- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Republican leader of the New York state Senate is proposing a one-year renewal of the law giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control over New York City’s schools.

Senate Leader John Flanagan’s bill was introduced Wednesday, the same day de Blasio traveled to Albany to push for a longer extension.

The law giving the mayor control over city schools expires next month. The Assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo support a three-year renewal of the policy, which former Mayor Michael Bloomberg won from Albany in 2002.

De Blasio favors making it permanent but says a three-year renewal is acceptable. He says a one-year extension would turn control of city schools into a “political football.”

Flanagan, of Long Island, has said he wants changes in mayoral control to increase accountability.

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