New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the 25-year-old woman who served as his chief political fundraiser is no longer working in that position, nearly a month after federal agents raided her Brooklyn home.
Adams announced on Tuesday that his now-former political fundraising manager Brianna Suggs was out, after previously expressing he had “full confidence” in her fundraising efforts, according to The New York Times.
“She is no longer doing fundraising for the campaign,” Adams told reporters.
The mayor declined to comment further on Suggs. However, the New York Post reported that a person close to the campaign said she remains on staff, but is moving into another role for the mayor’s 2025 reelection efforts.
Days after the raid, Adams reportedly described Suggs in an interview as a talented fundraiser.
“She led the fundraising numbers when you look at throughout the entire campaign, and I feel confidence in her integrity and how hard she works,” he reportedly said on PIX11. “And often, young African-American ladies don’t get the opportunities that others received in this business of politics, and she stood up from an intern, became a good staffer, and ran our entire fundraising apparatus in this previous campaign and this one as well.”
Suggs, who has raised approximately $2.5 million for Adams’ 2025 reelection campaign, has not publicly commented about the reports.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s public corruption program raided Suggs’ Brooklyn residence on November 2, which set off a series of investigations into Adams and his campaign. She is at least one of two people in the mayor’s inner circle whose belongings and electronic devices have reportedly been seized by the FBI.
The FBI reportedly sought evidence of whether Adams’ campaign conspired with the Turkish government via a Brooklyn construction company.
According to the Times, the warrant to search Suggs’ home also sought proof of donations made from a D.C. college, Bay Atlantic University, whose founder is Turkish. Agents reportedly seized multiple iPhones, laptops, and numerous documents from Suggs’ home, including a folder labeled “Eric Adams.”
When the news of the raid broke that morning, Adams reportedly canceled several meetings in Washington, D.C., about the historic immigration crisis in the U.S. that found its way into New York City. After several border state governors transported illegal migrants into Democrat-run sanctuary cities, Adams began vocalizing his frustrations with the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis.
Law enforcement sources told the Post that agents purposely conducted the raid while Adams was out of the city.
“As a former member of law enforcement, I expect all members of my staff to follow the law and fully cooperate with any sort of investigation—and I will continue to do exactly that,” Adams said in a statement. “I have nothing to hide.”
Federal agents also raided the home of the mayor’s personal assistant and member of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, Rana Abbasova, the same day authorities searched the home of Suggs, according to the Times.
Abbasova was later placed on administrative leave after City Hall officials said she had “acted improperly” in connection to Adams’ campaign.
FBI agents later approached Adams while walking on a New York City street with his security detail. The agents proceeded to get into Adams’ SUV with the mayor before taking two cell phones and an iPad. The devices were returned to the mayor within days, two people with knowledge of the seizure told the Times, but it was unclear whether the FBI agents’ action was a part of the investigation into corruption allegations.
Authorities have not accused Adams or Suggs of any wrongdoing.
A spokeswoman for Crowell & Moring, a law firm representing Suggs, told the Times they “look forward to continued cooperation with the government’s investigation, and her work in support of the mayor’s 2025 campaign.”
Zach Jewell contributed to this report.