Labeling it unconstitutional, a NY State Supreme Court judge on Monday evening issued a ruling against NY Governor Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate in public places, which she imposed in mid-December.
Judge Thomas Rademaker ruled that Hochul doesn’t have the authority to impose such a mandate, and that mask mandates would have to be debated and approved by the state legislature to be constitutional.
To this, Hochul responded that she would challenge Judge Rademaker’s ruling, saying, “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,” Hochul said. “We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately.”
Furthermore, after the ruling, the State Education Department sent a letter to superintendents around New York, writing that schools must continue to follow the mask rule.
The state Department of Health will appeal Monday’s decision, which will “result in an automatic stay that will unambiguously restore the mask mandate until such time as an appellate court issues a further ruling,” NYSED said in a statement.