By late yesterday, the political fallout of the charges was apparent. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, said Mr. Gallagher would step down from his position as minority whip, the second-highest position among three Republican members of the 51-member City Council, and would temporarily remove himself from several committee assignments. His lawyer, Stephen R. Mahler, said in an interview that Mr. Gallagher had no intention of relinquishing his seat on the Council.
Not that anyone would notice if he did. There's also been an addition to Monday's Ethics Committee Calendar...
Arraigned on Rape Charges, Councilman Is Out on Bail
Vincent Arcuri Jr., a retired construction manager and chairman of Community Board 5, which covers the area that includes Mr. Gallagher’s district, said residents had not forgotten his work in obtaining city money for landscaping and neighborhood improvements. “As far as I can see, it’s business as usual in the Council district,” he said.
Right, Vinnie. For the past 6 years, he's been pulling in a salary funded by taxpayer money and working on behalf of developers to "improve" and change the "landscape" of Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood and part of Richmond Hill.
Queens councilman surrenders on rape charges
Queens Councilman Accused Of Rape Surrenders
WIFE BACKING UP POL IN 'RAPE'
Political insiders told The Post that the Gallaghers have long had a troubled relationship. Despite their differences, Donna, 44, decided to stick by her husband years ago for the sake of his career and their children.
God bless her.
Mr. Gallagher appeared at the arraignment yesterday with his wife, Donna, and his brother Kevin. Mr. Mahler said Kevin Gallagher had provided the money for the $200,000 bail.
Very interesting. More on this soon...