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New York City Mayoral Candidate Arrested At Protest

Bill de Blasio in handcuffs at a rally to save Long Island College Hospital.

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Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you're united to #SaveLICH.

Bill de Blasio

@deBlasioNYC

Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you're united to #SaveLICH.

One of the leading candidates for mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, was arrested Wednesday morning at a Manhattan rally to stop the possible closure of the debt-ridden Long Island College Hospital.

De Blasio, the current city public advocate, was at the protest — planned by the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU healthcare workers union — alongside his wife, activist Chirlane McCray. Two other candidates, former congressman Anthony Weiner and city comptroller John Liu, were also present. Neither were arrested.

The hospital, in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood, is managed by SUNY Downstate, which has argued since February that the hospital is not financially stable. De Blasio attended a rally on behalf of the hospital workers earlier this week.

De Blasio's staff tweeted about his arrest as the candidate was carried off by police officers in plastic handcuffs.

.@Chirlane: ȁcWe can’t afford to lose our community hospitals!ȁd #SaveLICH

Bill de Blasio

@deBlasioNYC

.@Chirlane: ȁcWe can’t afford to lose our community hospitals!ȁd #SaveLICH

RT if you’re standing united with @1199SEIU brothers and sisters to #SaveLICH!

Bill de Blasio

@deBlasioNYC

RT if you’re standing united with @1199SEIU brothers and sisters to #SaveLICH!

Ruby Cramer is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Ruby Cramer at ruby.cramer@buzzfeed.com.

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