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Catholic Priests, Orthodox Jews Sue Gov. Cuomo, de Blasio For Alleged Selective Lockdowns

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Two Catholic priests and three orthodox Jewish congregants are suing New York’s top leaders Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing thousands of protestors to take to the streets in the weeks following George Floyd’s death, while still banning religious gatherings.

The plaintiffs allege the state and local leaders violated their “rights to free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, assembly and expressive association, and due process, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” Moreover, the plaintiffs accuse Governor Cuomo “of acting against New York state law and the New York State Constitution.”

Click here to read the suit.

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Christopher Ferrara, who is representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement last week that the State’s lockdown orders and phased reopening plan “clearly discriminate against houses of worship.”

He continued, “They are illegally content-based, elaborate, arbitrary, and pseudo-scientific. The governor and his agents, along with New York City’s mayor, have employed favoritism and political platforms against people of faith.” He noted that, in addition to the unconstitutional and discriminatory nature of Governor Cuomo’s orders, and Attorney General James’ and Mayor de Blasio’s enforcement thereof, the “so-called science” is irrational. “Why is a large worship gathering deemed more dangerous than a mass protest, full of shouting, arm-waving people in close proximity to one another?”

 “Why is a large worship gathering deemed more dangerous than a mass protest, full of shouting, arm-waving people in close proximity to one another?”- Christopher Ferrara

The suit points to several key examples of the government’s ‘selectively enforced’ lockdown. On June 4, Mayor de Blasio attended a memorial event with thousands of others in the City’s Cadman plaza to pay his respects to George Floyd. But, just days later, the New York Police Department was seen escorting Jewish mothers and children out of a park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for violating “social distancing” rules.

Under the State’s lockdown order, those who fail to comply could face hefty fines and/or criminal charges. “It is time to end New York’s experiment in absolute monarchy,” said Ferrara. “We are asking the court to put an end to these unconstitutional executive orders and their prejudicial enforcement.”

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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