De Blasio defends vaccine mandates for 'keeping people alive'
During an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is“ absolutely” thinking about“ different options” when asked if he’ s mulling a gubernatorial bid. - Susan Watts/TNS

NEW YORK — Outgoing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out in defense of his controversial vaccine mandates on Sunday, arguing that the orders have proved to be effective. The lame-duck mayor last week said all private sector employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19, although the policy takes effect during his last days in office and lacks details about enforcement, and extended the requirement for proof of vaccination at restaurants and other indoor venues to those as young as age 5. De Blasio defended the policies briefly on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkans...