De Blasio Blames ‘Miscommunication’ for Spat Over Homeless Subsidies

Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today blamed “miscommunication” for his administration’s latest spat with the governor over a deal that would allow the state to subsidize rents for homeless families to transition out of the city’s crammed shelter system.

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David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike

Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has an unusual take on the recent power plays between his successor and the new mayor.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s 77 WABC Radio show this morning, Mr. Paterson argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was actually doing Mayor Bill de Blasio a favor when he offered to pay for universal pre-K using state money instead of endorsing Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes–and accused Mr. de Blasio of being “intellectually dishonest” in arguing a new tax was necessary to fund the programs. Continue reading “David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike”

De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans

Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters this afternoon.
Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters last week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today brushed off a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been meddling in the mayor’s efforts to build support for his plan to raise taxes on the city’s highest-income earners to fund universal pre-K.

Capital New York reported this morning that Mr. Cuomo’s office “has pressured elected officials and others to pull support from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan.” Continue reading “De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans”

Andrew Cuomo Gives Subtle Boost to Possible Jeff Klein Challenge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Governor's Office/Flickr)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Governor’s Office/Flickr)

Just call him AG.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today pumped up Oliver Koppell’s potential challenge of State Senator Jeff Klein, the co-majority leader of the State Senate.

Asked by a reporter for his thoughts about “Assemblyman Koppell’s” potential bid–Mr. Koppell is a former Bronx assemblyman, councilman and one-time attorney general–Mr. Cuomo referred to the ex-lawmaker by his highest title, attorney general, and said Mr. Koppell was heeding “good advice” by waiting until April to decide whether to pull the trigger. Continue reading “Andrew Cuomo Gives Subtle Boost to Possible Jeff Klein Challenge”

Cuomo Critic Launches Cartoon Series Featuring ‘Governor Cuomocchio’

cuomo cartoon

Critics to the left of Gov. Andrew Cuomo are ratcheting up their attacks with a new cartoon series portraying him as the Pinocchio-inspired “Governor Cuomocchio.”

The series, which is being launched by the advocacy group EffectiveNY, “will highlight Governor Cuomo’s propensity for stretching the truth and his record of failing to deliver on big promises,” according to a press release set to go out later this afternoon. Continue reading “Cuomo Critic Launches Cartoon Series Featuring ‘Governor Cuomocchio’”

‘Attack Tweet’ Amuses Gov. Cuomo

A visual approximation of what attack tweets from Andrew Cuomo could look like. (Photo composite: Spencer Platt/Getty)
A visual approximation of what attack tweets from Andrew Cuomo could look like. (Photo composite: Spencer Platt/Getty)

The governor of New York is extremely amused by the concept of an “attack tweet.”

Andrew Cuomo was asked today about City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s apparent social media broadside, in which she seemed to criticize his “SILENCE” on the East Harlem building collapse that rocked her district last week. Continue reading “‘Attack Tweet’ Amuses Gov. Cuomo”

Public School Advocates Protest ‘Quid Pro Cuomo’

Public school advocates protest in lobby
Public school advocates protest in lobby

Step aside, “Status Cuomo.” Hello, “Quid Pro Cuomo.”

A small crowd of public school parents and advocates stormed the lobby of midtown building where Gov. Andrew Cuomo was believed to have a meeting this afternoon. Waving “Quid Pro Cuomo” posters, the two dozen or so protesters rallied against proposed budget language that would give the state government some jurisdiction over city schools. Continue reading “Public School Advocates Protest ‘Quid Pro Cuomo’”