The Dominos are Falling: New York Supreme Court Strikes Down COVID Vaccine Mandate for NYC Public Workers

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Calling it “arbitrary and capricious,” the New York State Supreme Court on Monday struck down New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public workers, ruling in favor of 16 unvaccinated city workers who sued following their termination.

The lawsuit was filed July 20 by George Garvey and 15 other New York City Department of Sanitation employees who were fired by the city for non-compliance with the mandate.

Judge Ralph J. Porzio’s ruling is applicable not only to the 16 workers who sued but also to all public employees in New York City, including the police and fire department.

“So, we just defeated the vaccine mandate for every single city employee — not just sanitation,” stated attorney Chad LaVeglia, who represented the plaintiffs, following Judge Porzio’s ruling.