Good morning! Gov. Andrew Cuomo has two events scheduled in western New York. Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability today.

Your schedule:

At 10 a.m., Al Taylor will announce his candidacy for Assembly, 2569 7th Avenue, Esplanade Gardens, New York City.

At 10:30 a.m., Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement, Fisherman’s Landing, 1501 East River Road, Grand Island.

Also at 10:30 a.m., City Council candidate Francisco Moya will reveal his community-driven action plan to improve the lives of seniors and families in LeFrak City. 98-30 57th Avenue, Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, will be joined by transit advocates from the Bus Turnaround Coalition and other elected officials for a press conference and rally to demand better bus service in the five boroughs. Warren Street and Broadway bus stop, New York City.

Also at 10:30 a.m., State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Hannaford Supermarkets make an announcement and partner to promote local growers, Latham Farms Hannaford, 579 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham.

At 11 a.m., Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and members of the New York City Police Department announce the results of a long-term investigation, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, 350 Jay Street, Brooklyn; 19th floor.

At noon, Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability, Tweed Courthouse – Room 118, 52 Chambers Street, New York City.

Also at noon, IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Sen. Marisol Alcántara along with state lawmakers and union leaders will push for the governor to sign a tax credit meant to bolster diversity in TV writing. 250 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York City.

Also at noon, Sen. Tony Avella will tout the passage of a bill to strengthen child welfare systems throughout the state by helping children move more quickly through foster care to find permanency with relatives through the subsidized relative guardianship program. 38-50 Bell Blvd, Queens.

At 12:30 p.m., Cuomo will make a second announcement of the day, 133 Calkins Road, Rochester.

Headlines:

Declaring the U.S. will win “in the end,” President Donald Trump vowed Monday night to keep American troops fighting in Afghanistan despite his earlier inclination to withdraw. But he insisted the U.S. would not offer “a blank check” after 16 years of war, and he pointedly declined to say whether or when more troops might be sent.

The president outlined the strategy in his first direct address to the nation since taking office in January.

The buildup in Afghanistan is seen as a product of generals pushing Trump to engage in the conflict after months of pledging to announce a new strategy in the decades-long conflict.

Trump’s decision puts him in the same boat as his predecessors: There’s no easy way out of Afghanistan after years of U.S. involvement in the war-torn country.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was critical of the speech, saying Trump lacks the needed vision for success in Afghanistan.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted there’s no chance — zero, in fact — that the U.S. will pierce the debt ceiling.

After a collision led to 10 missing sailors, the Navy is taking a pause in some operations to assess safety.

Despite the end of the business councils working with the Trump administration, business leaders may not stray far from the White House.

At a town hall-style event on CNN, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump “messed up” his reaction to Charlottesville.

One of New York City’s most prominent lawmakers is now calling for the removal of a controversial statue in East Harlem of a doctor who experimented slaves.

A Houston man has been arrested after being accused by authorities of trying to damage or destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosives.

Disgraced former lawmaker Hiram Monserrate is once again attempting to make a political comeback. He’s running for a City Council seat in Northern Queens and facing off against Assemblyman Francisco Moya, who is being backed by the powerful Democratic County machine.

Despite his lead in the polls and in fundraising, Mayor de Blasio says he is preparing for his Democratic primary debate as if he were the underdog.

A long-worked-upon sit-down between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Seneca Nation was scuttled amid allegations by the New York State Gaming Commission that employees were eavesdropped on by the Seneca Gaming Authority.

Kevin Lafferty, who applied last week to replace Carl Paladino as the new Buffalo Public Schools board member representing the Park District, says it’s important to have a voice on the board whose children attend school in the district.

An internal investigation at the Dupont Yerkes Chemical Plant has left three members of management without jobs after a notebook surfaced that included doodles of the plant exploding.

It’s been about a month now since a ride at the Ohio State Fair fell apart, killing one rider and injuring seven others. As we get set for the start of the Great New York State Fair, the state wants its inspection process to not only be known, but seen.

NYRA is adding new safety measures to the Saratoga Race Course in hopes of stopping the recent stretch of horse deaths at the track.

The first span of the new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge opens Saturday morning. The New York State Thruway Authority has released details about the traffic plan for drivers to plan ahead.

Mayor de Blasio questioned whether Gov. Cuomo’s revived plan for congestion in Manhattan is viable, adding yet another dimension to their long-simmering feud.

A proposal in the New York City Council to rollback a business tax places de Blasio at odds with members of his own party.

The fallout from Daniel Loeb’s racially charged remarks aimed at Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins imperils the expansion of Success Academy, the charter school network he’s helped fund.

Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell is calling it a career in the Legislature, stepping down after more than 40 years in Albany next month.

Those looking to better understand the president while sleeping in his boyhood home in Queens may be disappointed to find few traces of the Trump family.

As commuters continue their summer-long struggle amid subway upgrades, the question becomes how much longer is the shot-term pain needed to make long-term gains.

New outlet stores might be coming to New York City after a settlement was reached with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.

Facial recognition technology has led to the arrest of more than 4,000 over the last 6-1/2 years, according to the Cuomo administration.

Cuomo’s clemency program is being backed by a coalition of national clemency groups who are endorsing the plan.

Law enforcement nabbed a Virginia man attempting to smuggle more than a half million cigarettes into Brooklyn.

Suffolk County officials are trying to re-open a slaughterhouse on an unused farm — an unusual push for economic development officials on Long Island.

The Long Island Power Authority is mulling a plan that would bring more transparency to utility policy while also having communities pay for the costs of buried lines.

Legislation signed by Gov. Cuomo on Monday allows the village of Hoosick Falls to rollover a $660,000 loan into a long-term bond that will spare taxpayers the burden of paying for the cost of the PFOA contamination in their drinking water.

A Saratoga Springs man, New York National Guard member and Afghanistan war veteran was promoted to major general.

The Indian Ladder trail at Thatcher Park remains closed after a rock fall at the beloved state park.

A power outage at the headquarters of the Public Employees Federation in Latham has forced the closure of the building temporarily.

Actor Ron Perlman is back using the CNY film hub a third time and wants to make more movies in central New York.

After David Bookstaver’s “butt dialing” fiasco, top officials in the state’s court administration are laying down the law when it comes to taking unexcused absences.