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.
“I have no problem with it whatsoever. None, whatsoever,” said Mr. Bratton, weighing in for the first time on the controversy.
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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.)
Bishop Orlando Findlayter will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to address the controversy surrounding his arrest and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s subsequent call to police.
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.
It’s the day of his first budget announcement, but much of the spotlight today will instead be focused on Bill de Blasio’s controversial decision to reach out to the NYPD following a friend’s arrest.
The city’s new mayor suddenly finds himself under fire from multiple corners following yesterday’s Wall Street Journal report revealing he personally made a call to inquire about Bishop Orlando Findlayter after the pastor was arrested Monday for outstanding warrants. A local police official subsequently–and suspiciously, some say–released Mr. Findlayter.