Former New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich faces five separate indictments for allegedly using his public posts to get more than $150,000 in bribes, including season tickets to the New York Mets, artwork and custom-made suits, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
Ulrich, 38, surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning and was charged alongside six other defendants, including developer Mark Caller of The Marcal Group, in what the DA called a “sweeping” bribery scheme. He was hit with multiple charges of bribery in the indictments.
The DA alleged that from the time he served as a member of the New York City Council in the 2010s, Ulrich “used his authority and access to senior city officials to benefit his co-conspirators and himself,” according to a statement from the DA’s office.
While acting as a senior adviser to Mayor Eric Adams and before his appointment as DOB commissioner, Ulrich allegedly coordinated dual inspections by the DOB and the Fire Department of New York City to close down a “multiple-dwelling for low-income residents supported by the city” in Rockaway Beach, Queens, at the behest of Caller, CEO of The Marcal Group.
Ulrich served as a City Council member in southeast Queens and was tapped by Adams to run the DOB in May 2022. He resigned just months later in November 2022 after he was served a search warrant at his Queens home and had his cellphone seized.
Aside from Ulrich and Caller, those indicted Wednesday included pizzeria owners Joseph and Anthony Livrei (who the DA alleges have mafia ties); Brooklyn tow company owner Michael Mazzio; DOB worker Paul Grego; and former corrections officer Victor Truta.
Commercial Observer Politics & Real Estate, Eric Ulrich, Mark Caller, New York City Department of Buildings, The Marcal Group, New York City Former New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich faces five separate indictments for allegedly using his public posts to get more than $150,000 in bribes, including season tickets to the New York Mets, artwork and custom-made suits, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Ulrich, 38, surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning and was
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