NYC councilman: Try to pry turkey from my Staten Island fingers

Monday, November 16, 2020
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Thanksgiving dinnerA city councilman for New York City is pushing back on the city’s left-leaning mayor and the state’s Trump-blaming governor by vowing to welcome family under his roof for Thanksgiving dinner.

New York City has been famously hard hit by COVID-19, making it one of the worst-affected areas in the country, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a statewide order restricting private gatherings to a 10-person maximum due to a jump in positive cases.

The city of 8.3 million has already witnessed Mayor Bill DeBlasio lock up city parks and spy on Orthodox Jews while defending protest marches, and much of the city has packed up and left after a half-year of business-crushing restrictions.

With a rise in cases, now comes an order mandating the number of people in private homes and new restaurant curfews, too, which angered City Councilman Joe Borelli.

"Think of how stupid this logic is," Borelli told the Todd Starnes Show last week. "I already have my parents, and my in-laws and family, cycling in and out of my house every day to watch my kids while my wife and I work. Now, the governor and mayor are saying those same people can't be here on November 26 because it's Thanksgiving and COVID, and we're all going to die if that is the case.”

Borelli’s pushback got noticed by The New York Post, which reported last week the city councilman vowed in a social media post that he will have more than 10 people in his home, and his address is public record if anyone wants to challenge him.

“Kids will see their grandparents, cousins will play in the yard, sis in law will bring strawberry rhubarb pie, & a turkey will be overcooked,” he stated on Twitter.

He later told the Post that the city has a “comparatively small number of cases” compared to other areas of the country and said public officials are “overreacting” to the rise in cases.

Gov. Cuomo praised by mediaMost of the city councilman’s borough is moving to a “yellow” zone after cases jumped, the Post reported.

"When people in New York hear there's a possibility of a lockdown on the horizon,” Borelli told radio host Todd Starnes, “they have no reason to trust that it will be just two weeks or three weeks, or until the numbers die down, because of the past behavior of Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo."

New Yorkers have watched de Blasio defend protests but criticize church services, and Gov. Cuomo has enjoyed left-wing media accolades despite being responsible for a health policy that sent COVID-positive patients back to nursing homes, causing hundreds of preventable deaths, while blaming those deaths, and thousands of others, on President Trump. 


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