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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Despite a somewhat strained relationship over the past four years, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer have buried the hatchet, at least for now, to support each other’s re-election bids. 

According to a NY Post report, the two politicians appeared on good terms at a press conference Sunday in Chelsea. 

Though Stringer acknowledged that he doesn’t “always make [de Blasio’s] life easy,” he noted that “it’s all in the city charter.” 

“As mayor and comptroller, we have our respective jobs,” Stringer said, “the chief executive on one hand, and the chief watchdog on the other. But as Democrats, we play on the same team. We agree on so much more than we would ever disagree on.” 

The words were surprising given that in the past, Stringer has criticized de Blasio’s actions and policies and even considered vying for his job in 2016. In February of this year, Stringer lambasted de Blasio’s job creation plan as “empty,” and held the Mayor responsible for New York’s homelessness crisis, which Stringer described as “out of control.” Stringer’s bid for mayor was dropped after it became clear that no charges would be brought against de Blasio and his associates through an investigation into their fundraising activities, according to NY1.   

All of that acrimony seemed to be in the past at Sunay’s joint press conference, in which Stringer noted that, despite disagreements, he and De Blasio have “never raised our voices. We’ve never been discourteous.” 

“It is healthy and important that we have disagreements, that we’re not always going to agree,” Stringer said, according to NY Daily News. “That’s actually good.” 

The warm feelings and goodwill were reciprocated by de Blasio, who agreed with Stringer’s assessment that disagreements can be healthy and even constructive. 

“There’s going to be disagreement, and that’s fine,” de Blasio said. “That’s checks and balances...That means the system’s working.” The Mayor also commended Stringer for his “fine job” as NYC comptroller.  

“After the disagreements on individual issues we come together on a shared vision for a progressive government that’s fiscally responsible,” de Blasio was quoted as saying. 

Stringer also praised de Blasio’s mayoral accomplishments, noting that the mayor “made New York the first major city in the nation to divest from private prisons. He totally modernized our investment operations, bolstering the retirement security for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.” 

Time will tell whether the camaraderie between Stringer and de Blasio will  be sustained over the coming year.

By Hayden Marcus