De Blasio 'inquired' about circumstance of an ally's arrest

Mayor Bill de Blasio waves after delivering his Mayor Bill de Blasio waves after delivering his first State of the City address on Feb. 10, 2014, at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. Photo Credit: Getty Images / John Moore

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From today's Newsday story by Mathew Chayes and Anthony M. DeStefano:

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A clergyman on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaugural team with outstanding warrants avoided a night in jail over an arrest that the mayor personally called an NYPD official to inquire about.

Deputy Chief Kim Royster, who took de Blasio's call about Bishop Orlando Findlayter, said Tuesday that the mayor had reached her after the local commanding officer already decided to free Findlayter, senior pastor of Brooklyn's New Hope Christian Fellowship church, on a desk appearance ticket. Otherwise he would have been kept in custody and taken to court in the morning.

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Findlayter was arrested around 11:20 p.m. Monday after cops stopped a vehicle he was driving for failing to signal a left turn, said Royster, a top official in the NYPD press office. The auto insurance had lapsed, she said, and he had failed to show up in court on disorderly conduct charges from an arrest at an immigration reform rally.

Question: Can anyone imagine such a special phone call, or anything like that, happening in Nassau or Suffolk?

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