US Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland came out in support of the Iran deal, the 34th Democrat in favor. Her decision gives the president the votes needed to assure the deal will survive a congressional challenge.

New York City will open up an online ticket lottery for New Yorkers who want to see Pope Francis when he visits the city later this month.

Sidestepping a race where his backing could do more harm than good, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he isn’t planning on endorsing a Democrat in the six-way race to replace Councilman Mark Weprin.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he didn’t invite de Blasio to be on his delegation to Puerto Rico that will include a half-dozen elected officials because he wants to provide expertise in finance and health care to the island in fiscal crisis.

The mayor took issue with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s praise of a controversial report by the late US Sen. Daniel Moynihan about the “crumbling” of family structure in poor black neighborhoods, calling the document outdated.

Cuomo’s Huffington Post column about rebuilding upstate’s economy makes no mention of Syracuse.

Cuomo announced that September is Preparedness Month across New York State and urged all New Yorkers to create an emergency plan that they can activate in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Work on the new Tappan Zee Bridge is halfway complete.

Former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney took aim at Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton and the email scandal that she is embroiled in and threw his support behind the current second-in-command, Vice President Joe Biden.

Clinton’s popularity is sinking as the spotlight on her campaign intensifies, according to a new ABC News-Washington Post poll that shows the American electorate growing more polarized along racial lines.

In an OpEd in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Clinton outlined her plan to combat what she described as the “disease” of substance abuse.

Republican 2016 candidate Donald Trump said he’s supportive of a Kanye West White House run in 2020, and thinks he may have even been the one to inspire the celebrity rapper to think about a campaign.

De Blasio thinks Clinton “is offering a more and more powerful vision for addressing the issues that I’m particularly focused on,” but he’s still not ready to endorse her presidential bid.

Reshma Saujani, the tech-sector activist and former hedge fund attorney who ran for NYC public advocate in 2013 and Congress in 2010, is hosting a fundraiser for Clinton on Sept. 30.

A new bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, a Rockland County Democrat, would add hotel and motel rooms to the list of indoor spaces where smoking is prohibited in New York.

Joined by five college presidents, Rep. Louise Slaughter urged Congress to renew a federal loan program that is more than 50 years old, but is slated to expire at the end of September.

The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research is out with a study, funded by the American Federation of Teachers, showing that New York women who belong to a union have a 25 percent wage advantage over women who aren’t union members.

Following Cuomo’s announcement of a public awareness campaign to educate students about “Enough is Enough,” SUNY has released two new web-based tools to support victims of sexual assault or interpersonal violence, whether the victim attends a SUNY school or not.

Cuomo: Puerto Rico ‘Very Important To Me’

cuomotodayGov. Andrew Cuomo called his relationship with Puerto Rico and officials there struggling with a $72 billion debt “very important to me personally” and said he was asked to bring financial and health-care experts when he visits on Monday.

“Puerto Rico is in crisis. It is a financial crisis,” he said. “They can’t pay their debt. Their costs are burgeoning. Friends are there when other friends need help.”

Cuomo said his work with Puerto Rico dates back to his days as the federal housing secretary, when he would frequently travel to the island, which has a high percentage of affordable housing units.

“I’ve made a lot of personal relationships and those relationships are important on an institutional and personal level,” Cuomo said on Wednesday. More >

Mark-Viverito Endorses Clinton (Updated)

mmvNew York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Wednesday endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in an op/ed in Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper, El Nuevo Dia.

“For Puerto Ricans – both on the island and throughout the diaspora – this election the most important in our lifetime,” Mark-Viverito wrote in the op/ed released earlier today. “Hillary’s plan has shown she is not just a friend to the island; she will stand up for it.”

Mark-Viverito aimed at her appeal directly at Puerto Rican voters to support Clinton in its June 5 Democratic primary.

“Throughout her career as First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, Senator from New York and as Secretary State, Hillary Clinton has been a champion of everyday Americans,” she wrote. “I urge Puerto Ricans to vote for her in the Democratic Primary on June 5th, 2016 and I am proud to endorse her. Let’s send a woman to the White House.” More >

Cuomo: ‘Shame’ Politics Being Played With WEP

womensequalityIt’s a “shame” that politics is being played with the control of the Women’s Equality Party — a ballot line Gov. Andrew Cuomo formed last year in the middle of an election season to promote women’s issues, the governor on Wednesday said.

Cuomo was responding to the submission of two sets of rules challenging control of the party, which achieved 50,000 votes for ballot status in the current election cycle.

The “rogue” filings were submitted by Democratic former Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and a separate package of rules by two Niagara County clerks, both Republicans.

“Obviously they’re trying to play politics, which is not overly surprising, with a political party,” Cuomo said at NYU after promoting his “Enough Is Enough” legislation aimed at better reporting of sexual violence on college campuses. “But it is a shame in some ways because a women’s party is a party that gives women a voice.” More >

Cuomo: Homelessness Has Spiked In City

cuomoboltonHomelessness in New York City has increased, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday, and he’s willing to spend more to combat it.

Cuomo, speaking after an event at New York University, told reporters “it’s hard not to conclude” that there are more homeless people on the street in recent months.

“If you walk around New York City, I think it’s hard not to conclude that we have a major homeless problem in the city of New York,” Cuomo said. “We have a major homeless problem all across the country. I think the mayor is now acknowledging that we have a very serious homeless problem.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio — who held an event across town at the same time the governor touted his efforts to combat sexual assault and rape on college campuses — on Tuesday acknowledged there is a growing homeless problem in the city. More >

Cuomo: ‘Natural Logic’ To Biden Considering White House Run

cuomobidenThere is a “natural logic” to a potential presidential campaign for Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday told reporters in New York City.

Cuomo, who quickly endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she launched her White House bid this spring, said earlier this morning he has a deep respect for Biden, who has been a frequent visitor to New York in recent months.

“I have a very good personal relationship with the vice president,” Cuomo said. “I’ve known him for many, many years.”

The vice president, who appeared in New York with Cuomo for economic-development announcements in Rochester and New York City, is expected to return to the state soon, Cuomo added. More >

As College Begins, Cuomo Touts ‘Enough Is Enough’

CuomoenoughAs he packs his college-age daughters off to school this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday touted the state’s efforts to curtail and have better reporting of sexual assaults and rapes on college campuses.

The measure, part of the “Enough Is Enough” campaign, is aimed at having incidents on private-college campuses reported to police and not adjudicated by college administration.

“It is a crime. It violates the law,” Cuomo said at New York University on Wednesday. “I don’t care what the school thinks about it. I don’t care what the administrative panel thinks about it. I care what a jury thinks about it and what a judge thinks about it.”

The issue has been a personal one for Cuomo, who during this past legislative session made the effort a top priority to see approved in the Senate and Assembly. More >

PIO Shuffle At DOCCS

prisonFrom the Morning Memo:

Another round of changes is being made to the ranks of the spokespeople who serve as mouthpieces for a variety of state agencies – including one that has been in the news as of late: The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

In an internal memo sent yesterday by acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony Annucci and obtained by CapTon, it was announced that Tom Mailey, a “seasoned PIO”, is returning to the agency to serve as director of public information after a year at the DEC.

Mailey, a former TV newsman who was the spokesman for Stewart’s Shops before he did his first stint in the DOCCS press office in 2013, is replacing Linda Foglia, whom Annucci thanked for her “many years of dedicated service” to DOCCS. More >

Will Secession Push Lead To Local Control?

upstatenyFrom the Morning Memo:

The push by some hydrofracking and Second Amendment supporters in the Southern Tier to have the region sever its ties from the rest of New York is unlikely to be successful.

But the secession push in New York is nothing new, nor is it historically confined to the upstate region.

“New York City politicians for many, many years — going back for a century or more — have chafed at decisions made in Albany and they have their own interests in having more autonomy,” said EJ McMahon, the president of the Empire Center for New York State Policy. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Albany.

This afternoon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet separately with Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino, and member of European Parliament and former Italian Minister of Integration Cécile Kyenge at City Hall. Both events are closed to members of the media.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie continues his upstate tour with 11 events in the Hudson Valley.

At 9 a.m., Heastie holds a breakfast meeting with Assemblyman James Skoufis and local leaders, 263 Main St., Cornwall.

At 9:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., NYC Councilman Andrew Cohen, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Sen. Gustavo Rivera and others release a report on the Kingsbridge/Broadway business corridor, West 231st St. and Godwin Terrace,the Bronx.

At 9:35 a.m., Heastie attends a downtown business tour with local leaders, beginning at Butterhill Day School, 265 Main St., Cornwall.

At 10 a.m., Diaz Jr., the New York Yankees and AT&T will co-host the fifth annual “Borough President’s Cup” Little League Championship, Yankee Stadium, E. 161st St., the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, visits Madison Square Garden and unveils the chair Pope Francis will use when he celebrates mass there on Sept. 25, 8 Penn Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko tours Von Roll, 200 Von Roll Dr., Schenectady.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Mark Treyger and Assemblyman William Colton hold a press conference to talk about dangers to the environment from the construction site of the Southwest Brooklyn Garbage Station, 155 Kings Highway, Brooklyn.

At 10:15 a.m., Heastie attends an 131 Interchange outdoor presentation, Central Valley Elementary School, 45 Route 32, Central Valley.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, New York University, 60 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., de Basio holds a public hearing and signs Intros. 145-A, 287-A and 586-A, and holds a public hearing on (to be signed at a later date) Intros. 682-A, 700-A and 757-A, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:45 a.m., Heastie tours downtown Goshen with local officials, beginning at Hudson Valley Awards, 158 Greenwich Ave.

At 11:50 a.m. Heastie has lunch and participates in a cider tasting/agriculture meeting at Soon’s Orchard, 23 Soon’s Circle, New Hampton.

At 1:15 p.m., Heastie visits the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, 374 Temple Hill Rd., New Windsor.

At 2 p.m., Rep. Chris Gibson attends the opening ceremony of the Columbia County Fair, Chatham.

Also at 2 p.m., Heastie tours Stewart Air Force Base with Assemblymembers Skoufis and Frank Skartados, 2 Maguire Way, Newburgh.

At 2:30 p.m., Tonko attends HVCC a civil rights exhibit, Marvin Library Learning Commons, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy.

At 3:15 p.m., Heastie visits the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 S. William St., Newburgh.

At 3:45 p.m., Heastie takes a walking tour of downtown Newburgh and waterfront, beginning at Washington’s Headquarters, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh.

At 4 p.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and businessman John Catsimatidis join Greek-American leaders gather to announce new recommendations that will help ensure international remittances are received in full by family members and friends in Greece, Atlantic Bank, 2910 Ditmars Blvd., Queens.

At 4:50 p.m., Heastie visits Alyssa’s Fields, 1900 Route 9W, Milton.

At 5:15 p.m., Heastie takes a walking tour of downtown Poughkeepsie and the Walkway over the Hudson, beginning at 140 Main St., Poughkeepsie.

At 7 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hold a “women’s roundtable” to discuss Cuomo’s economic development initiatives in the Capital Region, Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.


NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio initially tried to play down the homelessness crisis in NYC, but now appears to have changed course. One important decision will be the choice of a replacement for Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, who for 20 months had overseen the city’s strategy on homelessness, and this week announced her resignation.

Barrios-Paoli, a former nun who also worked for the Bloomberg, Giuliani and Koch administrations, reportedly didn’t think she was a “good match” with the administration, despite being committed to helping the city’s most vulnerable.

After clashing repeatedly this year over a new traffic safety law, de Blasio and the city’s major bus drivers union, TWU Local 100, came to a fragile truce this week, reaching a settlement on a federal lawsuit challenging the law that led to the arrest of several bus drivers involved in serious crashes.

After 12 years of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a self-made billionaire with a corporate executive’s approach to management, de Blasio has brought a decidedly different and sometimes unorthodox style to City Hall. Some aides said they have been frustrated by the mayor’s management style, but they also said they have been inspired by his deeply held principles and commitment to liberal causes.

The NYC Campaign Finance Board has been looking into possible violations by de Blasio’s 2013 campaign committee for coordinating operations with powerful Local 1199 SEIU — his most important supporter.

It will be another whole school year before New York’s controversial standardized tests receive a major revamp, but the state’s new education commissioner said that teacher feedback being gathered this year may influence the exams in the spring.

Eleven schools across the state, including two on Long Island, lost their chance to win federal Blue Ribbon awards because of high student opt-outs from state testing in the spring, Albany officials confirmed.

A Suffolk County school superintendent, in a letter to principals and teachers in his district, slams the state’s controversial performance-evaluation methodology that links ratings to students’ test performance as “meaningless, invalid and inhumane.”

After a year of negotiations with warring parties at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, AG Eric Schneiderman is expected to announce that his office has crafted a settlement that would end litigation and create an independent monitor of the college’s management and finances.

A man arrested in Brooklyn after allegedly trying to sell a small amount of heroin to an undercover police officer was taken to Rikers and, within 15 hours, died of complications of diabetes. According to surveillance video, he asked for help and did not receive it.

A $20 million exposition center, a larger midway, a new RV park and an “experience center” will all take the place of the Grandstand and historic racetrack at the New York State Fairgrounds.

The operator of Super DIRT Week, the five-day dirt car racing spectacular that draws 60,000 fans and more than 300 race cars, is looking at several locations for its new home due to the changes at the State Fairgrounds – including two in nearby Oswego County.

New Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash outlined for the first time some of the changes he intends to seek as he tries to overhaul the troubled district. He said he’s seeking a “system reboot.”

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