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Dave Portnoy raises over $10 million for small businesses impacted by coronavirus lockdowns

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has raised $10.2 million for small businesses as of Wednesday morning.

“The Barstool Fund” was created by Portnoy after New York City officials closed indoor dining following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Portnoy, who is a regular guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has been extremely outspoken about the detrimental affects lockdowns have on small businesses.

“I can’t believe in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen, it is being stolen by a few politicians who believe they are smarter than me and you. They believe they have the right to tell me and you how to live our lives,” Portnoy said in a Twitter video.

“How do you expect these people to survive?” Portnoy said during an interview with Tucker Carlson. “How are restaurants going to survive? Nobody in the government seems to care. Or at least no one is acting like they care.”

“Barstool’s going to make it — but a lot of people aren’t.”

Portnoy began The Barstool Fund on Dec. 17.

Less than two weeks later, the fund raised over $10 million for small businesses across the country. Portnoy contributed $500,000 of his own money toward the effort.

He’s also pressured other influential millionaires and billionaires to support the cause and has invited SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to donate.

The first small business they supported was Borrelli’s located in Long Island.

In an emotional video posted on Twitter, Frankie Borelli Jr., thanked Portnoy after receiving a donation from the fund.

“I really want to thank you for starting this fund. You don’t know what it means to us,” Borrelli said holding back tears. “I got my staff. They’re all being paid, and I said we’ll make it through Christmas. January, February and March, I planned on closing. I didn’t say anything to my staff. This is going to help so much. You don’t know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

According to The Barstool Fund website, over 87,000 people have donated and 43 small businesses have been supported.

The Barstool Fund is continuing to accept applications from small businesses in need of help at TheBarstoolFund.com/apply.

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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