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New York Fights Back After Mask Mandate Shot Down by Judge

  • Health commissioner found lacking authority to issue mandate
  • Governor cites public health crisis; school districts react
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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.