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Queens Council Member Paladino Slams Progressive Lawmakers for Posing Maskless in Restaurant Photo
Queens Council Member Paladino Slams Progressive Lawmakers for Posing Maskless in Restaurant Photo

Jan. 24, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A Queens lawmaker who has come under fire for her opposition to vaccine mandates has slammed a group of progressive city council members who posed maskless for a photograph inside a Brooklyn restaurant over the weekend.

Republican Council Member Vickie Paladino, who earlier this year was denied entry to the Council Chambers for not showing proof of vaccination, said the progressive lawmakers–including Queens council members Julie Won and Tiffany Cabán–were hypocrites, saying that they are telling their constituents that the city is in the midst of a COVID-19 health emergency yet they are maskless after their meal.

The photo shows Won, Cabán, and a number of other council members close together inside Miti Miti restaurant, located at 138 5th Ave. The photo of the group smiling was posted to Twitter Saturday afternoon by Brooklyn Council Member Chi Ossé, who is also in the photo.

Delivery Workers Cheer Restroom Access and Tip Transparency Alongside AOC and Chuck Schumer

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The rules emerged from a slate of landmark bills approved by the City Council last September, sparked by THE CITY’s reporting and the demands of Los Deliveristas Unidos, a labor group representing thousands of delivery workers.

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