Albany — "While Governor Hochul is spiking the football on her 'lifting' of the mask mandate the week of the Super Bowl, it's galling that our children are still being stifled by a school mask mandate that many other surrounding states will no longer require. In New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and dozens of other states, school mask mandates are being lifted, but not in New York? It makes zero sense.""With vaccines widely available, masking as an option for those who choose it, and our infection rate plummeting, the real question we should be asking is what is Governor Hochul waiting for? Once again, Kathy and her administration are ignoring the science and playing politics with this pandemic. Give control back to the local school districts, let our kids be themselves again, and lift this school mask mandate now."