Harry became the first openly LGBTQ member of the New York legislature from upstate New York when he was elected in 2010
Harry Bronson was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2010. The district includes parts of the City of Rochester and the towns of Chili and Henrietta. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, he represented Brighton, Henrietta and Rochester in the Monroe County Legislature holding leadership positions during his entire tenure.
Having grown up on a farm in a family of 12 children, Harry’s parents taught him the importance of family, community service and hard work. With those early lessons, Harry has worked tirelessly to ensure that our children get the education they deserve, our seniors have access to the health care they need, families feel safe and secure in their homes, and that hard working women and men find good-paying jobs to make ends meet.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego, Harry attended the University of Buffalo, earning a Juris Doctor. Formerly a partner at the firm of Blitman and King, he focused on anti-discrimination employment law, labor issues, employee benefits and litigation. Because of this work, he has lectured throughout the state on employment law and public justice issues.
As Chair of the Assembly Commission on Skills Development and Career Education, Harry is working on ways to help individuals get the training and skills necessary to seize upon job opportunities. He is currently sponsoring the joint Assembly and Senate proposal to create the Empire State Apprenticeship Program (ESAP). The ESAP program provides tax incentives to employers for hiring apprentices who earn a paycheck while being trained and given the job skills needed to launch a new career. It also establishes grants for small businesses and not-for-profits to encourage the creation of new apprenticeship programs. ESAP is based on successful programs utilized in other states. It uniquely adds a mentoring component to help apprentices to overcome barriers to successful employment.
Harry recognizes there is still more to be done to strengthen our community and ensure that all individuals are granted equality of opportunity to earn a fair wage at a promising career that will enable them to achieve the financial stability our middle class standard of living should provide. He is ready to tackle the issues that matter to the people he represents, including fighting for the state to live up to its commitment to educate our children, expand job opportunities, and ensure that our hardworking families are not overburdened with unnecessary taxes, while protecting those who are least able to protect themselves.