Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference this afternoon to demand, beg and implore Albany to renew the City’s rent regulations. Due to expire at midnight, the legislature has yet to act on the renewal and it’s currently uncertain what steps the legislature and governor will take on extending and possibly modifying the existing legal regime.
I asked the mayor whether his communications with Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie or Senate Temporary President John Flanagan have revealed whether the outcome of rent regulation renewal depends on the outcome of other issues. The mayor responded somewhat cryptically, saying only that “we have not gotten a clear picture of how they’re going to play out the rest of the day.” Here’s what the mayor had to say.
Update – Q&A:
Mayor de Blasio answered a lengthy series of questions on rent regulation renewal, the effects of non-renewal, the ongoing Albany negotiations, City actions in the event of non-renewal and more. Here’s the full on topic Q&A: