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Bill de Blasio Threatens Firefighters After Massive Vax Mandate Walkout

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Let’s break this down real quick for the world to understand:  Authorities in New York City really thought that having a full force of unvaccinated firefighters was somehow worse than having not enough firefighters.

No, they haven’t said this expressly, but actions speak louder than words.  The Big Apple knew that they’d be staring down a problem if they went through with their plans to mandate vaccines for all first responders, and here they are, sleeping in the bed that they made.

Roughly 2,300 members of the New York City Fire Department claimed they were sick and didn’t show up to work on Monday as the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers went into effect.

All city workers were required to have received at least one dose of the vaccine by October 29. City leaders suspect many of those who didn’t roll up their sleeves feigned illness to avoid being disciplined for failing to comply with the health requirement. Roughly 9,000 municipal workers were put on unpaid leave Monday for failing to meet the deadline and comply with the COVID-19 mandate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Monday that firefighters had plenty of time to get vaccinated, and he implored those who have yet to get jabbed to get their shots so they can return to work. Normally, on any given day fewer than 1,000 department member would be out sick, he said. The FDNY employs about 11,000 uniformed workers.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, as unpopular as ever in the Five Burroughs, then had the audacity to threaten them.

“We have every reason to believe we have a lot of people out there claiming they are sick when they are not,” de Blasio said in a press conference Monday, noting there could be “real consequences” for employees who are determined to have lied about their health status. “This is something we don’t tolerate.”

“It is imperative that everyone come to work and do their job. The taxpayers of this city rely on all of our public services, particularly our first responders,” the mayor added.

There are rumors of de Blasio’s interest in moving up to the Governor’s mansion in the near future, but stunts like these could have him begging for a dog catcher gig on Staten Island by Christmas.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.