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.
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