Mayor Adams says he played no role in the firing of a New York attorney who confronted him over infant masks

Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday he had no role in the firing of a New York City mother who crashed a news conference to question him about his decision to uphold the infant mask mandate.

Daniela Jampel, a former legal officer, learned Monday that she was fired from her job shortly after furiously accusing Adams of reversing his promise to lift the school mask mandate for children under 4.

Sources previously told The Post that the assistant corporate attorney, who has represented City Hall on several high-profile cases, was fired over a since-deleted tweet in which she said her job as a city attorney was to “talk cops who lie in court” and Defending “teachers” who molest children.”

During an independent news conference Wednesday morning, Adams said he was briefed on the legal department’s call to boot Jampel ahead of the unusual incident, calling her tweet “inappropriate.”

“When she spoke, it was clear that she was not a reporter. But what have I done? I said allow her to speak. We have started allowing her to speak, I will not be disrespectful and will not allow her to speak. She spoke. I didn’t know who she was,” he told reporters in Brooklyn in response to a question from The Post.

Mayor Eric Adams said he was not involved in the firing of city attorney Daniela Jampel.
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“Didn’t know who she was, didn’t call to fire her,” Adams said.

“It doesn’t bother me when people say names, call me names. Listen, I’m an ex-cop. People have called me names for years. Don’t bother me,” he continued. “But what she tweeted, sent out, it was inappropriate and the Legal Department made the decision and notified me of her actions and any questions you may have from the Legal Department prior to this press conference. I had no interaction with it at all.”

Jampel did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the mayor’s comments.

Adams — who in early March lifted mask requirements for students old enough to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine — announced last month that children ages 4 and under will soon be able to have theirs Taking off masks in public schools and daycare centers has increased virus cases.

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Sources tell The Post that Daniela Jampel was fired for this now-deleted tweet.
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Daniela Jampel crashed a Mayor Adams press conference to voice her opposition to the toddler mask mandate.
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Last week, a Staten Island judge lifted mask mandates for young children citywide when Adams shortly thereafter vowed to keep the rule due to a spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the BA.2 Omicron variant and announced that City Hall would appeal the verdict.

“I think it’s imperative that because of the increase in cases we’re seeing, however small they are; Our plans were to take a week to assess the numbers before we take the masks off for 2-4 year olds,” the mayor said on Friday.

On Monday, Jampel attended an independent press conference at City Hall, where she confronted the mayor.

“Three weeks ago you told the parents to trust you, that you would unmask our toddlers,” Jampel fumed. “They stood right here and said the masks were going to come off on April 4th. That didn’t happen.

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Mayor Eric Adams called Daniela Jampel’s tweet “inappropriate.”
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“Not only did you break your promise, but your lawyers ran into court on Friday night, arguing that there would be irreparable harm if children under the age of 5 were allowed to take their masks off at school today with their older siblings.” the mother said as a mayoral clerk tried to stop the non-reporter’s tirades.

“So my questions are, what is the irreparable harm to children aged 2 to 4 if they take their masks off, just like Long Island, just like Westchester? When will you and will you expose our toddlers?”

Adams responded by noting that there had been a recent spike in new COVID-19 cases across the five counties.

“I made the announcement that today, which is Monday, we wanted to announce that we were taking masks off of children aged 2 and 4. But I also said if we see an uptrend, we’ll come back and announce what we’re going to do,” Adams said.

Daniela Jampel is a mother of three and co-founder of the advocacy group Keep NYC Schools Open.
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“We will rotate and shift as COVID rotates and shifts. There is a new variant. The numbers are increasing. We’re going to move at the right pace and that’s the role I have to play.”

Jampel then blasted Adams for “punishing young children because he doesn’t have the political will to put masks on everyone.”

“The New York City Department of Health has released a chart showing that children ages 0 to 4 have the lowest case numbers in the city. [Cases] have increased, but [the youngest ages] are at the bottom of the list,” she told the Post. “We should not only demand masks for the youngest members of our society and for the people with the lowest case numbers.”

Later on Monday, The Post reported that Jampel – a 38-year-old mother of three and a vocal critic of the toddler mask mandate – was informed via email shortly after the press conference that she had been fired. A legal representative confirmed Jampel was fired, but told the Post the decision to fire her was made before Monday.

Jampel, the co-founder of an advocacy group Keep NYC Schools Open, previously said in a statement to The Post, “I am retaining attorney and will not be litigating in the press.”

City sources previously told The Post that the decision to fire Jampel was made Friday after she wrote a tweet criticizing Adams for upholding the toddler mask mandate and saying her job with the city consists of “defending police officers who lie in court, teachers who molest children, prison guards who beat inmates.”

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Daniela Jampel has been involved in 29 civil proceedings against the city since she began working in the legal department.
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“It’s a job I’ve done with pride. Until this evening. Shame fighting for toddlers to wear masks,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “I am ashamed of my office.”

State court records show that Jampel has been involved in at least 29 civil lawsuits against the city since she began working for the legal department in 2016. Some of those cases that are still pending are similar to the lawsuits she mentioned in her tweet.

Additional reporting by Cayla Bamberger Mayor Adams says he played no role in the firing of a New York attorney who confronted him over infant masks


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