ALBANY — With immigration still a contentious issue around the country, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Republican lawmakers have maintained a noticeable distance from New York State proposals that would make financial aid available to illegal immigrants at colleges and universities.
March 6, 2012 The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive ChamberNew York State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224 Re: The New York State DREAM Act Dear Governor Cuomo: We write today to ask you to include the New York State DREAM Act in your Executive Budget.
Statement Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State DREAM Act
“A Dream Deferred Is Not Dead”
As the first sponsor of the DREAM Act in New York State—thanks in singular measure to the unstinting advocacy of the “undocumented” dreamers of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC)—I have taken a few days to reflect upon the events that unfolded late Monday afternoon.
Unquestionably a dream was deferred, despite the fact that a majority of Senators present voted for the DREAM Act; the final vote was 30 for the measure and 29 against. A majority generally rules—in the schoolyard, in the boardroom and at the ballot box—just not in the New York State Senate where a coalition rules.