Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of raising income taxes to pay for pre-kindergarten and after- school programs would generate $530 million a year. By revamping property taxes -- and taking on some of New York’s richest residents -- he could get eight times as much.
New York Governor David Paterson delivered 6,709 vetoes -- a stack of paper 31 inches high -- to absent lawmakers, trimming $805.3 million of spending that still doesn’t close the state’s $9.2 billion deficit.
New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio scored a landslide victory championing an ambitious agenda that includes taxing the rich to pay for universal pre-kindergarten, building or preserving 200,000 units of low-income housing and creating better-paying jobs for city residents.
John Degnan, a former chief operating officer of Chubb Corp., was nominated for chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie, filling a vacancy brought on by the scandal over last year’s lane closings at the George Washington Bridge.