NYC Mayor’s Top Aide Raided By Federal Authorities

A top aide to New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) was recently raided by federal authorities in the Bronx following allegations that she unlawfully used her government position to receive benefits.

Adams’ senior adviser and director of Asian affairs, Winnie Greco, 61, has been criticized by New York City’s Department of Investigation amid reports accusing the aide of unlawfully benefiting from her $100,000 yearly government role. Although it is unsure whether the recent raid was associated with the investigation, officials confirmed that Greco has been put on leave.

Greco allegedly received a $10,000 donation to her nonprofit from a well-known Chinese-American businessman who wished to attend a Chinese-themed government event held by Adams. The 61-year-old official also reportedly promised a campaign volunteer a job in the Adams administration if they would help renovate her kitchen.

Following the raid, an official for City Hall said, “Our administration will always follow the law, and we always expect all our employees to adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines.

As we have repeatedly said, we don’t comment on matters that are under review, but will fully cooperate with any review underway. The mayor has not been accused of any wrongdoing.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid of Greco’s home comes after a year-long investigation into whether Adams’ 2021 mayoral campaign unlawfully obtained money from the Turkish government, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

In November 2023, the bureau seized the mayor’s electronic devices shortly after raiding the home of his chief campaign fundraiser Brianna Suggs, and international affairs aide Rana Abbasova.

After the raid of Greco’s home, Adams said he supported his longtime adviser, expressing his confidence in her. The Democratic mayor said his administration is cooperating in the matter and that he remains committed to serving his residents.

“The inquiry is going to take its course,” Adams said during a radio interview. “It’s imperative for me to stay focused on public safety, and improving the city. That’s what I got to do.”

“My job is to make sure trash is off the streets and the city is clean,” the mayor added. “Those who are doing reviews of any actions that may be perceived to be incorrect, they’re going to do their job.”

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