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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: Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations. NY Post 24 - US News
Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations.
With apologies to Rud­yard Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .” you are Donald...
Last US News - Opinion: Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking. NY Post 24 - US News
Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking.
Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves massive bipartisan support for his push to stop airlines from shrinking seats any more. The Senate...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay.
Democrats are still calling for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh — as if their actual preferred...
Last US News - Opinion: How to make Russia back off in the Middle East. NY Post 24 - US News
How to make Russia back off in the Middle East.
For the first time in decades, Israel finds itself on the receiving end of Russian threats. The tensions follow the downing...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations. NY Post 24 - US News
Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations.
With apologies to Rud­yard Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .” you are Donald...
Last US News - Opinion: Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking. NY Post 24 - US News
Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking.
Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves massive bipartisan support for his push to stop airlines from shrinking seats any more. The Senate...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay.
Democrats are still calling for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh — as if their actual preferred...
Last US News - Opinion: How to make Russia back off in the Middle East. NY Post 24 - US News
How to make Russia back off in the Middle East.
For the first time in decades, Israel finds itself on the receiving end of Russian threats. The tensions follow the downing...
Last US News - Opinion: Sorry: It still doesn’t feel like the subways are getting better. NY Post 24 - US News
Sorry: It still doesn’t feel like the subways are getting better.
‘The statistics show that we are turning the corner where we need to turn it,” NYC Transit chief Andy Byford said Monday...

Living

US Living News: Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird set for auction. NY Post 24 - US News
Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird set for auction.
The only thing more cherry than Marilyn Monroe was her cars — and now you can own one. Up for auction in the coming months...
US Living News: Millennials behind America’s shrinking divorce rate. NY Post 24 - US News
Millennials behind America’s shrinking divorce rate.
Millennials are shirking yet another American tradition: divorce. Thanks to younger couples getting married later, presumably...
US Living News: Anthony Bourdain’s return to bookstands isn’t what you’d expect. NY Post 24 - US News
Anthony Bourdain’s return to bookstands isn’t what you’d expect.
In 1984, a young Anthony Bourdain showed up uninvited on the doorstep of a Lower East Side literary magazine. Dressed in...
US Living News: How to make Anthony Bourdain’s classic meatballs. NY Post 24 - US News
How to make Anthony Bourdain’s classic meatballs.
From “Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts” Classic meatballs 3 tablespoons plus ½ cup extra virgin olive...
US Living News: Humans may be why Earth wobbles more than it should. NY Post 24 - US News
Humans may be why Earth wobbles more than it should.
When looking at the Earth from afar it appears to be a perfect sphere, but that actually isn’t the case. Because Earth...
US Living News: Brown-bag it like a pro by mastering this surefire sandwich formula. NY Post 24 - US News
Brown-bag it like a pro by mastering this surefire sandwich formula.
Suffering from turkey-and-cheese ennui? Bust out of brown-bag boredom with help from NYC’s top sandwich pros. “All of...
US Living News: Man mistakes airplane’s emergency exit with bathroom. NY Post 24 - US News
Man mistakes airplane’s emergency exit with bathroom.
A passenger on a GoAir flight from Delhi to Patna, India, created “pandemonium” when he tried to open the emergency exit...
US Living News: These are the most sex-crazed states in America. NY Post 24 - US News
These are the most sex-crazed states in America.
The smallest state in America is also the most “sex-crazed.” Google data shows people in Rhode Island are the...

Business

Last US Business News: ‘Mystery buyer’ of Necco wafers and Sweethearts revealed. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Mystery buyer’ of Necco wafers and Sweethearts revealed.
Spangler Candy Co. announced that it is the mystery buyer of the shuttered maker of Necco wafers and Sweethearts. The purchase...
Last US Business News: Nike shares mysteriously dip despite reporting strong quarter. NY Post 24 - US News
Nike shares mysteriously dip despite reporting strong quarter.
Nike has its mojo back — but investors wanted even more. Despite turning in a strong quarter — beating Wall Street’s...
Last US Business News: Wealthy families investing less money in hedge funds. NY Post 24 - US News
Wealthy families investing less money in hedge funds.
The country’s wealthiest families last year — soured by hedge funds’ high fees and poor returns — continued to turn...
Last US Business News: Yahoo Finance poaches 2 editors from TheStreet.com. NY Post 24 - US News
Yahoo Finance poaches 2 editors from TheStreet.com.
Andy Serwer, editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance, has lured two editors from TheStreet.com to join the Verizon-owned site. Brian...
Last US Business News: This shocked trader woke up $89M richer — kind of. NY Post 24 - US News
This shocked trader woke up $89M richer — kind of.
He was the $89 million man — if only for a few hours. Daniel Levene, a Manhattan venture capitalist, lived every day-trader’s...
Last US Business News: Uber wins legal battle to keep drivers independent contractors. NY Post 24 - US News
Uber wins legal battle to keep drivers independent contractors.
Uber won a legal victory on Tuesday as a federal appeals court said drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather...
Last US Business News: Walmart plans to use blockchain to track lettuce. NY Post 24 - US News
Walmart plans to use blockchain to track lettuce.
Walmart and its unit Sam’s Club said on Monday leafy greens suppliers will be asked to implement real-time, farm-to-store...
Last US Business News: WeddingWire to buy XO Group in $933M deal. NY Post 24 - US News
WeddingWire to buy XO Group in $933M deal.
Event planning company XO Group Inc will be taken private by wedding planning group WeddingWire Inc in a $933 million deal,...

Metro

Metro News: Richard Carranza visits high school in voter registration push. NY Post 24 - US News
Richard Carranza visits high school in voter registration push.
You’re never too young to think beyond class president. City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and a handful of student...
Metro News: Court officers say shortages are leaving staffers in line of fire. NY Post 24 - US News
Court officers say shortages are leaving staffers in line of fire.
Severe staffing shortages are leaving state court officers in the line of fire and struggling to keep up with a slew of weapons...
Metro News: Residents hit hard by inhumane NYCHA conditions to speak out in court. NY Post 24 - US News
Residents hit hard by inhumane NYCHA conditions to speak out in court.
Dozens of New Yorkers who have suffered horrendous living conditions in the city’s public-housing complexes — including...
Metro News: NYC’s older apartment buildings more likely to have water that tests positive for lead: report. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC’s older apartment buildings more likely to have water that tests positive for lead: report.
New York has another lead contributor: old pipes. Smaller, older apartment buildings that dot the outer boroughs are more...
Metro News: City Councilman Rory Lancman announces bid for Queens DA. NY Post 24 - US News
City Councilman Rory Lancman announces bid for Queens DA.
City Councilman Rory Lancman on Wednesday became the first person to announce his candidacy for Queens district attorney,...
Metro News: Judge sentences killer to 25 to life, says he deserves ‘no mercy’. NY Post 24 - US News
Judge sentences killer to 25 to life, says he deserves ‘no mercy’.
A Queens judge threw the book at an unrepentant man who was convicted for fatally stabbing a stranger in 2015. “He clearly...
Metro News: Woman accused of helping boyfriend dismember her pal describes horrific scene. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman accused of helping boyfriend dismember her pal describes horrific scene.
A woman accused of dismembering her friend after her boyfriend killed her recounted the horrific incident to police, describing...
Metro News: White supremacist accused of murder wanted to purge black people from Earth. NY Post 24 - US News
White supremacist accused of murder wanted to purge black people from Earth.
The crazed racist who murdered an African-American man in Manhattan last year told investigators that he was on a mission...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Jamal Adams: We weren’t prepared for Baker Mayfield. NY Post 24 - US News
Jamal Adams: We weren’t prepared for Baker Mayfield.
Jets star safety Jamal Adams took an indirect shot at his coaches on Tuesday during a radio interview. Adams said the Jets’...
Last US Sport News: Mets bullpen ruins Noah Syndergaard gem. NY Post 24 - US News
Mets bullpen ruins Noah Syndergaard gem.
That wasn’t “Drew” resonating from the stands at Citi Field on Tuesday. Drew Smith was a bright spot among the relievers...
Last US Sport News: ‘I have three jobs’: Ron Darling doesn’t want to be Mets’ GM. NY Post 24 - US News
‘I have three jobs’: Ron Darling doesn’t want to be Mets’ GM.
It looks like Ron Darling really doesn’t want to be the next general manager of the Mets. Darling emphatically denied a...
Last US Sport News: Gary Sanchez rewards Boone’s faith for one day as Yankees roll. NY Post 24 - US News
Gary Sanchez rewards Boone’s faith for one day as Yankees roll.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Aaron Boone can see the sun in a hurricane when it comes to how he feels about a struggling player....
Last US Sport News: New Net Alan Williams has service in his blood. NY Post 24 - US News
New Net Alan Williams has service in his blood.
The Nets signed Alan Williams hoping for a rebounder. They may have gotten so much more. One day into training camp, he already...