The “Summer of Hell” moniker is starting to fit, as a subway track fire in Upper Manhattan this morning sent nine people to the hospital and snarled trains across the city.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer held an off-camera briefing for the first time in weeks, in which he appeared to mischaracterize the motivation for Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie addressed Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian attorney, saying it’s “probably against the law” to get opposition research for his father’s presidential campaign from a foreign country.

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on health care reform.

Former Vice President Al Gore said he thinks 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will “be fine.”

The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to hand over records related to Mar-a-Lago visitors in September. The move comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that gag orders issued with warrant-like national security letters do not violate the First Amendment.

The “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” raked in nearly $21 million from state taxpayers for its first season in New York, new records show.

In a move that comes as a surprise to many, Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, one of NYC’s most influential Democratic lawmakers, says he won’t seek re-election this year.

Greenfield, who chairs the powerful Committee on Land Use, will become executive director at a major city nonprofit – the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty – which has been trying to recover since a 2014 scandal involving a former top executive married to ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s onetime chief of staff.

Independent candidate for NYC mayor Bo Dietl says if he’s elected he will urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “fast-track” an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program to give people a healthier alternative to highly addictive opioids.

On the three-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death during a police confrontation caught on cellphone video, which fueled protests across the country, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said “a lot has been done” to prevent similar tragedies since that incident.

The New Republic on how Cuomo “keeps the left in check,” while raising his national profile and eyeing a potential 2020 run.

Former WNY Republican Rep. Jack F. Quinn Jr., who recently retired as president of Erie County Community College, has joined the Barclay Damon law firm in a newly created role, as senior adviser for public and community relations.

The EPA has asked nine City of Lockport residential property owners for permission to take soil samples at their homes, because it is trying to determine whether there was off-site contamination from the former Flintkote plant on Mill Street, which the agency tore down last year in a Superfund cleanup project.

Chris Fowler will not be on the ballot for a Democratic primary for Syracuse mayor in September, leaving five candidates vying for the line. But he still plans to run as a Libertarian in November’s general election, which will require significant leg work over the next five weeks.

The state Education Department has released a revised schools accountability proposal that’s slated to be considered for adoption in September.

There’s a mysterious proposal for a $205 million hotel and spa in Niagara Falls, made by a company owned by New York City investor Howard Milstein connected to the governor, who is – oddly – refusing comment on the project.

A former Nassau County legislator, Demcorat Roger Corbin, insisted on his innocence before surrendering today to go to prison following his 2012 conviction in a scheme to steer an $80 million New Cassel redevelopment project to a favored developer.

State police are investigating the death of an inmate at Auburn state prison last week.

Singer Sheryl Crow apparently enjoyed her time in Central New York this weekend.