2 Politicians Ask to Get Their Paychecks in Bitcoin

At least a payment or three, for Eric Adams and Francis Suarez
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2021 8:32 PM CDT
Updated Nov 5, 2021 7:32 AM CDT
Eric Adams Handily Wins New York City Mayor's Race
Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and Democratic candidate for New York City mayor speaks during a debate with Republican candidate for New York City mayor Curtis Sliwa at the ABC 7 studios in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.   (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP)

(Newser) Update: The mayor-elect for New York City wants to be paid in Bitcoin. Democrat Eric Adams has requested his first three checks be paid in the world's largest cryptocurrency once he takes over the mayoral post in January, the BBC reports. Adams' request was a move to outdo that of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who earlier tweeted that he would take his next check in Bitcoin. The Republican, who helped launch cryptocurrency MiamiCoin, plans to turn the city into a "cryptocurrency innovation hub," per the Washington Post. In trying to one-up Suarez, Adams noted, "NYC is going to be the center of the cryptocurrency industry and other fast-growing, innovative industries! Just wait!" Suarez said he looked forward to the "friendly competition." Our original story from Tuesday follows:

Democrat Eric Adams has been elected New York City mayor after handily defeating Republican Curtis Sliwa—indeed, the New York Times reports the AP called the race just 10 minutes after the polls closed at 9pm. Adams is the Brooklyn borough president and a former New York City police captain. He will become the city’s second Black mayor (and the 110th in the city's history) and must steer the damaged metropolis through its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Adams’ victory Tuesday seemed all but assured after he emerged as the winner from a crowded Democratic primary this summer in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 7 to 1, and the Hill reports early returns showed Adams taking more than 75% of the vote. Sliwa is the founder of the Guardian Angels anti-crime patrol. He ran a campaign punctuated by stunts and his signature red beret, reports the AP. Adams tweeted thanks to his supporters, then added this: "Tonight, we celebrate -- because tomorrow, the real work begins!" Adams will take over for current Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was unable to run due to term limits. (Read more Eric Adams stories.)

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