Today's Lead: The Mayor, Post Budget by David Howard King, Apr 02, 2014 Twitter Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration looked to reboot their relationship with the press yesterday after budget battles with Albany came to an end this week. De Blasio met with city hall reporters in acasual setting and trumpeted winning pre-kindergarten funding as "A real liftoff moment for this administration." He downplayed his budget disagreements with his former boss Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who at times seemed particularly interested in thwarting the new mayor. "We had some disagreements, its not exactly a state secret." de Blasio said. His administration is also looking to strengthen its communications team with a veteran press aide, new speechwriters and web media experts. Even with the state budget finalized, de Blasio's interaction with Albany is far from over as he is expected to launch a major push for his Vision Zero traffic safety plan in the capital in the coming weeks. New this morning from Gotham Gazette From Pre-K Tunnel Vision to Vision Zero Kristen Meriwether reports that after Mayor de Blasio secured pre-K funding in the state budget, he'll soon be turning his Albany attention to his Vision Zero traffic safety plan ICYMI from Gotham Gazette Compromise Yields Minimal Reform In On-Time Budget David King looks at what the Albany budget deal means for New York City What Will The New NYPD IG Inspect? Kristen Meriwether reports on the newly appointed, first-ever inspector general of the NYPD, including two key areas he may investigate Other Stories We're Following Lawsuit Threatens City's Property Tax System (Capital) Report Traces Port Authority Flaws to Crumbling Business Model (NY Times) City Students Begin Common Core Tests As Debate Continues (NY 1) Council's Progressive Caucus Elects New Leadership Team (NY Observer) Anti-Gun Control Rally in Albany Brings Out Donald Trump (Daily News) Former Chiefs Weigh In on Splitting up Port Authority (Wall Street Journal) Upgrading City's Gas Pipes Could Take Decades (Wall Street Journal) Senate Leader's Budget Measure Would Delay Bronx Medical Center(Capital) How Big is NYC's Tech Sector? (Crain's) Katz Asks Queens Library Head to take Leave of Absence (DNAinfo) Tweet Editor's Choice With a Smirk, Bharara Diagnoses New York Corruption Problem Public Conversation on New Veterans Department Begins The Evolving Definition of Transparency Comments Comment(s) The comments section is provided as a free service to our readers. Gotham Gazette's editors reserve the right to delete any comments. Some reasons why comments might get deleted: inappropriate or offensive content, off-topic remarks or spam. Recent Articles by David Howard King :Three Years In, New York Ethics Commission Still Looking to Find FootingSmall Town Ethics Could Have Big-Time Fracking ImpactDemocrats Begin Push for Criminal Justice Reforms Ahead of Legislative SessionAmid Heightened Tension, Advocates Push Cuomo to Veto Police Discipline BillThe Commission Question: Would One Work for Legislative Pay Raises?