Democratic lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly on Thursday backed an effort by education advocates to fund school aid in New York by an additional $4.3 billion.

The effort, the lawmakers said at a news conference, is aimed at satisfying the terms of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit — a claim for additional state aid to schools that is staunchly disputed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

All told, 92 Democratic lawmakers in the 213-member Legislature backed the effort in a letter this week to Cuomo.

“I think the fact that 92 members of the Legislature sign a letter to him pointing out that we do have to keep that commitment shows that many of us have a different view,” said Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, a Queens Democrat who chairs the chamber’s Education Committee. “I understand the difficulties that any executive would have in balancing a very large budget like New York’s, but we have to live up to our commitment to education, to children.”

Cuomo’s office has argued the case has already been settled, while at the same time his administration has funded education at “record levels.” Cuomo wants to spend an additional $960 million on education, including $428 million in foundation aid. Overall spending in the 2017-18 school year would reach $25.6 billion.

But the debate over the decade-old lawsuit continues this year at the Capitol. The Alliance For Quality Education, a union-backed advocacy group, has sought to raise the stakes with a video comparing Cuomo’s education policies to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric — a claim that was swiftly rebuked and blasted by Cuomo’s office.

Foundation aid funding is typically seen as helping poorer school districts around the state that cannot rely as heavily on revenue from property taxes.

“State government has a responsibility to invest in our kids and that means fully-funding our schools,” said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “The Senate Democrats have led the fight to ensure public schools receive the funding they need to give our students the education they deserve. We understand that education is the great equalizer and that is why we are going to keep up our campaign to ensure all New York students have access to a world-class education.”

tor, Citizen Action of New York.