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Former NYC Official Faces Charges Over Gambling, Real Estate Deal

Eric Ulrich, the former New York City Buildings Commissioner, is facing indictment on charges related to illegal gambling and a deal with a real estate developer over an apartment and furnishings, Politico reports. He is expected to surrender at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office Wednesday. Ulrich’s lawyer Samuel Braverman said he and Ulrich had not yet seen the charges. Ulrich was charged earlier this summer, but the indictment has been sealed. At least four other people are expected to be charged in relation to the same nearly year-long ongoing investigation.

Ulrich resigned from Mayor Eric Adams’ administration in November after his phone was seized by Bragg’s office. Others expected to face charges are brothers Joseph and Anthony Livreri, who own two Queens pizza shops and co-hosted an August 2021 fundraiser for Adams’ mayoral campaign. Mark Caller, a real estate developer, is also expected to be charged. He hosted a separate 2021 fundraiser for Adams. Adams is not expected to be implicated in the case, and the charges are not expected to involve his campaign. Ulrich, a Republican, previously served on the New York City council from 2009 to 2021. He crossed party lines to support Adams in his 2021 campaign, and he was named a senior adviser to the mayor when Adams took office. Months later, he was appointed commissioner of the department of buildings.


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