Speaker and Public Advocate Refuse to Criticize de Blasio Over Bishop Call Controversy

Tish James celebrating her win Tuesday night. (Photo: Facebook)
Tish James celebrating her election win with Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Facebook)

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. Continue reading “Speaker and Public Advocate Refuse to Criticize de Blasio Over Bishop Call Controversy”

Bill de Blasio Cancels Press Conference One Day After Grilling

Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter's church last year. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter’s church last year. (Photo: Facebook)

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.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Cancels Press Conference One Day After Grilling”

Mayor’s Office Says de Blasio Did Not Ask for Ally to Be Spared Night in Jail

Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter's church last year. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio and his family attending Orlando Findlayter’s church in September. (Photo: Facebook)

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. Continue reading “Mayor’s Office Says de Blasio Did Not Ask for Ally to Be Spared Night in Jail”