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The de Blasio administration announced this evening it has decided to hold a ticker-tape parade for the U.S. women’s soccer team on Friday at 11 a.m. along the so-called “Canyon of Heroes” (along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall.

The World Cup winners will be the first female athletes to receive this honor in more than half a century.

A week after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio eviscerated Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a pair of stinging interviews, the governor declined to punch back, telling reporters that the mayor was “obviously frustrated” with Albany. “I try to bite my tongue once in a while,” he said.

De Blasio complained about the state Legislature during a breakfast meeting with the Republican Mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sen. Diane Savino doesn’t understand why de Blasio thinks he did so poorly in Albany this year. “He needs to, perhaps while he’s on vacation, to sit back and reflect on how well he has done,” he said.

The PGA is pulling its October Grand Slam of Golf out of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Los Angeles-area course amid the continuing controversy over his remarks about immigration.

…also, ESPN announced that it has moved its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Los Angeles to Pelican Hill Golf Club in nearby Newport Beach, Calif.

Puerto Rico should have the right to restructure its more than $70 billion in debt through bankruptcy, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton asserted in a statement.

Former Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan’s expertise on that topic showed during his end-of-session focus in his new job as majority leader.

Joined by environmental advocates Bill McKibben and Peter Yarrow, Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz announced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, which would require the state comptroller to divest the pension fund from fossil fuel holdings by 2020.

Steve Racette, the superintendent in charge of Clinton Correctional Facility when Richard Matt and David escaped, has put in for retirement, according to state records. He’ll be leaving the public payroll at the end of this month.

Racette is not alone.

Ken Wagner, a former school psychologist and principal who has ascended the ranks of the State Education Department in recent years, is reportedly a final candidate to become Rhode Island’s next state education commissioner.

Freedom to Marry is hosting an event in New York City on Thursday to celebrate success in winning marriage nationwide. Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime champion of the LGBT community, will attend and deliver remarks

Republican James O’Connor may have promised to suspend his law practice and run full time for county executive the night he got the nomination. But he is not starting quite yet.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan said the the 30 mph speed limit on the Scajaquada should be permanent, perhaps putting him on a collision course with Mayor Byron Brown, who said it might be raised to 40 mph on one part of the expressway.

Former state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has a new business venture.

An energy service company that sells electricity and gas throughout much of New York state will pay $1.25 million in customer refunds to settle charges that it falsely promised big savings but charged customers higher rates, AG Eric Schneiderman announced.

A pharmaceutical company competing for one of the state’s five medical marijuana licenses pledged to provide $5 million in research grants, including $1 million to Stony Brook University.

California-based mall owner Macerich has dumped Great Northern Mall, its remaining Central New York property.

Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, more than most Republicans in the House of Representatives, has straddled two roles since joining it this year.

Susan Arbetter is the LCA’s new president – the 11th woman in the organization’s 116-year history to hold the post.

A manufacturer based in the town of Cattaraugus is expected to add 10-15 jobs after being sub-contracted to make ceilings and wall panels to be used for 676 next generation rail cars in New York City.

Cuomo Tells de Blasio Life Can Be Unfair

Gov. Andrew Cuomo latest response to the criticism leveled last week by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can essentially be boiled down to this: Life is unfair.

“We have a situation in Albany where you don’t always get everything you want,” Cuomo said. “That’s called life. He chose to publicly vent his frustration. We all have our own styles and our own comportment and we all see our roles in a different way.”

Cuomo on Tuesday in New York City told reporters that de Blasio was “frustrated” that things didn’t go his way on key issues such as permanent mayoral control for city schools, which was given a 12-month extension in June.

“The mayor was obviously frustrated he didn’t get anything he wanted from the legislative session,” Cuomo said. “Welcome to Albany. I didn’t get everything I wanted from the legislative session.”

De Blasio took the unusual step of publicly blasting the governor in an interview with NY1 and later with City Hall reporters over what he considers to be a transactional governor who has a revenge streak when it comes to his political enemies.

Cuomo today insisted he was taking the mayor’s comments in stride, even as he lectured de Blasio that the mayoral control issue is not a broad concern.

“I understand his frustration,” Cuomo said. “But next year we can come back, but if he does a good job, then we can say he should have more control. But it doesn’t change anything.”

Cuomo seemingly rejected a “pasta summit” proposed by Republican former Sen. Al D’Amato (“I don’t know how I feel about pasta summits,” Cuomo said. “I know how I feel about pasta.”) but also said he would continue to work with de Blasio despite the airing of grievances.

De Blasio, meanwhile, is on a family vacation after making the pointed criticism of Cuomo, and the governor said he likely needed it.

“It was clear he was frustrated,” Cuomo said. “His style is to air his public frustration. That’s not my style.”

Cuomo: Special Prosecutor Executive Order Coming Soon (Updated)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo later today will issue an executive order granting Attorney General Eric Schneiderman special prosecutor status in cases involving police-related deaths of unarmed civilians.

Updated: Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa in a statement says an executive order is coming “soon” as it is being finalized. Cuomo met with family members of those who died in police brutality cases today.

“The Governor had a productive meeting with the families this afternoon , and looks forward to continuing the conversation,” she said. “We are in the process of finalizing the Executive Order and the Governor looks forward to signing it soon.”

Cuomo, speaking with reporters earlier on Tuesday after signing his Enough Is Enough legislation in to law, said the passage of a more comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in Albany would have been preferable.

The measure, however, stalled at the end of the legislative session.

“We did try to get a law passed during the last session which would have made it permanent and I think could have made it better,” Cuomo said.

The executive order will provide Schneiderman with the special prosecutor powers for 12 months. Cuomo insisted he is prevented from issuing an executive order that covers a longer period of time.

The move comes after Cuomo pledged to issue the order should lawmakers not pass measures designed to change grand jury procedures and other criminal justice measures.

Cuomo had made the pledge to families of those who died during interactions with police, though some family members in recent days had pushed the governor to stick to his word after the conclusion of the legislative session.

The bill was first pushed by Cuomo in January after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a New York City police officer who killed an unarmed black man in a choke hold.

The case of Eric Garner was just one of several high-profile incidents in recent months involving police and the deaths of unarmed black civilians.

“The problem of lack of confidence or stress between certain communities is not New York alone,” Cuomo said. “We have seen this all across the country where there’s a lack of trust in the criminal justice system triggered by a particular case.”

Cuomo touted the executive order being issued as a way to restore trust in the system shaken by the police brutality cases.

“A criminal justice system doesn’t work without trust,” Cuomo said. “We will be the first state in the country to acknowledge the problem.”

NYSUT’s Magee Sees Victories In Tax Credit, Commissioner Change

NYSUT President Karen Magee counts the scuttling of the education tax credit as well as changes in the Board of Regents and installation of a new education commissioner as victories for the statewide teachers union.

Speaking with reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday, Magee touted the boost in school aid approved in the $142 billion budget as a plus for NYSUT as well.

“We look at the education tax credit (not passing) as a huge win,” Magee said. “We look at the ability to bring record aid to the schools as a win.”

NYSUT didn’t get everything it wanted this year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo successfully pushed through changes to the state’s teacher evaluation law that link the performance reviews to testing and in-classroom observation as well as a stronger tie to tenure, which is now harder to obtain.

Teachers deemed to be poor performing over several years can be fired, regardless of tenure, under the changes.

Still, NYSUT was able to beat back the tax credit, which it staunchly opposed, but was backed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Senate Republicans and the governor.

In its place, a $250 million reimbursement package for parochial schools for mandated services was approved at the end of the legislative session.

“If we use the term winners and losers, I would say we’re winners at this point in time,” Magee said. “We defeated the education investment tax credit.”

At the same time, Magee touted “shifts” in the membership of the Board of Regents – ostensibly appointed by the Democratic-led Assembly – as well as the state’s education commissioner. Mary Ellen Elia this month officially took over for John King, a charter school supporter who went to work for the Obama administration. Yesterday was her first day on the job.

“Those are positives, because we look forward to having real conversations about education,” Magee said.

Signing ‘Enough Is Enough’ Bill, Cuomo Touts Bipartisanship

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Tuesday designed to curtail sexual assault and rape on private college campuses and touted the broad, bipartisan agreement in Albany that passed the bill last month.

The event featured Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, as well as Republican Senate Majority John Flanagan.

“The state of New York, in a bipartisan way, has come together,” Pelosi said.

Cuomo himself made a point of noting the divided government in Albany — a Senate led by the GOP, an Assembly controlled by Democrats — was able to push the bill through without any votes in opposition.

“This is why we do what we do. This is why senators run for office, why assembly members run for office. To make life better,” Cuomo said.

The measure expands an affirmative consent rule for sexual encounters on college campuses to private schools after the SUNY system adopted a similar, system-wide requirement last year.

The bill also includes a bill of rights for survivors aimed at making it easier for them to go to law enforcement with allegations.

Cuomo had made the legislation — dubbed “Enough Is Enough” — one of his key priorities during the past legislative session. The governor, who has two daughters in college and one about to attend college, had indicated the measure was a personal one for him to see approved.

But the focus of the event, held at New York University in the city, was very much on accomplishments.

Cuomo last week was criticized by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who blasted him for transactional politicking and working too closely with Senate Republicans at the expense of issues impacting the city, such as rent control.

The governor responded to de Blasio’s remarks by noting his record of working with Republican lawmakers in the Legislature, though he sidestepped the more arched criticism of de Blasio’s that he engages in retribution against political enemies.

Cuomo, though, has always sought to embrace concrete accomplishments, even at the expense of alienating advocates on the left for cutting deals with Republicans.

In what appeared to be a soft rebuttal of de Blasio’s comments, Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, praised Cuomo as a “fierce advocate.”

“He knows how to get things done,” said Flanagan, whose conference has been at odds with de Blasio since last year’s elections in which the mayor sought to flip control of the chamber. “He knows how to put deals together.”

Report Questions New York’s Fiscal Health (Updated)

A report from a George Mason University think tank is calling into question New York’s budgetary health, taking a critical look at the state’s debt, budget and cash solvency.

The study from the college’s Mercatus Center released on Tuesday ranked New York 46th when it comes to fiscal health, placing it alongside other low-ranking states Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

A common thread for those states, according to the study, is relatively low amounts of cash on hand and large debt obligations.

New York’s debt load stands at $2,946 per capita, which is higher than the national average of $1,824.

“These rankings are an early warning system for policymakers, journalists, and the public,” said the study’s author, Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Eileen Norcross. “While no rankings can capture all of the dynamics behind a state’s fiscal situation, these are a tool to guard against short- and long-term risks or economic shocks.”

The Mercatus Center has come under scrutiny from liberals in part for its ties to billionaire Libertarian-leaning industrial Charles Koch.

New York’s budgets over the last several years have been approved largely on time and without broad-based tax increases, even as spending increases year over year are kept under 2 percent.

The state’s most recent $142 billion budget was approved just hours after the April 1 deadline. The state’s finances, in part, have been aided by a $5 billion windfall surplus from settlements with major financial institutions.

The windfall was carved up in a variety of directions, including a $1.5 billion upstate economic development program as well as funding for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.

Updated: Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi notes in a statement that New York’s credit rating has been upgraded in recent years.

“It’s a fact that New York has been upgraded by all three major credit rating agencies because of this administration’s success in putting our fiscal house in order, closing multi-billion dollar deficits, and passing on-time budgets that kept spending under 2 percent,” he said in a statement. “This report is flawed and a key assertion regarding New York’s pension obligations doesn’t square with S&P’s data. Frankly, I’ll take the word of the ratings agencies over that of a Washington think tank with an agenda any day.”

Norcross StateFiscal Condition by Nick Reisman

Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Party May Not Be Legal

A technical glitch has emerged in the formation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Party that could open the newfound political organization to legal challenges if it seeks to operate in next year’s elections.

Last week, documents were quietly filed with the state Board of Elections to formally constitute the party, which was created in 2014 when Cuomo won just over 50,000 votes on its line – the required threshold to qualify for ballot status for the next four years.

The documents named three of the party’s top five officers, including former DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala, a Democrat and ex-Broome County executive, as interim chair, but left the positions of vice chair and treasurer blank.

Cuomo and LG Kathy Hochul – both of whom ran on the WEP line last fall – signed the documents, which is where the trouble starts.

A spokesman for the state Board of Elections confirmed that Section 6-128, Subdivision 4 of the state Election Law requires a “majority” of the candidates who ran on a party’s line agree on the rules of that party.

AG Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli also ran on the WEP line last year, but neither of their signatures appear on the documents on file with the board.

Spokespeople for both the AG and the comptroller confirmed that neither had signed off on the WEP’s rules and interim leadership, but declined to provide any additional information – like whether they had been formally asked to sign, or why they decided not to.

It would take three signatures – not two – to constitute a majority of WEP candidates. So, technically speaking, the party’s rules and structure are not legal.

This could provide fodder for anyone – say, the Republicans – seeking to challenge actions (like endorsements?) taken by the WEP in the next election cycle.

Also worth noting: Becoming a leader of a party requires that an individual change his or her registration to become a member of that party, which, presumably, Fiala et al have done or are planning to do soon.

This requirement may have served as an impediment to former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn taking on a leadership role with the WEP, which she spearheaded during the 2014 elections on Cuomo’s behalf.

“Christine Quinn has always been – and always will be – a Democrat,” a spokesman told Capital NY last November.

Quinn is now serving as an advisor to Cuomo, earning $1 a year.

Cuomo’s decision to create a women-specific party was a divisive move that was criticized by some female Democrats as a craven political effort to maximize support among a key voting bloc.

Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, called creation of the WEP a “mistake” that could marginalize women voters and perhaps draw votes away from the Senate Democratic candidates at a time when they were trying to re-take the majority – an effort with which Cuomo was supposed to be helping, not undermining.

It was not lost on observers that “WEP” is just one letter off from “WFP”, which stands for the Working Families Party – a liberal and labor-backed organization with which the governor is often at odds.

After much upheaval, and despite the fact that Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, also sought the line, the WFP endorsed Cuomo’s re-election bid last year. Had Cuomo attracted less than 50,000 votes on the WFP – due, in part, to confusion with the WEP also on the ballot – the party would have lost its ballot line and official status for four years.

That did not happen in the end, much to the relief of WFP officials and their supporters.

The WEP was ostensibly created by the governor to highlight women’s issues – particularly his 10-point Women’s Equality Act, which was opposed in its entirety by Senate Republicans due to the presence of an abortion-rights plank.

This year, Assembly Democrats decided to follow the Senate Republicans’ lead and break the act into free-standing bills, nine of which – minus the abortion piece – were passed by the Legislature without much fanfare or controversy. At least one has already been signed into law.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family remain on vacation somewhere in the Western/South Western US. They’re due back in the Big Apple tomorrow.

At 8 a.m., the New York State Homes and Community Renewal boards and committees meet, 641 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul discusses the role of STEM education in a global economy at the International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentationm Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor, Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce holds a “Newsmakers” event, with keynote speaker ESDC CEO and state Department of Economic Development Comissioner Howard Zemsky, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center Gymnasium, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., Hochul and Sen. Brad Hoylman tour the LGBT Community Services Center, 208 W. 13th St., Manhattan. (This event is closed to the press, but a media availability will follow).

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Rodriguez, Sen. Adriano Espaillat and the Washington Heights Tennis Association celebrate the season opener of tennis in Upper Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park Tennis Courts, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Sen. Tim Kennedy, Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski and other local officials unveil the start of a three month multimillion-dollar construction project to repave highly traffic roadways in the heart of the city of Lackawanna, in front of Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.

At 10:55 a.m., The Brian Lehrer show features former U.S. president Jimmy Carter on his new memoir, WNYC.

At 11 a.m., Sen. Patty Ritchie announces new funding for area health care and other investment to strengthen the partnership between Fort Drum and local communities, Carthage Area Hospital, 1001 West St., Carthage.

Also at 11 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will celebrate the 116th birthday of Susannah Mushatt Jones, officially recognized last week by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living human; at the party, organized by Millennium Development at the Vandalia Senior Center, Adams will proclaim “Miss Susie Day” in honor of her milestone achievement, 47 Vandalia Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11:30 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella and IDC Leader Jeff Klein will stand with elected officials and community activists to call for the rejection of the Samaritan Village proposal to convert the illegal Pan Am shelter into a permanent shelter, Pan Am Hotel, 79-00 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Queens.

At 11:45 a.m., Hochul joins Cuomo as he signs “Enough is Enough” legislation to combat sexual assault on college campuses, New York University School of Law, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Drug Policy Alliance representatives and advocates gather outside Cuomo’s NYC office on the one year anniversary of the signing of New York’s medical marijuana law, to urge him to sign a new bill that would create an emergency access program for critically ill patients to receive medical marijuana as soon as possible, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., as the one-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death nears, Garner’s mother and other family members of victims of police violence call on Cuomo to “keep his commitment” to create a special prosecutor to investigate such cases, 633 Third Ave. (Cuomo’s NYC office), Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James holds a young professional fundraiser with a variety of fellow female NYC elected officials, including Rep. Yvette Clarke, who is the featured speaker, Amarachi, 189 Bridge St., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

The single application for a proposed Southern Tier casino license belongs to Tioga Downs, ending speculation about an eleventh-hour bid by a group with eyes on bringing table gaming to the City of Binghamton.

A second bid, based around a proposed casino in the City of Binghamton, was announced last week by Albany-area financier Jeffrey Hyman, but Hyman withdrew in a letter to the gaming commission Sunday.

Still to be seen is the extent to which siting board members are happy with the bid from Tioga Downs. It was among the losers in the earlier round of proposals as members said the bid didn’t offer enough financial investment, which was one of the criteria.

The Gaming Commission approved three rules, setting in motion the final process leading to the adoption of casino regulations.

Silvercup Studios, home of the TV series “Girls,” “Person of Interest” and “Elementary,” among others, announced it will convert a Bronx warehouse into a 115,000-square-foot complex for film and television productions. The $35 million project, which is being privately financed, is the first expansion for the company outside of Queens, where it runs two production studios.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire known for affixing his name to concert halls, corporate towers, glossy magazines and computer terminals, has a granddaughter named Zelda Violet Frissberg, whose last name is a portmanteau of her father’s and mother’s surnames.

A new company headed by a former “Wolf of Wall Street”, Dean Petkanas, is among the 43 entities vying for one of five lucrative medical marijuana licenses in New York — an eclectic group that includes a hospital group whose boss previously worked for an ex-governor, and two nursing home operators who run a facility at the center of a recent scandal.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the NYC Council’s repeated attempts to hamstring his cops is “overkill,” and added that the department already has enough oversight.

NYC Councilman Ben Kallos said he is considering holding a hearing that will examine a lawyer’s explosive allegation that the NYPD and city lawyers are destroying evidence related to a quota system.

Launching a charm offensive on Cuomo’s turf, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is inviting Democratic state lawmakers to make robo-calls to their constituents to tout the first-ever rent freeze by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board.

An African-American administrator at Amityville Memorial High School on Long Island has filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights against the school district, alleging racial discrimination.

Donald Trump’s hard stance on Mexican immigration apparently doesn’t extend to his real estate empire. The 2016 GOP hopeful’s latest construction project in the heart of Washington D.C. is being built by laborers — some of whom admitted to crossing the US border illegally.

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Tioga Downs Sole Applicant For Southern Tier Casino

Tioga Downs Racetrack LLC was the only bidder for a Southern Tier-specific casino, the state Gaming Commission on Monday announced.

The deadline to submit an application to win the fourth and final casino license was today at 4 p.m.

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Even though Tioga Downs was the sole bidder for the remaining license during the first wave of casino construction, there is no guarantee the company will be given the green light by the state’s casino siting board.

The board began a new bidding process after the location panel recommended licenses for three casino proposals: Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County; the Montreign Resort Casino in Thompson, Sullivan County; and the Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady.

The Seneca County casino proposal was submitted as part of the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region. Supporters of a Binghamton-area casino, including Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural, pointed out the project is closer to the Finger Lakes region than the economically troubled Southern Tier area.

Compounding the concern was the recommendation announcement coming the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration moved to ban high-volume hydrofracking in the state, a controversial natural gas extraction process that was being considered for the Southern Tier, where natural gas deposits are especially rich.

Cuomo, in response, called on the gaming commission to begin a new bidding process specifically for a “true” Southern Tier-based casino proposal despite siting board members doubting the economic feasibility.

Albany-based developer Jeffrey Hyman pulled the plug on submitting a second bid after investors backed out of the project following questions over the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

“It appears there is a real disagreement regarding the status and eligible benefits for that location and what they are seeking is a clarification and an extension to resolve this matter,” Binghamton Mayor Rich David told our colleagues at TWC News in Binghamton.

Extras

Progressive groups are planning a protest at the East Hampton home of hedge fund manager and charter school advocate Daniel Loeb, who is hosting a fund-raiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo next Saturday.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer today asked NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to authorize a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan to honor the U.S. Women’s National Team, who won the 2015 FIFA World Cup yesterday.

Critically acclaimed author and Vanity Fair writer Bryan Burrough is working on a profile of de Blasio for the magazine.

The brother of indicted former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is set to join the former law firm of the man Skelos helped install as his successor, John Flanagan.

Cuomo announced the growth of solar in New York has increased more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2014, which is twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall.

The 36 states that participate in the multi-state lottery Powerball are making it harder to win the top prize, but increasing the odds of winning any money.

The Working Families Party voted last week to endorse Rebecca Lynch, a former de Blasio staffer, for an open Queens Council seat–setting up another showdown between organized labor and the Queens Democratic establishment.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign director defended the decision to corral members of the press with rope during a 4th of July parade in New Hampshire.

Clinton tomorrow will give the first nationally televised interview of her presidential campaign to CNN senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar.

The ample crowds and unexpectedly strong showing by Senator Bernie Sanders are setting off worry among advisers and allies of Clinton, who believe the Vermont senator could overtake her in Iowa polls by the fall and even defeat her in the nation’s first nominating contest there.

Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are expected to be the “special guests” at a dinner Thursday in Kennebunkport, Maine, with top donors to their son’s presidential campaign

Several parties were disrupted at Thornden Park on the Fourth of July when a 16-year-old gunman opened fire in the grassy park, starting off a weekend more violent than any other Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler could remember.

Now deceased Clinton Correctional Facility escapee Richard Matt went on a crash diet while still behind bars, losing between 40 and 50 pounds – reportedly so he could fit into the steam pipe that he and David Sweat used to gain their freedom (temporarily).

While the Assembly’s tumultuous 2015 session began with promises of change under new leadership, Republicans in the chamber remain on the margins of policymaking.

Former Gov. George Pataki wants to debate his fellow 2016 GOP hopeful, Donald Trump, one-on-one in New Hampshire on the topic of immigration.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Trump’s anti-Mexican statements: “”I know he’s a very good man, unbiased, unprejudiced man. However, he said it. Maybe he could have said it better.”

Trump quoted and later deleted a tweet by a Dutch right-winger, Rob Heilbron, suggesting that rival Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush favors illegal immigration because his wife is Mexican.

Pataki showed up to a press conference in New Hampshire with a rope, joking with reporters that he would take a page from Clinton’s playbook and corral them.

“Voice” winner Sawyer Fredericks will perform a free show at the NYS Fair’s Chevy Court on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The vote may have contributed to their end in public office, but the four Republican senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2011 say they have no regrets.

The killing in April of Ana Charle — the first shelter worker known to be slain in the NYC shelter system — has focused attention on these employees in recent months and prompted city officials to review security measures at the city’s 256 homeless shelters.

Cuomo and the state Department of Financial Services have reached an agreement with a Nevada-based lender regarding high-interest loans they give to members of the military.

Between 80 and 100 people, many affiliated with People of Albany United for Safe Energy, rallied in front of the governor’s mansion on Eagle Street in Albany at noon Monday, calling on Cuomo to ban oil train traffic in the state.