There was lots of Bronx love tonight for Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio – but no sign of any love between them as they separately appeared at the Bronx County Democratic Committee dinner.
Cuomo arrived slightly after his scheduled 7:00 speech time, mixing for a few minutes. He stayed for a short while after his speech, listening to Carl Heastie speak before departing. He spoke briefly with a few reporters, concluding that Q&A and driving off just before 8:00. Mayor de Blasio, scheduled to speak at 7:30, arrived about 5-10 minutes after Cuomo’s departure.
Cuomo was asked about his continuing friction with the Mayor and what’s evolved into mutual silent treatment. “He is not here, I’m going to another event” said the governor about 20 minutes after the scheduled start time of the mayor’s speech, adding after a pause “I’m sure I’ll see him soon.” The governor appeared relaxed and his additional comments were a bit empathetic, but he didn’t give any indication that improved relations are in the offing.
The Mayor spent close to 30 minutes greeting well-wishers after his speech, but left without answering any questions from trailing reporters. His spokesperson said that Cuomo and de Blasio “will speak in the near future”, but refused to say when or where.
While the mini-drama is riveting, and offers the prospect of a good picture whenever the two finally meet, it’s beyond time for them to end it. Their real policy and political differences won’t be resolved by a simple meeting, but the diminishment that they’re now both receiving can end. Both look increasingly petty, but there’s a simple way for at least one of them to staunch that diminution and look “grown up” – just drive over to the other’s office, go in and say hello.