Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman is ramping up his feud with Gov. Kathy Hochul over masking in colleges.
Blakeman criticized Hochul on Wednesday for threatening to take away any county board members who transfer to scrap the masks requirement.
Arguing that masking stays a crucial COVID-19 safeguard, Hochul additionally careworn her willingness to yank funding from resistant districts.
“I’ve heard from a number of school board members that say they would like to make masks optional,” Blakeman advised The Post. “But they are afraid the governor will remove them and cut funding to school districts.”
Blakeman issued an govt order final week ostensibly allowing boards to undo the state’s faculty masking requirement.
But Hochul shortly asserted that colleges are certain by state legislation and that she anticipated them to stay in compliance.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman known as out Gov. Kathy Hochul for threatening to take away county board members who search to take away masks mandates.Bruce Blakeman for Nassau County
“At what point are you going to let kids go back to normal and learn in an environment where they don’t have to be masked all the time?” Blakeman requested. “I find it interesting that she will threaten school board members but has a district attorney in Manhattan who refuses to uphold the law and is not threatening him. She should at least be consistent.”
While some Nassau faculty boards expressed curiosity in making masks non-obligatory — together with Massapequa and Island Trees — none have formally sought the change.
Blakemen claimed that some faculty board members worry they might be faraway from their positions by Hochul or that she would minimize faculty funding in the event that they make masks non-obligatory in colleges.Lev Radin/Pacific Press through ZUMA Press Wire
Unwilling to face funding cuts, Blakeman mentioned he doesn’t count on faculty boards to pursue modifications to the masking guidelines.
“We don’t want funding for our kids to be cut so I understand why they are reluctant to do what they want to do and what parents want them to do,” he mentioned.
Hochul asserted final week that Blakeman’s order would show ineffectual and solely add to COVID-19 dangers in colleges.