D'Amato Urges Rent Settlement

NY Daily News, June 2, 1997
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato said yesterday that it would be "unacceptable" for state legislators to let rent regulations die this month, hinting that doing so could hurt Republicans in next year's elections.

"It would be unacceptable in my opinion for that to take place," D'Amato said at the Salute to Israel Parade on Fifth Ave. when asked if the GOP would pay a political price for letting rent rules lapse for 1 million city tenants.

"I would just like to see all the parties get together and work out a settlement," he said.

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Rensselaer) has vowed to pass a measure killing rent regulations by next week if Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) won't budge off his insistence on keeping the current system of controlling rents in place.

Mayor Giuliani heads to Albany today to lobby Silver and Bruno. Giuliani has criticized both Bruno and Gov. Pataki, who backs deregulating apartments that become vacant.

Pataki will be in Brooklyn today.

"The political will of the people of the city of New York should mean something in this state and the political will of the people of this city is overwhelmingly to continue rent control and to continue rent stabilization," Giuliani said.

"To have this changed on us from outside the city of New York just doesn't seem right," he said.