From City Hall News:
A potential rival to Queens Republican Councilman Dan Halloran wants him investigated for possible ethical and criminal violations for claiming Sanitation Department workers staged a deliberate slowdown during last winter’s New York City blizzard.
Matthew Silverstein, a Queens Democratic state committeeman who lives in Halloran’s district, sent letters two weeks ago to the Department of Investigation, the Queens district attorney’s office and the New York City Council Ethics Committee asking for probes into whether Halloran knowingly reported and circulated false information about the alleged slowdown—a Class A misdemeanor that would carry automatic jail time.
Silverstein also sent a letter to the Grievance Committee for the Queens Judicial District seeking an investigation into whether the councilman violated rules of legal conduct through his use of attorney-client privilege.
Silverstein is the former president of both the Queens and New York State Young Democrats, and is known to be interested in running for City Council against Halloran for in 2013. Any findings of wrongdoing would result in further grist for a Council run. A spokesman for Halloran, Steven Stites, dismissed Silverstein’s letters as political.