Cuomo Doesn’t Want to Earmark Pre-K Cash for New York City

Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo remained noncommittal today about the State Senate’s plan to allot $540 million to the city to fund universal prekindergarten and after-school programs, telling reporters that Mayor Bill de Blasio will have to vie with other municipalities for a pot of state money.  Continue reading “Cuomo Doesn’t Want to Earmark Pre-K Cash for New York City”

Cuomo Says Charters, Not Pre-K, Will ‘Be the Main Educational Issue’ in Budget

Andrew Cuomo presenting his executive budget earlier this year. (Photo: Governor's Office/Flickr)
Andrew Cuomo presenting his executive budget earlier this year. (Photo: Governor’s Office/Flickr)

Universal prekindergarten? That debate is so yesterday’s news, according to the governor.

In a radio interview today, Andrew Cuomo repeatedly glossed over the high-profile debate over pre-K funding–an apparent snub against Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has made a tax on high-income earners the signature issue of his new administration. Continue reading “Cuomo Says Charters, Not Pre-K, Will ‘Be the Main Educational Issue’ in Budget”

Greg Ball Doesn’t Care for Party Politics

Greg Ball speaking with Fred Dicker. (Photo: Twitter/@Ball4NY)
Greg Ball speaking with Fred Dicker. (Photo: Twitter/@Ball4NY)

GOP State Senator Greg Ball just doesn’t care for partisan politics.

“I don’t give a shit about party politics,” he explained in a radio interview this morning on Talk 1300 AM.

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Cuomo Praises Charter Schools After de Blasio Bombarded With Criticism

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a pro-charter rally last week. (Photo: Cuomo's Office/Flickr)
Andrew Cuomo at a pro-charter rally last week. (Photo: Cuomo’s Office/Flickr)

After Mayor Bill de Blasio took a pounding on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today for his sometimes critical approach to charter schools, Gov. Andrew Cuomo scheduled an appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show to praise them.

Not only are charter schools not a threat, Mr. Cuomo said, but they are part of the solution to failing public schools, which he called “the civil rights issue of our day.” Continue reading “Cuomo Praises Charter Schools After de Blasio Bombarded With Criticism”

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

(Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
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”