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New Haven alderman resigns after arrest over New Year's weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --A New Haven alderman has resigned following his arrest over the New Year's weekend on charges of violating a protective order against a woman described as his ex-girlfriend, officials said.

The Rev. Drew King, a Democratic alderman and chairman of the board's public safety committee, was charged with violating the restraining order that the woman obtained after King was arrested in a separate incident on Dec. 22, when he was charged with assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct, police said.

King sent a resignation letter saying he felt "blessed" for the time he spent on the board and thanking his supporters, city officials said.

"I believe that Drew did the right thing in resigning -- putting the city of New Haven, the Dixwell community and his family first," said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

The city will prepare a special election to fill King's vacancy in April, officials said.

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