By Michael Kane
Captain Brendan Fogarty was reinstated to his position in the New York City Fire Department after being forced into early retirement for declining covid vaccination last year. Captain Fogarty is one of the principal members of Bravest for Choice, who will be speaking at the May 16 Medical Freedom Rally in Albany, NY.
Fogarty is best known for his viral impassioned testimony back in September of 2022 in front of New York City Council where he included the comment “I was allowed to run into a burning building but I couldn’t eat in a restaurant,” referring to the discriminatory vaccine mandates from Mayor de Blasio, sustained by Mayor Eric Adams.
Fogarty was interviewed earlier today on CHD TV. Watch that full interview by clicking here.
Captain Fogarty was allowed to come back to work without signing away his rights to sue NYC, but other firefighters who were forced into early retirement are not being granted the same right. “The city is doing damage control right now, that’s what Mayor Adams is doing…they know that they’ve lost,” said Fogarty during his interview with CHD TV.
It appears that any firefighter who has already sued NYC does not have to sign a waiver to get back on the job, but those who have not, do. “It’s just more discrimination,” said Fogarty.
Fogarty is a named plaintiff in the case New Yorkers for Religious Liberty v. The City of New York, which has been paired with Kane v. de Blasio and Keil v. NYC. All three cases were argued by lead attorney John Bursch in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on February 8. The judges have yet to render a decision. Attorneys for the fired workers are adamant that they will take the case to SCOTUS if they don’t win in the 2nd Circuit. Plaintiffs are represented by Children’s Health Defense, Nelson Madden & Black as well as Alliance Defending Freedom.
Source: Teachers for Choice
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