The New York State Senate just rejected the New York DREAM Act. The razor close vote was 29 against and 30 in favor. The bill needed 32 to pass. Long Island’s State Senators, with the exception of the absent Phil Boyle, voted against the bill, insuring its defeat. While Long Islanders support a humane policy towards immigrants, many of our officials have not yet heard the news.
Some hope emerged today when Gov. Cuomo said that the DREAM Act was a priority. This may mean that a compromise version of the bill will be voted on later in the session. However, for now, the DREAM is deferred.