Some Rockland schools in red zone appear to be violating governor's orders
Schools in Rockland County red zones appear to be violating the Gov. Andrew Cuomo's orders.
Threats to withhold funding were not stopping at least three yeshivas from welcoming students Thursday.
Yeshiva was in session Thursday at three schools in Monsey and Spring Valley – right in the middle of Rockland's red zone.
News 12 followed a bus that seemed to be picking up children. In the short time News 12 followed the bus, it picked up half a dozen kids, if not more.
This comes in spite of Gov. Cuomo threatening to pull funding from localities and schools, which he underlined again Thursday in a press call.
Three Jewish congregations in Rockland filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the governor and the state, calling the restrictions unconstitutional and saying the actions violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
Jewish leaders say case numbers are high because more people in these neighborhoods are getting tested, while blasting Gov. Cuomo for breaking his declaration to only close schools when the regional average hit 9%, not a neighborhood.
Despite continuous violations, numbers have dropped since restrictions went into effect - a possible sign closures are working.