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A New York Legal Department staffer was fired after impersonating a reporter to confront Mayor Eric Adams over the toddler mask mandate

A New York City Legal Department worker who crashed Mayor Eric Adams’ press conference while posing as a reporter to confront him about toddler mask mandates has been fired from her job. work.

Daniela Jampel, who served as assistant corporate counsel for the Legal Department, asked Adams about the mask requirement for preschoolers during the Q&A portion of a Monday independent press conference on LGBTQ issues .

“Three weeks ago, you told the parents to trust you, that you would unmask our toddlers. Ten days ago you stood here and said the masks would come off on April 4th. It didn’t happen,” Jampel said. “You reneged on your promise.”

When someone tried to cut Jampel off, Adams insisted she finish, telling her to “turn on your phone so you can get my answer right.”

“So my questions are what is the irreparable harm done to 2-4 year olds by taking off their masks like they do on Long Island, like they do in Westchester?” Jampel continued.

Adams defended his decision, citing an uptick in Covid-19 cases.

“I made the announcement that we were looking to announce today, which is Monday, to remove masks from 2 and 4 year olds. But I also said that if we see an uptick , we’ll come back and announce what we’re going to do,” Adams said.

“There’s a new variation, the numbers are going up, we’re going to move at the right pace and that’s the role I have to play,” he continued. “I said so. I live up to my promises.

Under the ordinance, face masks are mandatory for New York City toddlers in child care centers and public school 3-K programs.

The New York City Legal Department spokesperson confirmed that Jampel was fired on Monday, and the decision was made before her appearance at the press conference.

“We hold all of our employees to the highest professional standards. In public statements, Ms. Jampel made troubling claims about her work for the city’s legal department. Based on these statements, the decision had been made to dismiss her before today,” the spokesperson said.

“The events of today, however, which include her decision to lie to city hall staff and to state that she was a journalist at a press conference, demonstrate a disturbing lack of judgment and integrity,” the statement continues. “As of today, she is no longer an employee of the Legal Department.

Reached by NBC News on Tuesday, Jampel said she was retaining an attorney and had no further comment at this time.

Jampel has been an outspoken opponent of Covid-19 restrictions in schools on her Twitter account and is a founding member of #keepNYCschoolsopen, a coalition of New York public school families who have fought to keep schools open amid the pandemic.

The decision to fire Jampel came after a Friday tweet that has since been deleted, a city source told NBC News on Tuesday.

In that tweet, she slammed Adams for upholding the toddler mask mandate, saying her job with the city is to defend “cops who lie in court, teachers who moleste children, prison guards who beat inmates”, and that she was ashamed of herself. office, the New York Post reported.

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