Bill de Blasio resists alternative to income tax plan for pre-K

de blasio childhood education
Mayor Bill de Blasio resisted an alternative to his proposed tax plan Monday after reports suggested Gov. Andrew Cuomo was looking for a way to fund universal pre-kindergarten statewide.
Credit: @deBlasioNYC via Twitter

Mayor Bill de Blasio resisted an alternative to his proposed tax plan Monday after reports suggested Gov. Andrew Cuomo was looking for a way to fund universal pre-kindergarten statewide.

One of his signature proposals during the campaign, de Blasio is pushing to fund universal pre-kindergarten and after school programs with a income tax hike on the wealthiest New Yorkers.

“We’re asking the wealthy to do a little more. We think they can handle it,” de Blasio said during a press conference touting labor support of the plan.

While the mayor declined to comment on what he would do if the state funded pre-kindergarten, he noted that children are often the first affected by budget cuts.

“We know the history. We know that if it is not protected, it will be fought each and every year. And that’s not good, that’s not healthy, for our children. Again, if the state has additional resources,” he said. “There are any other appropriate things that need to be addressed, things that New York City has been waiting for for a long time.”

The governor previously expressed support for universal pre-kingergarten but has remained vague about funding for any expansion.

During a press conference Monday, Cuomo denied a Capital New York report that he would announce plans to fund universal pre-kindergarten in Wednesday’s State of the State address.

De Blasio said he wouldn’t alter his plans for the tax until he heard for Cuomo directly.

If state funding were to come, de Blasio said, “We’re not going to bargain against ourselves.”

“We don’t want half-measures. We don’t want partial funding,” he added.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter @AnnaESanders


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.