Mask Mandate Lifted. Hochul yesterday removed the mandate for MTA bus and subway and commuter rail passengers. It will now be optional for riders of public transportation. Too little too late. The mandate dates back to the Cuomo administration. It was part of his excessive overkill during the early days of covid. Hochul continued it for the year she has been in office. Indeed, she keeps the mandate in force for hospitals and nursing homes. It is an abuse of state authority. Such health care facilities should make the determination themselves. It is a further Democratic effort to restrict individual civil liberties. Republican Freedom Fighters reject this government OVERREACH. Mask Mandate Lifted. New York Patriots continue to fight far left curtailments of our liberties !!