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Mask Mandates Back On in New York Schools After State Appeals

Jan. 25, 2022, 11:09 PM

Some New York school districts abandoned mask mandates after a Long Island judge declared them unconstitutional Monday. By the end of Tuesday, they were told to put the requirement back in place.

Nassau Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker ruled that the state’s health commissioner lacked legal authority to issue her Dec. 10 mask-wearing regulation, citing the state Legislature’s decision to curtail the emergency powers bestowed on the executive branch during the pandemic.

However, New York Governor Kathy Hochul filed a notice to appeal the ruling, and on Tuesday judge Robert J. Miller temporarily stayed Rademaker’s order until a Friday ...