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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 7:25 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill is a guest on The Joe Piscopo Show, AM 970.

At 8 a.m., Cahill is a guest on Keeler in the Morning, AM 950 WIXB.

Also at 8 a.m., the AARP holds a roundtable breakfast with Dutchess County leaders to discuss Boomer Flight, Poughkeepsie Grand, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

At 8:30 a.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner attends an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting, Danforth Middle School, 309 W. Brighton Ave., Syracuse.

Also at 8:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive and Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is a guest on Fox 5 Good Day New York.

At 9:30 a.m., Astorino is a guest on Univision radio, 1280AM.

At 10:10 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker, Talk 1300 AM.

At 10:50 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on America’s Forum with host JD Hayworth.

At 11 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement about land bank funding, 279 Lake View Park, Rochester.

Also at 11 a.m., supporters of Sen. Ted O’Brien will protest outside GOP challenger Rich Funke’s positions on women’s issues, Funke’s campaign HQ, 137 Pattonwood Dr., Irondequoit.

At 11:30 a.m., Long Island Democratic state Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito and Bill Samuels stand with local homeowners to call for a state takeover of Medicaid payments to ease property tax burden, 58 Canterbury Dr., Hauppauge.

At noon, Cahill address his five-point plan to combat the heroin epidemic, joined by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlan, Troy Atrium, Broadway & 4th Street, Troy.

Also at noon, state Education Commissioner John King delivers remarks at the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education annual fall conference, Gideon Putnam Hotel, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs.

At 12:07 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss apears live on “This N’ That with Denise Ward” on WVOX 1460 AM Westchester.

12:30 p.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul tours the Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning.

At 1 p.m., Astorino delivers a speech on term limits, NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Shorin Lecture Hall 802, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Cuomo addresses the NYS Business Council, Ritz Carlton Battery Park, 2 West St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Schneiderman makes another land bank funding announcement, southwest corner Of Chelsea Street and Northland Avenue, Buffalo.

At 3 p.m., US Sen. Chuck Schumer, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Democratic NY-19 candidate Sean Eldridge hold a media availability before going on a tour of small businesses, The Cheese Plate, Water Street Market, 10 Main St #302, New Paltz.

At 3:30 p.m., Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins holds a public reception, 1829 Room, Student Alumni Union, RIT, Rochester.

Also at 3:30 p.m., Hochul tours Stocking Hall at Cornell University, 411 Tower Rd., Ithaca.

At 4:30 p.m., LG Bob Robert Duffy makes remarks to New York State Liquor Store Association’s 2014 annual holiday tradeshow, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St., Rochester.

At 5:20 a.m., Cahill is a guest on the Lisa Wexler Show, AM 1230 WFAS.

Also at 5:20 p.m., Astorino holds a press conference with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Exhibit Hall at 42nd Street entrance, Grand Central Station, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Hochul attends the Chemung County Democratic Dinner, 171 Jerusalem Hill Rd., Elmira.

At 6:30 p.m., Moss delivers keynote remarks at the Yates County Republican Committee annual dinner, Esperanza Mansion, 3456 State Route 54A, Bluff Point.


The sole debate between the state comptroller candidates was a largely civil affair, with GOP challenger, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, failing to land any fatal blows on his Democratic target, incumbent Tom DiNapoli.

DiNapoli revealed that his office is continuing to review expense payments to state legislators, like the audit that led to criminal charges against an assemblyman two weeks ago.

A Rochester TV station 13WHAM had its interview with Cuomo, set up by the governor’s publisher, abruptly canceled after it refused to abide by the rules that he be asked only about his new book.

Cuomo’s Manhattan book signing drew about 150 people – protestors and fans alike. There were even some VIPs, including 2013 GOP NYC mayoral candidate George McDonald.

The event was heavily guarded and stage-managed, as befitting Cuomo’s “stature,” the NYT reports. But there were no lines of eager would-be readers.

The governor announced late yesterday that he’ll do a whirlwind tour of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on Friday.

An FDNY memo instructs all personnel to use only vague terms when discussing the deadly disease Ebola, which is threatening to become a global pandemic.

The Texas health care worker who tested positive for Ebola late Tuesday flew on a plane just a day before she reported a fever, as the third diagnosis of the deadly disease in the US stoked fear in travelers across the country and sent officials scrambling to make sure it doesn’t spread further.

New York area hospital, political and union leaders called for a coordinated response plan and advanced safety training as Newark Liberty International Airport prepares to begin screening arriving passengers from three West African countries today.

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It’s Official: Yogurt Is The State Snack

It’s official: Yogurt is the state snack.

As the Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed into law a measure that designates yogurt the snack of New York state.

The legislation’s approval comes as the third annual “yogurt summit” (yes, it’s annual now) kicks off at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Yogurt production — especially of the Greek variety — has been credited with helping revitalize the dairy industry in upstate New York, and Cuomo has sought to capitalize on the industry boom.

“This designation is a fitting recognition of the importance of this state’s yogurt industry, which has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, making New York the top yogurt producer in the nation,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will continue to work with New York producers and dairy farmers to build upon this progress and further strengthen this critically important industry.”

The yogurt bill launched a rather contentious debate in the state Senate earlier this year, with Democratic lawmakers questioning the need to bring up a measure. The debate resulted in a segment on The Daily Show.

Nevertheless, Republican Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer bristled at the mockery of the yogurt bill by the Democrats.

In a statement, he congratulated the elementary school students who first proposed the bill.

“Yogurt is now the official snack of New York State, and the fourth-graders at Byron-Bergen Elementary School deserve all of the credit,” Ranzenhofer said. “From initially suggesting the idea to traveling to the State Capitol earlier this year, these students deserve high marks for their efforts to get this legislation signed into law. I am pleased that the Governor has signed my bill into law.”

Sen. Larkin Crosses Party Lines in NY-18 (Updated)

From today’s Morning Memo:

Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has picked up the support of two more local GOP elected officials as he battles his 2012 nemesis, former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth, in a re-match in NY-18.

Sen. Bill Larkin appears in one of two web videos being released today by Maloney’s campaign.

In it, Larkin touts his military service – “a retired Army Colonel with 23 years of service of combat in New Guinea, Philippines and Korea” – and says the congressman “has been a staunch supporter of veterans and doing what’s best for veterans.”

Veteran’s issues has been a sticking point in this campaign, with Hayworth attacking Maloney in a TV ad over what she says was his less-than-adequate support of veterans, which caused him to respond with a veterans ad of his own.

Larkin also says Maloney was the first Democrat in his 36 years as a legislator who ever called to congratulate him on an electoral victory.

“He has taken a position of on how we can better work together for the people we represent,” Larkin says of the congressman.

“He’s a very decent honest gentleman. I think he’s been an individual who’s committed himself to the district that he represents…He’s there.”

Larkin is the second GOP senator to endorse Maloney over Hayworth.

However, the first to break ranks and cross party lines – retiring Sen. Greg Ball – has a long history of animosity with Hayworth, and even contemplated challenging her.

The senator, who is not seeking re-election and has been spending a lot of time in Texas these days, is now chairing “Veterans for Maloney.” (He chairs the Veterans Committee in the Senate).

During a recent interview on WAMC, Maloney refused to take sides in the battle for control of the state Senate – a top priority for his fellow Democrats in Albany, not to mention Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Maloney instead touted his ties to Larkin, though it’s unclear if he’s returning the favor and endorsing the senator for re-election.

UPDATE: Maloney did appear at Larkin’s campaign HQ last month to support him, which caused the senator’s Democratic opponent, Newburgh City Councilwoman Gay Lee, to chide the congressman, saying:

“I get the whole concept of crossing the aisle, but damn, Sean, couldn’t you have picked somebody else to cross the aisle with? Senator Larkin is a staunch conservative Republican who would not cross the aisle to do anything.”

Also at that event, Larkin’s fellow Republicans made an effort not to appear in photos with Maloney, and reiterated their support of Hayworth.

Larkin is the Senate’s oldest member. When he turned 84 in 2012, he said that election would be his “last hurrah,” but apparently he has decided to give it another go.

Maloney also released a video featuring Republican New Windsor Supervisor George Green, who said the congressman is a “genuine person” who “doesn’t care what party you’re from.”

“He’s one of the few Congressmen that I’ve ever experienced that will call me back personally, Green says.

“…When he says he’s going to do something, I know he’s going to do it. I think it’s very important that we keep Congressman Maloney, and coming from a Republican…!”

With Month To Go, Astorino Has $1.2M

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has $1.2 million in cash on hand with about a month to go before Election Day in November — a sum that is vastly smaller than Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $25 million war chest, campaign-finance filings posted today show.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, raised more than $1.4 million since July and spent $2.6 million.

The filing shows Astorino has spent the bulk of his money on TV advertising and production, with a $1.5 million ad purchase in September. He has also spent $90,000 on online advertising, reflecting his campaign’s release of a series of web commercials and videos that have not appeared on TV.

Astorino in recent days has released two new advertisements on television, including a 30-second spot that pays homage to the controversial “Daisy” ad from the Lyndon Johnson campaign of 1964.

His biggest donors appear to be hedge fund manager John Paulson and his wife Jenica Pauslon, who contributed the maximum $41,100 each.

Astorino’s filing also shows county Republican committees have transferred $25,050 to his campaign.

Still, Astorino’s supporters had said he expected to raise at least $15 million in order to be competitive with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose campaign is yet to report for the most recent filing period.

Astorino has increased his high-profile fundraising efforts in recent weeks, with an event headlined by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and an email released by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Cuomo had use to dip into his campaign account to fend off a spirited primary challenge from Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor.

Still, the disparity is likely to be great between the two campaigns.

Cuomo and the state Democratic Committee continue to blanket the airwaves with television ads and is beginning an upstate bus tour this weekend with his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo breaks his streak of no events in Albany for 103 days. He’ll also be in New York City.

At 7:10 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins will a guest be on Tompkins County radio WHCU 870AM.

At 8 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will will deliver a speech at the ABNY breakfast on his plans for the future of New York, Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th St., Manhattan.

At 8:45 a.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter speaks on military sexual assault at CDS Monarch Warrior Salute’s “Serve. Honor. Support.” Symposium, Otto A. Shults Community Center, Nazareth College, Rochester.

At 9 a.m., Regents Chancellor Tisch and state Education Commissioner King will visit Dual Language Middle School, 32 West 92nd St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo attends the 2014 MWBE Forum, Hart Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Hawkins tours the final day of the Watertown Farmers’ Market and meets voters one-on-one.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on Talk 1300 “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker.

Also at 10:30 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill, joined by Assembly candidate Maureen Koetz, discusses the role of the attorney general’s office in combatting domestic violence, Women’s National Republican Club, 3 W 51st St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Women’s Equality Party members, including former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, will join NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and Teamsters Local 237 President Greg Floyd to make a pay equity announcement, Teamsters Local 237 Union Hall. 216 W 14th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblymen Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker encourage voters to approve the Smart Schools Bond Act, P.S. 19Q, 98-02 Roosevelt Ave., Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., Tisch and King visit The Bronx Latin School, 800 Home St., the Bronx.

At 11:45 a.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul lunches with Sen. Dave Valesky and Assemblyman Bil Magee, Choo Choo Charlie’s Diner, 236 Main St., Oneida.

At noon, de Blasio makes an announcement, Dumbo Heights, 55 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn.

Also at noon, Astorino will be a guest on WXXI with host Evan Dawson.

At 12:20 p.m., Hawkins will be interviewed on WATN 1240 by Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

At 1 p.m., Hochul visits Steinhorst Square Senior Apartments with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, 612 South St., Utica.

At 1:45 p.m., Hochul and Brindisi visit the Brook Senior Apartments, 2420 Oneida St., Utica.

At 2 p.m., Hawkins is scheduled to meet with the Editorial Board of the Watertown Daily Times.

Also at 2 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and AG Eric Schneiderman will make an announcement about a development in a public corruption case, 120 Broadway, 25th Floor, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul tours the Par Technology Plant with local business leaders, 8383 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford.

At 4:30 p.m., Hochul tours the Riverwalk with Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, intersection of Bridge Street & Gilliland Avenue, Amsterdam.

At 5:30 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss attends and delivers remarks at the Broome County GOP’s “Chairman’s Reception”, Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2-8 Hawley St., Binghamton.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presents the new city budget, City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

At 5:35 p.m., Astorino with be a guest on WABC radio’s “The Ride Home” with hosts Pat Kiernan & Rita Cosby.

At 6 p.m., Hocuhl attends the Fulton County Democratic Committee “meet the candidates reception,” Holiday Inn, 308 N. Comrie Aven., Johnstown.

At 6:30 p.m., Cuomo attends the 69th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave., Manhattan. (Many other elected officials and candidates, including de Blasio and Astorino, will also attend).

At 7 p.m., NY-19 candidates Sean Eldridge and Rep. Chris Gibson participate in a NYLCV forum on the environment, Lecture Center 100, SUNY New Paltz. (Note, my father, Dr. Gerald Benjamin, will also be attending).

At approximately 8:10 p.m., Cuomo attends the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 60th Birthday Celebration (PARTY for a CAUSE), The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 East 52nd St., Manhattan. De Blasio will also attend and speak.


Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout pledged to support PEF members during their coming contract fight with Cuomo, telling them the governor “is not invincible anymore.”

Risa Sugarman, the head of a supposedly independent unit created to investigate state election law violations, kept Cuomo’s office in the loop about her work about an inquiry into the release of GOP AG candidate John Cahill’s internal poll numbers.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was fundraising for GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in Buffalo just as news broke of the first U.S. case of the deadly Ebola virus surfaced in his home state.

Perry said he’s doing his “preparatory work” for a potential 2016 repeat presidential run, and will travel soon to early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. “One thing I did not do right in 2011 was be prepared properly,” he said.

During an event with Astorino on Long Island, Perry criticized New York’s business and regulator environment and called on Cuomo to debate Astorino in a televised one-on-one matchup.

SolarCity, the California-based solar-energy giant that will benefit from $750 million in New York State investments to open a production facility near Buffalo, is a subject in two separate federal probes of its business practices.

US Attorney Preet Bharara deflected questions about whether he wanted to be the next US attorney general, then ticked off crimes his office has successfully prosecuted and said Eric Holder’s successor – whoever that person is – hould make them priorities.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle calls Cuomo’s WFP endorsement deal to support a full Democratic Senate takeover “a potential step backwards for bipartisanship,” and urges voters to “look beyond party labels” this fall.

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Not Exactly A Campaign Of Ideas

It’s been nearly a month since the general election season officially kicked off and so, far at least, there has been little airing from either candidate as to what they would do for the next four years.

Instead, both campaigns of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican rival Rob Astorino have traded barbs either through surrogates, TV commercials or in opposition research made to paint the other guy as corrupt.

Consider this chart from the brilliant Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group, showing how many words on the campaign websites are devoted actual policy ideas for the next four-year term:

At this point, the wonk of the race is Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

Cuomo in 2010 released volumes of policy books on everything ranging from ethics proposals to ideas to help revitalize New York’s agricultural sector.

After an eventful four years as governor, Cuomo is running on his record of accomplishments: A property tax cap, the legalization of same-sex marriage, a sweeping gun control law and enacted budgets that have kept spending increases under 2 percent.

But Cuomo has not laid out any grand vision for a second term. Instead, he’s hinted at proposals for economic development and strengthening security in New York City while also adopting the agenda of the labor-backed Working Families Party as he received their endorsement in May.

Cuomo at the Business Council’s annual meeting did lay out this month an outline for spending a $4 billion surplus that includes using it for encouraging local government shared services in order to reduce property taxes and infrastructure investment without many specifics.

The only legislation Cuomo has emphasized this election year has been one proposed in 2013: The 10-point women’s agenda.

Astorino, meanwhile, has made proposals on education issues, ethics and jobs. When it comes to the major education issue of the day, Astorino wants to end the state’s involvement in Common Core while replacing it with a new set of standards yet to be determined.

On issues like property taxes, Astorino wants to simply double-down on what Cuomo and the Legislature already have in place: Making the current property-tax cap permanent while also going after mandated spending, a perennial concern for local governments.

When his proposal to overhaul ethics at the state Capitol were met with shrugs by lawmakers, Astorino’s top advisor blasted them in a column for Newsday.

The bulk of the campaign up until this point has been about both candidates finding ways to beat the pulp out of each other in television ads or through surrogates.

Since May, Cuomo’s state Democratic Committee has served as the conduit for all things anti-Astorino: His fight with the Department of Housing and Urban Development over affordable housing, his conservative stance on abortion and a lawsuit filed against him stemming from the obscure battles within the Independence Party in Westchester County.

Astorino’s campaign, struggling to gain any semblance of traction in public polls, has resorted to what amounts to throwing spaghetti against a wall to see what sticks, releasing mostly online-only videos critical of Cuomo’s handling of the economy and suggesting — without any context — that he could be in jail one day.

Astorino’s statewide ad is critical of the state’s economy and then pivots to the Republican gubernatorial hopeful promising undefined change if elected.

According to the Wesleyan Media Project, the race for governor in New York has been one of the most negative in the country, second only to the close battle in Wisconsin and ahead of a similarly close race in Connecticut.

Here in New York, Cuomo has a vast lead over Astorino.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will host an Environmental Roundtable at City Hall with advocates, elected officials, and stakeholders, where they will discuss the administration’s new climate policy, One City: Built to Last. This roundtable is closed press.

Later, de Blasio will meet with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Manhattan. This meeting is also closed press.

At 6:40 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss appears live on “The Morning Newswatch” on WHCU News/Talk 870 AM Ithaca.

At 8 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill will be a guest on “Utica Talk of the Town” with Mark Piersma & Frank Elias, WUTQ 100.7 FM.

At 9 a.m.. state Education commissioner John King visits Gloversville Middle School, 234 Lincoln St., Gloversville.

At 9:30 a.m., Cahill will be a guest on “Binghamton Now” with Bob Joseph, WNBY News Radio 1290 AM.

At 10 a.m., Cahill attends a meet-and-greet at the Great Kills Senior center, 11 Sampson Ave., Staten Island.

At 10:30 a.m., King visits HFM BOCES Regional P-TECH, Jansen Avenue School, 305 Jansen Ave., Johnstown.

At 11 a.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathy Hochul tours Eveningside Vineyards, 4794 Lower Mountain Rd., Cambria.

At 11:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will deliver the keynote address at the Long Island Clean Cities Coalition “Advancing the Choice Conference”, Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale.

At noon, Cahill will hold a press conference on domestic violence, Seaman’s Society for Children and Families, 50 Bay St., Staten Island.

Also at noon, Moss addresses the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Government Affairs Committee, Metrocenter, 49 Court St., Binghamton.

Also at noon, a pre-recorded interview with Moss airs on on “Talking Back with Shannon Joy” on WYSL 1040 AM Rochester.

Also at noon, the State Board of Elections meets, 40 North Pearl St., Fifth Floor, Albany.

At 1 p.m., Sen. Patty Ritchie and Dutchess County Legislator/state Senate candidate Sue Serino host a discussion on agriculture, Eastern View Nursery, 1167 Noxon Rd., Lagrangeville.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul tours Maid of the Mist dry docks with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, Discovery Center, 200 Robert Moses Parkway North, Niagara Falls.

At 2:30 p.m., Moss appears at Scott’s Guns & Accessories, 306 Watkins Rd., Horseheads

At 4 p.m., Hochul tours Williamsville Octoberfest with Mayor Brian Kulpa, 5565 Main St., behind Village Hall, Williamsville.

At 6 p.m., Hochul attends the Botanical Gardens Gala, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

At 6:30 p.m., Moss attends and delivers remarks at the Cattaraugus County Republican Committee Annual Dinner, The Old Library Restaurant & Inn, 116 South Union St., Olean.


Staten Island Zoo officials are considering banning the practice of allowing the mayor to hold the rodent during the annual Groundhog Day ceremony, after it was revealed that the most recent “Chuck” died days after being dropped by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in February.

Police increased security measures at transit hubs around New York City hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that his security forces uncovered a plot to attack its transit systems.

The assertion by Iraq’s prime minister was greeted with some skepticism by American intelligence officials, who said they were looking into it nonetheless.

De Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Cuomo and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast rode the subway to demonstrate its safety, and the governor said no specific threats had been made.

Cuomo said he was mugged on the subway as a teenager, but characterized the experience as “somewhere between harassment slash mugging, low-level mugging and harassment.”

Jimmy Vielkind: “Jeff Klein may or may not follow through on a tentative deal to end his Independent Democratic Conference’s alliance with Republicans and form a new coalition with Democrats come November. But there is one goal he is doggedly, indisputably fixated on in the meantime: growing his conference to maximize his own influence.”

Cuomo said it was “irresponsible” for his GOP opponent, Rob Astorino, to question and suggest a political element to his security meetings and anti-terror collaboration with NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

Nearly half of registered voters in the suburbs said they held an unfavorable view of the new mayor, while one in three like him, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist College poll this week. The rest were unsure or said they had never heard of him.

The de Blasio administration is sticking by Rachel Noerdlinger, despite reports that she has a long-term live-in relationship with a convicted killer and drug trafficker who considers police officers “pigs” and continues to get in serious scrapes with the law.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

Voters in Scotland decided today whether to declare independence, exiting a 307-year-old union with England.

At 8 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attends a North Country Chamber of Commerce roundtable meeting, 7061 State Route 9, Plattsburgh.

At 9 a.m., Former Vice President Al Gore speaks to religious officials during an “Interfaith Leaders Climate March Breakfast”; Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman delivers remarks at a forum on state energy policy during the Business Council of New York State’s annual conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 10 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and IBM Foundation president Stanley Litow discuss the role that business should play in education during the Business Council’s conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 10 a.m., the Alliance for Quality Education holds a press conference on its “We Can’t Wait” campaign, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., members of the NYC Campaign Finance Board hold a public meeting, boardroom, 12th floor, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., ESDC President and CEO Kenneth Adams, SUNY Research Foundation president Timothy Killeen, Clarkson University president Anthony Collins and other higher education leaders participate in a discussion forum about university-based innovation during the Business Council’s conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 11 a.m., Astorino announces a proposal regarding the Lake Placid Olympics, in front of the Town of North Elba Municipal Offices, 2693 Main St., Lake Placid.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, advocates and community leaders join together to respond to new federal census data on poverty, inequality, health coverage, and income, 263 W. 86th St., Manhattan.

At noon, anti-fracking advocates call for a statewide ban on the process during a demonstration outside a fundraiser for Cuomo; The Plaza hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., Cuomo and Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul make a Women’s Equality Party announcement, Plaza Hotel, 785 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor, Manhttan.

Also at 1:15 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement at the Bronx Zoo, Zoo Center, 2300 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

ADDED: At 1:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman, State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico and Syracuse Police Chief Frank L. Fowler will make a public safety announcement, AG’s Syracuse office, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Suite 102, Syracuse.

At 2 p.m., Astorino greets voters at Indian Lake, Adirondack Mountains Antique Show, Main Street, Indian Lake.

At 2:45 p.m., Astorino attends a Hamilton County meet-and-greet, Indian Lake Restaurant, Main Street, Indian Lake.

At 5 p.m., Astorino attends the Adirondack Balloon Festival Opening Day Ceremony, Crandall Park, Glens Falls.

At 7 p.m., Rep. Michael Grimm holds a campaign fundraiser, Mama Rao Cucina Italiana, 6408 11th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7:10 p.m., Astorino delivers remarks during the evening reception at the Business Council’s conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 7:25 p.m., de Blasio speaks at the Gentech 2014 Demo Night and Awards Ceremony, AppNexus, 19 West 23rd St., Manhattan.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Webster on last night for a private fundraiser that was expected to raise him $200,000, and was met by anti-fracking protestors.

“One week into the general-election season, the discourse in the governor’s race has devolved into the trivial, with attack ads deploying outlandish imagery, vicious rhetoric or issues far afield from politics.”

Publishing titan and two-time Republican presidential aspirant Steve Forbes praised Cuomo, but said it’ll be a while before the governor can boast of a welcoming business climate in New York.

According to an exclusive NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll, 88 percent of likely voters have paid a great deal or some attention to the Eric Garner chokehold death case. Just 10 percent have ignored it.

Sources close to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Rep. Brian Higgins confirm they remain supportive of Erie County Democratic Party Chair Jeremy Zellner in a leadership showdown.

The NFL’s finance committee met with Terry and Kim Pegula about buying the Buffalo Bills and unanimously recommended them to be the team’s next owners – a crucial next step in transferring the team to the couple.

A group of about a dozen medical marijuana advocates met in Albany with officials from the Cuomo administration for a briefing on the state’s progress in helping sick patients access marijuana for medical uses.

The Authorities Budget Office is investigating the loan of clean water funds for construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the bulk of which has been rejected by the EPA.

Average class sizes in grades 1-3 in New York City public schools rose to 25 or 26 children in the last school year – an addition of three students a class from five years earlier, according to the latest Mayor’s Management Report.

The proposed panel that would draw New York’s all-important political lines can’t be described as “independent” on the November ballot, a state Supreme Court justice ruled.

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Teachout-Wu Campaign Zero In On Hochul

The insurgent Democratic primary campaigns of Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu are gaining some traction through endorsements from labor unions and, on Thursday, the New York Times backed Wu’s run for lieutenant governor.

“We are tapping into something, clearly,” said Wu during his visit to Albany Thursday. “I’d love to give credit to Zephyr and I, but I really think there’s something going on in this state and frankly in this country.”

Wu criticized the environmental record of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

“She’s going to play the traditional, lackey-like position of lieutenant governor, which in my opinion is a waste of a constitutional position, of a constitutional office,” Wu said.

After that, Wu went across the street to attend a pro-labor rally on the steps of the state capitol.

Wu said he’d use the job of lieutenant governor as an independent and activist one.

“I think of the position, I can serve as a public advocate. My whole life I’ve put the interests of the public first,” said Wu.

Hochul, meanwhile, defended her voting record in Congress in a three-minute YouTube video released by the state Democratic Committee.

“I never backed down from our core Democratic values of pro-choice, pro-marriage equality and pro-worker values,” Hochul said in the video.

Both Cuomo and Hochul have not responded to invitations to hold televised debates with Teachout and Wu.

Wu said he would prefer to have a one-on-one debate with Hochul rather than respond to her in news conferences.

“If she wants to clarify her views on her record, as opposed to having these weird conversations where she puts out videos and put our dossiers on her record piece by piece, we could actually meet in a debate and see who’s right,” Wu said.

Teachout later in the day appeared at a rally in Albany on the steps of the state Education Building. She said Hochul’s record is too out of step with Democratic voters.

“The best way to establish your bonafides as a Democrat is to vote like a Democrat when you’re in Congress,” said Teachout.

Meanwhile, there were even more signs on Thursday the Cuomo re-election campaign was gearing up to defend Hochul.

Hochul’s campaign account, meanwhile, reported receiving more than $60,000 in donations in the last 24 hours, with contributions coming from key labor groups and an LLC with ties to prolific Cuomo donor, Leonard Litwin.

And earlier in the week, the state Democratic Committee released a mailer that prominently featured both the governor and Hochul, reminding party members to vote on Sept. 9.

Carlucci Praises Revenge Porn Bill Signing

Governor Cuomo signed a bill last week outlawing what’s being called “revenge porn.” Before this law, someone could only be charged if they posted photos or video of someone online that actually show specific body parts without their consent. This law eliminates that loophole, making it a crime to post photos or videos of someone engaging in *any sexual behavior without their consent, regardless of what’s shown. Senator David Carlucci, a sponsor of the bill, joined us to discuss.

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