NYC Assembly Members Push Pre-K as Advocates Rally

Shelly Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty)
Shelly Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty)

As Mayor Bill de Blasio and other supporters of the mayor’s plan to tax rich New York City residents to fund universal pre-K rally in Albany today, assembly members across the five boroughs have almost completely unified around the proposal. Continue reading “NYC Assembly Members Push Pre-K as Advocates Rally”

De Blasio and Cuomo Play Nice for the Cameras in Midst of Pre-K Showdown

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 their joint press conference in Albany. (Photo: Twitter/NYC Mayor’s Office)

One is threatening to kill his newly-elected disciple’s signature campaign promise to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund universal pre-K.

The other is trying to out-maneuver his old boss–one of the slickest political operators in the state–in a power play that has become the dominating drama of the post-election political season. Continue reading “De Blasio and Cuomo Play Nice for the Cameras in Midst of Pre-K Showdown”

‘The State Will Be Proud to Pay for It’: Cuomo Unveils Pre-K Plan Without de Blasio’s Tax

Andrew Cuomo giving the pre-K part of his budget address.
Andrew Cuomo giving the pre-K part of his budget address.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew the next line in the sand over funding universal prekindergarten in his 2014 budget address today, side-stepping Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature tax-the-rich plan.

Mr. de Blasio, of course, made the expansion of universal pre-K his signature campaign issue, which was tied to a tax on the city’s highest-income earners. But such a tax requires approval from Albany and Mr. Cuomo made it clear today he is not on board by proposing an alternate funding mechanism. Continue reading “‘The State Will Be Proud to Pay for It’: Cuomo Unveils Pre-K Plan Without de Blasio’s Tax”

De Blasio Glosses Over Policy Divide With Cuomo After State of the State Speech

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year's Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year’s Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made his first trip up to Albany as mayor of New York City today and quickly downplayed any difference with the governor–potentially his biggest hurdle in the weeks ahead.

“I think it’s been a very positive day as I prepare to build a very constructive working relationship with all the leaders in Albany,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State speech. “I think this speech’ll be a great road-map for so much of our work going forward.” Continue reading “De Blasio Glosses Over Policy Divide With Cuomo After State of the State Speech”

Independent Budget Office Suggests Boosting Taxes on Beer, Liquor and Plastic Surgery

The IBO thinks the city should boost taxes on liquor, wine and beer. (Photo: AFP PHOTO /  LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
The IBO thinks the city should boost taxes on liquor, wine and beer. (Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/Getty)

The city’s Independent Budget Office has some ideas for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to boost revenue and save cash as he prepares to take the reins of City Hall.

As part of its annual wish list, the group has suggested boosting the city’s tax rate on alcohol–and adding new tax on wine–to rake in nearly $50 million in extra revenue a year. Continue reading “Independent Budget Office Suggests Boosting Taxes on Beer, Liquor and Plastic Surgery”

Cuomo Says de Blasio’s Tax-the-Rich Plan Is ‘A January Conversation’

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Bill de Blasio may have overwhelmingly won the mayor’s race last night, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted today that everyone will have to wait to find out whether he will approve Mr. de Blasio’s signature proposal to tax the rich to fund universal pre-K and more after-school programs. Continue reading “Cuomo Says de Blasio’s Tax-the-Rich Plan Is ‘A January Conversation’”