Former City Councilman Dan Halloran is at the center of an alleged massive bribery scheme and has been testifying in his own defense for six days. On Thursday, federal prosecutors had their first opportunity to question the former lawmaker—and it was done sharply and quickly. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
WHITE PLAINS—Former Councilman Dan Halloran spent more than five days on the stand telling his side of the story, arguing why he was innocent of bribery charges.
"I am looking forward to seeing what the government has to ask me and I am happy to answer their questions," Halloran said.
Hours later on Thursday, Halloran emerged from court after federal prosecutors had their turn to try to rip holes in his case.
"Yeah, he's tired. That's what he was. At the end of the day, he was just tired," said Halloran's attorney, Vinoo Varghese.
For 55 minutes, prosecutors painted Halloran as a corrupt politician out to line his own pockets.
They pointed to a letter, where Halloran promises to direct city tax dollars to an upstate real estate developer, and then to an undercover video.
Halloran: "Thank you brother. You are the man."
Undercover: "Here's, uh, ten grand."
Halloran: "You're the man."
Halloran accepts $10,000 in cash from that developer who was really an undercover FBI agent.
"You testified you didn't trust him" Halloran was asked on the stand. "You get into a car with him and take ten thousand dollars in cash in an envelope, correct?"
"Yes," Halloran answered.
"And you continued to meet with him?" the prosecutor proceeded.
Halloran responded, "Yes."
The prosecution moved on to this a meeting arranged by Halloran at Sparks steakhouse.
It's here GOP chairmen were led outside and handed envelopes of cash. Prosecutors argue they were bribes to get State Senator Malcolm Smith on the ballot in the mayor's race.
As part of that arrangement, Halloran was allegedly eyeing an appointment as deputy mayor.
When pressed about that, Halloran said: "In a 'perfect world' I would love to be First Deputy Mayor, yes, but that's not what we are talking about."
The last question Halloran was asked while on the stand was simple and direct. A federal prosecutor asked: were you handing out bribes? Halloran answered quickly and he said no.