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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today urged New York's state senate to pass the NY DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today urged New York's state senate to pass the NY DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NYS Assembly speaker urges Senate to pass NY DREAM Act

Assembly Democrats Tuesday, by a vote of 82 to 46, passed a one-house version of the NY DREAM Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who calls the NY DREAM Act a top priority, blamed opposition among Senate Republicans for the measure's failure to advance in the upper chamber. And he says the breakaway Independent Democrats in the Senate, who are in a coalition government with the GOP, need to work to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

"We're hopeful that this year, facing election, there are enough Senators who will see there is wisdom in what we are sending them," Silver said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he'll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. Senate Republicans have said they have concerns about the program's costs to taxpayers.

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