A city unfriendly to business, that is what Democratic Mayoral nominee Eric Adams is promising to do away with should he win the general election in November.
What You Need To Know
- The SALT Conference is organized by hedge fund executive and former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci
- There, Eric Adams made it clear he plans to be a business-friendly mayor
- It would be a change after years of Mayor Bill de Blasio who did not often publicly — or privately — embrace big business
"This is going to be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city that we have been for so many years," Adams said to a gathering of Wall Street heavyweights Monday during the SALT conference — a confab of financial players that typically meets in Las Vegas but chose the Javits Center as its location this year.
The conference is organized by hedge fund executive and former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who gave a ringing endorsement of Adams, the heavy favorite to win against Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa in the upcoming general election.
"I want to talk about the right person, for the right time, in the right place for New York city," Scaramucci said. "I'll be voting for him and I am a financial supporter and ladies and gentlemen I want you to meet the future of mayor of New York City Eric Adams."
For months on the primary campaign trail, Adams made it clear he plans to be a business-friendly mayor. It would be a change after years of de Blasio who did not often publicly — or privately — embrace big business. Elected as the anti-Bloomberg, the mayor has given the cold shoulder not just to Wall Street but also some of the city's arts and cultural institutions.
Just last week, Adams got the endorsement of former mayor Michael Bloomberg, who for the past few years declined to criticize his successor.
Now, the city and its coffers are facing a post-pandemic recovery that remains somewhat uncertain with employment is still in the double digits, a homelessness crisis and several industries that have yet to make a full comeback from last year.
For now, Adams is promising to partner up.
“Government must do its job to create an environment for growth--that means lower crime" Adams said. "We have to curb COVID, fewer homeless on our streets, greater affordability, and partnership with the business community."