New York City Mayor Eric Adams was sworn in on Saturday. The new leader is already making bold moves during his first week in office.
Adams has been vocal about his dislike for remote work, especially by Wall Street Banks and other big employers. In September, Adams said, “New York will no longer be anti-business. This is going to be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city that we have been for so many years.”
It seems Adams is being proactive in coming through on his campaign promises. Eric Adams signed an executive order on Tuesday that mandates city agencies to scale back their regulations. The purpose of this is to “reduce needless fines and penalties.”
Adams says it will “bring relief to our hard-working entrepreneurs.”
The city agencies in question include the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, Department of Health and Hygiene, the FDNY, and the Department of Consumer Protection.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams Aims To Help Small Businesses
The new mayor says, “We will require all of their agencies to promptly review business regulations, with the goal of encouraging compliance, reducing fine schedules, and allowing for cure periods or warning for first-time violations.” He adds, “If you just open a business, you make a mistake, you should not be hit with a fine that’s going to prevent you from keeping your doors open.”
Adams also says the order will help small businesses. The agencies must identify 25 violations that prompt the most summonses and fines to businesses. They have 90 days to identify these violations and adjust them according to the new order’s guidelines. Adams says the goal is to have reports from the agencies’ findings by March. Once those are reported, the next step is to implement the necessary revisions by June.
Mark Levine, President of Manhattan Borough, shared his support for the order. “What these businesses like this need is for the city to be a partner, not an obstacle,” he said. “When it comes to inspection and health and safety, etc. it’s got to just be about protecting the health of the public, not about generating revenue for the city, and that is the spirit that you’re here to endorse today, and we’re grateful for that so that our city will be a partner for these small businesses not a burden.”
Adams Says Work From Home Hurts ‘Financial Ecosystem’
Eric Adams told CNN on Tuesday why the order was so important to him, explaining that if big bankers work from home, they are no longer a part of the “financial ecosystem.” Adams told CNN, “You can’t run New York City from home. We must have everyone participating in our financial system to allow the low-skilled and unskilled and … hourly employees to actually be part of our ecosystem.”
Adams also expressed concern over remote work not being inclusive, saying “We have low-skilled employees who can’t do remote employment from home or telecommuting.”
Many people took issue with Adams’ use of the words “low-skilled” to describe employees working lower-wage jobs. The mayor took to Twitter to clarify. Adams tweeted on Wednesday, “I was a cook. I was a dishwasher. If nobody came to my restaurant when I was in college, I wouldn’t have been able to survive. When you talk about closing down our city, you’re talking about putting low-wage workers out of a job. I’m not letting that happen.”