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Civil Rights Lawyer Plans To Challenge Mayor’s Vaccination Order

April 10, 2019 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A civil rights lawyer announced Wednesday that he is planning a lawsuit on behalf of opponents to New York City’s order requiring residents of Williamsburg to receive mandatory measles vaccinations.

Attorney Michael Sussman says Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City have overreached their authority in threatening to fine residents in four Brooklyn zip codes if they do not vaccinate their children.

The announcement comes one day after de Blasio declared a public health crisis in Brooklyn and ordered all residents of predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods to receive MMR vaccines.

Related: Eight Unvaccinated Children Diagnosed With Measles In Westchester

Since September, the city said more than 250 measles cases have been confirmed in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Members of the city's Health Department will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients.

Those who have not received the vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000.

Sussman represented a group of parents in Rockland County who recently challenged County Executive Ed Day's order, which barred all unvaccinated minors from public spaces.

Related: Rockland Plans To Fight Judge’s Decision To Block Measles Emergency Order

The parents of several dozen unvaccinated children won their case when a state judge issued a preliminary injunction against the emergency order that originally was supposed to last for 30 days.

Mayor de Blasio remained confident that his vaccination order will survive any legal challenge.