Hochul Pushing for Masks in Schools

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference the day after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation at the New York State Capitol, in Albany, New York, U.S., August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference the day after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation at the New York State Capitol, in Albany, New York, U.S., August 11, 2021
REUTERS/Cindy Schultz/File Photo

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who will become the next governor of the state upon Andrew Cuomo’s resignation on August 24, told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning that a mask mandate for schoolchildren is “something that I believe has to occur.”

A decision on that along with addressing vaccination rates will come collaboratively with local government officials.

“You have smart people, I have smart people,” Hochul told CNN. “How about doing it together and not in competition?”

The incoming governor also stressed the distribution of a surplus of money that could help those most impacted by the pandemic.

“I want to get the money out to the people,” she said. “There are too many landlords and renters who are suffering. I also want to get the money out to the excluded worker program where people who are immigrants aren’t getting any money because they’re not documented. That money is sitting there unspent.”

-Via amNY Metro

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