Former NYC Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich selling insurance
Disgraced former lawmaker and city Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich, who resigned in November after a gambling investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, is now pushing a different kind of policy — insurance.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Ulrich wrote in a Dec. 21 email to friends, shared with The Post, about joining Ocean Blue Insurance Agency in the Rockaways as a licensed broker.
“Whether it’s property, commercial, auto or liability protection, I’ve got you covered,” he added.
The former career politician, who got his insurance license last month, told The Post the new line of work was a good step for “transitioning to the private sector”.
“I have bills to pay, I have a 10-year-old daughter, and I have to get on with my life,” Ulrich said. “There is life after public service. There is life after politics.”
In early November, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg seized Ulrich’s phone and grilled him for two hours as part of a criminal gambling investigation, law enforcement sources previously told The Post.
Ulrich potentially racked up debts in Ozone Park card games with mob associates, the sources said, with the investigation focusing on his conduct before he served as building commissioner.
Ulrich has not been charged with a crime, but resigned two days after news of the investigation broke.
The former career politician was under investigation by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. David McGlynn
In 2018, during his tenure as a city councilman, Ulrich wrote a letter to a federal judge asking for leniency for a known Bonanno family associate who had pleaded guilty to a RICO conspiracy charge.
A spokesman for the Manhattan DA’s office declined to comment.
Ulrich, a Republican, previously represented Queens’ 32nd District on the City Council from 2009 to 2021, when he left office.
He joined the Adams administration in January 2022 as a senior adviser to the mayor, before being named to lead the Department of Buildings in May, which came with a salary of $243,171 a year.
In April 2021, Ulrich revealed that he had been struggling with alcoholism and planned to get sober.
He also had a gambling record, reporting winnings on his ethics filings as a city councilman totaling between $5,000 and $47,999 in 2016 and 2017. He reported the same range of New York State Lottery winnings each year for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“I consider myself a lucky guy,” Ulrich previously told The Post. “I had a great job, a beautiful daughter, and every now and then, lightning strikes.”