Members of the NYPD’s largest police union who were fired for not getting vaccinated against the coronavirus have to be reinstated, a judge ruled Friday.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank wrote in a ruling that the city’s vaccine mandate on the Police Benevolent Association was invalid “to the extent it has been used to impose a new condition of employment” on the union.
The mandate was also invalid because it issued enforcement beyond “monetary sanctions” prescribed in the law, Frank wrote as he ordered all PBA members put on leave or canned to be reinstated.
“This decision confirms what we have said from the start: the vaccine mandate was an improper infringement on our members’ right to make personal medical decisions in consultation with their own health care professionals,” PBa President Pat Lynch said in a statement.
“We will continue to fight to protect those rights.”
The city law department said it would “immediately” appeal the ruling.
“It is at odds with every other court decision upholding the mandate as a condition of employment,” a law department spokesperson told The Post.
This is a developing story.