ALBANY — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s annual pilgrimage to make New York City’s financial case before skeptical state legislators in the Capitol usually follows a predictable pattern: He asks for money; Republican lawmakers scoff.
But on Monday, Mr. de Blasio was the one rebuffing calls for increased spending, as he repeatedly rejected state officials’ calls for the city to contribute more money to the deteriorating subway system.
On what has become known as Tin Cup Day, Mr. de Blasio doubled down on the positions he has articulated many times in the past weeks and months. No, New York City would not pay for half of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $800 million emergency plan to rehabilitate the subways. No, he would not support a proposal to create special tax districts around new subway developments. Yes, he still preferred a millionaires tax over congestion pricing.
And over the course of three-and-a-half hours, state lawmakers interrogated him on those positions — sometimes gently, sometimes not.