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NY Take Action: Hochul trying to sneak through permanent power to order masks
New York’s unelected Governor Kathy Hochul is attempting to give herself completely new powers to mandate masks for anyone and any situation whenever she feels it is necessary. She is doing this by issuing a regulation, a process wholly under her control, and completely bypassing the legislature. Regulations are supposed to be rules made by the bureaucracy to implement laws passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. They cannot legally be used to give the Governor completely new powers. The regulation will become law if not stopped by February 14.

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 

regsqna@health.ny.gov 

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

https://www.facebook.com/govkathyhochul

Twitter: @GovKathyHochul

 

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

scousins@nysenate.gov

https://www.facebook.com/andrea.stewartcousins

Twitter: @AndreaSCousins

 

Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie 

Albany: (518) 455-3791, District: (718) 654-6539

speaker@nyassembly.gov

https://www.facebook.com/carl.heastie

Twitter: @carlheastie

 

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