The White House in an announcement said North Korea remains an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States despite Trump’s assertion last week that Pyongyang “is no longer a nuclear threat.”

The NYPD is refusing to disclose information about handgun licenses held by Trump and his two eldest sons, citing privacy and safety concerns, according to a new lawsuit.

U.S. Senate Minority Chuck Schumer said that he offered to include funding for Trump’s wall along the Mexican border as part of a deal to avoid a government shutdown, but the president rejected it.

Following her keynote address at the Women’s Forum of New York’s 2018 Elly Awards on Monday, Hillary Clinton has raised more than $1.5 million for families being separated at the border.

The U.S. child-separation policy at its southern border has seen immigrant families ripped apart and children used as “political pawns,” Clinton said.

The Children’s Home of Kingston is quietly serving as one of the detention facilities for migrant children who’ve been separated from their parents at the border, though it remains unknown how many kids are there.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a pointed letter to the federal government, demanded the full information on the scores of migrant children taken away from their parents and shipped to the city from the Mexican border.

The lobbyist law firm that represented de Blasio in multiple fundraising investigations is charging the taxpayers up to $850 an hour for their services, newly released records reveal.

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy. In a 5-4 decision, the justices said police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials – a move that reversed and remanded a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan became the latest in a wave of religious institutions in New York City providing services and shelter to illegal immigrants facing deportation or detention.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood – part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general – filed an amicus brief today supporting litigation to halt the Trump administration’s termination of temporary protected status for long-time U.S. residents originally from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras.

Electric car maker Tesla’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to internal company documents and current and former employees.

The installation offices targeted for closure were located in nine states – including New York. The falling solar sales also could jeopardize the future of a joint venture with Panasonic, announced as Tesla moved to acquire SolarCity in 2016, to produce modules at a new factory in Buffalo.

Dean Skelos, while he was running the State Senate, repeatedly asked a real estate company to help his son when company executives also were seeking Skelos’ support for legislation that was vital to the company, one executive testified in the senator’s retrial on federal corruption charges.

A New York federal judge ruled that the structure of the Consumer of Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional and that the watchdog agency should be eliminated.

Prosecutors began presenting their case this week for why “the fix was in” for a state official and upstate New York executives to rig bids for signature economic development projects.

Despite being the sponsor of the Procurement Integrity Act, which would restore independent oversight of SUNY and OGS contracts to the state comptroller’s office, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes says she no longer supports her own bill.

The NYPD named a new task force of outside law-enforcement officials to review the department’s internal disciplinary policies that have come under criticism for their ambiguity and secrecy.

Chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain did not have narcotics in his body when he died this month, a French judicial official said.

New couple Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are taking their romance public.

Heastie: Cuomo Did Not Try To Block Reform Bills

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a radio interview Friday said he was never told by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to not hold votes on bills that would address controls over economic development spending in New York.

The measures, first proposed in the wake of indictments stemming from fraud allegations in economic development contracts, failed to gain a vote in the Assembly in the final days of the session.

The main sponsor of the bills, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, suggested his colleagues were concerned with upsetting Cuomo, whose former close aide Joe Percoco was among those charged later convicted. A separate trial of prominent developers and the former president of SUNY Polytechnic, got underway this week.

But Heastie in an interview on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom said Cuomo did not speak to him about the votes.

“He has never said to me we shouldn’t have a discussion on economic development, transparency and efficiency,” Heastie said. “He’s never said that to me.”

As for the bills standing a chance of passing, Heastie said left the door open to the changes, which include oversight measures and the creation of a database of economic development contracts.

“I think there’s always a way forward,” he said. “We’ll continue to have those discussions.”

NY-25: Progressive Caucus Endorses Morelle

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Friday announced its endorsement of Democrat Joe Morelle ahead of Tuesday’s House prmiary in the 25th district in the Rochester area.

“Right now, our progressive values are under attack from a White House that continues to wage war on working families while lining the pockets of special interests” said Mark Pocan, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “That is why it is imperative that we elect leaders like Joe Morelle who will be the champion hardworking Americans need and deserve. Joe has been fighting to advance social, educational, and economic opportunities his entire life – and we know he will do the same in Congress.”

Morelle, the majority leader of the state Assembly, is running for the seat that was held by the late Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat who died earlier this year.

“It is a true honor to have the support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus,” said Morelle. “Never in my lifetime has it been more critical to have real leadership in Congress to protect the fundamental, progressive ideals we all share. I will work to take our country back from extremists by fighting every day to keep our neighborhoods safe from the terror of gun violence, preserve and protect our environment for future generations, and ensure universal healthcare for every person. Families across America deserve nothing less.”

Cuomo: A Special Session For Speed Cameras Not So Simple

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an interview Friday morning with NY1 edged away from holding a special session to reauthorize New York City’s speed camera program near schools, saying intransigence in the Republican-controlled state Senate makes the issue difficult.

“I believe we should expand the speed cameras,” Cuomo said. “I sent them legislation to that effect, I’ve been lobbying to that effect, we’ve been fighting with the Senate Republicans for 6 months on this issue. They will not agree. So it’s not as simple as calling a special session. The way the Legislature works is you don’t want to call them back just to get the same answer.”

The speed camera program will lapse at the end of July unless lawmakers act. Cuomo indicated Thursday the Legislature could act between now and September, before the new school year started.

However, Cuomo in the interview Friday said he would be supportive of both cameras, but also traffic lights as a way of slowing automobiles near schools.

“My position is I want the cameras, but I’ll accept the signs and the lights,” Cuomo said. The more safety the better as far as I’m concerned. But the Republicans have not moved off their position. I doubt that they will move off their position between now and the election.”

Cuomo called the speed cameras “effective” but also noted they are a revenue raiser for New York City. Renewal of the program has been a priority for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his “Vision Zero” initiative.

“My position is this is not about money, this is about safety; and if we can get the speed cameras, great,” Cuomo said. “Right now we can’t, they won’t. it’s not that we haven’t asked and tried and yelled and screamed and fought. We’ve done it for six weeks. But safety first, and safety first in this case, my recommendation to the localities, do the stop signs, do the traffic lights.”

Farley Buys Time On Satellite Radio

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Chele Farley’s campaign on Friday announced it had purchased time on satellite radio with an ad criticizing incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

In the ad, Farley calls Gillibrand an “obstructionist” and suggests she is only focusing on the 2020 presidential campaign. Gillibrand has insisted she is focused on her current job, not running for president.

At the same time, Farley targets out-of-state voters, saying that a victory for her in the uphill campaign would likely deny Democrats a majority in the Senate.

“My race against Gillibrand may also determine control of the entire U.S. Senate,” she says in the ad. “The Democrats in the majority would be a disaster, and embolden Gillibrand even more. After all, Gillibrand’s already making plans to run for President in 2020. So are you committed to defeating Gillibrand and the obstructionists?”

Samuels And Sullivan Join Miner Campaign

The gubernatorial campaign of Stephanie Miner on Friday announced Bill Samuels and John Sullivan will co-chair the effort.

“Bill and John have built careers in public service that have achieved real results without sacrificing their principles,” Miner said. “They represent the best of New York and my campaign and this movement becomes stronger today because of the leadership and experience they bring to this effort.”

Samuels is a prominent Democratic Party activist and businessman who has been critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Sullivan, is a former mayor of Oswego and ex-chairman of the state Democratic Committee and served as an upstate coordinator for Cuomo’s 2014 re-election bid.

“Mayor Miner is an experienced public servant and problem solver with a proven track record of taking on tough, important fights – and winning,” said Samuels. “That’s exactly what we need right now, and I’m optimistic that her candidacy will resonate with an electorate desperate for less partisanship and more results.”

Miner, who served two terms as the mayor of Syracuse, is running an independent bid for governor on the Serve America Movement ballot line.

“I believe we need to upend and reinvent the system,” said Sullivan. “To do that, we need to organize disaffected New Yorkers from all walks of life behind a qualified, experienced leader with vision, integrity and a plan. Mayor Miner embodies these qualities and I am excited about the opportunity to help carry her substantive, positive message across the state.”

Will The Legislature Return? Maybe.

A day after lawmakers left Albany to end the 2018 legislative session, there’s talk of them potentially returning to take care of unfinished business, including a renewal of a program for speed cameras near schools in New York City.

“I think it would be an atrocity if the Senate doesn’t make sure that the speed cameras are renewed by September,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The session drew to its scheduled close on Wednesday and supporters of bills that didn’t get done remain skeptical they will see any remaining action on them between now and the end of the year. The New York State United Teachers union wanted the passage of a bill delinking teacher evaluations from state examinations.

“They couldn’t get it done despite going until 2 o’clock in the morning. I don’t know what bringing them back does, but we’re optimistic that something can be done,” said Andy Pallotta, NYSUT president.

The issue is now likely to become a campaign one for the teachers union after the Senate approved a bill that reformed the evaluation process, but also boosted charter schools — a move the labor group opposes.

“The bill yesterday would have added 100 charters to New York State, really taking hundreds of millions of dollars from public schools. It’s a real betrayal of public schools,” said Pallotta.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said lawmakers deserved a “C” grade for their handling of the session this year, saying needed changes to the state just didn’t happen.

“Because as long as we’re not moving on ethics reform, small businesses being helped, reducing the regulatory environment, mandate relief, those major topics are still at a standstill,” Brian Kolb, Assembly Minority leader (R) said.

It’s unlikely lawmakers would return early next week; several are running for Congress and federal primary elections will be held Tuesday.

Judge Dismisses Complaints Against Cuomo, State In Hoyt Case

From the Morning Memo:

A federal judge has dismissed all complaints against the governor and the state of New York in a lawsuit connected to alleged sexual harassment committed by former Empire State Development official Sam Hoyt.

The complaints against Hoyt and ESD appear to remain. The plaintiff, Lisa Marie Cater, had argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an individual capacity, and the state ignored her claims that Hoyt sexually harassed and assaulted her.

The judge said claims brought by and individual against a state are barred by the Eleventh Amendment, unless the state gives consent or the federal government grants a waiver. Neither happened in this case.

As for the complaints against Cuomo, the court agreed they were inadequately pled. 

“As the Supreme Court has explained, ‘the tenet that a court must accept as true all of the allegations contained in a complaint is inapplicable to legal conclusions’ and (t)hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice,” the judge wrote.

In short, evidence inferring the possibility of wrongdoing was not good enough, and the plaintiff did not present enough facts to prove the governor knew about her allegations or acted improperly. The court said electronic messages and telephone calls made by Cater did not necessarily reach Cuomo, and could have only been seen by staff, in which case the executive can’t be held liable.

The governor’s office and other state officials maintain they launched several investigations once they became aware of the complaints. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics cleared Hoyt of wrongdoing earlier this month, calling into question Cater’s credibility.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events scheduled.

Shortly after noon, President Donald Trump participates in the credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C., and then gives remarks on immigration with Angel Families.

This evening, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the United States Marine Corps Evening Parade.

Vice President Mike Pence this afternoon has lunch with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and then participates in a phone call with the president-elect of the Republic of Colombia.

At 8:05 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on Fox 5’s Good Day New York.

At 8:35 a.m., de Blasio will appear live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Rosina Food Products expansion and ribbon cutting ceremony, 170 French Rd., Cheektowaga.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features de Blasio (taking calls from listeners), Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clarke, congressional candidate Adem Bunkeddeko and others, WNYC.

At 10:15 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will announce the most far-reaching plank to date of his “2019 Albany Accountability Act” at a news conference, entrance of the Hall of Governors (outside Cuomo’s office), 2nd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Assemblyman Ron Kim announces funding for Queensborough Community College’s Workforce Development program, Queensborough Community College, 39-07 Prince St., second floor, Queens.

At noon, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts a prayer vigil and rally to demand that immigrant children taken from their parents at the southern border are immediately returned, Bronx County Building steps, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

From noon to 1 p.m., Citizen Action holds a “Faso Friday” demonstration to focus on “family separation in the immigrant community,” outside rep. John Faso’s district office, 721 Broadway, Kingston.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul announces the winning projects as part of the Better Buffalo Fund Awards, 1225 Niagara St., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announces a proposed package of reforms for the Erie County Water Authority, 16th floor conference room, Edward A. Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

At 6 p.m., the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation honors U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and the late Assemblyman Frank Skartados at the Labor Heroes Celebration 2018, Dutchess Manor, 263 Route 9D, Beacon.


Immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border was plunged deeper into chaos over President Donald Trump’s reversal of a policy separating immigrant children from parents, causing uncertainty for both migrant families and the federal agencies in charge of prosecuting and detaining them.

There is “no way” the “catch and release” of deportable immigrants can stop under Trump’s executive order to keep undocumented immigrant parents and children together, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

The Pentagon is assessing how — and where — to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American military bases, a spokesman said.

From May, when the policy was enacted, through June 9, almost 2,300 children have been separated from their parents, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Despite the new executive order, it’s unclear when or how those children will be returned to their parents.

House Republican leaders delayed a vote on a broad immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for young, unauthorized immigrants while keeping migrant families together at the border. The measure had appeared destined to fail as Republicans remained at odds over immigration.

Around 700 migrant kids who were separated from their parents at the Mexican border are currently being housed in New York — more than twice as many as previously estimated, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Cuomo administration is threatening fines, suspensions and criminal prosecution if foster care and youth care agencies throughout New York don’t turn over detailed information about whether they are housing immigrant children who have been separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s border policy.

Cuomo toured a childcare agency campus with a New York Times reporter in tow, getting a rare glimpse at the conditions in which children separated from their parents are being held.

As reports came in of hundreds of children sent quietly to New York after being separated from their families at the southern border, consular officials from Central American countries scrambled to help. The first step: Finding the kids they want to assist.

A Guatemalan woman has been reunited with her 7-year-old son from whom she was separated at the U.S.-Mexico border after she sued the US government.

NYC Mayor de Blasio traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of mayors from around the country to denounce the separation of immigrant kids from their parents by the Trump administration, but was denied access to a facility where kids are being held.

Democratic actress-turned-gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon labeled the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a “terrorist organization” and called for the its abolishment.

When the first lady, Melania Trump, on a surprise humanitarian visit to a children’s shelter in Texas, strode onto her airplane in a $39 Zara army jacket with the words “I REALLT DON’T CARE DO U?” scrawled in faux white graffiti on the back, it sent the watching world into what might be called, with some understatement, a meltdown.

The president tweeted that his wife’s jacket was a message to the “Fake News Media,” but her spokeswoman insisted it was “just a jacket” with no message intended.

The Spa City’s tourism season is back and so too are Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. This week, ICE confirmed the arrest of two people in the city of Saratoga Springs.

Executives at the National Enquirer sent copies of the unpublished tabloid to President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 presidential campaign – an unusual practice that reportedly continued after the inauguration.

The European Union fought back today against the Trump administration’s tariffs, slapping penalties on an array of American products that target the president’s political base, like bourbon, motorcycles and orange juice.

Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans.

Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager, has been dropped by his Washington, D.C., speaker’s bureau after he mocked a 10-year-old with Down syndrome who was removed from her mother at the border.

Trump, amid GOP hand-wringing over his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, helping raise money to unseat Rep. Clay Higgins in Louisiana, endorsed Higgins, according to his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, senior adviser to the Donald J. Trump for President Inc.

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President Trump suggested many asylum-seekers are essentially crisis actors who are coached to say “passwords” to enter the United States.

First Lady Melania Trump traveled to the Texas border town of McAllen to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for undocumented immigrant children.

The unannounced trip was an obvious effort to clean up the president’s mess the day after he caved to widespread criticism and ended his cruel policy of separating families detained at the border, but it “100 percent her idea” to go, according to a spokesperson.

Melania Trump made quite the sartorial statement when she donned a jacket with the words, “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written across the back while boarding a plane to visit immigrant children being held at the border in Texas.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,” adding, “(Much like her high heels last year).”

The federal government has a “horrendous pipeline” that’s sending kids taken from their parents at the border into foster homes in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

“We have agencies telling us they are getting frenetically contacted…to find out their capacity,” Cuomo said. “They are getting sent children with no information, no evaluation.”

Cuomo called and then sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar this morning, asking the agency to tell the governor where the children are.

Two city public hospitals have treated 12 young immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border for physical and mental illnesses, Health + Hospitals CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz said.

Many vulnerable Republicans are fearing the political ramifications of their inaction in the face of public outrage over the mass separation of migrant children and families, but Long Island Rep. Pete King is not concerned, saying: “Americans care more about Americans.”

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the federal government has been silent about undocumented immigrants disappearing from city schools because they’ve been detained by authorities.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio headed to the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of mayors from around the country to denounce the separation of immigrant kids from their parents by the Trump administration, but the elected officials were turned away when they tried to get inside the Tornillo Migrant Children’s Facility.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been dropped by his speakers bureau after dismissing the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated from her mother after crossing the border illegally.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon bristled at being compared to Trump, vis-à-vis the fact that both are celebrities-turned-politicians.

A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court upended the nation’s Internet marketplace, ruling that states can collect sales taxes from online retailers.

“Giving online retailers a tax break in the 1990s and taking it away now makes some sense. But is it really the Supreme Court’s job?”

State transportation officials have agreed to provide up to $21 million to transform the DeWitt rail yard owned by CSX Corp. into an intermodal cargo facility to ship containers to and from ocean ports.

A bipartisan group of New York congressional representatives want to know more about why the Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to cut thousands of jobs over the next two years while the inmate population is expected to rise.

Trump’s attorney and the former mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani, has relocated his office to a Park Ave. spread near E. 56th St.

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen got slapped with a new $338,421 legal bill for the ongoing review of his documents and electronics for attorney-client privilege.

The fate of Erie County Water Authority Chairman Jerome Schad remains unclear, despite a majority vote by county legislators seeking his resignation.

The state is promising financial incentives to solar developers who build on landfills and parking lots, a move long sought by environmental groups anxious to keep energy-producing solar panels off farmland.

“Flock of plastic flamingos in Buffalo parks sets world record.”