By: Jared Evan
Leticia Remauro, a candidate for Staten Island borough president who previously managed the campaign of Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, was caught on camera during an anti-lockdown protest in Staten Island screaming “Heil Hitler”, issued an apology, after this misguided action.
Remauro said she meant to say Mein Führer, in a sarcastic motion of protest against Governor Cuomo’s COVID lock down rules.
She posted the video to her Facebook page during a protest outside of Mac’s Public House late last month. The owners of the establishment had defied state safety regulations prohibiting indoor dining at bars and restaurants, declaring their establishment an “autonomous zone” within the community, Law and Crime reported.
“We’ve come together with the small business community, with Staten Island, to stand up for our right — the right to pay taxes—so that we can pay the salaries of these good men and women, who yes, are only doing their job,” Remauro said, gesturing to a group of uniformed police officers standing outside of the pub blocking the entrance.
“But, not for nothing. Sometimes you got to say, ‘Heil Hitler! Not a good idea to send me here,’” Remauro said in the video, which you can watch above.
She explained to the Daily News that she was invoking the Nazi terms in order to emphasize her view that state and city officials were “acting as a fascist, in the same way [Adolf] Hitler took away people’s businesses.”
I absolutely regret the choice of words,” she told the Daily News, adding, “My very unfortunate analogy was overdramatic and wrong.”
Remauro said she did not mean for the remarks to be taken as anti-Semitic.
“I apologize profusely that the word I used in trying to create an analogy are offensive. But when you think about in Nazi Germany, in Cuba, with Mussolini it starts the same way. They come for your business, your religion, your property and then for you,” she said. “One after the another our rights are being taken away. We have a situation here where we are having elected officials make a decision in a vacuum … If you close restaurants and not let them reopen, there’s a trickle-down effect.”
Remauro previously served as community liaison in the Republican administrations of New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki, Law and Crime reported. She was also listed as the chair of the board of trustees of the Staten Island Hebrew Public Charter School, according to Staten Island Live. Remauro has reportedly resigned from that position, according to Staten Island local media.