Still, firefighters’ resistance was underscored when six New York City firefighters were relieved of their duties and left with possible penalties after going to a state senator’s office on Friday, confronting members of her staff with the town’s immunization mandate and asking for her home address.
State Senator Zellnor Myrie said he was not present when they arrived at his office in the morning. But staff members told him that firefighters, who were members of Ladder 113 in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn, said the warrant would lead to a reduction in emergency services in the city – and that the those responsible are said to have “blood on their hands.”
Mr Myrie said his staff were “shocked” by the experience and called the actions of the firefighters “highly inappropriate”. Daniel A. Nigro, the fire marshal, said in a statement that firefighters would be disciplined.
“This is a highly inappropriate act on the part of the serving members of this department who should only be concerned with responding to emergencies and helping New Yorkers and not harassing an elected official and his staff,” Daniel A. Nigro, the fire marshal, said in a statement. A declaration.
A union representing firefighters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Additionally, Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea said thousands of people in his department have filed exemption requests, which can be filed for medical or religious reasons. He said those who had done so by Wednesday would be allowed to work until their application was considered, provided they undergo weekly tests.
The coming week continued to be uncertain. Firefighters said they expected up to 20 percent of fire stations to be closed; Joe Borelli, member of the Republican City Council who represents part of Staten Island, wrote on Twitter Friday that five stations in Manhattan and the Bronx had already been closed.
And New Yorkers in parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn have started reporting delays in garbage collection and the buildup of garbage in their neighborhoods which officials say could continue due to staff shortages. .
“We are certainly seeing this problem in parts of the city,” de Blasio said on Thursday, “and it is unacceptable.”