Rent is the Issue of the Day
June 14th, 2011
The laws that keep housing affordable for millions of New Yorkers will expire tomorrow and the debate over whether to simply renew or strengthen the laws is front and center today in Albany. A number of Democrats spoke to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today to tell him that they don’t want to vote on same-sex marriage legislation until there is a deal to permanently extend and strengthen the rent law. A tax cap also hinges on a rent laws.
A number of Democratic Senators are becoming increasingly worried that Cuomo will be willing to simply extend the laws as a way to get Republicans on board with other issues he wants to tackle. These Democrats say they will not be able to back Cuomo in the future if he abandons the fight.
Meanwhile Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver insists that he is not interested in the Senate Republicans’ rent law extender that would last til Friday. Silver told reporters that the governor can send an emergency bill to both houses if a deal is reached.By David King on June 14, 2011, 2:33 pm
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