De Blasio pushes NY lawmakers for Pre-K plan

December 2, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is pushing lawmakers to pass his universal pre-kindergarten plan.

De Blasio met with some Democratic members of the state Assembly on Monday.

De Blasio wants to fund his proposal by raising taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers.
He would need to support from the state Legislature to pass the plan.

Some lawmakers have previously said they were reluctant to raise taxes.

But de Blasio said the plan was "warmly received" by the legislators who attended the lower Manhattan meeting.

De Blasio, a Democrat, did not announce any appointments to his administration.
He also did not reveal whether his family would move from their home in Brooklyn to Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence in Manhattan.

De Blasio takes office Jan. 1.

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