Two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s closest allies today refused to criticize the mayor over the controversy surrounding his call to police following the arrest of an early campaign supporter–with one literally walking away from reporters at City Hall.
“I will defer to the mayor of the City of New York,” repeated Public Advocate Tish James, as she was trailed by reporters walking from City Hall to her office on Centre Street.
Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled a planned press conference this morning, a day after he was grilled by reporters for his decision to keep schools open during yesterday’s blizzard and placing a personal call to police after an early campaign supporter was arrested earlier this week.
His office announced the scheduling change via email blast, which read, “There are no public events scheduled.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new administration may have been hit with its first minor scandal today: a report suggesting he intervened to prevent a friend from spending a night behind bars–a suggestion Mr. de Blasio’s office denies.
The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon that Bishop Orlando Findlayter, a member of Mr. de Blasio’s inaugural committee, was spared a night in jail after the mayor contacted a top police official to inquire about his arrest Monday night.