Jon Campbell at LoHud:
A state judge on Friday declined to block New York's new law removing the religious exemption for required vaccinations, pointing to previous court decisions that seem to uphold the state's right to mandate certain vaccines to attend public school.
In his ruling, Supreme Court Justice L. Michael Mackey in Albany denied a request for a temporary restraining order by the plaintiffs, a series of families being represented by vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and fellow attorney Michael Sussman of Rockland County.
The order would have blocked the state from implementing the law, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers approved last month, as the lawsuit continues through the courts.
"Plaintiffs have not shown a likelihood of success on the merits sufficient to sustain their heavy burden at this stage of the newly-filed action," Mackey wrote Friday.