That was then, and this is now as NYC Mayor de Blasio suggested Gov. Cuomo is living in the past.
“We are never going back to the 1970s,” Hizzoner said on Thursday. “I think there are some people who lived through that time who were deeply affected by it, but it’s just not part of our lives anymore.
“We have left that behind, we’re an entirely different city, we’re never going back,” he added.
De Blasio was responding to an assertion from Cuomo Wednesday that graffiti in downtown Manhattan suggested the Big Apple was reverting to the “bad old days” of the 1970s and ’80s.
De Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea ordered police in riot gear to kick out 40 to 50 people who’d been camped out in City Hall Park in the early hours of Wednesday. Cleaners have been removing graffiti all over the vicinity since then.
“I am so used to the noise and the backdrop as just a thing you got to work through,” de Blasio said of Cuomo’s comments. “I don’t get lost in what different politicians say.”
Invoking the strife of the high-crime ’70s has been a recurring theme of the governor’s needling of the mayor.
“We had a terrible homeless problem. We resolved it. Now we’re going back, and we have a homeless problem spreading again,” Cuomo said in 2015, in comments viewed as a dig at de Blasio.
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