Hey, everyone has their own style.
That’s the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the latest war of words between him and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“It was clear he was frustrated. It’s clear that his style is to air his public frustration,” Cuomo told reporters today in Manhattan. “Everybody has their own style. I don’t choose to do that. I try to bite my tongue once in awhile on personal feelings.”
The hard-charging governor and the liberal mayor have been at odds over the resolution of the legislative session last month, in which the Democratic mayor felt he was short changed on his agenda for the city.
De Blasio wanted stronger rent-control laws, more affordable housing and a permanent extension of mayoral control of the city schools. With Republicans in charge of the Senate, de Blasio was only able to land a one-year extension of mayoral control, but did get a four-year extension and expansion of rent laws.
Cuomo said it was a good deal for the city. The alternative would have been no agreement, he said.
“Gridlock everybody loses. We used to have gridlock in Albany: Everybody lost because you got nothing done,” the Democratic mayor explained. “I have had extraordinary success working with my colleagues on a bi-partisan basis on reaching compromises.”
Cuomo said the mayoral control issue will be brought up again next year. But he also pointed out that no other city in the state has mayoral control.
“It was a controversial issue. We compromised. The mayor has control for a year. He doesn’t have permanent control,” Cuomo said. “I understand his frustration. But next year, we can come back and if he does a good job then we can say he should have more control.”