Silver wants stronger rent laws, Celeste Katz


Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver turned up the heat a bit today in the battle over New York’s rent regulations, saying he could not accept a simple extension of the laws.
Our Glenn Blain reports:
A day after saying rent regulations were “inextricably linked” to adoption of a property tax cap, Silver rejected the position taken by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos that the existing laws should be extended as is.
“That’s not acceptable,” Silver told the Daily News in a brief interview outside his Assembly office. “We passed a bill; that’s what should be in the bill."
The Assembly bill, passed in April, would end the practice known as vacancy decontrol and raise the luxury decontrol thresholds.
Currently, landlords can deregulate apartments when the tenants' income exceeds $175,000 and the rent is at least $2,000. Those limits would rise to $300,000 and $3,000 under the Assembly bill.
The GOP-controlled Senate has balked at those thresholds. Silver, though, said there was room for negotiation: “We’ll negotiate an appropriate piece of legislation,” he said.
Skelos spokesman Scott Reif responded: “We remain confident there will be a three-way agreement on rent before June 15."