• Mayoral candidate promises to make New York City the “most cryptocurrency-friendly city in the country.”

  • Curtis Sliwa, a beret-wearing Republican running for mayor of New York City, said one of his campaign’s goals is to focus on cryptocurrency.

    Sliwa said in a tweet on Wednesday that he would be focusing on increasing financial inclusion in New York City by opening more crypto ATMs and encouraging businesses to accept cryptocurrency. However, according to his campaign website, the mayoral candidate only accepts donations in US dollars via personal checks or credit cards at this time.

    As NYC #Mayor, I will make #NYC the most cryptocurrency-friendly city in the nation
    Property taxes, fines & fees will be payable in #crypto
    We will open more crypto ATMs & incentivize businesses to accept crypto
    We must modernize our economy & make it accessible for ALL! pic.twitter.com/WW2zPncEps— Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) September 1, 2021

    Before winning the Republican primary for mayor of New York City in June, Sliwa announced his intentions for the adoption of cryptocurrencies in the city. He is the founder of the crime-prevention group Guardian Angels and the owner of 16 rescue cats, according to reports. In November, he will face Democratic candidate Eric Adams.

    In July, Adams defeated former presidential candidate and crypto advocate Andrew Yang in the Democratic primary, appearing to take a pro-crypto stance by pledging to make New York City “the center of Bitcoins.” Yang also stated that he wanted the city to become a “hub for BTC and other cryptocurrencies.”

    Some mayors of large and small cities in the United States have advocated for the adoption of cryptocurrencies or have otherwise expressed support for digital assets. Mayor Jayson Stewart of Cool Valley, Missouri proposed handing out over $1 million in Bitcoin (BTC) to the city’s 1,500 residents in August. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has also stated that he is a HODLer and wants to attract those working in the crypto and blockchain industries to the city.

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