56° Good Morning
56° Good Morning

Back to business

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 25, 2017.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 25, 2017. Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Good afternoon and welcome to The Point!

Daily Point

Did Cuomo move to Nassau?

Who knew Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo lived in Nassau County?

But he must. How else would he be willing to endorse county Legis. Laura Curran in the Democratic primary for Nassau County executive?

On Monday, Cuomo refused to endorse in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, which Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to win.

“I’m a Westchester resident,” Cuomo told reporters. “I’m not voting in this election, so I don’t have any primary endorsements at this time.”

By that logic, the only explanation for Cuomo’s endorsement of Curran is that unbeknownst to all, he now is a Nassau resident.

As far as The Point is aware, however, Cuomo lives in New Castle, although the house has a Mount Kisco ZIP code.

Then again, despite his refusal to endorse de Blasio based on geography, Cuomo already has been outspoken about his support in a few New York City Council primary races.

So it seems the governor’s endorsements aren’t about where he lives after all.

Randi F. Marshall

Pointing Out

The de Blasio brand

Who is the real Bill de Blasio? Even as New York City’s mayor cruises toward re-election, his political philosophy continues to be hard to pin down, as shown by his controversial comments in a combative new interview with New York magazine.

Is he the firebrand progressive who is a fan of a “socialistic impulse” toward central city planning? He said in the interview, “If I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed.”

Or is he a pragmatic politician who, when asked by interviewer Chris Smith to list active politicians he admires, name-checks that deal-making sometime defender of Wall Street, Sen. Chuck Schumer, along with progressive icons Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders?

De Blasio won a competitive 2013 primary with his no-holds-barred “tale of two cities” message about income inequality. But he was also a savvy political operative before assuming elected office, working for centrist Democrats like Hillary Clinton. The tug-of-war between firebrand and typical Democrat was played out in a tortured presidential endorsement process in which the mayor ultimately went with Clinton over Sanders.

Clearly that back-and-forth continues. But unlike four years ago, de Blasio is unlikely to be forced to pick a side in this sleepy primary season.

Mark Chiusano

Pencil Point

Wading through

More cartoons of the day

Quick Points

A Tuesday that feels like a Monday

  • Houston has had three 500-year floods in the past three years. Bad luck? Or do we need to change our definitions?
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis said that a threat from North Korea to the United States or its allies would be met with a “massive military response” that would be “overwhelming” but would not mean “total annihilation.” In other words, we’re aiming for the sweet spot.
  • With the “summer of hell” over, the Long Island Rail Road returned to its regular service Tuesday. That, riders say, has been the problem.
  • NICE, the Nassau Inter-County Express bus company, says it drew no conclusions about providing express commuter service from the MTA’s summer experiment with express buses to Manhattan. That’s despite the raw data: No one rode the buses.
  • Peggy Whitson returned to Earth having broken two records for astronauts — world’s oldest spacewoman (age 57) and most days off Earth (665). She still trails Shirley MacLaine on both counts.
  • When photos appeared of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next to what the government said was a hydrogen bomb, some experts were dubious. Then North Korea exploded a bomb underground with a massive possible yield of 100 kilotons. That’s called tell-and-show.
  • What did officials at Bethpage’s Museum of American Armor say after receiving word they would get a donation of 10,000 artifacts from a recently closed Connecticut military museum? Tanks very much.
  • After Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified his re-election, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to “fix” the judiciary. Can’t think of any other world leader who would react that way.
  • Former president Barack Obama’s parting letter to incoming President Donald Trump has been revealed, and in it Obama tells Trump that the job has no clear blueprint for success. Boy, he wasn’t kidding.
  • This week I find myself reelin’ in the years, having lost that number and come down with a case of the deacon blues. RIP, Walter Becker.

Michael Dobie