There's no love lost between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. But even though they don't seem likely to bury the hatchet soon, it will all work out.
When giants clash, it's easy for the little people to get trodden underfoot.
This has been the concern in the continuing feud between Cuomo and de Blasio, two Democrats who haven't been able to play nice.
They are Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, the Mets and the Yankees, Hamilton and Burr. They have ratcheted up the insults, made headlines, even attempted detente — a branzino dinner where at least they agreed on the fish. At times, their differences have been petty.
And, surprisingly, along the way, they've sometimes managed to change policy and make life better for the everyday Joes down here.
A brief history of the feud
Cuomo and de Blasio sparred since de Blasio took office, but the squabbling reached a fevered pitch after a combative legislative session which left the mayor feeling that the city had been short-changed, de Blasio delivered an impassioned fight-them-at-the-beaches defense, decrying the political machinations of a vindictive governor. He explained that he knew he might face "revenge."
The two men are hardly cut from the same political cloth — Cuomo's centrist pragmatism vs. de Blasio's soaring liberal ambitions. But they have known each other for decades and once attested to a real friendship. Unfortunately, things quickly turned strictly professional.
When Legionnaires disease broke out in the Bronx, the mayor and governor held dueling news conferences.
When topless dancers wandered Times Square, the governor hinted that the bad old days were on their way back.
When de Blasio launched an ill-fated offensive against Uber, Cuomo insisted that the ride-sharing service should be regulated by the state.
It took months for the two to come together on a mammoth MTA capital plan agreement, even when the mayor contributed unprecedented funding.