From the Morning Memo:

The passage of the Dream Act this year would be the culmination of the life’s work of the late Sen. Jose Peralta, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters after attending the memorial service for the Queens Democrat who died last week.

“He was tenacious on the Dream Act,” Cuomo said. “One of the advantages we’re going to have with a Democratic Senate is we’re going to get the Dream Act and that will fulfill a major promise of his life’s work.”

Peralta, 47, was the first Dominican-American elected to the state Senate and was a prominent advocate for the Dream Act, which would provide state tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants. The bill is likely to pass next year as Democrats return to Albany with a 17-seat majority in the state Senate.

Peralta, a former member of the Independent Democratic Conference, lost his primary in September to Jessica Ramos. Democrats met in Albany on Monday to formally designate Andrea Stewart-Cousins the next majority leader; the conference held a moment of silence for Peralta.

“He believed in his community. He worked for his community,” Cuomo said. “He was the quintessential immigrant story, whether it’s Italian or Irish or Dominican. He was a pathbreaker as a Dominican elected official. He did a beautiful job.”