Negotiating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2 percent cap on property taxes would ultimately weaken the bill, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters this afternoon.

Skelos, asked about the possibility that the cap wouldn’t be made a reality this year because of a lack of mandate relief, reiterated that the Republican-led Senate approved the measure Jan. 31.

Everybody has the right to express their opinion. I said, this I don’t know how many times, if the governor wants to negotiate it, or the Assembly wants to negotiate it, that means they want to water it down. So we’ve passed the hard property tax cap and we hope that the governor just like he did on opposing the continuation on the income tax surcharge, I hope he convinces the speaker to pass our property tax cap, which is the governor’s property tax cap.

Speaker Sheldon Silver told us earlier today that the tax cap bill was still under consideration and was being negotiated.

Cuomo’s bill would cap property tax increases at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

“We’ve been working very closely with the governor and I think very effectively,” Skelos said. “All I know is we passed the governor’s program property tax bill and we’re very happy that we did. I would hope the Assembly and the speaker will take up the bill.”