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Mayor de Blasio and Deputy Mayor Barios-Paoli Natalie Fertig, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYC mayor in Albany to seek tax hike for pre-K

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will address state lawmakers whose support is crucial for his proposed tax hike on wealthy city residents to pay for universal prekindergarten.

De Blasio is headlining a group of mayors and local officials headed to Albany on Monday to address a legislative hearing on the state budget.

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De Blasio is adamant he needs the tax hike on wealthy city residents to pay for pre-K, putting him at odds with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo supports universal pre-K but doesn't want to raise taxes. He says the programs can be supported with existing money in the budget.

Among the other mayors scheduled to testify are Byron Brown of Buffalo, Stephanie Miner of Syracuse, Kathy Sheehan of Albany and Lovely Warren of Rochester.

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