Gay Fire Island Goer—Whose Party Post Went Viral—Claims He had COVID & Says F***k the Trolls: WATCH

After a wild weekend at New York’s gay island resort mecca, the Fire Island Pines, thousands of island goers posted videos and photographs of partiers to social media platforms over the July 4th holiday, most of whom were not following any New York State mandated precautions around limiting transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus, such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Subsequently, the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association (FIPPOA) has posted new rules.

“We are distressed by the irresponsible behavior of some residents and visitors,” said FIPPOA in a message from President Jay Pagano posted on Instagram. “We need your help. If you see something, say something. We urge you to report large gatherings immediately to 911.”

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A statement from PJ

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“Yesterday, I spoke to the Marine Bureau of the Suffolk County police, which provides police services to Fire Island, throughout the afternoon in order to have the large party on the beach shut down (FIPPOA does not regulate the beach),” Pagano added. “The police were present and monitoring the party but reluctant to disband it. Finally, additional police were sent, a helicopter flew over the party, and it disbanded in the early evening. The numerous parties that occurred yesterday and were posted on social media drew the attention of Governor Cuomo. The Governor’s office was in touch with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order forbidding the congregation of large groups and requiring masks or facial coverings in public.”

He added, “the police will stop any beach party occurring on Fire Island. … Tickets will be issued to anyone congregating in a party who refuses to comply with an order to disburse. Refusal can also result in arrest.”

“Beach goers are required to socially distance. In cases where a person cannot socially distance, he or she is required to wear a mask. This includes large groups of people sitting together on the beach. The groups must socially distance or each person must wear a mask.”

Going forward he said that house parties will be regulate and monitored: “The police will be more vigilant with regard to enforcing the Executive Order with regard to house parties. Masks will be required at all parties and in any gathering where people cannot maintain social distancing. If the police are called to a house for any reason whatsoever, such as noise, the police will also enforce these Executive Orders as well.”

The most egregious post was on Instagram by one Giancarlo Albanese of White Plains, New York, who posted a photo of a packed gathering in the famous sex hook-up area “The Meat Rack”  and who wrote: “Fuck Your mask. Fuck your social distancing. Fuck your vaccine. Fuck your eugenics. Kiss my asshole if you think Im an ass😂🤷‍♂️🤣

Many of the videos were shared to Twitter by former CBS News correspondent Chris Weidner (see below) and led to #FireIsland trending on Twitter over the weekend.

One man, Corey Hannon, who decided he was done with COVID-19 on June 30 according to numerous Facebook posts, recorded a video message to others who had called him out. “You know what, I did have COVID. Everyone knows I had COVID, and you know what I did? I sat in my fucking bedroom and quarantined myself for eight fucking days. And suffered through COVID. And now I’m out celebrating. So go fuck yourselves. I hope all of you get fucking COVID, you nasty nasty trolls.”

Weidner noted: “UPDATE: This one’s name is Giancarlo Kristian Albanese, currency analyst at EverythingFx ( He will be returning from Fire Island Pines, to White Plains, NY.”

It was subsequently learned that Albanese’s mother has cancer and is undergoing chemo therapy and has been told by his family that he is unwelcome at home.