There are primaries taking place in 10 of the state’s 27 congressional primary districts today.

Generally speaking, the polls opened downstate at 6 a.m., and will open at noon upstate. They remain open until 9 p.m. Check your local Board of Elections, or the state Board, for information.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Monroe and Erie counties.

At 8 a.m., Staten Island DA Dan discusses heroin abuse in the city while serving as guest speaker during the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City’s breakfast forum; law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP, 14th floor, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan.

From 8 a.m. to noon, ESDC CEO Ken Adams, NYC deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen, Queens BP Melinda Katz, NYC EDC President Kyle Kimball, Regional Plan Association Chairman Elliot Sander, city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod are scheduled to participate in an event called “Fulfilling the Promise of Jamaica”; 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Queens.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the NYS Nurses Association’s Jill Furillo, Sen. Kemp Hannon, state Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, HANYS President Dennis Whalen, and HHC’s chief financial officer Marlene Zurack, are scheduled to participate in a City & State forum on the “Future of Health Care in New York”; 18th floor, Downtown Conference Center, Pace University, 157 William St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., the New York Independent System Operator holds its 2014 Energy Conference, Grid Modernization & Competitive Markets, Grand Hyatt, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Sen. Diane Savino joins students to call for reestablishment of loop onto teleport campus for the S46 Bus Stop, South Avenue S46 Bus Stop at the Entrance Gate of the Teleport, Staten Island.

Also at 9:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on WNBF with host Bob Joseph.

At 10 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker.

At 10:30 a.m., JCOPE meets, 540 Broadway, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will be joined by Ms. Wheelchair New York, Jessica Patterson, who will share her inspiring story, Monroe Community Hospital, Brass Chandelier Room, 435 East Henrietta Rd., Rochester.

Also at 10:30 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill meets with Dutchess Country Sheriff Butch Anderson, Dutchess County Jail, 150 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. (A media availability will follow).

At noon, Cuomo does another ceremonial bill signing of the measure passed by the Legislature to combat heroin use, SUNY Brockport – Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut St., Rochester.

At 2 p.m., another ceremonial anti-heroin bill signing by Cuomo, this time at the Burchfield Penney Arts Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

Also at 2 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina joins NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to make an announcement, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., Assemblyman Sam Roberts, unions and advocacy groups hold press conference calling on Sen. David Valesky, an IDC member, to rejoin the regular Senate Democratic Conference, New York State Office Building, 301 East Washington St., Syracuse.

At 5 p.m., Sen. Greg Ball holds farewell pasta dinner, Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department, 741 U.S. 6, Mahopac.

At 7 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Public Advocate Letitia James join Chancellor James Milliken at CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute to recognize four rising leaders in the labor movement and five scholarship award winners; 25 West 43rd Street, 18th floor, Manhattan.


Steve Kornacki on today’s most hotly-contested primary, the battle in NY-13: “The parallels between what Charlie Rangel insists will be his final campaign for Congress and his first one are obvious: an entrenched, aging incumbent revered for his civil rights record but diminished by ethical misconduct scrambling to beat back a primary challenge from an ambitious state legislator who promises to bring new vitality to the position.”

NY-21 GOP rivals Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik spent the campaign’s final hours going door-to-door in search of a few last votes.

Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s advocacy group is helping parents prepare a challenge to New York’s teacher tenure and seniority laws, contending that they violate children’s constitutional right to a sound basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms.

A trio of good-government groups is urging voters to vote against a constitutional amendment that would create what the advocates see as a self-serving sham reform of the legislative redistricting process.

The governor held his first ceremonial bill signing of a measure to combat heroin abuse statewide at Binghamton University.

Cuomo’s office is once again vetting three bills that would bump nine one-time Green Island employees into more generous state pension tiers.

The NYC Rent Guidelines Board made history last night, enacting the lowest rent hikes since it was formed nearly half a century ago, even as it rejected a freeze recommended by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York City’s public libraries are slated to receive $10 million more in funding above what de Blasio and the NYCCouncil agreed to last week as part of a last-minute deal negotiated on yesterday, a high-ranking member of the council said.

As the de Blasio administration rolls out its ambitious expansion of pre-kindergarten, it will be hard-pressed to accommodate children with special needs, special education advocates say.

De Blasio defended his administration’s decision to settle the “Central Park Five’s” federal lawsuit against the city for an expected $40 million.

The mayor bolstered his pledge to reduce traffic fatalities with legislation, signing into law 11 bills relating to his Vision Zero initiative, near the Queens site where an 8-year-old boy was killed by a tractor-trailer.

Two Fortune 500 companies that transport most of the crude oil through New York are contributing to the state’s oil spill fund at a much lower rate than other energy companies, state records show.

Investigations into the Christie administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011, according to people briefed on the matter.

Brooklyn College has turned down a $10 million grant offer from the Koch brothers, according to business professor Mitchell Langbert.

Statewide, the high school graduation rate climbed to 77.8 percent in 2013, up from 76.7 percent in 2012, even as tougher standards were phased in. But there are still significant achievement gaps between racial groups.

The New York Times is taking heat for hiring an intern whose résumé includes brief stints working for Democratic politicians, including for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

A guide to New York’s new medical marijuana law.

Officials at the Drug Policy Alliance say the med-mar law is a big step forward, but politics – and not science – dictated its outcome, which fell short of what advocates wanted.

Employees at the Buffalo VA Medical Center have violated safety standards for sterilizing medical equipment, the federal agency charged with investigating whistle-blower complaints said.

Cablevision plans to end its regular mid-Hudson newscasts soon due to lower viewership.

Hillary Clinton is encouraging companies to train and hire young people, offering a new jobs pitch during her family’s annual domestic policy summit as she considers another presidential campaign.

This year’s racing in Saratoga Springs will again highlight food and beverages from around New York state.

RIP Judy Sanders.