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NYC mayoral nominee Eric Adams changes tax returns again over his official residency: report

Business Insider logo Business Insider 9/20/2021 insider@insider.com (Jake Lahut)
Eric Adams wearing a suit and tie: New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams. Spencer Platt/Getty Images © Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
  • The official residence of NYC mayoral nominee Eric Adams is once again in question.
  • Adams is expected to cruise to victory in November after winning the Democratic primary in June.
  • For a second time, he's changing his tax returns over his official residence, according to The City.
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The official residence of New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams is in question once again.

A report from The City found that Adams did not respond to a notice left on his Brooklyn brownstone for six weeks, where city inspectors demanded a response for a potentially illegal unit in the building.

"Eric is not aware of a DOB notice and will reach out for more information and to resolve the issue if necessary," an Adams campaign spokesperson told The City.

Amid a late primary campaign frenzy over where he actually lives, Adams gave reporters an elaborate tour of his Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone back in June, claiming he lives in the basement unit.

He also owns a condo in New Jersey with his partner, but said during the campaign that he had not been back since the onset of the pandemic, and that he and his partner had been meeting in the city for dates as he worked and slept out of his office as Brooklyn borough president.


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However, The City's investigation found that Adams reported zero days spent at the property in tax returns filed after the primary. Adams could have saved tens of thousands of dollars by not listing the Brooklyn property on his tax returns if he wasn't living there, according to accountants consulted by the publication.

Instead, Adams will refile his tax returns for 2017, 2018, and 2019 after already amending them following the initial controversy. The decision to refile was made after The City contacted the Adams campaign about the irregularities, according to the report.

The accountant who filed the initial returns was fired over allegations of embezzlement during his time running a Harlem co-op, according to The City.

A veteran of city and state politics as well as a former NYPD captain, Adams has been known for being a quirky character during his time in public life.

In a June interview, he said his favorite concert moment was when Curtis Mayfield was paralyzed on stage in 1990 when an overhead rig fell on him.

Adams is running against a group of third party nominees and GOP challenger Curtis Sliwa in the Nov. 2 general election.

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