"The lobbyist group that the developer hired, do I know them? Yes. Do I know all the lobbyists in New York City? Yes.” – Councilman Dennis Gallagher as quoted in the Queens Ledger, September 20, 2006
“City Hall is filled with lobbyists for every program imaginable, but there is no lobbyist for the middle class in New York City.” - Councilman Dennis Gallagher as quoted in City Journal, Spring 2003
“Did I receive donations from Brian McLaughlin? Yes, but they all came at a time when he was considered to be an outstanding legislator and labor leader, when nobody would have guessed this was going on.” - Councilman Dennis Gallagher as quoted in the Queens Chronicle, November 2, 2006.
"The DOB used to be ringing doorbells up and down the block, but I believe that has stopped, correct? Do not let them in. Let 'em get a warrant." - Gallagher attorney, Jake LaScala at a civic meeting as quoted in the Queens Ledger, February 8, 2007.
The article continues: He promised that he would go to court with anyone who encountered problems with the DOB, a promise the councilman has been advertising on flyers throughout his district.
Yes, you read everything correctly. Gallagher is proud to know every lobbyist in the city, and well aware that there is no lobbyist for the middle class. He attempted to justify taking money from the indicted Brian McLaughlin, but didn't explain why he as a Republican would take money from a Democrat. Pinky is also advising people to not allow DOB into their homes, thereby encouraging illegal apartments. Not only that, he will take their side in court if DOB catches them. Does anyone think that DOB has the manpower to send people out door-to-door anyway? They don't even show up when you file a specific complaint...
Amazing, isn't it?