Over 300 restaurants have joined a class-action lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, suing Gov. Andre Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the attorney general’s office for more than $2 billion dollars in damages. The suit was filed on Friday by Il Bacco, a Restaurant on the border of Little Neck, Queens and Nassau County, alleging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order that it can’t serve diners indoors, while its neighbors just 500 feet away in Long Island can, violates their constitutional rights.
NYC is the only part of the State still banned from indoor dining, while all Covid related metrics have been met. Claimants are represented by James Mermigis, the same attorney who filed a class action lawsuit against the State on behalf of 1500 gym owners last month, which resulted in Governor Cuomo announcing that gyms can reopen limited to one third of their capacity.