Mayor Eric Adams has called an emergency meeting with the Big Apple’s top business leaders Thursday afternoon following the fatal Q-Train shooting of a Goldman Sachs executive on his way to Sunday brunch in Manhattan.
“[Adams] asked us to call a meeting of corporate leaders Thursday afternoon,” Kathy Wylde, CEO of Partnership for New York City, told The Post.
“I texted him that yesterday’s subway shooting will have more negative repercussions and he came back and agreed. Then he said let’s set up a meeting with company leaders,” she explained of the pair’s text conversation Monday morning.
Wylde said she expects at least 100 business leaders to join the call with Adams, including Goldman Sachs CEO David Soloman – the boss of shooting victim Daniel Enriquez – real estate manager Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer and Steve Swartz, CEO of Hearst.
Adams hinted at the hastily planned meeting earlier in the day during a press conference at the Polo Grounds Towers public housing complex and admitted he is concerned the weekend’s killing will have a “chilling” effect on his efforts to get workers back into offices bring to.
“We have pre-existing relationships with my corporate leaders,” he said.
“Now we will meet either face to face or via zoom and give them an update. We have that so they don’t feel in the dark and can go back to their employees and give them information. We did that.”
Lately, the mayor has been trying to get CEOs like JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon to take the subway to work.
But Wylde told The Post that public safety is an even bigger concern for employers than COVID-19 right now.
“Concern about irrational, dangerous behavior far outweighs concern about COVID,” she said.
“We thought it reached a crescendo with Michelle Go, then the Sunset Park Subway event happened and then yesterday – on a Sunday morning – was bizarre. The stats show shootings across the city, but the dynamic with the subways is clearly serious.”
“Any New Yorker can relate to the horror of being trapped on a moving subway with a deranged gunman because we all take subways and if they don’t move you can’t get off,” she said.
Subway crime has also increased since the coronavirus pandemic began — from 1.47 crimes per million riders in 2019 to 2.11 crimes per million riders in April 2022, according to NYPD and MTA data.
Meanwhile, he made a point of taking the subway from the Upper Manhattan NYCHA facility back to City Hall – and told reporters he had to lead by example.
“I can’t tell normal New Yorkers to get on the subway system when I’m not on the subway system. I’m often on the subway. I have to lead the city from the front,” he told reporters at the 155th Street subway station before taking the D subway to 165th Street and then the 4 subway to City Hall.
“I constantly need to send a message that our system will be secure. Just a terrible incident. It’s a terrible incident,” he added.
“It has been a long time since you have experienced the kind of policing that I will be doing on our subway system. We haven’t seen that for a long time. You know, we’re moving to that real ubiquity and we’re having cops patrolling.”
He recently launched his summer violence prevention plan, which includes adding more officers to the night patrol.
“This type of policing will be different and that’s what makes me unique, being here because no other mayor has understood the actual use of police personnel like I have.”
However, when asked if he would be adding more police officers to the subway system, he failed to provide an exact number.
He also campaigned for City Hall’s ongoing efforts to get the homeless out of the tunnels and into temporary shelters.
“We will let officers do their job and not ignore quality of life issues and fare evasion,” he said. “We used to ignore all of that. We don’t ignore that anymore. It’s about the quality of life – the contemplation, the little things, the ubiquity and the right use of the police.”
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