Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday named an ex-Metropolis Councilman as his Buildings Commissioner and an ally of disgraced state lawmaker Hiram Monserrate to be the Huge Apple’s subsequent sheriff.
The 2 appointments got here as Hizzoner traveled to California for a technology-related convention.
The brand new buildings chief, Eric Ulrich, was first elected to characterize Queens at Metropolis Corridor in a February 2009 particular election and departed final yr below the time period limits regulation.
Adams initially employed him in January as a senior adviser, the place he helped vet candidates for different key positions within the administration.
The mayor additionally appointed ex-cop and frequent Queens political aspirant Anthony Miranda to go the Sheriff’s Workplace, which is tasked with dealing with tax liens and different issues below the Division of Finance.
Miranda is an in depth ally of Monserrate, who was expelled from the state Senate after being charged with slashing the face of his then-girlfriend and being captured on safety tape dragging her by the lobby of his condominium constructing.
Monserrate was convicted of misdemeanor assault however acquitted of felony expenses associated to the beating.
The pair co-founded the Latino Officers Affiliation, which efficiently sued the NYPD in 1999 over the division’s remedy of minority cops on the power below then-Mayor Rudy Guiliani.
Hizzoner and Monserrate have been additionally carefully linked for years.
Then-Councilman Monserrate sat within the courtroom in 2006 to help then-Capt. Adams after he ran afoul of the NYPD’s brass for telling a tv station that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s response to a terror risk was politically motivated.
When the pair served within the state Senate, Adams was among the many few lawmakers to oppose booting Monserrate from the physique after he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
In February 2021, Adams lastly distanced himself from Monserrate and endorsed his opponent because the disgraced politician once more tried to reboot his profession by operating for the Metropolis Council.
Nevertheless, sources. on the time advised The Submit the pair remained “chummy” in non-public.