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Framework of a deal reached on some key issues at the Capitol

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Lawmakers are working out the final details of a framework deal on several outstanding issues before going home. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman has the latest.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A tentative framework deal has been reached on a host of outstanding issues including a tax cap, rent control and a SUNY tuition plan. But details were not forthcoming on the package of bills in what's known as Albany's Big Ugly.

But some details have leaked out. Rent control for New York City would expire after four years. A property tax cap affecting upstate and the suburban homeowners would end after five years. SUNY tuition would increase $300 a year over five years. Lawmakers hope that once the dust settles on the deal, work can end as early as Wednesday.

"I'm very confident that with the governor, who has shown tremendous leadership and the speaker, who has shown tremendous flexibility, that we will have a session completion by tomorrow," said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

But advocates for expanding rent control have expressed dismay at the deal struck by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he wanted broader regulations. They argue that the income threshold should be higher. Meanwhile, a tax credit benefiting landlords has been extended.

"We don't know all of the details of that yet, but for the amount of stuff given to the other side of the aisle, I don't know if this is a good deal yet," State Senator Adriano Espaillat said.

But Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver argues the rent deal is fair.

"I think that we have come up with a deal that as opposed to expiration, as opposed to a straight extender which has been the Senate position all along is a significant improvement," Silver said.

Meanwhile, the bill is expected to include relief from required state spending on local governments and schools in order to accommodate the two percent cap. But Cuomo's less generous pension plan Tier VI is not included.

"I believe the Tier VI discussion is postponed," Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari said.

And with all these issues on the verge of being resolved, same-sex marriage advocates hope their measure could be dealt with soon after. However, lawmakers continue to haggle over religious exemption language, including the definition of a public space.

It's unlikely bills will be printed Tuesday night, setting up a possible vote on these issues for Wednesday. Cuomo did not say if he would keep the Legislature in town Thursday and Friday to pass a same-sex marriage bill.

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