‘The Mayor Eats Food’: Bill de Blasio’s Job, According to Schoolchildren

Bill de Blasio at the schoolchildren earlier today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Bill de Blasio at the schoolchildren earlier today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited a prekindergarten program in Sunnyside, Queen today, where he learned all kinds of interesting, increasingly cute things about his job, according to a pool report from the event.

“Who is the president?” a boy asked, to laughs, after Mr. de Blasio strolled in. Continue reading “‘The Mayor Eats Food’: Bill de Blasio’s Job, According to Schoolchildren”

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”

De Blasio Welcomes Parent Bloggers to City Hall

Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speaking to parent bloggers. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speaking to parent bloggers. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Welcomes Parent Bloggers to City Hall”

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”

Celebrities Push Bill de Blasio’s Tax-the-Rich Plan

Alicia Keys. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty)
Alicia Keys. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty)

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. Continue reading “Celebrities Push Bill de Blasio’s Tax-the-Rich Plan”

Staffing Choices Show de Blasio Approaching Albany Differently From Bloomberg

Mayor Bill de Blasio testifying in Albany. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio testifying in Albany. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

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. Continue reading “Staffing Choices Show de Blasio Approaching Albany Differently From Bloomberg”

De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage

The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio's first State of the City speech.
The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.

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. Continue reading “De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage”