ALBANY, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order last night declaring a statewide disaster emergency which allows unlicensed health care workers from other states and countries “to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of licensure.”
During a press conference Governor Hochul said, this executive order “allows me to address the shortages that occur to deploy the National Guard who are medically trained, deploy people who may be retired and had a license lapse, and bring in people from elsewhere.”
Gov. Hochul admitted her forced injection mandates will “impact the availability of care, threatening public health and safety.”
Gov. Hochul visited a nondenominational megachurch to speak about her shot mandate. She told the crowd at Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, “I need you to be my apostles” (emphasis added). Hochul said the COVID shots are a “gift from God,” and those who refuse “aren’t listening to God and what God wants.”
She urged people to evangelize others to get the shots. She said God “made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers—he made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us, and we must say, ‘Thank you, God.’”
September 27, 2021 was the original deadline of the COVID shot mandate for health care employees. However, on September 20, the Northern District Court of New York extended the temporary restraining order (TRO) for all health care workers against the state’s unlawful attempt to ignore federal law and remove religious exemptions and accommodations from shot mandates. The court extended the TRO until October 12, 2021, canceled the in-person oral argument, and will rule on or before October 12 regarding the plaintiffs’ request to convert the TRO to a preliminary injunction.
Liberty Counsel has filed a lawsuit against Governor Hochul, Dr. Zucker, Trinity Health, Inc., New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, Inc., and Westchester Medical Center Advanced Physician Services, P.C. in the Eastern District of New York regarding the attempt to remove religious exemptions from the shot mandate. Liberty Counsel is now pursuing a preliminary injunction in the case.
Despite the restraining order against New York, Hochul is defiantly disobeying the court order.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Governor Hochul is openly defying a federal court order and has created a state of emergency by acting as though she is above the law. She is treating health care heroes like human waste. While Gov. Hochul’s defiance of federal law and a court order is outrageous, her call to become ‘my apostles’ is delusional.”
SOURCE Liberty Counsel