De Blasio has failed to shore up support among lawmakers, even in his own backyard, officials say.
The mayor has asked Albany lawmakers to let the city tax residents to pay for the new plan.
The move would create a political obstacle for Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan for a pre-K tax hike.
The mayor-elect reiterated his promise to have the first phase of universal pre-K up by September 2014.
The city has been deprived of more than $350 million in revenue over 31 years, officials said.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara left dirty New York politicians shaking in their boots wondering who's next.
Aravella Simotas says the state's current definition of rape is too narrow.
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