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Two massive illegal gatherings were shut down in New York City on Sunday — with sheriff’s deputies booting hundreds of partygoers out onto the street and busting the organizers, authorities said.
The night’s first raid occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in TriBeCa in Manhattan, where deputies responding to a complaint found more than 200 people packed into a rented space on Harrison Street, boozing it up, smoking and dancing in close quarters without face masks — violations of social-distancing regulations amid COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said.
Three men — David Howard of Manhattan, Artani Arben of East Elmhurst, Queens, and Shkelzen Dreshaj of Yorktown Heights in Westchester County — were cited for failure to protect health and safety and violating city and state lockdown orders, raps that can carry hefty $15,000 fines a pop, the sheriff said.
Howard, identified as the organizer of the party, was also citied for unlicensed sale of alcohol and the unauthorized warehousing of alcohol, the sheriff said.
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