Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attending opening day (also known as Governor’s Day) at the State Fair in Syracuse.

Cuomo is scheduled to make his appearance at 10:30 a.m., which is a tad early to eat a sausage sandwich, but he’ll no doubt do what needs to be done.

Sen. Greg Ball, Senate candidate Bob Cohen, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and other Republicans will discuss the bombshell state Supreme Court ruling that deemed the MTA mobility payroll tax illegal. They want retroactive refunds and a full repeal. (Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, 3635 Crompond Rd., 10 a.m.)

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is scheduled to sign a bill into law that will ban the use of fracking brine on county-owned property. (The event is taking place in New Paltz).


Anti-fracking protestors demonstrated at and disrupted Cuomo’s policy summit in Manhattan yesterday, and are expected to greet him at the State Fair today.

While Cuomo says he’s not interested in national politics, his speech at yesterday’s con-fab was partisan and broad in scope.

Former US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, who appeared at Cuomo’s policy summit, praised the governor’s approach to fracking.

Richardson, a former New Mexico governor and 2008 presidential contender, dropped a sly reference to Cuomo 2016.

Only one panel at the Cuomo conference generated heat: A discussion about public campaign financing.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s spokesman on the New York archbishop’s acceptance of an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at the GOP convention: “He is going simply to pray, which is part of what a priest should do.”

The church is stressing that Dolan’s appearance at the convention is not intended as an endorsement of Mitt Romney.

A state Supreme Court justice in Nassau County struck down the MTA payroll tax as unconstitutional. The MTA intends to appeal the ruling “vigorously.”

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by Nassau County officials in 2010. Westchester and Putnam counties, as well as other municipalities in the Lower Hudson Valley, later joined the suit, too.

The decision is a significant blow to the MTA, which derives $1.5 billion annually from the tax, even though it was partially rolled back last year. (The state makes up the difference).

Some $31 million worth of political cash is unaccounted for because thousands of New York campaign committees missed a July filing deadline or reported no activity, according to NYPIRG. Some haven’t filed in years.

FBI agents visited the home of Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera’s ex-boyfriend, whom she reportedly put on the payroll of a taxpayer-funded nonprofit and then had fired after he dumped her.

The NY Post slams Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for protecting Rivera.

Keith Hammond, a former Rensselaer County legislator running in the Democratic primary for the state Assembly, is under investigation by Troy police for alleged sexual misconduct with a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman.

The NYC shelter system is under serious strain as it scrambles to deal with the highest number of sheltered people in city history.

Former Buffalo Mayor-turned-lobbyist Tony Masiello might want to be the next Erie County Democratic chairman. He reportedly has Cuomo’s blessing.

Sen. Malcolm Smith to Lil Wayne: “If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here. And perhaps we won’t come to your concerts.” The rapper’s spokesman had no comment.

As she heads into a Sept. 13 primary battle with NYC Councilman James Sanders, Sen. Shirley Huntley is touting endorsements she didn’t receive.

“Mediscare” was on display in Greene County at a town hall co-hosted by Rep. Paul Tonko and congressional hopeful Julian Schreibman.

Schenectady could become the next hot spot in the municipal finance crisis sweeping across upstate New York. It’s on course to go broke in the next several years.

The Democrat & Chronicle opines: “It would seem the age of political compromise is over. Until one considers New York.”

A federal judge ruled last week that two tobacco wholesalers illegally skirted paying millions of dollars in taxes by selling truckloads of untaxed cigarettes to retailers on an American Indian reservation on Long Island, which then resold them in the city at cut-rate prices.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has concluded that a child sex incident that predated his 27 years as an Onondaga County Family Court judge constitutes misconduct that disqualifies Bryan R. Hedges from ever again being a judge.

A pending bill that would extend New York’s statute of limitations on sex crimes would enable the woman who accused Hedges, who is also her uncle, of having sexual contact with her over 40 years ago could sue him if she acted quickly.

Hedges resigned abruptly from the bench in April – leaving his job in the middle of the work day and citing only “personal reasons” – when he learned of the investigation into his past.

A judge has ruled that the state must pay a Syracuse man more than $1 million because he was assaulted by a trooper during a traffic stop on an upstate road nearly 11 years ago.

The Clintons are apparently now officially dog people.

Fashion mogul Donna Karan will be hosting a fund-raiser for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at her Hampton’s home this Saturday.