Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee, said that New York will “no longer be anti-business,” drawing a contrast with the current mayor, Bill de Blasio.
After nearly eight years of a strained and periodically hostile relationship between the mayor of New York City and its business community, the city’s likely next mayor on Monday delivered a clear message: He wants a reset.
“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,” declared Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee who is almost certain to win November’s election, in a speech at a business conference in Manhattan.
“Government must do its job to create an environment for growth–that means lower crime. We have to curb COVID, fewer homeless on our streets, greater affordability, and partnership with the business community. We are going to create community health centers in underserved neighborhoods where COVID is still spreading to improve access to vaccines and provide preventive care to ensure better long-term health. We are going to invest in and attract growing industries in New York…and a pathway of young people having the opportunity to fill those jobs. A large new investment in green jobs through the City’s capital program. We will have free and subsidized childcare for every parent who needs it at every age,” Adams continued.
“There is a huge investment that we are planning to make in New York, but we expect something in return. We ask you to offer your jobs to New Yorkers. Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people out of work in New York, and there are hundreds of thousands of jobs that you have that we can fill. We have to connect you to those New Yorkers who are unemployed or underemployed. That is why I am proposing an unprecedented partnership between city employers and the City itself — to make those connections and create one common application, one job application to fill all the jobs you have available in this city. So I am offering my hand in partnership today, but I am also making an ask. Pledge to be part of this unprecedented effort to grow this city and get New Yorkers back to work.”