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FBI raids top aide to NYC Mayor Eric Adams

By Stew Davidson
March 1, 2024

Federal agents raided the Bronx domicile of Winnie Greco, a principal aide to Mayor Eric Adams of New York City, on Thursday.

Greco, who serves as the director of Asian Affairs, has been under scrutiny by the city's Department of Investigation (DOI) for allegedly exploiting her position for personal benefits, as Fox News reported.

Ownership and Allegations

Greco has been a stalwart supporter of Mayor Adams, contributing significantly to his political campaigns.

The raid's motivations remain undisclosed, yet it unfolds against the backdrop of a federal inquiry scrutinizing political fundraising activities during the 2021 campaign led by Adams.

An FBI field office representative confirmed the raid and verified the execution of law enforcement activities at 1447 Gillespie Avenue to Fox News.

This event follows the initiation of the city's Department of Investigation probe into Greco's actions, prompted by a media report.

This investigation raised concerns regarding her fundraising efforts and the potential misuse of her administrative position to secure personal advantages, including complimentary services from a city employee.

The federal attention stems from allegations reported by The City, which spotlighted Greco's requests to a volunteer from Adams' 2021 mayoral campaign for free home renovations before her appointment in the mayor's administration.

The same volunteer, once employed by the city, was purportedly pressured to continue this work at Greco's home during city hours.

Following the raid, Greco was suspended from her duties on Thursday, as stated by a spokesperson from City Hall.

Federal Investigation and Mayor's Response

Federal scrutiny into the fundraising efforts for the Adams campaign gained momentum in November with the FBI's raid on the residence of Brianna Suggs, another key fundraiser for the mayor.

Subsequently, the mayor's personal communication devices were discreetly confiscated by agents as he departed from an event in Manhattan.

That investigation was said to involve the Adams campaign's alleged coordination with the Turkish government to obtain campaign donations from foreign entities unlawfully.

The New York Times discussed a warrant indicating using straw donors as intermediaries.

Mayor Adams has consistently avoided directly addressing the investigation, emphasizing his innocence and adherence to legal standards.

"Our administration will always follow the law, and we always expect all our employees to adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines," stated a spokesperson for the mayor.

He added, "As we have repeatedly said, we don't comment on matters that are under review, but will fully cooperate with any review underway."