Last Read – January 29, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen criticizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s public comments about ongoing contract negotiations in a video interview with Nick Powell: http://bit.ly/1k8NkzZ CITY & STATE’S NYC POWER 100 LIVE STREAM: Tune in to the live stream of our NYC Power 100 reception with hosts Nick Powell and Morgan Pehme at 6:30 p.m. tonight: www.cityandstateny.com/power100-live   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better… [More]

Mark Weprin Unanimously Elected Chair of City Council Queens Delegation

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City Councilman Mark Weprin was unanimously elected this morning as chair of the Council’s Queens delegation,  a sign that the wounds from the protracted Council Speaker race between Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito might be starting to heal. The speaker battle had fractured the Queens delegation, with several Progressive Caucus members, including Julissa Ferreras, Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm and Donovan Richards supporting Mark-Viverito, while the rest of the delegation stuck with Garodnick, the choice of Queens Democratic County Chairman… [More]

Last Read – January 28, 2014

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  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you want to get to true universality you’re probably talking on the order of about $1.6 billion a year. The question the governor and the Legislature will need to focus on over the next few weeks is what’s an appropriate plan for a ramp up.” – Dr. John King on universal pre-kindergarten funding for the entire state, via State of Politics.   NEW THIS AFTERNOON: * State Education Commissioner John King pegged the annual… [More]

Unsettled Teacher Contracts Could Raise Cost of De Blasio’s Universal Preschool Program

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During his back-and-forth with the state Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committees on Monday—pitching the merits of his proposed universal preschool and after school programs—Mayor Bill de Blasio listened while state Sen. Diane Savino expressed shock that his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, left him very little in the way of reserve money to negotiate long-expired municipal labor contracts. When Savino, who chairs the Senate Labor Committee, suggested that de Blasio use the labor contract conundrum to bolster his case for a tax increase… [More]

Last Read – January 27, 2014

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  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There are some who whisper that our drive to tax the rich to fund pre-K and after-school is just political posturing—an effort to heap scorn on the wealthy to win an election. But the election in New York City is over, and we are here to work with our leaders in Albany to govern.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifying before a joint budget committee in Albany, via the New York Times.… [More]

Last Read – January 24, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Leecia Eve, a former Cuomo official, discusses her role at Verizon and lays out the company’s top legislative priorities for 2014  in New York in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz: http://bit.ly/1jtlbFX CITY COUNCIL 101: Our five-part series of videos from our recent retreat for incoming New York City Council members continues with a panel on land use and real estate development in the five boroughs: http://bit.ly/1e25ySm   QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “I will… [More]

Last Read – January 23, 2014

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CITY & STATE TV: State Sen. Greg Ball discusses his proposal to give disabled veterans preference in state contracts, his opposition to the SAFE Act and his future political plans, in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz: http://bit.ly/1atmwdk CITY COUNCIL 101: Our five-part series of videos from our recent retreat for incoming New York City Council members continues with a panel on the Council’s role in supporting nonprofit organizations that serve city residents: http://bit.ly/1c7kspX   QUOTE OF THE DAY:… [More]

Last Read – January 22, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014   NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL CHAIRS: City & State’s comprehensive rundown of who was selected to lead the chamber’s committees and subcommittees, along with the amount of their lulus—plus, who got snubbed! http://bit.ly/1hMcOlT   CITY COUNCIL 101: Our five-part series of videos from our recent retreat for incoming New York City Council members continues with a panel on the budget process and the resources available to new lawmakers: http://bit.ly/1c4dzWt   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Nobody was… [More]

Cuomo, De Blasio Hold Firm on Opposing Funding Plans for Universal Pre-K

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agree on the need for universal pre-kindergarten, but the remain sharply divided over how to fund it. In his budget address on Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo unveiled a five-year, $1.5 billion pre-K proposal, with $100 million for the 2014-15 school year and at least $100 million to be added in each subsequent year. “The state will pay for it, and the state will be proud to pay for it,” Cuomo… [More]