NY, Monroe County leaders sued over coronavirus executive orders

Updated: October 29, 2020 11:09 PM
Created: October 29, 2020 08:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A group of business owners, landlords, performers, teachers and parents are suing state and county leaders, alleging that coronavirus executive orders are violating their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit names Commissioner of Health for the State of New York Howard Zucker, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza as defendants.

The lawsuit alleges that they violated the first, fifth and fourteenth amendments to the constitution through the executive orders put in place during the pandemic.

It also alleges that Monroe County has exceeded the guidelines put in place by New York State.

The suit is seeking an injunction and declaratory relief.

Bello said he was not familiar with the lawsuit, but defended the approach taken by the state.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is real and we have seen this across the world across the country and across the state,” Bello said. “I think that we have had a lot of great cooperation here from residents here in managing the spread.”

Click here to read the full lawsuit.

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