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State quarantine law goes too far
Early last year, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Department of Health issued regulation 10 NYCRR 2.13, which allowed the state to issue a quarantine or isolation order for anyone suspected of being sick.
This regulation gives the state unfettered discretion to detain anyone, regardless of age, for a period of time to be determined by the state.
There was no way to prove you weren’t sick and no way to get out.
Attorney Bobbie Ann Cox sued the governor pro bono, using Sen. George Borello and several other assemblymen as plaintiffs, stating that the state breached the separation of powers tenet and the executive branch has no authority to make such a regulation, which is really a law.
In July of 2022, state Supreme Court Justice Ronald Ploetz ruled that the regulation had no due process protections, the governor can’t make law, and ruled it unconstitutional, null and void.
On March 11, just hours before the expiration to file an appeal, state Attorney General Letitia James filed to overturn the original ruling. Arguments are scheduled for this September.
Most people don’t know this has been going on, but everyone should be aware of it. If overturned, this regulation will be back in force, and you or a loved one could be accused of being ill and confined to your residence or a place of the state’s choosing, aka, containment camp, with no due process or means to free yourself.
Now is the time to prevent skin cancer
It’s time for outdoor workers to take action against skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and the most preventable. One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime.
Men are more likely than women to get skin cancer. Men tend to spend more time outdoors, as they are more likely to work outside.
If you work outdoors, a sun safety checklist can save your life. First on the checklist, start your morning by checking the UV Index to plan work activities around the most intense hours of the day and limiting sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Cover up exposed areas of your skin from top to bottom with wide-brimmed hats, bandanas, long sleeves, and pants. Use SPF 15 sunscreen on any exposed skin, including ears, and re-apply every two hours. Wear 100% UVA and UVB rated sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Consider each location and increase shade on the job site.
Bring portable shade to your work site. Put tabletop activities under an EZ up tent and take breaks in the shade.
Sun safety is easy and will improve your health. Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) is working with outdoor workforce employers to help prevent skin cancer in our communities. You can find us at www.takeactionaginstcancer.com and on Facebook @ Take Action Against Cancer.
The writer is a Community Health Educator at Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.
Stefanik is fighting for constituents
I was happy to hear that following Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s advocacy to drop the Northern Border vaccine mandate, Homeland Security has finally cleared the border of the mandate.
Congresswoman Stefanik is getting real results for New Yorkers while in Congress.
Authoritarian COVID-19 travel restrictions have been devastating for Upstate New York and North Country families and our economy.
It is shameful that it has taken this long for the Biden administration to act.
For more than two years, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have ignored families and our needs.
Congresswoman Stefanik is fulfilling her promise to the families of the North Country to deliver assistance and hear our concerns because families fuel the economy.
Congresswoman Stefanik is continuing work for the economy and hard working Americans. I am proud that Congresswoman Stefanik is taking the lead and working to listen to the voices of her constituents because we fuel this economy.
The dropping of the mandate will boost tourism and the economy of the district greatly.
The congresswoman has been fighting hard for us in Washington, which is why we need to keep her there.