Feds Probe NYC Mayor On Flight Upgrades From Turkey

The New York Times reports:

Federal authorities investigating Mayor Eric Adams’s campaign fund-raising have been examining valuable flight upgrades they believe he received from Turkish Airlines that elevated him to its highest class of seats available on international trips, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The scrutiny is part of a broad corruption inquiry that has already led the F.B.I. to search the homes of the former top New York-based executive of Turkish Airlines and aides to Mr. Adams, who has frequently traveled abroad and has made no secret of his affinity for flying on the Turkish carrier.

The investigation burst into public view in November after F.B.I. agents searched the homes of the former airline executive, Cenk Öcal, the mayor’s liaison to the Turkish community, Rana Abbasova, and his chief fund-raiser, Brianna Suggs — and seized Mr. Adams’s electronic devices.

Read the full article. Last year it was reported that as Brooklyn borough president, Adams attended over 80 events celebrating Turkey in some fashion. It was also reported last year that Adams’ alleged intervention allowed Turkish strongman Recep Erdogan to preside over a ribbon-cutting of the $300 million consulate during a 2021 visit during the United Nations General Assembly. The Turkish consulate, which had faced FDNY roadblocks over the building’s safety, in turn is suspected of having funneled money into Adams’ campaign for mayor.