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Homeless services chief denies coverup claims by former aide

The embattled head of town’s Division of Social Companies claimed his ex-staffer-turn-whistleblower was fired as a consequence of unprofessional conduct with coworkers — not as a result of she complained about an alleged cover-up that the company illegally allowed migrant households to sleep on the ground.

Mayor Eric Adams’ DSS Commissioner Gary Jenkins mentioned his former prime press aide, Julia Savel, had “documented cases” the place she was “unprofessional along with her friends, along with her subordinates and with senior administration,” throughout a tv interview that aired Thursday evening on CBS2.

Neither Metropolis Corridor nor DSS returned a right away request for remark from The Publish when requested to elaborate on Jenkins’ claims, which have been his first public feedback on the matter.

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Commissioner of the New York Metropolis Division of Social Companies Gary Jenkins claims he fired his former ex-aide due to her conduct.
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Julia Savel reported her former boss, alleging he didn’t notify Metropolis Corridor that his company violated the “proper to shelter” statute.

Savel was fired on Aug. 5 after she complained internally about Jenkins’ alleged failure to inform Metropolis Corridor that his company violated the Large Apple’s lengthy standing “proper to shelter” statute, which requires town to offer short-term housing to people by 4 a.m. in the event that they make the request earlier than 10 p.m.

Migrants who lately arrived from the southern border slept in a single day on the metropolis’s Bronx-based PATH consumption heart on July 18.

Jenkins finally admitted town violated the usual, however Savel claimed the commissioner slow-walked notifying Metropolis Corridor.

The town’s watchdog company — the Division of Investigations — opened a probe into the scandal final week. 

Savel informed The Publish in an announcement she stood by her earlier claims, including that her job efficiency was by no means a difficulty whereas serving as a metropolis worker.

“Once I arrived on the PATH consumption heart with Gary Jenkins, and his Chief of Workers Karen St. Hilarie on the night time of July twentieth when a number of violations of proper to shelter have been made public, I used to be aware of all data being shared by my colleagues in senior management and my enter was requested by each Gary and Metropolis Corridor,” Savel mentioned.

“The minute I refused to subject a false assertion to the press stating town was assembly the authorized mandate — as directed by Gary — was the second once I was excluded and the lively cowl up started. My efficiency was by no means in query, I by no means was alerted to any documented cases of misconduct, and I labored tirelessly on behalf of essentially the most susceptible New Yorkers. In the course of the time I labored for town, I held reality, transparency, and decency above all else till the day I used to be unjustly fired. I can’t say the identical about Gary Jenkins.”

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The textual content thread reveals Savel’s dissatisfaction with Jenkins’ management.

Savel sat for a roughly three-hour interview on Monday with 5 DOI investigators, mentioned a supply acquainted. 

She then turned her private cellular phone over to DOI investigators on Wednesday after consenting to their request for a “full forensic picture,” in accordance with an electronic mail copy obtained by The Publish. 

The DOI requested copies of textual content messages and Savel’s name log with almost a dozen Metropolis Corridor and DSS staffers, per the e-mail. 

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Migrants slept in a single day on the metropolis’s Bronx-based PATH consumption heart in July.
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The officers embrace Jenkins, his chief of employees Karen St Hilaire, Metropolis Corridor Deputy Mayor Anne Williams-Isom, Metropolis Corridor Communications Director Max Younger, First Press Secretary Fabien Levy, Deputy Press Secretary Kate Good and others.

The DOI declined to remark when reached by The Publish.

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