Almost the very moment Daniel Enriquez was senselessly murdered last Sunday on the Q train, Eric Adams, wearing designer bright-red jacket and navy-blue pants, was pressing the flesh with celebs at an event a number of blocks away.
I do know Adams has been within the job only five months, but wining and dining with the cool kids is something our latest mayor seems to enjoy — perhaps a bit an excessive amount of — as his campaign promise to scale back violent crime increasingly looks like a nasty joke on Recent Yorkers.
Adams is a frequent customer at a few of the city’s glitziest and most pricey restaurants (on a salary of around $250,000). He recently partied in Beverly Hills with Dave Chappelle after attending the Milken Institute Global Conference. And who can forget his Met Gala appearance? Adams was photographed on the red carpet sporting an “End Gun Violence” jacket — as if all of us must be reminded.
Last Sunday, Adams was hanging with Kanye West, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and others for a fashion show on the Recent York Stock Exchange’s heavily fortified headquarters when a maniac with nearly two dozen prior arrests allegedly shot Enriquez dead in a subway automobile.
Enriquez worked at Goldman Sachs; he wasn’t a fat-cat banker, but a really middle-class researcher. When he was murdered, he was taking the subway headed to Sunday brunch because he couldn’t afford to Uber it into Manhattan from his home in Brooklyn.
Does all this make Adams a nasty mayor? No. Even our mayors have to have some downtime.
Nevertheless it’s a part of a growing narrative about Adams’ nascent mayoralty, particularly among the many business elite, that he loves the trimmings of the job greater than doing it.
Daniel Enriquez, a Goldman Sachs worker, was shot to death while riding the Q train on his method to Manhattan for brunch.
Letting down supporters
Buyer’s remorse is beginning to roil the connection between the mayor and the town’s business leaders. They were amongst his biggest supporters, writing checks left and right because he promised to make the town secure for them and their staff.
And now they’re fearful that they’ve been conned since the rot that Bill de Blasio created as mayor and Adams promised to repair — out-of-control crime, homelessness and other quality-of-life issues — continues to position residents on the mercy of criminals and the criminally insane.
The business community has quite a bit at stake in Adams doing what he said he would do and it goes beyond profits and taxes. Many of the 500,000 people employed in banking, real estate and insurance in NYC aren’t super-rich traders or investment bankers. They’re average people. They toil in back offices, or as tellers or researchers, like Enriquez.
They should take public transportation, and Adams’ campaign guarantees gave them — and the individuals who run the businesses where they work — hope they may survive their commute.
Mayor Eric Adams appears to be reveling within the highlight at events just like the Met Gala, which he attended with longtime partner Tracey Collins on May 2. FilmMagic
Yet crime is soaring, particularly on subways — felonies are up greater than 50% in April in comparison with a yr earlier — and bail reform has kept criminals on the streets. If you’re not being mugged, you realize taxes are still too high.
Despite the lawlessness, Adams said he wants business leaders to drop flexible pandemic work arrangements and produce the rank-and-file back to the office in order that they spend their money in city bars, restaurants and shops.
Michelle Go, a senior manager at consulting conglomerate Deloitte, was fatally shoved onto an incoming train on the Times Square subway station.LinkedIn
He even wants people to maintain taking the subway, imploring JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon to ride the train to work since it’s “secure.”
Legitimate subway fear
Huh? Neither Dimon nor anyone I do know who can afford an Uber goes near any subway platform out of fear they’ll suffer the identical fate as Michelle Go, the Deloitte US worker killed in January when she was randomly shoved in front of an oncoming train.
Following the Enriquez murder, Kathy Wylde of the Partnership for Recent York City, Gotham’s largest business advocacy group, had this to say about Adams and crime: “Employers are wanting to bring people back to the office, but they will not be going to issue mandates that expose employees to non-public injury or worse.”
In private, business leaders are less circumspect.
Employers are reluctant to send their employees back within the office amid fears of shootings, assaults and fatal shoves within the subway.Peter Gerber
“Adams must stop traveling, stop bulls–tting everybody and stop going to hot clubs and deal with crime,” a CEO of a distinguished NYC company told me.
One other suggestion: Stop leaking that you may have your eyes on the White House while Gotham is burning.
Adams met with Wylde and about 100 business leaders on Thursday to debate the Enriquez murder and crime, which may very well be the beginning of a dialogue that forces the mayor to return to grips with the situation.
They didn’t pull any punches, I’m told. They told him the subways aren’t secure and that was even before last weekend’s slaying.
Let’s hope Adams got their message and, by all means, enjoys the town’s nightlife, restaurants and hanging with celebs.
But first live as much as your promise to be sure that people like Daniel Enriquez or Michelle Go are secure, or there won’t be much of a nightlife to enjoy.