Appearing together in Church, Mayor de Blasio dialed down the temperature Sunday in his ongoing clash with Gov. Cuomo over how to fund universal prekindergarten.
Speaking at a church service for attendees of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus in Albany, the mayor did not mention at all his plans to fund it with a tax on the wealthy while stressing the need for universal Pre-K.
“We know the direction,” de Blasio said. “We all have to work together at it. And I know we will because the public is realizing, the public is realizing that if we want safer streets, if we want a stronger work force, if we want children who realize their potential and know we are investing in them, then this is the moment of history to turn the corner.”
“We won’t let our children fail. We will find a way together to invest in them because it will be a game changer. It will be a game changer. It will be unlike anything we have experienced before in terms of uplifting our children , reinforcing their education,” he added.
Speaking before the mayor, Gov. Cuomo pushed his own plan for statewide universal pre-K, funded by the government.
“Let’s pay for pre-K education, full day education, like our Senate leaders have advocated, like Mayor Bill de Blasio has advocated. Let’s teach those fertile open young minds, and let’s allow mom and dad to go out to work,” said Cuomo.