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Democrats promise the ‘strongest’ rent laws ever

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in an interview on WCNY Friday said the Legislature will approve the “strongest” rent control regulations possible as the negotiations head into the final three weeks.

“We are going to do the strongest rent laws, ever,” she said. “We’re going to protect tenants.”

Affordable housing advocates are pushing lawmakers to approve nine different measures meant to strengthen rent control regulations, due to be renewed at the end of June.

Stewart-Cousins pledged to work with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on the issue, not ruling out reaching a two-way deal with her counterparts in the other house — leaving the final approval up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“I think the ideal is that the Senate and Assembly work together on these big issues,” she said. “That’s certainly the ideal.”

Lawmakers are pursuing measures that could expand rent control as an option for upstate communities as well as “good cause” eviction requirements.

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