The 50th birthday party of Carlo Scissura. Former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin chat in the background.
Scissura said the event was a “surprise party” thrown by unnamed friends, adding that everyone was given a mask and guests had their temperatures taken before entering.
“This is a particularly trying time and there were shortcomings that I regret,” he said in a statement. “I greatly appreciate the gesture of my friends to throw me a surprise party, but we all must follow strict protocols so we can get past this pandemic.”
The party happened on Saturday, according to Lewis-Martin.
Days earlier, Gov. Cuomo ordered New Yorkers to limit private gatherings to no more than 10 people, part of a series of restrictions as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.