Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday dismissed angst over the banned massive Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn as “not on the top of list of concerns’’ for the state amid COVID-19.
“I understand their point. They had planned a large wedding. And everybody was excited for the wedding. And then the government says you can’t have this large wedding. How terrible. We were all excited about this large wedding,’’ said the governor — the day after the state barred the planned celebration because it was expected to draw 10,000 people together amid the pandemic.
“You can’t have a wedding now with thousands of people,’’ the governor said. “There is no safe way to do that. We know that. We know that a party with a hundred people has generated issues.’’
He noted that one of his daughters didn’t have a college-graduation ceremony this year because of the virus and that people have died in nursing homes and hospitals from COVID-19, including without being able to have their loved ones near them for comfort.
“On the scale, I think, ‘I really wanted a big wedding’ isn’t on the top of the list of concerns,’’ Cuomo said.
“My suggestion: Have a small wedding this year. Next year, have a big wedding. Invite me, I’ll come.’’
Williamsburg has been one of the worst recent resurging COVID-19 hot spots in the city, with an infection rate of more than three times that of the overall Big Apple as many people have openly flaunted mandated health restrictions there.
The Jewish wedding, set for Monday, is for the grandchild of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, a grand rabbi of the Satmar sect. It was expected to draw massive crowds outside venues on Rodney Street and Bedford Avenue, where there is a Satmar synagogue and the sect’s United Talmudical Academy.
Organizers said Saturday, after the state’s order barring the crowd, that they would not allow outdoor guests at the event and that it would only be attended by close family members, according to NBC.
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