Hudson Valley leaders wait for state guidance following CDC's latest announcement on mask mandate
Leaders across the Hudson Valley are waiting for guidance from New York state following the CDC's announcement that vaccinated people can drop their masks in many settings.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he believes the CDC announcement about dropping the mask mandate for those who are vaccinated is the natural step and that it's warranted.
Day says he is now anxiously waiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to weigh in so he can inform county employees what to do next.
"I'm looking forward to a rapid response by the state, by the governor, and the Department of Health," said Day.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer says he's also waiting for guidance from the state.
"If the new CDC guideline adopted by the New York State Department of Health reaches us, in short order, we will start making adjustments accordingly, in every element of county operations," he says.
In a statement, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus is calling on the state to adopt the new CDC mask guidance saying in part, "New York needs to follow the science-backed guidance of the CDC."
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro agrees with following the science and says the state should take action now.
"My commissioner of health is a 30-year infectious disease doctor. And he absolutely endorses the CDC's reliance on science, and the state should follow," he says.