ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have told a conference organized by Hispanic members of the Legislature that they're backing a bill to open state financial aid to students in the country illegally.
Although de Blasio and Mark-Viverito didn't mention including the Dream Act in the state budget at the breakfast appearance in Albany on Saturday, a group of Hispanic lawmakers met with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday afternoon and came away hopeful that they have his support for the measure as budget negotiations continue.
The bill was voted down in the state Senate on Monday.
Both de Blasio and Mark-Viverito received applause for their speeches on the Dream Act, municipal identification cards for people in the country illegally and universal pre-kindergarten.
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