The de Blasio-Cuomo Dynamic
From the Capital Tonight morning memo:
Bill de Blasio hasn’t been elected mayor yet.
And despite the expectation that Democrats will capture City Hall for the first time in 20 years is very real, the public advocate still must face former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota in a general election.
But many observers, journalists and politicians are looking beyond the general as merely round one what’s expected to be a debate over taxing the rich come 2014.
The crib notes: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing re-election this year and has reportedly told donors he will seek a tax cut, emboldening Senate Republicans to push for a broad-based slashing of rates. De Blasio, who is all but the final Democratic candidate standing as it becomes increasingly clear he has hit the 40 percent mark to avoid a runoff.
Assuming he wins this November, de Blasio takes office with a different set of priorities to implement than Cuomo, his former boss at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Cuomo in remarks yesterday didn’t commit either way to de Blasio’s tax-the-wealthy plan to pay for pre-kindergarten.
And it’s still possible the governor may find a way to wiggle out of the debate. After all, this the same governor who defused the last debate over taxing the rich by rejiggering the tax code as the so-called millionaires tax was due to expire. Somehow this middle-class tax cut (and it was indeed a rate cut for some) netted the state extra revenue since high-income earners received less of a cut than they were due to get should the tax have expired.
Those rates were extended this year, a year early, in order to avoid the very discussion that’s already beginning.
But the context that the governor entered office — and his political mindset — is key compared to whoever becomes the next mayor of New York.
Cuomo became governor after an unusually tumultuous period in state government, following two extraordinarily weak governors, ballooning budget deficits and gravity-defying gridlock.
Though de Blasio’s good showing in Tuesday’s primary is being cast as a sign we’re witnessing a “change” election following three terms of Bloombergian rule, Cuomo also ran and won in a year that New Yorkers craved stability in Albany.
De Blasio on the other hand faces a different set of circumstances and constituents, along with outerborough unrest following three terms of an administration its critics contend has focused too much on Wall Street and 5th Avenue Manhattanites.
In short, Cuomo’s focus has almost always been on what can happen and then move on.
And regardless of who wins, the Albany-City Hall dynamic and its natural tensions will be closely watched come January 2014.
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