De Blasio Appears In Court In Connection With Hospital Protest Arrest

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Local Politics, New York City
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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Leading mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio had to take time out from courting voters to go to court Tuesday, appearing before a judge over his arrest at a hospital protest.

De Blasio, City Councilman Stephen Levin (D-33rd) and about a dozen nurses and others had their disorderly conduct cases put on track to be dismissed if they avoid rearrest for six months.

The method is a common way for Manhattan courts to resolve such cases.

De Blasio, who now serves as the city’s public advocate, and the others were arrested July 10 after they ignored a police officer’s order to stop blocking the entrance to a midtown Manhattan office of the State University of New York, according to a court complaint. The group was protesting the university system’s plan to close Long Island College Hospital and sell its Brooklyn property, valued at up to $1 billion.

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