A Staten Island pole is rallying City Council support to formally request Mayor Eric Adams to reinstate the 1,430 community workers jailed for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Council minority leader Joseph Borelli will table a non-binding resolution at Thursday’s meeting, urging Adams to reinstate workers fired in February for failing to meet a vaccination mandate deadline that requires proof of at least one shot . The resolution, which already has bipartisan support from at least seven other council members, also calls on private companies to reinstate employees who were fired for not getting jabs.
The Staten Island Republican told The Post he believes the council needs to send a non-political message that he believes Adams’ decision last month to exempt professional athletes and other performers from the mandate was unfair given that ordinary workers remain unemployed because they disregard the same rules.
“There has to be justice,” Borelli said. “If we are willing to tolerate risk for athletes and performers, we must tolerate the same risks for all members of our workforce – be it in the private or public sector.”
Other council members onboard are Farah Louis (D-Brooklyn) and David Carr (R-Staten Island).
Adams only granted the exemption after facing pressure from the Brooklyn Nets, Mets, and Yankees. Teams lobbied for the change, saying it was unfair that the rules inherited from former Mayor Bill de Blasio, which Adams inherited, allowed unvaccinated guest athletes to play at venues in the city, but Nets star Kyrie Irving and other unvaccinated athletes from the city could not play home games.
Paul DiGiacamo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said he hopes Borelli’s legislation will convince the mayor to reinstate the union’s unvaccinated detectives.
“Every detective who went brought years of experience [them],” he said. “The city is in crisis. We need to get the detectives back.”
More layoffs could follow.
Thousands of city employees who have requested medical or religious precautions or exemptions from vaccination are yet to make a decision.
Representatives for Mayor Adams and Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) said their offices must review the resolution before commenting.
However, the spokesman issued a statement on March 24, saying the mayor’s layoff “sends the wrong message that higher-paid workers and celebrities are considered more important than our dedicated officials.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/09/nyc-council-measure-to-demand-adams-rehire-unvaccinated-city-workers/ Action by NYC Council to require Adams to reinstate unvaccinated city workers