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COVID-19 rules appear ignored at birthday party featuring Brooklyn political players

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/24/2020 Shant Shahrigian

Adherence to COVID regulations was checked at the door at a recent birthday party featuring a number of Kings County powerhouses.

Photos of a celebration for Carlo Scissura, head of the powerful construction trade organization New York Building Congress, show revelers in close quarters without masks.

Attendees included Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin and former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio.

In one image, about two dozen people are seen mingling with one another in an ornate dining area while celebrating Scissura’s 50th. Only two of them are visibly wearing masks.

In another shot, there are a dozen people crammed in the dining area, with just one person wearing a mask. Seddio can be seen in the background chatting with Lewis-Martin — neither of them with a mask.

a group of people holding wine glasses: 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. © Provided by New York Daily News 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.

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. (Obtained by Daily /)

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.

a group of people standing in a room: Partiers celebrate the 50th birthday of Carlo Scissura, head of the powerful New York Building Congress. © Obtained by Daily Partiers celebrate the 50th birthday of Carlo Scissura, head of the powerful New York Building Congress. Partiers celebrate the 50th birthday of Carlo Scissura, head of the powerful New York Building Congress. (Obtained by Daily /)

A Daily News inquiry elicited an off-color remark from Seddio.

“I farted about four times, but fortunately it didn’t smell. That was a good thing that happened,” he said. “My wife punched me twice ‘cause she heard me do it. That was the most exciting part of the night.”

Lewis-Martin claimed only six or seven people were at the party by the time she arrived. When a photo of a large group including her was described to her, she said people had been coming and going in “shifts” and the picture may have been taken while the shifts overlapped.

Asked if she was concerned about potential COVID spread at the party, Lewis-Martin said, “I have antibodies. I was already sick. I would have no concern about spreading or anything.”

Her boss, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, declined to comment.

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