MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast urged de Blasio to "stand up" for city mass transit riders.
Almost every other major elected city official was there as well as Vice President Joe Biden.
The plan is to have a new air train and high-speed ferry to connect to the airport.
The city says they already contribute the lion's share of the MTA's budget with no control.
The presence of Uber and other new taxi services is taking a toll on medallion revenue.
A wage board voted 3-0 to raise the wage for fast food workers in the city to $15 by 2018.
The mayor cited a new community policing effort as the one-year anniversary of Garner's death nears.
The governor outlined "major steps" being taken to advance his "blueprint" to end AIDS by 2020.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. with a City Hall ceremony with speeches by Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd.
Both leaders continued to jab each other in the wake of a tough legislative session for the mayor.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the ultimate goal is a law making a special prosecutor permanent.
The governor issued a subdued response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's scathing criticism.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the Division of Homeland Security to monitor July 4th celebrations Saturday.
Some local politicans declined to criticize Cuomo while others welcomed the mayor's comments.
The mayor said he expected some sort of revenge from the governor for his critical remarks. .
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