Good morning and happy Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, with nothing public planned. Mayor Bill de Blasio is live on WNYC at 10 a.m.

Happening today:

At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will kick off the Erie Canal bicentennial celebration, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford.

Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Joe Addabbo will host his annual Senior Job Fair, free Prostate cancer screening and free rain barrel giveaway, Queens Community House at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road in Kew Gardens, Queens.

At 11 a.m., the DEC will launch a new statewide recreational initiative increasing access to the state’s vast natural resources and promoting low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Utica Marsh WMA, Marcy.

At noon, Hochul will appear at an event for the Oneonta downtown business revitalization, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.

Also at noon, Mayor de Blasio will tour the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Beach 32nd Street, Queens.

At 1:30 p.m., New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks, Ibn Sina Community Center, 46-1 20th Avenue, Queens.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will celebrate the achievements of women in our community at the New York State Assembly’s Women of Distinction Awards. Open Stage Media on the stage at Robb Alley in Proctors, Schenectady.


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and prosecutors at the Eastern District of New York are investigating how lawmakers in the state Senate are receiving stipends for jobs they don’t have.

The investigation comes after days in which lawmakers this week insisted the arrangement was a legal and proper one and had sought to put the issue behind them.

The development also comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday focused on Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s role in the controversy, saying he was the one who signed off on the checks, while condemning how the Legislature earns it pay writ large.

Editorial boards had slammed the arrangement for the last several days as too cozy and cute by half.

College parties in a section of Buffalo are getting so out of hand the the attorney general’s office is stepping in to take action.

James Comey had been unsettled while as FBI director President Trump sought to make nice with him, calling him several times and asking about the status of the investigation into Russian involvement in the election.

Comey was especially upset with the public hug the new president forced on him when they met earlier in the year.

Trump on Thursday called the investigation a “witch hunt” and divisive to the nation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday told lawmakers the decision to fire Comey was made before he wrote a memo outlining his concerns with his leadership at the FBI.

Trump on Thursday showed signs the relentless controversy in his young administration was wearing him down as he sought to shift the conversation back to trade, immigration and health care.

The FBI is scrutinizing whether ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn ever worked for a Turkish businessman and whether that influenced any of his decisions.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate are not pleased with the prospect of nominating Joe Lieberman for FBI director, questioning his work for a law firm tied to Trump.

Democratic attorneys general from around the country are seeking to bolster subsidies through the Affordable Care Act, which congressional Republicans and the president want to see dismantled.

The Trump administration is signaling its tentative steps to redraw the North American Free Trade Agreement after Trump had initially suggested he wanted to leave the arrangement entirely.

The late former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, was able to fuse politics with television, creating a spectacle and several presidents along the way.

Ex-Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly said public hatred for Ailes was what killed him (Ailes died after a fall at home).

Ailes was also a controversial figure in the suburban community he called home, buying up a local newspaper that reflected his views and combative personality.

Schneiderman is calling for changes to ticket-scalping laws that would wind up benefitting consumers.

Former Vice President Joe Biden let slip in a speech Hillary Clinton was “never a great candidate” and hedged on whether he would run for president himself in 2020.

Records show a developer who received the deal to build a residential complex that includes a mix of affordable and market-rate units was a big donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A Brooklyn city councilwoman is pushing back against a plan backed by the de Blasio administration that would redevelopment the Bedford Armory, a major component of the mayor’s affordable housing plan.

The woman killed in Times Square on Thursday after a car plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk was an 18-year-old tourist.

The driver was allegedly attempting to commit suicide-by-cop, but survived and was taken into custody.

The chief digital officer in the de Blasio has abruptly left his job, the eighth high-profile departure from City Hall so far this year.

Authorities in Albany have charged a man with driving drunk… while in the parking lot of the state’s police academy.

New York City is set to soon require grocery stores to post calorie counts for prepared meals sold in-store.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory announced its plan for the state to invest $15 million for a state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscope located at the lab.

Nassau County Republicans have designated former state Sen. Jack Martins their candidate for county executive to replace scandal scarred incumbent Ed Mangano.

Voters next week on Long Island are set to fill a vacant Assembly seat that opened up after the incumbent Republican was appointed Oyster Bay town supervisor.

In the second time in two days, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli knocked the accounting and spending efforts in the Cuomo administration.

The Times Union has launched a special report into the institutional advantages of incumbency in the state Legislature, which grants lawmakers perks ranging from extra pay to access to a large staff.

The state Board of Elections has made minor changes to the final tally for the November elections, which officials chalked up to a discrepancy in software glitches.

As Mayor de Blasio sees it, creating universal pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds was a signature accomplishment of his first term. It turns out, New Yorkers agreed in a poll released on Thursday.

Premiums under Obamacare could skyrocket next year amid uncertainty over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act continues.

The effort to market Syracuse to tourists is getting a change in leadership.

It’s been a slow start to boating season in central New York amid concerns over high waters.

Facing a challenge from former TV reporter Rachel Barnhart, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was designated by Democrats the preferred candidate in her re-election bid and called for unity in the party.

Appealing his conviction, lawyers for former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos say he should receive a new trial based on the outcome of a Supreme Court decision outlining how public corruption charges should be interpreted.