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How Silver sees housing costs

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In an interview with Liz Benjamin yesterday, the powerful Democratic Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, mentions his (new-found?) support for a property tax cap, which is a key component of Governor Cuomo's financial plans. But Silver quickly talks about the need to renew rent protection laws.

So, does the Speaker see this as a trade of some sort?

"No," said Silver. "It's the same concept. People have to afford living in their homes. That's what it's about."