NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council's finance director has been arraigned on an assault charge after he was accused of domestic violence.
Preston Niblack (NIHB'-lak) pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. He was taken into custody Tuesday at the apartment he shared with Helvio de Faria (HEHL'-vee-oh deh-FAHR'-ee-uh).
De Faria told police that Niblack bloodied him with a statue. He was treated at a hospital and released.
The judge has ordered Niblack to have no contact with de Faria for six months.
Niblack has worked for the City Council since 2008.
A spokesman for its speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, says she is taking the allegations very seriously.
The arrest was first reported by the Daily News.
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