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Advocates for the disabled and people with heightened vulnerability to COVID say Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision to drop the mask mandate on public transit was based on politics.

New York is lifting one of the region’s last surviving mask mandates, the governor announced on Wednesday.

The city still "strongly recommends" kids wear masks indoors.

Neither Tuesday's announcement nor a health advisory from Monday contained a new mandate for mask wearing, despite city policy recommending such a measure.

Multiple transit agencies offered differing guidance after a federal mask mandate was blocked by a federal judge in Florida.

“I want them off. I'm the one of the biggest advocates,”  Mayor Eric Adams said.

An appellate Court granted the city’s emergency request, and scheduled a hearing for April 11th to decide whether the policy stays or goes.

City officials cited an uptick in cases driven by the BA.2 subvariant as the reason for the decision.

The city's teachers' union also agreed with the decision to lift the mask mandate for children ages 2-4 in 3K, pre-K, and day care settings.

The mayor made the announcement following weeks of protests from parents of young children who demanded the restriction be lifted. The mandate is expected to end April 4.