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      State Senate rejects financial aid for students here illegally

      The New York Senate has rejected a bill to open state financial aid to students in the country illegally.

      The 30-29 vote Monday evening was short of the 32 votes needed to pass. The Senate is controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats.

      The Assembly passed the Dream Act last month and included it in its budget resolutions last week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had indicated support.

      â??Iâ??m disappointed that the New York State Senate failed to pass the New York State Dream Act and denied thousands of hardworking and high-achieving students equal access to higher education and the opportunity that comes with it," Cuomo said in a press release. "I will continue to work with supporters, stakeholders and members of the legislature to achieve this dream and build the support to pass this legislation and preserve New Yorkâ??s legacy as a progressive leader.â??

      The proposal included a budget appropriation of $25 million to open up Tuition Assistance Program money for students at both public and private colleges.

      Opponents of the bill say it takes opportunity away from students in the country legally.