Public schools in New York State may yet see a mask-wearing mandate for the start of the academic year, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul hinted Wednesday.
Hochul, who’s set to become the state’s top executive upon disgraced Gov. Cuomo’s resignation next week, said the state Health Department has the power to call for mandatory mask usage at public schools.
That appeared to mark a shift from her previous comments emphasizing she supports such a measure, but doesn’t have the power to implement it on her own.
“Mask mandates is something that the Department of Health has the authority to call for. They have that authority now, and I will assess whether or not we’ll know whether that’s been called for,” Hochul told reporters during a visit to a North Corona, Queens, elementary school.
“But I believe that we’ll need mask mandates for children to go back to schools, and that’ll have to be universal and be statewide,” she added.
The comments came as localities around the country have been weighing possible safety measures for the start of the school year.
In New York City, masks will be required for all students, teachers and staff.
There’s no statewide policy yet, though the federal government has been urging mask usage at schools.
It was not immediately clear whether Hochul was expecting some kind of authorization to implement a statewide policy.
“I believe that we will need mask mandates,” she said. “In a matter of days, I’ll be able to say, ‘We will have mask mandates.’ I just don’t have that authority at this time, and I’m not going to overstep.”
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Dems are just like Marines—they have each other’s backs.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, the Cuomo clone, wants communist mandates for all of New York or how can we enslave people and how can we destroy our economy in New York.
Kathy Hochul, she is nothing but one of the many sheep in the Socialist/Marxist Democrat Party. New York voters , when will you wise up. THE ” Elites ” just want to control you pawns.
I’d just love to SUPERGLU MASKS on to everyone of these demented DEMONRAT’s faces.. AND LEAVE THEM like that, in perpetuity!
Like a true Democrat, keep trying the same old thing that has been proven not to work over and over until it works (not) or the money runs out!
THING IS, not one study i’ve seen, ACTUALLY PROVES MASKS work.. BUT i’ve seen plenty showing they do NOT WORK.
Meet the new Michigan Governor look alike contest of Gretchen Whitmer. Hey NY, hope you like this choice. This is why the second in command should be vetted.
And people, wonder, WHY I AM AGAINST women in govt..
OTHER Than Palin and Thatcher, practically EVERYONE ELSE of the female persuasion, who’s been in office, have been UTTERLY USELESS….
IF that makes me “Sexist” for saying that.. SO BE IT!
you can just look at this woman and see she has a god complex.
Name me one leftists, who DOESN’T have a god complex, even though most HATE AND DESPISE Christianity!
I think masks that say “Democrats are (obscenity of your choice)” filter out the covid-cooties better than any other face covering.