The mayor summoned journalists to his City Hall office for a pair of interviews on Tuesday afternoon, only hours before he was to leave New York for a weeklong family vacation to the Southwest. He said he had finally run out of patience with Mr. Cuomo, who has been widely viewed as being an obstacle to the mayor’s agenda since Mr. de Blasio took office in 2014.
“We will not play these games,” Mr. de Blasio said, adding that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was “not anything like acceptable government practice, and I think people all over the state are coming to the same conclusion.”
The governor’s office responded with a two-sentence statement that carried its own subtle sting.
“For those new to the process, it takes coalition-building and compromise to get things done in government,” the governor’s spokeswoman, Melissa DeRosa, wrote in an email.
She added: “We wish the mayor well on his vacation.”
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Rarely do politicians openly express the animus that is an unavoidable component of high-stakes governing. But Mr. de Blasio — who typically seeks consensus, not conflict — relishes flouting perceived rules, often pointing to the success of his long-shot mayoral candidacy as proof that holding true to his beliefs is a successful strategy.
In fact, during Tuesday’s interview, Mr. de Blasio seemed to be enjoying himself: When his press secretary tried to end the session, the mayor overruled her, and took several more questions.
Still, Mr. de Blasio was well aware of the unusual and potentially controversial nature of his remarks. At one point, he acknowledged the risk that his relationship with the governor could be further strained.
“I’m not going to be surprised if these statements lead to some attempts at revenge,” Mr. de Blasio said, his voice even. “And we’ll just call them right out. Because we are just not going to play that way.”
Doubtless a winning strategy. Also, it’s really fucking hot in the Southwest this time of year.Posted: July 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"