The director of the city's social services department alleged that a former employee-turned-whistleblower was fired for unprofessional behavior with a colleague. did. He illegally allowed immigrant families to sleep on the floor.
Mayor Eric Adams, his DSS Commissioner Gary Jenkins, said his former top press aide Julia Sabel said she was "professional to her peers." "We documented the case," he said. In a televised interview that aired on CBS2 Thursday night, with subordinates and senior management.”.
Sabel was fired on August 5, but it was not until Jenkinstold City Hall that his agency was big. That was after an internal complaint about the company's alleged failure to notifythat it violated its long-standing "Right to Evacuation" law. This requires the city to provide temporary housing by 4:00 a.m. if applicants apply for temporary housing by 10:00 p.m.
Recently arrived migrants from the southern border slept overnight at the Bronx-based PATH intake center on July 18.
Jenkins eventually conceded. The city violated its standards, but Savel claimed the commissioner was slow to notify city hall.
The city's oversight agency, the Bureau of Investigation, launched an investigation into the scandal last week.
Savel supported his earlier arguments, adding that his job performance never mattered while serving as a city employee.
"When Gary Jenkins and his Chief of Staff Karen St. Hillary arrived at the PATH Intake Center on the night of July 20, multiple violations of shelter rights were made public. , I knew all about it, the information was shared by senior management colleagues, and my opinion was sought by both Gary and City Hall," Savel said.
"The moment I refused to make a false statement to the press that the city was meeting its legal obligations, as instructed by Gary, I was excluded and the active cover-up began. My achievements." was never challenged, never warned of documented instances of wrongdoing, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. I was above all truthful, transparent and dignified up until the day I was fired from the company.The same cannot be said for Gary Jenkins."
Sabel said on Monday he gave interviews with five of his DOI agents for about three hours, a source familiar with the matter said.
She later agreed to a request for "full forensic images," before handing her personal cell phone to a DOI investigator on Wednesday, according to an email copy obtained by The Washington Post. handed over to
DOI requested copies of texts from her messages, as well as records of Savel's calls with nearly a dozen City Hall and her DSS staff, according to emails.
Employee Jenkins, his Chief of Staff Cullen St. Hiller included. , City Hall Deputy Mayor Ann Williams-Isom, City Hall Communications Director Max Young, First Press Secretary Fabian Levy, and Deputy Press Secretary Kate Smart.
DOI declined to comment when contacted by The Post.