Bill de Blasio Under Fire for Helping Bishop Orlando Findlayter Avoid Jail; Reports say Findlayter Is a Legal and Financial Wreck with Foreclosures, Bankruptcy, Tax Problems, and Multiple Court Judgments

Bishop Orlando Findlayter Photo: Paul Martinka
Bishop Orlando Findlayter
Photo: Paul Martinka

He has hobnobbed with President Obama, cozied up to city mayors going back to David Dinkins and conveniently serves as “clergy liaison” for the NYPD’s 67th Precinct — but pastor Orlando Findlayter can’t pay his bills, file tax returns or even keep a roof over his congregation’s head, records show.

Findlayter — who was instrumental in delivering the black vote for Mayor de Blasio — was booted three years ago from the East Flatbush building that housed his New Hope Christian Fellowship church and the nonprofit Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH) after falling more than $45,000 behind in rent, records show.

Findlayter’s homes have been foreclosed on twice, he has filed for bankruptcy, and has racked up thousands in court judgments, according to public documents.

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And the IRS yanked CUSH’s tax-exempt status last May after the Findlayter-led advocacy coalition failed to file required tax returns for three consecutive years.

Findlayter continues to tout CUSH and his post as its chairman — most recently on Jan. 22, when he was a panelist at an immigration forum that featured friend and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray.

In March 2013, his religious work landed him an audience with President Obama at a White House breakfast.

CUSH and New Hope are still registered to the eviction and foreclosure addresses, but Findlayter has been holding church services at a Brooklyn banquet hall.

Findlatyer, who now lives in a $600,000 home in Lynbrook, LI, was hauled into the 67th Precinct station house Monday because of open warrants for allegedly failing to show up for court after being arrested at a protest.

The preacher has missed court dates before.

He didn’t respond after a woman fell down stairs in his building and sued his church in 2009, records show. The woman was subsequently awarded $100,000, said her lawyer, Mitchell Proner.

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Source: New York Post | Aaron Short and Jeane MacIntosh

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