It was a 2-for-1 for Bill de Blasio: Democratic challenger Bill Thompson conceded in the race for New York City mayor, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed de Blasio.
“Bill is going to lead this city in the great, progressive Democratic traditions,” Cuomo said on the steps of City Hall this morning.
Cuomo stayed clear of the New York City mayor’s race amid a crowded field for the Democratic endorsement. But he went all-in for de Blasio this morning amid reports that he helped broker Thompson’s exit.
De Blasio heaped praise on Thompson and Cuomo.
“For years, I’ve had the honor of working with Bill,” de Blasio. “In this city, in this party, there’s no man of greater integrity, a man who has given his life to public service, to the betterment of all of us. And he has always done in a way that is embracing, that shows tremendous respect for people.”
De Blasio worked for Cuomo at the U.S. Housing and Development Agency.
De Blasio, however, is expected to push a liberal agenda that could create problems for Cuomo next year when Cuomo seeks re-election and will undoubtedly seek a message of fiscal conservatism.
But Cuomo was all praise for de Blasio, giving de Blasio important support as he seeks to win City Hall in November against Republican candidate Joe Lhota, also a former Cuomo aide as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.