NY State Assembly Member and Public Advocate Candidate Michael Blake celebrates the passage of the new york state jose peralta dream act

Legislation would create a fund to provide scholarships and financial aid to undocumented students

January 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed the New York State Jose Peralta DREAM Act, which creates additional resources for undocumented New Yorkers to attend higher education programs and participate fully in the state’s economy.

Assembly Member and Candidate for New York City Public Advocate Michael Blake said, "As the son of Jamaican immigrants and a Co-Sponsor of the New York State Jose Peralta DREAM Act, I am proud that we passed this life changing legislation, which creates a fund commission to provide scholarships and financial aid opportunities to undocumented students. I especially congratulate and thank the Peralta family, Assembly Member Carmen de la Rosa, Senator Luis Sepulveda, Council Member Francisco Moya and the countless organizations such as New York Immigration Coalition, Make The Road, United We Dream and FWD.us for making the dream a reality. While this is a great first step for New York state, there is much more we must do to help our Immigrant communities.

New York state has taken the right decision by voting to stand up for these deserving students, but, we must go further and protect our children from deportation. It is unacceptable for the federal government to use children as a bargaining chip for a border wall. As Public Advocate, I will ensure that New York City leads in the fight to protect DREAMers and their families, and, I will propose legislation in the city council to ban New York city contracts to companies that are working to build the border wall.

I’m running for Public Advocate so that I can continue fighting for #JobsAndJustice for all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status. Caustic rhetoric has deepened divisions in our neighborhoods and communities, and, we must continue to push back against inhumane policies. Today, we celebrate that the long fought for dream became the reality for DREAMers.” said Blake.


New York State Assembly Member and Candidate for New York City Public Advocate Michael Alexander Blake has been elected to represent the 79th District in The Bronx for a third term. Born and raised in The Bronx to Jamaican Immigrants, Blake has helped lead the efforts to create the first and only statewide My Brother’s Keeper education program in the country and helped lead the charge to Raise The Age of criminal responsibility.

As a member of the Housing committee, he has fought to increase funding for New York City public housing and been a consistent advocate for affordable housing, rent stabilization and pushing back against gentrification. Blake has championed legislation for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises and fought for democracy reform throughout the State of New York and the country.

Previously, Blake served as Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Obama. He has helped expand the electorate nationwide through his work in President Obama’s campaigns and in his current role as one of the Democratic National Committee Vice Chairs. Blake is also a lay minister, a Rodel Fellow in the Aspen Institute and a former Harvard Institute of Politics Resident Fellow.