The Office of the Court Administration on Wednesday revealed more than 100 New York state court employees — including the Appeals Court’s longest-serving justice are set to be fired for refusing to get vaccinated against
The Court Administration said Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera is part of the 102 workers who refused to abide by the state vaccine mandate.
OCA spokesman Lucian Chalfen revealed that one employee chose to resign due to the vaccine order, 11 decided to retire, and 41 got vaccinated.
“All four of the judges who were not in compliance with the vaccine mandate, two in New York City and two outside New York City, remain so, and they continue to be barred from entering any court facility and must work from home,” Chalfen said.
“Judges with criminal jurisdiction are not allowed to conduct arraignments. From the outset, we had made it clear that any Judge not in and continuing not to be in compliance subjects themselves to a referral to the Commission on Judicial Conduct for their determination,” Chalfen added.
Chalfen said OCA would refer her to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates judges and has the power to unseat them.
Sources said the vaccine mandate, implemented in September, has led to intense infighting among court employees.
According to reports, the holdouts make up a fraction of the state’s roughly 15,600 court workers.