Cuomo and de Blasio as pragmatic progressives

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Bill De Blasio, the front-runner for mayor, wants to raise taxes on the rich to pay for education programs. Andrew Cuomo, the current governor, wants to cut taxes next year, when he'll be seeking re-election.

The two Democrats, who worked together in the Clinton administration, are often described as adversaries on a collision course: De Blasio, the Democratic mayoral nominee, hails from the proudly progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which fueled his victory in the city's mayoral primary; while Cuomo rode into Albany in 2010 by casting himself as a bi-partisan figure from the "new Democratic Party," focused on spending cuts and a particular concern for the private sector.

But de Blasio and Cuomo are, above all, pragmatic, and they're starting to sound alike.

Last week, de Blasio surprised a pro-business group by saying he's a "fiscal conservative." He later expanded on that definition to say of himself: "I’m a progressive who can count," and "I’m a progressive who wants to make sure we balance our budget in a smart way.”

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Which sounds a lot like how Cuomo described himself during his first few months in office: "I am a progressive Democrat who's broke."

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is funding $1 million of ads for Cory Booker's Senate bid in New Jersey and "likened him to a former New York City mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani." [Michael Barbaro]

How stop-and-frisk is threatening Bloomberg's legacy on fighting crime. [Kathleen Horan]

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House Speaker John Boehner, not budging, gets a "friendly challenge" from Senator Chuck Schumer. [Reid Pillifant]

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De Blasio attended a private meeting with "a couple of dozen" city business figures, including Rupert Murdoch and Mort Zuckerman. [Joe Pompeo and Azi Paybarah]

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"Governor Cuomo is in New York City."

7:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio does an interview with Curtis Sliwa. [am970] [@CurtisSliwa @DeBlasioNYC

7:30 a.m. On Good Day New York: State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Sergio Consuegra, the Good Samaritan who intervened in the motorcycle attack. [Fox] @MyFoxNY @EspaillatNY

9 a.m. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott participates in the Education National Panel: A Reality Check on Testing, at the New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan. @NYCschools

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota. And later: former public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @JoeLhota4Mayor @ReshmaSaujani

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: pollster John McLaughlin: "Why the federal gov't shutdown isn't a complete disaster for the GOP" [Talk1300] @FUD31

Noon. Council members Jumaane Williams and Robert Jackson join Communities United for Police Reform, the Center for Constitutional Rights and others to express support for implementing court-ordered remedies to the Floyd, et al, v City of New York class action lawsuit related to stop-and-frisk class action lawsuit, on the steps of City Hall. @JumaaneWilliams @RJackson_NYC @theCCR @ChangeTheNYPD #StopAndFrisk #ChangeTheNYPD

12:45 p.m. Walcott speaks at the Take Care New York 2016 Launch event, at Room h750 of Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street, in Manhattan @NYCschools 2:10 p.m. De Blasio does an interview on WCBS. [880 AM] @WCBS880 @deBlasioNYC

1:30 p.m. Richard Blanco, who read at Obama's 2013 inauguration, will read and discuss his work in Room L. 63 of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, at 524 West 59th Street, in Manhattan. [CUNY.edu] @rBlancoPoet

2:15 p.m. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosts a "Smart Seniors, Smart Investors — Don't Get Scammed" forum at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, at 3349 Broadway, in Cheektowaga. @AGschneiderman

3 p.m. Lhota visits the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and talks a tour of local businesses, at 62 Mott Street, in Manhattan. @JoeLhota4Mayor

5:30 p.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu and others attend a reception for the Israel Minister of Finance in the Palm and Terrace Room of the Roosevelt Hotel, at 45 East 45th Street, in Manhattan. @JohncLiu

6:15 p.m. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Investment Law, at O'Lunney's at 145 West 45th Street, in Manhattan. @NYSComptroller #InvestinIreland

6:30 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and advocates light up a billboard to commemorate the stat of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, at Father Duffy Square, at Broadway and 47th Street, in Manhattan. @ScottmStringer #DVAM

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8 p.m. The Queens Library Foundation hosts their annual gala, at Waters Edge Restaurant, at 401 East 44th Drive, in Queens. @QueensLibrary #LibraryGala

10:30 p.m. On The Daily Show: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. [TheDailyShow] @TheDailyShow @Sebelius #Obamacare #ShutdownSuggestions

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An argument for lifting the state's donation limits to PACs. [Terry Pell]

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Down Ballot

Assemblyman Micah Kellner filed paperwork indicating he may run in the general election, after losing the Democratic primary to Ben Kallos, who also has the support of the Working Families Party. [Jill Colvin]

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2014

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Another plea to fix the New York City Board of Elections, which "runs a slow, often loony system." [New York Times]

The city's Administration for Children Services "will continue to underperform" and children will "be injured and die unnecessarily," said a report. [Josh Saul]

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