David Segal is unfired and back at work at the City Council

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David Segal (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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He's back.

David Segal, who was fired from his job as City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez's spokesman after his seven-year-old conviction for trying to burn down an army recruiting center was made public, is back at work today, a knowledgable source confirmed to me.

Hunter Walker reported Segal is back at his old desk and David Seifman reported last week that an offer was made to rehire Segal because Rodriguez "may have overstepped his legal authority."

A lawyer for the City Council initially said Segal couldn't be fired on the basis of the conviction. That's also what I heard last week from Glenn Martin, the head of public policy for the Fortune Society, who told me the dismissal might have been illegal.

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UPDATE: When asked if Segal was on the Council payroll, a spokesman for Council Speaker Christine Quinn declined to say, and referred the question over to Rodriguez's office. A spokesperson for Rodriguez said "no comment."

UPDATE: Segal was subsequently re-fired.