot at the Republican mayoral nomination. Smith
ultimately didn't run. He denies the allegations.
Halloran also faces criminal charges and a council ethics probe
over allegations that he agreed to steer council money to a
company in exchange for more bribes. He says he's confident he'll
be vindicated. A spokesman says Halloran won't resign before his
term ends.Halloran ran for Congress last year.