Added: A state Supreme Court sided with Nassau County in ruling that the MTA payroll tax is unconstitutional.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has moved from “I am the government” to the “government is us.”

Anti-fracking advocates showed up to demonstrate outside Cuomo’s policy conference in NYC.

All the GOP members of New York’s congressional delegation voted “yes” on a forcible rape bill in 2011, and five of them co-sponsored it.

As the election draws closer, it would be pretty expensive for the GOP to get Rep. Todd Akin off the US Senate ballot in Missouri.

The top three on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women remains uncharged: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

CNN nabbed pre-convention interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney, President Obama and Clinton, among others. The White House is giving MSNBC VP Joe Biden, but not Obama.

Limited convention coverage by the national networks will leave Ann Romney’s speech off the air. They’ll show ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and ‘Grimm’ instead.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give the benediction at the convention the night Romney accepts the presidential nomination.

Cuomo is so over the whole convention thing.

“I will go to the convention, pay my respects to Mr. Obama, and do what I can do to help re-elect President Obama. And I’m going to do that,” Cuomo said.

Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz issued a proclamation declaring yesterday ”Pat Kiernan Welcome to Brooklyn Celebration Day’ in the Republic of Brooklyn, USA.”

The state Education Department released 10 approved teacher performance evaluation plans as models for other districts.

Sen. Malcoln Smith wants an apology from Lil Wayne.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Senate candidate Simcha Felder filed petitions to create the “Tax Cuts Now” ballot line.

Behold this year’s State Fair butter sculpture, which is (oddly?) Greek yogurt-related.