Bruce Blakeman will be inaugurated as Nassau County Executive on Monday at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, where there will be no requirement for an indoor mask or vaccine to attend.
As the Omicron variant rises, Blakeman told Newsday last week: “There will be no vaccine mandate, there will be no mask mandate. People can wear masks if they are comfortable doing so. And if they are not comfortable with “Wearing a mask is fine. We will not enforce it.”
Democratic lawmakers in Nassau County criticized the move. In a statement, Caucus Chief of Staff William Biamonte said: “At a time when Long Island’s positivity continues to rise, it would be most prudent to postpone this ceremonial gathering in the interest of preventing a potential super-spreader event. But if it elected county chief chooses to continue, we urge all who participate to take all possible precautions to protect themselves and others. “
In addition to Blakeman, Monday’s ceremony will include the swearing-in of Nassau Inspector Elaine Phillips and County Secretary Maureen O’Connell, both Republicans.
Other officials on Long Island and the state of New York have canceled plans for indoor inaugurations.
New York City’s newly elected mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, will be inaugurated shortly after midnight Saturday in Times Square after the New Year’s Ball falls. His original plan was to be inaugurated Saturday night at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn.
In Suffolk, Democratic Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. its indoor inauguration ceremony, scheduled for Dec. 29 at Brentwood Campus in Suffolk County Community College.
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