Daniela Jampel was fired after confronting Mayor Eric Adams over the toddler mask mandate. The NYC mother confronted the mayor at a press conference. But it’s not the first time she’s been outspoken about masks in New York City schools.

Jampel posed as a reporter at the City Hall press conference on Monday. She accused the mayor of lying about his toddler mask policy.

Jampel said, “Three weeks ago, you told parents to trust you that you would unmask our toddlers. You stood right here, and you said that the masks would come off April 4. That has not happened. Not only did you renege on your promise, you had your lawyers race to court on Friday night arguing that there would be irreparable harm if children under 5 are allowed to take off their masks today along with their older siblings in school.”

The NYC mom continued and said, “So my questions are, what is the irreparable harm to children aged 2 to 4 take off their masks, just as they do in Long Island, just as they do in Westchester? When will you and will you unmask our toddlers?”

The mayor’s press conference was about LGBTQ issues.

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Daniela Jampel was fired after she confronted Mayor Eric Adams about the NYC toddler mask mandate. The mom of three has been vocal about her anti-mask views. (Credit: LinkedIn)

When City Hall staffers realized that Daniela Jampel was not a reporter, they tried to cut her off, but Mayor Eric Adams allowed the mother to finish her question. He said, “Turn on your phone so you can get my answer correctly but come to a conclusion.”

Adams added that he was going to discontinue the toddler mask mandate, but a recent increase in cases caused him to keep the policy in place.

The mayor said, “I made the announcement that we were looking to announce today, which is Monday, to take the masks off children 2 and 4 years old. But I also stated, if we see an uptick, we will come back and make the announcement of what we’re going to do. We’re going to pivot and shift as COVID is pivoting and shifting. There is a new variant. The numbers are increasing. We’re going to move at the right pace, and that’s the role I must do. If I have to pivot and shift and have other adults do something different, I’m going to do so.”

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Daniela Jampel has been vocal about her anti-mask views. The NYC employee was fired because she confronted Adams about not removing the toddler mask mandate. (Credit: Facebook)

Jampel, who was an assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York according to her LinkedIn page, was fired an hour after she confronted the NYC mayor at the press conference. The mother of three had been on maternity leave for the past eight months and was actively anti-mask.

Her former employer released a statement and said, “We hold all of our employees to the highest professional standards. In public statements, Ms. Jampel has made troubling claims about her work for the city Law Department. Based on those statements, the decision had been made to terminate her prior to today. Today’s events, however, which include her decision to lie to City Hall staff and state she was a journalist at a press conference, demonstrate a disturbing lack of judgment and integrity.  As of today, she is no longer an employee of the Law Department.” 

On her Twitter, Jampel said that she would not talk to the press about her firing and would be obtaining legal counsel.