Judge Thomas Rademaker ruled that the Governor had exceeded her authority in implementing the mandate by executive order, clarifying that implementing such a law would require the consent of the state legislature.
A court document from Rademaker outlined the legal flaws of the mandate.
“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. 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.”
The mandate in question had been slated to expire on February 21st, with Governor Hochul indicating she didn’t intent to fight the renew the unpopular policy. However, the court ruling makes it less likely Hochul will seek to reimplement a mask mandate in the every of another coronavirus variant or liberal outrage, with the policies increasingly finding themselves overturned and watered down in state court systems across the country.