- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The clock is ticking, but the leader of New York’s state Senate says he’s confident a deal can be reached to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of New York City schools.

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said on public radio Wednesday that there’s still time for him, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to strike a deal on renewing mayoral control of the city’s schools.

The Assembly and Cuomo support a three-year extension. But Flanagan, who has criticized the mayor’s handling of education policy, has proposed a one-year renewal.

Still, Flanagan says he believes a compromise can be reached before lawmakers leave Albany next week.

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