The incoming governor of New York Kathy Hochul has stated that she will impose a universal mask mandate for all New York schools when she takes office next week.

Currently, the Lt. Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul on Wednesday said she will ensure a mask mandate for all schools in NYC, in order to protect children against the fast-spreading coronavirus. 

Source: NBC New York

Speaking to reporters after a tour of the Louis Armstrong School/PS 143 in Corona, Queens, Hochul said, “I believe we need a mask mandate for children to go back to school. And that will have to be universal. It will be statewide. In a matter of days, I will be able to say we will have mask mandates. I just don’t have that authority at this time and I’m not going to overstep.” She added that the state Health Department has the authority to impose a mask mandate, without seeking legislative approval.

The incoming governor also shared that she had met Mayor Bill de Blasio and that she had built a good rapport with him, unlike the strained relationship that Cuomo had with hizzoner. 

“It was just a good healthy sane —  emphasize the word sane — conversation which I truly appreciated,” de Blasio said about the Tuesday meeting during his daily press briefing remote from City Hall. 

“I’m just very honored that the mayor called me `sane.’ That’s good,” Hochul later said as a joke targeted at Andrew Cuomo. Hochul will become the Governor of New York next week, as soon as Cuomo exits. 

JOIN US ON WHAT'SAPP, TO GET INSTANT STATUS UPDATES AND BE IN THE KNOW.

CLICK HERE

Rhea Sovani

Author Rhea Sovani

More posts by Rhea Sovani

Leave a Reply