The New York Times endorsed two Democratic primary challengers – Oliver Koppell and John Liu – to IDC Leader Jeff Klein and IDC member Tony Avella, respectively.

The Buffalo News endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, Kathy Hochul, for LG, saying she is “eminently qualified” to serve as LG and will be an advocate for Western New York at a “critical time” in the region’s history.

A Cuomo campaign official said the governor won’t be spending big money on a GOTV operation against Zephyr Teachout, insisting to do so would be “silly.” Team Cuomo is also doing some pre-primary spin, saying any protest candidate will get around 20 percent of the vote.

Facing a lack of resources to raise her name recognition, Teachout is criss-crossing the state, campaigning hard.

Local officials in New York City did not take kindly to comments Sen. Ted Cruz’s Bronx bashing.

Millions of New Yorkers will be getting two rounds of rebate checks from the state this fall. But that easy money that shows up in their mailboxes isn’t exactly free. The postage for those roughly 4 million checks will cost the state $1.6 million.

Former Gov. David Paterson says US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was not his first choice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate after Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state. Paterson wanted to name himself to the seat.

Brooklyn – along with backing of deep-pocketed New Yorkers — should be a “slight favorite” to land the 2016 Democratic National Convention, former party chief Ed Rendell said.

NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is an “active and engaged grandmother” of two boys.

Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were guests Saturday night at the nuptials of Sam Kass, their devoted family chef, and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

The state is investigating equine fatalities during the Saratoga Race Course meet this year — 11 thoroughbred deaths compared with eight last year, the Gaming Commission said.

The controversy about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s influence over the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption is a reminder that Moreland Commissions can have unintended consequences for governors.

During the past two fiscal years, the Schenectady school district’s surplus plunged 73 percent, or about $4 million, so it could cover its bills, state auditors said.

The New York State Fair set a new single-day attendance record Saturday, welcoming the largest crowd ever to the fairgrounds in its history.

Hillary Clinton will be in Ottawa Oct. 6 for a luncheon speech. She’ll arrive at a time of what many observers say is a strained Canada-U.S. relationship over a variety of issues.

Former President Bill Clinton, widely considered the leading Democratic fundraiser, will visit Miami on Friday, Sept. 6, to campaign for Republican-turned-Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser this coming Tuesday in New Haven, Conn. for the state Democratic Party in an effort to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as he seeks reelection this fall.

The I-594 advocacy group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility in Seattle, Washington is getting a $1 million donation from Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella organization driven by dollars from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The latest data from the Department of Education’s Fitnessgram assessment program show the Washington Heights neighborhood has the heaviest kids, with 47 percent listed as overweight or obese.

The Manhattan DA’s office said it would investigate the NYPD’s role in the death of a man who was high on a hallucinogenic drug and subsequently restrained in a protective body wrap by officers.

New York State United Teachers is seeking to intervene in an anti-tenure lawsuit filed against the state.

The Showboat Casino Hotel is closing though it remains profitable to reduce the number of casinos in Atlantic City, which has been struggling with plunging revenue and increased competition. Its owner, Caesars, will still own three other casinos in Atlantic City.

Luna, the Buffalo Zoo’s 1½-year-old polar bear cub, fell about 14 feet into the dry moat of the tiger exhibit early Saturday afternoon, where she has been staying while the zoo undergoes its transformation.

Joseph Persico, best-selling author, historian and speechwriter for Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, has died. He was 84.