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State Lawmakers Voting on Bills Wrapping Up Legislative Session

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached agreements on several bills to wrap up the 2015 legislative session.

Proposals include a final deal on a $1.3 billion property-tax-rebate program, a four-year extension of rent laws and more transparency for parents with children in schools.

The package includes tying an extension of the property-tax cap to a four-year rent law extension, so the cap will now run until 2019, but it could face some reforms.

The deal includes a six-month extension of a lucrative tax credit for New York City developers, an expansion of the charter-school cap in the city and a special prosecutor appointed by the State Attorney General’s Office for one year to investigate any crimes against civilians by police.

The agreement adds $250 million to non-public schools, an apparent compromise as the sides battled over an education tax credit for private and religious schools.

Also, Cuomo will use executive power to raise the age of criminality for youth aged 16 and 17 after failing to reach a deal with the Legislature. Cuomo has proposed to send youth convicted of major crimes to treatment facilities, rather than jail.

The tax rebate will send an annual check to homeowners to reimburse increases in local property taxes, which in New York are among the highest in the nation.

Cuomo had been pressing for a $1.7 billion circuit-breaker plan that would tie property taxes to household income.

The Legislature extended its session this year, lawmakers are voting today.

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