NYC buildings department commissioner Eric Ulrich – who raised funds for Mayor Eric Adams – surrenders to cops to face bribery charges
- Eric Ulrich is charged in five separate indictments
- He is facing counts of conspiracy, bribe receiving and offering a false instrument for filing
- The ex-commissioner resigned last fall after investigators seized his phone
New York City’s former buildings commissioner turned himself in Wednesday morning to face bribery related charges.
Eric Ulrich, 38, was charged in five separate indictments for accepting more than $150,000 worth of bribes during his time as a New York City councilmember, senior adviser to the mayor and in his department of buildings commissioner role.
The former commissioner resigned from the top buildings department position in November after prosecutors seized his cellphone as part of the district attorney’s investigation into ties to organized crime and illegal gambling.
Attorney for Ulrich, Samuel M. Braverman, confirmed to DailyMail.com that his client surrendered Wednesday morning and will be arraigned in the afternoon where he is expected to enter a not guilty plea.
He was charged along with six other associates. Among those are brothers who own a Queens pizzeria Joseph and Anthony Livreri, Brooklyn towing company owner Michael Mazzio, Brooklyn real estate developer Mark Caller, Department of Buildings filing representative Paul Grego and former Department of Corrections officer Victor Truta.
Ulrich (right) arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court for his indictment
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (center) holds a press conference regarding the charges
Eric Ulrich, 38, served three terms on the city council as a republican
Several people close to the mayor have been charged in bribery and fraud related crimes
Ulrich was officially charged in a sealed indictment over the summer
A letter to the court from the district attorney’s office alleges that Ulrich used his authority to benefit the others indicted in exchange for money and gifts such as a premium season ticket package to the New York Mets, a bespoke suit, artwork, and a discounted apartment and certain amenities in a beachfront building in Queens.
Caller is alleged to have offered Ulrich a discounted luxury apartment in exchange for advancement on a beachfront development project on 155 Beach 115 Street in Rockaway Park, New York.
Ulrich, Joseph and Anthony Livreri and Mazzio hosted a $1,000-a-head fundraiser for the mayor before he was elected.
The former head of the buildings department served as a republican on the City Council for three terms before joining democrat Mayor Eric Adams as a special adviser.
In May of 2022 Adams appointed him as the New York City Buildings Commissioner where he served in the role until November.
He resigned just days after investigators from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office had his phone seized.
The ex-commissioner was officially charged in a sealed indictment over the summer. The official charges have not been announced.
Investigators have looked into possible connections between Ulrich and organized crime. Law enforcement has identified Mazzio and the Livreri brothers to have connections to organized crime.
Ulrich has revealed online that he developed a drinking problem during the covid-19 pandemic and was trying to get sober.
Ulrich (second from the right) was appointed by Mayor Eric Adams (center) as Department of Buildings Commissioner in May 2022
Ulrich has openly admitted to having a drinking problem
Mayor Eric Adams (left) hosted Vice President Kamala Harris (right) during the annual 9/11 commemoration ceremony on Monday
While the mayor is not expected to be charged, he has close connections to several people indicted on campaign finance fraud.
In July, the district attorney’s office charged several donors to Adam’s campaign for illegally structuring campaign contributions to maximize additional money gained through the city’s funds matching program.
DailyMail.com has reached out the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the mayor’s office for comment.
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