We’ve been tired of Mayor de Blasio’s narcissism long ago, but now he’s headed – secretly working on a deal to sell Mets to Steve Cohen.
The Major League baseball tournament will be voted on Friday, but the mayor hopes to prevent that from surpassing by taking advantage of the fact that Citi Field is on land partly owned by the city. As The Post reported, he told MLB he would do everything he could to stifle the sale.
It would be bad if de Blasio was still bitter about the 1986 World Series, when the Mets beat his beloved Red Sox. But he even has confusing motives: He doesn’t like Cohen because he’s a far-right hedge fund billionaire.
Furthermore, the mayor clearly had the intention of being forced to sell to the rival conglomerate led by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, who had more political tendencies to his liking.
Totally lost in his considerations: New York City residents ̵1; namely, long-term Mets fans who always expect an owner to invest money (and management savvy) to creating one or three world championships.
Yes, the mayor pretends that he is upset that Cohen’s hedge fund has paid large fines for insider trading. (Does he think A-Rod is a model of virtue – or is steroid abuse OK in de Blasio’s book?) But there are eight traders who actually plead guilty, not Cohen himself.
Also looking to settle the deal is State Senator Jessica Ramos, former assistant to the City Hall de Blasio. She openly supports the Latino couple A-Rod and J-Lo – but mostly wants Mets to make large “community benefit” payments to nonprofits (with major implications value).
This is not just outrageous; it rang. Instead of focusing on the many crises the city is facing, de Blasio is wasting public resources on a (legal) blackmail scheme at the expense of his voters.
And New York is stuck with this twit for another 14 months.