Bloomberg Law
Jan. 25, 2022, 10:46 PM

New York Fights Back After Mask Mandate Shot Down by Judge (3)

Robert Burnson
Robert Burnson
Bloomberg News

New York is appealing a ruling by a Long Island judge that its mask mandate for schools and other public places is an illegal end run around the state constitution.

The mask-wearing rule was issued Dec. 10 by the state’s health commissioner at the urging of Governor Kathy Hochul, around the start of the omicron surge of the coronavirus pandemic. A group of parents sued to block the mandate, saying their school-age children shouldn’t be forced to wear masks.

On Monday, Judge Thomas Rademaker ruled that Hochul and Health Commissioner Mary Bassett overstepped their authority, saying the governor should ...

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