Curtis Sliwa, the controversial founder of the Guardian Angels, chairman of the Reform Party of New York and a talk-radio host, was arrested outside Gracie Mansion Tuesday morning.
Sliwa was outside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s official residence to serve legal papers to the mayor that alleged he was trying to keep Reform Party candidates off city election ballots, CBS2 reported.
Sliwa told the station that de Blasio does not want fellow Democrat Sal Albanese, whom the Reform Party endorsed in the upcoming mayoral race, running against him “because he feels that’ll take votes away from him” as Albanese is “challenging him in the general election.”
When reached for comment regarding Sliwa’s allegations and arrest, de Blasio spokesman Austin Finan told Metro via email that “despite Mr. Sliwa’s criminal court summons, crime remains at an all-time low in New York City.”
When Metro spoke with Sliwa back in April, he called de Blasio “the dope from Park Slope because he just glides through the office.”
When asked if he’d ever run for mayor or another public office on the Reform Party ticket, he said he would “love” to run for governor because “Cuomo is just so corrupt.”
Sliwa was charged with disorderly conduct for his visit to Gracie Mansion. He can be seen on video being forcibly removed while blocking the residence’s driveway as the mayor’s motorcade was leaving.
“Let me serve the mayor,” Sliwa says as the motorcade exits while he is being detained.
What the video of his arrest below: