LONG ISLAND, NY (January 7, 2022) – Today, Senator Anna M. Kaplan, Senator Todd Kaminsky, Senator Kevin Thomas, Senator Jim Gaughran, Senator John Brooks, Assembly Member Michaelle Solages, Assembly Member Chuck Lavine, Assembly Member Judy Griffin, Assembly Member Assembly Taylor Darling, Assembly member Gina Sillitti; released the following statement in response to County Executive Bruce Blakeman’s press conference yesterday:

“In the past two years, 3,435 of our friends, neighbors and relatives in Nassau County have died from COVID-19. We are grateful to Governor Hochul for demanding the simple precaution of masks in schools to keep our schools open and our children safe. At this point in the pandemic, as pediatric hospitalizations rise to dangerous levels, it would be the height of irresponsibility to ignore Governor Hochul’s vital efforts to protect public health.

We are confident that the Nassau County school districts will continue to act responsibly in the coming days as they have had no input into the actions of the county executive. For the sake of our children, teachers and school staff, County Director Blakeman must immediately reverse his irresponsible and clearly illegal executive order.