…Earlier this year, the North Rochdale house was found to be home to more than five people and did not have a fire-suppression sprinkler system, according to Community Affairs. A settlement was reached in June, resulting in a $2,000 fine, discontinuing its use as a dormitory, vacating the site by July 6 and not allowing any more individuals at the house in the meantime, according to Community Affairs.
Within weeks of the settlement, the North Rochdale Avenue house again, along with the two on Homestead Lane, were found to be operating as unapproved dormitories, according to Community Affairs.
The three houses had more than five people living in each, no sprinkler systems, and had illegal and unsafe electrical work…
Teenage children, some as young as 13, packed tightly in unsafe, unregulated wood frame houses in violation of state law.Why? They attend a boarding school and these unsafe structures are their dorms
What group of people would do this? Hindus? Buddhists? Seventh Day Adventists? Atheists?
Of course not. Who is it, then? Why, shock of all shocks, haredim, the only group with specific religious laws preventing, on the books, at least, this type of reckless endangerment and disregard for secular law.
According to this report, Me'on Hatorah yeshiva of Roosevelt, New Jersey is a branch of Telshe (AKA, Telz) Yeshiva. They got their foothold in Roosevelt by leasing space from Congregation Anshei Roosevelt synagogue in what appears to be a convoluted deal that inappropriately benefited the town's mayor, who also happened to be the president of the synagogue.
More on that deal here, along with an allegation that the mayor got the yeshiva to rent space from the synagogue he presided over with a promise that the town's lone public school would soon be declared non-viable and its building vacated, at which point the yeshiva would take it over.