The divisions between Cuomo & Blaz run deep
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The living conditions in New York City's public housing has become quite the political hot potato.

Days after gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda on the hit HBO series “Sex and the City” (as if we needed to tell you!), visited a New York City Housing Authority complex in Brooklyn at the Twitter request of Borough President Eric Adams, her foe made his own announcement regarding public housing.

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $250 million in emergency state resources to address the issues facing NYCHA tenants. Essentially, the city has 60 days to select an independent manager to oversee the renovations of NYCHA properties. If the city can't meet the deadline, then the state will step in and do it for them.

Although, the disrepair in public housing apartments, from leaks and crumbling wall to broken boilers, has been at the heart of the very public feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo.

You would think that the man who was once secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Cuomo) under then-president Bill Clinton and the man he tapped to run the New York-New Jersey HUD office (de Blasio) could put their petty differences aside to figure out a housing issue, but pride is a powerful thing.

Here's a (incomplete) list of issues that have soured the relationship between the one-time political allies:

• The so-call “millionaire's tax” to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

• Cuomo's refusal to help flip the State Senate to Democratic control after de Blasio went hard after Albany Republicans.

• Just who is responsible for the awful state of the city's subway system.

• Who should host the press conference after a pressure-cooker bomb goes off in Chelsea and whether is was an act of “terrorism.”

• Clinton vs. Sanders.

• That time Cuomo shut down the subways during a 2015 blizzard, otherwise known as Snowmageddon, without bothering to give Hizzoner a head's up.

• What to do about the deer that was running loose in the Bronx.

• That “ordered baked ziti for dinner” tweet – a reference to bribe money from “The Sopranos” - that a former de Blasio campaign aide posted after Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco was indicted.

• Red Sox vs. Yankees.

• “The Godfather” vs. “The Godfather Part II.”

• Gibson vs. Fender.

• Spiders.

• Whether “y” and “w” should really be considered vowels.

• What constitutes a “catch” in the NFL.

• David Lee Roth-era Van Halen vs. the Sammy Hagar years.

As you can see, the divisions run deep. So, we're not really sure if the mayor's sudden declaration of a state of emergency was in response to Nixon's surprise visit to a NYCHA complex or just another shot fired across the bow of the HMS City Hall.

But w couldn't help but notice that nearly every important figure in city government was invited to the press conference on Monday except for one. As Cuomo signed the declaration, he was surrounded by Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Council Speaker Corey Johnson. Heck, even Assembly David Weprin from Queens was there!

Johnson no doubt raised the ire of the mayor when he met behind closed doors in Albany with the governor. Perhaps Cuomo is looking to circumvent the mayor and deal exclusively with the City Council, currying favor with Johnson by allowing him to share in the spotlight?

Either way, we expect the list of differences between the mayor and the governor to grow until the two finally leave office.

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