To The Editor:
Many are unaware that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be holding up the appointments of three new Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members previously nominated by Mayor Bill de Blasio over one year ago. They include Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Chairman of the Council’s Transportation Committee, Tri-State Transportation Campaign Director Veronica Vanterpool and NYC Community Service Society Director David Jones. Cuomo needs to formally submit these names to the New York State Senate for approval.
This apparent inaction may be part of the respective behavior and ongoing fights between Cuomo and de Blasio which is really nothing new. The two Democrats have a lot in common with the late Republicans Gov.
Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay in the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s. The same is true for the late Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo fellow Democrat and Mayor Ed Koch in the 1980s.
Rockefeller, Pataki, Mario Cuomo and son Andrew Cuomo deal with Mayors who want equal billing on the political marquee. Lindsay’s urban, Koch’s Big Apple, Giuliani’s safety/quality of life and de Blasio’s progressive agenda is dependent upon both increased state and federal assistance. This conflicts with Governors who have to worry about all 62 counties making up New York State. It also creates problems for Governors who harbor Presidential ambitions.