Gotham Gazette

The Place for New York Policy and politics


The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to release a report today detailing its plan to double the number of after-school programs for middle school students. The programs would provide 95,000 slots at 512 schools across the city. The de Blasio administration says the after-school program expansion could be in jeopardy if Albany does not approve the mayor's plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy. De Blasio is scheduled to travel to Albany on Tuesday to lobby for the tax increase that would allow for his universal pre-k plan and the after-school expansion. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate GOP oppose de Blasio's plan. The state budget is due April 1 and this month will feature both intense lobbying and negotiating in Albany as legislators try to hammer out details. 


Other Stories We're Following

Teachers Spending $500 Out of Own Pockets For Kids’ School Supplies(Daily News)

State’s Sandy Response Was Hampered By Technical Glitch (Albany Times Union)

Drug Clinic Under Investigation For Shady Spending (Daily News)

State Senator Calls For Independent Democrats to be Booted From Democratic Party (Daily News)

Boycott of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Puts Mayor in the Middle (NY Times)

Senate GOP Leader Vows to Fight For City’s Charter Schools (NY Post)

Cuomo Aides Using State Resources to Build Turnout at Volunteer Events(NY Post)

North Brooklyn Polls Call For Vision Zero Now (Capital)

De Blasio Attends St. Pat’s for All Parade (Politicker)

Mark-Viverito Joins Espaillat on Campaign Trail (Politicker)

A New Push For Penn Station (Wall Street Journal)

City Details After-School Expansion (Wall Street Journal)

New Campaign Encourages Legal Permanent Residents to Become Citizens (NY1)

State Food Stamp Aid Will Reduce Strain on City’s Poor, Advocates Say(DNAinfo)

Cuomo Challenger Lays Out Battle Plan (Crain's)