A yeshiva in Orange County is getting some unwanted attention for apparently refusing to close after officials found a raw sewage leak and shut it down.
Even though the Orange County Department of Health closed down O’Hel Toro Yeshiva in Chester, the school remained open today.
Town documents show that the building has open code violations since last year, and that the former warehouse was never approved by the town to be turned into a school in the first place.
Officials say they’ve ordered the yeshiva owner to appear in court. He faces forceful closure of the school and daily fines. They say his fines already add up to $200,000 for allegedly ignoring violations and the county’s order to close.
He is set to face a judge next month.
The school remains open, and officials say there’s no permit on file for septic repairs.