- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advocating continuing mayoral control of New York City public schools as part of his annual State of the State address.

Cuomo, a Democrat who won re-election in November, said Wednesday that he would continue allowing Mayor Bill de Blasio run the schools.

De Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, first gained control of the nation’s largest school system. And Cuomo suggested other cities follow suit.

Cuomo also committed renewing more than $360 million in funding for the state’s universal pre-kindergarten program.

That program for 4-year-olds began last year after de Blasio’s advocacy.

Cuomo also proposed funding programs for 3-year-olds.

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