Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his Democratic Assembly are prepared to support a package of eight bills to help tenants.
The rent protections laws, which expire next month, affect about two million city residents.
But a source tells NY1 that only about three of those bills have enough support from Senate Democrats.
“We don’t have - think you have a number,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “I don’t have a number that I am prepared to give to you. We just finished up our housing hearings.”
Heastie says they may even be able to pass elements of what is known as the “Good Cause” bill, which would extend rent protections statewide, and limit how much rents could be raised by landlords.
Good Cause is often described by advocates as universal rent control.
“We have been clear in support of eight of the bills,” said Heastie. “There were concerns on Good Cause. But we are still trying to deal with what we feel are tenant protections. The elements of the good cause bill that the advocates are asking for.”
In a radio interview Wednesday, Governor Cuomo expressed concerns about the Good Cause bill.
“I don’t think a New York City politician should tell upstate what to do,” Cuomo said. “And I think we have to be careful of that because we have a New York City bias in the legislative body.”
But while the bill has proved unpopular with some upstate lawmakers, its sponsor insists that is not the case.
“It’s not the imposition of downstate legislators, it’s actually the product of a lot of downstate tenants and upstate residents saying this is something that they finally need,” said Brooklyn State Senator Julia Salazar.
At this point, it seems likely that renewal of the rent laws will get wrapped into a larger three-way deal on other bills among the Governor and the two legislative leaders. Speaker Heastie says he is not prepared to pass all nine rent protection bills just yet as a way to pressure the Senate.
A Senate source shot back saying they will support the same bills as the Assembly, but the Senate Democratic Conference has not publicly endorsed any of those bills.