Mayor Eric Adams of New York City has come under fire after a former police officer accused him of being one of the most dishonorable mayors in the city’s history. The allegations against Adams involve numerous instances of corruption and criminal activity.
In early July, six individuals were arrested for their involvement in a scheme to divert public funds to Adams’ election campaign. These individuals, including a retired NYPD officer named Dwayne Montgomery, were charged with violating campaign finance laws in an attempt to curry favor with Adams for future business deals with the city.
Adams has acknowledged that he knows Montgomery, but he has not directly addressed the allegations against him. This silence has raised further suspicions about his involvement in the scheme.
In addition to Montgomery, a top aide to Adams, Rachel Atcheson, has also been implicated in the scandal. Atcheson allegedly organized a fundraiser with Dwayne Montgomery in an effort to gain political influence in New York City. Prosecutors have identified her as “Campaign Representative #1” in the indictment against Montgomery and others involved in the scheme.
Further complicating matters, a Manhattan Democratic Party official named William Smith has been implicated as a “straw donor” who had conversations with one of the defendants in the case. This revelation has raised concerns about the extent of corruption within the party and its connection to Adams’ campaign.
The corruption scandal surrounding Adams does not end there. The director of a Bronx anti-violence program, Michael Rodriguez, which was part of Adams’ plan to combat shootings in the city, was recently arrested on drug and gun charges. Rodriguez is accused of supplying drugs to dealers in the Bronx, and illegal guns were found in his possession during a raid of his home.
Additionally, former New York City Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich has been charged with corruption. Ulrich, who was appointed by Adams to the position, is expected to face charges related to his alleged ties to organized crime and illegal gambling.
Even the clergy has not been immune to corruption. Brooklyn pastor Lamor Whitehead, known as “Bishop,” was arrested on federal charges unrelated to a previous incident where he reported being robbed while preaching at his church. Whitehead is accused of defrauding a parishioner out of her retirement savings and attempting to extort money from a businessman in exchange for favorable actions by the New York City government.
In the midst of all this corruption, one former NYPD officer, Sal Greco, has become a whistleblower. Greco, who was fired by the NYPD for his association with Roger Stone, has spoken out against the corrupt practices within the city. He is now suing the city for wrongful termination.
The allegations against Mayor Eric Adams and the individuals associated with him have sent shockwaves through New York City. As the investigations continue and more details emerge, the extent of the corruption within the city’s leadership becomes increasingly apparent. The people of New York deserve better, and it is up to law enforcement and the justice system to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.