(CNN)New York City announced its first confirmed case of Covid-19, the infection caused by coronavirus, on March 1. That same day, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his health commissioner put out statements reassuring the city that its political and public health leadership was “prepared” for what came next. They were not. One month later, New York is the epicenter of the world’s coronavirus crisis. By Wednesday morning, more than 75,000 people had been infected statewide. Nearly 1,600 have died. Hospitals and health care workers are being stretched to their breaking points. New York City’s streets alternate between an unnerving silence and the cutting blare of emergency vehicles.The catastrophic spread of the virus, which has claimed young and old, the anonymous poor and civic heroes, has also put a national microscope on de Blasio, a two-term mayor whose estimable progressive record is often overshadowed by a long-running rivalry with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a difficult relationship with the local press corps.While Cuomo has become a political star outside New York for the first time in his long career after his coronavirus press conferences — which mix detailed statistics with a projection of personal empathy absent from White House’s daily

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