Capitol Watch: De Blasio heads to Albany

February 03, 2018 - 3:08 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio heads to Albany to plead for transportation dollars, and the race for governor is off to a testy start.

The Democratic mayor is scheduled to appear before lawmakers Monday. He's likely to face questions about the city's contribution to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which needs billions of dollars to repair the city's beleaguered subway system.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats will try again with proposals to tighten the state's notoriously loose campaign finance laws.

Finally, Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco's recent entry into the fall governor's race prompted a personal insult from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's spokesman. After DeFrancisco said that Cuomo was "no friend of the taxpayer," spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the remark was as real as DeFrancisco's hairline.

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