Bloomberg Law  |  December 7, 2021

Municipalities in New York have wide home-rule authority to enact public health mandates, said law professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

But enacting a vaccination requirement for all New York City private-sector workers and enforcing it through employers is unprecedented for the city, Gostin said, adding that this mandate could run into legal problems because de Blasio took such extraordinary action without specific authority from the City Council.

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