US Sen. Chuck Schumer took a call from the White House while at the State Fair.

Spurred by the recent settlement with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, the city’s Department of Correction plans to move 18- to 21-year-olds to a separate facility within the Rikers Island complex by year’s end.

The head of an independent review board that studied the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said that a top adviser to Hillary Clinton read a draft of his findings before they were made public and made suggestions that were ultimately accepted for the final version.

Clinton told NBC News/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell she’s “sorry” there’s been so much controversy over her private email server, but declined to apologize for the decision to use it.

Quiet conversations have begun in recent weeks among some of the Republican Party’s biggest donors and normally competing factions, all aimed at a single question: How can we stop Donald Trump?

Josh Meltzer, a top aide to AG Eric Schneiderman, is leaving the public payroll to take a government affairs position at Airbnb. He will become the company’s director of public policy for the East Coast.

Schneiderman issued a Labor Day report detailing the sweeping enforcement actions of his Labor Bureau, and the key policy initiatives his office has championed and advanced on behalf of working families this past year.

The federal government’s review of flood insurance claims filed after superstorm Sandy has found that more than half of homeowners who asked to have their settlements re-examined were underpaid by an average of nearly $16,000.

New York must ensure that most home health care workers get at least minimum wage and overtime compensation, wrote U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional the town of Oyster Bay’s law banning day laborers from soliciting for work on public sidewalks, declaring its broad application could affect children selling lemonade in their driveway.

Since last Labor Day, Schneiderman has recovered more than $4 million in restitution and damages for thousands of New York workers cheated out of wages by employers.

Nassau County is home to a rarity in downstate politics: A competitive DA’s race.

Acting Nassau County DA Madeline Singas announced state legislation drafted by her office that boosts penalties for heroin-related crimes and allows prosecutors to charge dealers with homicide in fatal overdoses.

Thomas Sobol, who served as state Education Commissioner from 1987 to 1995, died Thursday at his home in Scarsdale. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and had been bedridden for five years but managed to finish a memoir, typing with one finger.

Pam Hunter, the designated Democratic candidate in a primary for a Syracuse state Assembly seat, has raised more than twice as much money as her two challengers.

The Women on 20s campaign isn’t satisfied with the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to put a woman’s likeness on the $10 bill – they would prefer the $20, and have launched a petition drive to see that happen.

New Yorkers for Progress, a PAC with ties with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, spent about $24,000 on mailers in support of his former aide, Rebecca Lynch, who’s running for a vacant Queens City Council seat. The mayor has not endorsed anyone in the race.

There is no law guaranteeing U.S. workers paid vacation, but the vast majority of Americans think there should be one, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Biden Back In New York Next Week

cuomobidenVice President Joe Biden is returning to New York next Thursday, the White House announced this afternoon.

The trip, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo alluded to this week when speaking with reporters, is expected to address “the national backlog” of sexual assault kits as well as event focusing on the economy.

Biden’s second trip to New York since July comes as speculation centers on whether he will make a late entry into the Democratic presidential primary.

Cuomo on Wednesday spoke favorably of a potential Biden campaign, saying it would put Democrats “in a bind” because they would have a “number of good candidates to choose from.”

On Thursday, Cuomo reiterated his support for Hillary Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state, telling reporters he would continue to back her even if Biden entered the race.

DiNapoli: Tier Six Not A Driving Force In Contribute Rate Change

moneyThe cost-saving pension level Tier Six is not necessarily the main factor in driving down employer contribution rates, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said in a radio interview.

DiNapoli announced on Friday contribution rates for the retirement fund — the average percentage of payroll paid by local governments and school districts — would decline by 15 percent. Police and fire contributions would fall by 2 percent.

The reduction is the third time the rate has fallen in the last three years.

But DiNapoli said the recent addition of Tier Six under Gov. Andrew Cuomo — which followed Tier 5 during David Paterson’s time in office — is just one of many factors. More >

Pension Contribution Rates And Rate Of Return To Decrease

dinapoliThe employer contribution rates for the state pension fund in the coming 2016-17 fiscal year will once again decrease, but so will the assumed rate of return for the fund overall, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Friday announced.

The reduced contribution rate — good news for local governments that pay into the state pension system for their public employees — was long anticipated from DiNapoli.

The assumed reduction in the overall rate of return for the fund, which was valued at the close of the 2014-15 fiscal year on March 31 at $184.5 billion, comes after weeks of volatility in both foreign and domestic markets.

The overall employee contribution rate for the common retirement system will decrease from 18.2 percent of payroll to 15.5 percent — a roughly 15 percent decrease. The average contribution rate for the police and fire retirement system will decline by 2 percent — from 24.7 percent of payroll costs to 24.3 percent. More >

Cuomo Fetes Law Enforcement Amid Police Tensions

cuomohillaryFrom the Morning Memo:

At two events on Thursday in and around Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised law enforcement officers. First, it was at the State Police graduation.

“You are selected from the many, because we believe you can be the best,” Cuomo told the latest class of troopers graduating from training.

Later in the day, Cuomo attended the New York City PBA’s convention in suburban Colonie, praising the NYPD for helping usher in a new era of safety and prosperity in New York City.

Indeed, Cuomo went as far as to suggest it was the NYPD who helped spur New York’s sustained economic success and turn the city around after years of crime. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. This evening, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will depart New York City and travel to Connecticut, where his son, Dante, has started his first year of college at Yale. There are no public events scheduled.

At 10:15 a.m., Sen. George Amedore and Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy will join local officials in the Town of Berne to announce funding for a capital project, Town of Berne Highway Dept, 1811 Helderberg Trail, Berne.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appears live on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart.

Also at 10:30 a.m., active and retired police captains and lieutenants and representatives from CEA and LBA endorse Democratic Staten Island district attorney candidate Michael McMahon, outside the 120 Precinct, 78 Richmond Terrace Ave., Staten Island.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey joins White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and others to urge safe driving during the Labor Day weekend and demonstrate promising anti-drunk driving technology, City of White Plains Public Safety Headquarters, rear parking lot, 77 S. Lexington Ave., White Plains.

At 11:30 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, VisitRochester President & CEO Don Jeffries, and Rochester City Council Vice President Dana Miller will hold a joint press conference to make an announcement regarding the Drum Corps, Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St., Rochester.

At noon, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will announce FY 2016-17 employer contribution rates for the New York State and Local Retirement System during a teleconference with reporters.

At 6 p.m., a pre-recorded interview with NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina airs on NY 1 Noticias’s Pura Política.

Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Chris Gibson will meet with local farmers and constituents at the 196th Rensselaer County Fair, Schaghticoke Fairgrounds.


A suspect was shot in the leg by officers during a police investigation early this morning in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.

Roger Tilles of Great Neck, now in his 11th year on the state Board of Regents, called for an overhaul of the state’s use of Common Core test scores in evaluating teachers and principals, declaring the controversial ratings are weakening school staffs’ morale.

After Cuomo acknowledged the current Common Core program is “deeply flawed” and called for another review commission to recommend changed, educators suggested he’s still not going far enough.

The governor said his commission will review the entire program – including the standards, curriculum, guidance and tests – and issue recommendations before his State of the State Address in January.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who took office in July, said in a statement that in meeting with parents and educators she has consistently “stressed the need for high standards” and the need to review them, and she welcomed the new group’s input.

Many students who returned to Buffalo schools yesterday found smaller class sizes and a greater focus on reading in the early grades, and district leaders hope that will lay a stronger foundation for children to achieve greater success in the long run.

Nearly half of the evaluation scores given to Buffalo public school teachers for last school year were wrong. Forty-five percent of the city’s teachers were assigned incorrect evaluation ratings due to a calculation error by a private, Utah-based company, which feels “terrible” about the error.

A settlement agreement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the state Board of Elections’ independent enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman targeting the so-called “LLC loophole” in election law.

Saying there’s no room in the city for “ruthless tactics,” NYC Mayor de Blasio signed into law a series of bills that will stop unscrupulous landlords from pressuring tenants to move out.

Four days before he leads a delegation to debt-ridden Puerto Rico, Cuomo said he has no position on whether the commonwealth should be allowed to declare bankruptcy.

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GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee in next year’s general election, effectively ruling out a third-party or independent run. (However, he’s under no legal obligation to stick to this promise).

Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a 40-year-old New Hampshire resident, does not have a conventional resume, and doesn’t spend much time trying to actually manage the candidate.

Former NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is the latest Democrat to approach Rep. Hakeem Jeffries about a potential primary challenge to Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017. The congressman so far is saying he’s only interested in staying in the House.

Jeffries called the mayor’s clash with Gov. Andrew Cuomo “a reckless mistake,” and said he was “shocked” that de Blasio had gone after the governor in “such a personal way.”

A federal judge vacated the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, giving him a win in the so-called “Deflategate” legal saga that has consumed the NFL for the past seven months. BUT, the NFL plans to appeal the ruling.

HTC is losing its political director Josh Gold to Uber.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, a pro-Israel Jewish Democrat from Manhattan, said he was disturbed and surprised by the “viciousness” of attacks against him after he announced last month he would support the Iran nuclear agreement.

Cheryl Mills, a longtime lawyer and adviser to Hillary Clinton, testified before a Congressional committee this morning about the former secretary of state’s personal email account and the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton will sit down with veteran NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell tomorrow for the third national interview of her presidential campaign.

Road and bridge construction closures in New York will be suspended during the Labor Day Weekend to allow for better traffic flow, Cuomo announced.

More than 30,000 students headed to Buffalo Public Schools today – the first time in many years that school started before Labor Day. It’s the start of what’s likely to be a year of big changes in the district.

Cuomo may have to keep the state’s struggling nuclear power plants open because of the revenue and jobs they generate for local municipalities and the pollution-free energy they provide, an independent analysis has concluded.

Rockland County lawmakers have approved extending the county’s strict smoking ban to include e-cigarettes.

Making good on a pledge to boost gun control, the father of a Roanoke, Va., TV reporter killed on live TV is joining up with two anti-gun groups backed by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to kick off a national protest against gun violence.

As of Jan. 1, City of Albany gun owners will be the latest to have to lock up their weapons in a safe or use a trigger lock whenever a gun is out of their “immediate possession or control.”

EJ McMahon considers what New Amsterdam might look like – economically speaking, and otherwise – if secessionists got their way.

An aging electrical wire that caused Wednesday’s LIRR morning rush-hour meltdown should be repaired in time for the Friday morning commute, the railroad’s president said.

New PEF President Wayne Spence has made official appointments to the union’s staff.

The Naked Cowboy on
the recent uproar over topless panhandlers in Times Square: “They’re naked, I’m naked. I have a hard time having a problem with that.”

A topless Times Square street performer was busted early today when she agreed to perform oral sex on an undercover cop — and her handler offered to sell the officers drugs.

The NYS Stair Fair’s Defibrillator is No. 1 on BuzzFeed’s list of 26 “next-level” state fair foods.

Cuomo Isn’t Taking A Side On Puerto Rico Bailout

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he isn’t going to Puerto Rico to take sides in how the commonwealth should dig itself out from $72 billion in debt.

Instead, Cuomo says he is taking a delegation of elected and appointed officials from New York to listen to officials in Puerto Rico and see what advice they can offer.

“We don’t have a position,” Cuomo said when asked whether he believes Puerto Rico should declare bankruptcy. “We’re going to go down and listen first — understand the financial situation — and see what advice we have there.”

Cuomo is bringing with him his top advisor on Medicaid, Jason Helgerson, as well as Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, to the two-day trip which begins on Monday.

“We’re also going to talk to them about the expense side of the equation, primarily health care,” Cuomo said. “Their Medicaid costs are going through the roof.”

GE Should Follow Agreements Made On Dredging, Cuomo Says

GEAs Gov. Andrew Cuomo is actively trying to lure General Electric Co.’s headquarters back to New York, he sidestepped questions on Thursday as to whether the company should continue dredging PCB-laden sediment from the Hudson River.

Cuomo, at an event honoring the New York City PBA in Colonie this afternoon, said he had not seen a recently released federal and state report that reviewed groundwater contamination in communities along the upper Hudson River.

“I know that they are completing what they agreed to complete,” Cuomo said. “I know there are claims for them to do more above and beyond that. I haven’t really looked into that.”

The company is due to complete its massive dredging project this year, but environmental groups are pushing the company to continue on with the project, claiming “hot spots” in areas along the river continue to be contaminated with PCBs, a chemical the company discharged into the river. More >

Cuomo: Opinions On Gay Marriage Aside, Clerk Should Uphold Law

cuomopridePersonal opinions aside, the Kentucky county clerk who is now in jail after refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples should enforce the law or leave her job, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday told reporters.

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refused to grant the licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, was ordered jailed by a judge for refusing to grant the licenses.

Cuomo, who faced similar questions from a county clerk in 2011 after New York passed its own same-sex marriage legalization marriage, said the personal opinions of Davis are beside the point.

“If you are a government official and have taken an oath to uphold the law, that trumps your personal opinion,” Cuomo said. “You can quit and do whatever you want to do, but you can’t be paid as a government official and not execute the laws of the government. You can’t have it both ways.” More >