President Trump asked the now former FBI director, James Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

The classified intelligence that Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel, adding a potential diplomatic complication to the episode.

Trump defended his decision to share sensitive information about an Islamic State threat with Russian officials, saying he had the “absolute right” to do so, as the White House once again struggled to reconcile seemingly conflicting accounts of the president’s actions.

The president has called National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster “a pain” and complained that he talks too much in meetings.

With his shoot-from-the-hip tweets targeting US spies and alleged Oval Office leak of secrets to the Russians, Trump has damaged White House relations with American and allied intelligence agencies and put national security at risk, current and former officials said.

A new national PPP poll finds that Republicans are facing significant backlash over the health care bill that’s having the effect of firing up Democrats and putting them in position to make major gains in the House next year.

A small plane carrying a well-known New York event space designer and her two sons has vanished while flying over the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas, officials said.

An ethics investigation is underway looking into Rep. Chris Collins’ role in luring investors to an Austrailan biotech company.

Sen. Ruben Diaz: “It’s time for Senator Jeff Klein and Senator Mike Gianaris to sit down and have a serious conversation before they destroy the Regular and Independent Democratic Conferences, taking everybody down with them.”

Hiram Monserrate, who was ejected from the Senate in 2010 after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and who served time in prison for fraud and conspiracy, is announcing a bid for the NYC Council. He’s challenging his former aide, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who holds his old seat.

Assemblyman Phil Ramos’ wife, Angela, is leaving her $75,351-a-year job as assistant to the director of Suffolk Probation Department, only weeks after returning from a six-month leave of absence.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised the maximum amount of money he is allowed for the Democratic primary, and can start raising money for the November general election.

Real estate executive Paul Massey, who hopes to mount a Republican challenge to de Blasio in November, has already spent several million dollars – much of that on personnel.

Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who has raised nearly $100,000 two weeks into her NYC mayoral run, wants taxpayer-backed campaign matching funds for her bid under the public finance program she has fiercely criticized.

Firefighters, who were at the Capitol today to lobby for two priority bills, say that like local governments they are hindered by a 2 percent property tax cap and are increasingly running the risk of slashing EMS services if the money to pay for services isn’t there.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray criticized U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for recent comments about medication-assisted treatment for addition to heroin and other opioids.

A bill that has begun to move through the state Legislature would extend the period between primary and run-off elections in New York City from two to three weeks.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee’s annual LGBT Gala in New York next month.

Russell Brooks, who has been Utica fire chief for 13 years, has been placed on administrative leave by the city – a move he blames on a claim he filed with five months ago asking the city to recognize he contracted an illness while at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

Former soccer star Abby Wambach, a Rochester native, and Christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton celebrated Mother’s Day with an intimate wedding.

Former FBI Director James Comey’s fame did not translate into a higher sale price for his Connecticut mansion.