A city councilman Sunday blasted the law enforcement he says is patrolling his Brooklyn neighborhood to bust up large gatherings amid the coronavirus as “militia forces” — and urged residents not to comply with their orders.
“They are just so happy to send heavily armed militia forces into our neighborhood because they’re afraid of the size of our wedding party,” Borough Park pol Kalman Yeger told Radio 620 AM, referring to authorities.
“We have skyrocketing crime in New York City, and we have an entire department, a sheriff’s department — armed, uniformed police-style cars with lights and sirens. And what are they doing?
“They’re coming to Borough Park to check out our weddings. They’re standing on bridges, stopping motorists, asking them where they’re coming from, where they’re going.
“Is this really the best use of government resources?’’ Yeger said angrily.
“Anyone who asks me, if you see them approaching a wedding hall — lock the doors and don’t let them in,’’ he said.
City Sheriff Joseph Fucito declined comment to The Post.
Borough Park has been the epicenter of a worrying “uptick” in coronavirus cases in the city, fueled by events such as weddings, officials have said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week vowed to crack down on the large parties if the city wouldn’t.
Cuomo had limited the number of people at indoor weddings in the state to 50, but the rule was eventually challenged in court, and the plaintiffs won in a ruling earlier this month, allowing 50 percent capacity at venues. Cuomo’s office has vowed to appeal.
Additional reporting by Kate Sheehy
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