When Eric Adams was running for mayor of New York City, questions arose about a Brooklyn apartment that he seemed to own, even though he said he had transferred it to his former girlfriend. According to him, his ex-girlfriend failed to file the proper paperwork cementing the deal. He had left it off disclosure forms that the state and city require from elected officials but said he was correct to do so.
After Mr. Adams was elected, it emerged that he still co-owned that apartment. He then blamed his accountant for what he called an error. The mayor then said the transfer to his former partner was “underway.”
But on Wednesday, it became clear that Adams still owned that one-bedroom apartment in Crown Heights, according to financial disclosures released by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board. He bought it in 1988 with his then-partner, Sylvia Cowan, who could not be reached for comment.
A spokesman for the mayor said that the transferring process that was underway last June is still ongoing.
“After previously learning that the transfer did not go through, the mayor initiated the process last year to transfer the property, but for tax-related purposes, it is currently being delayed, and the mayor has filled out his C.O.I.B. paperwork to reflect that fact,” the spokesman, Fabien Levy, said. He refused to elaborate on the delay.
The Crown Heights apartment is one of a few properties Adams owns in the tristate area. He also owns a multifamily rental property in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, and he co-owns a condominium in Fort Lee, New Jersey.