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As Mayor Lovely Warren has continued her push for a state takeover of Rochester city schools, state Assemblymember Harry Bronson has dug in, saying he opposes removing the elected school board. And he's mentioned that he's preparing legislation to improve student outcomes and the district's general functioning.

On Thursday morning, Bronson released a draft of the bill, the Rochester City School District Empowerment Act. The legislation, which he plans to introduce this session, targets a few areas of district operations:

Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she was first approached to take mayoral control of the Rochester City School District earlier this year.

The district has been under increased scrutiny from state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia because of its fiscal and management problems and its long history of poor graduation rates.

Warren would not say who approached her, but she did say she’d rather have experts run the district.

You may have heard Governor Cuomo’s State of the State on Tuesday. Representatives from our area were in Albany for the address and the passing of the GENDA bill.

We hear from Assemblymembers Harry Bronson, Mark Johns, and Marjorie Byrnes about that news and about their priorities for this legislative session. We also discuss upstate economic development, the ban on conversion therapy, and the governor’s plan to legalize marijuana. Our guests:

Assemblymember Harry Bronson is back in studio with us for the first time since his reelection last September. We talk to him about his legislative priorities, including the Empire State Apprenticeship Program, which was included in the state budget. The job-training program will help young people gain skills in fields like nursing, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing. The goal is to reduce youth unemployment, poverty, and a skills gap in the workforce.

We also talk state business: ridesharing, healthcare, and more. Our guests:

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In 2010, Harry Bronson won a Democratic primary for an Assembly seat that he would ultimately win in the general election. Bronson hasn’t had to run a primary campaign since then — until this year when former journalist Rachel Barnhart stepped up to challenge him.

View the debate between the Democratic candidates for the 138th State Assembly race, Rachel Barnhart and Harry Bronson.