Cuomo: ‘Kids won’t mind’ if there’s no pre-K tax

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Andrew Cuomo. (Governor's office)
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Governor Andrew Cuomo showed no signs of budging in his opposition to Bill de Blasio's pre-kindergarten tax at an event in Manhattan on Thursday.

“What’s most important is the mayor said he supports universal pre-K," Cuomo told reporters in Manhattan on Thursday. "What’s most important is I say I support universal pre-K. The Senate and the Assembly supports universal pre-K. Which means, we’re going to have universal pre-K, which is great news for the state.”

Cuomo spoke to reporters after a dedication ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

“How it’s funded is, frankly, a secondary concern and the children really don’t care about how it’s funded,” Cuomo said.

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Cuomo cast de Blasio’s position as the predictable advocacy from a local official, similar to how the mayors of Buffalo and Rochester advocate for their own constituents.

“My job is: I care about all the children,” Cuomo said. “The kids won’t mind if there is a tax or not. I really believe that.”

Cuomo appeared to be a in good spirits, despite a Wall Street Journal poll showing his job approval numbers at their lowest point since he became governor in January 2011. (The poll also showed him leading Republican challenger Rob Astorino by 40 points.)

The governor received favorable treatment on the front pages of the Post and Daily News yesterday for his comments at a charter school rally, which occurred at the same time de Blasio was attending a separate rally there for his education tax plan.

And he sounded unbothered by a New York Times column this morning that cast him as the feline in charge of a cat-and-mouse game with de Blasio.

“Do you agree with the Times assertion that you are the cat and mayor de Blasio is the mouse?” asked NBC reporter Andrew Siff.

Cuomo briefly paused before saying no.