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NYC Daily Roundup 02/11: Vaccine mandate deadline arrives for city workers, Knicks beat Warriors on the road & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Friday (!!!), fellow New Yorkers! Today is Feb. 11, and the weekend is finally here! With Super Bowl and Valentine's Day festivities falling on the same weekend, we hope you make the best of it as the workweek wraps up. Before finishing up your tasks, check out this weekend edition of the New York City Daily Roundup — the best way to catch the latest news from across the five boroughs.

Friday and Saturday are anomalies when it comes to this February weekend's weather, with highs set for 56°F on both days. On Sunday, things will take a turn for colder weather, as temperatures fall nearly 20 degrees to a high of 38°F. Catch some sun this weekend and enjoy the tease of spring weather!

Aside from the weather, here's what you need to know this Friday:

1.) New Yorkers protest as vaccine mandate deadline goes into effect

As of Friday, all municipal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to remain employed. Those who refuse the vaccine — an estimated 4,000 workers — have until the end of the workday on Friday to update their vaccination status or face termination.

The mandate, which was set under the Bill de Blasio administration, led to a vaccination rate of 95% among municipal workers, per ABC 7 NY.

The Ferry to Freedom Rally had workers gather across the five boroughs in protest of the mandate on Friday morning.

2.) New York Knicks continue road trip with win against Golden State

The New York Knicks continue their West Coast road trip and secured a win against the Golden State Warriors by a score of 116-114. Knicks forward Julius Randle notched 28 points in the win, accompanied by a season-high 16 rebounds.

The Knicks ended their four-game losing streak with the win, leaving coach Tom Thibodeau with nothing but good to say after the game.

“It’s important because of where we are,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I thought we played really well today. Each day we’ve just got to put everything we have into it. We can’t look too far ahead.”

The Knicks will wrap up their West Coast trip on Saturday when they play the Portland Trail Blazers.

3.) High school admissions procedure changes in NYC

As the application deadline approaches next month, the Department of Education revealed its new admission system for New York City high schools. The new program is set to help with equity across an estimated 400 high schools in the city. Eighth graders can submit an application by March 1 with their top 12 schools or programs in order by preference.

“Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks are committed to bolstering access, and our admissions process for screened high schools will expand opportunity for all students,” a DOE spokesperson said. “We know applying to high school is a pivotal moment for our students, and these updates center on students’ strengths from the past two years. We have a wealth of information available to support families as they apply, and parents with any questions can contact their school counselor, a Family Welcome Center, ​email or call us for support.”

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