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Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with her cousin, US Sen. Charles Schumer, to call for tighter gun control.

Gawker published what it says is Donald Trump’s cellphone number, starting with the 917 area code common to many New York City area cell phones.

The Rev. Al Sharpton accepted an apology from a former Trump advisor who was fired by The Donald over Facebook posts with racially inflammatory words – including one in which he used a slur to describe Sharpton’s daughter.

State leaders are planning to borrow $5 million to help CBS pay for renovations at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, the home for the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

The Empire Center: “The Cuomo administration and the state Legislature have begun dishing out grants from a secretive $1.1 billion capital slush fund – all of which will be borrowed money.”

The state Commission on Judicial Nomination has extended the deadline for submitting applications for the forthcoming vacancy from Aug. 10 to Aug. 24 — the first day the court will have an empty chair due to Judge Susan Read’s retirement.

The son of former state Senate Deputy Leader Tom Libous reported to federal prison late last week, beginning a six-month sentence on a tax fraud conviction.

Despite the ejections of ex-Sens. Libous and Democrat John Sampson from the chamber following their felony convictions last month, their district offices will remain open.

While this year’s budget purportedly banned the personal use of campaign funds, legislators are continuing to spend their money exactly as they had before it passed.

Despite a wild burst of gunfire that wounded nine people at a party in Brooklyn this weekend, the number of shootings across New York City was sharply lower last week compared with the same week in 2014.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he has no interest in primarying Cuomo in 2018, and plans to seek re-election to his current post.

HBO Real Sports will air a feature on Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan later this month, in which he is shown breaking down and taking a break from his interview with Andrea Kremer as he’s being asked about his final season with the New York Jets.

Streetsblog: “While Cuomo’s Tappan Zee replacement is a sprawl machine for the suburbs, his LaGuardia Airport revamp is poised to generate more car traffic in an already-congested urban area.”

State lawmakers this fall will host a series of hearings and roundtables to discuss the legal and political obstacles e-hail companies like Uber and Lyft face as they move their on-demand ride services into markets in upstate New York.

Traffic lanes on Buffalo’s Scajaquada Expressway/Route 198 are being narrowed to 11 feet and stop signs will be installed at on-ramps, as part of “traffic calming” measures planned for an area where a toddler lost his life in May.

The Cuomo administration is seriously considering John “Sean” Coffey, a former candidate for attorney general, as the next commissioner of the state’s Department of Financial Services.


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Cuomo’s office, policies spurred by the administration’s wine, beer, spirits and cider summits saved distillers over $424,000 in fees over the past three years.

Animals have delayed almost 700 trains in the subway in the past year and a half.

Walmart, Sears and Amazon are among a handful of retailers that have agreed to keep realistic-looking toy guns off their shelves as part of settlements with AG Eric Schneiderman’s office.

Dave & Buster’s has filed a motion to dismiss the class-action lawsuit that accuses the Texas-based restaurant chain of reducing workers’ hours in order to avoid providing health insurance to its employees.

Jim Mahar, whose Mahar’s Public Bar in Albany was a bastion of beer for nearly a quarter of a century, has died.

Cuomo’s Office Offers Congrats To New PEF Prez

pefsignGov. Andrew Cuomo and the Public Employees Federation have not seen eye-to-eye in recent years.

But after Wayne Spence was sworn in as the labor group’s new president earlier today, Cuomo’s office released a conciliatory note of congratulations.

At the same time, the statement from Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa signaled a hope for a more staid relationship with the union, which endorsed the governor’s primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, last year.

“On behalf of the Governor, I want to congratulate President Wayne Spence as he assumes the responsibilities of leading the Public Employees Federation,” DeRosa said. “The Governor looks forward to a courteous and constructive dialogue with PEF under President Spence’s leadership, and is optimistic that it will be a welcome change from the rancor and destructive rhetoric of the past. The Governor will continue to strive for agreements that are fair to both employees and New York’s taxpayers. We look forward to working together in the future.”

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Cuomo Issues Executive Order For Turner Case

cuomonaacpGov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Monday issued an updated executive order to empower Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office to review, investigate and potentially prosecute law enforcement officials in connection to the death of Raynette Turner.

Turner, a 52-year-old Mount Vernon woman, died in a holding cell on July 27 while she was awaiting arraignment.

Schneiderman earlier in the day on Monday announced he would investigate the death of Turner under the powers of an executive order Cuomo issued earlier this year that supersedes the local district attorneys when it comes to the deaths of civilians related to police and law enforcement. More >

Newly Elected PEF President Vows ‘Courteous Dialogue’ With Cuomo

spenceWayne Spence took the helm of the Public Employees Federation on Monday — leading an often fractious labor group of mostly white-collar state workers that has feuded with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during much of his first term.

Spence becomes president at a key time for the labor group: PEF’s contract is up for renewal, a year after its membership voted to endorse Cuomo’s primary opponent, Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout.

At the same time, Spence raised concerns — as have other labor leaders — over the ramifications of a pending decision in the Supreme Court case Fredericks v. California, which could determine whether employees are compelled to pay union dues.

Spence was elected PEF president this year ousting Susan Kent, who only two years ago defeated longtime PEF leader Ken Brynien following a particular arduous contract negotiation with the Cuomo administration. More >

Rice Opposes Iran Deal

riceIn an op/ed posted on the website of the 5 Towns Jewish Times on Monday, Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice wrote that she opposes the multinational nuclear agreement with Iran.

Rice called the agreement “a risk I cannot support” even as she predicted it will ultimately be approved.

“This deal represents a pause, not an end, to Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon,” Rice wrote in the op/ed. “While no deal or action – whether economic, diplomatic, or military – can ensure a disarmed Iran in perpetuity, this deal’s search for peace seems too willing to gamble on social progress in Iran, especially when Iranian leaders show little interest in helping to foster it – and even less in becoming anything near a responsible ally in the region.”

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Republicans Back Akshar For Senate

aksharRepublicans are backing Broome County Undersheriff Fred Akshar to replace former Sen. Tom Libous in the 52nd district special election, GOP officials on Monday announced.

“I’ve committed my life to making our community the best it could be,” said Akshar in a statement released by his campaign. “The families in our community deserve a strong, energetic voice. I plan to bring the same passion and dedication from my service in law enforcement to the State Senate.”

Akshar is entering a race that has drawn statewide notice after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s early endorsement of former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala, who was a member of his cabinet during his first term.

In what seemed like a nod to Fiala’s early criticism of Akshar’s lack of government experience, the campaign released the candidate’s resume, showing his eight years as a law enforcement official and graduation from the FBI National Academy in Virginia. More >

Schneiderman’s Office To Investigate Death Of Mount Vernon Woman (Updated)

schneidermanAttorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on Monday announced it would investigate the death of Raynette Turner, a 42-year-old black woman who died on July 27 in a Mount Vernon holding cell.

The investigation is the first Schneiderman’s office is launching since Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order granting the attorney general special prosecutor status in police-related killings.

The executive order, which has been staunchly opposed by local district attorneys, gives Schneiderman’s office the authority to investigate and prosecute law enforcement-related deaths of civilians.

“My office’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit will investigate the death of Raynette Turner, consistent with Executive Order No. 147 and a conforming order to be issued by the Governor at my request,” Schneiderman said in a statement

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Morelle, Upstate Lawmakers Oppose Lifting Of Perimeter Rule At LaGuardia

morelleMore than a dozen upstate Democratic lawmakers in the Assembly released a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday expressing “strong opposition” to lifting the so-called “perimeter rule” at LaGuardia Airport — a move they say could hurt the availability of regional at upstate airports.

The letter, sent by Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and signed on to by 17 fellow Democratic conference members, was also sent to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which has oversight of the airports that serve the New York City region.

“More than ever, access to reliable and affordable air service is an essential component to the continued growth of Upstate New York’s economy,” Morelle said in a statement. “However, lifting the perimeter rule is a step in the wrong direction that would come as a major setback to regions across Upstate as travelers will be forced to contend with fewer available flight options at a significantly higher cost. I call on the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners to act in the best interests of all who call New York home and oppose the lifting of the perimeter rule.”

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DeFrancisco Knocks Wage Board ‘Lunacy’

defranFrom the Morning Memo:

Don’t expect newly minted Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco to be a shrinking violet in his new role.

In an interview on Capital Tonight on Friday, the Syracuse Republican came out swinging at the wage board convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, decrying the move to increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 “lunacy” and a way to apply political pressure to opponents.

“To me, that is not democracy,” DeFrancisco said. “That position ought to be expressed and discussed in a reasonable way.”

The wage board’s recommendation must still be approved by Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino, but there is little doubt that he would turn the proposal down after it was embraced by Cuomo at a rally following the announcement earlier this month. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Ditto, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

At 10:30 a.m., SUNY Board of Trustees Finance and Administration, Audit and Academic Medical Centers/Hospitals Joint Committee and Executive Committee meet, Downstate Medical Center, Health Science Education Building, 395 Lenox Road, Room HSEB – E867, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will launch a weeklong gun violence awareness campaign by staging an open casket with provocative imagery for five straight days and promoting a “Take Five to Stay Alive” plan of action, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Joralemon Street, Brooklyn.

At 3 p.m., Rep. Paul Tonko will join local residents and Hudson Solar representatives to view the integration of solar panels in residential energy consumption, starting at 118 Salisbury Rd., Delmar.

At 7 p.m., 2016 GOP candidate and former New York Gov. George Pataki participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum, Dana Center at St. Anselm College, 100 Anselm Dr., Manchester, NH.

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Protect the Adirondacks plans to file a complaint with the state attorney general and others, seeking an audit or investigation into whether the DEC’s advocacy on behalf of NYCO Minerals in connection with a mine in the Adirondacks violated New York’s Constitution.

As the number of people sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx climbed to 71 yesterday, health officials were still piecing together where the illness, a form of pneumonia spread through airborne water droplets, might have originated.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state AG Eric Schneiderman secretly assured the state’s 62 district attorneys that they are competent to prosecute Eric Garner-type killings by police — even as they stripped them of their power to do so and publicly questioned their objectivity, Fred Dicker reports.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox on the ongoing dispute between the governor and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Cuomo is like the cat playing with the mouse before he’s going to eat the mouse.”

A dozen public schools across the state, including two on Long Island, risk losing their chance to win coveted national “Blue Ribbon” awards for academic excellence because of the drop in the number of students who took standardized Common Core tests this spring.

In more bad news for corrupt politicians, the new state Board of Elections enforcement unit has referred seven cases for potential criminal prosecution since its creation almost a year ago.

After the Peace Bridge Authority spent about $400,000 in the last year on legal squabbles between its U.S. and Canadian contingents, a new agreement to end litigation appears to return both sides right back to where they started: deeply divided and solving little.

There is a growing sense inside and outside the Capitol that US Sen. Chuck Schumer will vote against the Iran deal when the Senate considers it in September. The bigger question many have now is this: How hard will he push against it?

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says the homelessness problem is worse in LA than in NYC.

Hillary Clinton’s allies are skeptical that VP Joe Biden will actually challenge her for the 2016 Democratic nomination, but say he has earned the right to consider it.

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