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A New York Supreme Court justice on Monday struck down the state’s mask mandate, ruling that the governor and the New York State Department of Health lacked the authority to enact such a mandate without the approval of the state legislature.

In an opinion released Monday, Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademaker argued that since New York was no longer under a state of emergency at the time the mask mandate was announced, the governor and the Health Commissioner did not have the additional power to order such a warrant, adding that the warrant is now unenforceable.

In March 2021, the New York State Legislature passed a bill limiting the governor’s ability to issue emergency orders. On Nov. 24, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett issued a regulation requiring New Yorkers to wear face coverings for the prevention of Covid-19.

“Although Commissioner Bassett and Governor Hochul’s intentions do appear to be to do what they believe is right to protect the citizens of New York State, they must take their case to the State Legislature,” Rademaker wrote in his ruling.
“If the State Legislature, representative and elected by the citizens of New York, after publicly informed debate, were to decide to enact laws requiring face coverings in schools and other public places, the Commissioner would likely be well-founded on properly enacted and promulgated laws. rules to supplement these laws.

Governor Kathy Hochul said she was working to reverse the decision immediately.

“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 in a statement Monday. . “We strongly disagree with this decision, and we are pursuing all options to reverse this immediately.

Rademaker said his ruling only concerned whether the warrant was properly enacted.

“To be clear, this Court has no intention of this decision to question or express an opinion on the effectiveness, necessity or requirement of masks as a means or tool to fight against the COVID-19 virus,” Rademaker wrote. The court only decides whether the rule in question was properly enacted and, if so, whether it can be enforced.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, who took office earlier this month, signed an executive order the week he took office allowing school boards to determine whether school children should be required to wear protective clothing. masks.

“This is a major victory for students and parents,” Blakeman said in a Tweeter respond to the decision Monday evening.

CNN has contacted the New York State Department of Education for comment, but has not yet received a response.

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