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FDNY unions call on Mayor Eric Adams to lift vaccination mandates for city workers: ‘One rule for all’

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FDNY unions are questioning New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams’ determination to raise vaccination mandates for celebrities and athletes whereas not vaccinated town’s first responders proceed to lose their jobs attributable to their COVID-19[female[feminine vaccination status.

FDNY-Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro and FDNY-Fire Officers Association President Lt. James McCarthy held a joint press conference Saturday and called on Adams to rescind vaccination warrants for city firefighters and to “sit down with the unions” for a discussion.

Lt. James McCarthy (L), President of the FDNY-Fire Association of Firefighters, Andrew Ansbro (R), President of the FDNY-Fire Association of Firefighters
(Uniformed Firefighters Association/Uniformed Firefighters Association/Zoom)

“We are here to say that we support the revoking of the vaccination mandate that the mayor announced on Thursday,” McCarthy said. “We believe it should also be extended. We support revoking the terms of office for athletes and artists who work in New York. We believe that people who work for New York should also have their terms relocated.” .”

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McCarthy, noting how “essential” firefighters are to the Empire State’s economic recovery, touted the work New York firefighters have been tasked with throughout the pandemic.

“We were here to respond to COVID emergencies with no masks, no tests, no vaccines,” McCarthy said. “We were exposed, we eventually exposed our families, a lot of our members fell with COVID. But we still made the city safe for everyone, and we want to be treated now like these new guests are.”

Without first responders, many of whom have been forced out of their jobs due to their refusal to get vaccinated, the events responsible for the city’s revenue would not happen, McCarthy said.

Eric Adams, Mayor of New York

Eric Adams, Mayor of New York
(Photo by Jimin Kim/VIEWpress via Getty Images)

“If we’re not there — the police, the firefighters — to make the city safer, no one can come in and watch these games and eat, watch theater productions,” McCarthy said, adding that the firefighters are asking for be treated “less as well” as the athletes and celebrities who perform in the city.

Speaking on behalf of firefighters who have been forced to get vaccinated, and even those who have yet to be vaccinated in hopes that “reasonable accommodation” will be achieved, Ansbro said “science has changed” since the mandate was imposed and insisted that it should be done away with.

“If you’re going to remove the vaccination mandate for some people in the city, you have to remove it for everyone in the city,” Ansbro said. “If you follow the science, the science will tell you that there is no danger at this time and putting hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers out of work is not in the best interest of the city. . It’s not secure.”

Ansbro urged Adams to “remember where he came from” when making decisions for mayor.

An FDNY fire truck makes a turn on Broadway as it speeds toward a call on November 28, 2018 in New York City.

An FDNY fire truck makes a turn on Broadway as it speeds toward a call on November 28, 2018 in New York City.
(Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

“He had just worked as a transit agent under this Penn Station stadium” dealing with New Yorkers, Ansbro said of Adams.

“We both call on the mayor to sit down with the unions, sit down with us and discuss what is happening with this mandate, where we are now and how it affects the city in the future” , said Ansbro. “When he was mayor-elect, he told de Blasio to sit down with the unions. Now it’s his turn to follow through…”

“Mayor Adams, please sit down with us,” Ansbro said, calling on the mayor to implement “one rule for all.”

On Thursday, Adams officially exempted athletes and entertainers from the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, making the announcement at Citi Field alongside Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Nurse Carolyn Ruyle prepares a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lurie Children's Hospital Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago.

Nurse Carolyn Ruyle prepares a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lurie Children’s Hospital Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

“I’m going to make some tough choices. People won’t agree with some of them,” Adams said. “I have to move this town forward.”

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Adams also said his administration is not considering rehiring unvaccinated city workers at this time.

Ansbro estimated that around 400 to 500 firefighters are at risk of losing their jobs as they remain unvaccinated.

About 1,400 city workers were fired earlier this year for failing to meet the city’s coronavirus vaccination mandate.

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