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NYC Mayor’s Former Advisor Eric Ulrich Charged with Brazen Bribery

Alvin Bragg, a Manhattan district attorney, claimed on Wednesday that Eric Ulrich had “misused” his power in each position he had held in the government.

Eric Ulrich charged with brazen bribery (Photo: Crain’s New York Business)

Eric Ulrich is accused of exchanging favors and power

The former head of New York City’s Department of Buildings, Eric Ulrich is accused of exchanging favors and power for more than $150,000 in cash and gifts, including a deluxe season ticket package to the New York Mets, a discounted beachfront apartment in Queens, a “bespoke suit,” and a painting by Salvador Dali’s final surviving student.

Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, stated the following in a statement of facts provided to Justice Daniel P. Conviser of the New York County Supreme Court: “Eric Ulrich misused his authority in every public service position he held. He resigned in November after being questioned by local investigators who took his cell phone.”

In 2009, Eric Ulrich, then 38 years old, won a seat on the New York City Council, which he held until the end of 2021. Ulrich was hired by Mayor Eric Adams in January 2022 as a senior adviser. Six months later, the Republican was named the commissioner of buildings. He turned himself into the police on various accusations of conspiracy, collecting bribes, and submitting a fraudulent instrument for filing on Wednesday morning.

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Eric Ulrich’s six co-defendants

In August 2021, Eric Ulrich, Mazzio, and the Livreris co-hosted a $1,000 per person fundraiser for Adams at a catering hall in Howard Beach. Adams apparently appears on some of the wiretapped discussions that the police overheard; he has not been charged or suspected of a crime.

High-ranking city officials were allegedly granted privileged access to Ulrich’s six co-defendants by inviting them to “exclusive events and dinners to demonstrate to them that he could deliver on the promises he had made,” according to the statement of facts. In conclusion, Bragg claimed Eric Ulrich assisted his friends in rigging bids for the collection of city rubbish, settled disputes with the city’s Department of Consumer and Workers Protection, sped up inspections of buildings and eateries, and even secured employment and promotions for the kids of his friends.

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