ALBANY - New York's statewide officials — all of them Democrats — weren't happy when Donald Trump, a Republican, was elected to the White House.
They were, however, hopeful they could lean on Trump's Empire State background and convince him to show some deference to his home state.
So far? Not much.
Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, confirmed this week that the president has sought to block funding for the Gateway railway tunnel, a multi-phase, $30 billion project connecting New York and New Jersey that is a huge priority for officials in both states.
It's not the first time he's clashed with New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, spent months sparring with the Trump administration over a cap on state and local tax deductions, which could harm those who itemize their federal returns in high-tax states like New York.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, also a Democrat, has battled the Trump administration in court over many of his major initiatives, bringing over 100 actions against it.
And most notably: One of Trump's biggest adversaries in Washington has been Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat.
"(Trump) has not been an ally of New York, but an active antagonist," said Doug Muzzio, a Baruch College political-science professor. "His base is of the feeling of 'I loathe New York,' and the red state thought on the blue states — particularly in the Northeast — is obvious and this is just part of it."
Fighting in NY:
The tension with Trump's home-state leaders bubbled up again last week, when the Washington Post reported he personally appealed to House Speaker Paul Ryan to block funding for the Gateway tunnel.
President Obama's administration had an informal agreement with New York and New Jersey officials to fund half of the first phase of the project, which is expected to cost $11 billion. The states would split the other half.
But Trump's administration has taken the position that no such agreement exists. And Chao told the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday that the states need to put more in.
"The president is concerned about the viability of this project and the fact that New York and New Jersey have no skin in the game," Chao said. "They need to step up and bear their fair share. They are two of the richest states in the country. If they absorb all these funds, there will be no other funds for the rest of the country."
Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, Erie County, said he supports the president's position on the Gateway tunnel, arguing the money could be better spent elsewhere.
He said Trump's policies should not be deferential to New York just because it's his home state.
In fact, Trump has returned to New York just a few times since he took office.
"I would say the obvious thing is Trump may be from New York City, but he’s the president of the United States of America," Collins said.
Fight with Schumer:
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visits Canandaigua on Oct. 23, 2017 to rally against elimination of the SALT deduction.
Collins also noted what some see as the impetus for Trump's Gateway stance: It's a major priority for Schumer, who has slowed down confirming some of Trump's nominees for various governmental posts.
"This is one of Schumer’s big issues and yet you’ve got an individual by the name of Senator Schumer that’s hanging up filling spots, including some very key spots," Collins said. "I know that what goes around comes around."
Schumer, on the other hand, said he remains hopeful the Gateway tunnel will ultimately receive funding.
His Senate Democratic conference revealed a $1 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday that he said would include funding specifically for transformative projects like Gateway.
But the proposal is funded in part by rolling back some of the tax breaks included in the Republican tax plan approved last year, which is unlikely to be supported by the GOP-led Congress.
"If the existing tunnels collapse, which the experts say could happen seven to 10 years from now, we'd have a recession throughout America because there would be so much economic activity that would be halted," Schumer said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
"So I don't think there should be politics involved in this and I think we have Democrats and Republicans willing to move forward despite what the president has said."
Trump hasn't only sparred with Schumer.
New York's junior Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has also battled with the Republican president as she is considered a potential presidential candidate.
In December, she called on him to resign over amid sexual-harassment allegations, leading him to blast her on Twitter in what she called a "sexist smear."
New York natives:
Cuomo, meanwhile, was hopeful he could appeal to Trump's New York sensibilities upon taking office. They are both from Queens.
In the days before Trump's 2017 inauguration, Cuomo met with the president-elect in Trump Tower in Manhattan to discuss a range of issues, including homelessness in New York City.
"He is a New Yorker, and my sense was he knew actually what I was saying, and the magnitude of what I was saying," Cuomo said at the time.
So far, though, the two have clashed, most notably over the Gateway tunnel and the Republican tax plan, which Cuomo has organized opposition against.
Cuomo is seeking re-election in the fall and is a possible presidential candidate in 2020.
In a statement Saturday, Cuomo said the Gateway project is "not a partisan issue."
"Leaders on both sides of the aisle as well as practically every regional stakeholder and transit expert agree these tunnels need to be replaced," he said.
"The president should do the right thing and stop playing politics with our transportation network, which is the lifeblood of the Northeast region's economy."