It would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants who were born in the country. Karen DeWitt spoke to Senator Jose Peralta of Queens, one of the bill's sponsors.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, following a closed door meeting with Governor Cuomo and other legislative...
The legislature has a long list of issues on the schedule, including decriminalizing marijuana, women's reproductive rights, and expanding casino gambling in...
Right now, a farm with 200 cows or more has to prepare detailed and costly manure...
Peralta says if the state can help more young people go to college, they're more likely to pay more taxes later. "We want to encourage education, but at the same time we want to encourage people to be proactive, and get better-paying jobs, and help the economy."
Sen. Jeff Klein, a Democrat and the co-leader of the Independent Democratic Coalition that leads the senate, has in the past been a major supporter of the DREAM act. But the act hasn't been included in the proposed state budget, and Peralta says he's disappointed. But, he says, he and other supporters are still pushing to include it in the final budget.
Peralta says he believes even some Republicans will vote for the act if it's included in the budget, "because they understand that this is an…investment for the future, and many of their constituents will benefit from this."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been supportive of the federal DREAM act, but has also said he would like to see the federal government take action before New York state considers a similar law.
Hear the full interview by clicking on "listen" above.