As a large swath of Manhattan was plunged into darkness on the evening of July 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio was nowhere to be found, at least not in the city he is supposed to be running.
Instead, he was off in Iowa trying to drum up support for his Quixotic bid for president of the United States, which was just perfect for the governor.
As Con Edison worked to get the lights back on, Cuomo swooped in and got to play the role of hands-on executive-in-charge, calling more attention to the fact that de Blasio was AWOL.
“I show up. It’s a simple but a tried-and-true formula,” Cuomo said during an interview on a local morning news show. “You show up. I believe it’s important to be there and show up. I also believe it’s important, guys, that when people turn on the TV and they see somebody there in charge, it gives them a sense of confidence.”
There’s little doubt as to who the governor was referring to with those comments. Cuomo and de Blasio have frequently been at each other’s throats, but is there more to the mayor’s presidential run that is rankling Cuomo beyond de Blasio’s frequent absence from the city?
Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Cuomo was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and use the governor’s post as a springboard for his own run for president. Instead, it’s de Blasio out there trying to make a name for himself on the national stage, which from a pure ego standpoint can’t be sitting well with Cuomo.
But that might not have even been the best thing that happened to Cuomo last week. The governor signed into law the Farm Workers Bill, which has long been advocated for by the governor’s own ex-wife Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
The pair greeted each other warmly, and Kennedy even gave her ex-hubby a smooch on the cheek before he signed the legislation.
Getting a chance to stick it to you main frenemy and making your ex-wife happy? That’s some week!
Buttigieg for NYC
If you wondering how New Yorkers feel about their top executive, it turns out de Blasio isn’t even their favorite mayor!
In the latest round of campaign finance disclosures in the presidential race, Pete Buttigieg raised more than $2.35 million from donors in New York City alone. By comparison, de Blasio raised about $1.1 million – nationwide!
It turns out the most popular mayor in New York City actually has an office in South Bend, Indiana.
Breaking the numbers down a little further, about 14,000 city residents donated to the Buttigieg campaign, while about 6,700 New Yorkers gave to de Blasio.
Buttigieg is popular among the bold-faced names, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Wintour among those donating to his campaign.
Meanwhile, de Blasio has a lot of support from people with business before the city, especially in the real estate industry, no doubt looking to curry favor with City Hall.
We guess if Buttigieg can’t win the White House, he could always move to New York and make a run for Gracie Mansion.
Dillon kicks off campaign, kind of
If you were wondering if James Dillon was serious about challenging Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the next election, let us assure you that this campaign poster we found lying on the street in Sunnyside if proof that he is, in fact, running.