On Monday afternoon, New York City Mayor Eric Adams downplayed concerns over his decision to put a casino executive on the municipal government’s payroll.
Adams, however, refused to divulge whether the city’s ethics watchdog ever cleared the unusual arrangement.
According to reports, Timothy Pearson, an ex-NYPD officer and a close friend of Adams’, quietly landed a job at the city’s Economic Development Corp. in May, allowing him to collect a taxpayer-funded salary while also retaining his job as a security director at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.
It was learned that even though Pearson left his Resorts World gig a few days after, Adams insisted at an unrelated press conference that there was nothing fishy about the hire.
“We go by the rules. “There is no conflict with Tim Pearson,” Adams said.
Adams said Pearson “followed all the rules” before taking on the EDC post.