"So having people say, ‘So what if they leave?’ No, you leave. I want them here.”

Adams, clad in designer loafers and a fitted black suit, spoke for about 15 minutes — occasionally rousing the business-friendly crowd with promises to cut the red tape of city government…

Adams, who has strengthened his ties to the city’s business sector since winning the primary in June, sounded a lot more like Mike Bloomberg than Bill de Blasio as he discussed the city’s top earners — one of many areas on which the current and former mayor diverge.

“Yeah, we’re over 8 million people. But do you know 65,000 pay 51 percent of our income taxes?” Adams said. “We lose them, we lose our teachers, our firefighters, our Department of Sanitation. We lose what we need. So having people say, ‘So what if they leave?’ No, you leave. I want them here.”