Mayor de Blasio snubbed President Trump final week, refusing to attend a mayors’ meet-up on infrastructure after the Trump White Home demanded extra data on sanctuary cities. De Blasio mentioned he slighted the president as a result of “the one factor he understands is drive and resoluteness.” However when you’re going to struggle energy with energy, you’ve obtained to have . . . energy.
De Blasio has little.
De Blasio was one in all a number of big-city mayors to skip the White Home assembly. However of these, he has essentially the most to lose by angering Trump.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who led the resisters, is leaving workplace in Could. Politically, Landrieu can afford to danger making issues slightly bit troublesome for his successor.
Louisiana has two Republican senators to guard its pursuits in a invoice for roads, bridges and floodwater safety, and a Democratic governor who’ll look out for the pursuits of the state’s greatest metropolis.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel additionally refused to attend. However Illinois has a Republican governor, one who might want to present he can deliver federal cash house to the state to maintain his seat this fall.
New York, alternatively, has a Democratic governor — one who already can’t get together with de Blasio. Cuomo could seize this new and deeper rift between de Blasio and Trump as a chance to chop Gotham out of its justifiable share of transit and street funding.
Cuomo has a monetary motive: he wants billions for his favored tasks exterior of the 5 boroughs, from the $four billion Tappan Zee Bridge undertaking, largely constructed however nonetheless not paid for, to a tunnel he retains promising between Lengthy Island and Connecticut.
And there could also be much less cash to struggle over: Sen. Chuck Schumer’s negotiating prowess seems much less formidable than it did two weeks in the past, earlier than he shut the federal government down over the Dreamers and promptly reopened it as soon as he realized it wasn’t a profitable stance.
Immigration is difficult — and it’s a mistake for de Blasio to tie it, politically, to transit and freeway spending, simply because it was for Schumer to tie it to a short lived finances measure.
New York additionally has little bodily benefit. New Orleans and Chicago have their street, bridge and transit wants. However none is in New York’s scenario, needing billions from the feds to broaden its subway.
Chicago, with a stagnant inhabitants, doesn’t face the pressures of a file variety of residents and employees that New York does. (New Orleans, although it’s creeping again towards its pre-Katrina inhabitants, additionally has loads of room to develop.)
Then, there’s fiscal weak spot. The primary part of the Second Avenue Subway, costing $four.four billion, obtained a $1.three billion grant from the federal authorities, or 30 %. However a leaked doc final week purporting to listing the White Home’s transportation priorities would cap future such investments at 20 % per undertaking. That will imperil the subsequent three stops of the Second Avenue Subway.
That’s particularly an issue when a lot of New York’s cash from any massive transportation invoice — at the very least $6 billion — should go to a brand new Hudson River tunnel, to exchange the 108-year-old conduit encrusted with corrosive salt water.
New York would profit from the brand new tunnel. However crammed-in subway riders don’t immediately profit, as they might from extra progress on Second Avenue.Lastly, there’s the mayor’s future. De Blasio fancies himself a nationwide chief. However the unpalatable truth is that whoever efficiently takes on Trump should win over a few of Trump’s voters. One doesn’t do this by publicly humiliating the president.
De Blasio may have proven power by attending the assembly — and making a forceful case, to the president’s face, that New York wants a nationwide immigration regulation that resolves the destiny of individuals proper now counting on obscure “sanctuary metropolis” protections.
As it’s, although, he didn’t assist undocumented immigrants, and he definitely didn’t assist all New Yorkers’ prospects for getting round.