Disgraced City Councilman Dennis Gallagher, who leaves office Friday, says he would have been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman in his office if he had gone to trial.
"I still feel strongly that had this gone to trial, I would've been vindicated," said Gallagher, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sex charges last month.
A source close to the Middle Village Republican said he took the no-jail plea deal because he didn't have the money for a long legal battle.
Gallagher, 43, had already paid his lawyers $460,000 by the time he entered the guilty plea March 17 and wasn't able to come up with an estimated $430,000 for trial, the source said.
I would have beat sex rap, says Gallagher
Is that the line you're spinning, Pinky? Heh. Have a great retirement.
Then there's this: "Would-be candidates have 12 days from Bloomberg's announcement to collect 2,700 signatures."
Nope. They have 12 days to collect 986 signatures, which is 5% of the turnout for the last gubernatorial election. Read the Queens Chronicle for the correct info.
"...voters will return to the polls in the fall of 2009 to cast ballots for the seat's normal four-year election cycle."
Nope. BOE has informed me that the 2009 election is for a 2-year term and there will be another election in 2011. Has to do with redistricting. Read the Times Ledger for the correct info.
Consider this the Daily News' correction, because you know they won't print any. This is the Queens section.