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Deputy Mayor Was Arrested Before He Resigned

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Former New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith was arrested on a domestic violence charge shortly before he resigned.

Goldsmith was arrested in Washington, D.C., after police said he shoved his wife into a kitchen counter after she told him she "should have put a bullet through" him "years ago," according to a July 30 police report.

The report says that when his wife threatened to call police, Goldsmith threw the phone hard enough to break it and grabbed her. She escaped and called police from another room.

The New York Post first reported the incident.

Goldsmith told the Post that although his wife has since sworn under oath that there was no violence, he offered his resignation so as not to be a distraction. He hasn't been formally charged.

Marc LaVorgna, spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "We have nothing to add to Mrs. Goldsmith's account of the incident, but it was clear to the Mayor and Mr. Goldsmith that he could no longer serve at City Hall, regardless of his guilt or innocence."

With the Associated Press

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