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Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York City detectives and appeared in court on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex, a watershed in a monthslong sex crimes investigation and in the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein carried three books into the station house — among them “Elia Kazan: A Biography,” by Richard Schickel, and “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution,” by Todd S. Purdum — but they were gone when he emerged.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn quickly deleted a tweet with a photo of Weinstein and Hillary Clinton posted this morning as the disgraced mogul was arrested.

President Trump said he’s “not familiar” with the Weinstein case, “but it’s really too bad, really too bad.”

Scott Pruitt spent nearly $3.5 million on security during his first year as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to an agency breakdown.

Trump said that his administration was back in touch with North Korea and the two sides may reschedule his summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, perhaps even on the original June 12 date, a stunning reversal just a day after the president canceled the get-together.

Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, according to video footage and another person who attended the meeting.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down on his diatribes against the media — from the broadsheets to the tabloids — a day after City Hall released more than 4,000 pages of emails that featured him railing against the press

Cuomo has talked a big game about supporting immigrants in New York. Yet well over a year after Trump’s inauguration – and more than seven years into Cuomo’s administration – the governor has little actual legislation to show for all of his boasting.

A bipartisan group of former House members from New York plans to meet in Syracuse next month with one big item on the agenda: How can they help fix a dysfunctional Congress?

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett and his wife turned the congressman’s staff into personal servants, multiple former employees to the freshman Republican told POLITICO — assigning them tasks from grocery shopping to fetching the congressman’s clothes to caring for their pet dog, all during work hours.

Clinton received the Radcliffe Medal—an honor that recognizes “an individual who has had a transformative impact on society.”

A bill proposed by a New York City Assemblywoman, which would eliminate archery, trap shooting and riflery programs in public schools, is facing opposition from North Country school officials and marksmanship instructors.

The IRS isn’t buying New York State’s attempt to help taxpayers who may be hurt by a cutback in the state and federal tax deduction, and the state’s U.S. senators joined Cuomo in expressing outrage about it.

Still no verdict after six days of jury deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife.

After nearly three years, federal prosecutors are dropping charges that Niagara Falls developer Frank Parlato Jr. stole $1 million from two heirs to the Seagrams liquor fortune.

Cuomo Gets A Trio Of Dem Club Endorsements

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday received a trio of endorsements from Democratic clubs in New York.

The endorsements came from the Community Free Democrats, the Lexington Democratic Club and the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club, his campaign announced.

“Governor Cuomo has proven time after time that he is the most qualified candidate in this race,” Ahsia Badi, President of the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club said. “The Governor’s efforts to protect healthcare, enact real gun safety reforms and bring equity to our public education system demonstrates that he’s listened to our communities and delivered results.”

The endorsements come a day after the conclusion of the Democratic state convention on Long Island, where Cuomo’s bid for a third term was endorsed by Hillary Clinton, DNC Chairman Tom Perez and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Cuomo is seeking a third term this year. He faces Cynthia Nixon in a Democratic primary and Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, in a general election.

Klein Gets Establishment Backing

At the conclusion of her speech on Thursday at the state Democratic convention, Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was joined on stage by her Democratic colleagues.

Included among them was Sen. Jeff Klein, the erstwhile leader of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, her new deputy in the conference and a lawmaker who faces an allegation of forcible kissing by a former legislative aide.

Klein has denied the event took place and has called on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to review the allegation.

But Klein, whose conference dissolved and merged with the mainline Democratic conference in an effort to help the party take control of the Senate this year, has received the backing of establishment figures in the New York political world. And the allegation, unlike other men who have been accused of similar actions, has not made him a radioactive presence in New York politics.

Klein was formally endorsed Friday morning by Stewart-Cousins, who would become the first woman to lead a majority conference in Albany if Democrats gain control of the chamber.

“With Donald Trump in the White House, and Republicans controlling the agenda in Washington and stifling progress here in New York, the need for a Senate Democratic Majority has never been more pressing,” she said in a statement.

“We need all Democrats working together, united in our cause of turning New York ‘true blue. I am proud to support Senator Klein and endorse his re-election campaign. By working together, I know we will achieve a functioning Democratic Senate Majority and give New Yorkers the progressive leadership they deserve.”

Klein was previously endorsed by two of the state’s most political active labor unions, RWDSU, which represents retail workers, and the Hotel Trades Council.

“The Hotel Trades Council proudly stands with Jeff Klein and strongly endorses his reelection to the New York State Senate,” said New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council President Peter Ward. “Jeff Klein is a proven leader, who fights tirelessly—and delivers—for labor and all of New York’s working families. We need his continued leadership in Albany.”

Klein faces a primary from Alessandra Biaggi this year. As part of the unity agreement first announced late last year, Senate Democrats would not support those candidates challenging former IDC lawmakers.

Biaggi has been receiving her own share of endorsements, including most recently the Pelham Democratic Committee.

Democrats have also maintained that Klein will face whatever consequences develop should the JCOPE investigation find any wrongdoing.

The former aide who made the allegation, Erica Vladimer, criticized Stewart-Cousins for the endorsement.

“if female elected officials won’t stand up for victims, who will? #TimesUp, Senator,” she wrote in a tweet directed at Stewart-Cousins. “Politics should never get in the way of representing the 10 million women of New York. This is why victims don’t come forward.”

Teachout Says She’ll Petition Her Way Onto The Ballot

Democratic candidate for attorney general Zephyr Teachout on Friday in a fundraising email said she would petition her way onto the ballot in the race.

“It’s disappointing that in a state like New York we still have to fight a Democratic establishment that refuses to fight for the people and embrace progressive values,” she wrote. “But if we all pitch in and work together, we can change that. The old structures can’t last.

Teachout received 5 percent of the weighted vote at the Democratic convention this week at Hofstra University, which designated New York City Public Advocate Tish James the preferred candidate. Leecia Eve, a former Cuomo administration official, also plans to petition onto the ballot.

“We went there to make our case, and we fought hard for every vote. But honestly, we expected this,” said Teachout, a 2014 candidate for governor and 2016 congressional candidate. “We have a long way to go before the New York State Democratic Party becomes the grassroots party it should be. A lot of these party insiders like the system the way it is.”

Teachout is casting the race as one against the establishment, noting that DNC Chairman Tom Perez endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the convention as he faces Cynthia Nixon in a primary of his own.

“Even the DNC Chair broke the committee’s own principle of not endorsing in primaries by putting his thumb on the scale for Cuomo,” she said. “I’ve never been welcome in Andrew Cuomo’s party, so we know what that will mean for the Attorney General’s race.”

Working Families Party, Nixon Slam WEP Endorsement Of Cuomo

The Working Families Party and the gubernatorial campaign of Cynthia Nixon mocked the endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo by the Women’s Equality Party on Friday after the ballot line formed at his urging four years ago announced it would support him once again.

“We’d like to be the first to congratulate Andrew Cuomo on winning the highly-coveted endorsement of the Women’s Equality Party, a party he founded and funded,” said Cynthia for New York Senior Strategist Rebecca Katz. “We can’t help but wonder if Cuomo will run on his so-called Women’s Equality Party line against New York’s first female Democratic nominee Cynthia Nixon in the general election.”

The party was first formed in 2014 as a vehicle in part to boost the 10-point women’s agenda, a package of measures that aimed to bolster women’s rights in the workplace and housing, as well as crack down on domestic violence and human trafficking. The entirety of the package has become law, save for a plank that would codify the Roe v. Wade decision in state law.

The WEP has been an especially sore point for the Working Families Party, which is backing Nixon this year. WFP supporters have pointed out the similarities in the two parties’ initials and have considered it a rival ballot line meant to draw votes away from them in the general election.

“Unlike Cuomo, the Working Families Party has invested in building women’s power,” said WFP Co-Chair Karen Scharff.

“WFP has a long history of recruiting progressive women and helping them win — even when the Democratic Party machine tried to block their path. Tish James, Yuh-line Niou, Diana Richardson, Nily Rozic, Zephyr Teachout, Melissa Mark Viverito and many more, got critical support from the WFP, when the Democratic Party was happy with the establishment candidates.”

In a tweet, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi knocked WFP State Director Bill Lipton for worrying that the WEP would hurt his organization’s vote total and ballot states. Parties must have a 50,000-vote threshold to automatically qualify for ballot states.

“Translation: in it’s diminished state, #BossBill is freakin’ out about his ballot status,” he posted.

PCCC Endorses Nixon For Governor

From the Morning Memo:

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee became the latest liberal organization to back the gubernatorial campaign of Cynthia Nixon this week.

Nixon is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary as he seeks a third term.

The group’s endorsement of Nixon came as part of its first round of gubernatorial endorsements for candidates deemed to be “bold progressive game changers.”

“Let’s elect progressive game changers like Cynthia Nixon as Governor — as part of the blue wave that’s coming,” said Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder. “Progressive ideas that inspire voters in blue, purple, and red states will help increase the wave.”

Nixon is being supported by a constellation of groups on the left that have been critical of Cuomo, including entities with ties to the Working Families Party, which is also backing her campaign.

“PCCC has been at the forefront of fighting for better, bluer, and bolder Democrats,” Nixon said. “I’m excited to receive their endorsement and look forward to working together to advance progressive values in New York and across the country.”

Cuomo, meanwhile, has largely lined up the state and national Democratic establishment behind him, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

The Perez endorsement, made in a speech at the state Democratic convention on Thursday, has proved controversial for the party given his previous claim that he would not take sides in primaries.

A Rough Couple Of Days For Alicandro

For the Morning Memo:

It was Politics 101 for Wall Street attorney Manny Alicandro at this week’s state Republican Convention.

The first-time candidate came to the Ziegfeld Ballroom hoping to be named the GOP designee for attorney general – something that seemed very likely possibility just a few weeks ago.

Then now-former Democratic AG Eric Schneiderman resigned, and everything changed for Alicandro, who saw his clear shot to the nomination obscured when multiple candidates entered the race for the now-vacant statewide post.

By Tuesday, it seemed pretty clear Republicans were either going to choose New York City lawyer Keith Wofford, (the ultimate designee), or former Pataki administration aide Joe Holland.

To make matters worse for Alicandro, some members of the party were openly questioning if he had been a resident of New York for the five years required to hold a statewide office, even though he insisted repeatedly that he had lived here for a decade.

On Wednesday morning, Alicandro said the residency questions were all cleared up, and in his opinion were just a tactic to pressure him out of the race. If that was the case, then problem solved because he had been convinced that running for comptroller made more sense than taking on a crowded AG field in which party leaders so clearly favored other candidates.

The switch didn’t work out, however, as investment banker Jonathan Trichter, a registered Democrat who only recently decided to switch his enrollment to join the GOP, convinced enough Republicans with reservations about his political bona fides that he was indeed the right candidate to take on the Democratic incumbent, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Alicandro did get a huge cheer Wednesday from party members on the convention floor, but not for the reason he probably envisioned at the outset.

Rather, they were celebrating his choice to decline the comptroller nomination altogether – ultimately shortening Day 2 of the convention by about an hour, and sending a lot of eager travelers on their way.

“I learned the votes weren’t there for me, and I just didn’t want to go through the whole process, and just really, party unity,” Alicandro later explained. “I think it just made sense to support Jonathan, and just withdraw my nomination.”

Alicandro did not walk away from the convention bitter. He said it was a good experience for him, and he plans to explore other runs for office in the future.

“I actually feel really good about it,” he said. “I’ve gotten a lot of support from people. I mean, this is just the beginning for me, not the end. This is my first time doing it…There’s a lot I learned from it. There’s a lot more I need to learn but you know, I think down the road, there’s a lot of opportunity for me in the party and hopefully you won’t see the last of me.”


Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public events scheduled.

President Donald Trump this morning participates in the United States Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD, and then returns to the White House. He has no other public events scheduled.

At 9 a.m., CUNY Chancellor James Milliken joins Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and members of the New York City Council in welcoming participants of the Urban Hispanic College Student Achievement Conference, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, City College of New York, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., the Emergency Medical Service Union, the state Professional Fire Fighters Association, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, and the Uniformed Firefighters Officers Association endorse state Sen. Marisol Alcántara’s re-election bid, Engine Company 67, 518 W. 170th St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., Queens Rep. Joe Crowley hosts a religious freedom roundtable, Elmhurst Hospital Center, 79-01 Broadway, Queens.

At 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State staff reporter Jeff Coltin on this week’s Winners & Losers, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., the National Action Network leads a protest against the decision by NFL owners to require players to stand for the national anthem, NFL headquarters, 345 Park Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with many other elected officials, kick off swimming season at Rockaway Beach, on the boardwalk at Beach 108th Street, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic announce an unclaimed funds event, Stavisky’s district office, 142-29 37th Ave., Queens.

At noon, Michael Sussman, Green Party candidate for state attorney general, and Mark Dunlea, Green Party candidate for state comptroller, hold a news conference to formally announce their campaigns, outside state Senate Chambers, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., Regent Susan W. Mittler will attend the New York State and Donors Dedication at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Route 366 and Tower Rd., Ithaca.

At 1:30 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Coney Island Boardwalk to celebrate opening weekend for New York City’s beaches, Coney Island Boardwalk
between West 10th and 12th streets, Brooklyn.

At 4 p.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. and the National Action Network hold a press conference calling on retailers to stop selling K2, or synthetic cannabis, 928 Broadway, Brooklyn.


New York lawmakers were mixed in their views of the demise of what would have been a historic summit meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with Republicans calling it a bump in the road and Democrats blaming lack of preparation.

After announcing it was off, Trump later said that the meeting, which had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, could still happen, and North Korea issued a strikingly conciliatory response, saying it hoped the president would reconsider.

House Republicans are preparing to conduct the first interviews in more than four months in their investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone pressured an acquaintance to ask WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for “damaging” emails on Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, is expected to surrender to the police in Manhattan today on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials said.

The charges of both first-degree rape and third-degree rape are connected to Weinstein forcing himself on one woman while the criminal sex act charge is related to allegedly forcing another woman to perform oral sex on him, according to sources close to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

DNC Chair Tom Perez’s endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo angered some on the left who say the party leader is violating his own pledge to stay out of primaries.

The New York gubernatorial primary has become the latest battleground in an arduous struggle between the newer, progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the old guard, establishment wing of the party supporting candidates — sometimes centrist, sometimes quite liberal — whom they believe are more viable in general elections.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his backers believe the old divides between Republicans and Democrats are being replaced by the far more real rift between those who can’t comprehend how anyone could live on as little as $15 an hour and those who spend their working lives making half that much.

Cuomo mentioned almost nothing during his convention speech about state-level plans for a third term – should he win one – and instead focused on fighting Trump and his policies.

A week after the Santa Fe high school shooting, Cuomo accepted the state Democratic Party’s nomination for governor by promising additional gun laws, including raising the age to purchase firearms in New York to 21.

While Cuomo was speaking at the Democratic convention that snubbed her, his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, was holding a roundtable discussion with community leaders and activists in the Bronx.

Cuomo drew fire from his GOP opponent, Marc Molinaro, for joking at the state Democratic convention that his younger brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has “certain development issues.”

New York Republicans designated two men that have never held elected office as their candidates to run for state comptroller and attorney general during the party’s annual nominating convention in Manhattan: NYC attorney Keith Wofford and Democrat-turned-Republican Jonathan Trichter, respectively.

Wofford is the first African-American statewide candidate for office to run on the GOP line in New York history.

Ginia Bellefante takes a close look at the Women’s Equality Party that Cuomo started in 2014 and finds it lacking.

Though he played a behind-the-scenes role in getting the new subway chief, Andy Byford, hired, Cuomo has so far been noncommittal about Byford’s multibillion dollar proposal to fix the beleaguered system.

“The governor is in charge of the MTA. And if you let the MTA disintegrate to the point where it is now, you’re killing New York City,” Nixon said of Cuomo’s non-response to Byford’s plan. “How any governor of New York State would think that was acceptable is beyond me.”

A Manhattan federal judge rejected a request by a Mahopac lawyer for a protective order tied to information he claims he gave to Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen about two women who say they were “sexually victimized” by ousted state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Stormy Daniels’s lawyer has asked a Los Angeles federal judge to reactivate his case seeking to nullify a non-disclosure agreement over $130,000 in “hush money” paid to his client over claims that she had a fling with Trump.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio finally released more than 4,000 pages of emails between himself and outside advisers who he famously referred to as “agents of the city” after a three-year long battle with NY1 and The New York Post that concluded with the media outlets winning a lawsuit against him seeking the emails’ release.

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Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, is expected to surrender to investigators tomorrow after a months-long inquiry into allegations that he sexually assaulted numerous women.

President Trump, citing a flurry of hostile statements from North Korea, pulled out of a highly anticipated summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, telling the North Korean leader “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”

South Korea was at a loss for words.

Rudy Giuliani said he believes the cancellation of the president’s summit with North Korea could help Trump’s legal team in its negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Giuliani taunted protestors who gathered outside Trump’s fundraiser in Manhattan last night.

The president signed a bipartisan bill to loosen key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, cementing the first major changes to President Obama’s landmark banking laws.

Trump posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was convicted in 1913 of transporting a white woman across state lines.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that lefty insurgent Cynthia Nixon could “unquestionably” topple two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary for governor.

A sports banner on the wall at Hofstra, where the Democratic state convention was held, spoke volumes about the reception Nixon received there.

Nearly 20 years ago, a battle over P.S. 163, a NYC public school, launched Nixon’s career in activist, and eventually, politics.

A federal jury acquitted former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto on all corruption-related charges, but jurors are still deliberating about the charges against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda.

City Hall released more than 4,000 pages of emails that de Blasio tried in vain to keep secret — and which reveal an overarching obsession with how he’s portrayed in the news media.

Hillary Clinton is eager to use her assets to help the Democratic Party seize control of Congress this fall, those close to her say. But not all in the party want her help

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the DSCC, said that Senate Democrats “welcome support” from Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in the 2018 midterm elections.

Top law enforcement and intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders from both parties about the FBI’s use of an informant in the Russia investigation – a highly unusual concession to Congress all but ordered by Trump.

The governor’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, signed off this morning for the last time from “New Day.” His new show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” premieres at 9 p.m. ET on June 4.

Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone privately sought information he considered damaging to Hillary Clinton from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Morgan Freeman apologized after eight women told CNN the 80-year-old actor had sexually harassed them or behaved inappropriately while on the job.

Cuomo Rallies New York Dems Against Trump

Cynthia who?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday at the state Democratic Convetion called the upcoming election in New York the most “consequential election in our lifetime.”

He was not referring to the September primary against his primary opponent, education advocate and actress Cynthia Nixon.

Cuomo zeroed in on the general election, knocking President Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington for gun, immigration and tax policies, while also taking the GOP in New York to task for virtually eliminating moderate, “Rockefeller Republicans” from their ranks.

But he also urged Democrats to examine why the party fared so poorly less than two years against Trump.

“The hard truth is that in the last presidential election, Donald Trump and the right wing did not win, it’s that Democratic Party lost that election because we lost the connection with who we are,” Cuomo said. “New York always led the way, Al Smith, FDR, when there were troubled times, people looked to New York to find a way forward, and we’re going to fulfill that legacy again.”

Republicans meeting this week in New York City sought to temper the Trump claims, backing Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who has sought to stake out a moderate profile. Molinaro has said he did not vote for Trump in 2016, instead writing in former Rep. Chris Gibson.

But Cuomo, who has been accused by liberals of not doing enough to help the party take control of the state Senate and working too closely with Republicans, also singled out the New York GOP.

This year, Cuomo engineered a Democratic unity effort in the Senate leading to the dissolution of a breakaway faction of the party and has sought to help the party gain control.

“Today the Albany Republicans all carry the Trump doctrine. They all drank the Ryan-McConnell-Trump Kool Aid,” Cuomo said.”Their vision is to take us back to their great, old American days when America was great.”

Cuomo has stitched together a coalition of labor unions, the backing of national and state Democrats in order to present an unquestioned backing against Nixon, who received just over 4 percent of the vote.

Nixon has marshaled the support of the Working Families Party, which has split over the endorsement and a number of its labor unions have departed in recent years.

Still, Cuomo envisions a push that will help elect Democrats up and down the ballot for the Legislature and House seats.

“We are going to rise up, fight back and move forward,” Cuomo said.