Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio BIG DL

Battle Lines Being Drawn For De Blasio-Cuomo Universal Pre-K Slugfest

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo appear on a collision course when it comes to paying for universal pre-kindergarten. The mayor wants to tax the wealthy, but the governor says not so fast.

01/24/2014

Bill de Blasio Universal Pre-K press conference Jan. 6, 2014 (Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

De Blasio Heads To Albany, Mounts Charm Offensive Against Legislature

A week on the job and Mayor Bill de Blasio took his bully pulpit to the state capital on Wednesday to show that as far as the Legislature is concerned, he is the anti-Mike Bloomberg.

01/08/2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cuomo Lays Out Agenda In State Of The State Address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering a broad election-year agenda in a State of the State speech promoting a property tax freeze, tougher anti-corruption laws and modernizing New York City’s airports.

01/08/2014

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio speaks to supporters after winning on Nov. 5, 2013. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

De Blasio To Cuomo, Legislature: It’s My Way Or Highway On Universal Pre-K

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is upping the pressure on Albany to tax the wealthy, so he can make good on a campaign pledge to mount the largest expansion of pre-kindergarten classes in the nation’s history.

12/03/2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio volunteers at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, Nov. 27, 2013. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Mayor-Elect De Blasio Volunteers At Brooklyn Food Pantry Ahead Of Thanksgiving

The mayor-elect also said he’d appoint a team in the coming days for what he called “a very substantial campaign” to grow support for his tax on the wealthy proposal.

11/27/2013

Bill de Blasio reads to kids at the Children's Aid Society, Sept. 30, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Poll: More Than Two-Thirds Of NYC Voters Support De Blasio’s Plan To Tax The Wealthy

De Blasio campaigned on a platform of adding a tax on households making more than $500,000 a year to cover the costs of universal pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.

11/27/2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio speaks to supporters after winning on Nov. 5, 2013. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

De Blasio: Landslide Win Is ‘Clear Mandate’ For Education Reform

Bill de Blasio says his landslide in this month’s New York City mayoral election entitles him to support from Albany to enact sweeping reforms to the city’s schools.

11/25/2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio

Cuomo Non-Committal On De Blasio’s Plan To Tax Wealthy New Yorkers For Universal Pre-K

De Blasio said he’d tax those making $500,000 or more to cover the cost of universal pre-K. Any tax would have to be approved by the state legislature and be signed by Gov. Cuomo.

11/12/2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cuomo: ‘I Am Against Tax Increases — That’s My Position’

A major issue for mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is making sure wealthy New Yorkers pay more taxes to fund education, but anything that happens would have to go through Albany.

10/26/2013

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