NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The city’s crackdown on COVID-19 clusters is in full force.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Sunday night, folks not complying found out the hard way officials mean business.

The first weekend enforcing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions proved to be very busy.

On Sunday night, police arrested community activist Heshy Tischler, charging him with inciting a riot and unlawful imprisonment. Last week, demonstrators in Borough Park, Brooklyn protested the new restrictions. At times it got violent. Some chased down and attacked a journalist.

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Tischler posted video of police taking him into custody.

“You’re arresting me when we made a deal. We made a deal I’d be arrested tomorrow,” Tischler says.

The city said since Friday it has issued more than $150,000 in fines from 62 summonses in Red, Orange and Yellow zones, including five noncompliant religious congregations.


On a press call with the media, Cuomo pleaded with the Orthodox Jewish Community to refrain from holding large gatherings.

“I say to my friends in the Hasidic community, the Hebrew faith teaches us ‘pikuach nefesh,’ which means, save a life. Under the Hebrew teachings, participation in a religious ceremony can be excused for matter of health and life and safety,” Cuomo said.

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Blatant disregard for the rules went just beyond the hot zone of Kew Gardens, Queens, in neighboring Fresh Meadows. Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday the city Sheriff’s Department busted an elaborate rave with more than 100 people inside Cunningham Park. The party set up with a DJ, bar and food service, with no face coverings or social distancing.

Some people who live in the area said they are fed up.

“I don’t know what’s going on with people, where they just want to have fun versus their health, their life. It’s ridiculous,” Fresh Meadows resident Aisha Samad said.

“More and more people are gonna get it, and we’re gonna go back to the dark days six months ago when this whole thing started,” resident Martin Perlmutter added.

Four people were arrested for their involvement with the rave. Residents said they are worried that won’t deter others from doing the same.

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Comments (2)
  1. cankles says:

    Cuomo is a son-of-a-bitch lying Democrat. What else would you expect? SOB needs a good hard kick in the ass OUT THE DOOR!

  2. Fear O'Crooks says:

    COVID is a complete sham at this point. It’s about POSITIVE tests, not people in beds dying. The seasonal flu is more dangerous.
    I am disappointed that New Yorkers have not descended on City Hall en masse to demand Del Bozo’s resignation. That would send a signal to the Rubber-Faced Goon in Albany.
    I thought NYers were “street smart” and that “no one gets over”. But you people brought all this pack of lies and destruction on you by voting for these tyrants. Wake up. VOTE THEM OUT. DEMAND THEY RESIGN.
    Look around you: Every Blue City and State is a complete, burning, locked-down disaster.

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