Here’s a brief video look back at Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over their shared time in office. Their relationship, bumpy since Mayor de Blasio took office despite the oft-touted “friendship” from their time at HUD, has devolved into off-the-record sniping by the governor and on-the-record complaints by the mayor. It’s not clear how, or if, the current friction ends, but with 2 1/2 years remaining in Mayor de Blasio’s term, and 3 1/2 in Governor Cuomo’s, there’s no escaping each other.
These excerpts and outtakes illustrate the early hoping-against-hope tact of Mayor de Blasio; publicly emphasizing their existing relationship and some putative shared policy policy goals. As has been made painfully clear neither of those elements appear meaningful to the governor and, notwithstanding some moments of levity, time and retrospect treat many of Mayor de Blasio’s words harshly.