Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon lamented the surge in crime in New York City, which he says has become “a little grittier and a little dirtier” — a key factor that he said has kept his employees away from the office.
“We have to have a safe environment for people,” the Wall Street executive told National Public Radio.
“I think public safety is just paramount for the vitality of cities, and the vitality of cities is paramount for economic activity in our country.”
In May, a Goldman employee, 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez, was fatally shot in what investigators called a random attack while he was riding the subway on his way to brunch.
A few months prior, Michelle Go, a 40-year-old Asian American woman employed by the accounting firm Deloitte, was fatally shoved onto the subway tracks by a homeless man at the Times Square station.
The high-profile incidents have made it harder for Mayor Eric Adams and business executives like Solomon to convince New Yorkers in the tech and finance sectors to return to the office full time.