By COLlive reporter
Two inspectors of the New York City Health Department were filmed visiting a Jewish school in Brooklyn on Monday and reportedly began writing a summons for being open.
In a video shared on social media, the inspectors were seen at Yeshivat Shaare Torah on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood which is still considered a “red zone” by the Covid-19 standards of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Despite the building being vacant of students and in-person classes not taking place, the inspectors were found writing a summons.
An administrator of the school began filming them and questioning why they were writing a summons and invited them to walk inside the building to see for themselves whether the school was complying with the restrictions.
The only thing the inspector seemed concerned about was that she was being recorded. When pressed why this was being done, the inspector said “we have a list.”
YWN reports that multiple Yeshivas in the area have received fines in the past two weeks, despite being totally closed.
New York City Councilman Kalman Yeger tweeted in response: “This terror being inflicted on law-abiding New Yorkers by City Hall has sadly become standard. Here is a CLOSED school about to receive a summons. Fortunately, the Quota Agents were caught by school management.”
Yeger then addressed Mayor Bill de Blasio, demanding that “this must stop NOW!!!”
“This is outrageous on so many levels!” tweeted Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, a public policy consulting firm. “What I don’t understand is what is the public health benefit of closing schools thereby having the kids play together in the street or in parks or gathering in a friend’s home to play? Can u someone explain how is it safer by closing schools?”
Melinda Rogers, Deputy Chief of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was contacted for a comment. She refused to provide one.