Police Commissioner Bill Bratton today staunchly defended Bill de Blasio after the mayor received a torrent of criticism for placing a personal call to the NYPD following a campaign supporter’s arrest.
The bishop at the center of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first major controversy canceled a planned press conferences this morning in Harlem.
Bishop Orlando Findlayter, a de Blasio campaign ally who was spared a night in jail after the new mayor placed a call to police, announced his intentions yesterday to hold a press conference at 9 a.m. this morning at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, but failed to show up. (The mayor and police have said the decision to release the bishop was made before word of the mayor’s call had reached the precinct where he was being held.) Continue reading “Bishop Findlayter Cancels Planned Harlem Appearance”→
Mayor Bill de Blasio was placed on the defense today, fielding question after question about a controversial phone call he placed to police after a campaign supporter was arrested Monday night
The supporter, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, avoided a night in jail despite two open warrants, prompting accusations of favoritism and interference. But Mr. de Blasio, his talking points mastered, repeatedly insisted he only inquired about Mr. Findlayter’s status.