NEW YORK - The Dream Act is one step closer to becoming a reality in New York State as it passes through the Assembly and moves on to the Senate for approval. 

The bill would open state tuition assistance programs to undocumented immigrant students attending both public and private colleges. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other high-profile Democrats have shown their support for the measure, praising the Assembly for its vote. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the Dream Act is morally and economically the right thing to do for the children of the state. 

The legislation already passed the Assembly last May, but died in the Senate where it has 27 Democratic sponsors. That's five votes short of a majority.