May 16, 2002 01:45 AM

It looked like a scene from “Sex and the City” but it was for real — and the cops weren’t extras. “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, who plays attorney Miranda Hobbes, was involved in a little legal drama of her own in New York on Tuesday. Nixon, 36, was arrested outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan during a choreographed but downright serious protest to demand better funding for public schools. A photograph of a bemused-looking Nixon, 36, her hands outstretched in anticipation of being cuffed by police, ran in New York’s Daily News Wednesday. From her appearance, she did not resist arrest. According to Long Island, N.Y., newspaper Newsday, Nixon and 11 other people were hauled into the First Precinct house, where they were given summonses and released. “I feel good. I feel it’s the right thing to do,” is how Newsday quoted Nixon, whose daughter Samantha Mozes, 5, attends Public School 163 on the Upper West Side. (Samantha’s father is Nixon’s longtime companion, photo studio owner Danny Mozes.) Nixon and the other protestors had blocked the entrance to City Hall and sang “We Shall Not Be Moved” — until they were removed. The protest stemmed over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to slice $350 million out of the Board of Education’s budget this year. After witnessing firsthand the results of financial cuts at her daughter’s school, said Newsday, Nixon began working with a statewide organization called the Alliance for Quality Education. She also warned Samantha that she might be arrested for what she was planning to do. “My daughter herself brought up Martin Luther King,” Nixon told the paper. “And so she says she understands that sometimes you have to go to jail to make things better.”

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