So it was this weekend, when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all city schools would remain closed until September. And then Governor Andrew Cuomo promptly held his own press conference, when he announced, not so fast, he would make a final call on when schools would reopen, and students might not get half of 2020 off.
It reminded us of simpler times, when the mayor and governor would feud in public, contradicting each other in the press. It was a breath of fresh air, a momentary return to normal!
Which got us reminiscing about all of the other instances the mayor and governor very publicly aired their grievances.
So here's a (incomplete) list of issues that have soured the relationship over the years between the one-time political allies:
• The so-call “millionaire's tax” to fund universal pre-kindergarten.
• Cuomo's refusal to help flip the State Senate to Democratic control after de Blasio went hard after Albany Republicans before the last elections.
• Just who is responsible for the awful state of the city's subway system and how best to fix the L train.
• Who should host the press conference after a pressure-cooker bomb goes off in Chelsea and whether is was an act of “terrorism.”
• Clinton vs. Sanders.
• That time Cuomo shut down the subways during a 2015 blizzard, otherwise known as Snowmageddon, without bothering to give Hizzoner a head's up.
• What to do about a deer that was running loose in the Bronx.
• That “ordered baked ziti for dinner” tweet – a reference to bribe money from “The Sopranos” - that a former de Blasio campaign aide posted after Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco was indicted.
• Red Sox vs. Yankees.
• “The Godfather” vs. “The Godfather Part II.”
• Gibson vs. Fender.
• Whether “y” and “w” should really be considered vowels.
• What constitutes a “catch” in the NFL.
• David Lee Roth-era Van Halen vs. the Sammy Hagar years.
As you can see, the divisions run deep. And we can’t lie that, despite the gravity of the topic, it felt a little good to see the mayor and governor disagreeing on something again. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Stay strong folks!