Cuomo Clamps Down on New York Churches and Schools (Again)
There comes a moment as you’re listening to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rant when you realize it all seems so familiar. Oh, yeah, you think—this guy sounds like the dictator in the movie Bananas who ordered everybody to speak Swedish and wear their underwear over their clothes. Only Cuomo isn’t intentionally a joke, and his commands have serious consequences.
This week, Cuomo announced another closure of New York schools that have already left families floundering through the pandemic and threatened to shutter synagogues and churches if their congregations don’t bend to his will.
“I am not going to recommend or allow any New York City family to send their child to a school that I wouldn’t send my child to. We’re going to close the schools in those areas tomorrow,” Cuomo announced on October 5, in a command that applied to private schools as well as public ones.
Since places of worship have been resistant to restrictions on gatherings, the governor got specific about penalties. “I have to say to the Orthodox community tomorrow, if you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues,” he threatened.
The targets of Cuomo’s ire fired back.
“A picture that [Cuomo] said showed an unlawfully large gathering of Hasidic Jews from recent weeks turned out to be a picture of a major rabbi’s funeral in 2006,” pointed out Ari Feldman at The Forward.
“In the three Catholic Academies and one Parish School located in the affected areas, enrollment totals 1,070 students, and there has only been one confirmed COVID case,” pointed out the Diocese of Brooklyn. “These statistics prove that the Diocesan COVID-19 safety policies are effectively protecting our students and teachers.”
The diocese might also have emphasized the fact that its schools have been doing something else better than the competition: educating. New York City completed reopening its public schools only last week after two delays caused by disputes with the teachers’ union. Many families have fled to private education options precisely because they’ve proven themselves more responsive to a range of preferences, and less susceptible to arbitrary policy decisions. Cuomo might not choose those schools, but the parents of the children attending them very clearly did.
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