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Tax cap, rent control, mandate bill now out

ALBANY -- The sides have now turned over their cards: the "big ugly,'' or what some Assembly Democrats are calling the "big pretty,'' is out: property tax cap, rent control and creation of a new mandate relief council.

With unveiling of the omnibus bill and release a short while ago of the SUNY bill and chapter amendments to the gay marriage measure, all the major outstanding pieces of legislation are now hanging out there awaiting passage later tonight by the two houses.

Assembly Democrats have broken for private conference; Senate Republicans been meeting for hours behind closed doors.

The tax cap bill, by the way, sunsets on June 15, 2016. Until then, local tax levies would have a ceiling of 2 percent or the inflation rate, whichever is lower. Sixty percent of voters can approve an override. However, both houses in the past 24 hours have passed a big pension borrowing bill that critics say undermines the effect of a tax cap.

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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