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Press and politicos rumble NY-style
High tension these days between politicians, their spokesmen and women, and the news media isn’t limited to Washington or the GOP.
In New York, some spokesmen, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Rich Azzopardi and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Eric Phillips, are taking to Twitter to spar directly with reporters who question (or opinionatedly criticize, depending on your perspective) the boss.
That happened Wednesday night when Max Rivlin-Nadler, a reporter for the often-crusading Village Voice, criticized the mayor for not knowing the exact crime data the NYPD shares with federal agencies. Phillips, who worked for Rep. Kathleen Rice when she was Nassau County district attorney, accused the reporter of being an “activist” and struck back in the cutting terms typical to Twitter: “you want him to off-the-cuff list offenses and sequencing of shared multi-agency data? You’re nuts.”
He later dissed a DNAinfo reporter who got into the conversation.
In an email to The Point, Phillips said, “The tensions aren’t any higher than they’ve ever been,” noting that the public “just has a better view of it because of things like twitter.”
For now, you can catch the battle royale only if you happen to follow the New York press corps or communications staffers on Twitter. That is, unless “Saturday Night Live” takes a break from Sean Spicer and sets its sights closer to home.
Spot on playlist for Cuomo
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that the digital music service Spotify will expand and move its headquarters to the World Trade Center. In a news release, Cuomo included his own Spotify playlist. It inspired us to compile our own Cuomo-appropriate playlist.
1) “My Way,” Frank Sinatra
2) “Steamroller Blues,” Elvis Presley
3) “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” The Doors
4) “Fortunate Son,” Creedence Clearwater Revival
5) “Let’s Make a Deal,” Gloria Gaynor
6) “Little Deuce Coupe," The Beach Boys
7) “Queens, NY,” 50 Cent
8) “My Way,” Elvis Presley
9) “Winning,” Santana
10) “Bob the Builder,” Bob the Builder
11) “White Houses,” Vanessa Carlton
12) “Take Me As I Am,” Mary J. Blige
13) “Great Big Plans,” Jenny Owen Youngs
14) “Everybody Loves a Winner,” U2
15) “Gone Fishin',” Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong
16) “My Way,” Sid Vicious
Wave from Montauk
Not everyone on LI wants to share
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s address in Hauppauge on Wednesday about cutting property taxes through shared municipal services seemed well-received. Counties would be in charge of the plans, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said he accepts the challenge.
However, there was quite a different scene in Albany on Monday at the annual convention of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. Three dozen of the officials stood behind the dais for a news conference denouncing the idea. A handful were from Long Island, including Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy, who was among those who spoke.
“Our concern is, this is county-driven, and counties may not always be in the best position to know what works for villages, towns and cities,” Barbara Van Epps, deputy director of the mayors’ conference, told The Point. “There are hundreds of shared services around the state.”
Could they do more? Cuomo is betting that voters will think so. If his plan goes through, it will be on the ballot for public approval in November. And who would vote against lower taxes?
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has been absent from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s appearances on Long Island since Mangano’s indictment on corruption charges in October. A Point item Wednesday failed to note that Mangano appeared publicly with Cuomo at a New York Association of Counties conference reception in Albany last month.