In late 2022, the company asked Suarez to help pitch its product to his city, according to a statement from the company. Undeterred, emails show the mayor’s office pushed the city to purchase NZero’s largely-redundant services anyway. The probe initially focused on a $10,000 per-month contract Suarez had with a developer seeking assistance from the mayor’s office. Seeking a city contractEven with the mayor as its champion, NZero’s pitch to the city was always a longshot. Undeterred, the mayor’s office worked with NZero to optimize its offer to the skeptical department head.