Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a radio interview on Monday knocked the “opaque” process in the end-stage negotiations on the extension of rent control and the renewal of the 421a tax abatement.

In the interview with Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom, Schneiderman said he was opposed to straight extension of both rent control and 421a and that both measures need to be reformed.

At the same time, Schneiderman knocked the push to link the education tax credit to the strengthening of rent control, a move that’s backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Everyone has known they’re expiring for years by these deadlines and the idea that they can’t get this done, I think this is the old Albany,” Schneiderman said. “This is opaque, anti-democratic, and I agree with the Assembly speaker who spoke about rent, rent regulations, that is an important issue for millions of people and it should stand all on its own. It shouldn’t be linked to the school tax credit or something like that, people should have to take a position on this and vote for it.”

Deal making at the end of the legislative session isn’t new and often disparate issues are linked together in a final compromise.

But Assembly Democrats have been especially vocal about tying both the tax credit — which is backed by private and parochial school supporters and opposed by the teachers unions — to expanding or enhancing rent control, which is opposed by Senate Republicans.

Schneiderman, a former state senator, believes all should be handled separately.

“In what universe is it good public policy to have, you know, 4 or 5 or 6 different things that are unrelated tied together in a package so that a legislator can say look, I really didn’t want to do that bill, wouldn’t have gotten this bill that I liked,” he said. “So, it gives them an excuse for voting and for breaking promises to their constituents and for voting in ways different than they claim to want to. I think that rent should stand on its own. It’s ridiculous that we don’t have good legislation out there; they’ve had plenty of time for 421a. And the school tax credit issue should be taken up separately as well.”