By Dave Goldiner and Denis Slattery
From New York Daily News
NEW YORK—New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to beryllium mounting his sights connected Albany.
The term-limited mayor of New York City, who mounted a failed statesmanlike bid 2 years ago, is laying the groundwork for a imaginable tally for governor.
Although helium stopped abbreviated of announcing his candidacy connected Tuesday, de Blasio agreed that the paperwork helium filed creating a committee to code statewide governmental issues suggests he’s preparing to articulation what is shaping up to beryllium a crowded tract of Democrats eyeing the governor’s mansion.
“Draw your ain conclusions,” de Blasio said with a grin during an quality connected CNN.
The outgoing politician went connected to hold with anchor John Berman’s appraisal that his actions suggest that he’s “not not running.”
“I similar that. Use the treble negative,” helium said. “That ever works.”
De Blasio went connected to tout what helium considers arsenic his successes arsenic mayor, including establishing cosmopolitan pre-kindergarten, adding affordable lodging and constabulary reforms.
He besides took recognition for the city’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, contempt his existent vaccine mandate drama, arguing that his enactment made New York 1 of the safest places successful the state amid the pandemic.
De Blasio trashed hundreds of FDNY firefighters for calling successful sick successful a protestation against the city’s vaccine mandate, accusing them of defying the volition of New Yorkers.
“If you’re not sick, get to work,” helium said. “Protect your chap New Yorkers, beryllium determination for your chap firefighters. Stop playing this game.”
The politician said his determination to necessitate shots for metropolis workers is simply a important illustration of his willingness to instrumentality complaint successful pugnacious times.
Despite absorption from immoderate cops and firefighters, helium said the argumentation has the overwhelming enactment of the New Yorkers who wage their salaries.
“I accidental this to each politician successful America, each governor, each CEO of a institution successful America: Put vaccine mandates into effect. It works,” de Blasio said. “This is what is going to marque america safe. You got to bash it truthful that we tin really extremity the COVID era.”
But the defiance from municipal workers is conscionable the latest pushback de Blasio has faced during his tumultuous tenure astatine City Hall. Despite argumentation gains, helium is much often remembered for his 11-mile regular commute to a Brooklyn gym.
If de Blasio does propulsion his chapeau successful the ringing for the June primary, it would acceptable up a Titanic Democratic superior conflict against governmental heavyweights Gov. Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James, some of whom person already announced their candidacies.
Other candidates are said to beryllium waiting successful the wings, and adjacent scandal-plagued erstwhile Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t ruled retired a comeback effort.
Hochul became the archetypal pistillate to pb the authorities aft Cuomo resigned successful August amid aggregate allegations of intersexual harassment elaborate successful a study issued by James’ office.
Cuomo has denied immoderate wrongdoing and has astir $18 cardinal near successful his run account. Hochul has been courting deep-pocketed donors successful caller weeks arsenic James entered the fray past Friday.
Democratic Party president Jay Jacobs endorsed Hochul aboriginal past month, saying helium was hoping to debar a fractious primary. That seems improbable arsenic others including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., are besides considering entering the race.
Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, erstwhile Westchester enforcement Rob Astorino and Andrew Giuliani, the lad of erstwhile Mayor Rudy Giuliani, are vying for the Republican nod.
Hochul holds a sizable aboriginal pb among Democrats, according to polling conducted past month. A Marist survey recovered the incumbent held a double-digit pb implicit some James and Williams.
Hochul besides came retired connected apical with 39 percent successful a Siena College canvass that placed de Blasio dormant past down James and Williams astatine 6 percent.
De Blasio, who embarked connected a failed four-month-long White House bid successful 2019, brushed disconnected his evident unpopularity with New York voters.
“I person seen polls similar that virtually each clip I’ve tally for office,” helium said during a property briefing 2 weeks ago. “If I disquieted astir worldly similar that I wouldn’t beryllium sitting successful this seat close now, literally. If I had been daunted and overawed by aboriginal polling, I wouldn’t person bothered to support forging ahead—and I’m gladsome I forged ahead.”
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