De Blasio Blames ‘Miscommunication’ for Spat Over Homeless Subsidies

Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today blamed “miscommunication” for his administration’s latest spat with the governor over a deal that would allow the state to subsidize rents for homeless families to transition out of the city’s crammed shelter system.

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Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today's City Hall press conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at a City Hall press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he would accept a check from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund universal pre-K in place of his signature tax on high-income earners–as long as the governor provides enough cash.

“We haven’t seen the final plan yet … And what I’ve tried to say is we need the verification here for New York City that we’ll have the money each year we need for five years,” said the mayor, speaking this morning on Morning Joe. Continue reading “De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash”

Cuomo Dodges Astorino Questions by Hyping Potential GOP Challengers

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Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.

Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.

“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show. Continue reading “Cuomo Dodges Astorino Questions by Hyping Potential GOP Challengers”

De Blasio Has ‘Productive’ Meeting With Cuomo in Albany

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio at their joint press conference in Albany. (Photo: Twitter/NYC Mayor's Office)
Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio at a joint press conference in Albany. (Photo: Twitter/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo met behind closed doors today for about an hour in Albany, but appeared no closer to a resolution on their heated dispute over how to fund an expansion of pre-K.

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Mr. de Blasio repeatedly described the conversation as “productive” but said his plan to up taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents remains the “only reliable plan on the table.” Mr. Cuomo insists he can fund pre-K across the state with existing funds. Continue reading “De Blasio Has ‘Productive’ Meeting With Cuomo in Albany”

Bill de Blasio Takes His Pre-K Case to Albany Once Again

de blasio in albany
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With less than a month to go until the state budget deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany for the fourth time since his election to press his case to lawmakers reticent to let the city raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to fund universal pre-K.

At a rally at the Washington Armory, which several noted stood half-empty, Mr. de Blasio, joined by city lawmakers and supporters, tried yet again to make his case that the tax made moral and logical sense. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Takes His Pre-K Case to Albany Once Again”

WFP Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Moskowitz

Danny Dromm
Councilman Danny Dromm. (Official Photo)

The Working Families Party is ramping up its rhetoric against charter school exec Eva Moskowitz in a sharply-worded letter set to be released to more than 100,000 members this evening.

The email, titled, “Cloudy with a chance of political pandering” and written by Councilman Danny Dromm, slams Ms. Moskowitz for her decision to close all of her schools on Tuesday so that students can attend a large pro-charter rally in Albany. The event just happens to overlap with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned trip to Albany with advocates to push his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund-universal pre-K. Continue reading “WFP Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Moskowitz”