Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday hailed Eric Adams’ strong lead within the metropolis’s Democratic mayoral primary — and mentioned the departure of Mayor Bill de Blasio can’t come quickly sufficient.
During a information convention in Manhattan, Cuomo repeatedly blasted de Blasio and predicted his relationship with whoever succeeds Hizzoner “will be better, by definition.”
“There are hundreds of mayors in New York I work with all of them,” Cuomo mentioned.
“It’s hard for me to work with an administration that is hyper-political and is not competent.”
Cuomo supplied his congratulations to Adams however added that he wasn’t certain if the first-choice outcomes from Tuesday’s ranked-choice voting meant the Brooklyn borough president and former NYPD captain would in the end emerge the victor.
But Cuomo mentioned, “I think in general electing a new mayor is very, very positive for the city.”
“Confidence in the mayor is very, very important. Confidence in the leadership of the mayor and the competence of the mayor is very important,” he mentioned.
“And I think with a new mayor you’re gonna see both an increase in the confidence in leadership and increase in the competence of the management of New York City.”
Cuomo added: “And I think that is going to be a major, major plus.”
Cuomo mentioned he had an excellent relationship with Adams, a former state senator from Brooklyn, and predicted he “will instill confidence” partly attributable to his standing as a former cop.
“I think he is a person who will step up and show real leadership, especially on the issue of quality of life and crime,” he mentioned.
Cuomo then took one other shot at de Blasio, saying, “Doing nothing is the worst thing that you can do — and that’s what has happened here.”
The governor additionally unveiled plans for a “Circle of Heroes” monument in Battery Park City in what seemed to be the most recent salvo in his struggle of one-upmanship with the mayor in celebrating the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, sooner or later after de Blasio introduced a July 7 ticker-tape parade to honor town’s docs and nurses, Cuomo’s workplace arranged fireworks displays throughout the state to mark his lifting of mask-wearing and social-distancing guidelines for vaccinated New Yorkers.
On Wednesday, Cuomo mentioned a hoop of 19 maple timber could be planted close to the northwest nook of Battery Park City to acknowledge numerous classes of important employees, starting from medical employees to retailer staff, supply drivers and lecturers.
Cuomo — who when he lifted coronavirus restrictions notably uncared for to say the estimated 50,000-plus New Yorkers killed by the illness — additionally mentioned there would even be an everlasting flame within the heart of the circle, “honoring those we lost.”
The new “Essential Workers Park” will formally open on Labor Day, he mentioned.
Also Wednesday, Cuomo mentioned he wouldn’t be renewing New York’s pandemic-related state of emergency when it expires on Thursday.
The governor, who repeatedly renewed the state of emergency after initially imposing it on March 7, 2020, repeated a well-known sequence of speaking factors whereas making the announcement.
In a series of tweets, de Blasio spokesman Bill Neidhardt attacked Cuomo’s dealing with of the pandemic, saying that he may have saved lived by shutting down town sooner than he died and posted a meme-style clip from “Max Max: Fury Road” to name his remarks about Eric Adams “bait.”
“This is all coming from an insecure man so mired in his own scandals that he’s actively rooting against New York City,” Neidhardt mentioned.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks