Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed no regrets Thursday after publicly griping that rival Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo thwarted New York City's agenda in Albany, asserting, "It had to be said."
Fresh off eight days of vacation in the western United States, de Blasio stood behind candid comments to reporters last week accusing his fellow Democrat of carrying out a "vendetta" against city interests and siding with State Senate Republicans to shoot down the mayor's proposals in the recent legislative session.
"I will call 'em as I see 'em," de Blasio said at an unrelated event in Sheepshead Bay.
"The Albany status quo has not served the people of New York City," he said. "I'm not going to play by a set of rules that doesn't serve my people."
Cuomo in an interview Thursday on WNYW-TV's "Good Day New York" also asserted he has the city's best interests at heart as a native.
"I work night and day to represent New York City," the governor said, repeating that he believes the city agenda fared "very, very well" in the session.
De Blasio and Cuomo both declined an invitation by former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato to make amends over Italian food at a "pasta summit." Both offered the same excuse.
"I can't do the pasta, plus I have to watch my waistline," Cuomo said.
"I personally am trying to lose weight, so I'm staying away from pasta," de Blasio said.
The feud between the two former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development colleagues came to a boil in recent weeks when Cuomo did not deny he and his team were behind unattributed quotes in news reports belittling de Blasio as "bumbling and incompetent" in navigating Albany.
De Blasio told NY1 News and City Hall reporters on the record that he believed those who speak out against Cuomo can expect "revenge" to follow.
Among other Albany agenda items, de Blasio had sought permanent control of schools but received only a one-year extension of the authority.
He pointed out that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent and a Republican, was granted seven-year and six-year extensions when he requested renewal in Albany.
Cuomo earlier this week called mayoral control "very controversial" in Albany.
He described himself as a consensus-building politician in contrast to the mayor, able to work across the aisle.
De Blasio said he knows how to compromise but won't accept "business as usual."
The governor and mayor, who had regularly described themselves as friends, haven't spoken in recent days but said they will work together going forward.
Making up with de Blasio isn't necessary, Cuomo said.
"This is not a mini-drama," he said. "We're not a married couple."