Andrew Cuomo: My Relationship With Bill de Blasio Is Not ‘Lovey-Dovey’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio hug. (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio hug. (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

He said he’s a “drama-less Italian.” He keeps his relationship with the mayor of New York City professional, not personal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed today his rift with Mayor Bill de Blasio is not in need of any mending, laughing off questions about when he would take the time to break bread with his erstwhile friend.

“You guys like to bring a lot to drama into situations … I don’t believe in drama. I am a drama-less Italian. You see, some Italians are prone to drama but not me. I am a drama-less Italian,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters after an unrelated event in Breezy Point, Queens. “There’s no reason to quote, unquote break bread between me and the mayor. I’m sure we will be together when we have a reason to be together and when that happens, it’ll be fine.”

He added that his “team” is working together “a lot” with City Hall. “He’s busy, I’m busy and when I see him I’ll see him.”

Mr. de Blasio, a fellow Democrat (and Italian), erupted at Mr. Cuomo after the end of the legislative session in Albany, charging that the governor had “disappointed” him “at every turn.” He accused Mr. Cuomo of carrying out “vendettas” against his rivals in what were easily is harshest criticisms to date of the governor. Mr. de Blasio was primarily incensed at Mr. Cuomo for not doing enough to renew mayoral control of schools beyond a single year, though it was also a pile of slights, dating back to last year, that angered City Hall.

Since then, the two Democrats have not interacted in public. Last night, they missed an opportunity to chat at a Bronx Democratic Party fundraiser.

“We are not–we have a professional relationship. It’s not really a personal, lovey-dovey relationship. It’s a professional relationship,” Mr. Cuomo said. “I know the man 30 years, I’ve worked with him 30 years. Good lord willing, we’ll work together for another 30 years.”

“He says things, that’s his style. I say things, that’s my style. But at the end of the day, it works and that’s all that matters,” he added.

Andrew Cuomo: My Relationship With Bill de Blasio Is Not ‘Lovey-Dovey’