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Mrs. D Goes To Albany

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New York City first lady Chirlane McCray will lobby for her husband's pre-kindergarten plan in Albany next week.

McCray revealed the trip to The Associated Press on Wednesday during her first extensive interview since her husband Bill de Blasio  took office in January.

De Blasio wants to fund his proposal by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers. But he needs approval from the state Legislature that has not been forthcoming.

McCray's influence on de Blasio draws comparisons to Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is de Blasio's closest unofficial adviser and played a key role in his campaign.

McCray runs The Mayor's Fund in a volunteer capacity. The group raises donations for such causes as the environment, youth development, health, financial empowerment, volunteerism and the arts.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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