Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams promised a new, pro-business era at City Hall before a group of financial professionals Monday — in a not-so-subtle swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“New York will no longer be anti-business,” Adams said at SALT New York, an annual gathering of finance, tech and policy experts at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
“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.
“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,” the Democratic mayoral candidate said.
De Blasio admitted last year that he hasn’t focused on the business community and “the elites” during his two terms leading the Big Apple.
“I am tempted to borrow from Karl Marx here,” he said on WNYC radio in July 2020.
The socialist-leaning mayor then recited from memory a section of the “Communist Manifesto” written by Marx and comrade Friedrich Engels in 1848.
“There’s a famous quote that the ‘the state is the executive committee of the bourgeois’ and I use it openly to say, ‘No,’” de Blasio said at the time.
“I actually read that as a young person and I said, ‘That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.’”
Asked about Adams’ slight during his daily press briefing Monday, de Blasio tried to brush it off.
“I’m not going to take that couple of lines out of context,” de Blasio said when a reporter read him Adams’ remarks about the city being “anti-business” and “dysfunctional” under his watch.
“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,” de Blasio added.
De Blasio endorsed Adams for mayor over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa and the two are in frequent contact.
At the conference, Adams also detailed his economic recovery plan that includes matching out-of-work New Yorkers with local employers using a common application system, combating crime with a new plainclothes NYPD unit, and subsidizing childcare for low-income parents.