The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has seized electronic devices, including at least two mobile phones, from New York City Mayor Eric Adams as part of an escalated corruption investigation into his victorious 2021 campaign.
The investigation, initially focused on his leading campaign fundraiser Brianna Suggs, raises questions about potential campaign finance irregularities and connections with the Turkish government.
Here’s an in-depth look at various facets of Eric Adams’ life and career amid this unfolding investigation:
Eric Adams, currently 63, faces a challenging period in his political career as the FBI delves into the intricacies of his 2021 mayoral campaign.
According to Bloomberg, Phil Bank, a close advisor to Adams and New York City’s deputy mayor for public safety, has seen his net worth more than triple in the last eight years. As of 2021, his assets and investments were valued at an impressive $6.45 million.
Eric Adams, a Democrat mayor, has never married. His long-time partner, Tracey Collins, is a school administrator for the New York City Department of Education. Collins, 58, plays a pivotal role in Adams’ private life, as mentioned in his 2020 vegan lifestyle book.
Brianna Suggs, Adams’ 25-year-old chief fundraiser, has been a central figure in the FBI investigation. Close to Adams’ camp since the age of 17, she played a crucial role in his mayoral campaign and is known for her commitment to electing Eric Adams as mayor.
Is he a Democrat or Republican?
While Mayor Eric Adams is a Democrat, his positions on public safety, religion, and budget cuts often place him to the right of many Democrats in New York.
Like most recent predecessors, Eric Adams maintains an approval rating around 50 percent. Despite ongoing investigations, Adams holds a position of influence in New York City politics.
The FBI investigation is reportedly exploring whether Adams’s 2021 campaign conspired with the Turkish government to funnel money into its coffers. The focus includes donations from Bay Atlantic University, a Washington DC college affiliated with a school Adams visited in Turkey during his time as Brooklyn borough president.
Eric Adams served in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for 22 years, rising through the ranks. In 2006, he entered politics, eventually becoming a New York State Senator. Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President in 2013, marking a significant milestone in his political career.
In 2020, Eric Adams announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City, securing substantial funds and emerging as a top fundraiser among Democrats in the race.