While The Mayor Remains In Aggressive Posture, The Governor Wields A Ton Of Power

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s war of words against Gov. Andrew Cuomo was still reverberating around the state Wednesday.

As CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported, many were wondering if the mayor will pay a price for his candid remarks.

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Speaking to reporters at City Hall on Tuesday, de Blasio accused Cuomo of seeking to undermine the city’s agenda and doling out political retribution for not agreeing with the governor.

“I want to emphasize there is a kind of deal making and horse trading that he engages in that I think often obscures the truth,” the mayor said. “It gets so convoluted I’m not sure he and the people around him remember where they began.”

The New York political world is still in shock over the mayor’s decision to take on the governor publicly.

“The first rule of New York politics is never underestimate any Cuomo, especially Andrew,” Democratic political consultant Hank Sheinkopf said.

De Blasio knew the move could potentially come back to haunt him.

“I’m not going to be surprised if these statements lead to some attempts at revenge,” he said.

But sources told CBS2 the mayor concluded he had no other choice because:

* Passivity only invites more shenanigans

* It had to be said because trying to work with the governor was not sustainable

* It rallies the left, which is already furious with Cuomo

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* It boosts mayoral support in the city.

Pundits agree that running against Albany helps de Blasio.

“It’s the smart move by the mayor. It puts him in a more aggressive posture. Blame someone else; don’t blame yourself,” Sheinkopf said.

“The mayor’s decided, look, he can’t get anything done; let’s take advantage of it politically,” Sheinkopf added.

However, experts also point out that although the governor’s poll numbers are weak right now he has massive powers over the city. Behind the scenes, with nary a word said publicly, he can do all kinds of things, such as appoint a special prosecutor to investigate any city agency, even the mayor’s office.

But de Blasio knows that, and he’s vowed not to take any pushback lying down.

“We’ll just call them right out, because we’re just not going to play that way,” the mayor said. “We’re not going to accept that as anything like acceptable government practice.”

Still, the mayor is taking a big gamble.

“This governor does not have amnesia, nor is he without power, and these kinds of behaviors will be recalled, not necessarily in the way people think. There may not be a public move, but certainly the next session of the Legislature will be much more difficult for the mayor,” Sheinkopf said.

It also could turn into a zero-sum game, Kramer reported. Cuomo could back a candidate to run against de Blasio when he seeks re-election in 2017, and de Blasio could run against Cuomo for governor in 2018.

Albany sources told Kramer the mayor’s rant is being dismissed as a “paranoid  temper tantrum,” adding the governor, Senate Republicans and even some Assembly Democrats now view de Blasio as “officially beneath us.”

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Meanwhile, several de Blasio allies, including Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, refused to join the mayor in his crusade against Cuomo, Kramer reported.