Sunday, December 21, 2014

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NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt's daily look Inside City Hall.

NY1 ItCH: A Taxing Day for Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo

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While Nelson Mandela is memorialized in South Africa and snow starts to hit the city, Governor Andrew Cuomo is out on Long Island this morning, releasing the findings of his bipartisan commission that's dedicated to find a way to cut taxes in an election year.

Taxes have been on the governor's mind a lot these days. Yesterday, he was in Washington D.C. where he attended a fundraiser held by lobbyist Tony Podesta, the brother of Democratic insider John Podesta.

As our Michael Scotto reports: "Attendees said the governor's breakfast talk focused on keeping New York taxes in check. 'He did say that while he was governor he was not going to let New York be known as the highest taxed state in the United States,' said former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes."

This could all spell a headache for Bill de Blasio, who has made raising taxes on the wealthy the centerpiece of his first months in office. (A powerful New York Times series on the life and times of a homeless Brooklyn girl may help his case.)

In an interview with our Grace Rauh, de Blasio's incoming First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris tried to downplay any possible tensions with Cuomo, who employs his wife as an executive assistant.

It will be a delicate dance for both Cuomo and de Blasio. After all, who can say they're opposed to universal pre-K, the goal of de Blasio's tax plan? And should Cuomo somehow find the money without a tax hike (an estimated $439 million), would de Blasio still insist that the wealthiest pay more in New York City, regardless? Let's see how long these two Democrats can play nice in the snow.

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