Rent Law Extender, Again *Update*
June 20th, 2011
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Sheldon Silver walked out of a meeting earlier today and had no announcements on deals to move forward the important legislative issues of the day. Even before that announcement I was told by a number of sources to expect another rent law extender to be introduced by the governor’s office tonight. Senate Democrats aren’t exactly thrilled by the idea. ” A third extender? This is getting to be like the budget last year,” said Sen. Adriano Espaillat who voted against the first extender but voted for the one on Friday.
Leaders in the Senate Democratic conference are telling their conference that they should vote for the extender but it isn’t exactly clear if they are all on board yet.
* The extender passed and it will expire at Midnight on Wednesday. The Senate will return at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Rent groups are pushing for Cuomo to declare and emergency and kick control of rent back to the New York City Council. We broke the news on Friday that Cuomo threatened landlords with that move last week. They say the governor is legally able to do that. Silver isn’t so sure.
There is a lot of talk about what could be in a possible long term rent extender. Capital Tonight reported that Cuomo’s office is floating a two-year extender, while sources have told me they expect a deal similar to the one floated by NY Post columnist Fred Dicker in his column today but with a few more concessions by landlords. The Cuomo administration has a habit of testing out policy in Dicker’s column.
Senators expect to be in session until midnight tonight and plan to be in town til Wednesday–no word on when a vote on same-sex marriage will take place–just not today.By David King on June 20, 2011, 6:18 pm
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