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New York buildings chief resigns as prosecutors examine gambling links

The restaurant, and its predecessor at the same address, have had frequent interactions with the traditions of the city’s crowd. Two decades ago, a racketeering and gambling case brought by the Queens District Attorney linked Aldo to a Gambino family captain named Ronald Trucchio, who went by the name Ronnie One Arm for his withered right limb. And in the 1980s, it was the site of a notorious 2 p.m. luncheon attended by the Queens District Attorney, a senior police official and several mob-linked men.

According to campaign finance reports, Mr. Ulrich spent at least $6,500 at Aldo. The bulk of the expense, $5,000, was made during his unsuccessful 2019 campaign for public advocate.

A few hours before the start of Mr. Ulrich’s meeting with the prosecutors on Wednesday, the mayor came to the defense of his commissioner, whom he appointed in May as head of the Buildings Department, long plagued by corruption scandals. recurring.

Mr. Adams’ choice of Mr. Ulrich came despite his admitted addictions to alcohol and gambling, and the fact that he wrote a letter in 2018 on official stationery in support of a constituent, Robert Pisani, a reputed associate of Bonanno’s crime who was awaiting sentencing on federal charges for collecting an illegal gambling debt, according to court records.

Brendan McGuire, Mr. Adams’ chief legal counsel, said on Wednesday that Mr. Ulrich had undergone a background check by the city’s investigation department.

Although the agency may point out issues in a candidate’s background, Mr. Adams still makes the final decision on whether the person should be hired. The results of the investigation are not shared with the public.

“Needless to say, this administration takes what happens in these DOI background checks very seriously,” Mr. McGuire said. “And we have, in the past, taken action where necessary based on what those investigations have revealed.”


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