2:10PM EST: Legislative leaders said on Tuesday that they had reached a tentative deal with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to renew New York’s rent laws, cap property taxes for homeowners, and raise tuition at state universities, among other outstanding issues.
But the Senate Republican leader, Dean G. Skelos, said his caucus had not yet decided whether to bring to a vote the most contentious issue facing the Legislature: A bill introduced by Mr. Cuomo and approved by the Democratic-majority Assembly to legalize same-gender marriage in New York.
Neither Mr. Skelos nor his Assembly counterpart, Speaker Sheldon Silver, offered any specifics as they emerged early Tuesday afternoon from a private meeting with Mr. Cuomo. Each leader said more details would come after each had briefed his members later in the day. The legislative session technically ended on Monday, but lawmakers are expected to remain in Albany for a few more days to vote on outstanding issues.
“Most of those issues I think we’re going to resolve very shortly,” said Mr. Skelos, a Long Island Republican. “We’re working on the details, but I am very confident that between the governor — and he has shown tremendous leadership once again — and the speaker, showing flexibility, that we will have a session completion by tomorrow.”
Mr. Silver said the rent deal would help the many New Yorkers who live in rent-stabilized apartments.
“It means that they will be able to sleep well,” said Mr. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat. “Hopefully we’ll be able to expand the current protections.”
A deal on property taxes and rent was considered one of the main obstacles to resolving the issue of same-gender marriage, meaning that a vote could come in the next two days if Republican lawmakers agreed to bring it to the Senate floor. Thirty-one of the chamber’s 62 lawmakers — 29 Democrats and two Republicans — have publicly endorsed the measure, leaving it one vote short of the number needed to pass.
“We have not finalized the language in terms of religious protections,” Mr. Skelos said. “That still is being reviewed. This conference meeting was to resolve all the other issues.”