The victim then appealed to those present, who will be asked to vote in a special election on June 3 to replace Gallagher, whose last day in office was April 18.
“Now that the garbage is out of office, we will move on,” she said. “Be careful in choosing” the next candidate, she stressed. “Take your time. Do your homework.”
Gallagher Victim Speaks At Middle Village Meeting
Councilman Tony Avella, of Bayside, who in late March announced his candidacy for mayor, spoke to the crowd once the commotion receded.
“I believed it immediately,” he said, referring to the rape allegations against Gallagher. “This guy was out of control. Thank God he is finally gone.”
Avella, citing his experience in having worked alongside Gallagher in the City Council, added that Gallagher had not been a diligent public servant. “He betrayed you. He betrayed the community.”