deal or no deal
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.
Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.
“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show.
preaching to the choir
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo met behind closed doors today for about an hour in Albany, but appeared no closer to a resolution on their heated dispute over how to fund an expansion of pre-K.
Speaking to reporters in the capital, Mr. de Blasio repeatedly described the conversation as “productive” but said his plan to up taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents remains the “only reliable plan on the table.” Mr. Cuomo insists he can fund pre-K across the state with existing funds.
Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed about 200 supporters to Gracie Mansion last night to urge them to do all they can to push his plan to raise taxes on the city’s richest residents to fund universal pre-K.
Members of the crowd, which included the Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent clergy members, as well as labor leaders, developers, education activists and administration officials, were asked to get their friends and colleagues involved in pushing the “UPKNYC” plan to reticent Albany lawmakers, according to those in attendance.
deja vu all over again
Super Mario, meet Super Andrew.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today suggested a new superhero based on his stint as governor, while taking a break from budget negotiations in Albany to announce a deal to film a new series based on the Marvel comics characters in New York.
call to arms
Add another item to Bill de Blasio’s Albany wish list.
The mayor this afternoon unveiled an extensive plan to minimize pedestrian traffic fatalities, the most ambitious of which would reduce the default speed on unmarked streets to 25 miles per hour, from the current 30.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a rare display of anger, today railed against Albany lawmakers, slamming Senate co-leader Dean Skelos for refusing to bring to vote the mayor’s signature plan to tax the rich to fund universal pre-k and sounding a call to clergy leaders to mobilize on its behalf.
“The gauntlet’s been thrown in Albany. We will respond,” the mayor told religious leaders and elected officials gathered at the Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, at a breakfast organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton to support the universal pre-K funding plan.
Mayor Bill de Blasio declared today in his State of the City address that he will urge state lawmakers to grant New York City the power to raise its own minimum wage, setting up yet another struggle between progressives and right-leaning lawmakers in the state.
This campaign, however, could face even more resistance in Albany than Mr. de Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on the rich to fund universal prekindergarten, experts say.
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.
Without a great deal of attention, Governor Andrew Cuomo has managed to pull off a minor miracle over the last four years. He has kept the lid on state spending. He has tamped down partisan rancor in Albany. He has persuaded legislators to act on his budget proposal in a timely fashion. And he has come up with innovative ways to attract capital to New York, especially upstate.
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.