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Mayor Eric Adams hires fellow Resorts World executives for agency likely to oversee new New York casino

Mayor Eric Adams has appointed an executive working at Resorts World New York City's casino as his administration's chief public safety adviser, a new ethic demanded by gambling companies. Raised issue deployed in Queens.

Aide Timothy Pearson is a longtime friend of Adams and a former colleague of theNYPD NYPD. Queen's Aqueduct He's the slot attached to the raceway He's in charge of security at Resort World, which is his operation.

Its parent company,, is keenly pursuing his one of three new gambling licenses authorized by the state legislature, and this facility into a full-fledged casino. Any application must be approved by the Board of Directors, to whom Adams appoints voting members.

In addition, Pearson receives a municipal salary from the city's Economic Development Corporation. This institution may have played an important role in the expansion or construction of the casino.

Their relationship and his role as a casino exec has raised many conflict of interest questions.
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Kaehny, Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, a government watchdog group, said:

"What has already happened is a conflict of interest. And now that Mr. Pearson is on his EDC involved in the city's discussions about the casino, he is in a position to influence the casino debate." I think so,” added Mr. Kenny.

"There is a conflict of interest written all over it."

It only acknowledged Pearson's employment after accompanying Frank Callone , chief of staff.

His position is "Senior Advisor for Public Safety and His COVID Recovery," a spokesman said, with the exception of providing a May 31 start date. has repeatedly refused to answer any other questions regarding the provision of or employment.

State officials said his three new casino licenses inDownstate would collectively make him worth $1.5 billion,and generate billions of dollars in additional revenue. I think it will bring

Pearson was previously an unpaid member of Adams' transition team as a public safety adviser and submitted a controversial proposal to remove city hall security details.

Despite continuing employment at the casino, Pearson remained an influential and unpaid adviser until he was hired after the transition ended, according to sources. , confirmed Pearson's statement about the role of "volunteers" in response to questions from the Post. Pearson is still on Resorts World's paycheck after being hired by EDC, according to sources. City Conflict of Interest Rules.

There has been a push to expand casinos and gambling in the city, particularly in Queens.
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“A full-time civil servant cannot work for any company. According to guidance posted on the website of the Conflicts of Interest Committee, the ethics oversight body of the City, commercial entities conducting "business dealings" with city agencies may only do so without written permission from the agency's head and board.

A COIB spokesperson told the Post in July that Pearson had not sought a waiver, nor had the city government requested a waiver on his behalf.

However, on Thursday, hours after the Times article was published, City Hall said the EDC was contacting the Dispute Board for a waiver on behalf of Pearson. 

However, the COIB reiterated on Thursday that waivers were not granted and declined to comment when asked if waivers had been requested.

All the while, Pearson listed himself as "currently" employed as the "vice president" of ResortsWorld in a resume posted on his social media site LinkedIn. I keep doing it. 

Pearson said that violent crime increased 37 percent this year. rice field. 

The list includes Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Phil Banks, Police Commissioner Keecchant Sewell, and Gun Emperor Andre Mitchell.

Police department insiders say the sprawling and confusing chain of command has slowed and complicated efforts to respond to the surge in violence.

"We are fighting competing demands regardless of available resources," said one veteran police officer. We don't even know if there is a decision being made." 

"It's not clear who is in charge," the person added. "The precincts are the creepiest." 

A former city official who was plugged in added: 

"The question is who is really in charge," said the man. 

Gov. Hochul has refused to call a special session on bail reform until at least November.
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Complaints arestories of widespread dysfunction Reflecting City Hall's early Albany lobbying efforts, Adams lost billions in housing subsidies and lost some control over city schools, according to insiders. 

Pearson will also be his third Public Safety Advisor to face questions regarding ethics and potential conflicts of interest.

Banks was once the director of the NYPD and a future prospective under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio until he was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal corruption case investigating allegations of favorable deals. It was thought that he could become a commissioner. Excessive influence on the NYPD.

He resigned abruptly during the investigation and was never charged with wrongdoing. 

But prosecutors suspect he donated mysterious cash to his bank account and is traveling withJonah Rechnitz, the two ring leaders of thescheme.Got a very embarrassing photoand Jeremy Reichberg. 

Mitchell, Unpaid Gun Emperor, is a nonprofit organization funded by theCity that commits serious financial misconduct, including the use of funds. was arrested by the Bureau of Investigation for having done so. For personal use and family into the payroll. 

Pearson and Banks declined to comment when asked by a Post reporter on Thursday. 

“Tim Pearson has had a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. , has created a security plan that has kept New Yorkers safe and protected millions of people," the City Hall press agency said. Secretary Fabian Levy. 

"New Yorkers are fortunate to have such knowledgeable and experienced individuals agreeing to serve and bring their expertise to the greatest city in the world. I think.Moon.

A spokesperson for Resorts World said Pearson "doesn't play a role at all as it relates to the potential bidding process."