The Supreme Court will consider the NYPD detective’s challenge against the New York City Coronavirus vaccination mandate – after an initial decision not to pursue a potential b*mb case.
In August, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a member of the liberal minority in the Supreme Court, rejected Detective Anthony Marciano’s request to hear his opposition to a mandate that requires all city workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
But Marciano’s lawyer Patricia Finn he said in a Wednesday tweet that she had recently re-filed an application directly to Conservative Judge Clarence Thomas to willfully circumvent Sotomayor’s dismissal.
Finn’s tactic worked as the Supreme Court press office confirmed that it would consider Marciano’s complaint at a hearing on October 7.
“Patti goes to Washington,” Finn, who is associated with the right-wing group Make America Free Again, tweeted. Thomas’ reversal of Sotomayor’s decision was first reported by Policy.
The Supreme Court’s growth follows the day after Mayor Adams announced that his administration would abandon the city’s private sector vaccine mandate – but keeps the city’s mandate in place.
Asked at a press conference on Tuesday how he could legally justify lifting one mandate rather than the other, Adams did not give a clear answer.
“We do all kinds of things. We are developing slowly. It’s not on the radar for us right now, ”he said.
Fabien Levy, a spokesman for Adams, said the administration is confident the Supreme Court will side with the decision to uphold the city’s mandate, which was first implemented by former mayor Bill de Blasio last November.
“The Supreme Court has rejected numerous attempts by him to sue the vaccine mandate, and many other courts have upheld the mandate, considering it a life-saving and employment condition,” Levy said.
The overwhelming majority of over 330,000 municipal government employees complied with the mandate and received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, a small minority including cops, teachers and firefighters refused and some of them were fired as a result.
According to data from the mayor’s office, by August 30, 1761 city workers were released for not vaccinating against a virus that killed more than 40,000 New Yorkers.
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