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Assemblyman David Gantt is calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take immediate action on the Rochester City School District’s financial crisis. Gantt says that the state has failed to act while the district floundered for more than 40 years. 

In a letter to Cuomo on Monday, Gantt strongly condemned the City School District’s leadership for what he says was deliberate and systematic overspending of at least $30 million in the last fiscal year.

He proposes that a financial control board be established, followed by mayoral control of the district.

Members of the New York State Assembly join us to discuss what did – and did not – get done in the recent legislative session. We talk about jobs, marijuana, health care, climate, the Rochester City School District, and more.

Our guests are Assemblymember Harry Bronson and Assemblymember Mark Johns.

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:

Unshackle Upstate has a new executive director, Michael Kracker, and new legislative scorecards.

We sit down with the pro-business organization's new leader to discuss how he sees the New York State landscape for business, politics, and growth.

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NEW YORK (AP)  A federal appeals court judge says the former leader of New York's Assembly can stay out of prison until a judicial panel decides whether he can remain free on bail while he appeals his sentence for public corruption. 

Sheldon Silver was supposed to report to prison Oct. 5, but Judge Peter W. Hall's ruling on Tuesday will likely delay his surrender date. The judicial panel's process usually takes a few weeks. 

Assemblyman Brian Kolb  is speaking out about the reasons he announced last Friday he was pulling out of the race for governor, less than two months after he said he would be a candidate.

Expanding on the brief statement the Canandaigua Republican  issued on Friday, Kolb told WXXI News on Sunday that during the last couple of weeks he has been thinking about getting out of the race for the GOP nomination, but he says it really hit him last Friday when he told his wife he would be on the road for a while.

Former television journalist Rachel Barnhart is running against Assemblyman Harry Bronson for his seat. In this hour, she discusses the issues she wants to focus on in Albany, and why she left a career in television news to run for state office.

Our hour with Harry Bronson is available here.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson is running for re-election, taking on a challenge from former television journalist Rachel Barnhart. In this hour, Assemblyman Bronson discusses his legislative record and the issues he thinks are most pertinent.

Our hour with Rachel Barnhart is available here.

ALBANY (AP) Likely within days, New Yorkers will find out whether the minimum wage is going up.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to enact a $15 wage is one of several issues to be decided as the Democratic governor and state lawmakers seek to work out a state budget deal before an April 1 deadline.

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NEW YORK (AP) New York may soon join California, Rhode Island and New Jersey by allowing workers to take paid time off to care for a new child or sick loved one.

Supporters have pushed for years to pass a paid family leave bill with little success.

But this year it's got the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Polls show broad support even among Republicans.

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