Sliwa urges metropolis probe of Adams hyperlinks to felons, suspect hires

Eric Adams’ Republican rival within the election for Metropolis Corridor final 12 months, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, is looking on the Division of Investigation to probe the mayor’s dealings with convicted felons and his hiring of cronies with checkered pasts or questionable {qualifications} for prime authorities posts.

“It’s one outrage after one other outrage,” Sliwa stated in a letter despatched to DOI Commissioner Jocelyn Strauber, which was copied to the US Attorneys for the Southern District in Manhattan and the Jap District in Brooklyn.

Sliwa requested DOI to find out whether or not Adams was getting free meals at Osteria La Baia restaurant, which is operated by Adams’ shut associates, convicted felons Robert and Zhan Petrosyants.

The brothers have been indicted on 11 federal counts for allegedly participating in a check-cashing scheme linked to medical billing corporations. In 2014, each brothers pleaded responsible to 1 conspiracy rely every. Robert Petrosyants was sentenced to 6 months in jail and Zhan bought 5 years probation, Politico first reported earlier this 12 months.

The New York Occasions printed a narrative in August revealing that reporters noticed Adams eating at Osteria La Baia quite a few instances and never seeing him pay for the meals. Adams stated he paid personally on a month-to-month foundation.

Curtis Sliwa.
Curtis Sliwa requested DOI to find out whether or not Mayor Eric Adams was getting free meals at a restaurant operated by convicted felons and Adams’ shut associates.
Matthew McDermott

“Satirically, New York Metropolis cops and public servants who do the identical are disciplined for this (consorting with identified felons and accepting free meals) but the mayor is immune from the identical destiny,” Sliwa wrote in his letter to DOI.

“Your company should examine the New York Occasions allegations concerning his eating with
felons and demand the manufacturing of the alleged proof of cost by Adams. Your
investigation also needs to decide why he associates with these convicted felons
one thing that cops are barred from doing.”

He stated DOI ought to use subpoena energy if vital.

“If cops and different public servants are prohibited from accepting free meals the mayor must be held to the identical normal,” Sliwa stated.

Deputy Commissioner Employee Relations Lisa White.
Mayor Eric Adams appointed Lisa White as NYPD commissioner for worker relations.

New York Post cover for Wednesday, November 23.
“Nothing on her resume qualifies her for such an essential place,” Sliwa criticized.

“If Mayor Adams didn’t pay for his meals, he would have violated town’s ethics
guidelines. Town’s Conflicts of Curiosity Board advises public officers to not settle for any
precious presents which are given to them due to their positions. If Adams have been nonetheless a
police officer, he could be disciplined for accepting free meals and associating with
identified felons. As town’s chief government, he ought to set an instance for all metropolis staff;
nevertheless, he doesn’t appear to care.”

As well as, Sliwa, within the letter to DOI, talked about Adams’ questionable prime hires.

Sliwa urged DOI to probe Adams’ “tainted” appointment of Philip Banks as deputy mayor of public security regardless of Banks — a retired NYPD chief — having been named as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a sweeping federal police corruption probe. The Submit reported that authorities discovered lots of of 1000’s of {dollars} in Banks’ financial institution accounts as a part of the probe, although he was by no means charged.

He stated Banks being recognized as an unindicted co-conspirator “ought to have been cause
to not appoint” him as deputy mayor of public security.

Lisa White.
Lisa White was beforehand a supervisor for the 911 system and Adams’ former landlord.
Gabriella Bass

“The Banks investigation ensnared three further high-ranking police officers who have been terminated after pleading responsible to lesser prices. Moreover, Jeremy Reichberg, a distinguished businessman was convicted of bribery and different crimes. Reichberg was an in depth affiliate of Deputy Mayor Banks,” stated Sliwa.

Elsewhere, Sliwa criticized Adams’ hiring of his former pal and landlord, Lisa White, because the $241,000 deputy NYPD commissioner for worker relations. She was beforehand a supervisor for the 911 system.

“Nothing on her resume qualifies her for such an essential place,” he stated.

He additionally talked about Adams’ rent of Eric Ulrich, the previous Queens councilman, as town buildings commissioner. Ulrich resigned earlier this month after it was revealed he was being investigated by the Manhattan DA’s workplace in a playing probe.

Curtis Sliwa.
“There’s a sample right here. Each few months there’s one thing else,” Curtis Sliwa accused.
James Messerschmidt

Ulrich had probably racked up money owed in backroom Ozone Park card video games with reputed mob associates, and drew the eye of authorities who have been conducting an organized crime investigation, sources beforehand advised The Submit.

Ulrich, Slliwa, famous, had beforehand been linked to Robert Pisani, a Bonanno crime household affiliate, and Howard Seaside businessman. In 2018, Pisani was convicted of assault and

Ulrich wrote a letter of help to the courtroom earlier than Pisani’s sentencing.

Curtis Sliwa’s letter to the Division of Investigation.

Sliwa, requested about his letter to DOI, stated, “There’s a sample right here. Each few months there’s one thing else. Adams jogs my memory of the MC Hammer tune when he says, `U Can’t Contact This.’”

A DOI spokeswoman declined touch upon Sliwa’s letter.

Adams’ workplace had no speedy remark.

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