Hochul to Blakeman: Counties ‘Have to Follow State Law’ on Masks


Gov. Kathy Hochul stood firmly by her Covid-19 mask mandate on Friday, adding that counties do not have authority to override the state law, a day after Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman set his own executive orders defying mask requirements.

Specifically, Blakeman signed an order stating that school boards could decide whether or not their district requires mask wearing. The order is in opposition to New York State’s Public Health Law 206 that requires counties to enforce masking regulations in schools and other settings.