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Tuition assistance proposal comes up short in Albany

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A proposed boost in college aid for New York State students has come to a halt in an Assembly committee. The development has drawn the ire of the legislation's co-sponsor, Amherst Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter.

"It's just a matter of priorities," said Walter. The measure was held yesterday by the Committee on Higher Education, meaning it will not be debated by the full Assembly.

"The priorities for the Democratic Assembly seem out of pace with what the people in most of the state that I know really want. They're focused on getting illegal aliens free tuition. They're not focused on the needs of middle class families."

According to Walter, New York's Tuition Assistance Program hasn't received a significant boost since the year 2000.

"I've already heard from several people who have kids going off to college for the first time and wondering how they are going to pay for it."