Hochul can’t get counties to mask her mandate

You think it’s easy being a politician in New York state, but it is not.

Gov. Kathy Hochul is being lambasted from Buffalo to Montauk over her latest mask mandate. More than 15 counties have already said they would not enforce her rule, with more including Nassau, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties not going to comply making up a large area of the bedroom communities surrounding New York City.

The counties are in charge of enforcing the edicts that come out of Albany, so when you have a Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro say, “We don’t have the resources or even the desire to engage in a mandate that we don’t believe is going to produce a measurable outcome.” You no longer can rule from on high.

So Hochul is in a very difficult spot.

Disgraced ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordered by the state ethics board to return $5.1 million in profits for his book on how “well” he handled the early days of the CoVid-19 pandemic.

It remains to be seen if this ethics vote has any teeth and can actually claw back the money. But it does show how the once-powerful Cuomo name no longer has any gravitas in Albany.

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