Senator Klein Sides with Mayor, Calls On Govenor To Pass City’s Universal Pre-K Plan

Senator Klein and Mayor De Blasio In early January, Albany. Photo c/o (Senator Diane Savino)

Local Bronx Senator and Senate President Pro-Tem Jeff Klein has bucked the Governor, calling upon the state to approve the city plan put forward by Mayor Bill DeBlasio to tax city residents who earn over $500,000 to fund a universal Pre-K plan in the city.  While Governor Andrew Cuomo supports universal Pre-K in the city, he has called for funding plans in the state budget that do not add the unique tax to the city’s high earners.

With his role in the Senate leadership as well as a Senator representing city residents and their toddler’s ready to begin learning,  Senator Klein’s mediation between the city and state administrations comes at time when the local issue has hit the national state.


Senator Klein, joined on by other elected officials, community leaders, and Jacobi personnel, on Monday, speaking about a plan to end gun violence, Jacobi Medical Center.

“I will not approve a [state] budget that fails to realize the vision Mayor de Blasio and I share of providing high-quality, universal pre-K to the 50,000 4 year olds who need it,” stated the Senator.  “Mayor De Blasio’s plan is the only one that provides New York City with the funding it needs to achieve that goal.”


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