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President Trump slammed “obstructionist” members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee amid opposition to his pick of CIA chief Mike Pompeo for secretary of state.

There’s a fundraising battle unfolding between congressional Democrats and Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm election, and Democratic groups and candidates are starting to get an edge, according to recent FEC filings.

Princess Charlotte, at the grand age of 2, has made history by being the first British royal princess to not lose her place in the line of succession upon the birth of a younger male sibling.

Roger Stone’s attorney is demanding the Democratic National Committee preserve its database servers and electronic equipment, referencing the DNC lawsuit filed last week against the Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks.

Fox News host Sean Hannity says he didn’t have any discussions with the Department for Housing and Urban Development about getting help for his real estate investments.

A U.S. appeals court has ruled in a case over selfies taken by a monkey that lawsuits can’t be filed claiming animals have copyrights to photos.

Hillary Clinton excoriated Trump for his treatment of the media, saying that press rights and free speech are “under open assault” in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime.

Clinton says her Twitter bio will no longer start with “wife.”

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today he has reviewed all of the “repulsive” Syracuse University fraternity videos, and none of them contain evidence of a crime

Rudy Giuliani may have gotten all the headlines, but the former New York City mayor and on-again, off-again Greenberg Traurig partner isn’t the only new lawyer to join the president’s legal team.

Smallville actress Allison Mack, facing federal charges for her involvement in an alleged Albany-area sex cult, is negotiating a possible plea deal, according to a court document made public today.

A Port Authority commissioner from New Jersey who chaired the board’s ethics committee has resigned over misconduct that the agency called “profoundly disturbing,” though it did not reveal what Caren Turner is accused of having done.

(…she reportedly showed up and flashed her Port Authority badge at a recent traffic incident involving her daughter).

State regulators aren’t appropriately responding to complaints of excessive overtime from nurses in New York, according to an audit released by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand should expect to get a federal income tax cut worth thousands of dollars next year under the new Republican tax law, which they both fought and voted against, based on their 2017 tax returns.

Cuomo appears to be in a better place to receive the AFL-CIO’s endorsement this year than he was four years ago, when the union withheld its support.

A close read of Cuomo’s recent controversial executive order shows that it doesn’t actually guarantee people on parole the right to vote – what looked like a sweeping restoration appears to be more of a case-by-case decision.

The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) today announced that President Carol Kellermann will be stepping down from her position around the end of 2018, once a successor has been identified.

Upstate New York’s biggest city is growing at a very slow rate. So slow, in fact, that if it continues at its current rate, Buffalo will drop out of the U.S.’s 50 largest metropolitan areas by the year 2040, according to a new report.

Assemblyman Bill Magee a central New York Democrat who chairs his chamber’s Agriculture Committee, has legislation requiring the state to create a registry of beekeepers in an effort to combat the viruses that are weakening hives.

The ranks of newly-minted, New York-based partners working at the state’s largest law firms grew nearly 30 percent in the last year, continuing a trend of rising partner promotions in recent years.

Tops Markets wants to pay up to $3.6 million in bonuses to its five highest-ranking executives if the supermarket company exceeds its financial targets as it restructures its business in bankruptcy.

Three beers brewed in Upstate New York are among the Top 50 Pale Ales in the United States, according to a digital magazine devoted to entertainment and culture.

Assembly Approves Bills To Crack Down On Human Trafficking

The Democratic-led Assembly on Monday approved a package of measures meant to crack down on human trafficking as well as domestic violence.

Another bill would strengthen housing protections for renters when calling police without fear of losing their home as a result of a landlord’s actions. In some cases, lawmakers said, the people who are reporting the crimes are victims, often women and children, who could be evicted from their homes for seeking emergency aid.

Another bill is aimed at ensuring victims of sex trafficking operations would not be required to provide samples in the state’s criminal DNA identification database. Another bill addresses victims of sex trafficking when it comes to short and long-term housing.

Lawmakers also approved a measure that would boost training for people to recognize human trafficking when it occurs, including programs for employees at commercial casino gaming facilities.

“The Assembly Majority recognizes that crime touches the lives of not just its victims, but also their families and communities,” said Speaker Carl Heastie. “That is why we are committed to ensuring that all those affected have the protections, resources, services and support they need to rebuild their lives.”

As Nixon Rallies For Climate, Cuomo Proposes Bag Ban

As hundreds of advocates rallied in Albany against climate change and to push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do more on the issue, his office announced legislation on Monday that would institute a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by 2019.

The bill released Monday comes after the conclusion of a commission to study the issue, formed after Cuomo and state lawmakers blocked a fee on plastic bags in New York City from taking effect.

“The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment,” Cuomo said. “As the old proverb goes: ‘We did not inherit the earth, we are merely borrowing it from our children,’ and with this action we are helping to leave a stronger, cleaner and greener New York for all.”

The bill faces an uncertain future in the Legislature, where it remains unclear if the Senate will be controlled by Republicans or Democrats by the end of the legislative session, which concludes in June. The measure would impact single-use plastic carryout bags at any point of sale. Garment bags, trash bags and bags that are used to wrap or contain foods like fruit and sliced meets would be exempt.

Cuomo’s introduction of the bill comes as his rival for the Democratic nomination, actress and advocate Cynthia Nixon, appeared at the climate rally about a mile away from the Capitol.

Nixon didn’t assail Cuomo’s record on the environment, but insisted he could do more.

“Banning fracking in New York state is a good first step,” she said. “But if you’re allowing all this fracked gas infrastructure from the pipelines to the power plants to be built, you’re poisoning peoples’ communities.”

Nixon has her own plans for environmental policy, including a shift to 100 percent renewable energy in New York in the coming decades. It’s unclear how that would be accomplished, however.

Nixon has also taken notice of the whirlwind of policy activity from Cuomo’s office since she announced her campaign a month ago.

“There certainly seems to be in the last month a number of issues in which Gov. Cuomo has reversed himself rather startlingly,” she said.

Cuomo’s office has insisted the measures announced in the last several weeks remain consistent with his agenda. Proposals such as the legalization of marijuana, backed by Nixon, are being studied by the Cuomo administration, a move the governor announced at the start of the year.

“The Governor has led the nation in combating climate change from banning fracking to one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the country to closing down dangerous Indian Point to the single largest procurement of renewable energy in our nation’s history and the first multi-state cap and trade system to lower carbon pollution,” said Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer. “We welcome anyone to this critical effort as we work to protect our environment for future generations and create a cleaner, greener New York.”

Plastic Bag Ban by Nick Reisman on Scribd

End-Of-Life Advocacy Boosted By GOP Former Lawmaker

Former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey watched both her parents die, she said, very painful deaths.

Her father had mesothelioma, her mother suffered a series of strokes, asking to have her feeding tube taken out when at a nursing home.

“I don’t know if they would have chosen medical aid in dying,” Duprey said on Monday in Albany, “but I certainly feel like they had the right to choose and I certainly want to choose my own destiny.”

Duprey was among the advocates to be in Albany on Monday backing legislation that would legalize end-of-life options for the terminally ill. The measure has stalled in the Legislature over the years as entities ranging from the Catholic Church to advocates for the disabled have raised concerns with the bill.

Supporters of aid-in-dying insist the legislation has protections for those who considered the most vulnerable. Duprey, a Republican, said those built-in protections led her in part to support the bill.

“I have a grandson who is on the spectrum. He will never have to make that decision. If I didn’t think this bill protected him, I wouldn’t be supporting it,” she said. “Give people a choice. People should have a choice to be in control of their own bodies.”

The lobby effort was wrapped around an Assembly Health Committee hearing on the issue, which was standing room only.

Advocates for and against the measure lined the walls for the hearing, and opponents remain confident the measure is unlikely to be approved this year.

“I know we hold the votes,” said the Rev. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms. “I pretty confident in that position. This is an effort to try to make a story where there isn’t one.”

McGuire pointed to the opposition to the bill which has not fallen on Republican and Democratic lines.

“This is one of those issues that’s really bipartisan,” he said. “They’re opposed to assisted suicide. We’re seeing people coming together, both Republicans and Democrats, they’re voicing their opposition.”

WFP Rolls Out GOTV Effort For Senate Race

From the Morning Memo:

The Working Families Party this month has rolled out a get-out-the-vote effort in the 37th Senate district on behalf of its endorsed candidate, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer.

The effort which began two weeks ago includes phone banking and texting parties, leading them to contact 30,000 voters, including 10,000 through door knocking and by working the phones, and 24,000 through text messages.

Mayer is running in a closely contested special election to fill the Senate seat vacated earlier this year by Westchester County Executive George Latimer, facing Republican Julie Killian. A Democratic win could lead to the party assuming a narrow working majority in the Senate.

“Shelley Mayer’s race is a must-win to build a progressive majority in the state senate and pass an agenda that puts working families first,” said WFP State Director Bill Lipton. “Putting boots on the ground and having one on one conversations with voters has always been the WFP’s strong suit. Our members are going all out to win this crucial seat.”

The suburban seat has been the site of costly special elections before and Republicans have long sought to flip the seat. Millions of dollars in TV ads and mailers have flooded the district in the last two months.

The WFP insisted its approach was more direct than the costly ad and mail spending.

“After a certain point, mailers go in the trash, and TV spots go in one ear and out the other. But one on one conversations with your neighbors will always have an impact,” said Westchester Chapter Co-Chair David Schwartz.

“That’s what WFP does best. We will continue going door to door for our dear friend Shelley Mayer pulling voters out until the polls close on Tuesday. There is no one better to fight for all working families in this district, and we are making sure that every voter knows it.”

The WFP’s involvement in the local race comes as the party has been making headlines on a statewide level this month, endorsing Democrat Cynthia Nixon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s rival for the party’s nomination.

Cuomo: Westchester Race ‘First Battle’ In Push For Democratic Victories

From the Morning Memo:

A special election to fill an open Senate seat in Westchester County is the “first battle” toward a Democratic Party takeover of the state Senate in Albany and the House of Representatives in Washington, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said.

Cuomo rallied over the weekend with Democrats in the northern New York City suburbs to boost Democratic state Senate hopeful Shelley Mayer, who is running for the open Westchester County Senate district in what is considered a key special election.

“And it’s the first battle in the war that continues every day until November,” Cuomo said at the rally. “Because we have to elect a Democratic House in November to stop this freight train that the President is now running, and the only way to stop that extreme conservative freight train is to elect a Democratic Congress that can stand up and stop it.”

The seat is one of 11 districts in the Senate and Assembly being considered in special elections on Tuesday. Republicans are contesting this district, having long eyed the seat as one that could be flipped.

A Mayer victory would give Democrats 32 enrolled lawmakers in the state Senate and, depending on what Sen. Simcha Felder does, a working majority in the chamber. There has been no indication from Felder if he will switch from the Republican conference to the Democratic fold.

Cuomo earlier this month announced a truce between the warring factions of Democrats in the Senate, leading to the dissolution of the Independent Democratic Conference in the chamber and their return to the mainline conference fold.

Cuomo has faced increasing pressure from the left to unite the party in the Senate, which liberals have blamed for blocking or helping to dilute reform legislation.

Republicans in the state Senate, meanwhile, continued to rack up law enforcement endorsements in the race. On Sunday, she was given the nod of the Supreme Court Officers Association.

“Our members respect Julie’s experience and support as a member of the public service community,” said Patrick Cullen, the organization’s president. “Julie’s ardor for duty and service is manifest throughout her life and career and that makes the Association proud to endorse Julie Killian for election as the next State Senator from the 37th District.”

Here and Now

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

The Legislature is in session in Albany.

President Donald Trump receives his intelligence briefing this morning, and then has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.

In the afternoon, the president and First Lady Melania Trump then greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, plant a tree with them on the South Lawn, tour the tour the Mount Vernon Mansion in Virginia, have dinner, and then return to D.C. to view Washington’s tomb.

At 7:35 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will join with the New York State Federation of Republican Women to discuss his candidacy and the ongoing state Division of Criminal Justice Services sexual harassment scandal, Albany Hilton, Lodge Street, Albany.

At 8:30 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams leads Brooklynites on his fourth annual bike to work ride, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Also at 8:30 a.m., the MTA Aoard holds committee meetings throughout the day, 2 Broadway, MTA Board Room, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., VOCAL-NY, the Corrections Accountability Project, JustLeadershipUSA and advocates urge lawmakers to end the practice of exploiting people incarcerated in city jails to generate revenue for the city budget, City Hall gates, Broadway side, Manhattan.

Also at around 9:30 a.m., Molinaro will be interviewed by Frank Morano on AM 970 The Answer.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features state Senate candidates Democrat Shelley Mayer and Republican Julie Killian, WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray makes an announcement regarding the city’s efforts to reduce mental health stigma and improve mental health care delivery in communities of color, City Hall, Blue Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Dan Donovan, the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, will chair a Congressional field hearing at the College of Staten Island titled Securing our Communities: Federal Support to High-Risk Urban Areas, Center for the Arts, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 1P.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Dan Donovan chairs a congressional field hearing with Rep. Pete King and New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne on federal support to high-risk urban areas, College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts, Building 1P, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island.

Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly holds a public hearing on medical aid in dying, Legislative Office Building, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, second floor, Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., the NYC Coalition for Adult Literacy hosts a press conference with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, council members and 300 students enrolled in adult literacy classes, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will visit a software engineering class, robotics class, and a social studies lesson on the Bill of Rights at JHS 216 George J Ryan in Queens, 64-20 175th St.

At noon, the state Senate is in session, state Capitol, Senate Chambers, Albany.

Also at noon, Food & Water Watch, New York Renews and the Sane Energy Project hold a rally and march for an end to fossil fuel projects, a transition to 100 percent renewable energy and a plan to make polluters pay for the damage they have caused, 79 Sheridan Ave., Albany.

At 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Andy King and NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi announce submitted legislation to ensure safety for TLC drivers when confronted with an emergency, The Ultimate Grill Restaurant, 1345 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx.

At 4 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at Times Square Alliance annual public meeting, Opry City Stage, 1604 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 4 p.m., Carranza hosts a student town hall, followed by a parent town hall at 5:30 p.m., Francis Lewis HS, 58-20 Utopia Parkway, Queens.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Headlines…

In her first public appearance since James Comey, the former FBI director, began his book tour, Hillary Clinton made only a glancing reference to him in a speech last night and instead focused most of her attacks on President Trump, once again likening him to authoritarians.

Almost 18 months have passed since Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party’s 2018 midterm strategy.

Kensington Palace says Prince William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge has entered a London hospital to give birth to the couple’s third child.

The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during his father’s 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency said that Mueller has not contacted her, and she thinks he isn’t interested in finding the truth.

French President Emmanuel Macron is Trump’s first state visit guest. The two leaders have dicey issues to discuss, including: the new US trade tariffs on steel and aluminum from which France wants to be exempt; whether Trump will recertify the Iran nuclear deal that France wants to preserve; and forging a path forward in Syria to defeat ISIS and prevent chemical weapons attacks.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether Trump can legally restrict entry to the U.S. for travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, tackling a central issue of his presidency.

In recent years, the ranks of state and local employees have languished even as the populations they serve have grown. They now account for the smallest share of the American civilian work force since 1967.

Days after a federal judge forced Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to reveal that Fox News host Sean Hannity is a client, a new report says Hannity employed the attorney to help him build a real estate empire that is rife with conflicts of interest.

Former Massachusetts Governor and one-time GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will face a GOP primary battle after losing the U.S. Senate nomination outright from Republican delegates this weekend in Utah.

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee stood behind the party’s lawsuit against Russia and President Trump’s campaign, calling it a necessary move to deter Russia from meddling in future elections.

The friendship between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his fellow Democrat and erstwhile aide at HUD, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, started as one of political convenience, but has slowly devolved into open warfare, the type of which few in New York have ever seen.

Cuomo announced a series of initiatives aimed at addressing a disturbingly high rate of maternal mortality among black women, who are four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in New York State, including a pilot program that will expand Medicaid coverage for doulas.

The NY Post: “Maybe the Cynthia Nixon challenge has Cuomo off his game. Maybe he’s missing his longtime enforcer, Joe Percoco (recently convicted on corruption charges). Whatever the reason, a leader who has long looked to play larger-than-life is looking petty, mean — and cross-able.”

Actress Cynthia Nixon started the Democratic primary campaign against Cuomo with a huge fund-raising disadvantage, but her ability to use her celebrity to attract free media can help her counteract the powerful benefits of the governor’s incumbency, political experts agree.

Cuomo joined Westchester County Executive George Latimer yesterday to stump for Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer in the final stretch of a key state Senate race that could change the balance of power in the upper house.

The race is one of two special elections for Senate seats taking place tomorrow. Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda of the Bronx is expected to cruise to victory in a contest to fill the seat left vacant after Ruben Diaz Sr. was elected to the NYC Council.

The seven primary challengers to group of breakaway state Senate Democrats who recently returned to the party fold are releasing a 12-point agenda they want passed should the Dems take control of the chamber after two critical special elections tomorrow.

With tensions flaring between Senate Republicans and Cuomo, the GOP says it won’t be business as usual anymore when it comes to confirming the governor’s appointments.

The state Reform Party executive committee last week failed to reach consensus on who the party should back for governor this year, deadlocking between Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP nominee frontrunner, and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.

Nicole Malliotakis, the Staten Island Republican assemblywoman who lost her City Hall bid last November to de Blasio, is endorsing Molinaro for governor over Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco.

A coalition of six states that includes New York will announce today the creation of a regional gun violence research consortium. With the U.S. government in 1996 banning the use of federal funds to study the issue, the six Eastern states, plus Puerto Rico, have struck out on their own to research gun violence, improve and share data collection and undertake analysis.

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The Weekend That Was

President Trump on Twitter wished lawmakers pressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate James Comey and Hillary Clinton “good luck.”

White House legislative director Marc Short said on “Meet the Press” that Trump has full confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt.

At the EPA, Pruitt is under investigation for allegations of unchecked spending, ethics lapses and other issues, including his interactions with lobbyists. An examination of his political career in Oklahoma reveals that many of the pitfalls he has encountered in Washington have echoes in his past.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have saved his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, by threatening to quit himself.

In trying to preserve his career, Rosenstein has risked eroding the Justice Department’s historic independence from political meddling. The consequences could persist long after he and the rest of the Trump administration are out of power.

A top Bernie Sanders official is asking Democratic leaders, including Hillary Clinton, to sign a draft letter recommitting to vastly shrinking or effectively eliminating the party’s controversial “superdelegates” system — and ultimately changing the presidential nominating process.

President Emmanuel Macron of France leaves tomorrow for a state visit to Washington, where he will try, once again, to close the gap with Trump on climate change, Iran and trade. So far, he hasn’t had much luck courting the president.

The president’s ex-wife, Ivana, doesn’t think he should run for re-election in 2020. She also feels bad for First Lady Melania Trump due to the public nature of her husband’s cheating scandal.

By hiring Rudy Giuliani, a former prosecutor and New York City mayor, as his lawyer, Trump will presumably be getting what he wants – a trusted friend who can argue his side of the Russia investigation on TV and behind closed doors.

Giuliani believes that with his help, special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation could come to a conclusion within the next two or three weeks.

The federal government isn’t budging on its plans to rejigger the agency that oversees the health treatment and monitoring of first responders with 9/11 illnesses — a move legislators feel will severely compromise both the program and the people who need it to survive.

Family, friends and politicians gathered at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Saturday to pay their respects to the late former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The taxpayers of New York have coughed up nearly $5 million to settle sex harassment claims filed by city workers against city employees over the last five years, the de Blasio administration revealed.

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon appeared Saturday with protesters fighting a newly built power plant in Orange County.

In her first major environmental proposal, Nixon called on New York State to commit to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050 – a benchmark that has been something of a Holy Grail for activists concerned about the warming of the planet as a result of the burning of fossil fuels.

Though she was initially vague about her stance on Nixon’s candidacy, Sarah Jessica Parker has recently become an ardent supporter her former Sex and the City co-star. She posted about Nixon on Instagram at the end of last month pledging her “love support and vote.”

Casey Seiler: “Now that we’re in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to refer to as the election-year ‘silly season,’ he appears to be suffering from what the Greek thinker (Aristotle) might refer to as ethos elephantiasis, an overweening attempt to self-identify as not merely someone in common cause with a whole host of downtrodden New Yorkers, but a member of those groups as well.”

Nixon’s announcement came just hours after the governor’s office had issued its own call for increased efficiency targets to right “the devastating effects of climate change.” Both moves seemed calculated to coincide with Earth Day today, but also appeared as a means of upstaging the other’s initiatives.

Cuomo today kicked off a Get Out The Vote rally and canvass to flip the state Senate into Democratic hands and elect Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer ahead of the April 24 special election in Westchester.

The Rev. Al Sharpton​ may have very well introduced the next Democratic nominee​ when he welcomed a quintet of potential 2020 primary contenders to chilly New York City ​for a “temperature tour,” as the host put it, ahead of what’s expected to be a hot and crowded nominating contest.

The “Bloomberg for president” speculation will not die.

Bloomberg will kick in $4.5 million this year to cover the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate pact, he said as he ripped Trump’s top environmental official for abandoning his job of protecting the earth.

Two female employees at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services who were punished following their testimony in a sexual harassment investigation have not been contacted by the ethics commission that was asked more than a month ago by Cuomo to conduct an expedited review of the case.

A large number of New Yorkers believe doctors are to blame for the opioid epidemic gripping their communities and nation, according to a new Siena College poll.

Limousine, truck and delivery drivers faced an additional challenge this week when New York City rolled out new regulations to prohibit parking and loading on both sides of several busy midtown Manhattan blocks during rush hour.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill sent a scathing letter to Cuomo about the state’s Parole Board’s decision to free cop-killer Herman Bell, claiming the board “failed grievously” by allowing the 70-year-old to go free.

A New York judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block the parole of Bell, an ex-radical who fatally shot two New York City police officers in 1971.

Seven of the 15 people de Blasio handpicked for his Charter Revision Commission have given him a total of $10,250 since his 2001 run for NYC Council, filings show. De Blasio’s campaigns got another $2,125 in taxpayer-financed matching funds because of the donations.

Former Rep. Michael Grimm leads Rep. Dan Donovan by 10 percentage points in the Republican primary in the House district that covers Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn, according to a new poll from the DCCC, which is hoping to flip the seat in the general election.

Two weeks after New York Police Department officers fatally shot a mentally disturbed man they thought was armed with a gun, de Blasio launched a task force aimed at improving city responses to emergencies involving the mentally ill.

Allison Mack was gaunt, fragile, sugary sweet — and eager to lure women into the twisted world of the Nxivm sex cult, an actress who was targeted told The NY Post.

The Albany-based sex cult ­Nxivm is in full-out “war” mode — and has moved to Brooklyn, where it’s being run and financed by longtime member Clare Bronfman, the multimillionaire heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, according to a former insider.

State lawmakers in New York are examining a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician, with a hearing scheduled for tomorrow in Albany.

The New York State Vapor Association, which advocates for retailers and consumers of e-cigarettes and vaping devices, is trying to help minimize impact on NYC stores as a new law’s license deadline approaches.

Former TV reporter Rachel Barnhart made it official on Saturday: she’s running for the NY-25 seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter.

Cuomo is proposing changes to the state’s laws on sex trafficking so child victims won’t be required to testify.

Cuomo marched Sunday in the 2018 Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City.

De Blasio said he’s still not convinced about legalizing marijuana in the city but that he’d make his mind up by year’s end.

A CUNY honcho hired as an integrity expert is collecting both a pension and a taxpayer salary, with his paychecks funneled through a nonprofit foundation in an apparent move to skirt state rules against double dipping.

George Latimer isn’t Rob Astorino. The Democratic Westchester County executive spent more than a few of his first 100 days in office differentiating himself from Astorino, his Republican predecessor.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, the Democratic candidate in NY-22, has consistently out-fundraised his Republican target, Rep. Claudia Tenney.

In this era of declining school enrollment, increasing costs and tax increases limited by the tax cap imposed by New York State, consolidating school districts seems like a no-brainer. But it also is usually a nonstarter.

More than 10,000 NYC school employees, from custodians to principals, and about half of them teachers, were assaulted or threatened by students last school year.

The NYC Council is asking the de Blasio administration for $100 million to install cameras next year in some of the 500-plus schools that do not have video surveillance.

A former FDNY commissioner’s son who once tweeted “I like Jews about as much as hitler” will join a firehouse in the middle of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn – a move that has infuriated Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Majority Republicans on the Nassau County Legislature have proposed a bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 from 18, a year after blocking an attempt by Democrats to update the local law.

A national cheese manufacturer that already has a facility in Schenectady will build a new $25 million plant at the Glenville Business and Technology Park, Empire State Development officials announced.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who made his name battling the Catholic Church in sex scandal cases, is bringing his high profile to Buffalo in search of sex abuse clients there.

Syracuse University permanently expelled the Theta Tau fraternity over an offensive video that surfaced this past week.

Extras

The Democratic National Committee sued Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks claiming widespread interference in the 2016 election as part of a “brazen attack on American democracy.”

Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charges against a NYPD officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, three current and former officials said, but top Justice Department officials have expressed strong reservations about whether to move forward with a case they say may not be winnable.

Hillary Clinton knew there were concerns about her “likeability” as a candidate, but as early as July 2016 – just after Trump became the Republican nominee – she apparently decided she would stop caring, according to a new book about her campaign.

Clinton reacted to news of her electoral defeat with a resigned acceptance, claiming she knew victory was out of reach all along, and saying: “I knew it. I knew this would happen to me. They were never going to let me be president.”

Allison Mack, the “Smallville” actress connected to alleged cult leader Keith Raniere, has been arrested and indicted on sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges.

A federal appeals court in Texas has ordered NXIVM founder Raniere to pay more than $444,000 in attorneys’ fees to AT&T and Microsoft in a case in which he claimed the companies had marketed teleconferencing services using technology from patents that he owned.

“Fox & Friends” hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy took a shot at Andrew and Chris Cuomo this morning, following up on the governor’s “I’m undocumented” comments.

Pro-Trump vloggers Diamond & Silk, who have become a conservative cause célèbre recently over their disputed claims of Facebook discrimination, said they felt ICE should indeed come and get Cuomo over his claims.

Rep. Chris Collins, reacting to Cuomo calling himself “undocumented,” said the governor has “lost it; he’s facing this primary, and doesn’t know what to do about Cynthia Nixon…he’s just in full-out primary mode.”

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who says he’ll fight to the end for the GOP gubernatorial nod, and won’t run again for the state Senate, is beginning to go more negative on his opponent, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

From the outset, it has been clear that next Tuesday’s special election in New York’s 37th State Senate District is no ordinary contest; the race in Westchester County will help determine the balance of power in Albany.

Democratic NY-19 candidate Gareth Rhodes is taking steps to offset his campaign’s carbon footprint.

In an historic move, Harvard teaching and research assistants have voted to form a union.

When asked about U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announcing support for decriminalizing marijuana on 4/20, a day associated with the drug, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he remains unconvinced about legalizing marijuana in the city but that he’d make his mind up by year’s end.

The Oneida Indian Nation blasted Rep. Claudia Tenney, saying her recent “erratic outbursts and conspiracy theories” jeopardize jobs and economic growth in Central New York.

New York was one of seven states earlier this week whose student tests were hit by what was reportedly a “deliberate attack” on the computer system operated by Questar, an outside vendor.

An Albany City Court judge ordered former Niagara County Republican Chairman Henry Wojtaszek to pay a $1,000 fine for violating a state campaign finance law in 2012, after he pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors working on the case against former State Sen. George Maziarz.

The NYC Council plans to consider banning the sale of disposable plastic bottles at city parks, beaches and golf courses.

The widow of a prominent New Jersey architect who leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge is suing the Port Authority for failing to safeguard the “suicide magnet” span.

Nixon Unveils Environmental Platform

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in Queens on Friday unveiled an environmental policy platform that is geared toward shifting the state to 100 percent renewable energy, strengthening the state’s efforts against climate change and rejecting new infrastructure for gas pipelines and other fossil fueles.

“Our state belongs to all New Yorkers. It’s time to treat the earth as our shared home where no one will worry that their air, water, or land is being polluted by poison dug up from the ground,” Nixon said. “We must restore balance in a world designed to sustain us and make sure the earth is habitable for the next generation, the seventh generation and the seventieth generation.”

Additionally, Nixon opposes efforts to drill for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean as backed by President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing nuclear power plants to close in the state. As released by Nixon’s campaign, the details of how she plans to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy was not completely detailed.

Some of the proposals go beyond what Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has sought when it comes to nuclear power (the state is closing the Indian Point facility in Westchester County while another in central New York will remain open with the aid of subsidy), though many of the issues Nixon has raised are in line with what the state has done.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday denied a water quality certification for a proposed pipeline in New York.

“Williams has not completed its application in a timely manner, and the environmental review of the project being conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission remains incomplete, as well,” the DEC said in a statement. “Moreover, the application materials that were submitted to DEC showed potentially significant environmental impacts that raised serious concerns.”

Updated: The Cuomo campaign responded in a statement, touting the governor’s record on environmental issues.

“The Governor has led the nation in combating climate change from banning fracking to one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the country to closing down dangerous Indian Point to the single largest procurement of renewable energy in our nation’s history and the first multi-state cap and trade system to lower carbon pollution,” said spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer.

“We welcome anyone to this critical effort as we work to protect our environment for future generations and create a cleaner, greener New York.”