ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging state lawmakers to support his proposed tax hike on wealthy city residents to pay for universal prekindergarten.

 De Blasio, among several mayors in Albany on Monday to address a legislative budget hearing, remains adamant he needs ``dedicated'' funding which the tax hike will provide.

 That puts him at odds with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who supports universal pre-K but doesn't want to raise taxes. Cuomo says the programs can be supported with existing money in the budget.

 De Blasio says the city is in the midst of ``an inequality crisis,'' with nearly half its residents at or near the poverty line.

 He says they don't need a state tax hike, merely state permission to tax city residents making $500,000 or more annually.