The owner of the Staten Island bar, who was arrested this week for defying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “orange-zone” coronavirus order, told “Fox & Friends” he would not stop fighting to save his business.
“At this point,” said Danny Presti, co-owner of Mac Commonwealth, “we’re losing our faith and somehow losing our faith that our local and city governments can help us.”
Despite the Presti, it hit its head on Tuesday night when the sheriffs officially closed the pub – which its business partner Keith McAlarney saw as an “autonomous zone” in the spirit of the “CHAZ” enclave in Seattle this summer.
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Cuomo responded in a statement on Wednesday through his spokesman, Jack Sterne.
“This owner learns that actions have consequences,” Cuomo said. “Breaking the law and endangering the lives of our neighbors during a global epidemic is simply unacceptable for the sake of a political statement.”
The owner of the bar said he would like to pull the policy out of it as it is only one block away from places where indoor dining is allowed.
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“We just need help in some way, or we need to keep our place open, and these are the state agencies and city agencies that come in and threaten to fine us or revoke our licenses every day, that’s not right,” Presti said. .
Instead of helping, he said agencies like the state spirits inspectorate and the TSA “open the door and then face tens of thousands of dollars in fines every day.”
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Hundreds protested against COVID-19 restrictions in front of Mac City Hall on Wednesday.
“That’s what we say to our governments, as well as Governor Cuomo and the mayor, we need to stop this and help us,” he said.