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Republican leaders, angry Staten Islanders rally to end school mask mandates

“As a husband and a father, I feel your pain. I feel the frustration. I see what is wrong in the state of New York,” said state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-South Shore). “We’re trying to use every tool in the toolbox, and one of those tools is to gather with our neighbors and have our voices heard.”

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Republican officials and nearly 200 Staten Islanders rallied Monday afternoon to call for an end to coronavirus (COVID-19) mask mandates in city schools, sounding fervent opposition to the measure that has been the source of heated debate. The protest, held at the Staten Island Republican headquarters in New Dorp, included GOP speakers from the city, state and federal levels and drew a raucous crowd, including young children, that urged for stronger actions to be taken against the directive.

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