Monday, June 15, 2015

Albany in search of a deal



THIS ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER THE RENT LAWS WILL BE RENEWED – THEY WILL BE. 
The issue is whether the rent laws will be strengthened. Gov. Cuomo and the Senate Republicans are trying to create a sense of panic so everyone will breathe a sigh of relief when the laws are renewed in their current weakened form. Don't fall into this trap. 
STRONGER RENT LAWS NOW!

Capital Tonight: In Search of a Deal



In Search Of A Deal
Excerpt
Assembly Democrats returned to the Capitol on Sunday night for a closed-door conference that seemed to touch on nearly every unresolved issue -- from protections for nail salon workers to rent control -- in the final days of the legislative session.

A broad agreement on expiring issues such as rent control for New York City and the surrounding area, as well as the 421a tax abatement, is yet to be reached.

The finish line for the end of the legislative session is Wednesday, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to keep lawmakers in Albany beyond that scheduled end should an agreement on rent control not be reached.

With a few hours now before rent control lapses, lawmakers continued to posture on the issue.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Sunday night released a lengthy statement
 outlining the GOP conference's stance on rent control and called for income and residency verification -- two components unlikely to fly with Democratic lawmakers or the governor.