Mr. Schneiderman has told people that he believes Mr. Cuomo’s administration is Machiavellian and is out to undermine him.
A little backbiting by the officials and their aides, who occupy power suites at opposite ends of the State Capitol’s second floor, might be chalked up to the kind of rivalry that is an unseemly but unsurprising fact of life atop the state’s political food chain. But this relationship, as described in repetitive detail by many in New York Democratic circles, has gone from bad to toxic.
“The two men are like oil and water,” said one Democrat who knows both of them well, “and lately fire seems to have been added.”
Numerous people in the two camps were interviewed for this article. None would allow their names to be used when describing the content of such private and sensitive conversations.