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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promising to fund statewide full-day pre-kindergarten programs as soon as they're ready, even as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed income tax surcharge appears to have stalled in Albany as the revenue source.

Approval by Cuomo and the state Legislature is needed for the city to tax those earning $500,000 or more.

With state budget negotiations looming, some legislators who backed de Blasio's plan are now calling for "a sustainable revenue source" without specifying taxes.

De Blasio says Monday he's open to an alternative source, but wants a "verifiable" city funding stream for $530 million annually for five years and hasn't seen it yet.

Cuomo says the state will fund pre-K, and once established it will be practically impossible to close it.

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