A top aide to New York Mayor Eric Adams has been accused of promising a job to a campaign volunteer in exchange for renovating her kitchen – a fresh blow to the Democrat as the FBI investigates his campaign fundraising.
Winnie Greco, 61, the city’s current director of Asian affairs, asked the volunteer, an unidentified 33-year-old tech worker from Queens, to work on the kitchen in her Bronx home in 2022, according to a report by The City.
The outlet reported Wednesday that Greco also requested a $10,000 donation from a Chinese executive around the same time in exchange for access to a China-focused government event at Gracie Mansion.
The two volunteers spoke to The City before the FBI raided the home of Adam’s chief fundraiser as part of an investigation into an alleged kickback scheme.
The tech worker claimed he took Greco up on her offer and that she helped him land interviews with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs two months after he started working on her house.
Winnie Greco, 61, the city’s current director of Asian affairs, has been accused of promising a job to a campaign volunteer in exchange for renovating her kitchen
It’s another blow to Mayor Eric Adams as the FBI investigates his campaign fundraising
Adams poses with consultant Winnie Greco at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in August
The man was hired as a program coordinator in July 2022 and says Greco kept asking him to clean her kitchen and remove debris from her home.
He told The City: “I felt obliged to help her. Two weeks after I started working at MOIA, she said to me, “Do you know how much effort I put into getting you hired?”
According to the report, he was fired in June after a three-month warning. The man claims that things went south after he started refusing to help Greco.
When he got the warning, he was reportedly told by his bosses: “Be good to Winnie.”
For his part, the Chinese director told The City that Greco asked that the donation go to a nonprofit she founded and claimed she had asked the same from at least five other donors.
Greco, who has a salary of $100,000, has denied the reports, according to The New York Post.
A city hall spokesperson described the former campaign volunteer as a “disgruntled ex-employee.”
A campaign spokeswoman for Adams told The Post: “Ms. Greco had no formal role in the campaign and has no authority to make promises to volunteers. A number of statements made by De Stad in their article are simply incorrect.’
The serious charges come after the FBI seized Adams’ electronic devices following a raid on the home of his top fundraiser and longtime confidante Brianna Suggs, 25.
Suggs’ home in the Crown Heights neighborhood was searched while Adams was on his way to meetings in Washington, D.C., forcing him to abruptly cancel and return to “take care of some business.”
The officers seized three iPhones, two laptops, papers and a “manila folder labeled Eric Adams,” The New York Times reported. They also took seven ‘contribution card folders’ with them.
The agents also wanted travel documents to Turkey from campaign employees, officials or associates; and documents relating to interactions between the campaign and the government of Turkey, “including individuals acting on behalf of the Turkish government.”
Agents searched the home of Brianna Suggs, a campaign consultant who helped Adams raise $2.5 million for his 2025 election
Agents in FBI vests were among those who removed boxes from the home
After news of the seizure of his devices broke, Adams told CNN “he has nothing to hide.”
“As a former member of law enforcement, I expect all of my employees to follow the law and cooperate fully with any investigation – and I will continue to do so,” he added.
Authorities are investigating whether the campaign colluded with a Brooklyn construction company and the Turkish government to funnel foreign money into the campaign’s coffers, apparently through a straw donor program.
Neither Adams nor anyone in his campaign has been charged with any crimes.
Suggs has worked for Adams since 2017, when she joined his staff in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office as a teenager, reporting directly to her godmother, Ingrid Lewis-Martin, a longtime ally of Adams who now serves as the mayor’s chief adviser.
When Adams, a Democrat, ran for mayor in 2021, Suggs was chief fundraiser and director of logistics, helping to organize events and raise money from donors. Records show she was paid more than $150,000 for her work on his previous campaign and his current re-election bid.