Federal agents search the home of New York Mayor Eric Adams fundraiser

A locked staircase leads to the 929-unit residence at Crown Highs in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Federal agents on Thursday raided the home of Brianna Suggs, a top fundraiser and longtime confidant of New York City Mayor Eric Adams.  , November 2, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Associated Press)

Federal agents search the home of New York Mayor Eric Adams fundraiser

JAKE OFFENHARTZ and MICHAEL BALSAMO

November 2, 2023

Federal agents on Thursday raided the home of a top fundraiser and longtime confidante of New York Mayor Eric Adams, who abruptly abandoned a planned meeting at the White House and flew home from Washington.

Agents searched Brianna Suggs’ home in Brooklyn, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly release details of the investigation. The official declined to say whether Suggs was the target of an investigation.

Vito Pitta, an attorney for Adams’

re-election

campaign, said the mayor had not been contacted as part of the investigation.

The campaign has always held itself to the highest standards, he added. The campaign will of course respond to any questions if necessary.

Suggs, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, is a campaign adviser

the Democratic mayor

who raised money for his election efforts and also lobbied his government on behalf of corporate clients.

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News of the raid came shortly after Adams announced he would abruptly return to New York City from Washington to handle a case.

His planned meeting with senior White House aides and the mayors of Denver and Chicago went ahead without him on Thursday. A City Hall spokesperson declined to comment on the cancellation and deferred questions about the raid to the Adams campaign.

Suggs has worked closely with Adams since at least 2017, when he was Brooklyn Borough President.

She later joined his mayoral campaign and helped raise more than $18.4 million for his primary and general elections, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Suggs has continued to solicit donations for Adams’ re-election bid while simultaneously starting her own lobbying firm last year, records show. Her clients included real estate interests with business for the city, including a Chinatown shopping center seeking a lease extension.

Her dual efforts as a fundraiser and lobbyist have drawn criticism from good government watchdogs, although she has denied wrongdoing.

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One of Sugg’s neighbors, Christopher Burwell, said he saw a dozen people wearing FBI windbreakers leave her apartment shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday with at least one box in hand.

A spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office in Manhattan, Nicholas Biase, declined to comment on the search.

Suggs is Adams’ newest employee and one of several people involved in his fundraising activities who have faced legal trouble in recent months.

In July, six people were charged in a conspiracy scheme by straw donors to funnel tens of thousands of dollars to Adams’ campaign. These charges were filed in state court and did not directly target the mayor.

A former city commissioner under Adams, Eric Ulrich, was also accused in September of using his position to dole out favors, including access to the mayor, in exchange for cash and other bribes.

Ulrich and his six co-defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Balsamo reported from Washington.

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