Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today issued the following statement following Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement imposing a statewide mask mandate on private businesses that do not have a vaccine requirement.
“I strongly oppose Governor Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate. This is another crushing mandate for New York small businesses who have faced unprecedented challenges throughout the COVID pandemic, including forced closures required by New York State. Essentially, Kathy Hochul is asking businesses to be responsible for checking the vaccine status for every individual, which is an untenable and outrageous request of our business community. This unprecedented overreach of power is no way to govern.”
Governor Hochul’s mandate goes into effect starting Monday.