A major win for liberty! A giant victory for freedom!
On Monday, the New York State Supreme Court struck down Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate for schools and public locations.
“There can be no question that every person in this State wishes, wants and prays that this era of COVID ends soon and they will surely do their part to see that is accomplished,” Judge Thomas Rademaker said in the ruling.
“However, enacting any laws to this end is entrusted solely to the State Legislature. While the intentions of Commissioner Bassett and Governor Hochul appear to be well aimed squarely at doing what they believe is right to protect the citizens of New York State, they must take their case to the State Legislature.”
Hochul’s mask mandate was “violative of the State Administrative Procedure Act as promulgated and enacted and therefore null, void, and unenforceable as a matter of law,” the judge wrote, adding that it was also “violative of the Public Health Law as promulgated and enacted and therefore null, void, and unenforceable as a matter of law.”
Hochul responded by saying in a statement that her “responsibility as Governor is to protect New Yorkers throughout this public health crisis” and claiming that her mask mandate would “help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”
She added, “We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately.”
Well we strongly disagree with your willingness to keep the people you purport to protect muzzled continuously until public health officials determine the pandemic’s end.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, who is running to replace Hochul as the state’s governor, praised the ruling in a statement while also taking a shot at Hochul:
🚨NOW: NY Supreme Court just STRUCK DOWN Hochul Admin's statewide mask mandate. Honored to have fought with small biz owners, parents, electeds like @NassauExec & many more for common sense, freedom & science. New Yorkers know best despite the Gov's "Hochul knows best" arrogance. pic.twitter.com/GJpgORXMvm
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) January 24, 2022
At this point, we can only hope this creates a domino effect causing more judges, more courts, and more brave elected officials to free the country from the draconian mandates responsible for the devastation of this country.