On pre-K, Cuomo says he’ll ‘work it out’ with de Blasio

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ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested he'd find a way to fund universal Pre-K, a signature proposal of incoming mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign.

Cuomo and de Blasio are fellow Democrats and old colleagues.

But Cuomo, who is up for re-election next year, strongly suggested at an editorial board meeting with the Daily News that he won't go along anytime soon with de Blasio's plan to pay for the expansion of early childhood programs by increasing taxes on the wealthy. 

Publicly, Cuomo has punted on questions about the tax. On Monday, before stepping off in the Veteran's Day parade up Fifth Avenue, Cuomo said he was confident that he and de Blasio would “work it out.”

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"It is the right service, it is the right reform, it is the right initiative, but all of these issues are complicated,” he said. “These are very tough times out here, but the question is, can you work it through and do you have the relationship that allows you to work it through, and with this mayor and with myself, I'm very confident about the relationship and the partnership and the good will — we'll figure these things out.”

Cuomo also said he skipped last weekend's Somos El Futuro conference in San Juan because he was busy. On Friday, when he would have needed to begin traveling to Puerto Rico, he took an unannounced tour of construction progress at the Tappan Zee Bridge.

“I was looking forward to going to Puerto Rico—little warmer there this time of year—but I had work here in New York,” Cuomo said. “When I'm not governor then I'll be spending more time in Puerto Rico and everywhere else, but right now the people of the state pay me to work in the State of New York and I had a lot of work going on this week.”