Morning Politics: ‘What Candidate de Blasio Said’

Today's Daily News.

Today’s Daily News.

Headline of the Day: “The Headless Horse Ban.”

Runner-Up: “Whoa, Billy.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave inquiring reporters a bit of a chase yesterday, Capital New York reports: “When they belatedly caught wind, they gave chase and found him on the downtown platform of the Lexington Avenue line, where he was still unavailable for questions. They followed him onto the train and then off the train and then up the steps to One Centre Street.”

Mr. de Blasio is set to approve a water rate increase this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Councilman Rory Lancman, one of the few Democrats willing to openly criticize the mayor, told the paper, “We expect that Mayor de Blasio is going to follow through with what candidate de Blasio said and treat water rate payers fairly.”

Also according to the Wall Street Journal, the City Council is today expected to propose an overhaul the city’s property tax system. “The commission on property-tax reform will spearhead changes to the city’s outdated tax code and create a more equitable and transparent property-tax system to meet the demands of New York City in the 21st century,” Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said.

The Daily News campaign against Mr. de Blasio’s proposed horse-drawn carriage ban continued today, with the paper’s front page touting his campaign connections to the issue: “If you want to follow Mayor de Blasio’s evolving position on Central Park horse carriages, just follow the money. De Blasio switched positions on the issue.”

Capital New York‘s Blake Zeff explored the possibility of Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing unions to defund the Working Families Party if the lefty group opposes his reelection: “Several Albany insiders I spoke to suggested that the governor could even conceivably seek to revive the Liberal Party … as a new home for some of those large unions.”

“Whenever you govern for a while, you’re going to make some elements of your beast not happy with the concessions that you make,” former Congressman Anthony Weiner remarked on NY1’s Inside City Hall last night. “But this is their moment. If you’re a Working Families member and you care about some left issue, this is your time to extract it … That’s what you have the party for.”

The New York Post editorial board seems excited about the idea of Mr. Cuomo debating Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “It’s not the line in the sand that Col. William Travis famously drew at the Alamo, when he asked all those who believed in Texas to cross over and join him in a hopeless resistance against Mexican forces,” the paper wrote. “But the offer Rick Perry made to Gov. Cuomo has its own drama.”

And perennial candidate Jimmy McMillan has another announcement in the gubernatorial race: