New York City Mayor Eric Adams named the founder of the elite, members-only club Zero Bond to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
MET board members are typically high profile philanthropists and politicians but Adams, who is a frequent visitor to Zero Bond, appointed its founder Scott Sartiano, 47, as his mayor’s liaison to the board last February. He will be responsible for delivering messages between the museum and City Hall, Politico Pro reported.
Sartiano, who was spotted at last week hanging out with supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Jon Batiste, hosted Adams election night victory at Zero Bond’s nightclub. He is a surprise pick given he has no government experience unlike his predecessors.
‘The mayor was looking for a New Yorker who could bring a new outlook, as well as a wealth of energy and passion to the role.,’ said Fabien Levy, Adams’ press secretary.
‘He is looking forward to seeing what Scott and the rest of the Board can do for The Met and for the people of New York.’
April 28: New York City Mayor Eric Adams appointed Scott Sartiano, founder of the members-only club Zero Bond, as his representative to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sartiano (in the back) is pictured with (L-R) Adams, supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Jon Batiste
November 2, 2021: The club is where Adams held his election night victory party as he rubbed shoulders with Kamal Hotchandani (left) and Robert Petrosyan (right). Pictured in the back are Sartiano (left) and Adams’ PR guru Ronn Torossian. Eric’s son, Jordan Coleman is to his right
September 11, 2021: Adams also held campaign events at the club with Scott’s support. Unlike previous mayor reps to the Met, Scott does not have years of government experience
Ken Sunshine, founder of the Sunshine Sachs public relations firm that represented Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, served as the liaison for former Mayor Bill de Blasio. Sunshine had also served as chief of staff in 1990 for then-mayor David Dinkins, as well as an advisor to former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Before Sunshine was Republican heavyweight Gail Hilson, who served as the liaison for Michael Bloomberg and had co-led the Women’s Coalition for Giuliani in 1989 to help then-mayoral candidate Rudolph Giuliani.
While the previous appointees had built up years of work with NYC mayors, Sartiano’s only mayoral connection is Adams, who had also named the club owner as member of his transition team following his victory last November.
The mayor’s office and Sartiano did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Sartiano, a Columbia University graduate, has founded three clubs in the city since 2002: The Butler Group, the Broken Coconut and the Zero Bond, which charges $3,000-a-year for membership and has been a favorite of Adams’ since he began running for mayor last year.
Adams was pictured at the restaurant in September 13, 2021, taking photos with TikTok stars Charlie and Dixie D’Amelio as he sought to win over young voters while discussing economic recovery in the city’s nightlife, Page Six reported.
Before that, he was seen holding a campaign event to rally supporters at the restaurants on September 11.
Following his victory in November, Adams held a large party at the club which welcomed Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker, Google founder Eric Schmidt, Chris Rock, Ja Rule, American Express executive Anre Williams and reality TV star Jonathan Cheban.
November 2, 2021: Adams is pictured partying with reality TV star and Kardashian pal Jonathan Cheban (left) at the November bash that brought more than 125 guests to the club
November 2, 2021: Adams also schmoozed with Academy award-winning actor Forest Whitaker (center) who posed with a photo of Adams actor son, Coleman, at the club
November 2, 2021: Eric Adams also made connections with Record label executive Kevin Liles at the Zero Bond
Other attendees included Knicks President Leon Rose, Softbank CEO Marcelo Claure, Madison Square Garden Sports CEO James Dolan, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris and Wes Edens, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Adams was spotted again at the club last week, where he partied with supermodel Naomi Campbell and Grammy award-winning singer Jon Batiste as the trio also took pics with Sartiano.
Campbell, posting about the gathering on her Instagram account, said: ‘#Embracing the Big [Apple] what a welcome!!! and meeting of the [email protected] @aryehbourkoff @jonbatiste.’
The group allegedly discussed ‘everything from philanthropy to fashion and music’ while they dined at the exclusive NoHo hotspot, insiders told Page Six.
Hollywood agent Cade Hudson, LionTree CEO Aryeh B. Bourkoff and Abiola Oke, CEO of Adisa Consultants, were also in attendance.
April 28: Eric Adams (left) is pictured with Naomi Campbell (center), Jon Batiste (right) and Aryeh B. Bourkoff (back) at Zero Bond in NoHo last week
April 28: Campbell shared several pictures from the evening to her Instagram account, saying: ‘#Embracing the Big [Apple] what a welcome!!! and meeting of the minds.’ Adams and Campbell are pictured with Cade Hudson (left)
April 28: (L to R) Eric Adams, Naomi Campbell, Jon Batiste and Abiola Oke are pictured at Zero Bond