Azi has the low-down on the high-stakes budget showdown between Andrew Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg and today on Good Day New York City Comptroller John Liu was asked to pick sides.
His take: Yes, Cuomo’s budget is tough on the city, but Mayor Bloomberg should stop whining about it and should avoid any layoffs.
“Of course there is politics in this,” he said, adding “I think it is not so productive to keep for example blaming city workers, including teachers on the financial deficit that we are faced with.”
Liu was also asked if he plans to run for mayor. Host Greg Kelly pointed out that every comptroller of the last 50 years has run for higher office, but also noted that all of them have lost. [Note: Readers correctly point out that Abe Beame was city comptroller in 1962 before becoming mayor in 1973.]
“Everybody would love to be mayor,” Liu said. “It’s a great job.”