Bitcoin Payments for New York Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, Says Will Make City ‘Centre of Cryptocurrency Industry’

Eric Adams, a crypto champion, will become the second Black mayor of New York.

Bitcoin Payments for New York Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, Says Will Make City ‘Centre of Cryptocurrency Industry’

Eric Adams signaled his intention to make his city the "center of the cryptocurrency industry"

Highlights
  • Eric Adams will take office of the Mayor of New York City in January
  • Miami Mayor Suarez tweeted he will take his first paycheck in Bitcoin
  • Florida city unveiled a cryptocurrency called MiamiCoin in August

New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams said on Thursday he would take his first three paychecks in Bitcoin and signaled his intention to make his city the "center of the cryptocurrency industry" after he takes office in January.

"In New York we always go big, so I'm going to take my first THREE paychecks in Bitcoin when I become mayor," Adams wrote in a Twitter post. "NYC is going to be the center of the cryptocurrency industry and other fast-growing, innovative industries! Just wait!" Bitcoin price in India as of November 5 at 10:32am IST stood at Rs. 49.98 lakh.

The mayor-elect's tweet came in response to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who wrote in a Twitter message of his own that he would take his first paycheck in Bitcoin, the world's largest cryptocurrency. Suarez, who won re-election on Tuesday, has been a cryptocurrency champion, setting his sights on building Miami into a hub for cryptocurrency innovation.

Adams, a Democrat, will become the second Black mayor of the United States' most populous city in January after easily defeating Republican Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels civilian safety patrol, in Tuesday's election.

“It shows you that Bitcoin is attracting a wide range of interest and you can now include the New York mayor,” Edward Moya, a senior market analyst at FX broker Oandam, said of Adams' announcement.

"But in the end, Eric Adams is not a very influential person for swaying the people that are on the fence to join the cryptoverse," he added.

It was not the first time Adams has raised the prospect of a cryptocurrency competition between the two cities. After winning the Democratic nomination for mayor in June, he delivered a victory speech in which he vowed the city would become "the center of Bitcoins" and "the center of all the technology."

"Miami, you had your run," he said.

Working with the nonprofit CityCoins, the Florida city unveiled a cryptocurrency called MiamiCoin in August. CityCoins sends 30 percent of any MiamiCoin created or "mined" on a consumer's computer to the city. As of September, the program generated $7.1 million (roughly Rs. 52.83 lakh) for Miami, the Washington Post reported.

Efforts to transform New York into a crypto hub may draw scrutiny from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who recently launched a crackdown on unregistered cryptocurrency companies. Last week James announced her candidacy for New York governor.

Bitcoin, which is highly volatile, was trading around $61,260 (roughly Rs. 45.85 lakh) by midafternoon on Thursday, down 3 percent on the day.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


Interested in cryptocurrency? We discuss all things crypto with WazirX CEO Nischal Shetty and WeekendInvesting founder Alok Jain on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Cryptocurrency is an unregulated digital currency, not a legal tender and subject to market risks. The information provided in the article is not intended to be and does not constitute financial advice, trading advice or any other advice or recommendation of any sort offered or endorsed by NDTV. NDTV shall not be responsible for any loss arising from any investment based on any perceived recommendation, forecast or any other information contained in the article.

Cryptocurrency Prices across Indian exchanges

Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Facebook Brings Subscription to Groups in Major Push to Woo Creators
OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man Limited Edition Could Debut Soon in India as Company Teases New Device

Related Stories

Read in: हिंदी
Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2022. All rights reserved.
cryptocurrency