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DREAM Act voted down by state Senate

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: DREAM Act voted down by state Senate
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ALBANY, N.Y. — The DREAM Act was defeated by a 30-29 vote in the state Senate Monday. The bill would have allowed college students in the country illegally to get state financial aid.

The state Assembly passed the measure in February.

It included $25 million in the state budget to open up Tuition Assistance Program money for students at both public and private colleges.

The measure had the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

After the bill failed in the state Senate, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver issued a statement that read, in part:

"The Senate's refusal to pass this crucial measure is disappointing to me, but more importantly, it is blatantly unfair to the thousands of talented, ambitious young New Yorkers who are being denied a college education, simply because of their immigration status."

Following Monday's vote, Cuomo said he was disappointed in the result, and released a statement saying, in part:

"I will continue to work with supporters, stakeholders and members of the legislature to achieve this dream and build the support to pass this legislation and preserve New York’s legacy as a progressive leader.”

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