Texas Gov. Rick Perry defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors and insisting: “I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas.”

The state Education Department dropped the number of raw points needed to hit proficiency levels in six of the 12 English and math exams given to students in grades 3 to 8, officials acknowledged.

In interviews with about a dozen members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s various commissions since he took office in 2011, some said they never felt pressured to reach a particular outcome, while others described frustrations with the governor’s office’s oversight of the panels’ work.

Despite mounting criticisms, officials from the UFT doubled down on their decision to participate in the march that Rev. Al Sharpton is leading on Staten Island next Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner.

PBA President Pat Lynch called it “disgraceful” and “ridiculous” for UFT President Mike Mulgrew to get involved with the march. The UFT declined to comment.

The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer last Saturday, may attend Sharpton’s “We Will Not Go Back” march.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has asked that a federal medical examiner do an autopsy on Brown’s body as soon as possible because of “extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family.”

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik defended the military gear and tactics used by law enforcement in Ferguson to quell violence after Brown’s death, saying it was “absolutely needed.”

Multiple sources on both sides of the border have told The Buffalo News that Bon Jovi and his Toronto-based partners reached out to Jim Kelly within the past five days for a Hail Mary attempt to help salvage their beleaguered bid.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s son, 23-year-old Byron Brown Jr., is moving past “the incident” that occurred seven years ago and believes he has found his niche as a filmmaker.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw’s public office is “Buffalo’s strangest new art gallery.”

The two young Amish sisters who were kidnapped from their farm in Oswegatchie, N.Y., near the Canadian border last week were sexually assaulted, authorities say.

On Saturday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was at a pro-gun rally in Ontario County.

A Bronx judge kept NYC Councilman Fernando Cabrera on the ballot in his primary challenge against Sen. Gustavo Rivera because Rivera’s team failed to properly serve a subpoena to the petition carrier for Cabrera who allegedly collected fraudulent signatures.

Hillary Clinton likes to travel in style.

Clinton’s East Hampton book signing was not a low-key affair.

Kevin Spacey, as Frank Underwood, helped Clinton celebrate the 68th birthday of her husband, the former president.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio spends hours on the phone seeking counsel from liberal confidants like Sharpton, SEIU 1199 President George Gresham, political consultants Valerie Berlin and Jonathan Rosen, and top aides to Bill Clinton, a “well-placed Democratic insider” told The Post.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer found the Parks Department has been paying contractors for tree pruning that was never done, and also paying them to prune the wrong trees.

The Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts on Long Island will once again attempt to merge after voters wary of tax hikes rejected the idea last year.

The NY Daily News sides with Donald Trump in his effort to get JCOPE to investigate AG Eric SChneiderman.

The state is still trying to collect $68,000 in back rent from Rep. Charlie Rangel, but his office insists he’s up to date on payments.

Former Manhattan DA Robert M. Morgenthau and his wife, Lucinda Franks, were an original “power couple,” and she has memorialized their nearly 40-year union in a new book.

The first steps to securing two giant pandas for the city are underway, Rep. Carolyn Maloney said today after returning from a two-week trip to China.

The world’s best bass fishing professionals are schooling in the Village of Union Springs, Cayuga County, on the east side of Cayuga Lake this week for the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament.