As Eric Adams prepares to become mayor of New York on January 1, he reached out to local business leaders in the first signs of what executives say they hope will be an administration more focused on economic development and enforcement. of the law than that of the mayor. Bill de Blasio.
Already Mr Adams, a Democrat, has stacked his administration with a mix of assistants who have worked with both former Republican mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mr de Blasio, a fellow Democrat.
Mr. Adams, who will be stepping down from his current post as Brooklyn Borough President to become mayor, called a works council as part of his transition and was celebrated at a breakfast on December 16 by Mr. Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP who quit the Republican Party and competed in the Democratic presidential primary last year. Mr. Adams also pledged to keep in regular contact with members of the Partnership for New York City, a group of companies.
According to people advising Mr. Adams’ transition, the outreach aims to cement a partnership with business leaders, who have said the diminished perceptions of public safety and remote working due to the pandemic are a double threat to the economy of the country’s largest city.
In the June Democratic primary, Adams defeated many challengers who had pledged to raise taxes for the rich and cut funding for law enforcement. He defeated Republican Curtis Sliwa in the November legislative elections.
Mr Adams pledged to revive an undercover police unit to focus on gun crimes, and he called on employers to create a database to match vacancies with people looking for ‘a work.
At Mr. Adams’ first works council meeting on December 13, Mary Ann Tighe, New York area general manager of commercial real estate company CBRE, asked the mayor-elect if he would call companies considering to move to the city.
âGive me the list. I’ll call them all, âAdams replied, according to those on the call.
Ms Tighe said in an interview that she appreciated Mr Adams’ response and was impressed with the appointment of Lorraine Grillo, who is now the city’s czar for Covid-19 recovery, as first deputy mayor . âWe all hope that the great rhetoric will translate into action,â Ms. Tighe said.
It was a contrast to M. de Blasio, she said. The outgoing mayor campaigned to raise taxes on the wealthy and spoke of a “two-city tale” that leaders said made it overcrowded.
Mr de Blasio said he had worked well with many business leaders during the pandemic, but acknowledged there was a “natural tension” given his work to tackle income inequality. “There are times when I could have been a better communicator for sure,” he said at a press conference on Dec. 22.
“This will be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city that we have been for so many years,” Adams said this fall at a networking conference hosted by Anthony Scaramucci, an investor and former Trump White House official.
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Mr Adams included a temporary tax on people filing more than $ 5 million a year in a campaign document, but recently told CNBC he wanted to reduce waste in city spending before increasing the costs. Specimens. He also proposed tax exemptions and trade tax breaks for small businesses.
He pledged to increase investments in health clinics and expand the summer youth employment program to be open year round. Unions representing city workers, hotel and property service workers backed Adams before main and additional unions backed him in the general election.
Mr Bloomberg has also asked members of his former administration to share documents on the management of the city with the new mayor, people familiar with the matter said.
“We are committed to doing all we can to help the new mayor and his team,” said Howard Wolfson, former deputy mayor of Mr. Bloomberg.
With Mr. Adams, about two-thirds of the 51 members of New York City Council will take office in the new year. There are already signals that more progressive newcomers to council will clash with the mayor, especially on public safety issues. On December 21, 29 new city council members sent Mr. Adams a letter urging him to reconsider a plan to restore solitary confinement at the Rikers Island prison complex.
New member of the Queens council and former public defender Tiffany CabÃ¡n said the council would constitute a check on Mr Adams’ public safety program.
Mr Adams, who selected Nassau County Detective Chief Keechant Sewell as the first woman to head the New York Police Department, said her experience as an officer before being elected to office public had given him confidence in his position. The incoming mayor said some of the new city council members were just disruptive.
“I will ignore them,” he told reporters on December 21. “I’m going to stay engaged, not being distracted and I’m going to fight. Whether they like it or not, I’m the mayor.
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