Indicted politician Dennis Gallagher faces monetary problems
Thursday, November 8th 2007, NY Daily News
by Nicole Bode
Queens City Councilman Dennis Gallagher was newly separated from his wife but still living with her because of financial troubles when he had "consensual" sex with the woman he's charged with raping, he told a grand jury.
"I'm not happy that my wife and I are separated. I'm not happy that I don't have enough money to move into an alternate location," said Gallagher, who earns $112,500 a year and gets an additional $5,000 as minority whip.
Since his indictment last month, Gallagher's income has been reduced because he was removed from his whip position and other posts that provide extra pay.
"If I could afford to have my own place, I probably would have my own place, but I can't afford it," the Republican politician added, according to his grand jury testimony included in court papers filed by the defense.
The 43-year-old Middle Village councilman's personal woes emerged under grilling by Queens prosecutors.
Gallagher was indicted on 10 counts of rape, assault and sex charges after he allegedly forced himself on a 52-year-old grandmother he met in a neighborhood bar July 8.
He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Hmmm...why were Pinky and his wife holding hands after the indictment if they are separated?
Wait til you see just how bad he is with money. More to come.