Cuomo Backs Straight Extension Of 421a
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday he supports a straight extension of the controversial 421a tax abatement, saying any major changes are too complex with little time to go in the legislative session.
“It’s been under a microscope,” Cuomo said of the abatement. “Whatever you do on 421a is going to benefit some political interest. Would it generate snarky news pieces? Of course it would.”
He added: “My plan is you can’t come up with a resolution in these next few days and I’m not going to attempt it.”
Cuomo, meanwhile, blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio for pushing a proposal backed the Real Estate Board of New York that would increase affordable housing units under the abatement, but not a prevailing wage provision for construction workers.
“Nobody knew the mayor was going to reach an agreement and propose it a couple of weeks ago,” Cuomo said following his appearance at a rally for firefighters and police who are seeking changes to disability benefits. “Then it became a reaction to the mayor’s plan and the mayor’s plan generated problems. The labor movement is against it and people who don’t want to raise taxes because it has an increase in the mansion tax.”
Cuomo has repeatedly knocked de Blasio’s proposal in the last several week. At the same time, he has spoken sympathetically of the opposition raised to the proposal by the AFL-CIO, which has sought the prevailing wage.
De Blasio’s proposal does have a prevailing wage component, but it is for service workers.
“You’re not going to get something like this done well in two to three weeks in my opinion,” Cuomo said. “This is a complicated beast this law, in my opinion. Either you can rush and do it very quickly and wind up making mistakes or you can take a little more time and do it right.”
Up until now, Cuomo has been relatively mum on what his 421a position is, even as others in the Legislature propose alternating plans.
Cuomo’s acknowledgement that the 421a abatement may have a short, straight extension before the end of the session on June 17 is not wholly surprising, given the seeming lack of negotiations on key issues facing state government in the last several days.
The abatement debate also re-ignited the often contentious relationship between the mayor and the governor, even as both men sought to public patch things up following a heated weekend of finger pointing rhetoric.
Lawmakers and Cuomo are still grappling with an extension of rent control for New York City, which expires on Monday, as well as extending mayoral control of New York City schools.
Cuomo has threatened to keep state lawmakers in Albany beyond June 17 should an agreement on rent control not be reached. On that issue, Cuomo has insisted he wants to strengthen the regulations, including modifications to vacancy decontrol.
The governor said it would be “pandemonium” should rent control expire.
“It’s either done or it’s not done. You’re either in the end zone or your not,” he said of the rent issue. “There are no field goals here. We don’t have an agreement. We don’t have an agreement on 421a. We don’t have an agreement any of those issues.”
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