Much remains unknown nearly a week after the primary, but one thing is sure: Bill de Blasio will leave office next year, marking the end of the Feud™ between him and Gov. Andrew Cuomo that has infuriated their peers, stalled political initiatives and, according to some, cost New Yorkers’ lives during the height of the pandemic.
Just don’t expect the next mayor of New York City, whoever he or she may be, to have easy relationships in Albany simply by nature of not being de Blasio.
As Anna and Terry Golway wrote this weekend: “The governor has the raw political power; the mayor, the celebrity befitting the chief executive officer of the media capital of the world. The city is a creature of the state, as mayors often discover to their astonishment not long after taking their oath of office, and Albany — not just the governor, but the Legislature as well — prefers to keep its creation strapped to a gurney rather than have it thrashing about on its own.”
Should Eric Adams maintain his lead and win November’s general election, his priorities in petitioning the state would be resources for public safety, education and housing, his campaign says.
Unlike de Blasio, he would have the advantage (and potential baggage) of eight years experience as a state senator himself, as well as a moderate ideology that could play well to compromise with some of the Legislature’s centrists. Adams would encounter a different set of power dynamics in the state Capitol than those that greeted de Blasio in 2014; Democrats now control both chambers and Cuomo’s in a political quagmire.
But just like de Blasio, the next mayor faces the challenge of drumming up support from a Legislature grappling with ideological differences within its majority and a chief executive known for his aggressive management style.
Both Cuomo and Adams have expressed appreciation for the need to collaborate between city and state, and Cuomo said he and Adams share “a good personal relationship, good professional relationship.”
We’ve… um… heard that one before.
WHERE’S ANDREW? In New York City with no public events scheduled.
WHERE’S BILL? No announced public schedule but probably appearing on NY1’s Inside City Hall.
WHERE CAN I GET…? The Vacation Dad shirt de Blasio was wearing at Bushwick Pool.
HOW’S KATHY? Uninjured after a minor car crash in Hyde Park.
“Voter Turnout Surged in AOC’s Queens and Dropped Where COVID Raged Worst,” by The City’s Ann Choi and Josefa Velasquez: “At least 1.2 million New Yorkers — nearly one in three registered voters — participated in the primary election, a far stronger showing than when the mayor’s job and most City Council seats were last up for grabs. Board of Elections figures show about 33% of active Democrats submitted ballots that included the 13-way contest for mayor, whose outcome will remain unknown for weeks as the new ranked choice voting process unfolds. Just 13% of Republican voters cast ballots, overwhelmingly opting for media personality and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, who earned a spot on the GOP ticket. With races from City Council to mayor remain up in the air, turnout patterns suggested an ongoing AOC effect energizing voters in progressive pockets of Queens while some residents of areas hit hardest by COVID struggled to get to the polls, an analysis by THE CITY found. ”
‘It is not over’: New York’s mayoral frontrunner forced into waiting game, by POLITICO’s David Giambusso and Téa Kvetenadze: At most other times in New York City history, the Democratic nominee for mayor could spend this post-primary period basking in the glow of victory and an almost guaranteed path to City Hall. But this is like no other time in city history and the next few weeks will be a complicated and potentially messy time for mayoral politics. “This is new territory for all of us,” leading candidate Eric Adams acknowledged Friday… For the next few weeks, Adams will be simultaneously counting votes in the race he just ran, shifting his campaign to general election mode and preparing to hire a new administration…
He made a push Friday to start the transition as soon as possible. Typically, a mayor-elect might wait until the general election to start planning his or her administration. Adams argued that, because of the weight of the issues facing the next mayor — and with the primary now in June instead of September — the new administration should start meeting with the old administration as soon as the Democratic nominee emerges. “We need to engage in a conversation. We can't say, ‘Let's start from scratch on Jan. 1.' That's unfair to New Yorkers,” Adams said Friday, while acknowledging other candidates should be part of that conversation with de Blasio.
“Bruce Springsteen Reopens Broadway, Ushering In Theater’s Return,” by The New York Times’ Nick Corasaniti: “I have seen the return of Broadway, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. In a city whose cultural soul had been shuttered for more than a year with boarded up windows and empty streets, it was Springsteen who called it back to life on Saturday night, his gruff and guttural rasp the first to echo across a Broadway stage to a paying audience in 471 days. Of course, ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is no traditional Broadway production — no mesmerizing choreographed musical numbers, no enchanted sets, no multi-page bios of cast members in the Playbill. The show consists of a man alone onstage; his ensemble a microphone, a harmonica, a piano and six steel strings stretched across a select slab of spruce wood. ‘I am here tonight to provide proof of life,' Springsteen called out early on. It was a line from the monologue of his original show — which ran for 236 performances, in 2017 and 2018 — and now it carried extra weight.”
— City Council is set to recovene in person this week for the first time in 16 months. The 51-member body will debate de Blasio's $98.6 billion budget before the July 1 deadline.
— Visits resumed at city jails for the first time since March 2020.
RACE FOR THE OTHER PLACE: “GOP thinking crime, Cuomo as it looks toward governor's race,” by Times Union’s Joshua Solomon: “On Monday, the state GOP is scheduled to take a straw poll and may nominate Suffolk County U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as its presumptive nominee. The Republican Party hopes it can avoid a costly primary and let its candidate of choice build a base, both politically and financially, 17 months from the gubernatorial election. Although Zeldin is the early GOP front-runner, a primary could unfold with others still pursuing the nomination, including Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew. The path forward, while it has its similarities to the 1994 election, is mired in many factors, from a shifted political landscape to scandals that are engulfing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; that makes pundits cautious to predict an outcome and Republicans confident that the situation before them is a perfect storm for a GOP win.
— “Some of Cuomo’s most reliable political contributors — including unions, wealthy executives and Democratic Party officials — say they still plan to give money to his expected campaign for a fourth term in office, The Associated Press’ Marina Villeneuve reports.
“Brown effort to gin up support,” by Investigative Post’s Geoff Kelly and Jim Heaney: “Mayor Byron Brown told reporters Friday he has received ‘an outpouring of support’ encouraging him to wage a write-in campaign in November’s general election rather than concede his loss to India Walton in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary. According to text messages acquired this weekend by Investigative Post, the mayor plans to repeat that claim on Monday. But the support, rather than being spontaneous, is being orchestrated by his supporters, including associates of Carl Paladino. According to those texts, at least some of that ‘outpouring of support’ is being solicited and coordinated by top Brown lieutenants in City Hall. The goal: To give Brown a pretext to claim on Monday that ‘he has heard from hundreds’ of supporters over the weekend calling on him to continue the fight.”
Opposition slate looks to unseat leadership in state's largest nurses union, by POLITICO’s Amanda Eisenberg: A faction of the New York State Nurses Association is looking to unseat the union’s current leadership after years of internal conflict members say has damaged the union’s reputation and ability to work with the Cuomo administration. It’s the first time in a decade that NYSNA leadership has had an opposing slate run against the incumbents. The opposition comes as union leadership in recent years has adopted a left-leaning stance in steering the 40,000-member union — opting for a more combative approach to contract negotiations instead of traditional negotiations with hospital executives that characterized past leadership.
“Johnson & Johnson to Pay New York $230 Million to Settle Opioid Case,” by The New York Times’ Sarah Maslin Nir: “Johnson & Johnson will pay New York State more than $230 million in a settlement that also ensures the company will permanently stay out of the opioid business in the United States, the state attorney general’s office announced on Saturday. The settlement comes at a time when the opioid industry is facing over 3,000 lawsuits across the nation for its contribution to an epidemic of prescription and street opioid abuse that has killed more than 800,000 Americans in the last 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it came just days before opening arguments in a sweeping New York trial in which the company was to be among the defendants.”
#UpstateAmerica: A home for sale in Monroe County features three bedrooms, a newly painted deck, an updated half-bath and … a golf course.
“Trump Organization Could Face Criminal Charges in D.A. Inquiry,” by The New York Times’ William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess and Jonah E. Bromwich: “The Manhattan district attorney’s office has informed Donald J. Trump’s lawyers that it is considering criminal charges against his family business, the Trump Organization, in connection with fringe benefits the company awarded a top executive, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The prosecutors had been building a case for months against the executive, Allen H. Weisselberg, as part of an effort to pressure him to cooperate with a broader inquiry into Mr. Trump’s business dealings. But it was not previously known that the Trump Organization also might face charges.”
— Prosecutors have given former President Donald Trump’s attorneys a deadline of Monday afternoon to make any final arguments as to why the Trump Organization should not face criminal charges.
“Jamaal Bowman requested special police protection for his Yonkers home,” by New York Post’s Jon Levine: “Freshman U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman — a champion of defunding cops who claims policing is rife with ‘white supremacy’ — asked for and received a special police detail to guard his Yonkers home in the days following the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill insurrection, The Post has learned. ‘About a week after the Jan. 6th incident at the Capitol, we received a request from the Congressman’s office for increased police presence at his residence,’ Yonkers Police Department Detective Lt. Dean Politopoulos told The Post.”
— City candidates collected a total of $109 million in public matching funds for the just-concluded primary.
— Voters in Western Queens who supported Jimmy Van Bramer for borough president will likely decide a nail-biter between Donovan Richards and Elizabeth Crowley under ranked-choice voting.
— Basketball tournaments are back at Harlem’s Rucker Park.
— Police arrested a man in the Bronx shooting where two children were seen dodging gunfire.
— NXIVM defector Allison Mack has turned on group leader Keith Raniere as she awaits sentencing.
— Water levels in Lake Ontario are as high as they’re going to get this year — and they’re pretty low.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Marc Kasowitz … NYT’s David Kirkpatrick … Laura Tyson … Ziad Ojakli … CNN’s Yaffa Fredrick … Brunswick Group’s Stephanie Benedict … E&E's Scott Waldman … Kurt Eichenwald is 6-0 … Erin McPike … Comcast’s Brian Roberts … Bloomberg’s Anna Edgerton … Pete Nonis … Bill Hulse of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness … Ashley Marquis of Jefferson Strategies … AP’s Brendan Farrington …
… (was Sunday): Tony Fratto of Hamilton Place Strategies … Tom Steyer … NYT’s Lisa Friedman … CNN’s Carrie Stevenson and Justin Lear … Charles Bronfman turned 9-0 … Paul Roveda … Reuters’ David Shepardson … David Wochner of K&L Gates … The New Yorker’s Anna Russell … George Malkin …
… (was Saturday): WSJ’s Mike Bender … Bloomberg’s Emma Kinery … Brunswick Group’s Dave Brown … Mayer Brown’s Mickey Leibner … Global Citizen’s Alex Hayden DiLalla … King & Spalding’s Preeya Noronha Pinto … WSJ’s Louise Radnofsky … NYT’s Daniel Victor … WME’s Mark McGrath … Elizabeth Pipko … Teneo’s Ross Feinstein … Elisabeth Cholnoky … Chris Weideman
MAKING MOVES — Jeorge Cymon is now deputy comms director for transportation for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He most recently was deputy press secretary. … Jade Kraft is now deputy comms director for Albany for Gov. Cuomo. She previously was his deputy press secretary. … Emily Badalamente is now senior policy adviser for human services and mental hygiene at the New York State Executive Chamber. She most recently was Excelsior Service Fellow at the chamber.
“NYC Buildings department shuts down more than 300 construction sites in massive safety sweep,” by New York Daily News’ Thomas Tracy: “More than 300 city construction sites have been shut down this month because building inspectors found glaring safety violations, the Daily News has learned. The 322 sites, more than a third of which were in Brooklyn, were shuttered during a massive zero-tolerance safety sweep conducted by the Department of Buildings designed to tamp down on construction deaths in the city. Seven hardhats have died in construction-related accidents so far this year, including three in May alone, Buildings officials said.”
“New York Rent Relief Application Snags Frustrate Landlords and Tenants,” by The City’s Greg David: “With the 18 buildings Valentina Gojcaj owns or manages in The Bronx saddled with $787,000 in arrears from tenants who haven’t paid rent during the pandemic, she made a list of 53 residents owing more than $5,000. She then submitted the landlord portion of the paperwork necessary for those people to have their rent paid by the state’s federally-funded $2.4 billion relief program. But only four tenants, Gojcaj said, have so far done their part to apply for the program …
“Nearly a month after the state officially opened applications for the rent relief program, real estate and tenant advocates agree that the program is off to a rocky start due to frustrating technical difficulties on top of a complicated process that can take two or more hours to complete. But they disagree over whether most tenants are enthusiastic about taking advantage of a program that will pay a year’s worth of rent and guarantee no eviction for a year — or whether some residents are gaming the system to extend the time they can live in a unit rent-free.”
“There Are Jobs in the Hamptons. If Only Workers Could Afford The Rent,” by The New York Times’ Sarah Maslin Nir: “At the Candy Kitchen diner on Main Street, the staff juggling orders of pancakes is short by seven members — and not one job seeker has dropped off a résumé this year. At Blue One clothing store down the street, the owner raised the hourly pay from $15 to $18 to lure workers. And at Almond, at the end of the street, the restaurant’s co-owner is sharing his two-bedroom home with three seasonal workers who could not find housing … The Hamptons is experiencing the same constellation of factors that has contributed to a national employment crisis — but here it is supercharged by elements unique to the upscale towns: Untold numbers of New York City residents fled during the pandemic, gobbling up the housing stock and driving up prices as they turned the summer escape into a year-round residence.”
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