Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that he would mandate all private employers in New York City to require their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 27, just days before his term ends. The Mayor described the mandate as a “preemptive strike” against a potential winter spike in COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant. Mayor-elect Adams, who will assume office on January 1, has not taken a clear position on the issue. The mandate will likely face legal challenges.
Mayor Announces Private Vaccination Mandate
December 15, 2021
City Council Formalizes Committee Assignments
On Thursday, the New York City Council formalized committee assignments for its current term. Most important for GNYHA members, the Committee on Hospitals will be chaired by Mercedes Narcisse (D-Brooklyn), and the Committee on Health will be chaired by Lynn Schulman (D-Queens). The Council also created the new Subcommittee on COVID Recovery and Resiliency, which...
January 24, 2022
Adams Mayoralty Begins
Eric Adams was sworn in as Mayor on January 1. In his first official address, which focused on the ongoing Omicron wave, he declared: “Despite COVID-19 and its persistence, New York is not closed. It is still open and alive because New Yorkers are more resilient than the pandemic.” Mayor Adams introduced his plan to...
January 10, 2022
GNYHA Testifies on Mental Health Services
The New York City Council Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Committee and Hospitals Committee held a joint oversight hearing on December 3 on “Access to Mental Health Services in New York City Hospitals.” GNYHA Vice President Alison Burke described how hospitals deliver behavioral health services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the longer-term shift from...
December 15, 2021