Cuomo Threatens Special Session
June 16th, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not happy that there is no deal on renewing the rent laws and is making it clear that he will keep legislators in Albany until he gets one.

“Affordable housing is an all too scarce commodity, especially in New York City and the surrounding areas. Our states rent protection laws are essential and any long term expiration would create a crisis. Last night the State Senate both Democrats and Republicans failed to continue the laws beyond their expiration,” said Cuomo in a statement. We are making progress but the Senates failure to act last night was unacceptable and a betrayal of the one million tenants living in rent protected apartments. I will not allow the legislature to go out of session and go home until tenants are protected. I am prepared to call special session to keep the legislature in place until there are rent protection laws in place.

Cuomo’s anger about the Senate’s failure to pass a two day extension for rent laws differs from the press release he issued yesterday in which he said that the sky would not fall if an extension did not pass. Legislators and tenant advocates agreed that tenants would not be in jeopardy if their is a brief lapse.

Senate Democrats issued this statement:

“The last time there was a short-term lapse in the rent laws, no tenants lost their homes. The real doomsday scenario is if rent laws are not strengthened. Republican attempts to merely extend the current rent laws are just a ploy to kill another 100,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade. Senate Democrats are ready to stay as long as it takes to strengthen rent laws. We wont go home until rent laws that protect the homes of millions of tenants are strengthened, said Austin Shafran, spokesman for the Senate Democratic Conference.

Senate Republicans wanted to be out of town for the Summer by Friday even though session is scheduled to end on Monday. With same-sex marriage and other large issues still unresolved it seems unlikely work will be finished by then.

By on June 16, 2011, 12:53 pm
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2 Responses to “Cuomo Threatens Special Session”

  1. oscar Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    64% of this city is subsidized housing. There is no need for any “strengthening”

  2. biceps without weights Says:
    March 26th, 2012 at 2:21 am

    There is noticeably a bundle to know about this particular. I assume you made sure nice points in functions also.

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