In a radio interview, Governor Andrew Cuomo downplayed the funding for universal pre-K.
"Yes, that will be in the budget, but that's been established for a long time," he said. "The charter discussion is going to be new, and it's going to be important."
The governor, who sources say got deeply involved in the negotiations Wednesday night, insisted on a number of charter school initiatives in the state Senate budget resolution, including rescinding de Blasio's move to block three city charter schools from co-locating in buildings that already house traditional public schools.
"To come and question those three, I think is ludicrous," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "I think the mayor looked at them carefully. He accommodated a significant number of them, and he thought three were inappropriate."
Cuomo put a stick into de Blasio's eye over the charter issue, deliberately trying to humiliate him by giving Eva Moskowitz everything she wants in the budget.
Same happened with pre-K (although de Blasio will get the program, he will not get the tax on the wealthy he wanted to fund it and the money can be pulled back at any time at Cuomo's whim.)
It has been said in the past that Andy Cuomo has no friends, just people who do his bidding or people he considers enemies who he looks to destroy.
I think we can see that dynamic in the Cuomo/de Blasio relationship.
If de Blasio doesn't start acting on this knowledge soon and protect himself and his agenda from Cuomo, he's going to be roadkill.