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Cuomo will keep Legislature late over rent law

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Senate’s failure to renew the New York City rent control law before it expired Wednesday night is “unacceptable.”

The Democrat is threatening Thursday to force the Legislature into special session beyond Monday’s scheduled last day if no deal is struck.

In a game of brinksmanship, the Senate’s Democratic minority dominated by New York City senators refused to accept the Republican bill, which included none of the Democrats’ proposals.

Once the Democrats started voting against the Republican bill, upstate Republicans joined them. The bill to extend rent protections for 1 million tenants failed.

The bill also jeopardizes a measure to cap the growth in property taxes.

Cuomo linked the rent control bill pushed by New York City Democrats to the tax cap sought by Senate Republicans.