New York Democrat Mayor-elect Eric Adams revealed on Twitter at present he intends to take his first three paychecks in Bitcoin. Adams additionally doubled down on his plans to make New York the “heart of the cryptocurrency trade” after he takes workplace in January.
The clear assertion of political help for cryptocurrency got here in response to an earlier tweet by Bitcoin podcaster Anthony Pompliano:
“Who’s going to be the primary American politician to simply accept their wage in bitcoin?”
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who received reelection earlier this week, replied to the tweet saying that he plans to take his subsequent paycheck in Bitcoin.
I’m going to take my subsequent paycheck 100% in bitcoin…drawback solved! @Sarasti are you able to assist? https://t.co/v4YdPZ0tYc
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) November 2, 2021
This prompted Adams to respond by one-upping his Republican colleague:
“In New York we at all times go huge, so I’m going to take my first THREE paychecks in Bitcoin once I turn into mayor”.
The race to turn into the primary politician within the U.S. to simply accept their wage in crypto is indicative of the pleasant rivalry between NY and Miami to turn into the main crypto hub in America. After he received the Democratic nomination for Mayor in June, Adams promised in his victory speech that NY would turn into the “heart of Bitcoins”.
“Miami, you had your run,” he stated on the time.
In an interview with Bloomberg radio on Wednesday, Adams vowed to “take a look at what’s stopping the expansion of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in our metropolis.” He additionally indicated plans to comply with Suarez’s footsteps with the creation of MiamiCoin.
In that scheme people use Stacks, a sensible contracts and utility layer constructed on Bitcoin, to mine MiamiCoin, with 30% of the income going again to the town to fund public tasks. The remaining 70% of income may be locked to earn rewards in Bitcoin and Stacks.
“He has MiamiCoin that’s doing very nicely — we’re going to look within the route to hold that out.”
NY has a number of the strictest crypto trade guidelines within the US. NY-based crypto analyst Stephen Chen from Inflation Hedge Coin informed Cointelegraph that he hopes the brand new Mayor Elect’s help will see some extra pro-crypto amendments to the 2015 BitLicense laws.
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New York launched the controversial BitLicense regulatory regime in June 2015, which has been criticized for being hostile to crypto. The BitLicense applies to crypto organizations concerned in transferring, shopping for, promoting, exchanging or issuing crypto.
NY residents are solely legally allowed to purchase and promote tokens from registered organizations. There are presently 105 accepted digital currencies within the state.