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Today's Lead: The Mayor, Post Budget


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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. 

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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
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David King looks at what the Albany budget deal means for New York City
Kristen Meriwether reports on the newly appointed, first-ever inspector general of the NYPD, including two key areas he may investigate


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