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The Muslim community appears to be softening its stance toward Ray Kelly as he walks out the door.

The city's top cop, who will be replaced by incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Jan. 1, was awarded a plaque Monday by the Muslim Advisory Council.

The group gave Kelly kudos for keeping the Arab community up to speed on a range of issues over the past 12 years, including the NYPD's counterterrorism efforts.


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