New York City exempted all athletes from the city’s vaccine mandate just in time to allow baseball to open. Kyrie Irving, and all other non-vaccinated athletes are now allowed to play professional sports. All other stadium employees are also subject to this requirement. The New York Post headlined the story, “Tale Of Two Citis.”
Eric Adams, the New York City Mayor, was very open about why he exempted rich athletes from tax, but not others, even those who hold sincerely religious beliefs.
“A very small percentage of people has a huge impact on our economy.”
Yes. He said that the silent part loudly. Since the beginning of the pandemic. The policy on COVID was always determined first by those who were in power and then by science. Peeps was considered an essential business by Governor Cuomo of Pennsylvania. Gun stores, however, were not. Governor Cuomo granted 7,000 tickets to Buffalo Bills games, while preventing people from gathering for religious purposes. To help the wealthy, Mayor Cuomo created a Kyrie cutout. Oh, and the Yankees, Mets. The Mayor has been lobbying for the Yankees to modify the policy.
Privately, however, Mr. Adams was already being persuaded by executives and owners of some of America’s most powerful and wealthy sports franchises to reconsider his decision.
Randy Levine, the Yankees President, reached out personally to the Mayor’s Team and encouraged them to think about how baseball can be played outside where Covid transmission rates tend to be lower than indoors.
Steven A. Cohen (the Mets’ hedge fund manager) has been giving $1.5m to a superPAC last year to back Mr. Adams. Moonshot Strategies is a lobbying company that pays $10,000 per month to Moonshot Strategies to press state officials and City Hall regarding a variety of issues.
It is believed that the players on both baseball teams remain unvaccinated. Opening day for each team will be two weeks away.
Corey Johnson, the former speaker of the City Council who now runs his own lobbying firm, is receiving $18,000 a month from the Nets’s holding company, and lobbying records suggest that he recently contacted the mayor, his chief counsel and his chief of staff.
However, over 1,500 city workers were terminated for failing to get vaccinated. They likely couldn’t afford this expensive lobbying effort. It is difficult to rent.
Affirming the above FultonThese exemptions for athletes are a violation of the imperative interest of the state to require vaccines. But don’t worry. He checked with his attorneys:
Jay Varma (an epidemiologist and health advisor for Mr. de Blasio) wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening that vaccines work “unless you’re rich and powerful, in which case lobbying works.”
Dr. Varma referred to the policy as the “Kyrie Care Out”, and stated that he was worried about the possibility of challenging the legality of vaccine mandates in the city.
That criticism was rebutted by Mr. Adams on Thursday. “I would not stand here today if it wasn’t for the attorneys who said that they believe this meets legal requirements.”
Sooner than later, an instance that’s not urgent will be filed before the courts. One example is an employee who has lost his pension because of the termination. He can sue for damages. This is in the light of FultonEmployees should win, just like the Kyrie Cartveout.