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The circus was in town last night for the Rent Guidelines Board hearing, but a few new characters took the stage: mayoral candidates. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for a rent freeze, saying, "It is time we finally consider the tenants." Public advocate Bill de Blasio and comptroller John Liu agreed with her. The board's property owner representative sarcastically responded, "Good luck on your campaign," while another board member perfectly summed up the annual battle: "It feels like the two sides come from alternate universes, that they are living in different realities." They will vote on increases next Thursday. [NYT; previously]