Bar-mede-eienaar van Staten Island spreek hom uit nadat hy in hegtenis geneem is omdat hy die COVID-19-bevele in New York verontagsaam het

Bar-mede-eienaar van Staten Island spreek hom uit nadat hy in hegtenis geneem is omdat hy die COVID-19-bevele in New York verontagsaam het

The co-owner of a Staten Island bar spoke toTucker Carlson Vanaand” Woensdag, hours after he was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct for remaining inside his pub when it was supposed to be shuttered under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘S “orange zonecoronavirus bestellings.

A mob of outraged supporters of Danny Presti and business partner Keith McAlarney gathered outside the Grant City establishment Wednesday night while Presti and attorney Lou Gelormino discussed the situation with host Tucker Carlson.

We had a little meeting inside [the pub] gister,” Presti explained. “I did have some guests in there. Sheriffs came in, seemed like a lot of them. We were really good with them. Really cordial. And after a while, they just wanted to take me out, [it was a] whole big ordeal.

Gelormino and Presti stressed that their frustrations are not with the New York Police Department (NYPD), which Presti said have been resourceful throughout the ordeal.

Presti said the agency that has been bothering them is the New York City Sheriffs Office, which is separate from the NYPD and operats under the auspices of the New York City Department of Finance.

The NYPD deal in criminal law while the sheriff’s office is tasked with civil law violations such as cigarette tax scofflaws.

There’s a blockade, a literal blockade on a small business,” Presti said of the sheriff’s officers barring the entrance to the Grant City pub.

Prior to Presti’s arrest, he and McAlarney locked the doors to their pub and were soliciting “donasies” rather than billing their patrons, claiming to have found aloopholeagainst the New York State Liquor Authority, which had pulled their license to sell booze as punishment for defying Cuomo.

SUPPORTERS PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEN ISLAND BAR IN DEFIANCE OF COVID RESTRICTIONS

Their defiance came to a head Tuesday night when sheriffs formally shut down the pub — watter McAlarney had deemed anAutonomous Zone in the spirit of this summer’sCHAZenclave in Seattle.

Attorney Gelormino told Carlson that he had been served withfour summonses for just representing my client in a polite, respectful manner. [Hulle] gave us $ 50,000 in fines throughout the building and wound up arresting Danny and putting him in handcuffs and charging him with disorderly conduct when he never raised a voice, and in his own building that he’s the leaseholder on.

Discussing events outside the bar Wednesday night, Gelormino told Carlson that supporters of the bar’s owners werepeacefully protesting.

No rioting, no looting,” hy het bygevoeg. “We have about 25 sheriffsdeputies in front of the place that were kind of aggressive at times. But we have 1,500 Staten Islanders in a peaceful protest, protesting and supporting business owners, local business owners.

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The lawyer went on to explain that while Mac’s Public House sits in anorange zonewhere indoor dining is prohibited, just across the Staten Island Railway tracks is ayellow zonewhere indoor dining is permitted.

I’m not a scientist. I’m an attorney,” Gelormino remarked. “The COVID virus doesn’t stop at the railroad tracks where you can go eat a block away.

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