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Gov. Cuomo blasts synagogue's 'blatant disregard for the law' and pledges to...

• By FRANCES MULRANEY and JAMES GORDON

A Brooklyn synagogue is to be investigated after hosting a secret wedding with thousands of unmasked guests earlier this month.

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has criticized a Hasidic synagogue for hosting a 'secret' maskless ceremony which around 7,000 guests attended.

Cuomo called the nuptials 'a blatant disregard of the law' which had the potential to be a coronavirus super-spreader event.

'It's illegal. It was also disrespectful to the people of New York,' Cuomo said during a press conference on Sunday. 

'The law protects everybody. It protects you, but it also protects me,' he said.

Cuomo is now urging the city's mayor Bill de Blasio to conduct 'a robust investigation' of the wedding which was held at the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg. 

Videos from November 8th show a packed Satmar synagogue in clear defiance of coronavirus safety restrictions.

The wedding, which saw people standing shoulder to shoulder, had apparently been kept 'a secret', however Cuomo questioned how such a feat would have been possible. 

'If 7,000 people went to a wedding, you can figure that out, right? That's the problem with a 'secret' 7,000. It's hard to keep a secret,' he said.

'It's my information the city is investigating. They should investigate, and if 7,000 people were at a wedding, I'm sure they'll be able to figure it out, and then we'll bring the full consequences of legal action to bear.'   


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