Wasting Away Again in Yorkville

Gifford Miller’s campaign loyalists are hoping that his failure to defeat the mayor’s garbage plan will somehow redound to his benefit.
Their hopeful logic goes like this: Miller is seen by thankful Upper East Siders as having fought the good fight over a smelly new addition to their neighborhood, and by Democrats citywide as having stood up to the mayor. At the same time, the demise of Miller’s own waste management strategy removes a potential source of division with outer borough Democrats, many of whom actually like the Bloomberg plan and don’t mind sticking it to a bunch of NIMBYs with fancy zip codes.
This sounds reasonable, to an extent.
But the most important political implication, Giff-wise, may end up stemming from the spectacle of his utter loss of control in the Council at crunch time — despite having ongoing budget negotiations as leverage over wayward members.
As one Miller-friendly council insider observed about the speaker’s inability to muster votes against the mayor: “Even the Democratic whip was voting against him. Speakers just don’t lose votes like that.”
From the perspective of Miller’s mayoral opponents, the situation sort of spins itself: “If he can’t control his own members…”

Wasting Away Again in Yorkville