NYC employee fired after posing as reporter, confronting Mayor Adams about mask mandates

Daniela Jampel says she is retaining counsel.
Eric Adams, New York City Democratic mayoral candidate.

A woman who was employed by the New York City Law Department is out of a job after she decided to pose as a reporter during a press conference and question Mayor Eric Adams about his masking policy.

"Weeks ago, you told parents to trust you, that you would unmask our toddlers. Ten days ago, you stood right here and said that their masks would come off April 4. That has not happened," city employee Daniela Jampel said at a Monday afternoon press conference. 

Adams said he was "living up to my promises," but that COVID-19 numbers are increasing due to a new variant, which caused him to change his mind about the masks coming off youngsters. 

The city Law Department said Jampel's firing follows her "decision to lie to City Hall staff and state she was a journalist at a press conference [which] demonstrates a disturbing lack of judgment and integrity." 

Late on Monday, Jampel tweet she has is "retaining counsel and will not litigate in the press."

She also thanked some for her supporter and wrote: "Je ne regrette rien," a french song title that translates to "No, I do not regret anything." 

She had become increasingly vocal over the course of the pandemic about the need to return children to schools unmasked.