De Blasio, Silver back NYC pre-kindergarten, tax

ALBANY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are jointly pushing the new mayor's proposal for universal pre-kindergarten supported by city authority to tax the wealthy. They're also boosting Silver's proposal to provide college financial aid to New York's immigrants.

After meeting for an hour Wednesday ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, the two Democratic leaders are endorsing those priorities.

Silver says the city is simply asking for authority to fund its own school system.

De Blasio says the nursery school plan, plus after-school programs for all middle schools, would cost $530 million a year for five years and funding must be reliable.

And De Blasio promises to do whatever he can to help the Assembly leader pass the so-called Dream Act for immigrants.