It’s been a day of statements landing in reporters’ inboxes from local elected officials ranging from Ulster County Executive Mike Hein to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announcing their full-throated support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide pre-K plan while criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal for not covering all of New York.

Now its the Senate Republicans’ turn to chime in.

In a trio of GOP lawmakers — Sens. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse, Joe Robach of the Rochester area and Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan of Long Island — blasted what they see as de Blasio valuing New York City kids over upstate children.

The mayor on Wednesday said New York City children need the universal pre-K program — and the tax increase to fund it — in part because of the city’s challenging demographics.

“There are serious problems, for example, upstate — serious economic problems. But the kids in our system are amongst the poorest in the country, who deal with some of the greatest challenges in the country, including our large number of special ed kids and English-language learners. And three-quarters of our kids not graduating college-ready. We have vast needs here that must be addressed. If we don’t address them, it holds back the city of New York and the state of New York,” he said.

The Republican lawmakers said they were “deeply offended” by the remarks.

“We know Mayor DeBlasio has a lot on his plate, but he may be interested in learning a few facts about the rest of the state. All four of the big city school districts, including Rochester Syracuse and Buffalo, are poorer than New York City, and 70 percent (471) of the school districts across the state – - serving more than 1.2 million students – - are less wealthy than the one he represents,” they said. “As members of the New York State Senate, we are deeply offended by Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s recent assertion that the children in New York City are more deserving and more in need of early childhood education than the 4 and 5-year-olds in the communities we represent.”

Cuomo has earlier embraced the statewide equality argument, and told reporters this morning that any plan that doesn’t cover the entire state will fail in Albany.

The governor and the Senate GOP are, of course, more politically aligned on the issue of tax increases than de Blasio is, and support the Cuomo proposal to create a statewide system paid for out of existing budget dollars.

Cuomo’s plan would fund pre-K at $1.5 billion over five years, but some education officials believe the true cost is $1.6 billion annually.