Forget about Andrew Cuomo for President; it’s clear the governor  wants to be running City Hall – and he’s getting a head start on his 2021 campaign.

The not-so-good Friday budget adopted by the State Legislature gives Cuomo the upper hand over mass-transit funding as well as new oversight for the city’s Department of Education – mandating a school-by-school breakdown of how state education funding will be spent. No other city in the state will be required to keep such a ledger.

Cuomo is also flexing his muscles over Penn Station, saying he may use eminent domain around the rail hub in the name of improving security. And he’s making the city pay more for subway improvement while also demanding it shares the cost of finishing work on the Hudson River Park.

Public Housing? NYCHA will soon be getting an independent monitor appointed by the City Council in consultation with tenants.

It’s a wonder that Cuomo hasn’t started the process of removing de Blasio from office – something he legally can do under the City Charter. Instead, he’s trying to budget him into a corner.


Bob Hardt