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Thousands gathered for a secret, massive wedding ceremony in Brooklyn — and Gov. Cuomo is livid about it

A report over the weekend revealed that thousands of Hasidic Jews gathered for a secret, massive wedding in New York City earlier in this month.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was none too happy about it when he found out, calling the gathering “a blatant disregard of the law” and demanding an investigation.

What secret wedding?

The New York Post published a report Saturday of a secretly organized wedding in Brooklyn that took place Nov. 8.

According to the Post, the wedding for a chief rabbi’s grandson was secretly organized and pulled off in spite of COVID directives from the state and the city prohibiting such gatherings during the pandemic.

Thousands of guests “crammed shoulder to shoulder” into the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg, which has a capacity of 7,000 people, for the event, “stomping, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs without a mask in sight,” the Post said.

Video and photos of the nuptials obtained by the Post show the synagogue jam-packed to the rafters with thousands of men in the bleachers and women in the balcony.

The Post reported that organizers planned the wedding of the grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelman in secret to hide it from the media and the government.

“Due to the ongoing situation with government restrictions, preparations were made secretly and discreetly, so as not to draw attention from strangers,” the Satmar sect’s Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt reported, the Post said.

According to the paper, the organizers did their best to make all arrangements on the sly. All updates about the event were passed along by word of mouth and no notices were made in writing and no invitations were sent.

The secretly planned wedding came in the wake of the government’s cancellation last month of a massive planned wedding that was expected to draw 10,000 people.

How did Cuomo react?

Needless to say, Gov. Cuomo was displeased.

The governor has been issuing increased lockdowns across the state, with special attention on New York City — and especially the Big Apple’s Jewish community. So it’s no wonder he had something to say about the massive event.

“It was a blatant disregard of the law. It’s illegal. It was also disrespectful to the people of New York,” Cuomo said Sunday, the Post reported. “The law protects everybody. It protects you, but it also protects me.”

The governor demanded that the city conduct an investigation into the massive wedding.

He said he’s particularly interested in how such a large event could be kept secret.

“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, adding, “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.”

A spokeswoman for City Hall told the Post that the city is investigating the wedding and “will hold those accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Hypocritical Gov. Andrew Cuomo says strong leaders ‘admit your mistakes’ — though he won’t admit his

The New York Republican Party and several pundits and commentators lambasted New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he gave a speech over the weekend criticizing the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and saying that strong leaders admit their mistakes.

Plugging his new book on leadership during the pandemic at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights in Manhattan Sunday, Cuomo said that a strong leader shouldn’t be defensive when he’s made mistakes.

“The key is to be strong and secure enough to admit your mistakes and admit your shortcomings, don’t get defensive,” Cuomo said. “Denying the mistake only assures repeating the mistake.”

The New York GOP responded to a video of Cuomo’s remarks, blasting the governor and accusing him of dodging responsibility for his numerous mistakes.

After the onset of the pandemic at the beginning of the year, Cuomo infamously issued an executive directive on March 25 requiring nursing home facilities to accept patients diagnosed with COVID-19 from hospitals. The purpose of the order was to free up hospital bed space for an expected overwhelming influx of virus patients. The result of this extraordinary mistake was to house sick coronavirus patients with elderly populations that proved to be extremely susceptible to contracting the disease, resulting in the deaths of about 6,720 New Yorkers in nursing homes, according to estimates from the state Health Department.

Cuomo has never accepted responsibility for this mistake. In fact, the governor has defensively accused his critics of lying and blamed state Republicans and the New York Post for the controversy over his administration’s disastrous policy.

In the speech, Cuomo also discussed progress on a coronavirus vaccine, accusing the federal government under President Donald Trump’s leadership of politicizing vaccine progress and undermining the American people’s confidence in the government.

“We have a vaccine on the way, truly great news,” Cuomo said. “But polls say 50% of the American people say they would not take the vaccine if it were available today because they don’t trust the way this federal government has politicized the process.”

Cuomo added that his administration and independent medical experts will review any vaccine supplied by the Trump administration before distributing it to New Yorkers to increase confidence in the vaccine. He did not mention that in October he said he himself was “not that confident” in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for a potential vaccine, adding that the American people “should be” “very skeptical.”

President Trump on Friday held a press conference updating the nation on Operation Warp Speed and the progress pharmaceutical companies partnered with the federal government have made toward creating and distributing a coronavirus vaccine. The Trump administration announced that they expect to be able to vaccinate 20 million Americans in December and another 25 to 30 million Americans per month on an ongoing basis from there.

In his remarks, Trump called out Cuomo’s vaccine skepticism and said the federal government will not be able to deliver a vaccine to New York until Cuomo’s reviewers give it approval. In response, Cuomo on Sunday threatened to sue the Trump administration.

“I tell you today, if the Trump administration does not change this plan and does not provide an equitable vaccine process … we will bring legal action to protect New Yorkers,” he vowed.

“President Trump must learn the lesson: Stop the abuse. Stop the division. Stop the anger. Stop the hatred. Stop the narcissism. And spend your last months trying to help people and repair the damage you have done,” Cuomo said.

Commentators noted Cuomo’s jarring hypocrisy. Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean called Cuomo “a real piece of work.” Dean’s husband’s parents were both residents of New York assisted living facilities or nursing homes before they contracted COVID-19 and died.

Others mocked Cuomo for his seeming lack of self-awareness.

Or just criticized his attempt to gaslight New York and the rest of the nation.

In August at the Democratic National Convention, Cuomo declared that “our way succeeded,” claiming his policies lowered the spread of coronavirus in New York and attacking Republicans for failing to control the pandemic, even as tens of thousands of New Yorkers died of the virus and the state’s economy was crippled by his policies.

Now, Cuomo’s comments on Sunday and his new book on lessons learned from the pandemic come as New York faces a new spike of coronavirus cases and an increase in hospitalizations. In response to this second wave of the pandemic, Cuomo days ago announced a new series of coronavirus restrictions, limiting private gatherings in New York to just 10 people indoors with Thanksgiving around the corner.

“Rhetoric only goes so far, we don’t want to hear any more,” Cuomo said Sunday. “We want actions, because it is results that matter at the end of the day.”

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Jake Tapper obliterates Gov. Cuomo for ignoring New York’s lethal pandemic failures during his ‘victory tour’

CNN host Jake Tapper excoriated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his “victory tour” on his state’s coronavirus response when so many were hurt and even died from his “missteps and late actions.”

Tapper began his complaints against the governor on Twitter and moved on to his news show Tuesday on CNN. He cited Cuomo’s appearance on late night talk shows and a bizarre poster he published to celebrate his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“NY state has lost more than 32,000 lives to COVID-19. So while it’s great that the numbers have gone down, it’s perplexing to see crowing, Cuomo going on Fallon, etc.,” Tapper tweeted.

“No other state has lost as many lives, not even close. New Jersey is next with 17,000+,” he added.

“Yes, this has been a major challenge for every leader, but New York’s leaders do not have a success story to tell. It’s been about missteps and late actions,” Tapper continued in a second tweet where he linked a New York Times article documenting New York’s response failures.

Tapper added links to more criticism against Cuomo in the New Yorker, and from CNN on the nursing home disaster.

“It’s great that the numbers have gone down, and I hope to God they stay there. But New York’s leaders were late and made many mistakes; it’s been an absolute tragedy,” Tapper added.

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Tapper went on to bash Cuomo and his self-congratulatory poster in commentary on his show Tuesday.

“The Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be on something of a victory tour congratulating the state and himself for defeating the virus, even selling this poster which shows his state getting over the mountain by bringing down the curve, during the ‘111 days of hell,’ as the governor put it,” Tapper said.

“The poster includes references to his daughters and a boyfriend, little inside jokes,” he explained.

“There are no illustrations, however, of the more than 32,000 dead New Yorkers, the highest death toll by far, of any state,” Tapper continued.

“No rendering on that poster of criticism that Governor Cuomo ignored warnings, no depiction of the study that he could have saved thousands of lives had he and Mayor [Bill] de Blasio acted sooner,” he added. “No painting on that poster of his since-rescinded order that nursing homes take all infected patients in.”

Tapper went on to excoriate Cuomo for “crowing” about his accomplishments, calling it a campaign of “revisionism.”

Here’s the video of Tapper’s criticism:

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