ALBANY-With the state’s rent regulation laws expiring today, the New York Times reported that Albany lawmakers are mulling a decision to simply extend the laws or strengthen them. As the clock ticks, a partisan divide is emerging: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Democrats in the state legislature are pushing to limit the amount a landlord could charge for over one million apartments within New York City and its surrounding suburbs, while Republicans oppose the measure, the article notes.

In April, the Democratic-controlled New York State Assembly voted 95-54 on a proposal to extend current rent regulation laws until June 2016. The Assembly also voted to repeal the state’s vacancy decontrol law, which permits landlords to remove apartments from rent regulation in New York City when the apartment becomes vacant. Under current law, when tenants in a rent-regulated apartment move out and the apartment rent is over $2,000 a month, the vacated unit is no longer subject to rent regulations, according to Assembly documents.

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