From the Morning Memo:

There’s a rich irony, somewhere, that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was touting a $15 minimum wage that his some-time rival Gov. Andrew Cuomo had backed 200 miles to the north in Albany.

De Blasio repeatedly at last night’s debate returned to New York City’s $15 minimum wage. He could have been referring to the 2016 order he gave that set the minimum wage for city workers at $15. But he also spoke about the wage in broad terms.

As de Blasio can attest, the city remains a creature of the state, and it was up to state lawmakers and Cuomo to increase the minimum. The $15 minimum for large employers took effect at the end of last year (for small business of 10 or less employees, the wage hits $15 at the end of this year).

Beyond the minimum wage claim, de Blasio also falsely asserted he enacted “universal health care” in New York City — a claim that vastly overstated the scope of an existing program.

Still, de Blasio’s debate performance, honed perhaps by two terms of wrestling with New York City’s cantankerous press corps, was seen as sharp — interrupting his fellow presidential candidates several times, including an early-evening swipe at former Rep. Beto O’Rourke over health care.

The mayor and Sen. Elizabeth Warren were also the only candidates on the stage to raise their hands when asked if they would abolish private insurance when switching the nation over to a single-payer health care system.

And de Blasio returned to what had been a solid formula for him when he first ran for mayor in 2013 by touting his family, especially his son Dante, when discussing the need to speak to him about his interactions with the police as a person of color.

Tonight, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is the familiar face from New York who will take the debate stage in round two.