The Assembly’s decision to stall the Gold Star bill last week prompted media backlash from Republicans across the nation, including a Tweet from President Donald J. Trump. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-Brooklyn, Staten Island) joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News to discuss the twisted priorities of the Democrats’ designating $27 million in the state budget to provide free college and tuition assistance to illegal immigrants but not cover tuition expenses for the families of military families, because of the overwhelming backlash, Gov. Cuomo and Democrats have agreed to make the expansion.

“It’s unfortunate that it took a lot of media scrutiny for the Gold Star tuition program to become a reality. This year’s budget was already a tough battle for veterans, with the governor and Assembly Democrats’ proposed cuts to our veterans’ peer-to-peer counseling and mental health services. Thankfully, on both these misguided attempts to shortchange our military community, Assembly Republicans pushed back, fought hard and won, but it’s still a sad commentary that it took battles to begin with,” said Malliotakis.

In a press conference today, Gov. Cuomo and Democrats announced that they would finally adopt the Gold Star bill to provide free SUNY and CUNY tuition to children of any military member from New York killed in the line of duty.

“Even though the right thing will be done for our Gold Star families, it still remains that New York’s Democratic lawmakers are providing individuals who are in our country unlawfully with taxpayer funded tuition assistance, while thousands of New York’s middle-class citizens and legal residents continue to struggle and take loans and work multiple jobs to pay for college and graduate school.” said Malliotakis.

Malliotakis is the sponsor of legislation that would increase the income eligibility for TAP which has been stagnant at $80,000 since 2000, as well as restore it for graduate students, which was eliminated in 2010 and never restored.