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Judge rules for PBA cops in vaccine dispute

City will appeal decision reinstating fired officers

Posted 9/30/22

A judge last week ordered the reinstatement of members of the Police Benevolent Association who were fired or put on leave for not complying with the city’s Covid vaccine mandates. 

While Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank wrote that it was “undisputed” that the city could impose a vaccine mandate, he ruled on what he termed the “narrow” issue of whether the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s commissioner, and by extension the city, was within its authority to “unilaterally create employment conditions” without bargaining collectively. He found that it decidedly was not.

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