Trump claimed without evidence that “unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with the caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S. from southern Mexico, and said the administration will begin to cut off or “substantially” reduce foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Three additional people have been arrested in connection to a number of brawls between the right-wing group the “Proud Boys” and members of the anti-facist movement “Antifa.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is once again sounding the alarm about “doors off” helicopter flights.

Rep. Tom Reed received the endorsement of President Donald Trump in perhaps the most highly-visible way — on Twitter.

With Election Day fast approaching, residents in the 24th Congressional District are trying to get educated on their candidates and where they stand.

Polling data can bring a lot of attention to any given political race — especially this time of year — and that can certainly be said about the 27th Congressional District.

Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez said his nation does not condone or promote illegal immigration amid sharp criticism from the Trump administration over migrants of caravans approaching the southern American border.

Trans advocacy groups protested outside the White House this afternoon in response to the Trump administration’s reported plan to exclude transgender and nonbinary people from its legal definition of gender.

Just hours after writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a man strolled out of the diplomatic post apparently wearing the columnist’s clothes as part of a macabre deception to sow confusion over his fate, according to surveillance video leaked today.

Trump decried Saudi Arabia’s response to the mysterious death and suspected mutilation of Khashoggi, as U.S. and Turkish officials prepared to release the findings of their investigations into what actually happened to the slain writer.

In NY-22, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney launched a new TV ad calling her Democratic opponent, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a “Cuomo-Pelosi puppet” who wants to impeach the president, while she’s pledging to continue standing with Trump.

Eric Trump will be in New Hartford tomorrow for a rally for Tenney – an event she insisted is not a fundraiser. He’s also planning a stop in Rome.

NY-27 Republican Rep. Chris Collins new campaign sidekick is Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who, just two months ago, seemed most eager to replace the indicted congressman in the House. (Perhaps he’s positioning himself just in case the seat opens up in the not-too-distant future?)

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she will support the construction of a street-level community grid to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.

In NY-25, Republican Jim Maxwell launched a new TV ad that claims his Democratic opponent, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, “carries a lot of baggage” after spending three decades in Albany, linking him to disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

James Vitiello, one of the most outspoken members of the MTA board who was appointed by Molinaro, has resigned from the board, with a source saying Vitiello cited private health concerns in his resignation letter.

For the second consecutive election, a mailer from Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin’s campaign had the wrong deadline for voters to return their absentee ballots, telling voters to have their ballots postmarked by Nov. 6, when the actual deadline is Nov. 5.

The Hempstead man whose immigration status became a cause célèbre among immigration activists after he was detained delivering a pizza at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn in June was arrested Friday and charged with a domestic incident, Hempstead police said.

Syracuse officials have proposed increasing the fine for plow operators who work in the city without a license. They also want to lower the cost to buy a license for multiple trucks in a fleet.

Gillibrand Endorses Smythe, Gladd

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Democratic state Senate candidates Karen Smythe of SD-41 and Aaron Gladd of SD-43 in their runs for office.

Smythe is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Sue Serino, who is seeking a third term in the state Senate. This is her first bid for public office.

“Karen Smythe is a community and business leader who has the skills, experience, and dedication needed to serve Hudson Valley families in the State Senate,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said. “Karen has helped grow the local economy, ensured her employees had fair wages and good benefits and improved the quality of life for her community. I am proud to endorse Karen for the 41st State Senate District, and I know she will work tirelessly to ensure Hudson Valley communities get the state aid and support they deserve.”

Gladd, an Army veteran, is competing for retiring Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione’s seat. He faces Republican candidate Daphne Jordan.

“Aaron’s personal story of pulling himself out of rural poverty, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college and enlisting to serve his country is not only inspirational, but it’s also a testament to the fact that he is a fighter for upstate New York. And just as he has his entire life, I know that Aaron will be ready to fight for his district when he joins the senate this November to represent the 43rd Senate District.”

Both candidates have been endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

League Of Women Voters Debate Set For Nov. 1, Sans Cuomo

The League of Women Voters announced Monday its candidate debate will take place Nov. 1, with or without Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The debate is scheduled to include Republican Marc Molinaro as well as independent candidates Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Libertarian Larry Sharpe and Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor running on an independent ballot line.

Cuomo, who is seeking a third term this year, has so far not accepted the invitation for the forum to be held at The College of St. Rose in Albany at the Touhey Forum, located in the Thelma P. Lally School of Education.

Cuomo has accepted a one-on-one debate with Molinaro to air Tuesday night on CBS stations in New York.

Molinaro has called for multiple debates in upstate New York including Buffalo and the Southern Tier region.

Nassau PBA Endorses Murray

Republican state Senate candidate Dean Murray on Monday was endorsed by the Nassau Police Benevolent Association.

“On behalf of the Police Benevolent Association, County of Nassau, Inc., a police organization representing over 5,000 active and retired police officers from the Nassau County Police Department, we are pleased to advise you that our association will endorse your election bid for New York State Senate, 3rd District,” wrote Nassau County PBA 1st Vice Chair and Legislative Chairman Peter Paterson.

Murray is running for the Long Island Senate seat that is being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Tom Croci. He faces Democrat Monica Martinez.

“It is an honor to receive the support of the men and women of the Nassau County PBA,” Murray said. “Our law enforcement puts their lives on the line for us every day and they deserve an elected official who will represent their concerns and fight for public safety. I am proud that so many law enforcement groups have put their confidence in me.”

GOP, Airbnb Super PAC Continues Spending In SD-39

A Republican-funded super PAC on Monday signaled it is spending more than $90,000 on an unspecified media buy in the 39th Senate district, one of several key battleground districts in the fight for control over the state Senate.

The independent expenditure committee Balance New York is targeting Democratic candidate James Skoufis in the Hudson Valley district, where he is competing against Republican Tom Basile.

The purchase follows a $270,261 earlier this month by the PAC. The super PAC allied with the online rental site Airbnb has also spent heavily backing Skoufis in the district on TV ads and campaign literature in the district, including a $282,424 TV ad purchase last week.

The Hudson Valley district this year is being vacated by Republican Sen. Bill Larkin and has long been eyed as a potential pickup opportunity by Democrats.

NY-22: Brindisi Ad Highlights Republican Endorsement

An ad released Monday by Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi highlights his endorsement from Frankfort Mayor Rick Adams, a Republican.

The spot shines a further light on a key plank in Brindisi’s push to unseat Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney in the central New York distirct: He’s got bipartisan credentials.

“It didn’t matter that he’s a Democrat and I’m a Republican,” Adams says. “It was all about bringing jobs to the area. Anthony rolled up his sleeves and located some funding to help get this accomplished.”

Brindisi and Tenney are competing in the 22nd congressional district race, a contest considered to be one of the top battleground races in the state.

Akshar Affirms Support For Flanagan

Republican state Sen. Fred Akshar in a statement on Monday insisted he continues to support Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan “unequivocally” amid quiet discussions he may be next in line for a leadership post in the conference should Republicans fall into the minority.

“Others may spend their time speculating about future leadership roles, but I’m focused on ensuring that the people I represent in the Southern Tier have a strong and energetic voice fighting for their values and interests, not the likes of radically liberal New York City-based political activists seeking to control all of state government,” Akshar said.

“I unequivocally support John Flanagan as our Majority Leader and will do so in the future as he continues to lead our efforts to fight for affordability, opportunity and the security of all New Yorkers.”

The Daily News reported this morning Akshar, along with Sen. Cathy Young, would likely be next in line to succeed Flanagan, a potential candidate for Suffolk County executive next year.

Akshar was elected in 2015 to replace the late Sen. Tom Libous.

Cuomo Ad Takes Aim At Molinaro’s Fiscal Record

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest TV and digital ad released Monday by his re-election campaign takes a deep dive into Republican Marc Molinaro’s voting record as a Dutchess County lawmaker more than a decade ago.

The ad highlights votes Molinaro cast in favor of budgets that increased property taxes and county government spending.

“Marc Molinaro, a fiscal fraud in charge? No way, no how,” the ad says.

Molinaro is the current Dutchess County executive.

The spot appears to be part of an effort to undercut Molinaro’s criticism of Cuomo and state government overall that under the incumbent Democrat, New York is spending and taxing too much.

Biz Council Endorses Cuomo

The Business Council’s political action committee on Monday formally endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a third term — a move it called a “challenging decision.”

Cuomo’s main accomplishments during his second term have been at odds with most of the business community in New York, including increases in the state’s minimum wage and the creation of a paid family leave program.

But the pro-business lobby determined Cuomo’s other accomplishments, including capping spending in the budget and a limit on local property tax increases outweighed those concerns.

“In the end, our PAC decided to judge Governor Cuomo on the entirety of his eight years in office,” said Business Council President Heather Briccetti.

“Our members have strongly supported a number of the Governor’s most significant initiatives, including the real property tax cap, state spending constraint, significant investments in the state’s regional economies – especially upstate – and in public infrastructure statewide, business tax reform and others. The Governor has also recognized the need of employers statewide for skilled workers, and has adopted workforce development and education programs that will be responsive to current job market demands.”

This is the third time the group has endorsed Cuomo’s campaign, having issued its first endorsement to him in 2010.

Republican Marc Molinaro in a conference call with reporters earlier in the day acknowledged the decision was a “difficult one” for the group.

Cuomo And Molinaro Agree To A One-On-One Debate

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro have both agreed to a one-on-one debate on Tuesday on WCBS.

The debate will be pre-tapped in the early afternoon and air on WCBS-TV in New York City at 7 p.m.

Molinaro in a statement and conference call with reporters announced he had agreed to appear at the debate, which came after a protracted, multi-day series of public negotiations and taunts over whether Cuomo would agree as well.

“This is an opportunity to hold the governor accountable,” Molinaro said in the conference call.

At the same time, Molinaro wants two more debates focused on upstate issues held in Buffalo and in the Southern Tier region.

“New York and downstate voters deserve a debate and we have one, with another possibly to come, but upstate New York under Andrew Cuomo’s failed policies has lagged the state and the nation, they deserve better,” Molinaro said. “We are one state and all New Yorkers deserve a voice.”

Cuomo on Friday agreed to a radio debate on Saturday morning, a suggestion Molinaro rejected.

“After days of ducking the debate, we’re glad Marc Molinaro has finally agreed,” said Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever. “See you tomorrow.”

This would be Cuomo’s first one-on-one debate with a general election opponent since 2010. In both 2010 and 2014, Cuomo appeared at forums that included the independent party candidates.

This year, Cuomo also appeared in a one-on-one primary debate with Cynthia Nixon during the Democratic primary.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe and independent candidate Stephanie Miner, along with Molinaro, have agreed to appear at a League of Women voters forum later this week in Albany. Cuomo has not accepted the invitation as of yet.