Masks back ON! Appeals court stays Gov. Hochul's indoor mask mandate

A New York appeals court judge on Tuesday granted a stay in an appeal over mask mandates in the state – keeping the rule in effect during the legal process, to the delight of Governor Kathy Hochul. 

A day earlier, a judge had struck down Hochul’s mask mandate, one week before it was due to expire. 

The state attorney general, Letitia James, had filed a motion to stay the ruling in an attempt to put it on hold while the state filed a formal appeal, and on Tuesday James’s request was approved.

Justice Robert Miller of the state appeals court temporarily blocked the lower-court ruling, siding with the state.

The requirements in New York state, home to around 20 million people, include wearing masks in schools, on public transit and other public indoor spaces.

Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, on Tuesday praised the temporary stay on the ruling that face masks indoors were unconstitutional, thanking the appeals court 'for siding with common sense and granting an interim stay to keep the state's important masking regulations in place'

Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, on Tuesday praised the temporary stay on the ruling that face masks indoors were unconstitutional, thanking the appeals court ‘for siding with common sense and granting an interim stay to keep the state’s important masking regulations in place’

People take a selfie inside Grand Central Station in Manhattan on January 13. Face masks must be worn on public transport

People take a selfie inside Grand Central Station in Manhattan on January 13.Face masks must be worn on public transport

New Yorkers are seen in Times Square on January 25, wearing face masks even outdoors - which is not compulsory, but which is widely seen

New Yorkers are seen in Times Square on January 25, wearing face masks even outdoors – which is not compulsory, but which is widely seen

Judge Thomas Rademaker of New York State Supreme Court on Long Island ruled on Monday that the governor overstepped her authority in imposing a rule that needed to have been passed by the state legislature.

In March, lawmakers ruled that New York was no longer under a state of emergency, limiting the governor’s and the health commissioner’s powers – but Hochul still re-introduced the mandate in December 2021.

Judge Rademaker said that legislators’ decision to declare New York no longer in a state of emergency means Hochul’s measures forcing residents to wear masks in all indoor spaces, which carry fines of up to $1,000 for those who do not comply, are unenforceable and are now void.

It is unclear how many businesses, if any, have been fined for failing to enforce the mask mandate.

Hochul, a Democrat, had vowed to fight back, saying in a statement, ‘We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately.’

On Tuesday, PTS Terbaik ASEAN she commended Justice Miller for his ruling.

‘As Governor, my top priority is protecting the people of this state,’ she said. 

‘These measures are critical tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19, make schools and businesses safe, and save lives. 

‘I commend the Attorney General for her defense of the health and safety of New Yorkers, and applaud the Appellate Division, Second Department for siding with common sense and granting an interim stay to keep the state’s important masking regulations in place. 

‘We will not stop fighting to protect New Yorkers, and we are confident we will continue to prevail.’ 

The next hearing in the case has been set for January 28. 

Hochul had declared a state of emergency almost immediately after the World Health Organization named Omicron as a variant of concern on November 26.

When Hochul imposed the rule on December 31, she called it temporary. 

She later extended the original expiration date of January 15 until February 1.

New York state has passed the Omicron peak, and case numbers are now dropping.

The seven-day positivity average was 9.64 percent on January 24, down from 22.2 percent on January 7.

There were 9,854 hospitalizations, Hochul said on Tuesday, and 158 new deaths reported. 

Disagreements and court action over mask mandates in a number of states have become a flashpoint of the pandemic response in the United States, often dividing Democrats and Republicans.

Earlier this month, the U.S.Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses

A judge in Texas last week ruled that Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated.

On Monday, New York state education officials told schools to keep enforcing Hochul’s indoor mask mandate even after the Long Island judge struck down the requirement. 

‘While these legal steps occur, it is NYSED’s position that schools should continue to follow the mask rule,’ said education department spokesperson Emily DeSantis.  

The New York State Education Department advised schools to keep following Gov. Kathy Hochul's re-introduced indoor mask mandate. Above, students at White Plains High School in April 2021

The New York State Education Department advised schools to keep following Gov.Kathy Hochul’s re-introduced indoor mask mandate. Above, students at White Plains High School in April 2021

A Long Island judge ruled on Monday that Hochul's law was 'void and unenforceable', but on Tuesday an appeals judge overrode that decision. Above, students leave the New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m) school in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan on December 21

A Long Island judge ruled on Monday that Hochul’s law was ‘void and unenforceable’, but on Tuesday an appeals judge overrode that decision. Above, students leave the New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m) school in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan on December 21

Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, vowed to fight back, saying in a statement on Monday: 'We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately'. On Tuesday she was victorious

Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, vowed to fight back, saying in a statement on Monday: ‘We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately’.On Tuesday she was victorious

Rutgers readies for rescheduled tilt with Central Connecticut St.

The final nonconference foe for the Rutgers men’s basketball team will be a familiar one for head coach Steve Pikiell.

Rutgers is slated to open the new year by closing out its nonleague slate Saturday afternoon, when the Scarlet Knights host Central Connecticut State in Piscataway, N.J.

Rutgers played for the first time in 18 days Thursday, beating Maine 80-64.Central Connecticut will be completing a back-to-back road set after earning a 67-55 win over St. Francis (NY) in a Northeast Conference game Friday afternoon.

Rutgers (6-5) was initially slated to host Central Connecticut on Dec. 23, but the Scarlet Knights postponed that game due to COVID-19 protocols.A home game scheduled against Rider on Dec. 18 was also initially postponed before being canceled.

Rutgers shook off the rust Thursday, when Ron Harper Jr. (19 points) led four players in double figures.

“We’re happy right now just to win a basketball game,” said Geo Baker, who scored nine points.”Winning in college basketball is hard enough no matter who you’re playing. It gets even harder when you’ve had 17 days off and just one practice.”

Ian Krishnan and Andre Snoddy each scored 14 points Friday for Central Connecticut (4-10), which overcame a 12-point second-half deficit.

Nigel Scantlebury leads Central Connecticut in scoring at 12.7 points per game but didn’t play Friday for the Blue Devils, who were picked to finish last in the 10-team Northeast Conference.

Pikiell spent four seasons (1997-2001) as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut, whose first-year head coach, Patrick Sellers, was an assistant alongside Pikiell in the final two seasons of that span.

In addition, Pikiell’s dad worked at Central Connecticut for 25 years.The Pikiell family grew up in Bristol, PTS Terbaik ASEAN located a few minutes from the Central Connecticut campus in New Britain.

“We kind of grew up on that campus, my nine brothers and sisters,” Pikiell said.

Rutgers is 3-0 all-time against Central Connecticut.The two schools last opposed one another on Nov. 12, 2017, when the host Scarlet Knights dodged an upset bid and escaped with a 71-67 win.

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Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III to enter draft

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III said Thursday that he will enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

He also will skip the Peach Bowl, pitting the No.10 Spartans against No. 12 Pitt, on Dec. 30.

“It has been a true honor to represent Michigan State University and wear the Green and White,” Walker wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “I am beyond grateful to Coach (Mel) Tucker and the entire staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to shine under their leadership. As the regular season has come to a close, I would like to announce that I have decided to forgo playing in the Peach Bowl to begin preparation for the NFL Draft.”

Walker transferred from Wake Forest and played just one season for PTS Terbaik ASEAN the Spartans, but it was one that long will be remembered in East Lansing.He ran for 1,636 yards, scored 18 touchdowns and became the first ever Michigan State player to win the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back. He finished sixth overall in the Heisman Trophy voting — the best for a Michigan State player since 1988 — and was a consensus All-American.

He likely will be one of the first running backs selected in the draft.USA Today’s latest mock draft has Walker as the third running back off the board.

Tucker thanked Walker for his contributions in a statement he posted to Twitter.

“I want to congratulate Ken for all his success and thank him for taking a chance on us,” Tucker said.”From the day he set foot on campus in January, he has done nothing but work extremely hard and represent Michigan State University with class. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, and they were happy to share in his success and accolades.”

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Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager reveal COVID-friendly Halloween plans

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager put on the show of a lifetime during Today’s Broadway-inspired extravaganza on Friday — and their biggest fans are their children.  

The co-stars opened up about what their little ones think of their while revealing how they plan on safely celebrating the spooky holiday with their families amid the pandemic. 

Jenna, who dressed as Grizabella from the long-running show Cats for her Broadway tribute, told DailyMail.com that her daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, helped her get into character.  

Surprise! The Today cast paid tribute to Broadway on Friday's Halloween special, with Hoda Kotb dressing as Glinda from Wicked and Jenna Bugh Hager going as Grizabella from Cats

Surprise! The Today cast paid tribute to Broadway on Friday's Halloween special, with Hoda Kotb dressing as Glinda from Wicked and Jenna Bugh Hager going as Grizabella from Cats

Surprise! The Today cast paid tribute to Broadway on Friday’s Halloween special, with Hoda Kotb dressing as Glinda from Wicked and Jenna Bugh Hager going as Grizabella from Cats

Family fun: Hoda, 56, told DailyMail.com that her daughters Haley, three, and Hope, one, were in school during the live show, but she TiVoed the performance so they can watch it together

Family fun: Hoda, 56, told DailyMail.com that her daughters Haley, three, and Hope, one, were in school during the live show, but she TiVoed the performance so they can watch it together

‘I FaceTimed my girls. We got to do a little tutorial. They gave me the best way to be a cat,’ she explained.

‘Instead of doing “M-E-O-W,” they do like “M-R-O,”‘ Hoda, 56, said, imitating Mila and Poppy’s unique cat impressions. 

The Halloween costumes are something the former first daughter’s children look forward to, PTS Terbaik ASEAN and she understands why.   

‘Our kids, I think they think it’s so magical what we get to do, and we agree,’ Jenna, 38, said. ‘It’s so much fun to dress up like these people.’

Hoda, who is mom to daughters Haley, three, and Hope, one, said her daughters haven’t seen her Glinda costume from Wicked yet because they were in school during the live show. 

‘When I get home, we are going to Tivo,’ she said. ‘They’re going to be like, “Who that?” That will be their initial response.’  

Aww! Jenna shared that she FaceTimed her daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, before her performance, and they gave her a tutorial on how to meow like a cat

Aww! Jenna shared that she FaceTimed her daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, before her performance, and they gave her a tutorial on how to meow like a cat

Halloween season: Jenna's daughters went to school on Friday dressed as a fairy and astronaut-queen, respectively, while her one-year-old son Hal was a deer

Halloween season: Jenna’s daughters went to school on Friday dressed as a fairy and astronaut-queen, respectively, while her one-year-old son Hal was a deer 

Hoda credited Today producer Debbie Kosofsky with coming up with the Broadway theme when they were brainstorming ideas, saying she and her colleagues are ‘always talking about’ how much they miss the theater. 

‘It was funny because it kind of happened late. And you know when you are on the right track for something, and everything starts falling into place like it was meant to be? Like that’s what happened,’ she said. ‘We didn’t have costumes and then the Broadway costume people showed up.’

They both wore real costumes from their respective shows, and one of their makeup artists had a two-hour tutorial with a lead makeup artist from Cats to perfect Jenna’s look.  

‘You should have seen us. We had this weird look in our eyes, everybody did before it was their turn, and it was almost like you went from a regular person on the show, and then suddenly you’re like Glinda,’ Hoda said of her transformation.   

On Friday’s spectacular, the Today show honored iconic Broadway productions such as Wicked, Cats, Chicago, and more as a way to raise awareness for the theater industry, which was struck hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  

Broadway shut down in mid-March and is not expected to reopen until at least May 30, 2021, according to the Broadway League.  

Whose that? Hoda, pictured with her co-star Savannah Guthrie, who was Elphaba from Wicked, doesn't think her children are going to recognize her in her Glinda costume

Whose that? Hoda, pictured with her co-star Savannah Guthrie, who was Elphaba from Wicked, doesn’t think her children are going to recognize her in her Glinda costume 

Reopening: On Friday's spectacular, the Today show honored iconic Broadway productions such as Wicked, Cats, Chicago, Hamilton, and more

Reopening: On Friday’s spectacular, the Today show honored iconic Broadway productions such as Wicked, Cats, Chicago, Hamilton, and more 

Perfect fit: Hoda and Jenna said they are always talking about how much they miss Broadway with their colleagues

Perfect fit: Hoda and Jenna said they are always talking about how much they miss Broadway with their colleagues 

For months, organizations such as The Actors Fund, Broadway Cares, and Artist Relief have been raising money for theater casts and crew members that have been unable to earn a living due to the global crisis. 

‘Hoda and I and all of us here miss Broadway,’ Jenna said. ‘It’s such the heartbeat of our city, and we realized that 30,000 plus people are not employed, so we were like, “You know what? Let’s pay tribute to a place we miss desperately.”‘

‘And, hopefully, raise a little awareness and maybe some money for some people that need it,’ she added. 

Hoda and Jenna also shared the COVID-friendly plans they’ve made with their families this Halloween.   

‘We are going to keep it all really basic. My mom’s in town. We all got COVID tested before she came,’ Hoda explained. ‘We’re all dressing up like Sesame Street, and we’re literally going to sing “Sunny Days” and walk around the block.’

‘We’re hiding some little pumpkins filled with candy around the apartment. We have a whole bunch of stickers and we have a couple of games and maybe we’ll catch a movie,’ the mom of two added. ‘We’ve heard Monsters Inc. is the one we might need to watch. And then that’s it.’

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Plans: Hoda, pictured last Halloween, said her family is going dress up as Sesame Street characters and look for candy that she hid in little pumpkins throughout their apartment

Plans: Hoda, pictured last Halloween, said her family is going dress up as Sesame Street characters and look for candy that she hid in little pumpkins throughout their apartment

Looking back: Hoda, pictured with her mom and daughters, said her children remind her how 'exciting' Halloween was when she was a kid

Looking back: Hoda, pictured with her mom and daughters, said her children remind her how ‘exciting’ Halloween was when she was a kid

Jenna noted that this Halloween will be just as special as the years past because her family will be together. 

‘It won’t look exactly like last Halloween, but I think anything we have learned in 2020 is that if we pair things down and they’re more simple, as long as you’re with the people that you love, it’s going to be good,’ she said.

Jenna, who also has a one-year-old son Hal, usually goes trick-or-treating with her co-star Savannah Guthrie and her children Vale, six, and Charley, three, but that’s not in the cards this year.

‘That is the tradition we normally do, but this year we’re not trick-or-treating,’ she explained. ‘We might have a little playdate, but I don’t know. It’s so sad. That tradition might be off for 2020.’ 

Jenna and Hoda both shared that their children have been seeing pictures of them without protective face masks in previous years and are wondering why.    

‘My kids saw the Halloween pictures from last year, and they said, “But, Mommy, why weren’t we wearing masks?”‘ Jenna said. ‘And I’m just like, “Oh my gosh because there was life before this” — and there will be life after.’

Staying safe: Jenna said she and her children, pictured last Halloween, won't be going trick-or-treating this year because of COVID-19, but she knows it will still be a special day

Staying safe: Jenna said she and her children, pictured last Halloween, won’t be going trick-or-treating this year because of COVID-19, but she knows it will still be a special day

Tradition: Jenna and her family usually go trick-or-treating with her co-star Savannah and her children Vale, six, and Charley, three, so they might try to have a playdate instead

Tradition: Jenna and her family usually go trick-or-treating with her co-star Savannah and her children Vale, six, and Charley, three, so they might try to have a playdate instead

This year marks Hoda’s third Halloween as a mom, and she’s noticed that her daughters’ joy over the holiday has her reminiscing about her own childhood.  

‘I think it’s funny that you’re remembering what it was like to be a kid because every time I am with them, I keep thinking, “I remember how exciting Halloween night was and what a thrill it was,”‘ she said. 

Hoda noted that she never got more Halloween candy in her life than when she dressed as a voting booth ahead of the 1976 presidential election. 

At the time, Democrat Jimmy Carter was running against incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford. 

‘I just put a box on and cut two holes and I wore like an Uncle Sam hat,’ she recalled. ‘I said, “Carter or Ford?” and literally people put fistfuls of candy in each one of the candidate’s boxes. And I was thinking to myself, “This is the best costume I ever thought of.”‘

With the 2020 presidential election just days away, Jenna suggested that Hoda ‘bring that baby out this Halloween.’  

‘I’m not quite sure it would go over as well,’ Hoda joked. 

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