Partners. Deep friendship. Bromance.
Bill de Blasio's day trip to Albany was a display in congeniality as the mayor laid out his ideal working relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, emphasizing the city's plan for universal pre-kindergarten and federal aid for failing Brooklyn hospitals.
The two men politely disagreed with each other on pre-K. The governor defended his budget plan which would institute a statewide universal $1.5 billion program over five years. Meanwhile, de Blasio fielded questions from state lawmakers about his proposal for a tax hike on wealthiest New Yorkers to pay for pre-K, arguing that "the city's right to self-determination, to setting and carrying out our own priorities, should be honored in Albany."
Cuomo and de Blasio stressed that the conversations between city and state are ongoing, but there's one thing on which they are in lockstep. Both urged the federal government to approve a $10 billion Medicaid waiver to allow the state to move money around to save Brooklyn's Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital, an issue that got de Blasio arrested last year.
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