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LOCKED UP: NYC bar owner arrested for defying COVID restrictions

The owner of a New York City bar was arrested for defying coronavirus restrictions and providing indoor service past the city’s deadline.

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Lock down or get locked up…literally.

The owner of a New York City bar was arrested for defying coronavirus restrictions and providing indoor service past the city’s deadline, the Associated Press reports.

Deputies arrested Danny Presti, the co-owner of Mac’s Public House on Staten Island Tuesday after a sting in which plainclothes officers went inside and ordered food and beverages, the city sheriff’s office said.

The bar is located in an area designated by Governor Andrew Cuomo as an “orange zone” because of soaring COVID-19 cases, and was therefore not supposed to be serving patrons indoors.

But, the owners declared the bar an “autonomous zone” in attempts to combat the restrictions, continuing to serve and operate past the 10 p.m. curfew for restaurant service in the city.

As a result, the restaurant has been fined thousands of dollars.

According to a release from Sheriff Joseph Fucito, deputies went inside – undercover – Tuesday and ordered food in exchange for a mandatory $40 “donation.” Uniformed deputies then went in and issued tickets for state and city violations.

Presti was uncooperative and thus, charged with obstruction of governmental administration in addition to the charges from unauthorized food and beverage service, the sheriff said.

One of the bar’s attorneys told the Staten Island Advance that “these sheriff’s officers are ‘wannabe’ cops. This is what happens when little people get a little power.”

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14 Comments

  1. Patricia Grosskopf

    December 2, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Think it’s sad the cops actually did this !!! Wtf is our country coming too. I say All bar n restaurants in All states should reopen. What are they gonna do, lock everybody up???? This Bullshit has got to stop Now !!!!!

  2. Vicki Wunderlich

    December 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Congratulations!! You ACTUALLY have an American Patriot in New York!!! I’m super proud that he had the gumption to stand UP even though he was wrongly punished for it.

  3. Laxmom

    December 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Fight this all the way. Demand a jury trial…no jury in this country would convict this man!
    This is the United States of America and we are a free people. NOTHING suspends our constitutional rights, not a flu nor a tyrannical government…NOTHING!!!!!

  4. Debbie Hartman

    December 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Are you kidding me. What country are we living in? This country has gone bonkers!!!

  5. chuck

    December 2, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Well martial law is starting to take effect under the Democrat control. Now you see where this is going especially when the Democrats get complete control of the White House in Congress. Say goodbye to America

  6. ExSF

    December 2, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    This happened in New York. Isn’t there some real crime occurring somewhere?

  7. Brad Bunnell

    December 2, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    This just in. NYC Mayor is number one on Missing List. News at 6…

  8. Dennis Duffy

    December 2, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    We these…”Scumbag” Cops

  9. Michael Gerke

    December 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Those deputies need to be hung for treason

  10. Freddy

    December 2, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    But they are releasing jaibirds because of covid. This is so fucking ridiculous.

  11. Real American

    December 2, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Well done Danny Presti. He had the courage to stand up against tyranny and place his pursuit of happiness over COMMIE Cuomo’s idiot edicts. I will support any small business owner in any state doing the right thing. If the leftists nazi’s in this country want a civil war myself and 74 million real Americans are ready.

  12. scott

    December 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Here in lies the problem, peons holding power over autonomous people. We’re all big boys and girls and we can go out at night and have a fucking drink if we’d like to take the risk of getting kung flu

  13. Ty Oleson

    December 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

    The Governor of New York defies covid-19 restriction
    and gets away with it. Oh he did apologize for it Thats fair right?

  14. Nuneyer Bidness

    December 3, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Sheriff is asshoe

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CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo ‘Indefinitely, Pending Further Evaluation’

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On Tuesday, CNN suspended Chris Cuomo “indefinitely, pending further evaluation” after new information was revealed detailing the help he gave his brother ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo in handling numerous sexual misconduct allegations.

“Chris Cuomo was actively in touch with Melissa DeRosa, who was the then-governor’s top aide, about incoming media reports that detailed alleged sexual harassment by Andrew Cuomo, according to exhibits from the Attorney General’s probe and a transcript of his interview with the state’s investigators,” CNBC reported. “He also lobbied to help the governor’s office as it sought to weather the storm of accusations, and he dictated statements for the then-governor to use.”

“Please let me help with the prep,” Chris Cuomo asked DeRosa in a message in from early March. Then, three days after a New York Times report from March explained how Andrew Cuomo attempted to forcefully kiss a woman, Anna Ruch, at a wedding, Chris Cuomo texted DeRosa, “I have a lead on the wedding girl.”

Quickly after the new was publicized, CNN issued a comment saying they would be reviewing the information.

“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”

After reviewing, CNN announced Chris Cuomo’s suspension a statement, saying, “The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.

When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”

In August, Andrew Cuomo resigned after an independent investigation found he had “sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees.”

The former New York governor’s scandal began in December 2020, when the first of 11 women accused him of sexual misconduct. The victims, who were mostly his employees, said Cuomo engaged in sexually aggressive behavior including nonconsensual kissing, groping, inappropriate invitations to play strip poker and comments about their sex lives.

The investigation found that “the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”

The investigation additionally “revealed that the Governor’s sexually harassing behavior was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other State employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail and members of the public.” It concluded that Cuomo created a culture “filled with fear and intimidation, while at the same time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based comments” which “contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist.”

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Biden Not Planning To Visit Victims Of Black Supremacist Attack In Wisconsin

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During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden has no plans to visit the victims of the black supremacist attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that occurred last week after the announcement of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

“Since the President said that this administration is monitoring the situation in Waukesha closely, it has been revealed by prosecutors that the assailant — the assailant swerved his truck side to side as part of an intentional act to run over as many people as possible,” a reporter said. “Six people are dead. Some children remain hospitalized.”

“Why hasn’t the President visited the members of this Christmas parade attack?” the reporter asked.

“Well, I would say first: As you saw the President convey last week, our hearts go out to this community, to the people in Waukesha; that we’ve been in touch, obviously, with officials there; and we’re all watching as people are recovering. And this is such a difficult time of year for this to happen. It’s a difficult anytime,” Psaki said. “Obviously, any President going to visit a community requires a lot of assets, requires taking their resources, and it’s not something that I have a trip previewed at this plan- — point in time, but we remain in touch with local officials. And certainly, our hearts are with the community as they’ve gone through such a difficult time.”

 

Last week, a man was accused of driving a red SUV through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin. The man had numerous posts on his social media expressing support for Black Lives Matter and “black nationalist rhetoric” along with disdain for Republican politicians and conservative media.

“A lone subject intentionally drove his maroon SUV through barricades into a crowd of people that was celebrating the Waukesha Christmas Parade which resulted in killing five individuals and injuring 48 additional individuals,” city police chief Dan Thompson said at a press conference. “I just received information that two of the 48 are children and they’re in critical condition.”

The online news outlet Heavy revealed that the suspect “posted anti-police rhetoric” and “black nationalist rhetoric” on social media. He also “posted a photoshopped fake image of former Republican Governor Scott Walker as a Nazi.”

One Twitter user posted a list of some of the suspect’s now-deleted Facebook posts, which showed extremist support for BLM.

The suspect also has a long criminal history, having “been charged with or convicted on an array of charges over the past 22 years, including battery, domestic violence, cocaine possession and resisting arrest in several jurisdictions in Wisconsin,” The New York Times reported. “He has served at least two jail sentences and spent years on probation and in court-mandated work-release and anger management programs.”

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