New York Judge Jenny Rivera could be deported for refusing COVID vax

One of New York State’s top judges could get the boot for not being shot.

Jenny Rivera, associate judge at the Court of Appeals, is one of four lawyers who could be referred to the Commission on Judicial Conduct for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We made it clear from the outset that any judge who is non-compliant and continues to be non-compliant submits to a referral to the Judicial Ethics Commission for determination,” the Office of Administration spokesperson said. of state courts, Lucian Chalfen, in an email Wednesday. .

The commission can investigate complaints and, depending on its decision, impose a sentence up to and including dismissal.

The work of the commission is confidential until a conclusion is reached in the case.

“If the Commission determines that disciplinary action is warranted, it may issue a public decision to admonish or censure the judge, remove the judge from office, or retire the judge on disability,” its site reads. website. “The Commission may also issue a confidential letter of dismissal and warning to a judge, when it is determined that the circumstances warrant it.”

Rivera, one of seven judges on the state’s highest court, has been forced to work remotely since October.

Rivera, who was appointed by the ex-governor. Andrew Cuomo in 2013, has been working remotely since October.
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“The four judges who were not in compliance with the vaccination mandate, two in New York and two outside New York, remain so and they continue to be barred from entering court and must work to home,” Halfen said. .

When asked if Rivera was in compliance, he replied, “she’s been working remotely since October.”

Ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Rivera in 2013 for a 14-year term.

A spokesperson for the Court of Appeals declined to comment.

Court of Appeals candidate Jenny Rivera arrives in court for Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman's State of the Judiciary address.
The Court of Appeal informed the paralegals that they had to be vaccinated two weeks ago.
AP/Mike Groll

Some 156 legal assistants were told two weeks ago that they could be fired if they did not get vaccinated. Of those, 103 will receive termination letters on Thursday, Chalfen said. One employee chose to resign and 11 notified the state comptroller’s office that they were retiring.

The remaining 41 employees elected to be vaccinated, Chalfen said.

The judicial system’s vaccination mandate came into effect last year.

New York Post

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