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De Blasio, Cuomo feud shaping up to be an all-time rivalry.

You can watch a lot of politics over a lot of years and never see anything like the public clash between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. Governors and mayors often feud, especially when they are in the same party, but this is unprecedented. Republicans Nelson Rockefeller vs. John Lindsay, Democrats Mario Cuomo vs. Ed...
Time: 22:02     Date: 13.03.2018
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio, Cuomo feud shaping up to be an all-time rivalry. NY Post 24 - US News

Governors and mayors often feud, especially when they are in the same party, but this is unprecedented.

Republicans Nelson Rockefeller vs. John Lindsay, Democrats Mario Cuomo vs. Ed Koch and Republicans George Pataki vs. Rudy Giuliani were pikers compared to the current combatants.

Not so long ago, it was acceptable to call Democrats Cuomo and de Blasio “frenemies.” Now the blood is so bad that they could solve the fiscal troubles by selling tickets to a Madison Square Garden cage match.

Call it The Rumble in the Asphalt Jungle.

New Yorkers get the fight for free virtually every day, if you don’t count the cost of taxpayer time wasted on crafting inflammatory press releases and plotting attacks and paybacks.

Take the Cuomo appearance Monday at a Bronx housing project. He came dressed for a photo op, wearing workman’s clothes, and proceeded to peel paint and plaster from an apartment wall as cockroaches scurried about.

“This is unbelievable,” he declared to reporters. “The ceiling is collapsing and it’s infested with cockroaches everywhere. It’s much worse than anyone would imagine.”

The appearance was extra deft because it came while de Blasio was in Texas to promote himself. The contrast was striking — the governor playing Mr. Fixit for poor New Yorkers the mayor had abandoned.

Cuomo won the day.

But the real winner won’t be decided for months or years. For while de Blasio and Cuomo have similar goals — to be players and maybe candidates in the 2020 presidential election — they face starkly different realities this year.

De Blasio is a fresh off a landslide re-election and term-limited, so he’s making no bones about his national focus. Cuomo, on the other hand, is up for re-election and can’t stray too far from Albany or act as if he’s taking a third term for granted.

He needs to win big to be seen as viable nationally, which is why de Blasio appears to be encouraging actress Cynthia Nixon to mount a primary race against the governor. He’d love to see Cuomo battered if not beaten, especially by an activist who would run to the left of Cuomo and make him look like a relative centrist.

Then again, de Blasio’s mischief is only returning the favor. Cuomo tried to recruit a Dem to primary de Blasio last year, but found no serious takers.

The entertainment factor aside, there are legitimate disagreements between them over both policy and politics. Cuomo, for example, is trying to get the city to use some of its budget surplus to pay more for subways and buses, while de Blasio is calling on the state to let him impose tax hikes on upper-income city residents for the purpose.

But perhaps the biggest distinction between them is how they want others to see them on the political spectrum. De Blasio, hurling what to him is a blasphemous insult, called Cuomo a “moderate” and said only a “true progressive” could represent Democrats in 2020.

Cuomo shot back that he found de Blasio’s definition of a progressive “repugnant.”

“It’s not what you say, it’s what you do,” he said. “The reason why people turned on the progressive parties, the progressive Democrats, is because they talked a good game but they didn’t produce.”

If action is the standard, neither is progressive. Both spend too much time pandering on boutique issues and the trendy idea of the moment while neglecting the fundamental problems holding New York back.

From schools to taxes to infrastructure to widespread official corruption, New York is, to borrow a phrase, leading from behind. That’s no way for either man to get to the head of the party pack in 2020.

Only PC fools back vicious cycles

Comes now a daffy story from Fast Company, which bemoans an NYPD crackdown on motorized bicycles.

The illegal bikes, which use small electrical motors, are visible zipping food deliveries around neighborhoods, sometimes on sidewalks and often faster than the speed limit.

But instead of seeing the crackdown as improving safety and the quality of life for the vast majority of New Yorkers, Fast Company claims it is “hurting immigrants and helping no one.”

Ah, yes, the old sleight of hand where those committing violations are transformed into victims because of their identity, in this case, as immigrants.

It’s persuasive only if you shut out facts, the risk to others and common sense.

Evil’s long life

Only the good die young.

Oskar Gröning, a Hitler man known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” is dead at 96.

Dissing Trump led to ‘Rex’-it

Anyone wanting to know why President Trump fired Rex Tillerson need look no further than The New York Times. Its headlines on the move featured two claims: Tillerson and Trump were “often at odds” and Tillerson was among the “most well-regarded cabinet choices.”

Which is why he is soon-to-be the former secretary of state.

An insider tells me the president felt for some time that Tillerson had his own foreign policy. Their differences infected most key issues: the Iranian nuclear pact, moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the climate accord, trade deals, China.

In each case, Tillerson, the ex-head of Exxon, generally defended the status quo that Trump wants to upset. He also had a bad habit, I’m told, of conveying his doubts about Trump’s policies to foreign officials.

That’s a no-no and Trump simply grew tired of being undercut, especially as he prepares for his planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un.

Tillerson’s replacement is CIA head Mike Pompeo, whose hawkish forcefulness Trump admires. Other than chief of staff John Kelly, Pompeo probably has spent more time with the president than any other official because he personally presents the daily intelligence brief.

As such, the change reflects the education of a president. Trump is no longer the rookie boss in the Oval Office who even considered Mitt Romney before picking Tillerson. At least in this case, he now knows what he wants, and who.

The switch, though brutally announced by a tweet, is a hopeful sign for America. If Pompeo is as good as advertised, he will be one of Trump’s most consequential appointments.

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The best solution to immigration crisis: Give aid to poor countries. NY Post 24 - US News
The best solution to immigration crisis: Give aid to poor countries.
Nearly everyone can agree: The scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think that it isn’t a moral...
Last US News - Opinion: Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice. NY Post 24 - US News
Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice.
So long, haters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced the United States is quitting...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools.
City parents’ demand for charter-school seats just hit a new high, with nearly 80,000 lottery applicants. Unfortunately,...
Last US News - Opinion: Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds. NY Post 24 - US News
Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds.
President Trump has wisely moved to stop separating families at the border, but that won’t remotely end the immigration...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The best solution to immigration crisis: Give aid to poor countries. NY Post 24 - US News
The best solution to immigration crisis: Give aid to poor countries.
Nearly everyone can agree: The scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think that it isn’t a moral...
Last US News - Opinion: Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice. NY Post 24 - US News
Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice.
So long, haters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced the United States is quitting...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools.
City parents’ demand for charter-school seats just hit a new high, with nearly 80,000 lottery applicants. Unfortunately,...
Last US News - Opinion: Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds. NY Post 24 - US News
Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds.
President Trump has wisely moved to stop separating families at the border, but that won’t remotely end the immigration...
Last US News - Opinion: Brits are finding it’s hard to leave the European Union. NY Post 24 - US News
Brits are finding it’s hard to leave the European Union.
Britain will mark this weekend the second anniversary of its vote for Brexit, and it’s learned one thing for sure: It’s...

Living

US Living News: Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage. NY Post 24 - US News
Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage.
LONDON — No beer at this time of year? A British trade group says there’s a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern...
US Living News: Millennials don’t care about traditional honeymoons. NY Post 24 - US News
Millennials don’t care about traditional honeymoons.
When Gina Doost and Jeff Fransen planned their picture-perfect wedding in September 2016, they were dealing with two challenges...
US Living News: NYC’s elite parents call this child whisperer to deal with tantrums. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC’s elite parents call this child whisperer to deal with tantrums.
The moment Dana Rosenbloom picked up her cell phone and heard the anguished voice of her client — an Upper East Side mother...
US Living News: People actually paid $38 for ‘hot dog water’ at festival. NY Post 24 - US News
People actually paid $38 for ‘hot dog water’ at festival.
Vancouver’s annual Car Free Day festival attracts thousands of people to the Canadian city’s Main Street. However, this...
US Living News: US to require more screening of powders in carry-on baggage. NY Post 24 - US News
US to require more screening of powders in carry-on baggage.
U.S. security officials will require more screening of powdered substances in carry-on bags on international flights headed...
US Living News: Poisonous caterpillar sends teen to emergency room. NY Post 24 - US News
Poisonous caterpillar sends teen to emergency room.
A Florida teen is recovering from a terrifying health scare involving a venomous caterpillar, according to reports. Logan...
US Living News: Hey perverts, stop staring at Elastigirl’s butt. NY Post 24 - US News
Hey perverts, stop staring at Elastigirl’s butt.
For a superhero movie, “Incredibles 2” is extraordinarily feminist. The sequel to 2004’s animated hit “Incredibles,”...
US Living News: Punk dad has ‘Frozen’ memorized, but he won’t give up his mohawk. NY Post 24 - US News
Punk dad has ‘Frozen’ memorized, but he won’t give up his mohawk.
Nick Hentsch went from “Anarchy in the UK” to dirty diapers in Sheepshead Bay. But Hentsch, a stay-at-home-dad with 6-inch-high...

Business

Last US Business News: Bombshells ‘breastaurant’ is a ‘crime factory’: prosecutor. NY Post 24 - US News
Bombshells ‘breastaurant’ is a ‘crime factory’: prosecutor.
A Houston sports bar closed its doors for two weeks after the local prosecutor called it a “crime factory” — claiming...
Last US Business News: The reason millennials might be such bad tippers. NY Post 24 - US News
The reason millennials might be such bad tippers.
This bit of news got a lot of play this week: Millennials — Americans age 18 to 37 — are lousy tippers. In fact, they...
Last US Business News: Tax cuts were nice, but the federal deficit is still growing. NY Post 24 - US News
Tax cuts were nice, but the federal deficit is still growing.
Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who is Speaker of the House, said yesterday that the tax law changes have already been...
Last US Business News: What the Fed’s interest rate hikes mean for you. NY Post 24 - US News
What the Fed’s interest rate hikes mean for you.
Interest rates went up again last week. And Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday they will continue to rise....
Last US Business News: New York fines Deutsche Bank $205M for money manipulation. NY Post 24 - US News
New York fines Deutsche Bank $205M for money manipulation.
New York regulators are slapping a $205 million fine on Deutsche Bank, following allegations that its traders manipulated...
Last US Business News: Tesla sues ex-employee charging theft of trade secrets. NY Post 24 - US News
Tesla sues ex-employee charging theft of trade secrets.
Tesla is suing a former employee at its Nevada battery factory alleging that he hacked into the manufacturing computers and...
Last US Business News: FDA reconsiders ‘added sugar’ label for maple syrup. NY Post 24 - US News
FDA reconsiders ‘added sugar’ label for maple syrup.
The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to label pure maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars....
Last US Business News: American Airlines to Trump: Don’t put separated migrant kids on our flights. NY Post 24 - US News
American Airlines to Trump: Don’t put separated migrant kids on our flights.
American Airlines told the Trump administration to not put migrant children separated from their families on its flights...

Metro

Metro News: Area where Eric Garner was killed now the ‘heroin capital of Staten Island’. NY Post 24 - US News
Area where Eric Garner was killed now the ‘heroin capital of Staten Island’.
Gangbangers peddle drugs in plain sight, hustlers resell cheap booze on the street corner — 50 cents will get you a capful...
Metro News: Tenant advocate facing $20M defamation suit over bribing accusations. NY Post 24 - US News
Tenant advocate facing $20M defamation suit over bribing accusations.
A tenant advocate is facing a $20 million defamation lawsuit after accusing a leading real estate lobbying group of bribing...
Metro News: New library room to honor Brooke Astor. NY Post 24 - US News
New library room to honor Brooke Astor.
Philanthropist Brooke Astor always loved and nurtured the New York Public Library, and next month, it will thank her by starting...
Metro News: Spanish graffiti artists must pay $1,000 to avoid jail time. NY Post 24 - US News
Spanish graffiti artists must pay $1,000 to avoid jail time.
The last of the Spanish vandals who in April sullied the Big Apple’s subways with spray paint were sentenced Wednesday...
Metro News: Burglar breaks family’s hearts twice in 14-hour span. NY Post 24 - US News
Burglar breaks family’s hearts twice in 14-hour span.
A Queens family thought they were unlucky when their house got burglarized — but they had insult added to injury when the...
Metro News: State Senate deadlocked as legislative session nears end. NY Post 24 - US News
State Senate deadlocked as legislative session nears end.
The state Senate remained deadlocked on key issues late Wednesday, the final day of the 2018 legislative session. An omnibus...
Metro News: Alleged bike-path terrorist faces additional murder charges. NY Post 24 - US News
Alleged bike-path terrorist faces additional murder charges.
Manhattan federal prosecutors have added six counts of attempted murder to the eights counts of actual murder facing the...
Metro News: Dozens of scared kids spotted leaving Harlem foster care agency. NY Post 24 - US News
Dozens of scared kids spotted leaving Harlem foster care agency.
Dozens of seemingly scared and confused kids were seen Wednesday afternoon being hustled out of the Harlem foster care agency...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Who you gonna call? Feud-buster. NY Post 24 - US News
Who you gonna call? Feud-buster.
The on-again-off-again wedding of WWE stars John Cena and Nikki Bella is on again after Dennis “been there done that”...
Last US Sport News: Mets’ most reliable reliever implodes in Coors Field crusher. NY Post 24 - US News
Mets’ most reliable reliever implodes in Coors Field crusher.
DENVER — Robert Gsellman has been Mr. Efficiency from the Mets bullpen this season, but he was among the team’s parade...
Last US Sport News: Taylor Hall named MVP; Mathew Barzal snags Rookie of Year. NY Post 24 - US News
Taylor Hall named MVP; Mathew Barzal snags Rookie of Year.
Mathew Barzal, Taylor Hall and Brian Boyle all put together historic seasons on the ice in the New York City area — and...
Last US Sport News: Rangers pursuing deals as NHL draft nears. NY Post 24 - US News
Rangers pursuing deals as NHL draft nears.
DALLAS — The Rangers arrived here late Tuesday owning three of the first 28 and five of the first 48 selections in the...
Last US Sport News: Move over Wonderlic: Inside look at new exam the NBA’s using. NY Post 24 - US News
Move over Wonderlic: Inside look at new exam the NBA’s using.
The NBA will hold its annual draft Thursday at Barclays Center, and many of the selections — including the one made by...