NEW YORK (VINnews) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday issued a threat to Yeshivas in red-zone areas that fail to comply with the state’s shutdown orders. Any school that remains open against orders, will lose all state funding.
Cuomo’s warning was issued to New York City, Orange County, Rockland County, the Town of Ramapo, and the village of Spring Valley.
“If schools are operating it’s easy enough to find out,” Cuomo said. “The schools that have been identified as violating the closure order, they will be served today with a notice mandating they close and we are withholding funding from those schools.”
These schools already caught violating the shut-down order will have their funding withheld until the matter is resolved “to our satisfaction,” the governor said.
“I guarantee if a yeshiva gets closed down and they’re not going to get state funding you will see compliance,” Cuomo threatened.
“We could impound all funds,” Cuomo said when asked what the amount of the fines would be, indicating that he would not hesitate to cut off funding completely.
Cuomo said that these new neasures are coming due to repeated reports of a yeshiva illegally operating in a Brooklyn “cluster zone,” as well as another large religious gathering.