The Dream Act will be approved if it is folded into the 2014-15 state budget, Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Queens Democrat Jose Peralta wrote in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The letter send on Thursday comes several days after the Senate voted down the measure by two votes, 30-29.

But if the bill is included in the larger context of the state spending plan, the measure that would provide public tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants, Stewart-Cousins and Peralta write.

“While the Dream Act did not receive the necessary votes to pass the State Senate, we are confident that once included in the State Budget many of the Senators who voted against this stand alone bill will vote in favor of a comprehensive budget that includes the Dream Act,” they wrote.

The governor typically has more leverage in the state budget process as compared to the rest of the legislative session. Advocates for the bill are trying to get Cuomo to use his leverage to include the measure in the budget.

Cuomo this morning with reporters said he and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver back the measure, but noted the Senate voted it down this week.

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