BROOKLYN - Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined today by nearly 200 clergy members in the fight for a universal pre-K.

The mayor has been trying to push legislation that would tax wealthy residents of New York City to provide funding for his universal pre-K plan.

De Blasio said that he was furious that state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos denied lawmakers a chance to vote on his proposal in Albany on Monday, and is asking for people to stand up and demand that vote be allowed.

He says that a universal pre-K would put more than 50,000 children into a full-day pre-K by this September.  He adds that his goal is not to punish the wealthy and successful, but rather to create more success stories by educating the children.