The Long History Behind New York’s Feuding Mayors and Governors

November 06, 2015 at 6:47 pm

It’s a battle that has existed throughout New York’s entire history: the state governor versus the mayor of Manhattan.

In June, Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo, telling journalists that “what we’ve often seen, is if someone disagrees with him openly, some kind of revenge or vendetta follow.”

Contemporary observers may have been surprised by the mayor’s candor, but here in the Empire State, feuds between the city’s mayor and the governor are nothing new.

For example, there was Giuliani and Pataki, Koch and Mario Cuomo, and perhaps the mother of all mayor-governor feuds: Lindsay and Rockefeller.

Politico Senior Editor Terry Golway joins us to discuss the history of contention between mayors and governors in New York.