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De Blasio: 'I'll have plenty to say' when Albany session over

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses members of the media on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Credit: Craig Ruttle

Mayor Bill de Blasio held back from criticism Wednesday of state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo after a framework for a legislative agreement in Albany largely rejected his agenda.

De Blasio said there's still time to improve tentative deals on rent control and the developer tax break known as 421-a.

"It does not make sense to speak to the final resolution until we see the final resolution," he said at an unrelated event in East Harlem. "It ain't over 'til it's over in Albany."

He demurred when asked about the extension for only one year of mayoral control of schools, which de Blasio wanted to make permanent.

"I'll have plenty to say about that when the session is over," he said.

De Blasio had sought stronger rent regulation, including an end to vacancy decontrol that allows landlords to charge market rates for vacated units.

Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) announced Tuesday a four-year extension of regulations that does not end the decontrol process.

De Blasio had pressed for a 421-a program that allowed developers to build affordable housing with cheaper labor. Albany leaders put forth a six-month extension emphasizing higher worker wages.

Heastie said Wednesday that the framework unveiled was not a final deal, and details are still being hashed out.

"He'll get mayoral control. There will be 421-a," Heastie said. "We tried to put together the best rent deal that we could. So I think the mayor comes out of this fine."

De Blasio tried to project optimism, complimenting Heastie and Assembly Democrats for a "constructive role."

De Blasio had rebuffed an 11th-hour proposal by Senate Republicans that would have raised the state's minimum wage to $11.50, from its current $8.75, in exchange for his agreement to increase disability pension benefits for newer firefighters and police officers.

"This was a false choice -- a deeply flawed and severely limited minimum wage bill that never would have passed, in exchange for a fiscally reckless pension bill that would have cost New York City taxpayers $6 billion," de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said.

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