Gov. Andrew Cuomo met privately with legislative leaders for nearly two hours this afternoon, but the leaders emerged only to say that the sides are continuing to talk on a whole host of issues.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said talks continue about legalizing same-sex marriage, but told reporters that there won’t be a vote today.
“We’re working to protect religious protections to make sure that they are solid and they withstand, and I think that’s critically important,” Skelos said.
“There’s always progress,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan.
Silver said there were some discussions about a new pension tier and of course new rent-control laws. But he said little about talks about a three-way agreement to legalize same-sex marriage, which passed his chamber last week.
However, Silver said he would be amenable to chapter amendments — language changes to the bill — to make it law.
“Yeah, it’s a possibility. Absolutely,” Silver said.
Skelos said the conference has concerns about an expansion of rent-control laws that would benefit the wealthy. The current extension is set to expire tonight.
“We’re looking to protect lower and moderate-income families. We’re not looking to protect the wealthy in New York City,” Skelos said.
The general sense is that lawmakers will be town at least until the middle of the week as talks continue on those issues and others. Skelos also mentioned trying to work on a deal for SUNY 2020 — the proposal to let SUNY set its own tuition rates.
But Silver said no short-term extender is planned on rent-control laws.
Here’s some video of Skelos, then Silver.