New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to withhold public funding from Orthodox Jewish communities that do not enforce the Covid-19 rules at schools.
“So hopefully that will motivate them,” said Cuomo in a phone interview. “Because nothing else I have done has motivated them.”
“I guarantee if a yeshiva [school] gets closed down and they’re not going to get state funding, you will see compliance,” continued Cuomo.
But Jewish leaders are angry with the Governor’s statements, which seem to portray the Jews as “money-hungry.”
“We are living in Nazi Germany,” said Leya Forster, a resident in Brooklyn in an interview with CBS New York. “[Cuomo] was proud of saying that money talks to them. And, you know, that’s how he’s going to treat them. If he takes away their money and their funding, then, you know, they’ll have no choice but to comply.”