The Weekend That Was

Two years after Donald Trump won the presidency, nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation.

The decision by a federal judge in Texas to strike down all of the Affordable Care Act has thrust the volatile debate over health care onto center stage in a newly divided capital, imperiling the insurance coverage of millions of Americans while delivering a possible policy opening to Democrats.

When Jakelin Caal, 7, of Guatemala, who died from dehydration in Border Patrol custody suddenly became ill, agents did not have sufficient medical resources to immediately treat her, officials said.

A White House official said the Trump administration was not responsible for Caal’s death, calling it a “a horrific, tragic situation.”

Caal was healthy before she arrived, and her family is now calling for an “objective and thorough” investigation into her death, a representative for the family said Saturday.

Ruben Garcia, the director of Annunciation House, the El Paso, Texas, shelter where Jakelin Caal’s father has been staying since her death, said the grieving dad disputes the government’s claim that his little girl had gone without eating or drinking for days.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a key figure in Trump’s sweeping plan to reshape the nation’s environmental framework, will leave his post at the end of the year – a departure that comes amid numerous ethics investigations into his business dealings, travel and policy decisions.

Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly considering Rep. Beto O’Rourke, of Texas, to be his running mate if Biden runs for the White House again.

Biden, O’Rourke and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were popular among Iowa caucus goers, a new poll found.

Negotiators from around the world on Saturday agreed on a rulebook to curb global warming, seeking to bolster the 2015 Paris accord amid concerns that countries would fail to deliver on their commitments despite what many scientists call a rising threat from climate change.

They were collateral damage as Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director whom Trump has selected would serve as acting chief of staff after John Kelly departs in January, has been a loyal Trump supporter – but once called the president a “terrible human being.”

Fresh out of prison for lying to the FBI, ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is plotting his own run for office. “I will be running for Congress in 2020, and I will win,” he tweeted. “Stay tuned.”

The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, according to a new U.S. Justice Department report.

In a tweet storm on Saturday, Trump accused the media of ignoring the latest twist in Mueller’s investigation: the discovery that the FBI wiped clean thousands of text messages that two high-profile investigators exchanged while they were assigned to his team.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, said ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “railroaded” and “framed” into making some recent bombshell revelations, and also claimed the president initially “didn’t know about” alleged hush-money payments made by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to two women.

Giuliani pushed back against reports that Mueller might be seeking to interview the president, saying it would happen only “over my dead body.”

Trump says the justice system should stop investigating his administration and go after the real enemy – “Saturday Night Live,” suggesting that NBC’s long-running comedy skit program should be “tested in courts,” seemingly for its alleged “collusion” with Democratic party interests.

The president, on Twitter, branded Cohen a “rat,” and wondered why the FBI didn’t “break into” DNC headquarters the same way they raided this former personal attorney’s office.

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Last year marked a record-high for gun-related deaths in the U.S. in nearly four decades, with nearly 40,000 people killed, according to new data released from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database.

The Trump administration has reportedly begun instructing mortgage lenders to not issue federal housing assistance loans, the latest move to restrict benefits for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, also known as “Dreamers.”

Michael Cohen said in an interview broadcast that he knew arranging payments during the 2016 campaign to quiet two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump was wrong. And, he said, the president “of course” knew it was wrong at the time, too.

When it came out this year that Trump’s inaugural committee raised and spent unprecedented amounts, people wondered where all that money went. It turns out one beneficiary was Trump himself.

Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie took himself out of the running to be Trump’s next chief of staff, saying the timing isn’t right for him and his family.

Hillary Clinton issued a statement marking the sixth anniversary of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which killed 26 people, the majority of them first-grade students.

During an interview with Kara Swisher of the technology website Recode, Clinton gave mixed signals about her actions for the 2020 election.

Of the myriad Obama administration policies and practices that have been upturned by Trump, a proud and well-documented non-foodie, his approach to dining and nutrition has left a notable mark on the culture of the White House and the nation’s capital.

Cuomo said he has asked the state Labor Department to investigate New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley in Cortlandt Manor after he was “deeply alarmed” to hear that nurses alleged “threatening and coercive behavior” from management ahead of a vote to unionize.

State Democratic party Executive Director Geoff Berman is stepping down from his post, which he has held for a little over a year.

The outcome of the recent gubernatorial race highlighted the sharpest division in recent years between urban and rural voters, resulting in Cuomo’s overwhelming victories in New York City and its suburbs along with lesser wins in upstate’s big urban counties.

New Jersey’s top law enforcement agency is looking into claims of widespread harassment and immigration fraud at Trump’s Garden State golf club after several former and current housekeepers alleged racially-charged mistreatment.

Steven C. Preisch, who has been interim City of Lockport police chief since June, said that he doesn’t intend to take a civil-service examination for the permanent position.

As the Catholic Church faces a wave of federal and state attorney general investigations into its handling of sex abuse, bishops around the country have struggled with how to react, and dozens have decided to take action by releasing lists of the priests in their dioceses who were credibly accused of abuse.

For the second week in a row, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio went on WNYC radio to explain how his administration is working to fix the city’s public housing developments — and for the second week, a resident called in to complain about “inhuman” conditions at her building.

Cuomo rapped state lawmakers for savoring a fat 64 percent pay raise while fighting limitations on outside income and a ban on bonuses for serving in leadership posts.

Records show that de Blasio’s spending on “special assistants” continued to grow in the last fiscal year, with the mayor going from 305 to 314 people holding the title.

Ocasio-Cortez jabbed first son-in-law Jared Kushner amid reports that he was in still in the running to be Trump’s next chief of staff.

Here’s an argument in favor of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s push for interns to be paid a living wage on Capitol Hill.

The Adirondack Park Agency has removed a legal obstacle that should allow the state to revive an effort to convert part of an historic rail line into a recreational trail.

A $5 million state grant has been approved for downtown Albany real estate investment.

Seafood fraud!

Brown Lauds Cuomo’s Vote Total

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on Friday lauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s vote total in his 2018 re-election victory as the state Board of Elections formally certified last month’s results.

All told, Cuomo received 3.6 million votes, about 60 percent of the overall total.

“With all votes counted, Governor Cuomo received more than 3.6 million votes, securing nearly 60 percent of the electorate and making history with a record number of votes in a gubernatorial election. On behalf of the New York State Democratic Party, I congratulate Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Hochul on this historic win,” said Brown, the chairman of the state Democratic Committee, which Cuomo controls.

“With Governor Cuomo’s resounding victory, the people of New York have chosen a proven progressive leader to stand up to this federal government and given him a mandate to continue to build on his record of groundbreaking accomplishments. We look forward to seeing what more Governor Cuomo can achieve for New Yorkers in his next term.”

Cuomo defeated Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to win a third term last month.

Kerfuffle Over Pay Raise Continues With Lawsuit

Discontent over a report backing a legislative pay hike and compensation reforms for state lawmakers continued on Friday as a fiscally conservative-oriented group filed a lawsuit in state court seeking to block the salary increase from taking effect.

“Beyond the unconstitutional delegation of legislative power, the committee took it upon itself to expand what it was well beyond the mandate it had been given,” said Cameron Macdonald, the executive director fo the Government Justice Center, which filed the suit on behalf of four plaintiffs, including Republican Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick. “Everything that follows regarding legislative pay from the decision of the committee to make them full time is therefore invalid and unconstitutional.”

The suit comes less than a week after a compensation committee of former and current state and city comptrollers released a report backing phased-in pay raises for lawmakers, which several pay hikes tied to the passage of state budgets by April 1. Their pay will increase to $130,000 by 2021.

The first phase in takes effect on Jan. 1, with base pay growing from $79,500 to $110,000. Macdonald said the group was seeking an injunction from that pay raise going into effect.

The report from the pay commission, created this year by lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also backed a cap on outside income for lawmakers and an end to additional pay for many of the lawmakers who hold leadership positions in the Assembly and state Senate.

Lawmakers can overturn the committee’s recommendation by the end of the year or the provisions have the force of law.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has criticized the stipulations, saying there are “technical flaws” in the report and noted that outside pay for the governor and his cabinet officials will not be capped or limited in anyway.

The governor’s salary would receive a phased-in increase as well to $250,000 and is subject to a resolution of the Senate and Assembly.

Lawmakers also contend the committee went beyond its original purview, which was to study and potentially recommend a pay increase.

“This committee did that and then went rogue,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti. “They started to make public policy.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Friday said the “rhetoric” from the Assembly is not helpful and can fan the flames of the legal challenge.

Cuomo has embraced the compensation report and its changes to lawmaker pay.

“I don’t know how you justify that without reforms, which is basically the ban on the outside income,” Cuomo said on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. “Now, the Assembly has fueled the lawsuit because you have Assembly people who are saying that it’s unconstitutional or that it has gone too far.”

Panepinto Sentenced To Two Months For Attempted Cover-Up

Former State Senator Marc Panepinto has been sentenced to two months in prison for attempting to cover up unwanted sexual advances toward a former legislative staffer.

Federal judge Michael Roemer also gave the Democrat one year supervised release and a $9,500 fine. In June, Panepinto pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of making a promise of employment, compensation or other benefit for political activity.

He admitted to making a series of unwanted advances toward the female staffer in her hotel room while the two were in New York City for a fundraiser for him. After the young woman resigned and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics opened up an investigation into the situation, Panepinto sent another staffer to offer money and/or another government job in order to buy her silence.

Panepinto called a sudden press conference to resign his post after that attempt apparently fell through. During that March 2016 press conference, he gave several reasons for his decision including an unspecified situation with staff turnover but denied any ethics investigation.

The judge said he received 80 letters as part of the pre-sentencing process; one from the defendant, one from the victim, and 78 on behalf of the defendant. He said many of the people wrote that they were disappointed with Panepinto’s behavior but felt it was out of character and discussed the many charitable things he did for friends, family and the community.

Both Panepinto and his attorney addressed the judge directly, saying he was remorseful and took full responsibility for his actions. In asking for only a fine, they asked the judge not to minimize the action but to weigh the defendant’s other good deeds and the potential impact on his family and the people he employs.

The court room was nearly full with Panepinto’s family and colleagues, many of them teary-eyed. Panepinto got emotional himself as he discussed how the case has affected his three daughters.

However, the U.S. Attorney’s office said the way the defendant described his conduct led it to believe he still didn’t fully appreciate the “wrongfulness” of his actions. In particular, prosecutor Paul Bonanno noted Panepinto called his offer to the former staffer a “settlement” when in fact it was an illegal quid pro quo.

He also said Panepinto already attempted to use monetary payment to avoid consequences and a simple fine would not be sufficient.

“The defendant essentially sought to purchase this young woman’s silence,” U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy said in a statement. “In so doing, he placed his own interests above those of his staff and his constituents; he sought to use his position to benefit himself above all others. His abuse of power cost him his office and bought him a federal criminal conviction.”

The judge said he gave long consideration to not incarcerating Panepinto and believed he was, in fact, remorseful. Still, Roemer called the actions “wholly inappropriate” and a “flagrant abuse” and worried that no prison time would be seen as a slap on the wrist by the public.

In one of the more poignant moments, the judge said he understood Panepinto’s concern for his own daughters but said “every woman is someone’s daughter.” He also noted that Panepinto has been convicted of two previous misdemeanors, the most recent an election law violation.

“He should have learned his lesson that time,” Roemer said.

The victim herself was not in the courtroom. The prosecutor said he spoke with her this week and she felt it would be very difficult and painful to appear and she also wanted to protect her anonymity.

Bonanno said she did not want anybody to think that meant she didn’t care what happened to Panepinto. The attorney repeatedly pointed out the devastating effect the situation had on her life and that she has since moved out of state and no longer works in politics.

The judge initially recommended Panepinto voluntarily surrender himself after the New Year but the defense asked for 60 days in order for him to take care of things with his law firm. Roemer granted that request.

It’s unclear at this point if Panepinto will be able to continue to practice law in New York State moving forward.

With A Nod To FDR, Cuomo Plans 2019 Agenda Preview

Gov. Andrew Cuomo next week will begin the roll out of his 2019 agenda in a speech on Monday sponsored by the FDR Center in New York City.

Cuomo in an interview Friday on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom indicated the agenda would broadly contend with the “assault” from the federal government and the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration.

“We are starting new,” Cuomo said in the radio interview. “This first year for me is nothing like the past years. It’s like you wake up one morning, God forbid your house has burned down, the whole situation is different. The whole federal government is attacking us.”

The roll out will include the backing of 15 bills Cuomo will push to see approved in the coming legislative session, the first in 10 years in which Democrats will control both the Assembly and state Senate.

Cuomo has already indicated a slate of proposals for the Legislature to tackle next year will include measures meant to make it easier to vote in New York and bill aimed at strengthening abortion rights in New York as well as new gun control measures. At the same time, Cuomo said he wants to tackle climate change concerns next year.

Much of the agenda will be inspired by Franklin Roosevelt, who also served as governor of New York, who used his time in office to unveil what would become a blueprint for the New Deal.

Cuomo said Friday he has “immersed” himself in Roosevelt.

“The speech is going to get to the meat of the specific legislative issues,” Cuomo said. “This is not going to be a lot of rhetoric and retrospective. We have a new Legislature. I want to say here are my priorities.”

Advocates Push For Early Vote On Election, Campaign Finance Reforms

From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of advocacy groups on Friday will begin the rollout of an effort pushing state lawmakers to take up measures meant to overhaul how New Yorkers vote in the early days of the 2019 legislative session.

The effort will include a series of press conferences to be held next week around the state to press for bills like creating a small-donor public financing system, ending the practice of contributing unlimited funds through a web of limited liability companies as well as a suite of election reforms.

More events on the issue will be held after the holidays. All told, 135 groups are involved in the effort.

“The Governor and our elected leaders in the Legislature are on the record as strong supporters of fair elections,” said Jess Wisneski, the deputy director of Citizen Action.

“Now, New Yorkers from across the state are standing up and calling for the swift passage of fair elections reform. Our broken campaign finance laws can only be fixed by getting big money out of politics and empowering small dollar donors, and that is what fair elections would accomplish.”

Advocates have long called for creating early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration and no-excuse absentee voting.

The measures should be relatively easy layups for the state Senate and Assembly, both of which will have large Democratic majorities in the new year. Lawmakers are expected to approve a provision that would unify the federal and state primaries, now held in June and September, into one day.

The changes have largely been opposed or blocked by Republicans during their control of the state Senate over the last decade.

Buffalo Bills Great Advocates For Cashless Bail

From the Morning Memo:

Tonight, the documentary Thurman Thomas: A Football Life aired for the first time on the NFL Network.

The show doesn’t focus on Thomas’ friends in Buffalo or Houston, who needed the Bills Hall of Famer’s help to make bail or payoff bonds, but it could have. So often, he said, many people without means – young African American men in particular – have struggled to pay their bills or remained in jail despite non-violent offenses.

“I have seen families destroyed because of this,” Thomas said.

It’s an issue Thomas said he has been aware of for years. However, it wasn’t until recently he took up the cause in an official capacity.

In Philadelphia, Eagles defenseman Malcolm Jenkins, a co-founder of the social justice advocacy group the Players Coalition, made bail reform a focus. Thomas cited his efforts several times as an influence as he began to study the issue himself.

“I went through it about a week ago, called somebody and asked him a question about, ‘hey how can I get involved with this?’ This is something I feel strongly that a lot of the players are doing around the National Football League in the cities that they play or in the cities that they retired in,” he said.

The former Bill said NFL players have a huge platform to affect change. Yesterday, he voiced his opinion during a meeting of an Erie County Legislature committee. The full Legislature plans to vote on a resolution in favor of “cashless bail” next week.

Ultimately, the state Legislature needs to pass the reform. Thomas, who works closely with the governor on the state’s Tourism Council, said he’ll likely bring his story to Albany as well.

“I probably will. This is like the first step for me, coming out and speaking in front of the Legislature and hopefully I’ll continue to do that,” he said.

Legislators in Erie County said they’re in favor of reform, but want the state to consider all the costs of a cashless bail system or any other proposal.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured the L train’s East River tunnel early this morning. For the rest of the day, he’s in NYC with no public events or interviews scheduled as of yet.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will meet with Rep.-elect Alexandria Occasio-Cortez at an undisclosed time and location. Needless to say, this is not an event that is open to members of the media.

At 7:45 a.m., Melissa Mark-Viverito, former NYC Council speaker and current NYC public advocate candidate, greets commuters at the Newkirk Plaza B, Q Subway Station, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., state Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and state Sen.-elect Pete Harckham join Westchester County Executive George Latimer for his signing of a bill aimed at combating discriminatory housing practices, Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., ninth floor, White Plains.

Also at 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will take questions from listeners who call in, WNYC.

At 11 a.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory will unveil the new mobile training trailer that was purchased by the Albany Fire Department and was made possible by a $426,000 Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant that Senator Schumer helped secure on the city’s behalf, 830 South Pearl St., Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott welcomes New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides to the Astoria Library to thank him for securing $3.3 million in capital improvements, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., Cameron Macdonald, executive director of the Government Justice Center, will speak about his litigation challenging the legality of the state Compensation Committee’s report and recommendations, including its effort to hike legislative pay, state Capitol, 3rd Fl. outside Senate chamber, Albany.

At 1 p.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joins local elected officials and members of the agriculture community to discuss the impact of the 2018 Farm Bill on the Hudson Valley, Soons Orchard, 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton.

Also at 1 p.m. – Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and former Democratic Assembly candidate Adam Baumel meet for lunch to discuss possible solutions to the issues affecting their community, Royal Diner, 7609 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations.

The prosecutors at the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District are reportedly examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to the inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy.

A report surfaced calling Trump “the third person in the room” when his lawyer, Michael Cohen, met with National Enquirer publisher David Pecker to discuss ways to counteract negative stories about Trump and his relationships with women.

Trump said that if there was anything illegal about the hush payments made to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, it was Cohen’s fault – part of a newly improvised attempt to combat the legal exposure the president may now have because of the payments.

Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie met with Trump about the open chief of staff job let night, and the president reportedly called Christie a “top contender” for the job.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is also reportedly on the short list to become the next chief of staff.

The U.S. Senate voted to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist.

In her quest to become speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California appears ready once again to sacrifice the higher ambitions of her No. 2, Rep. Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, and he is not shy about expressing his objections.

Weeks after a judge ordered its secretary, Betsy DeVos, to follow Obama-era policy for student loan forgiveness, the U.S. Department of Education has announced it will discharge approximately $150 million in loans.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl has died in Border Patrol custody from exhaustion and dehydration.

Dozens of steel bolts that are used to help hold together the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge broke apart during construction, and there are allegations some leading workers tried to cover up the potential problem. The AG’s office confirmed it is investigation the situation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by engineers from Columbia and Cornell universities as well as private consultants, toured the L train’s East River tunnel early this morning in hope of finding a way to ease or even avert the 15-month shutdown planned for April that will disrupt thousands of commuters’ lives.

In what seems could be an early shot across the bow of Cuomo, the incoming Democrat chairman of the state Senate investigations committee – Sen.elect James Skoufis, who, as an assemblyman, didn’t always see eye-to-eye with the governor – is promising a much more aggressive oversight role.

NYC and the state sent loads of data – some rarely available publicly – to Amazon during its search for a new headquarters, offering a peek into the valuable information the company collected during the process.

…This was revealed in the 253-page proposal the de Blasio administration submitted to the company in March.

State legislators who are about to become the highest-paid in the nation are complaining that they’re getting a raw deal because they’ll have to restrict their outside income and give up bonuses for serving in leadership posts.

The NY Times weighs in on reports that legislative leaders might try to challenge reforms linked to pay raises by the compensation commission: “Don’t reject the pay committee’s recommendation. The next time state legislators take their seats in Albany, it should be to act for the people of New York, not for themselves.”

Asian-American civil rights groups and parents filed suit to block New York City from launching its plan to diversify eight top high schools by giving more seats to applicants who miss the test-score cutoff for admission.

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President Trump reacted angrily to the relatively short prison sentence handed down to his longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, and said Cohen failed him as his lawyer because he should have known about campaign finance law.

“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” Trump said in a series of Twitter posts. “He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.”

Trump asserted Cohen was a “low-level” employee who did limited legal work as he sought to distance himself from his longtime associate a day after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison.

First Lady Melania Trump criticized journalists and comedians as “opportunists,” accusing media figures, authors and “performers” of “using my name or my family name to advance themselves.”

The president is expected to spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, according to an alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration this morning.

Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiring to act as a foreign agent in a deal with federal prosecutors. In doing so, she acknowledged that her activities were motivated by more than mere personal conviction.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood today announced a lawsuit against Target Corporation, Walmart Inc., and importer LaRose Industries, for allegedly committing thousands of violations of multiple New York laws governing the safety of children’s toys sold in the state.

Law enforcement officials are investigating bomb threats emailed to a number of locations in the Buffalo metro area, and nationally, though multiple agencies say the threats are not credible.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling took a swing at Bronx Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, slamming her intelligence after she complained that her ideas are being scrutinized because of her young age.

Runaway sales of White House exposé Fire and Fury have powered Michael Wolff into Forbes’s annual round-up of the world’s highest paid authors for the first time.

A recently filed lawsuit could derail the implementation of a new, multi-million-dollar online system for tracking lobbying activities in New York.

Sen. Jim Tediso, who has a long history of championing animal rights, is calling on Cuomo to pardon a dog’s owner involved in a fight in Troy. He says this would also provide a pardon for Luna, a 6-year-old Hound-Pitbull mix.

Cuomo has launched an investigation into union-busting claims leveled against NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital on the heels of a report by The Journal News.

Unions from across the nation are supporting Tesla employees at the company’s South Buffalo site.

The Citizens Budget Commission warned the state in a new report not to get too high on spending legal pot revenue, since it would take years to “fully realize a robust legal recreational marijuana market and associated tax revenue.

The NYPD’s commissioner defended his cops’ handling of the chaotic fracas at a Brooklyn benefits center that saw a baby torn from his mom’s arms — adding that policy reforms are on the way at the Human Resources Administration, whose guards were also involved.

The idea of imposing tolls on drivers entering the busiest parts of Manhattan is gaining momentum among New York lawmakers, increasing the chances that some kind of congestion tolling will pass in the legislative session that begins next month.

Former Buffalo Bills star running back Thurman Thomas came to the Erie County Legislature to speak in favor of bail bond reform, saying the current system “is inherently biased toward the wealthy.”

Jennifer Parker, a former kitchen supervisor at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in Canton, has been charged with multiple counts of felony rape for engaging in sexual misconduct with three inmates over the course of several years, according to the state AG’s office.

New York City Hall is quietly orchestrating a campaign to pressure a federal judge not to place NYCHA under federal receivership – warning that such a move would result in “pushing longtime tenants out of their homes.”

A Herkimer Town Court justice has been charged with DWI after allegedly crashing his vehicle into the local former Kmart.