Morning Read: ‘Pure Nasty Misdirection’

Bill de Basio on Valentine's Day. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)

Bill de Basio on Valentine’s Day. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Headline of the Day: “Pre-K debate is Monty Python-esque.”

It’s the tale of two pre-K editorial viewpoints. In one corner, Newsday argues the “myopic” Bill de Blasio has failed to recognize statewide educational needs. “The point de Blasio has missed as he inveighs against New York’s tale of two cities is what Cuomo is calling our tale of two states,” the paper opined in an article titled “Editorial: Bill de Blasio fumbles his key issue.”

Meanwhile, in an article titled “Editorial: Cuomo cheerleaders distorting the pre-K fight,” the Times Herald-Record mocks the statewide officials castigating Mr. de Blasio’s city-focused plan: “It’s likely that a bunch of local officials has been this wrong before, but for pure nasty misdirection it’s hard to match the outburst this week concerning early childhood education.”

The Albany Times-Union concurred, writing that it is Gov. Andrew Cuomo, not Mr. de Blasio, who has a myopic view of the situation: “We fail to see a downside here — unless asking New York City’s wealthiest residents to pay a little more for the sake of a better future for New York and its children is what’s really troubling Mr. Cuomo.”

Liz Benjamin, writing for Capital New York, focused on State Senator Jeff Klein‘s role in Mr. de Blasio’s pre-K negotiations: “Last week was not a good one for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s push for a tax-funded pre-K expansion, or, by extension, for the proposal’s biggest champion in Albany, Jeff Klein.”

Some Albany Democrats are baffled by Mr. de Blasio’s approach, which has already involved multiple state legislative pushes. “It should be one big issue at a time,” one Democratic senator told the Daily News. “His agenda is definitely welcome, but a lot of liberals in the Legislature, and I’m one of them, are saying he’s giving us too much to chew.”

The New York Times profiled Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams: “In his early years on the public stage, Mr. Adams was best known for the often incendiary curbside news conferences he held outside One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan, an ideal vantage point, as he saw it, from which to assail department brass on issues like the dearth of black officers like himself.”

Comptroller Scott Stringer went on PIX11 and expanded on his “problematic” comments regarding Mr. de Blasio’s call to police after Bishop Orlando Findlayter‘s arrest. “It’s pretty clear that the mayor didn’t do anything inappropriate,” said Mr. Stringer. “I just commented that mayors who make those calls are going to get some blowback.”

Mr. Findlayter refused to comment at his church, however. Mr. de Blasio likewise refused to comment at a press conference in Albany. “I really have nothing else to say about it,” said the mayor. “I covered it in great detail on Thursday. I think it’s all been covered now.” 

Watch Mr. de Blasio’s press conerence below, via