Adams keeps big business close

Much has been written about New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ advisers — from his close-knit campaign crew to his sprawling transition team and some questionable friendships he maintains along the way. But Adams keeps close counsel with another group who has received less attention: New York City’s business elite.

Adams, during an interview with POLITICO this week, said he regularly confers with the city’s corporate leaders — relationships he described as integral to how he has navigated the job. Asked whom he turned to for guidance outside City Hall, Adams first referenced Calvin Butts, a New York reverend who recently died. He then described much of his inner circle as “a lot of people in the business community.”

The moderate mayor has made no secret of his support for big business, warning against tax increases and imploring workers to return to the office. His rhetoric was especially welcomed by business leaders after former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s anti-corporation crusade, and the real estate community has responded with early donations to his reelection bid.

Among his confidantes is Kathy Wylde, the president of the Partnership for New York City who serves as the public face of New York’s business sector. Wylde confirmed the two communicate weekly, by phone or text. “He’s authentic. You know what he cares about. You know what he’s trying to do,” she said.

Adams speaksregularly with Charles O’Byrne, a top executive at Related Companies — the real estate developer that built Hudson Yards, which just announced plans for a soccer stadium in Queens and is eyeing a casino license in Manhattan. “Charles O’Byrne has been just amazing,” Adams said of the former Jesuit priest and aide to ex-Gov. David Paterson. “If you know Charles, he has this combination of being this priest you speak with at confession, because you know when you talk to him he goes nowhere.”

Also on his call list is former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, a man-about-town now in the private sector with whom Adams, a retired police captain, dined a few days ago.

And his list of business executives includes one of the biggest names of all: former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose warm relationship with Adams stands in contrast to his icy one with de Blasio. The billionaire ex-mayor sometimes offers his thoughts and observations, Adams said. “He probably gave me the best piece of advice out of everyone,” he said. “Probably the first week, two weeks, he says, ‘Eric, ignore the f-ing press.'”

IT’S THURSDAY. Got tips, suggestions or thoughts? Let us know … By email: [email protected] and [email protected], or on Twitter: @erinmdurkin and @annagronewold

WHERE’S KATHY? Holding a storm briefing.

WHERE’S ERIC? Touring the New York Stock Exchange and meeting with youth from the NYC Junior Ambassadors Program.

New York City Football Club stadium deal provides affordable housing — and a win…

Read More: Adams keeps big business close

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Live News

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.