De Blasio grilled on new NYC vaccine mandate, crime increase in national television interview

STATEN ISLAND, New York – In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to questions about a city-mandated vaccine mandate for private companies set to pass a few days before he leaves office, and a steady increase in crime across several ratings.

“Why would we impose what may be the country’s most dramatic and comprehensive COVID vaccine mandates just four days before you leave office?” asked host Chris Wallace, during the last day he hosted the show before moving on to CNN+.

The mandate states that employees of all private companies must be vaccinated by December 27, with no exceptions for regular testing in lieu of the shot.

“Because my job is to protect the people of New York; look, the bottom line is we’ve been through the worst crisis in our history,” de Blasio replied. “We have lost tens of thousands of people in this city. It has been incredibly painful. I have spoken to so many New Yorkers who have lost grandparents, a father, and someone they love, and I have to keep them safe.”

Wallace pressed further, asking if the mayor felt he was putting mayor-elect Eric Adams in an unfair position by imposing a mandate that Adams would have to oversee.

De Blasio did not address Adams in his response, but doubled down on what he says has proven successful.

“Every time we put in a mandate, Chris, it worked. We’re now at 71% of all New Yorkers. [who are] Fully vaccinate them. “We run the country,” he said. “Chris, really, vaccination equals freedom, because it allows people to go back to work, go back to their lives, and be safe wherever they are — school, workplace.”

Regarding what continues to be an increase in shootings and other crimes in several areas of the city, Wallace questioned de Blasio’s claim last week that New York City is the safest of the 20 largest cities in America. Referring to the fact that former NYPD officer Eric Adams, who said he restored a civilian clothing unit — after dismantling a former crime-fighting unit under de Blasio — was elected mayor.

“Wouldn’t you risk looking out of touch?” asked Wallace. “I think there are a huge number of New Yorkers who don’t feel that way.”

De Blasio said the pandemic has created “enormous problems” with crime, including the inability of courts to operate at full capacity. Additionally, he said, changes must be made to ensure reform laws passed last year in Albany. But despite these challenges, it is a “safer city” than it was eight years ago.

Said de Blasio: “I have confidence and the NYPD has confidence that we’ll be back to pre-pandemic levels soon, get over it and be safer. The statistics show that across most of the city. There are a few places we’re struggling.”

Leave a Comment