Andrew Cuomo’s team is fully denying a New York Post report today alleging the governor is quietly working to thwart Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio by backing a rival candidate in the race for City Council speaker.
Mr. Dicker, citing unnamed “Democratic insiders,” said Mr. Cuomo was engaged in a “last-ditch effort” to block Melissa Mark-Viverito, a de Blasio ally, from attaining the post, because she is too liberal to fit into Mr. Cuomo’s more moderate agenda.
But Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa flatly rejected the report. “You can quote me on this – Completely false and ridiculous, even for Fred Dicker,” she wrote in an email.
Mr. Dicker, who used to host Mr. Cuomo regularly on his Albany-area radio show, is now believed to be on the outs with the administration and frequently writes columns critical of the governor.
A little over a week ago, Ms. Mark-Viverito struck a deal with the Brooklyn Democratic Party and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to round up the votes she needs to become speaker. Ms. Mark-Viverito, including herself, has 31 committed votes. 26 votes, a majority of the 51 council members, are needed to become speaker. East Side Councilman Dan Garodnick, however, is still fighting on and trying to swing Mark-Viverito supporters to his side.
The 51-member body will formally vote on the next speaker January 8.