Capital New York:
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his most blistering criticism to date of Governor Andrew Cuomo, telling reporters inside his City Hall office Tuesday that the governor was more concerned with backroom deals than with serving New Yorkers.
"There is a kind of deal-making and horse-trading that he engages in that I think often obscures the truth. It gets so convoluted I'm not sure he and the people around him remember where they began," de Blasio said.
De Blasio in the past had said he and Cuomo were old friends working together. But on Tuesday, just days after the State Legislature defeated some of his top priorities, de Blasio said his legislative agenda was derailed by a governor whom he said exacts "revenge."
The mayor also insisted he would have won a longer extension of mayoral control of city schools had Cuomo not pressured the State Senate to push for a one-year deal. De Blasio had pushed for permanent control but in the end, agreed to a three-year extension.
De Blasio spoke in measured tones for nearly 30 minutes about what he said was Cuomo's role in defeating his agenda in Albany. He blamed Cuomo for unduly influencing the Republican-controlled Senate, saying he had been "disappointed at every turn" by a governor he endorsed for re-election last year.