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Cuomo unveils pre-K plan

Shant Shahrigian
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The 3-to-5-year-old demographic cannot complain of underrepresentation so far this year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to fund five years of universal pre-K at his annual budget address on Tuesday.

Details of the plan, which would take $1.5 billion of the governor’s proposed $128 billion budget, were not available as of press time.

But the initiative was poised to complicate proposals by Mayor Bill de Blasio as well as state Senators Adriano Espaillat and Jeff Klein, who have pushed for universal pre-K to be funded by taxes at the local level.

Spokespersons from the state senators’ offices declined to comment before the governor’s plan was officially unveiled.

LEIBIG AVENUE SPEED BUMP

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz announced the city’s Department of Transportation plans to install a speed bump on Liebig Avenue between West 259th Street and Mosholu Avenue at the official’s request.

Mr. Dinowitz said in a statement that numerous complaints about vehicles speeding down Leibig Avenue prompted him to request the speed bump last month.

POLS FIGHT POST OFFICE SALE

When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced the sale of the Bronx General Post Office along with other historic post offices around the country, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called on the mail carrier to involve the community in determining the site’s new use.

“This building is too important to simply be auctioned to the highest bidder,” Mr. Diaz said in a statement.

But now members of Congress around the country are joining in the fight, calling for a moratorium on any sales of the historic post offices. In a statement, the Bronx’s Senator José Serrano pointed to Congress’ recent omnibus spending bill, which requires the USPS’ Inspector General and the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to make reports before any historic post offices are sold.

“I understand the USPS has a serious revenue problem and is trying desperately to bring costs in line with outlays, but selling off historic properties to the highest bidder without following the appropriate procedures is completely unacceptable,” Mr. Serrano said in a statement.

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