Gelormino contends Mr. Tabacco was asked to sign a document “that stated if he was healthy, had no fever, and was fully vaccinated, no mask was required to enter the premises.”
“Mr. Tabacco signed and fully expected to be allowed to enter the premises which is a pubic city office. At this time, Mr. Tabacco was told even though he signed the required document that allows entry without a mask he was required to wear a mask,” said Gelormino.
The lawyer claimed that when Tabacco refused to put on a mask he was “aggressively confronted” by two employees of the Board of Election and told to leave
“At this time, fearing for his well being, Mr. Tabacco began to film the incident. When the two employees saw that Mr. Tabacco had his camera out, they became even more aggressive, demanded he leave and even though he was in a public city office, called the police. And when they arrived, [the employees] rudely demanded he be arrested,” said Gelormino.
Tabacco was subsequently arrested by police.
“Obviously, Mark Fonte and I will be fighting this absurd abuse of justice in criminal court until the case is dismissed. We are also conducting our own investigation into the gross abuse of authority shown by the supervising employees of the BOE in anticipation of bringing a civil suit,” said Gelormino.
Tabacco, who hosts “Liquid Lunch,” a show on BizTV, is the Independent Party candidate for city comptroller in the upcoming November election.
He was an authorized poll watcher for Marko Kepi’s campaign, his lawyers said.