After eight years of debate, state lawmakers have passed the DREAM Act, which allows the children of illegal immigrants an access to state loans and grants for college.
The bill is named after a long-time supporter, State Sen. Jose Peralta, who died last November.
His widow, Evelyn Peralta, says her husband would be proud to see the bill pass.
The measure was easily passed by the Democratic-led Assembly and Senate on Wednesday, following eight years of being turned down in the Senate, which had a Republican majority.
The bill will provide assistance to approximately 6,000 immigrant students at a cost of $27-million per year.
Gov. Cuomo says he'll sign the bill.