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NYC mayor’s agenda faces Albany opposition

Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 10:04 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has laid out a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city during his first State of the City address.

But many of the ambitious proposals he presented Monday may find a difficult path to passage.

De Blasio has become a leading spokesman in the global movement to address fiscal inequality, but in order to enact some of his signature ideas he must first get approval in a city 150 miles to the north.

Albany lawmakers must sign off on de Blasio's hopes to raise the minimum wage for city residents and for the centerpiece of his agenda: a tax hike on the rich to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

Several lawmakers, including State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, oppose any form of tax hike.