Eric Adams privately seeks pact with business leaders

Eric Adams, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, speaks during a campaign appearance in Brooklyn, New York, June 11, 2021.

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Eric Adams may not be the mayor of New York, but he is already starting to privately seek an alliance with several of the city’s most influential business leaders.

Adams, the overwhelming favorite to win the mayor’s race in the fall, started speaking to executives just after he secured the Democratic nomination earlier this month following a grueling primary, according to people familiar with the matter. Those who declined to be named do so in order to speak freely about private conversations.

Adams’ attempt to reach an understanding with the wealthy executives comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio battled with business leaders for years. The two-term Democratic mayor has called for raising taxes on the wealthy and has reportedly ignored business leaders’ suggestions on how to handle the…

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