New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Compares Children Wearing Masks In Schools To Wearing Shoes

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Nearly two years of COVID-19 has convinced New York Gov. Kathy Hochul that masking is just as normal as lacing up your sneakers.

The Democratic governor addressed the timeline for removing mask mandates in New York schools Friday, during a press conference at the Brookhaven National Lab.

“My daughter had a meltdown about having to put sneakers on to go to kindergarten,” Hochul said. “She got used to wearing sneakers in school. They adapt better than adults do.”

Hochul’s assertion has received criticism on Twitter, including from Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin.

“Andrew Cuomo 2.0 is somehow even worse than the original,” Zeldin tweeted. “She just doesn’t get it at all. Enough! After you and I FIRE Kathy Hochul this November 8th, on Day ONE, ALL COVID related vaccine and mask mandates END.”

As several Long Island officials pushback on Hochul’s mandate, she called out politicians who are letting policy get in the way of saving lives.

“I find it phenomenally disappointing that people are willing to play politics with children’s lives,” Hochul said. “Schools are safe and why are they safe? Because people have been wearing masks. Kids are wearing masks and they’re adapting to it. Not something we’re going to keep much longer, we know we don’t have to, but this has kept children safe and in a learning environment.”

New York’s statewide mask mandate is currently in effect through Feb. 1. The height of the Omicron variant in the state appears to be on a downslope, as New York last reported 10,264 cases Tuesday. That’s the lowest reported amount since mid December.

“I will tell you about Feb. 1 on Jan. 31. I really do need to wait until that time,” Hochul said. “Trend is looking good and I’m an optimist, but I saw a very good trend just in early November, and then everything changed.”

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. Just another dumb mfer New York political tyrant seems to think she knows better even though no science to back it up just a real dumb cunt that should just go fuck off I mean come on man New Yorkers get with it lose these sorry asses man just amazing where they find these trolls

  2. The crazy dems have lost Bill Maher that should wake up the Woke but they are power mad narcissistic assholes midterms will put them on the curb except in a few lost states.That crazy bitch wasn’t even elected.

  3. The only one playing politics is her. As Matt Walsh said last night, kids get used to it just like an abused child gets used being beaten. It more like damage than an adjustment. These people should be tried and executed for crimes against humanity.

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