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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Cloudy with occasional light rain during the afternoon. High 54. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Rain…changing to light snow overnight. Low 24. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Learn How to Build and Cultivate Relationships with Individual Donors

Queens Council on the Arts invites you to learn how to build and cultivate relationships with individual donors. Good fundraising is all about cultivating relationships to build deep connections. This two-part interactive workshop with fundraising consultant Dara Silverman is designed to help participants learn how to strengthen and grow their base of individual relationships for themselves, their arts organization, or art project – today and for years to come. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cops arrest Ridgewood and Middle Village graffiti vandals

The next thing these vandals could be drawing is punishment.. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Mayor Bill De Blasio touts crime drop since he took office

Mayor Bill de Blasio is crowing about the city’s drop in crime under his leadership. Read more: CBS New York

Public Advocate Letitia James wants all NYC public school kids to receive free lunch

All public school kids should get free lunch, Public Advocate Letitia James said Tuesday — even those whose families can afford to pay. Read more: New York Daily News

Black & Hispanic pass rates drop in elite high school exams

More black and Hispanic students took the entrance exam to get into the city’s elite high schools this year, but their pass rates were as dismal as ever, officials said Tuesday. Read more: New York Post

Obama in NYC, joins Clinton ally to raise money for DNC debt

Melding 2014 needs with 2016 hopes, President Barack Obama teamed up Tuesday with an ally and fundraiser of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help the Democratic Party erase a worrisome debt. Read more: NBC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Considerable cloudiness. High 58. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Cloudy. Low 41. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Cops arrest Brooklyn man in connection with string of Ridgewood knifepoint robberies

Ridgewood can rest a little bit easier now, but cops are still telling residents to be aware. Read more: The Queens Courier

Common Core panel says limit time teaching to test

A panel created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to look into New York’s rollout of the controversial Common Core curriculum is recommending capping the amount of instructional time that can be used for standardized tests and test prep. Read more: NBC New York

Unions beg Mayor de Blasio to keep horse carriages

Leaders of the city’s most powerful unions — including many of Mayor de Blasio’s staunchest allies — are balking at his plans to banish horse carriages from city streets. Read more: New York Daily News

Housing becoming more expensive for NYers: comptroller

Housing is becoming unaffordable for millions of New Yorkers amid declining incomes and increasing costs for rent and home ownership, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday. Read more: New York Post 

New ad campaign urges a ban on calling girls ‘bossy’

What goes through your mind when you hear the word “bossy?” Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast. High near 50. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: A few clouds. Low 39. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Council on the Arts Presents Senses Transport

Queens Council on the Arts mixes up dance and food in the second Moveable Feast Artist Dinner Series which will raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio faces three new charter-school lawsuits

Mayor de Blasio is getting hit on Monday with three new lawsuits by charter-school supporters, his traditional enemies — just as his pals who despise the popular institutions are threatening him with legal action for offering a compromise. Read more: New York Post

Assembly Dems will seek to block Cuomo from taking MTA funds to pay debts

As state budget talks prepare to heat up, state Assembly Democrats say they will seek to block Gov. Cuomo’s proposed raid of $40 million from mass transit funds. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo to define opponent with $10M ad campaign

Gov. Cuomo is expected to unleash a $10 million package of TV attack ads designed to “define’’ his newly announced Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, as a “right-wing nut,” Democratic and Republican insiders say. Read more: New York Post

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand pushes for lower child care costs

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to lessen the financial load of child care, which she says is unaffordable. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Daylight saving time means more traffic accidents

Turning the clocks forward not only wreaks havoc with our internal body clocks, it causes a spike in traffic accidents. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 31. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 24. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Art of Science – Princeton University Photo Exhibit

View photographs from Princeton University’s annual competition, Art of Science at this new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. The featured works were submitted as part of a competition that began in 2005, organized to judge the most aesthetically pleasing images produced during scientific research at the university. March 6 through September 14. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rare skin infection outbreak tied to Chinatown seafood markets

The Health Department is warning customers of Chinatown seafood markets in Queens and other parts of the city about an outbreak of a rare skin infection. Read more: The Queens Courier

Facebook cracks down on posts for illegal gun sales

Go on Facebook or Instagram and you can find hundreds of guns to buy, from assault rifles like the AR-15, the weapon used to murder little kids in Newtown, to gun accessories like 30-shot clips illegal in New York and Connecticut. Read more: Fox New York

De Blasio ignores pledge to restore school vouchers

Mayor de Blasio is ignoring a campaign pledge to restore millions of dollars for some after-school programs — pulling the exact same move he excoriated his predecessor over. Read  more: New York Post

New SAT: Essay optional, no extra penalties for wrong answers

The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Gov. Cuomo’s approval sags, but he maintains large re-election lead: NBCNY poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has slipped, but he remains popular and enjoys a comfortable advantage in his quest for re-election, according to a new poll. Read more: NBC New York

De Blasio details after-school program expansion plan


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Updated 1:55 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio released an interagency report Monday detailing plans to expand after-school programs to more public middle school students in the city.

The implementation would place programs in all schools with middle school students that do not currently have after-school services as well as non-public school sites, such as community centers and libraries, according to the report.

The expansion, like de Blasio’s plan for universal pre-kindergarten, will require an increase on local income tax for the city’s highest earners.

“This is a critical investment that will transform our schools—but it is also a powerful policy to keep kids out of trouble and fight the influences that can take them off the right path. We need the power to make this investment now,” the mayor said.

De Blasio said the city has “the capacity to ramp up immediately.” But what is still needed, however, is the funding, which would require approval from Albany for the tax increase.

The $190 million proposal will provide an additional 62,791 middle school students with the opportunity to attend free after-school programs, starting in September 2014.

Currently, the Department of Education and Department of Youth and Community Development provide after-school programs that serve approximately 56,369 students in 239 schools each year. The expansion will increase the number of schools with programs to 512.

Funding would also go toward boosting existing programs by increasing their hours of operation.

 

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Mayor de Blasio: City ready for pre-K plan if funding is secured


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A progress report released by Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday shows the city has the capacity to implement his plan for universal pre-kindergarten starting this September—if the funding is available.

The report, “Ready to Launch,” found that though classroom space and quality programming is obtainable, securing funding for the plan remains the main challenge.

“This is real, this is achievable, but this something we can’t do without sustained dedicated resources,” de Blasio said.

In January, the mayor released his plan to provide free full-day pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in the city by increasing taxes on the wealthy.

The mayor would need permission from Albany for the increase, and could face roadblocks from state lawmakers.

At an average cost of $10,239 per child, 73,250 children would be eligible for full-day pre-kindergarten by the 2015-16 school year, beginning with 53,604 in September 2014.

The city needs 21,000 seats to meet its goal for this fall, according to the mayor. Since it began asking for proposals and applications from schools and community-based organizations, the Department of Education has received proposals for 29,000 seats.

The proposals also offer detailed plans on curriculum and how the schools and organizations will identify, train and support teaching staff.

“We already know demand from families for high quality, full-day pre-K is exceptionally high – and these numbers confirm that we are ready to deliver,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.

“The number of sites and seats proposed far exceeds numbers from last year,” with a 93 percent jump in the number of full-day sites proposed compared to last year’s results, according to the report.

In Queens, 113 sites were proposed in 2013. This year, there were 214.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. High near 45. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Showers early, then becoming foggy with light rain overnight. Low 38. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Celebrate Black History Month – George Washington Carver Workshop

Celebrate Black History Month and join the Queens Botanical Garden at its George Washington Carver Workshop at 1:30 p.m.  Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany.  Learn how plants played an important role in his early life and about his later achievements in botany, agriculture, botanical illustration, industrial engineering and medicine. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sky’s the limit: Mayor de Blasio says he would OK affordable housing buildings at any size

Get ready for even taller skyscrapers and more densely packed neighborhoods. Read more: New York Daily News

Speeding taxi shut-off technology may not exist

City officials have no clue who will foot the bill to outfit taxis with a device to turn off the meter whenever the driver is speeding — and the technology may not even ­exist yet. Read more: New York Post

New York State eases requirements on some name changes for driver’s licenses

Changing your name on your driver’s license just got a lot easier for many New Yorkers. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD takes over enforcement of horse-drawn carriage rules

The NYPD has taken over enforcement of regulations for horse carriages, and a spokesman for the industry said he hopes they will go by the law and not by a plan to shut the industry down. Read more: CBS New York

Airlines warned about shoe bomb threat

The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It’s the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner. Read more: ABC New York

De Blasio administration settles first labor contract


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Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The de Blasio administration is taking its first steps towards settling labor contracts that were left unresolved under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

An agreement has been reached with 200 Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officers who have been working without a contract since 2005, according to Kenneth Wynder, president of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association, which represents the officers.

The terms of the settlement, decided on  Feb. 13, include raises of 5 percent for 2005 and 4 percent for 2006 and 2007, with about $50,000 to $55,000 in back pay, Wynder said.

It will also double their differential plan for working nights to 10 percent and up their uniform allowance to $1,000.

The agreement settles their contract to 2008, according to Wynder. They plan on returning to the bargaining table with the city in July, he said.

“It’s [a step] in the right direction and we are very happy with the new administration,” Wynder said.

The officers tried to strike a deal with the Bloomberg administration several times, but the city refused to concede to any of their demands, according to Wynder.

Bloomberg left office with more than 150 labor contracts still unresolved, some dating back as far as 2008.

Those contracts are a large concern for the city’s budget.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget, presented on Feb. 12, didn’t address those negotiations.

The budget does provide extra money by restoring $1 billion to the Retiree Health Benefits Trust Fund and is increasing the city’s general reserve funds from $300 to $600 million.

During the presentation, de Blasio said giving workers back pay, which could reportedly cost more than $7 billion, is not off the table. At an unrelated press conference Tuesday, he said the deal on back pay struck with the DEP officers, however, didn’t indicate his intentions with future negotiations because that was a special situation.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, said in an interview with WYNC Monday that back pay would be a “big issue” in contract negotiations with the de Blasio administration.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Cloudy with rain and snow this morning becoming foggy with light rain for the afternoon. High near 40. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Tuesday night: A few passing clouds. Low 29. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: I Heart Worms for Families

Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms! Make heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants; be prepared to get your hands dirty! Registration required—compost@queensbotanical.org. Starts at 3 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York vows to remove registered sex offenders from housing near schools

The State of New York has vowed to fix a troubling issue. Convicted pedophiles have been housed near city schools in violation of a state law. Read more: CBS New York

Trash, ice line New York City streets as snow falls

New York City has suspended alternate-side parking through the weekend due to solid ice and uncollected trash that line the streets, all while nuisance snow falls across the region Tuesday. Read more: ABC New York

New York City teachers union president proclaims back pay is ‘a big issue’

The head of New York City’s teachers union made it clear Monday for the first time that he was pushing the city for back pay for his nearly 100,000 members. Read more: New York Daily News 

Passengers trapped on tarmac after fuel truck hits police cruiser at LaGuardia

Hundreds of passengers were reportedly trapped on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on Monday night. Read more: CBS New York

Bratton was kept in dark the night de Blasio’s buddy was sprung

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was kept in the dark when Mayor de Blasio made a late-night call to an NYPD honcho on behalf of a political ally who’d been busted, sources told The Post. Read more: New York Post

 

NYC recovers from another storm; more snow in forecast


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Photo by Victor G. Mimoni

Updated 6:50 p.m.

The borough was once again buried in almost a foot of snow after the sixth storm of the season struck the city Thursday, and even more flakes could fall this weekend.

Snowfall totals around Queens varied, but Bayside reported as much as 11.8 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

For the second day in a row, residents faced a less-than-perfect morning commute with a hazardous travel advisory still in effect through Friday morning.

The MTA said service should be close to normal on subways, buses and Long Island Rail Road for the evening commute.

The situation for commuters Friday was much better than yesterday morning when heavy snow coated the roads.

Despite those dangerous conditions the city’s public schools were open Thursday.

Parents, students, teachers and even famed weatherman Al Roker blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep the schools open.

De Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, however, defended the move.

“Based on our knowledge, we were convinced kids could get to schools this morning,” de Blasio said Thursday. “So many families depend on their schools as a place for their kids to be during the day.”

The total attendance at city schools was only 44.65 percent yesterday, according to a preliminary report from the Department of Education (DOE) released Thursday afternoon.

Public schools were again open Friday and all field trips, after-school programs and PSAL activities are operating normally, the DOE said.

“We understand that weather conditions may be challenging for families. As always, parents should exercise their own judgment with regard to their children. Safety is a top priority for the Department, and we make these decisions only after careful consideration. We want to thank parents, students, and educators for your cooperation during this very difficult winter,” Fariña said.

Alternate side parking regulations, and garbage and recycling pick-up are suspended through Saturday.

The Department of Sanitation will likely be spending the weekend clearing snow off the streets.

The city agency has issued a “snow alert” starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

About 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall during the day tomorrow, starting in the early morning, according to NWS.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High around 40. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 28F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Twelfth Night

Aquila Theatre’s superb cast presents Shakespeare’s timeless comedy with never-before-seen innovation, theatricality and modernity. Feb. 14- Feb 16 at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winter storm wallops tri-state with double punch of snow

A nor’easter swirled over the tri-state and delivered a double punch of snow over a 30-hour period that topped 14 inches in parts of the area by the time it moved out Friday morning. Read more: NBC New York

Mayor de Blasio defends calling police following political supporter’s arrest

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the defense following a call he placed to the New York Police Department to inquire about the arrest of one of his political supporters. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Comcast buys Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

Comcast said Thursday it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States. Read more: CNN

American Dental Association: Brush with fluoride toothpaste before age 2

New guidelines from the American Dental Association say children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth. Read more: CBS New York

Student’s Facebook page mocks NYC schools chief, goes viral

A Facebook page blasting schools Chancellor Carmen Farina’s call to send kids to class in a raging Nor’easter went viral Thursday – and made the 15-year-old Staten Island student who launched it an instant hero with peers, teachers and parents. Read more: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Snow, heavy at times, will become mixed with sleet or freezing rain this afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds NE at 25 to 35 mph. 5 to 8 inches of snow and ice expected. Thursday night: A wintry mix this evening will transition to mainly snow overnight. Low 32. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Snow and ice accumulating 3 to 5 inches.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens

The Secret Theatre is pleased to announce a three week limited engagement of Kari Bentley-Quinn’s production of “The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens,” directed by New Voices Co-Director Christopher Diercksen. Main character Sybil Stevens is a Chicago-based flight attendant who finds her life completely changed when she is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash, and has to deal with the unexpected aftereffects of both the crash and her newfound fame. The Secret Theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street in LIC. Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday start at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18. Through Feb. 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cuomo says de Blasio pre-K tax plan is unfair to rest of state

Mayor de Blasio’s tax-the-rich plan to finance pre-kindergarten classes will be rejected in Albany because it’s unnecessary and would actually increase education inequality in the state, Gov. Cuomo declared Wed­nesday. Read more: New York Post

Million dollar luxury watch theft bust

High-end jewelry and watch stores were the target of a four-man crime spree that authorities say hit luxury stores in New York, New Jersey and Virginia for more than a million dollars of watches. Read more: Fox New York

Comptroller to de Blasio: Don’t get involved in arrests

City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday criticized Mayor de Blasio for personally intervening when a politically connected preacher pal was busted by cops — saying “the mayor shouldn’t be involved in any way when someone gets arrested.” Read more: New York Post 

Study: Mammograms do not improve survival rates in middle-aged women

The value of mammograms is being questioned by a comprehensive new study. Read more: CBS New York

Comedian Sid Caesar dead at age 91

Sid Caesar, a giant of the Golden Age of Television, has died. Read more: AP/CBS New York

 

Mayor de Blasio presents preliminary budget


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Photo via Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice

Mayor Bill de Blasio, presenting his preliminary budget, promised a fiscally responsible, progressive and honest financial plan for the city.

The budget process is “one that puts us on the road to giving hardworking New Yorkers a fair shot,” de Blasio said, when he issued the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Wednesday.

For the current year, FY 2014, the budget remains balanced by relying on $1 billion from the prior year, according to the mayor. The FY 2015 plan currently relies on $1.8 billion of resources from the prior year for balance, but the city is already facing a deficit of $1.1 billion for FY 2016, he said.

One financial concern facing the city is the more than 150 labor contracts that are still unresolved.

The preliminary budget is an initial plan to meet the financial concern, he said.

The budget’s “centerpiece” was education, the mayor said, and provided for his universal pre-kindergarten and after-school expansion programs.

They would be paid for with $530 million in revenue that would come from a .0534 percent increase in the personal income tax rate for households earning more than $500,000 per year.

The budget also asks the state for an additional $500 million to fund improvements to the city’s public schools.

Several other initiatives announced by the mayor will continue to be funded through FY 2015, including an independent NYPD inspector general and an expansion of paid sick leave.

With the recent unusually snowy weather, an extra $35 million has been added to the previously budgeted $57 million for the Department of Sanitation’s storm response operations for the remainder of the season.

The budget additionally redirects resources for New York City Housing Authority repairs and maintenance, bolsters homeless services, and improves access to mental health services.

In presenting the budget, the mayor promised to “end the budget dance” by restoring $59 million for 20 fire companies that were previously cut from the FY 2015 budget and $10 million in funding for the borough presidents and public advocate.

One billion dollars will also be restored to the Retiree Health Benefits Trust Fund, which pays for the cost of retiree health benefits for city workers.

The mayor also discussed the city’s economic outlook during his budget presentation, saying that the real estate market showed positive recovery signs.

But the city’s affordability and unemployment remained a problem, he said.

De Blasio added there were federal financial uncertainties, which included Sandy recovery money.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High near 25. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Cloudy with periods of snow after midnight. Low 23 with temps rising to near freezing. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90%. About one inch of snow expected.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Forgotten Queens

Author Kevin Walsh and Rich Melnick of the Greater Astoria Historical Society discuss their new book of local history, Forgotten Queens. 7 p.m. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio called police boss about arrested pastor

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the commanding officer of the police department’s press office to ask about the arrest of a politically connected pastor who endorsed him and served as a member of his transition team, but the pastor had already been released, police and administration officials said Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

Cuomo discourages allowing city to set own minimum wage

Barely 24 hours after the mayor said New York City would lobby Albany for the right to set its own minimum wage, Gov. Cuomo shot down the idea as economically damaging to the entire state. Read more: New York Post

NY cabbies call for penalties against drivers who don’t clear snow, ice off cars

The brutal winter has made for some tough driving conditions. Read more: CBS New York

FBI to offer bounty program for laser attacks

The FBI is launching a reward program in New York and other cities to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft. Read more: Fox New York

Nearly 3.8M Graco child car seats recalled

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. Read more: AP

State Senate leaders split over de Blasio pre-K tax


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A fight is brewing in Albany over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

On Monday, Republican Dean Skelos, co-leader of the State Senate Majority Coalition, said he would not allow for a vote on de Blasio’s proposal for a tax increase on the rich to pay for full-day pre-kindergarten in the city, according to published reports.

The Democratic co-leader of the State Senate Majority Coalition, Jeff Klein, responded by saying he will “not approve a budget that fails to realize the vision Mayor de Blasio and I share of providing high-quality, universal pre-k,” according to NY1.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping to pass his fourth, consecutive on time budget this year.

“To deny a vote on something as urgently-needed and as widely-supported as funding universal pre-kindergarten is just plain wrong,” de Blasio said in a statement Monday.

The same day, de Blasio delivered his first State of the City address, where he again made the argument for his pre-kindergarten plan.

“If there are extra resources in the state budget, we must remember that the State Court of Appeals ruled – in the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision several years ago — that the children of this city deserve billions more in educational resources, and now is the time to provide it,” he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide plan for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten in his January budget address. The state would fully fund the program.

 

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