In New York City, where a vaccine mandate for municipal workers is now in effect, 18 fire companies are out of service due to sick calls Monday, but no firehouses are closed and the mayor said there were no immediate disruptions to city services.
Nearly all New York City municipal workers, including police officers, firefighters and EMTs, had until 5 p.m. Friday to get at least one shot or be placed on unpaid leave, starting Monday. While the official deadline was Friday, those who got vaccinated over the weekend will not be placed on leave.
The percentage of FDNY employees who have received at least one dose increased to 80% from 78% on Saturday, and NYPD vaccination rates remained the same from the previous day, at 84%, according to the data.
New vaccination rates released by de Blasio’s office at 8 p.m. ET Sunday show that 11 of 44 city departments listed by the mayor increased by at least 1% since Saturday night.
As of Sunday night, 22,800 workers remain unvaccinated, according to the data. That’s down from 46,300 reported October 19, the day before the vaccine mandate was announced.
From Saturday night to Sunday night at least, 1,400 NYC employees received at least one dose, based on the data provided the mayor’s office.
A range of organisations attended the event from sectors including immigration, culture, business, education and the GAA.
During the meeting, Mr Martin praised the groups for their response to the Covid-19 crisis.
In the early stages of the pandemic, the Aisling Irish Community Center, Emerald Isle Immigration Center, New York Irish Center, New York GAA and the United Irish Counties Association of New York partnered to establish the Sláinte 2020 programme to provide financial assistance for Irish citizens in need.
The project was supported by the Irish Government and the main beneficiaries were undocumented Irish people working in the hospitality and construction sectors who were unable to claim state or federal supports.
The New York City metropolitan area was struck by sudden disaster on Wednesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded subways, roads, and homes across the city and beyond. At least nine people were killed after intense flooding inundated many areas of the city, Long Island, and Northern New Jersey. Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency and has asked for federal help for what appears to be the worst natural disaster to strike the city since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
The deal that legislative leaders brokered with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a 13% sales tax, 9% of which would go to the state and 4% to the localities Distributors additionally would collect an excise tax of as much as 3 cents per milligram of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, with a sliding scale based on the type of product and its potency.
The governor’s office estimates that a legal cannabis program could pull in about $350 million a year once fully implemented.