Judges Stop Mandates in New York

Judge Stops Mandates in New York

(RightWing.org) – Now disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City’s Democratic mayor had vaccine mandates set to take effect for some workers in September. However, a couple of judges recently called a halt to them after weighing in on their constitutionality.

On Tuesday, September 14, New York Supreme Court Justice Laurence L. Love, a Democrat, temporarily blocked a requirement that all Department of Education employees receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 27.

That same day, US District Judge David Hurd issued a similar written order, temporarily blocking a statewide mandate requiring healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines by the last week of September.

New York state officials have until September 22 to respond to Hurd’s order, and he scheduled a September 28 hearing on the matter. Similarly, Justice Love set a September 22 hearing date on the New York City mandate.

New York’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his mandate, telling reporters city officials have the right to “keep [their] workforce safe and healthy.” Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s press secretary issued a statement advising the governor’s office would consider its legal options in light of the court’s ruling.

It remains unclear what impact the ruling might have on other states. However, states often cite decisions in other jurisdictions when arguing against mandates and laws previously unchallenged by their own court systems.

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