Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan joins Mayor Bill de Blasio's push for universal pre-K in New York City

The two visited students at St. Francis of Assisi School in Baychester Thursday. (3/6/14)

BAYCHESTER - Mayor Bill de Blasio now has the support of New York City Archbishop Timothy Dolan in his push for universal pre-K in New York City.

De Blasio and Cardinal Dolan visited students at St. Francis of Assisi School in Baychester Thursday, where Dolan gave his approval to the mayor's plan. Dolan says that between the archdiocese and the Brooklyn and Queens dioceses, there will now be 1,700 seats for preschool students this September.

De Blasio's goal for September is more than 53,000 additional pre-K seats. He already had commitments with more than 800 locations citywide for 29,000 additional seats.

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The mayor is pushing for Albany to approve a tax hike on the wealthy to pay for universal pre-K, along with more after-school programs for middle-schoolers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo insists the program can move forward without raising taxes.

For Archbishop Dolan promoting universal pre-K, watch the clip to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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