On the weekend before his January 8 State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo had a phone chat with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The governor was developing a plan to expand prekindergarten statewide — and to pay for it out of existing revenues. Cuomo saw it was a win for everybody: The mayor would fulfill his campaign promise to create universal pre-K and the governor would hold the line on taxes. De Blasio, though, wasn’t budging — only a tax increase on the city’s wealthiest would deliver enough money, and supply it reliably.
The Duel For Pre-Kindergarten In New York Goes Public