LONG ISLAND — New York state residents are breathing a little easier today after the judiciary affirmed the legislature make laws, not the executive branch of government.

New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademaker struck down the statewide mask mandate yesterday. Note that the “Supreme Court” in New York is a trial court. The New York Court of Appeals is the state’s highest court. Judge Rademaker cited Executive Law § 29-A, which the Democrat-led State Assembly and State Senate amended last March to strip then-Governor Andrew Cuomo of any further unilateral emergency powers. The law applies to all subsequent governors as well.

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