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Over 230 Business, Labor and Civic Leaders Show Broad Support for Mayor Adams’ Efforts to Reduce Crime

January 31, 2022


Katy Feinberg
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Today over 230 business, civic, and labor leaders signed an open letter showing broad support for Mayor Adams’ efforts to make New York a safer and more just city. The letter comes a week after Adams put forth a comprehensive Blueprint to End Gun Violence and follows a series of shocking violent crimes across the city.

Mayor Eric Adams also posted the news here.

“The signatories to this letter are leaders in industries that represent more than three million jobs in New York City,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City. “Public safety is the number one concern of employers and workers. We are united behind the Mayor’s efforts to reverse the rise in crime.”

“We support Mayor Adams’ comprehensive approach to reducing crime and gun violence,” said Rob Speyer and Steven Swartz, Co-Chairs, Partnership for New York City. “The return of the pre-pandemic vibrancy of our city depends on his success.”


Open Letter in Support of Mayor Adams’ Efforts To Make New York a Safer And More Just City

We support Mayor Eric Adams’ efforts to reduce crime in New York City. Public safety is the bedrock of a thriving city and, as the mayor has made clear, it is equally necessary to invest in mental health care and alleviate conditions that contribute to violent behavior, including substance abuse, homelessness, and joblessness.

The killing of two young police officers, Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, and the dramatic increase in senseless shootings across the five boroughs have elevated the need to get illegal guns off the streets and maximize the ability of law enforcement to function fairly and effectively. The killing of Michelle Go, the Deloitte executive who was pushed under a subway in Times Square, illustrates that illegal guns are only one dimension of a much larger problem.

During the pandemic, both crime and quality of life conditions have worsened in the Central Business Districts, in many residential neighborhoods, on the public transit system, and in local shopping strips where small business owners and employees are vulnerable to attack. New York cannot recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic without first restoring the sense of personal security that every resident, worker, visitor, and community in our city has the right to expect.

The mayor has taken a courageous position and we all share responsibility to help him carry out his agenda. Governor Kathy Hochul took prompt action to establish an interstate task force and new state office to address the problem of illegal guns. We need to do everything in our power to make New York safe again.



Richard Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

William D. Abramson, Principal, Buchbinder & Warren Realty Group LLC

Pranay Agrawal, Co-Founder & CEO, Fractal Analytics Inc.

Lee S. Ainslie, III, Managing Partner, Maverick Capital

Yo Akatsuka, President & CEO, Nomura Holding America Inc.

Simon Allen, Chief Executive Officer, McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.

Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

Jeffrey H. Aronson, Managing Principal, Centerbridge Partners

Robert Bakish, President & CEO, ViacomCBS Inc.

Linda Baran, President & CEO, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

Candace K. Beinecke, Senior Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Charles R. Bendit, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Taconic Investment Partners LLC

Stephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC

William H. Berkman, Co-Chairman & CEO, Radius Global Infrastructure, Inc.

Seth Bernstein, President & CEO, AB

David Beveridge, Senior Partner, Shearman & Sterling, LLP

Michael W. Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jeff T. Blau, Chief Executive Officer, The Related Companies, L.P.

Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn, Inc.

Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

John Borthwick, Founder & CEO, Betaworks

Albert Bourla, Chairman & CEO, Pfizer Inc.

Greg Bovitz, Chief Executive Officer, Bovitz

LaRay Brown, Chief Executive Officer, One Brooklyn Health System

Kenneth Buckfire, President & Managing Director, Miller Buckfire & Co.

Marty Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital

Mark Cannizzaro, President, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators

Donald A. Capoccia, Principal, BFC Partners

Timothy Cawley, Chairman, President & CEO, Con Edison

Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Jason Clark, Executive Director, Tech:NYC

Richard A.C. Coles, Founder & Managing Partner, Vanbarton Group LLC

Marc Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Solomon Partners

Steven Corwin, President & CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Vijay Dandapani, President & CEO, Hotel Association of New York City

Kenneth L. Davis, President & CEO, Mount Sinai Health System

Anthony J. de Nicola, Chairman, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Emma DeVito, President & CEO, VillageCare

Annemarie DiCola, Chief Executive Officer, Trepp, LLC

Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman & CEO, The Madison Square Garden Entertainment Company

William R. Dougherty, Chairman, Executive Committee, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Michael Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health

Douglas Durst, Chairman, Durst Organization Inc.

Blair W. Effron, Co-Founder, Centerview Partners

Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Partner and Co-Founder, Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.

Douglas F. Eisenberg, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, A&E Real Estate, LLC

Steven Ellis, Chairman of the Firm, Proskauer

Christopher Erikson, Business Manager, Local 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Jeffrey Farber, President & CEO, The New Jewish Home

Alexander Farman-Farmaian, Vice Chairman, Portfolio Manager, Edgewood Management LLC

Sean Feeney, Co-Owner of Lilia & Misi and Co-Founder, Grovehouse

Laurence D. Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock

Peter Finn, Founding Partner, Finn Partners

John Fish, Chairman & CEO, Suffolk

Winston C. Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers

Alan H. Fishman, Founder, Willow Holdings, Inc.

Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Bruce J. Flanz, President & CEO, MediSys Health Network

Charles Flateman, Chair, NYC & Company and Vice President of Marketing, The Shubert Organization, Inc.

William E. Ford, Chairman & CEO, General Atlantic LLC

Jane Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Citi

Adena Friedman, President & CEO, Nasdaq

Miguel A. Fuentes, Jr., President & CEO, BronxCare Health System

Kenneth M. Garschina, Principal, Mason Capital Management, LLC

Peter Gelb, General Manager, The Metropolitan Opera

Jeff Gennette, Chairman & CEO, Macy’s, Inc.

Michael Gerstenzang, Managing Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Thomas P. Gibbons, Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon

Kenneth Gibbs, President & CEO, Maimonides Medical Center

Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker

MaryAnne Gilmartin, Founder & CEO, MAG Partners LP

Dan Glaser, President & CEO, Marsh McLennan

Timothy Gokey, Chief Executive Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Eric Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, UJA Federation of New York

James P. Gorman, Chairman & CEO, Morgan Stanley

Barry M. Gosin, Chief Executive Officer, Newmark

Thomas J. Grech, President & CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce

David G. Greenfield, Chief Executive Officer, Met Council

David J. Greenwald, Chairman, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Efraim Grinberg, Chairman & CEO, Movado Group, Inc.

Stewart KP Gross, Managing Director, Lightyear Capital

Robert I. Grossman, The Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO, NYU Langone Health

Christopher Grosso, Chief Executive Officer, Intersection

Samer Hamadeh, Founder & CEO, Zeel

Andrew Hamilton, President, New York University

Kathryn Haslanger, Chief Executive Officer, JASA

Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways Corporation

Dale Hemmerdinger,Chairman, Atco Properties & Management, Inc.

Matthew Heyd, Rector, Church of the Heavenly Rest

Matthew Hiltzik, President & CEO, Hiltzik Strategies, LLC

Leslie W. Himmel, Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties LLC

Marc Holliday, President & CEO, SL Green Realty Corp.

Brian T. Horey, President, Aurelian Management

Chris Hughes, Co-Founder, Economic Security Project

Donna Imperato, Chief Executive Officer, BCW

Jerry Jacobs Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North Companies, Inc.

Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Lazard

Alan Jones, Senior Managing Director, Intermediate Capital Group plc

Julie H. Jones, Chair, Ropes & Gray LLP

John Josephson, Chairman & CEO, Sesac

Brad S. Karp, Chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Mitchell Katz, President & CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals

Charles R. Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC

Richard A. Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA Inc.

Andrew Klaber, President, Bedford Ridge Capital

Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG LLP

Jack Kopnisky, President & CEO, Sterling Bancorp

Philippe Krakowsky, Chief Executive Officer, Interpublic Group

Henry R. Kravis, Co-Founder & Executive Co-Chairman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Marvin Krislov, President, Pace University

Jeremy M. Kroll, Co-CEO, Founder & President, K2 Integrity

Barbara Armand Kushner, President, Armand Corporation

Gary LaBarbera, President, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

Scott LaRue, President & CEO, ArchCare

Rochelle B. Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

Kewsong Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Carlyle

Joey Levin, Chief Executive Officer, IAC

Allan Levine, Chairman & CEO, Global Atlantic Financial Company

Robert A. Levine, Chairman, RAL Companies & Affiliates LLC

Pamela Liebman, President & CEO, The Corcoran Group, Inc.

Judge Jonathan Lippman, Former Chief Judge of New York

Martin Lipton, Senior Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Alex Liu, Managing Partner, Kearney

Robert P. LoCascio, Founder & CEO, LivePerson, Inc.

George Loening, Chairman, CEO & Founder, Select Equity Group, Inc.

Roger Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Condé Nast

Mehdi Mahmud, CEO & President, First Eagle Investment Management, LLC

Tracy V. Maitland, President, Advent Capital Management, LLC

Anthony Malkin, Chairman, President & CEO, Empire State Realty Trust

Anthony E. Mann, President & CEO, E-J Electric Installation Co.

Lynn Martin, President, NYSE

Ted Mathas, Chairman & CEO, New York Life Insurance Company

Sandeep Mathrani, Chief Executive Officer, WeWork

Shuji Matsuura, Chief Executive Officer, Mizuho Americas

Peter W. May, President & Founding Partner, Trian Partners

Charles R. McCall, Chief Executive Officer, Astoria Energy II LLC & Astoria Energy LLC

Andrew McMahon, CEO & President, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Anish Melwani, Chairman & CEO, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.

Avner Mendelson, President & CEO, Bank Leumi USA

Daniel J. Messina, President & CEO, Richmond University Medical Center

Marc Metrick, Chief Executive Officer, Saks

Michael Miebach, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard

Melva M. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Association for a Better New York

Ken Moelis, Chairman and CEO, Moelis & Company

Daniel Moore, President & CEO, Rockefeller Group International, Inc.

R. Tyler Morse, Chairman & CEO, MCR

Deanna M. Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer, Purposeful

Liz Neumark, Chair & Founder, Great Performances

Melissa O’Connor, President & CEO, Retail Council of New York State

Philip Ozuah, President & CEO, Montefiore Health System

Randy Peers, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

David Perlstein, President & CEO, SBH Health System

Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global

Michael A. Peterson, Chairman & CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Charles E. Phillips, Jr., Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Recognize

Michael Phillips, President, Jamestown Properties LLC

Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder & CEO, Lafayette 148 New York

Andrew Rabinowitz, Co-Chief Executive Officer, K2 Integrity

Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder & CEO, Via

Kenneth Raske, President, Greater New York Hospital Association

Steven L. Rattner, Chairman & CEO, Willett Advisors LLC

Scott H. Rechler, Chairman & CEO, RXR

Daniel Reingold, President & CEO, RiverSpring Living/The Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Ronald E. Richter, CEO & ED, JCCA

Christiana Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank Americas

Michael M. Roberts, President & CEO, HSBC Bank USA

James D. Robinson, Co-Founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures

Félix Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, City University of New York

Ramon Rodriguez, President & CEO, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

Evan Roth, Co-Chief Executive Officer, BBR Partners, LLC

Steven Roth, Chairman & CEO, Vornado Realty Trust

Steven Rubenstein, President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

Kevin P. Ryan, Founder & CEO, AlleyCorp

Tim Ryan, U.S. Chair & Senior Partner, PwC

John Sabey, Chief Executive Officer, Sabey Corporation/Sabey Datacenters

Scott Salmirs, President & CEO, ABM Industries Inc.

Charles W. Scharf, CEO & President, Wells Fargo & Company

Saul Scherl, President, New York Tri-State Region, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Michael Schmidtberger, Partner & Chair of the Executive Committee, Sidley Austin LLP

Alan D. Schnitzer, Chairman & CEO, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Martin Schroeter, Chairman & CEO, Kyndryl Inc.

Alan D. Schwartz, Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLC

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone

Frank Scremin, Chief Executive Officer, LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Caryn Seidman-Becker, Chairman & CEO, CLEAR

Kathleen Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.

Louis Shapiro, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery

Jeff Shell, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal

Tarek Sherif, Co-Founder, Medidata Solutions, Inc.

Michael C. Slocum, President, Commercial Banking, Capital One

Betsy Smith, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy

David M. Solomon, Chairman & CEO, Goldman Sachs

Jeffrey M. Solomon, Chair & CEO, Cowen

Lisa Sorin, President, The Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Rob Speyer, President & CEO, Tishman Speyer

Stephen J. Squeri, Chairman & CEO, American Express

Charlotte St. Martin, President, The Broadway League Inc.

Robert K. Steel, Vice Chair, Perella Weinberg Partners

Barry Stern, President & CEO, New York Community Hospital

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Steven R. Swartz, President & CEO, Hearst

Jose L. Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York City

Gary G. Terrinoni, President & CEO, The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Owen D. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Properties

Craig B. Thompson, President & CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Mary Ann Tighe, Chief Executive Officer, NY Tri-State Region, CBRE, Inc.

James S. Tisch, President & CEO, Loews Corporation

Gary M. Tischler, Founder & Managing Partner, Vanbarton Group LLC

Paul Todd, Chief Executive Officer, GLG

Joseph Ucuzoglu, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte

Tony Utano, President, Transport Workers Union of America, Greater NY Local 100

Robert Vecchio, Chief Executive Officer, LPI, Inc.

Ellis Verdi, President, DeVito/Verdi

James R. Wacht, President, Lee & Associates NYC

George H. Walker, Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Jessica Walker, President & CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Gerard M. Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Services, Inc.

Philip Waterman III, Managing Partner, WatermanCLARK, LLC

Charles Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, Eisner Advisory Group LLC

Daniel Weiss, President & CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

James Whelan, President, The Real Estate Board of New York

Valerie D. White, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Jeff Wilpon, Partner, Sterling Equities

David Winter, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Standard Industries Inc.

Robert Wolf, Chief Executive Officer, 32 Advisors LLC

Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

Strauss Zelnick, Partner, ZMC

Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Mitchell Zuklie, Chairman, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP