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Judge strikes down COVID vaccine mandate for PBA, orders New York City to reinstate unvaccinated police officers

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NEW YORK — A Manhattan Supreme Court judge on Friday overturned the city’s vaccine mandate for the New York Police Benevolent Association and said members who lost their jobs for being unvaccinated should be reinstated. 

The city filed an immediate notice of appeal after the bombshell ruling, meaning the judge’s ruling is frozen and cannot be enforced until the appeal is heard, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. 

Still, it was a victory for New York City cops who, for various reasons, didn’t want to get the COVID vaccine.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Lyle Frank ordered the city to reinstate PBA members who were fired or put on leave without pay because they refused to get vaccinated. 

” … That the vaccine mandate is invalid to the extent it has been used to impose a new condition of employment to current PBA members,” wrote Judge Frank. 

PBA President Patrick Lynch celebrated the decision, saying it “confirms what we have said from the start: the vaccine mandate was an improper infringement on our members’ right to make personal medical decisions in consultation with their own health care professionals.” 

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The ruling came just days after the city lifted the vaccine mandate for private sector employees. But city officials pointed out other unions lost similar cases. Thursday, a court dismissed a case brought by the firefighters union. 

A City Hall spokesperson told CBS2 more than 1,750 city workers, including cops, teachers and firefighters, lost their jobs since the mandate took effect. 

The Adams administration filed an immediate notice of appeal. 

“It is at odds with every other court decision upholding the mandate as a condition of employment,” said a spokesperson for the New York City Law Department. 

It was not immediately clear how soon the appeal will be heard. The PBA said it will continue to fight for the rights of its members. 

It didn’t take long for the firefighters to hop on the bandwagon. The unions representing firefighters and fire officers are demanding their members be reinstated as well – with back pay. 

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Source: CBS

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