Staten Island BP Fossella Commends Mayor Adams On Finally Lifting Vaccine Mandate For City Workers, Visitors To Public Schools


Statement of Borough President J. Vito Fossella Commending Decision of Mayor Adams to Lift COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for City Employees, Visitors to Public Schools 

We commend the decision by Mayor Eric Adams to end the COVID-19 vaccination mandates for current and prospective city employees, including public school teachers and staff. Visitors to schools will also no longer need to show proof of vaccination.

The Mayor absolutely has done the right thing. Putting an end to the city’s vaccine mandates is a position we have held for quite some time. It removes the stigma from individuals who chose not to get the COVID vaccine for personal reasons and were targeted for simply exercising their right to conscience.

This is good news for our schoolteachers, staff, parents and students. It’s good news for city workers, small business owners and the general economic health of our city. We hope that every effort is made to rehire those separated from city service by reason of their vaccination status.

Removing COVID vaccine mandates marks another important milestone in helping New York City rebound from the effects of the pandemic. Let’s get our city back to normal.

Banner Image: Covid-19 Vaccine. Image Credit – Towfiqu barbhuiya


BP Vito Fossella

The Office of the Borough President has a responsibility to advocate for the entire Borough of Staten Island and all its residents, and represents the Borough's interests within City government. The Borough President communicates directly with the Mayor and the City Council to emphasize Staten Island’s budget priorities. In addition, the Borough President is responsible for reviewing major land use decisions and proposing sites for city facilities within the Borough. As the chair of the Borough Board, the Borough President leads Staten Island’s City Council delegation and Community Board chairs in the process of reviewing and approving the transfer of public properties to private use. The Borough President’s Office houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which maintains the borough’s official maps and assigns street addresses. The Borough President monitors the delivery of city services on Staten Island, and acts as a liaison between residents and city agencies when problems arise to devise solutions. The Borough President is also responsible for appointing one member to the Panel for Educational Policy and one member to the City Planning Commission, as well as some 150 members to Staten Island’s three community boards.

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