Saturday, April 13, 2024

NYC Mayor Paying $242K ‘Senior Advisor’ Salary to Lobbyist Buddy

'This is patronage and cronyism, and it undermines the professionalism of city government... '

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) It turns out that New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, is paying his good friend and “senior advisor” a massive $242,000 salary to help further bloat the Big Apple bureaucracy.

Undoubtedly hoping to boost his personal brand, Adams hired close personal friend and former police officer Timothy Pearson to allegedly help guide economic development, the Daily Mail reported.

The mayor had previously declined to disclose Pearson’s salary despite the fact that the information must be public. Adams hired Pearson, who holds another job at a local casino, on May 31 of this year.

Pearson is using his newfound influence to compete for additional licensing being distributed by the city for casino expansion.

As he rakes in cash from the city’s taxpayers, Pearson is also collecting a police pension, having retired from the NYPD in 2011.

Pearson’s official title is “senior adviser to the mayor for public safety and Covid recovery.” He is expected to develop plans to keep schools open, to advise the mayor and to communicate with the police.

John Kaehny, the executive director of Reinvent Albany, a watch dog group, called Eric Adams’ hiring behavior a “mockery.”

“What the mayor is doing is making a mockery out of hiring based on professional qualification and expertise,” he said.

“This is patronage and cronyism, and it undermines the professionalism of city government.”

Adams made a splash last week as well after he bashed the entire state of Kansas for not having a corporate brand like New York City.

“We have a brand. New York has a brand. And when people see it, it means something,” Adams said.

“Kansas doesn’t have a brand,” he continued. “But New York has a brand.”

Apparently that brand is being groomed under the watchful eye of cronyism, and the mayor’s buddy hauling down loads of taxpayer loot.

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