Andrew Cuomo

Danny Presti, owner of a New York bar, was arrested “criminal trespassing” his own bar after he refused to comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Covid-19 lockdown orders.

Cuomo declared Presti’s bar, Mac’s Public House, to be in what is known as the “orange zone.” This means that Presti and co-owner Keith McAlarney must close down their establishment without compensation.

According to a report from Irene Spezzamonte, Presti and McAlarney were serving food and beverages, but they were not charging patrons any money. This was still in violation of Cuomo’s orders. “Although it was given away for free to patrons, the law does not permit service during the pandemic, per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate,” Spezzamonte said.

Presti was handcuffed and taken away while multiple police officers stayed outside the bar, blocking the entrance. A crowd of supporters quickly formed outside the bar, one of which was State Senator Andrew J. Lanza.

The Republican representative repeatedly asked the officers on the scene why Presti was arrested. He pointed out that Cuomo’s order only says that the business owners must “cease and desist.”

“This order simply says that they need to cease and desist,” Lanza told the officers. “Nowhere here is there an arrest warrant, nowhere here is anything about arresting anyone on their private property. So I’ll ask, [and] you don’t have to answer … why was he arrested? I was told you would tell me why he was arrested and now I’m asking for that answer.”

The officers refused to respond.

“So I see that you have the power to arrest people who are sitting in their own establishment, on private property,’’ Lanza continued. “Stick around. Here on Staten Island, we like law and order, but what I just saw here … it really deserves an explanation. Because it really confounds all of us here. … I can tell you, as an attorney, this piece of paper did not authorize what you did here.”

“At some point,” he added, “somebody’s gonna to have to answer for what happened here, because this is wrong.”

Lou Gelormino, Presti’s lawyer, told the crowd of supporters that his client is “on his way to the Sheriff’s Office right now, where, they assured me … they’re gonna issue him a desk-appearance ticket and release him, for criminal trespass because he wouldn’t leave his own establishment.”

“From what I understand, [Presti’s] arrested because he didn’t want to leave [his business], and at that point … they considered it trespassing,’’ Gelormino said. “I’d like to know why his attorney got three summonses for just being there and being peaceful and respectful and calm, and every one of these officers can attest to that.”

Gelormino was inside the bar when officers handed out summonses. He said he received a $5,000 summons himself. He was apparently “deemed an employee of the business” when police officers were on the scene.

“We urge our friends in the restaurant industry to be as resilient as possible while we appeal this decision,” said Mark Fonte, another attorney representing Presti’s business.

“These sheriff’s officers are ‘wannabe’ cops,” Fonte said. “This is what happens when little people get a little power. Each one of them will have to answer to a federal judge. The issuing of summonses to an attorney for representing his client will not be dealt with lightly. I would advise the issuing sheriff to lawyer up immediately.”

90 thoughts on “Man Arrested for Trespassing His Own Restaurant Under Cuomo’s Authoritarian Lockdowns”
  1. We could have a national unity day across a range of high schools, asking all athletes/cheerleaders/club members to express an overwhelming feeling of gender unity and decide to shower and dress together that day (18 years and older only).

  2. If anybody should be arrested it should be Cuomo for the mass murder of thousands of elderly forced to be exposed to Covid in rest homes. This was not a mistake. Covid positive patients were put into rest homes for the sole purpose of getting the death count up to justify taking control. It doesn’t get much more evil than this.

  3. Cuomo started life on third base ( son of Mario) and now tells the world he hit the triple. I am thankful that he has now demonstrated his crisis leadership “skills” . NYS has the highest death rate ( NURSING HOME EXEC ORDER) most cases, largest financial deficits, generational debt, and no plan for recovery, only draconian decrees from a “bully” resulting in “critical” decisions like closing down a small business on Staten Island. When all else fails, which it has, yell louder. We need national unity around protecting our freedom of personal choice. Relying on faux science, that has never demonstrated directional accuracy in terms of results will not make a bit of difference. The questing is how much damage will these policies cause and will it be possible for NYS to recover?? Wealth is leaving, if the NY Stock Exchange relocates to Texas it is game over for tax revenue for NY. NYC and NY State are forever changed.They will never be what they once were.

  4. It has already been shown that these transgender males can trusted in women’s restrooms and dressing rooms. There have been women raped in these places. California has a case pending now from a man claiming to be transgender and went a women’s restroom and raped a woman. My granddaughter and daughter and myself will not share these rooms with these males. An if one should slip by get in and tries anything with us, I have a surprise for him. He’ll never be the same after.

  5. Cuomo needs to be removed from his residence in handcuffs. The charge, impersonating a governor. How did New York ever elect such a worthless two faced jagoff?

  6. That will teach us all to vote more carefully. As the idiots in charge were voted in by the idiots who voted carelessly!!!!!

  7. When people obey unlawful rules, it gives the person in power(in this case, Cuomo) a belief that he can further impose stricter rules to the point that you can’t distinguish between him and any evil dictator. All restaurant and bar owners need to unite. A governors’ mandate is not a law! That is why all restrictions, guidelines, mandates, etc. are not called laws. People need to embrace the idea of civil disobedience. Leaders in government are sworn to represent the people, not dictate to the people. Our revolution, 245 years ago, took place because people chose freedom over fear and were willing to risk their lives for it. Now we have a bunch of King Georges disguised as governors in most of our states. Rise up now before it is too late. Study what happened to Russians from 1916 thru 1925. They once had a chance to stop it. After millions were killed, it was way too late.

  8. Is that suppose to be good? The rationale escapes me. There could be horrendous consequences of rapes and all manner of immoral conduct endorsed in this arrangement. This whole idea is sick. Biden’s mentality is illogical.

  9. This arrest is an outrage, and I wish I could have been able to tweet it. Thousands of physicians, health care workers, and scientists, shutdowns are dangerous to people mentallly, physically and emotionally. It is an infringement on rights. The CDC said in 2018, we had a 1,400,000, hospitalizations with 95,000 deaths from a virus , but we didn’t shut down and no one was counting, except the CDC. Media hype, for power stuggle.

  10. Trespassing on his own property? Ridiculous! Hope he demands a jury trial. If on that jury I would not vote to convict. Is there an actual law being violated ? Could this be a case of false arrest? This is all so wrong!

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