“New York will no longer be anti-business,” Adams said while addressing a Wall Street crowd of investors and financial executives in Manhattan. “This is going to be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city we have been for so many years.”
“All across our country, gangs and guns are destroying the foundations of not only public safety, but business,” he said. “No one is coming to New York if a three-year-old is shot in Times Square.”
Adams was speaking at SALT, an annual hedge fund conference typically held in Las Vegas that relocated to New York this year because of the pandemic.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded in a press conference following Adams’ remarks: “I’m very confident that what we’ve done in New York City is supported businesses while also supporting working people — and striking that balance, in particularly during the Covid era. bending over backwards to help the business community come back strong.”
Scaramucci, who briefly served in the Trump administration, said he’s financially supporting Adams and described him as a “warrior for the city.”
Adams said too often cities across America play a game of “whack-a-mole” addressing problem after problem. “We are dysfunctional as a city in New York and dysfunctional as a country,” he said.