DOI investigators question service workers in investigation of Gary Jenkins

City investigators questioned the former chief spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services for three hours on Monday to investigate whether the agency’s commissioner ordered a cover-up after migrants were left to sleep on the floor at a reception center.

Investigators questioned ex-assistant Julia Savel about what DSS boss Gary Jenkins knew on July 18 after his agency violated court “right-to-protect” covenants for at least four families who had arrived from Texas, one told the interrogator source familiar with The Post.

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The ex-assistant provided DOI investigators with texts, emails and other documentation.

The source said Savel was asked if she believed “there had been a cover-up” by Jenkins and whether to reveal details about the PATH reception center in the Bronx, where the migrants were stranded.

Savel provided texts, emails and other documentation to DOI investigators, the source added.

The DOI launched the investigation last week after NBC 4 revealed that Savel was fired for internally complaining about Jenkins’ alleged failure to notify City Hall of the shelter settlement violation.

DOI has not responded to a request for immediate comment from The Post.

Mayor Eric Adams told reporters during an independent news conference in the Bronx Monday that no one from City Hall had been interviewed by the DOI or asked to provide documents related to the investigation.

“I have the utmost faith in him,” Adams said of Jenkins. “I’m glad he’s part of my team.”

The scandal comes at a time when the city is struggling to accommodate an influx of asylum-seeking migrants being bused to the Big Apple on orders from Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Julia Savel was questioned about what DSS boss Gary Jenkins knew on July 18 after his agency violated the “right to protection.”

The city plans to open a 600-bed facility in Times Square as early as next month, The Post exclusively reported.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/15/doi-investigators-interview-service-staffer-in-probe-of-gary-jenkins/ DOI investigators question service workers in investigation of Gary Jenkins

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