NYC speaker jabs at Cuomo through Twitter

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on March 05, 2014. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito took to Twitter to deliver an apparent shot at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over prekindergarten, charter schools and the East Harlem building explosion.

“Tax 500 + earners=outrageous, hedge fund backed charters=enthusiastic support, raise min wage=not on my watch, #EastHarlemExplosion=SILENCE,” Mark-Viverito wrote.

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To translate, Mark-Viverito is saying: Cuomo thinks New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to tax high-earning New York City residents to pay for prekindergarten expansion is outrageous; gives enthusiastic support to a charter-school movement backed by big donors; opposes effort to raise the minimum wage in the five boroughs; stays silent on the Harlem explosion.

Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa countered: "Like many of the things that get said on twitter everyday, this is factually inaccurate.”

 The Cuomo administration noted that the Democrat in 2011 imposed an income-tax surcharge on state residents who earn $1 million or more annually and raised the state’s minimum wage last year. It also pointed out that charter-school funding comes from a variety of sources and that the governor addressed the tragedy last week.

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