Mayor Adams tries to recruit business leaders to help fight the crime wave

He’s already got NYPD desk jockeys back on the streets – now Mayor Eric Adams is enlisting some of the city’s best bean counters to help fight crime.

Adams and law enforcement officials on Thursday privately appealed to employees of the city’s Big Four accounting firms to assist law enforcement in the wake of the accidental shooting on the subway that killed a Goldman Sachs employee on his way to brunch.

Adams, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Department Chief Ken Corey held a closed-door webinar Thursday morning for employees of Deloitte LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and KPMG, asking them to join his public relations campaign for the police force.

“We will continue to do our job. But we need your voice to argue, to make sure our courtrooms are open, our prosecutors are bringing indictments, and our judges are delivering appropriate sentences and not this revolving door justice system that we do,” Adams pleaded, echoing his consistent criticism of that of the state Bail reform laws and a secure court system are hampering his efforts to end the city’s violence.

Adams even tried to recruit the “smartest” workers in the Big 4 for jobs in the city.

Adams is pushing for more NYPD funding in his upcoming city budget.
Christopher Sadowski

“We need the right people. If you said, “Eric, we’re giving you two of our brightest minds to work on a specific project. That’s a win for us… It’s being done in many cities, we’re going to put two of our brightest on your team to help you with a specific problem that we see,” Adams said.

Adams later portrayed the move as a way to save taxpayers’ money by getting private workers to “volunteer” for the city.

“So by lending some of your best and brightest to the city, we’re saving taxpayers’ money,” he said during a separate event at One Vanderbilt in Midtown.

“That’s how we’re supposed to do it. We should be recruiting from these big companies to give the government time, I should say volunteers – volunteers, those are the things I’m asking for.”

Adams, who called for a department-wide “immediate transfer” of desk-duty cops in February, held a second separate emergency meeting hosted by the Partnership for NYC Thursday afternoon and made a similar pitch to Goldman Sachs CEO David Soloman – Victims a shooting boss by Daniel Enriquez — as well as real estate manager Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer and Steve Swartz, CEO of Hearst.

The meetings come as Adams was pushing for more NYPD funding in his upcoming city budget and asking to bring workers back to the Big Apple to boost the economy that has been lagging since the pandemic.

David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs
David Solomon is the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
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Attempting to combat a relentless crime wave that’s still above pre-pandemic levels, the mayor is addressing everything from subway violence to how Gotham City will keep children safe in schools.

But just a week ago, in an interview with Fox5, he lamented that despite serving as an NYPD cop in the 1990s, he never saw crime at this level.

Major crime has increased compared to recent years, but it’s a far cry from the levels of the bad ol’ days. The crime rate so far this year is comparable to that of Adams’ predecessor, Bill de Blasio, who took over the city. Mayor Adams tries to recruit business leaders to help fight the crime wave


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