An owner of Mac’s Public House was led away in handcuffs by City Sheriff’s Department officers Tuesday night as f police officers descended on the Grant City tavern.
The action was in response to the owners ignoring the state and city mandates to abandon indoor dining during COVID-19.
Five officers from the Sherrif’s office stood outside Mac’s Public House as Danny Presti was taken away in handcuffs by sheriffs at 7:15 p.m. He and Keith McAlarney own
State Sen. Andrew Lanza in support of the pub.
“This order simply says that they need to cease and desist,’’ Lanza told officers at the scene after thumbing through a multi-page order. “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.”
When the crowd began to shout at the officers, Lanza asked for calm.
“I understand that we feel very strongly about this,’’ he told the crowd. “I feel as strongly as you, I assure you. But by speaking loudly it gives people an excuse not to answer us. So, let’s not give them the excuse. If they don’t want to answer, they don’t have to answer. We respect law enforcement on Staten Island like no other borough. “