A judge Friday halted Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s emergency declaration barring children who are unvaccinated against measles from schools, places of worship and other public areas after several families filed a lawsuit.
Acting state Supreme Court Judge Rolf Thorsen’s injunction stated that the 166 cases cited by the county since the measles outbreak began last October did not rise to the level of an epidemic or constitute a disaster.
Day’s reliance on executive law in issuing the emergency declaration “may have been misplaced,” the decision stated.
Day expressed disappointment in the ruling but maintained his belief that the order made a difference.
“While today’s ruling by Judge Thorsen did not go as we had expected I want to commend those here in Rockland who have used this State of Emergency as an opportunity to get vaccinated and have conversations with their friends and neighbors about vaccination,” he said in a statement. “We sought to find a new way to fight back against a disease that was eradicated almost 20 years ago and refused to sit idly by while those in Rockland were put at risk.”