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De Blasio Blasts Cuomo Over Reports Saying Governor’s New Book Paints Unflattering Picture Of Mayor

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The state’s best-known frenemies are at it again. CBS2's Marcia Kramer reports.

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DICK BRENNAN: New York's best-known frenemies are at it again, this time over a book deal. Welcome back. I'm Dick Brennan.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: And I'm Kristin Johnson. Mayor de Blasio today lashed out at Governor Cuomo following reports that an early draft of the governor's book included an unflattering assessment of the mayor's abilities.

- CBS 2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has the story.

MARCIA KRAMER: He started out by taking the high road.

BILL DE BLASIO: I'm not going to focus on petty insults.

MARCIA KRAMER: But that lasted all of three seconds, proving that the Bill de Blasio-Andrew Cuomo relationship has all the warmth of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, even Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

BILL DE BLASIO: The facts that have been laid out by "The Times" indicates very clearly a pattern of corruption, pure and simple, a clear, consistent pattern of corruption.

MARCIA KRAMER: The mayor referring to a story by "The New York Times" that the governor was seeking a $4 million payday for his book at about the same time aides were covering up the nursing home death toll. There were also allegations that junior staffers were drafted to help with the manuscript. But what may have sparked the mayor's anger were reports that a draft of the book included a three-page bombastic assessment of de Blasio's abilities. Take your pick about what his honor thought most offensive.

De Blasio will be "viewed as one of the worst mayors in modern history." He suffers some "obvious ego-driven narcissism." "De Blasio's standing is somewhere between negative and irrelevant." And de Blasio has "very little interest or aptitude for government policy or government operations."

BILL DE BLASIO: I think you see every day the level of focus I bring to all these issues we're facing.

MARCIA KRAMER: The mayor said the book deal should be added to the long list of things that prosecutors and investigators for the state assembly are looking at.

BILL DE BLASIO: The governor wanted to personally profit and politically profit from his book deal.

MARCIA KRAMER: The governor's self-assessment was a whole lot more positive. He said he was a good governor, who accomplished more than any governor in modern history. But, of course, all that was before the scandal broke. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 News.