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Mayor de Blasio took his pre-K campaign to the blogosphere this afternoon, inviting a group of parent bloggers to City Hall for a discussion on preschool and after-school programs, which he is fighting to expand.
“We need Albany to hear concerns of parents in our city and provide the resources,” said Mr. de Blasio, who has launched a massive push to try to convince lawmakers in Albany to approve a tax on the city’s richest residents to fund the programs.
Special Pre K
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.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo may want an Empire State of universal prekindergarten, but a few superstars would like him to listen to the mayor of the concrete jungle.
When former Mayor Michael Bloomberg won mayoral control of the city’s public schools or watched his dream of a West Side stadium die in Albany, he went into battle with a team of around a half dozen people tasked specifically with lobbying the state legislature.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now locked in a fight for an income tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten, has taken a different tack so far: Only two staffers currently work under Sherif Soliman, the head of Mr. de Blasio’s state legislative affairs office. Both are holdovers from the Bloomberg administration.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to hang another key proposal of his early administration on Albany, announcing plans today to push state lawmakers to allow the city to set its own minimum wage during his first State of the City address.
Pre-K this Way
Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Albany today to testify for the first time at a state budget hearing, where he tried to persuade lawmakers to pass his signature proposal to hike taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten.
The plan puts him at odds with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed funding the programs with other revenue.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo met a chilly reception in New York City today.
Demonstrators from the Alliance for Quality Education took up post in the freezing streets outside Macy’s in Midtown to protest what they claim is the governor’s inadequate support for universal pre-K programs.
Mo' Money Mo' Problems
These days, the liberal activists collecting signatures and knocking on doors aren’t rallying against the mayor; they’re working for him.
Newly-minted Mayor Bill de Blasio this morning began the next phase of his push to raise taxes to fund universal pre-K, unleashing a “grassroots and online campaign” dubbed “UPKNYC” to build momentum for and pressure lawmakers in Albany to pass his signature campaign proposal.
Bill of Education
Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to propose an alternate funding stream for Mr. de Blasio’s signature universal pre-K tax plan, and said any extra money in the state budget should be spent on other things.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio rolled out an “all-star” brain trust today that will work to implement his ambitious universal pre-kindergarten agenda.
But first, he had to do story time.