If you thought the incumbents in Albany lowered the bar when they almost didn’t pass a budget on time, get ready for another back-breaking game of legislative limbo.
Last night, in-fighting between Democrat and Republican members of the New York State Legislature caused New York City rent control laws to expire at midnight.
Fortunately, tenants’ rents should not be affected if the lapse is only temporary.
“While the rent laws have expired, negotiations in the state capitol are ongoing and are expected to be completed within the next few days. More than one million New Yorkers in rent-regulated housing are our highest priority,” said Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns, as reported by the Legislative Gazette . “New York State Homes and Community Renewal will be working diligently to ensure that tenants remain protected in this period.”
A bill capping property tax increases for homeowners at 2% was also stalled, as negotiations between the Democrat-led Assembly and Republican-led Senate continued past the 12:01 am deadline.
Senator Diane Savino (D, IP, WF-Staten Island, Brooklyn) tagged the proceedings as “the worst of political games.”