Mayor-elect Eric Adams promises a City Hall ‘reset’ at celeb-filled VIP party – New York Post

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Mayor-elect Eric Adams drew applause from Big Apple bigwigs like Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at an election night VIP party where he promised to embrace the city’s financial leaders.

“Can we hit reset with our business community? Can I say to you that this is going to become one of the most business-friendly cities?” Adams said to enthusiastic applause from around 100 boldface names at the swanky Soho hotspot Zero Bond.

The outgoing Brooklyn borough president and former cop — who trounced his GOP opponent, Curtis Sliwa — also promised to spend the city’s nearly $100 billion budget more wisely.

Eric Schmidt expressed his admiration for Eric Adams' victory, calling it a
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt expressed his admiration for Eric Adams’ victory, calling it “a big deal” and a “total shift from Mayor de Blasio.”
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“Year after year after year, we’re taking $97 billion and giving you an inferior product and we’re supposed to act like everything is all right? Damn it, it’s not all right,” Adams said to guests who noshed on sushi and sliders.

Schmidt hailed Adams’ election as “a big deal” and a “total shift from Mayor [Bill] de Blasio,” who once quoted Karl Marx to explain his antipathy toward the private sector.

Newly-elected New York City's mayor Eric Adams celebrated his election victory at a party, as his son Jordan Coleman and Forest Whitaker were among those in attendance.
Newly elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams celebrated his election victory at a party, as his son Jordan Coleman and Forest Whitaker were among those in attendance.
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Rapper Ja Rule is seen hugging Eric Adams, congratulating Adams for his newly-elected position as mayor for New York City.
Rapper Ja Rule is seen hugging Eric Adams, congratulating Adams for his new position as mayor of New York City.
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“In my conception about New York, New York doesn’t work unless it grows because the costs are so high and the pressures are so great, if you hold it flat it doesn’t handle it correctly,” the tech titan said.

“So you have to have a pro-growth mayor. He’s clearly a pro-growth mayor, which is why the business community came out so strongly for him,” Schmidt told The Post.

Denise Felipe-Adams, Eric Adams and Charle Webb pose for a photo at the Mayor Elect Eric Adams' Celebration Party.
Denise Felipe-Adams, Eric Adams and Charle Webb pose for a photo at the mayor-elect’s celebration party.
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Jonathan Cheban, Eric Adams and Kamal Hotchandani are seen celebrating at the Mayor-Elect Eric Adams' Celebration Party at Zero Bond.
Jonathan Cheban, Eric Adams, and Kamal Hotchandani are seen celebrating at the mayor-elect’s celebration party at Zero Bond.
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Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan called Adams’ victory “a great start.”

“We really need the city to come back. It’s not back all the way. People aren’t in their offices, the tourists aren’t here yet.

“Thinking the way Eric thinks will get them back,” the Knicks and Rangers owner predicted.

Mayor-Elect Eric Adams drew applause from a celebrity filled crowd at a private party, with praise from Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams drew applause from a celebrity-filled crowd at a private party, with praise from Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
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Jefferies Financial Group CEO Rich Handler said Adams’ win was much larger than a coup for his industry.

“We need a mayor like Eric to bring everyone together,” Handler said.

Ronn Torossian and Eric Adams attend the Mayor Elect Eric Adams Celebration Party at Zero Bond New York City.
Ronn Torossian and Eric Adams attend the mayor-elect’s celebration party at Zero Bond in New York City.
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“I feel like he is a person who wants to do that and I’m really excited about a little harmony, hard work together and building together and if he can build those bridges, I’m all in,” the billionaire businessman said.

Whitaker, who won his Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in “The Last King of Scotland,” highlighted the incoming mayor’s rags-to-riches story: He rose from abject poverty in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to lead the nation’s largest city.

“We have a leader that has some sense of community. He’s somebody who is part of the community. He’s somebody who has experienced some of the greatest hardships the country has to offer,” Whitaker said.

“Now we have someone who understands, who’s empathic. He is going to be able to work with us and lead us as a city,” the actor gushed.

Rapper Ja Rule could barely contain his excitement about Adams.

In attendance at Eric Adams' party was James Dolan — Madison Square Garden CEO — as he called Adams' victory
In attendance at Eric Adams’ party was James Dolan, Madison Square Garden CEO, who called Adams’ victory “a great start.”
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“Ah man, we got a good one. We got an amazing new mayor. He has an amazing plan for the city and I can’t wait to se him implement it. That’s why I’m here to show f–king respect, and admiration for my brother.

“What, he’s the second black mayor? That’s right, let’s get it done,” Ja Rule said as he posed for photos with Adams’ son Jordan Coleman.

The mayor-elect’s confidante, PR executive Ronn Torossian, assembled the VIP guest list that included prominent New Yorkers from the city’s political, celebrity and business arenas. Other attendees were City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, comedian Chris Rock and SoftBank Group International CEO Marcelo Claure.

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