Known as “The Big Ugly,” a package of major bills passed the state Legislature just before midnight Thursday.
The debate wasn’t particularly lengthy, and lawmakers aren’t expected back at the Capitol until January.
The package — a plethora of issues packed into one, 72-page bill — establishes a new $1.3 billion rebate program for homeowners while extending the state’s property-tax cap and downstate-centric rent regulations for four years.
The bill also includes measures requiring the state to release more details about the standardized tests given to students each spring, which had been a point of contention among many parents statewide.
It was passed in the Senate, 47-12, with only Democrats voting against it. However, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, voted for the package, which included a $25 million bailout for her hometown school district.
In the Assembly, four Democrats — include veteran Brooklyn Assemblyman Joe Lentol — joined nine Republicans in voting against the bill. The GOP members voting against it included Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and Bill Nojay of the Rochester area.
Above is how the Senate voted. Below is how the 150-member Assembly voted.