Republicans angry as New York keeps school mask mandate despite ruling

Republicans in ニューヨーク reacted furiously on Tuesday after state officials told school administrators to continue enforcing a mask mandate for students and teachers despite a judge overturning it, causing confusion as some districts rushed to make masks optional.

Lee Zeldin, a US congressman from Long Island, addressed the governor he hopes to replace in November.

“Kathy Hochul is once again arrogantly shooting from the hip," 彼は言った, “intoxicated on power and causing mass confusion. This isn’t leadership. It’s inconsistent, unscientific, ego-driven narcissism. I wonder where she learned that from? アンドリュー・クオモ 2.0!」

Hochul replaced Cuomo last year, after the long-serving Democrat was forced out over allegations of sexual harassment.

月曜日に, ruling in a case brought by a group of parents, Judge Thomas Rademaker, a conservative from Long Island, 前記 the governor and state health commissioner did not have authority to issue a mask mandate without legislative approval.

The mandate “is a law that was promulgated and enacted unlawfully by an executive branch state agency, and therefore void and unenforceable”, 看護師は、彼女が彼女の足を動かすことができないように彼女の病院のベッドに繰り返し押し付けられたとき、女の子が「非常に大声で」叫び、「非常に怖い」と聞こえるのを目撃しました.

The battle mirrors skirmishes on a national level between the Biden administration and conservative states and judges, up to the supreme court in Washington.

After the state education department said it would appeal, a spokeswoman, Emily DeSantis, 前記: “While these legal steps occur, それは [the department’s] position that schools should continue to follow the mask rule.”

On Tuesday the state attorney general, レティーシャ・ジェームズ, said she would challenge the ruling.

“We’re appealing last night’s decision that struck down the mask mandate in New York. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers from Covid-19,” the Democrat said.

But some administrators immediately made masking optional for students and staff.

“While it is certain this decision will face legal challenges, until otherwise litigated, mask wearing will be optional for students and staff in the Massapequa schools beginning Tuesday,” the Massapequa school district, in the New York City suburbs of Long Island, said on its website.

4月中 2020, New York state instituted a mandate that required people to wear masks in most indoor settings outside the home. That rule ended in June 2021 for vaccinated people.

In mid-December, as infections surged, Hochul said it would go back into effect. 今月上旬, the state health department said the mandate would be in place until 1 2月.

In a statement after the Long Island ruling, Hochul said, “My responsibility as governor is to protect New Yorkers throughout this public health crisis, and these measures help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately.”

The ruling came as the Omicron wave that gripped New York state appears to be easing. The state averaged about 23,400 new cases a day in the seven-day period that ended on Sunday, down from 74,600 a day in early January. Hospitalizations are dropping, あまりにも, 沿って 17% statewide in the past seven days.