Former New York City Building Commissioner Eric Ulrich surrenders to prosecutors

Former city building commissioner Eric Ulrich confronted the Manhattan district attorney Wednesday morning with a copy of Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” in hand.

The exact allegations against Ulrich are unclear, but he is expected to face bribery and mob charges.

His arrest is part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that has also ensnared a top donor to New York Mayor Eric Adams, sources said.

Ulrich, 38, resigned from the Adams administration in November after it was revealed that he was under investigation and had turned over his cellphone as part of a criminal gambling investigation.

The former career politician will face a judge at a hearing at 2:15 p.m., his attorney Sam Braverman previously told The Post.

The city’s former building commissioner, Eric Ulrich, surrendered to the Manhattan district attorney on Wednesday morning.
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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will hold a news conference in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Sources told The Post on Tuesday that prosecutors are investigating whether Ulrich became involved in organized crime-related card games, with the alleged games dating back to his time as a Queens city councilman.

Ulrich surrendered with a copy of “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly in his hand.
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At that point, Ulrich was not charged, and prosecutors continued their investigation, apparently paying more attention to the cop’s possible favors — and broke the news over the summer that a grand jury had heard evidence against him and that a criminal indictment was imminent imminent.

He is one of several people expected to be arrested on Wednesday.

Prosecutors were investigating whether Ulrich had incurred debts while playing card games linked to organized crime.
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Others include Brooklyn real estate developer Mark Caller, who is likely to face charges over his alleged offer of a discounted apartment to Ulrich, and Queens pizzeria owners and brothers Joseph and Anthony Livreri.

According to law enforcement sources, Caller raised nearly $50,000 for Adams’ mayoral campaign.

His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Tuesday that his client “intends to plead not guilty and we expect he will be fully exonerated.”

Ulrich is one of several people expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.

Ulrich recently wrote a book in which dogs act as judge and jury in the court system.
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Eric Ulrich had been selling insurance to make ends meet.
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The Livreri brothers, co-owners of a Queens pizzeria with alleged Mafia ties, co-hosted a fundraiser for Adams’ mayoral campaign in August 2021.

Ulrich – who has been selling insurance to make ends meet since January – recently wrote a children’s book in which dogs act as judge and jury in the court system.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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