Staten Island activist and metropolis comptroller candidate John Tabacco on Monday filed a police report in opposition to two borough elections officers he stated had him forcibly faraway from a ballot-counting session for refusing to put on a facemask — although he was not required to cowl up.
Alleging menacing, intimidation and assault in opposition to Board of Election chief clerks Don Bosco and Anthony Andriulli, Tabacco fired again following his arrest final week whereas attempting to function a ballot-counting monitor for Vito Fossella, the previous congressman working for borough president.
“I’m the son of a cop and I by no means need to put extra of a piece load on the NYPD,” Tabacco advised a Submit reporter Monday as he formally pressed fees on the North Shore’s one hundred and twentieth Precinct station home. “However I do know on this case an harmless man was put in cuffs and thrown in jail for not carrying a masks.
“Those that dedicated crimes in opposition to me ought to face the identical justice.”
When Tabacco tried to enter the BOE’s borough headquarters to look at over the poll counting course of final week, he stated that he was forcibly ejected from the premises for going maskless — although the well being screening varieties he stuffed out stated face coverings had been optionally available for the vaccinated, as Tabacco stated he’s.
The police had been known as, and Tabacco was hauled to the Richmond Terrace cop store on a legal trespass cost.
“The elections had been f–ked up from the get-go and now I’m getting thrown in jail for not carrying a masks,” Tabacco stated Monday, referring to the BOE’s problem-plagued rollout of outcomes below town’s first yr of ranked-choice voting.
“It’s not about me,” he stated. “It’s about [asking] how a lot confidence ought to the individuals of this metropolis have with the BOE?”
Tabacco, who’s working as an impartial, selected to press counter fees Monday regardless of makes an attempt by native leaders together with Michael Cusick — the Staten Island Democratic Occasion boss — to mediate the state of affairs.
“They advised me I’ve their full assist and so they advised me the BOE has a course of. I’m positive the BOE has a course of,” Tabacco stated. “I’m positive I’m positive it is going to be simply as screwed up because the depend of the mayoral election.”
Tabacco alleged to The Submit that Bosco and Andriulli “blocked my means, bodily harmed me, grabbed my arm.”
He moreover advised a one hundred and twentieth Precinct officer that the encounter left him “petrified…as a result of I couldn’t perceive why I’d be abiding by the regulation, by their very own doc, and I used to be being forcibly eliminated.”
Telephone messages left at publicly listed numbers for Bosco and Andriulli searching for remark weren’t instantly returned Monday afternoon.
However shortly after a Submit reporter left the messages, he obtained a name from a Board of Elections spokesperson inquiring in regards to the story.
Knowledgeable that Tabacco was bringing fees, the BOE spokesperson stated that the company would difficulty a press release.
The assertion is but to be offered.