Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back from Israel, in the New York City area with no public schedule.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public schedule.

At 10 a.m., following a court hearing about The Committee to Save Cooper Union’s lawsuit, artist and former Prof. Benjamin Degen, attorney Richard Emery, state Sen. Brad Hoylman and committee co-founder Adrian Burton Jovanovic hold a news conference; 111 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate/comedian Randy Credico will discuss his arrest by the NYPD (again) on “Live from the state Capitol with Fred Dicker,” TALK 1300 AM.

At 7:30 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss appears on WVOX 1460 AM Good Morning Westchester.

At 3 p.m., Moss and Westchester County Executive/GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attend a campaign rally, Elks Lodge, 60 Broadway Mall, Hornell.

At 6 p.m., Moss attends the Wayne County Fair Parade, West Jackson Street, Palmyra.

Also at 6 p.m., Astorino attends the Livingston GOP Annual Dinner, Genesee River Restaurant and Reception Center, 134 North Main St., Mt. Morris.

Headlines…

PEF President Susan Kent said the union was taking a “bold step” by backing Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, over Gov. Andrew Cuomo in advance of the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

For the second time in four years, NYSUT is sitting out the governor’s race, declining to endorse Cuomo or any of his opponents.

The Village Independent Democrats club withdrew its endorsement of Cuomo’s running mate, Kathy Hochul, for lieutenant governor and instead threw its support behind Wu.

Marty Connor, the lawyer who brought the Cuomo campaign’s residency challenge against Teachout, filed his appellant’s brief, alleging she “retroactively” changed her residency.

US Attorney Preet Bharara is calling on New Yorkers to join him in his battle against public corruption, saying it’s “not a problem that prosecutors can alone solve.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio allows the taxpayers to pay for nongovernment trips outside the five boroughs – a practice other elected officials with police protection decided is improper.

State test scores improved slightly this year after plunging last year during the rollout of the new Common Core math and English tests.

Statewide, the percentage of students “proficient” in math rose from 31.2 to 35.8 percent. English language arts scores barely budged, from 31.3 to 31.4 percent in the “proficient” category.

De Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina praised the slight improvement in citywide test scores while reiterating their shared ambivalence toward testing in general.

The Syracuse Post-Standard created a database of the new scores.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may want a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, but in some respects, they already have one, thanks to the $130 million spent on renovations – $90 of it state and county money.

Thousands of people across the country yesterday – including in Times Squareattended protest vigils for an unarmed black Missouri teenager fatally shot by a white police officer and other victims who organizers say died as a result of police brutality.

Rep. Michael Grimm lashed out at six Democratic colleagues who called for United States Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a federal investigation into the homicide of Eric Garner, which has so far been in the hands of the borough’s GOP DA Dan Donovan.

Across the nation – including here in New York – investment funds and major banks are making big money by cashing in on so-called congestion contracts, complex financial instruments that gain value when the energy grid becomes overburdened.

An ex-ally and business partner of Al D’Amato slapped the former US senator with a federal lawsuit alleging he and others swindled her out of at least $5 million in commissions — and tried using her as a “stalking horse” to deceive the feds into giving them lucrative contracts set aside for women-owned businesses.

Police officers on SUNY campuses across New York are waiting for Cuomo to sign legislation that would make them part of the state and local police and fire retirement system.

The HUD IG’s office is looking into complaints that the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is spending too much on outside legal help, while ignoring safety concerns raised by critics of the BMHA board’s extension of a $650,000 contract with the Buffalo Police Department.

Former president Bill Clinton invited Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and incoming Obama cabinet secretary, to the Clintons’ home in Washington last week for a private dinner that friends described as a chance for Democratic leaders from different generations to become better acquainted.

AG Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with Forster & Garbus, a Long island-based debt collection firm, to ensure it doesn’t file court claims against New Yorkers to collect on so-called payday loans for small amounts at high interest rates.

New York City’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in July from 7.9 percent in June – even though the private sector lost 9,000 jobs.

The number of private-sector jobs in the state keeps growing — with July marking its 20th consecutive monthly upswing — according to preliminary figures released by the state Labor Department.

Air pollution from the state’s largest crude oil handling facility at the Port of Albany is not harmful to humans, according to a new analysis by the DEC.

The NYPD makes roughly 13,500 busts a year for resisting arrest — but only a fraction ever get prosecuted.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of the largest food manufacturers in the U.S., will use sustainably-sourced palm oil that is grown and harvested in ways that do not contribute to rainforest destruction that worsens man-made climate change.

The two Amish girls abducted from their home Wednesday night have been returned to their parents alive and safe.

The NYT says de Blasio and the City Council should be careful when trying to regulate costumed Times Square characters “in a city that values eccentric expression and an entrepreneurial street life, to avoid cures that are worse than the disease.”

Under new procedures, the US Justice Department is moving children who recently arrived unaccompanied to the head of the line to see immigration judges, possibly leading to deportation within months rather than years – the usual time frame amid the tremendous backlogs in the immigration court system.

A public service announcement: Today is the last day to register to vote if you want to be eligible to cast a ballot in the Sept. 9 primaries.