Linking an extension of rent control to the passage of an education investment tax credit is an undesired package for the Democratic conference, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters on Monday at the Capitol.
The legislative session concludes June 17, but rent control for New York City is due to expire next Monday.
One compromise measure could be to link an extension of rent control to the passage of the tax credit, a bill that has an uncertain future in the Democratic-led Assembly and is backed by parochial and private schools.
“I’m not looking to link things,” Heastie said. “Anything that we vote is because it’s something that the conference wants, not some convoluted package where people have to vote for things they don’t want. That’s not what we’re going to do.”
This year, the legislature and the governor are having a difficult time linking together disparate issues that have nothing to do with each other to ease passage because you know who is watching:
Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco confirmed on Monday what a few have whispered around the halls of the Capitol: The ongoing corruption arrests and investigations are hampering the typical horse-trading deals that are otherwise commonplace this time of year in Albany.
Gee, Preet's keeping the legislature and the governor from late inning horse trading.
What a shame.
Here's hoping that continues to be.