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Andrew Cuomo lashes out at synagogue over wedding with 7,000 guests

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New York – The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, criticized a synagogue on Sunday for having carried out a wedding on November 8 that was allegedly attended by 7,000 people, said it violates the law, and affirmed that the city should carry out an investigation .

“If that happened, it was a blatant disregard of the law, it is illegal, and it was disrespectful to the people of New York,” Cuomo said during a press conference called to discuss the COVID-19.

He referred to a secret wedding held on November 8, after it was banned by authorities, of the grandson of an Orthodox rabbi with thousands of attendees who did not wear masks, a video published by the New York Post shows.

The Post published on Saturday video of a wedding held at the Yetev Lev synagogue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brookyn, showing thousands of Orthodox Jews singing, clapping and some moving their bodies to the music without protection from a possible contagion, at a time when cases of the disease increase.

This wedding, which would be attended by 10,000 people according to the media, had been stopped last October by the State Department of Health, after an investigation by the authorities.

At that time, Health Minister Howard Zucker issued an order that was delivered to the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Brooklyn to stop the event for violating the ban on mass congregation due to the pandemic.

The Orthodox community has refused to comply with restrictions imposed by COVID and have taken to the streets en masse to protest the sanitary measures.

Organizers planned to conceal the wedding of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Rabbi Satmar Grand Aaron Teitelman, from “the voracious press and government officials,” according to a detailed account in the Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt, cited by the Post.

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“Seven thousand people there. It’s hard to keep it a secret, ”Cuomo said, noting that city authorities should conduct an investigation and take responsibility for it.

“The law protects everyone. It protects you, but it also protects me, ”he said.

“If it turns out that, because we stopped that wedding, the reaction was, ‘well, we’ll have a secret wedding,’ that would be really shocking and totally misleading to the conversations I had with them, because I had personal conversations with members of that community.” , he claimed.

City Council spokeswoman Avery Cohen confirmed to the New York Post that an investigation is underway but did not say when it began.

“The city is conducting an investigation into the incident and will hold those accountable to the full extent of the law,” Cohen said.

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