Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio arrested at protest

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio arrested at protest

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New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was arrested Wednesday afternoon on disorderly conduct charges in a protest over the possible closure of a Brooklyn hospital.

De Blasio, City Council member Steve Levin and about a dozen others were arrested in Midtown Manhattan near a State University of New York campus.

The university system is considering selling Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. The protest was in part organized by health care workers union that has endorsed de Blasio.

De Blasio, the Public Advocate, has urged Gov. Cuomo to intervene.

In a statement after his arrest de Blasio said:  "This is a moment for all New Yorkers to stand up and fight, and I'm proud to do my part."

The building is a teaching hospital that serves Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and other Brooklyn neighborhoods. The protesters were expected to be released with a summons.

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