|ARI NOE, LEFT|
De Blasio Supporter Convicted of Sexual Abuse Begins Jail Term
One of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leading supporters in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community surrendered in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday to begin a 15-day sentence for misdemeanor sexual abuse, after an appeals court rejected his request for a new trial, the district attorney’s office said.
The supporter, Ari Noe, 42, of Borough Park, Brooklyn, was sentenced nearly three years ago after being convicted of forcibly touching a woman in an Upper West Side bar, but the execution of his sentence had been delayed repeatedly while he appealed the verdict.
Mr. Noe went to court on Thursday expecting another delay, but in a surprise move, a prosecutor handed him a decision from the appeals court denying his motion for a new trial.
Mr. Noe’s lawyer, Abe George, asked the court for more time to allow his client to get his affairs in order. But Judge Melissa A. Crane said Mr. Noe had exhausted his appeals and ordered court officers to take him into custody right away.
Mr. George said he was surprised by “the callousness of both the D.A. and the judge not to allow Mr. Noe time to settle his affairs and have a proper goodbye with his wife and six children.”
Mr. de Blasio has distanced himself from Mr. Noe, the chief executive of an outdoor advertising company and a backer of the mayor’s 2013 campaign, since Mr. Noe’s conviction came to light this year.