Without much prompting from reporters, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said early this morning that focus in his chamber will turn toward passing an ethics bill, re-approving rent regulations for New York City and a cap on property taxes.
“Clearly an ethics reform bill, keeping homes affordable to people whether they rent or they own,” Silver said after the Democratic-led Assembly approved the final budget bills. “I think those are things that just jump off the page.”
Silver has not committed to whether he would back the 2 percent cap on property taxes that was approved by the Senate on Jan. 31, which has the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The powerful Assembly speaker also gave credit to Cuomo (while also giving a nod to his rank and file conference) for achieving an on-time spending plan.
He said some of the more forceful personalities in the Assembly were “tempered by a strong leader in the governor’s office. That led to this particular budget to be able to function in such a difficult set of our circumstances.”
Silver was the subject of an interesting Times piece on Monday that discussed his seemingly diminished roll in the budget process and the notion that Cuomo, at least this year, was able to gain unusually large concessions from the speaker.