NY politicians react to feud between de Blasio and Cuomo

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Reaction came pouring in from the political world Wednesday to the public spat between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

There were two schools of thought. One, that the mayor showed backbone in going after the governor and that liberal Democrats will rally to his side.

The other viewpoint is, what in the world was the mayor thinking, since the governor has so much power over the city and remains the number one powerbroker in New York.

We gauged reaction from different Democrats in this nasty family feud.

"If someone disagrees with him openly some kind of revenge of vendetta follows," the mayor said in the interview.

It was the kind of interview that's just not done in politics.

The mayor unloaded on the governor, blaming him for shafting the city on everything from schools, to the high price of renting an apartment.

A day later we asked Democrats, did the mayor cut off his nose to spite his face? Did he do real damage since has to work with Cuomo in the future?

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said no, that the mayor was right to call out the governor.

"Think about that for a moment. If we're saying he's still the governor, we have to cooperate with him," said Adams. "We had a pattern of not getting anything for New York City. If we remain quiet that's going to set the tone for the next budgetary cycle."

The mayor has gotten cross with the governor on plenty, including not getting a heads-up on his Ebola quarantine plan and Cuomo never consulted the mayor in deciding to shut down the subway for an approaching winter storm.

But the final straw was mayoral control of city schools. Bloomberg got a 6-year extension, de Blasio just one.

"I'm sincerely disappointed in what I see what the Governor could have done to be able to push some of the stuff over the line," said State Sen. Gustavo Rivera.

But the governor's team has hinted the mayor needs to learn how to compromise with Albany. The Council Speaker dodged when asked who's right, the mayor or the governor.

"Government is a collaborative process and in the best interest of New York City collaboration is needed," said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The Attorney General seemed to ask, can't we all just get along?

"Look I work with the city, I work with the state every day. The public servants you're talking about have a commitment to the people they represent," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Some liberal Democrats are loving what de Blasio did. But the governor is a mix, conservative on issues like schools and taxes, more liberal on gun control and same sex marriage. That mix has frustrated many liberals in the city.

The governor Wednesday had no events and no amusing or pithy comments from his the press office.

The mayor and his family are now on vacation in the Southwest. They'll be in New Mexico Thursday.
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