Readers Write: NYC suffers as Cuomo-de Blasio feud

The Island Now

Dear Letters Editor:

The latest ongoing feud between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio on how to deal with COVID-19 reminds me of “Stuck In The Middle With You” by the band Stealers Wheel.

The words “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you” from the song perfectly sums up the chaos and gridlock in the Big Apple. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s restrictions by zip code or Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s by color-coding are reminiscent of the 1980 comedy movie “Airplane” starting Leslie Neilsen.

Cuomo and de Blasio argue just like the two dueling airport public announcers Betty and Vernon. They argued over whether the white zone was for loading and unloading of passengers only and there’s no stopping in the red zone (except for transit buses).

Cuomo and de Blasio might both benefit by participating in mediation counseling to deal with their respective anger management and the inability to get along. In the meantime, 8 million Big Apple residents continue to suffer.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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