Staten Island Bar Co-Owner Speaks Out of New York COVID-19 Orders Following Arrest

Staten Island bar co-owner spoke to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday, hours after he was arrested and charged with rioting because he stayed in his pub when it was supposed to be closed under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “orange zone” crown virus orders .

On Wednesday night, Danny Presti’s outraged supporters and business partner, Keith McAlarney, gathered in front of the Grant City site as Presti and lawyer Lou Gelormino discussed the situation with host Tucker Carlson.

“We had a little meeting inside [the pub] yesterday, Presti explained. – I had guests here. The sheriffs came in, it seemed like a lot. We were very good with them. Really cordial. And after a while, they just wanted to take it out, [it was a] a whole great ordeal. “

Gelormino and Presti stressed that their disappointment was not with the New York Police Department (NYPD), which Presti said was ingenious throughout the ordeal.

According to Presti, the agency that disturbs them is the New York City Sheriffs Office, which is separate from the NYPD and operates under the auspices of the New York City Treasury Department.

The NYPD is a criminal law convention, while the sheriff’s office is responsible for “serving and enforcing legal proceedings / orders issued by state courts, the legal community and the public,” the city says.

“There’s a blockade, literally a blockade for a small business,” Presti said of the sheriff’s officers who banned the entrance to the Grant City pub.

Before the Presti was arrested, he and McAlarney closed the pub door and asked for “donations” instead of billing their patrons, claiming they had found a “loophole” against the New York State Alcohol Authority, which pulled out the booze permit. as a punishment for defying the Cuomo.


Their defiance increased on Tuesday night when the sheriffs officially closed the pub – which McAlarney considered an “autonomous zone” in the spirit of the “CHAZ” enclave in Seattle this summer.

Lawyer Gelormino told Carlson that “he was served with four summonses for only representing my client politely, respectfully. [They] He fined us $ 50,000 throughout the building, and Danny was charged with arrest, handcuffing, and disorderly conduct when he never raised a voice, and in his own building, which he is the landlord of. “

Discussing events outside the bar Wednesday night, Gelormino told Carlson that supporters of the bar owners were protesting peacefully.

“There is no riot, no booty,” he added. “We have about 25 deputy sheriffs in front of the place, which were a little aggressive at times. But there are 1,500 Staten Islanders in peaceful protest, protesting and supporting the business owners, the local business owners.”


The lawyer explained that while Mac Public House sits in an “orange zone” where indoor eating is prohibited, there is a “yellow zone” on the other side of the Staten Island railroad tracks where indoor eating is allowed.

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