NYC Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich questioned in Manhattan DA probe into illegal gambling: sources – New York Daily News

Eric Ulrich, Mayor Adams’ Buildings commissioner, was questioned by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office Tuesday as part of an investigation into illegal gambling, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Manhattan DA investigators grilled Ulrich after serving him with a search warrant near his Rockaway Park home, the sources said. The New York Times reported that the investigators also seized Ulrich’s cellphone.
Ulrich did not return a request for comment on his face-off with investigators. Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, declined to comment.
New York City Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich at City Hall in Manhattan on April 29, 2014. (Julia Xanthos/New York Daily News)
“Our administration has no knowledge of any type of investigation,” said Fabien Levy, a spokesman for Adams. “If an investigation were to be be conducted, we would expect any member of this administration to cooperate fully.”
Ulrich served as a special adviser to the mayor before he was appointed to his current post in May.
Before news broke of the search warrant targeting Ulrich, Adams was abruptly whisked away from a City Hall press conference by an aide Tuesday morning.
Ulrich, who served as a member of the City Council for 12 years before joining Adams’ administration, has a history of gambling.
According to Ulrich’s annual financial disclosure form, he collected upward of $50,000 in gambling winnings from the New York State Lottery last year.
And six years ago, when The News reported that he had netted between $10,000 and $12,000 playing slot machines, Ulrich replied, “I guess I’m a lucky guy.”
This story has been updated with new information about the investigation.
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