On Friday, Hochul extended the current mask “mandate” for public places until February 10. Last week a Nassau County Supreme Court judge held that the current mask order is illegal because it is a rule issued by the health commissioner, and there is no law that gives either the Governor of the Health Commissioner the authority to require mask. The Judge also noted that we are not in a declared state of emergency during which the Governor may issue temporary executive orders requiring masks. An appellate judge stay was placed on the lower court Judge’s ruling allowing the mask rule to continue pending a final decision.
The proposed regulation includes language that would allow distinguishing “between individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and those that are not vaccinated.” This language would allow mandating only un-vaccinated people to wear masks as a means of punishing dissent and dissenters. Even though We know that the shots do not prevent transmission of Covid, we know that the vast majority of masks in use do not prevent the transmission of Covid. And, of course, it pretends that natural immunity in recovered people does not exist.
Read the proposed regulation here: https://regs.health.ny.gov/sites/default/files/proposed-regulations/Face%20Coverings%20for%20COVID-19%20Prevention.pdf
Our best bet to stop this regulation is to bring the bill to attention of the legislators and make them aware that the Governor is bypassing their authority to make laws.
Please get on the phone and call the Governor and let her know that you are opposed to these proposed regulations and her effort to bypass our elected representative and us by sneaking this through as a regulation. And call Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and let them know you are opposed to the regulation and want them to exert their authority to make laws, not the Governor and the bureaucrats. There numbers are below.
Please click here to send a message to the Governor and your State Senator and your Assemblymember, and the Public Comment office of the Health Department, letting them know you oppose this regulation.
The regulation is currently in a public comment period. Please submit comments. Public comments become part of the official record and the NYS Department of Health is required to respond to them. The contact information for official submitting a comment:
New York State Department of Health Bureau of Program Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Unit
Re: Amendment of Part 2, Section 405.3 and Addition of Section 58-1.14 to Title 10 NYCRR (Investigation of Communicable Disease; Isolation and Quarantine)
Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Rm. 2438
Albany, New York 12237-0031
Phone: (518) 473-7488
FAX: (518) 473-2019
Attention: Katherine Ceroalo
Governor Kathy Hochul (518) 474-8390, (212) 681-4580, Hochul only takes voice mail. Call anyway.
Fax (518) 474-1513
Email at governor.ny.gov
And call the leaders of the legislature and ask them if they support the Governor completing bypassing the legislative process:
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Albany: Telephone (518) 455-2585, (518) 455-2715
Albany: Fax (518) 426-6844, (518) 426-6811
District: Telephone (914) 423-4031, Fax (914) 423-0979,
New York City: Telephone (212) 298-5585, Fax (212) 298-5623
Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie
Albany: (518) 455-3791, District: (718) 654-6539
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