Mayor-elect Eric Adams flew to Puerto Rico earlier this month on a bitcoin billionaire’s non-public jet — whilst he claimed that the journey was on “my greenback, my dime and my time,” based on a report.
New York Metropolis’s subsequent mayor — who has pledged in latest weeks to take his first three paychecks in bitcoin and mentioned that cryptocurrencies must be taught in colleges — hitched a experience to San Juan on billionaire Brock Pierce’s non-public Gulfstream jet alongside his companion, Tracey Collins, Politico reported on Tuesday.
After attending the influential SOMOS convention there, Adams, Collins and Pierce had dinner with the territory’s governor, Pedro Pierluisi, based on the outlet.
However Adams stayed mum in regards to the alleged flight with Pierce, who has donated to his marketing campaign and partied with him on election evening. As an alternative, the mayor-elect informed reporters in San Juan that he had paid for the journey himself.
“Earlier than the query is requested, I paid my very own means. I realized one of the simplest ways to inform individuals to thoughts their enterprise is to return out your pocket and minimize your individual test, so I’m right here on my time,” Adams mentioned on the time, based on Politico. “It’s on my greenback, my dime and my time.”
Adams spokesman Evan Thies didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Submit. Thies informed Politico that Adams “paid for a seat on a personal flight via a journey agent, and he flew industrial on his return journey” however didn’t present receipts from the journey.
Pierce — an eccentric ex-child actor who appeared in Disney’s “The Mighty Geese” and acquired 50,000 votes in a 2020 presidential run — didn’t affirm or deny the report when reached by The Submit.
“I’m not commenting on any of Eric’s enterprise,” Pierce mentioned. “I don’t have any position in his administration.”
Pierce is a part of a group of crypto merchants who’ve moved to Puerto Rico, which has looser tax guidelines than the mainland US. Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen and YouTube star Logan Paul additionally relocated to the island in 2021 — whilst critics have griped that crypto-consumed outsiders are driving up housing costs for locals.
The SOMOS convention, which befell in San Juan in early November, is an annual gathering the place New York politicians, lobbyists, operatives and union leaders hobnob and kind alliances. Along with Adams, this 12 months’s occasion was attended by Mayor Invoice de Blasio, Gov. Kathy Hochul and state Lawyer Basic Letitia James.