Ranking NY senator sees Friday votes on most bills

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Senate's deputy leader says the remaining holdups on most pending end-of-session legislation are "just mechanics" and voting could start soon on a statewide property tax cap, continuing New York City rent controls and other measures.

Sen. Thomas Libous says lawmakers are reviewing the language and should see actual bills within hours early Friday afternoon.

Broad agreements have been announced among Senate and Assembly leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue the expiring city rent controls on about a million apartments for at least four more years and to generally limit property tax increases to 2 percent a year.

That package would include relief from some state mandates for
municipalities and schools.

Another measure would permit $300 annual increases in state and
city university tuitions.

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