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Some mayors of large and small communities in the United States have advocated for the adoption of cryptocurrencies or taken other positions in support of digital assets.
Curtis Sliwa, a beret-wearing Republican running for mayor of New York City, has stated that one of his campaign’s aims is to focus on cryptocurrency.
In a Wednesday tweet, Sliwa said he would be focusing on creating greater financial inclusivity in New York City by opening more crypto ATMs and incentivizing businesses to accept cryptocurrency. According to his campaign website, however, the mayoral candidate currently only accepts donations in U.S. dollars using personal checks or credit cards.
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
Sliwa announced his intentions for the adoption of cryptocurrencies in NYC in June, before winning the Republican primary in the city’s mayoral race. The founder of the crime prevention group Guardian Angels and reportedly the owner of 16 rescue cats, he will face off against Democratic candidate Eric Adams in November.
Adams, who has adopted a presumably pro-crypto stance by claiming to build New York City the “City of Bitcoins,” won the Democratic primary in July against former presidential candidate and crypto champion Andrew Yang. Yang also stated that he wished to turn the city into a “hub for BTC and other cryptocurrencies.”
Some mayors of large and small communities in the United States have advocated for the adoption of cryptocurrencies or taken other positions in support of digital assets. Mayor Jayson Stewart of Cool Valley, Missouri proposed in August to give out more than $1 million in Bitcoin (BTC) to the city’s approximately 1,500 people. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has also said he is a HODLer and wants to make the Florida city attractive to those in the crypto and blockchain industry.