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De Blasio’s Presidential Run Leaves ‘Mayor Cuomo’ Dominating the City

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De Blasio’s Presidential Run Leaves ‘Mayor Cuomo’ Dominating the City

New York Post May 17, 2019
Urban PolicyNYC
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has ghosted New York, off running for a lesser ­office than being mayor of the biggest city in the country. But New York doesn’t need to wait until January 2022 to have a mayor again. For the next two and a half years, we’ll be governed by Mayor Cuomo, who has been stealthily increasing his local power as the mayor has been plaintively seeking New Hampshire votes.

This isn’t a terrific state of affairs, but it’s what we’ve got, and it’s better than nothing — and so New Yorkers had better start thinking of Cuomo as their only elected executive, and hold him accountable.

Make no mistake: De Blasio isn’t leaving us just for the summer and fall before he comes loping back, ready to assume responsibility again. This is it: As his schedule for Thursday informed the press, the mayor “will ­depart New York City.” This time, for Iowa — but he’s gone forever. A failed presidential candidate de Blasio is going to be worse for New York’s future than the mayor we have right now: even more out of touch, disengaged and angry that his career has stalled out.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

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