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

At 7 a.m., NYSSABA’s 97th annual Convention and Educational Expo kicks off, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention Center plaza, 53 Franklin St., Buffalo.

At 7:50 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WCBS Newsradio 880.

At 8 a.m., City & State hosts a State of New York Health event featuring state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, state Sen. Liz Krueger, state Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon and HHC President Ram Raju, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and others celebrate the opening of New York City’s first micro-apartment building, 335 E. 27th St., Manhattan.

At 10:45 a.m., U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer will rally with employees at the General Revenue Corporation/Pioneer facility in Chemung County to officially announce the company will create nearly 300 new, local jobs, 325 Daniel Zenker Dr., Horseheads.

At 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Brad Lander, the Freelancers Union and others call on the Council to pass the landmark “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NY-19 GOP candidate John Faso and NY-21 GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik join local and regional emergency response and law enforcement agencies, students and local stakeholders for a roundtable discussion on domestic and national security issues, Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Health Commissioner Mary Bassett will administer a flu shot to NYC Councilman Corey Johnson at his district office, where free flu shots will be available to under insured and uninsured constituents throughout the day, 224 West 30th St., Suite 1206, Manhattan.

At noon, supporters of the Stop the Cuomo Tax campaign, including NYPIRG, Food & Water Watch, Alliance for a Green Economy, and Citizen Action, will hold a news conference and “return the large utility bill (the governor) wants consumers to pay for a bailout of dangerous, unprofitable nuclear power plants,” state Capitol, 3rd Floor, outside LCA room, Albany.

Also at noon, women and activists from Walmart-Free NYC and other groups will condemn Walmart’s “unholy alliance to Trump,” Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the at 43North Lunch, Albright-Knox Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council members hold a pre-stated press conference on package of bills to strengthen the foster care system for New York City children and youth, Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Schumer and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tour the laboratory for Laser Energetics of the University of Rochester, 250 E River Rd., Rochester.

At 2:30 p.m., Rep. Charlie Rangel, state Sen. Bill Perkins and others celebrate the Phase I completion of the Morningside Park pond and waterfall rehabilitation project, Morningside Park, Morningside Avenue and West 114th Street, Manhattan.

At 3:30 p.m., Schumer and Moniz make welcoming remarks at the Rochester New York Annual Photonics Meeting, Strasenburgh Planetarium, 663 East Ave., Rochester.

At 4:30 p.m., President Barack Obama and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell hold a conference call to discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the under the Affordable Care Act.

Also at 4:30 p.m., Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivers his 2017 tentative county budget address, County Office Building, legislative chambers, 22 Market St., Poughkeepsie.

At 5 p.m., Rep. Jose Serrano hosts an African Heritage Celebration, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., Hochul attends the 43North finalist presentations and announces the $1 million competition winner, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo.

Also at 6 p.m., de Blasio appears on Univision with his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray.

Also at 6 p.m., Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan headlines a fundraiser for GOP state Senate candidate Julie Killian, Rory Dolan’s Restaurant, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers.

Also at 6 p.m., Sen. David Carlucci will be joined by representatives from the NYS Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to host another of his ongoing training sessions on Naloxone, Westchester Community College, Ossining Extension Center, 22 Rockledge Ave., Ossining.

Also at 6 p.m., NY-23 Democratic candidate John Plumb attends a GOTV rally with Rep. Paul Tonko, The Cracker Factor, 35 Lehigh St., Geneva.

At 6:30 p.m., McCray will deliver remarks and present an award to former NYC Mayor David Dinkins at the Beacon program’s 25th Anniversary Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., Buffalo.

Also at 6:30 p.m., NY-3 Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi holds the last fundraiser of his congressional campaign, The Cove Restaurant, 74 Shore Rd., Glen Cove, Long Island.

At 7 p.m., Cuomo serves as the guest of honor at the Queens Democratic Committee fundraiser, Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens.

Also ay 7 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends the Woodhaven 38th Dem Club Part B Meeting, Woodhaven Post 118 American Legion, 8902 91st St., Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., Sen. Terrence Murphy is sponsoring a free Narcan training course to help members of the community save someone’s life in the event of a heroin overdose, Sleepy Hollow SeniorCenter, 55 Elm St., Sleepy Hollow.

Also at 7 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Councilman Rafael Salamanca will participate in a town hall event with Bronx residents, Police Athletic League Inc., 991 Longwood Ave., the Bronx.


As the most caustic campaign in modern American history nears its close, Hillary Clinton has built a formidable lead over Donald Trump approaching 10 percentage points, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds. But she faces a deeply divided nation that is alarmed about the prospect of Election Day violence and what may be ahead.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has already been working on potential probes of a Clinton White House for weeks. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up,” he said.

In the years before Clinton announced she would run again for president, her top aides expressed profound concerns in internal emails about how foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton’s own moneymaking ventures would affect the former secretary of state’s political future.

A close aide to Bill Clinton said he arranged for $50 million in payments for the former president, part of a complicated mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation mapped out in a memo released by WikiLeaks.

Faced with a demoralizing third consecutive loss in a presidential race, conservatives are girding for an extended clash on two fronts in the months ahead: one with a possible Clinton administration and one with Republicans who rejected Donald Trump.

There’s a glimmer of hope for Trump in a Bloomberg Politics Florida poll, which shows him beating Clinton 45 percent to 43 percent when independent third party candidates are factored in.

In the last 24 hours, Clinton has been offered beer-soaked donuts for breakfast and a bottle of birthday tequila, attended an Adele concert and suggested that the best cure for a divided country was a national dance party.

Clinton said she will expect “thorough” regulatory scrutiny of AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion — but didn’t go as far as her Republican rival.

Actor Morgan Freeman narrates Clinton’s closing argument TV ad, “Example.”

Clinton’s election night party venue will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan, which has a literal glass ceiling.

H. Douglas Barclay, 84, who was once one of the most influential Republicans in New York, explains his support for Trump.

Trump mocked Clinton for taking time to attend an Adele concert, saying it’s proof that she doesn’t campaign as hard as him.

With less than two weeks until the election, Trump stepped off the campaign trail to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at his new hotel in Washington, D.C.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising the possibility that Republicans would decline to fill the U.S. Supreme Court’s vacancy if Clinton is elected president.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to pick a candidate in the hotly contested Senate 60th district race between Democrat Amber Small and Republican Chris Jacobs, explaining: “It’s not as simple as saying ‘Democrat, Republican.’ You have to look at the person and you have to look at the person’s positions on issues and you have to look at the person’s background.”

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, under pressure to prove that the electric vehicle maker can be profitable as it looks to merge with SolarCity, delivered in a big way yesterday, stunning Wall Street by reporting its second quarterly profit ever, along with record numbers for vehicle production and deliveries.

Cuomo announced that the federal Food and Drug Administration has authorized the institute to conduct the first U.S. study of a drug developed by Cuban researchers.

Calling it “as easy and obvious a decision as any observer could be asked to make,” the Buffalo News endorses U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer for re-election,” adding it would be an act of “self-sebotage” not to return him to the upper house.

The governor said again that he supports the expansion of ride-hailing services upstate, though how he might seek to massage together competing Assembly and Senate proposals is not yet known.

Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan pushed back against Cuomo’s support of the Senate Democrats’ efforts to retake the majority, calling it “unfathomable” that the governor “would want to place (NYC Mayor Bill) de Blasio in charge of setting the state’s agenda by electing Senate Democrats.”

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox predicted Cuomo’s endorsement of Democratic Senate candidates will backfire because a federal corruption investigation has tainted his administration.

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A cap on federal income has prevented United States Secret Service agents from being paid for hundreds of hours of work on the presidential campaign trail, leaving many agents working overtime for free since as early as spring 2016 during what has been a historically demanding election year for the agency.

The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day.

Clinton has strengthened her position slightly among young voters, but she has struggled to take full advantage of Trump’s rising unpopularity, a new poll shows.

Clinton’s election night celebration will be at the Jacob K. Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan.

Former President Bill Clinton said that he is “in awe” of his wife as she celebrates her 69th birthday.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, “Obama fraud” and an example of a “Democratic program” championed by Clinton.

Giuliani appeared on CNN’s “New Day,” where he had an combative interview with host Chris Cuomo, who at one point said of the former mayor: “All of a sudden you’re in Trumpland, and the facts are all over the place.”

Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has had a rough go of it since the controversial business mogul and reality television star became a Republican presidential candidate.

Actor James Franco calls Clinton the “most interesting woman in the world” in a new ad campaign launched by groups supporting the Democratic presidential nominee.

RIP New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who died after being struck by a car while assisting the driver of a tractor trailer on Ballard Road in Wilton, Saratoga County.

The special commission that was created to set an essentially binding recommendation on a potential pay hike for lawmakers has postponed what will likely be their final meeting from Oct. 27 to Nov. 10, which is after Election Day.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor insisted last night that, whoever the next president is, he or she absolutely must appoint a ninth justice as quickly as possible.

Cuomo ordered all flags be flown at half staff in Pratt’s memory.

Cuomo said the state is prepared to provide $1 million for a study on where best to put a new train station in Buffalo. The governor, while speaking at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said he would provide the money on the condition that local officials commit to getting the study done within six months.

Republican NY-19 candidate John Faso on the Nov. 8. ballot: “It’s like a restaurant. There are different choices for the entree, and the appetizer, and the dessert.”

Zika and other diseases spread by (the Aedes aegypti mosquito) are really not controllable with current technologies,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden said. “We will see this become endemic in the hemisphere.”

Four months after leaving the de Blasio administration, Karen Hinton will lead the New York office for Fenton Communications as managing director for its New York office, and also serve as the PR’s company’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Media giant Gannett Company Inc. has laid off about 2 percent of its total workforce, including five newsroom positions at The Journal News/

Onondaga Nation Lawyer Joe Heath is headed to North Dakota today to provide legal services to the protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.

Assemblymen Joe Morelle and Brian Kolb say they’re open to a pay raise. So are senators Pat Gallivan and Rich Funke.

Asked whether her boss might run for governor in 2018, retiring Republican Rep. Richard Hanna’s spokeswoman replied: No comment.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is co-authoring a book on climate change with former Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope.

The robust New York City economy hit a speed bump in September as the unemployment rate rose sharply, state Labor Department figures show.

The Oct. 8 Long Island Rail Road accident near New Hyde Park occurred after a work train derailed and was stuck in the path of an oncoming passenger train, the LIRR’s president revealed.

Five city police officers are reportedly scheduled to be interviewed this week as part of a probe by a special prosecutor into a late-night car chase and tense showdown between Mayor Gary McCarthy and a woman outside the police station last spring,

Spence: Contract Deal Boosts Cuomo With PEF

From the Morning Memo:

It’s not an overstatement to call the relationship between the governor and PEF, the state’s second largest public workers union, rocky in recent years.

The last round of contract talks was so acrimonious, in fact, that it contributed to the union’s decision to back Cuomo’s primary opponent, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, in 2014 after supporting him in his first gubernatorial run in 2010.

The union also went through its own internal upheaval, ousting its former president, Susan Kent, just three years after she successfully challenged former PEF president Ken Brynien, who had also presided over a contentious – and not terribly successful – round of contract talks with Cuomo.

Wayne Spence, who succeeded Kent, was determined not to make the same mistakes as his predecessors. With yet another contract needing to be negotiated, he vowed to have a “courteous” dialogue with the Cuomo administration, adopting a “catch more bees with honey” approach.

It looks like Spence’s approach worked – for now.

PEF leaders and the Cuomo administration recently announced a three-year contract that provided 2 percent annual raises for union members and no immediate health care cost increases, though there are a number of details that need to be hammered out.

During a Capital Tonight interview last night, Spence said he expects the deal will be approved by the rank-and-file.

Looking ahead, he predicted that while there are still PEF members who are angry with Cuomo, this contract experience may have smoothed ruffled feathers sufficiently for the union to at least consider supporting the governor should he seek a third term in 2018.

“I think now that…we can now have the conversation,” Spence said. “My members are still upset, because the state workforce is still at a 40-year low. This is the first step toward having that conversation, but I can tell you they’re still not happy. They’re not happy.”

“I remember one of my members said to me in Binghamton last week…’If the governor even wants us to have a conversation with him and even consider endorsing him, he better give us something we can live with.'”

“I believe our members were given something they can live with,” Spence continued. “Would they like three percent and everything else? Who wouldn’t. But here’s what they do recognize. This shows that he recognized the union, recognized our sacrifice.”

“What good is a major increase in health insurance, or your salary, if you have to pay a major increase in taxes. Because we’re all taxpayers. So I think this is a nice balance.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Erie County and Albany.

Hillary For New York will celebrate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 69th birthday with special get out the vote organizing events across the state.

At 8 a.m., Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance speaks about investments in public safety, crime prevention, and justice reform at the Citizens Budget Commission breakfast, Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Hostos Community College’s Center for Bronx Nonprofits hosts “Building and Sustaining Communities,” a public conversion aimed at addressing the relationship between the public and law enforcement, Savoy Multipurpose Room, 120 E. 149th St., the Bronx.

Also at 9 a.m., Resist Spectra and other environmental groups participate in a statewide day of action demanding U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer stop the construction of a high pressure, fracked-gas pipeline, 780 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Sierra Club President Aaron Mair announces the organization’s endorsement of Democratic NY-24 candidate Colleen Deacon, Emerson Park Pavilion, 6914 E. Lake Rd, Auburn.

At 9:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul joins Cuomo as he makes an announcement, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton streets, Buffalo.

At 10:30 a.m., NY-19 candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso appear on “The Brian Lehrer Show” to discuss their respective campaigns, WNYC.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, NYPD and top NYC officials will host a press conference to make an announcement regarding domestic violence, Manhattan Family Justice Center, 80 Centre St., 5th floor, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo and Hochul attend the 43North finals qualifying round, The Atrium at Rich’s, 1 Robert Rich Way, Buffalo.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Council members Rory Lancman, Laurie Cumbo and Dan Garodnick, and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein fight back against so-called “revenge porn” during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, City Hall steps, Manhattan

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina joins Rep. Nydia Velazquez and delivers brief remarks to celebrate Queens schools that received a Federal Magnet Grant, P.S. 254, The Rosa Parks School, 84-40 101 1st St., Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., AARP presents 1,000 petitions to NY-23 candidates John Plumb and Tom Reed urging each to commit to strengthening Social Security for the 21st Century, corner of Chemung Street and East Tioga Avenue (Plumb, 11:30 a.m.) and 46 Market Street (Reed, noon), Corning.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright will join Debbie Hardeen and other Houdini family members, along with fans and magicians, to place a historical plaque on the first NYC childhood home of Harry Houdini to mark the 90th anniversary of his death, 244 East 79th St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente will host Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and local stakeholders to discuss Dutchess County’s highly successful “Think DIFFERENTLY” initiative to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals with special needs, Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NYSARC, 245 Genesee St., Utica.

Also at 2 p.m., Velazquez speaks to the Medgar Evers Minority Veteran Business Institute (MVBI) Veterans business event, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92, 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn.

At 4 p.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter and Rochester faith leaders will hold a GOTV rally at Memorial AME Zion Church with special guest and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, 549 Clarissa St., Rochester.

At 4:30 p.m., the Bernie Sanders Network, Citizen Action of New York, PAUSE and Sierra Club protest against state Sen. George Amedore’s opposition to climate change legislation and fossil fuel industry donations, Legislative Office Building steps, 198 State St., Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts “A Salute to Italian Heritage and Culture: Celebrating 40 Years of Italian Culture in America,” Pace University, 163 William St., 18th Floor, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Rep. Grace Meng attends public meeting in which the National Park Service will discuss its Flushing Remonstrance study, Quaker Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd., Queens.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Manhattan BP Gale Brewer, Sen. Brad Hoylman, NYC Councilman Corey Johnson and others participate in a phone bank birthday celebration for Clinton, The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane St., Manhattan.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Assembly members Pat Fahy and John McDonald and Sen. Neil Breslin participate in a phone bank birthday party for Clinton, Albany County Democratic HQ, 10 Colvin Ave., Albany.

From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Broome County Democratic Party, the Broome County Democratic Women, and Southern Tier For Hillary participate in a phone bank birthday party for Clinton, Broome County Democratic HQ, 508 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner headlines a phone bank birthday party for Clinton, Hillary for America Syracuse Field Office, 716 E. Washington St., Syracuse.

Form 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a Westchester County phone bank birthday party for Clinton is held, Hillary for America Westchester Field Office, 168 Martine Ave., White Plains.


The Sunshine State was treated to twin apocalyptic visions yesterday, when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both warned Florida voters in dark terms that the other candidate threatens the fabric of the nation.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told an audience of more than 1,000 Long Island business and political leaders that he will cross party lines to vote for Clinton, citing her experience, temperament and — in a jab at fellow Republican Trump — her “stamina.”

Clinton went to an Adele concert in Miami on the eve of her 69th birthday, and picked up some support along the way from the British singer, who can’t vote in the U.S. but says she’s “100 percent” behind the Democratic nominee.

Newt Gingrich thinks Megyn Kelly’s mind is in the gutter. In a heated on-camera exchange, the former GOP House Speaker accused the Fox News host of biased coverage concerning Trump’s alleged sexual assaults.

In a March 2015 interview, President Obama said that he had learned about Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state “the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports.” But that assertion concerned Clinton aides, who knew that the president himself had received emails from the private address.

Trump’s campaign is pushing back against a new report that says Trump has all but stopped raising money for the joint fundraising effort with the RNC, insisting that the campaign is continuing to support the Republican Party.

Trump, desperate for a winning political issue in the final two weeks of the presidential race, fiercely attacked Clinton over sharp premium increases that will hit some Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act.

There is at least one conspicuous object owned by Trump in New York City that never carried his name – the enormous silvery globe at the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Columbus Circle in Manhattan – but for his lack of trying.

Washington-based federal prosecutors plan to aggressively pursue charges against NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a law enforcement source told The the NY Post.

An update on efforts between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research organization to develop a lung cancer vaccine is expected this morning from Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a trip to Western New York.

Suspects in a federal bribery and corruption case, including a former top aide to Cuomo, are negotiating possible plea deals, according to court papers. But attorneys for the eight men insist no talks are underway.

The governor raised eyebrows at a Senate Democrats fund-raiser in Manhattan yesterday by saying he would oppose fellow Dems who aren’t on board with his socially progressive, fiscally conservative agenda. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to oppose some Democratic senators as well as I’m going oppose Republican senators,” Cuomo said.

“I don’t believe the Republicans will have enough votes to be in the clear majority, and I believe Democrats in the Senate are going to have to be smart enough and flexible enough to form a partnership with the (Independent Democratic Conference),” the governor predicted. “That is the probable scenario.”

A Nassau County Supreme Court justice rejected an attempt by Republicans to force a union-backed super PAC, New Yorkers Together, to stop its heavy spending targeting two Senate Republican candidates on Long Island.

It may be small solace to New Yorkers shopping for Obamacare policies, but the average premium increase in 2017 for individuals in the Empire State is 16.6 percent, compared with 25 percent in 39 other states.

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Eight men charged in a federal corruption case, including Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo; and former SUNY Poly head Alain Kaloyeros, are in plea discussions with prosecutors, according to a document filed with the court.

The case brought against Percoco, Kaloyeros, Louis Ciminelli and two other executives of Buffalo’s LPCiminelli construction and development company, and several Syracuse-area developers was given a continuance until Nov. 23 as lawyers on all sides continue to negotiate.

Former New York City Mayor and top Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani said that when he looks at Hillary Clinton, he sees her “in an orange jumpsuit.”

“We got a couple of surprises left,” Giuliani said of the Trump campaign. “Surprises in the way that we’re going to campaign to get our message out there. Maybe in a little bit of a different way. You’ll see. And I think it will be enormously effective.”

Just two weeks before Election Day, at least 75 of the 4,000-plus lawsuits involving Trump and his businesses remain open, according to an ongoing, nationwide analysis of state and federal court records by USA TODAY. That’s unprecedented for a presidential candidate.

Senior staff members on Clinton’s nascent campaign were conscious about diversity in the top ranks two months before the Democratic presidential candidate formally announced her bid, according to hacked emails from the personal account of a top campaign official.

No, you can’t cast a vote in next month’s presidential election using a social media hashtag, though fliers found on SUNY New Paltz’s campus Sunday claim you can.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking on Long Island today, said he’ll vote for Clinton, and said Trump is unqualified and “selling people a bill of goods.”

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara rang the closing bell at the NYSE today.

Leading daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel have reached a $12 million settlement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to end remaining false advertising claims in an enforcement action filed a year ago, seemingly putting an end to legal uncertainty for the industry in the state.

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has appointed a new commissioner to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, attorney J. Gerard McAuliffe, Jr. Meanwhile, Michael Romeo, an appointee of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has departed the panel.

Republican David Gurfein, a candidate for Congress in Nassau County’s 4th District, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in September 2010 after authorities said he pushed the mother of his child during a confrontation at her Henderson, Nevada, home.

This week, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg donated another $25 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, after previously donating $100 million in 2013.

Cuomo is the fourth-highest paid governor in the nation.

Is the Time Warner/AT & T merger good or bad for NYC? Greg David opines.

A restaurateur who didn’t get the concession to run the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park — even though his offer was $19.5 million higher than the winner — is now suing, charging that he lost out to a bidder who should not have participated because he donated to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York.

Federal probers in New York are “not happy” that the Justice Department in D.C. is nosing in on the chokehold death investigation of Eric Garner by replacing them with their Beltway counterparts, a federal source told The NY Post.

Schneiderman plans to introduce in the next legislative session a bill aimed at curbing the misuse of non-compete agreements, contract clauses that bar employees of one company from leaving to join or become a competitor.

A center for advanced technology to develop state-of-the-art 3D printing technology is opening at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Henrietta campus.

An 89-year-old World War II veteran from Colonie is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole the “Trump for Veterans” magnetic signs off his car on Friday while he was dining at Reel Seafood Co. on Wolf Road.

NRCC Slams ‘Zany Professor’ Teachout

The NRCC is out with yet another TV ad slamming Democrat Zephyr Teachout in the NY-19 race, which is fast becoming one of the most expensive congressional contests in the state this election cycle.

This ad perpetuates a theme that Teachout’s opponent, Republican John Faso, started early on in this race: The idea that being highly educated – and, in fact, a college professor – is somehow a negative thing linked to extreme liberalism.

That’s an idea many conservatives have been pushing for some time, that many colleges and universities are liberal hotbeds where professors are indoctrinating, perhaps even brainwashing, students in a leftist agenda.

(For the record, my father is a veteran professor of Political Science at SUNY New Paltz, and he’s a Republican).

The ad also criticizes Teachout for her support of, and subsequent endorsement by, self-professed Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who challenged Hillary Clinton from the left during this year’s presidential primary.

It also accuses Teachout of wanting to raise a whole host of taxes, including energy taxes, which is an issue over which the candidates clashed repeatedly during the TWC News debate in Woodstock last night.

Here’s the script of the new ad:

“Announcer: Remember that zany professor…who always pushed their liberal agenda? That’s Professor Zephyr Teachout.

She supports Obama’s dangerous Iran nuclear deal. And Professor Teachout supports higher property taxes, higher energy taxes, and higher estate taxes.

That’s probably why Teachout loves Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. He’s from Vermont, just like her. Zany Professor, Zephyr Teachout. She’s just not one of us.”

NRCC is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

Here and Now

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

At 8:30 p.m., NYC Dep Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen speaks at the NY Building Congress, 1335 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., counsel to the governor Alphonso David keynotes a conference on immigration law, “IIRIRA & AEDPA Twenty Years Later: Legal Representation Challenges in New York and Beyond,” New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito participates in a Women & Girls and civic engagement panel, 105 East 106th St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will endorse Bruce Bendish for district attorney, Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., White Plains.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul cuts the ribbon on the AMPrint Center for Advanced Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 160 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester.

Also at 10:30 a.m., state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces a first-of-its-kind gun trafficking report, 120 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James calls on NYC and the state to expand access to 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) technology, a new breast cancer screening technology proven to increase early detection of breast cancer, plaza behind the David Dinkins Municipal Bldg., 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 11:15 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends a Team Up! Tuesday event with NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, 730 Bryant Ave., the Bronx.

At 11:30 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney releases her final report card on the MTA’s progress towards completing Phase 1 of the 2nd Avenue Subway, 63rd Street and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Rep. Joe Crowley, state Sen. Jose Peralta, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides and community members discuss renovations at Section 8 development Marine Terrace, regarding the plan to preserve 440 units of affordable housing, corner of 20th Road and Shore Boulevard, Queens.

At noon, Hochul attends another ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m., former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be headlining the Long Island Association’s Annual Fall Luncheon, Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, Long Island.

At 2:15 p.m., Hochul launches a Community College Council Meeting in the Central NY Region, Onondaga Community College, Whitney Applied Technology Building, Room 210, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

At 3 p.m., attorney Sanford Rubenstein and Black Lives Matter members call for a grand jury to be convened in the death of Deborah Danner, 198 East 161st St., the Bronx.

At 4:30 p.m., Crowley, also Democratic Leader of Queens County, will host a phone bank with Hillary for New York, Queens County HQ, 7250 Austin St., Fl 2, Forest Hills, Queens.

At 6 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends Williamsburg: Break The Silence-Stop The Violence candlelight vigil to shine a light on domestic violence, Continental Army Plaza Park, South 4th Street and Roebling Avenue, Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich holds a 2017 election fundraiser, RW Prime, 1000 Rockaway Blvd., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., AARP unveils the results of a Siena College survey of Monroe County Gen Xers’ and Boomers’ financial condition and retirement prospects, including their preferences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Social Security and retirement issues, The Strathallan, 550 East Ave., Rochester.

At 6:30 p.m., James delivers opening remarks at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Criminal Poverty: A Dirty Truth” event, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Farina attends District 20 Town Hall, P.S. 204 -Vince Lombardi School, 8101-15th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will host the third annual UpStander Awards, Gracie Mansion, Manhattan.


Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed, stoking another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election.

Premiums for midlevel health plans will increase by an average of 25 percent next year, while consumers in some states will find significantly fewer insurance companies offering coverage. But the Obama administration said three-fourths of consumers would still be able to find plans for less than $100 a month with the help of federal subsidies.

Hundreds of thousands of consumers whose health insurance plans are being discontinued for 2017 will get some flexibility when signing up for a new plan during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment – a sign of continued turmoil.

The Justice Department has replaced the New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, officials said, a highly unusual shake-up that could jump-start the long-stalled case and put the government back on track to seek criminal charges

Two men who used to attend the bashes told the Daily Beast Trump would regularly throw cocaine-filled and sex-crazed parties in lavish suites at the Plaza Hotel, which he owned between 1988 and 1995, inviting models as young as 15 to attend them.

Trump forced his employees on “The Apprentice” to come in to work in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, former staff members told the Daily Beast.

Trump launched his own broadcast last night with a 30-minute show directly from Trump Tower. The program, aired on Facebook Live, is hosted by advisors Cliff Sims and Boris Epshteyn and “The Blaze” commentator Tomi Lahren.

Phil Reisman: “As nutty as it might seem, word has it that Trump, either personally or through his campaign, has dangled the HUD job in front of (Westchester County Executive Rob) Astorino, contingent, of course, on the outside chance Trump pulls off an election upset to become the 45th president of the United States.”

It won’t be easy to safeguard Trump Tower if the real estate mogul is elected president, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “It presents a lot of challenges,” he explained. “But we are in talks with the Secret Service. We’ll develop a plan to accommodate that situation if it comes about.”

Appearing at a rally for Democratic freshman Long Island Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor; and Long Island Democratic Senate candidate Adam Haber, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that priority No. 1 when lawmakers return to Albany in January will be additional ethics reforms – specifically the limiting of outside income for state lawmakers.

In nearly six years as the state’s top Democrat, Cuomo has never headlined a fund-raiser for the campaign committee for the Senate Democrats. This time around, the left remains skeptical. “The jury’s still out on whether Cuomo will spend even $1 million of his $19 million war chest on behalf of a more progressive New York,” aid WFP State Director Bill Lipton.

Cuomo has taken an active role this year in his party’s bid for the state Senate, lending his presence to big-money fundraisers for Democratic candidates and offering himself up on the campaign trail. That’s a change from cycles past.

A new report from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office proves what has long been suspected — the bulk of gun crimes committed in New York involve weapons that originated from out of state.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, now facing federal corruption charges, took a $17,007 annual pay raise in July in the midst of the county’s ongoing budget crisis.

Construction across New York City this year is projected to surpass a spending peak in 2007, near the end of the last real estate boom. A new estimate by the New York Building Congress, an industry group, puts construction spending at $43.1 billion in 2016.

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Donald Trump said he’s is going to cut “70 to 80 percent” of federal regulations if he wins the White House.

Te political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the FBI who later helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

Some leading Democrats are urging Hillary Clinton to use more of that money to mobilize black voters in hopes of winning control of Congress, publicly revealing a crack in party unity that could have lasting consequences if she is elected.

Clinton, speaking to thousands of supporters a New Hampshire rally, accused Trump of conceding defeat in the ongoing effort to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State terrorist group.

Selfies in the voting booth? Totally legal, according to Election Law attorney Jerry Goldfeder.

The New York Times reprinted 6,000 words of Trump insults.

The Rev. Al Sharpton used a weekly gathering at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network to lash out at Trump, and accused the sagging GOP nominee of racism and of conspiracy to suppress African-American turnout.

Rapper Jay Z is planning a “get out the vote” concert to benefit Clinton that’s aimed at black voters in Ohio prior to Election Day.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney thinks Trump is hurting the Republican Party and does not support him for president, but doesn’t know who she’ll be voting for at the moment.

Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco is troubled by upstate economic development initiatives placed in the hands of “one person,” and said instead the state government should push broad tax cuts and introduce more checks and balances to lessen opportunities for corruption.

Starting next week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” every Monday in a “Mondays with the Mayor” segment, which will be his second weekly media appearance, alongside WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

The state will offer a two-year public service fellowship with the state Department of Labor in honor of Scott Martella, a former Cuomo aide and communications director for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone who was killed in an August car accident.

If Trump loses the election in November, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver will give the presidential nominee his Emmy.

Bridget Kelly, a former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, had two separate conversations with him while lane closures at the George Washington Bridge were occurring, including one where she mentioned retribution, she testified today.

William J. Hochul Jr. is leaving a 30-year career as a federal prosecutor to join Delaware North. He would not disclose his plans when he announced his resignation from the U.S. attorney’s office earlier this month.

School district by school district across Western New York is discovering varying amounts of lead in their water.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to develop a set of policy recommendations for cities that are just waking up to the driverless car revolution.

Retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, who commanded U.S. Army troops in Mosul, is watching the current efforts to drive Islamic State fighters from that city with mixed emotions.

The Bronx cops responsible for a patrol car stolen from their stationhouse parking lot will be disciplined, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.

Last Thursday morning, just as Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was surrendering to federal authorities at his Bethpage home on corruption and bribery charges, his fundraising committee sent an ill-timed email to supporters.

A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that the New York Farm Bureau may step in to defend against a lawsuit filed against the state over a law that the New York Civil Liberties Union contends violates farmworkers’ rights to organize.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule, and then in Nassau and Suffolk counties, where he will be making political appearances/announcements.

Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, is due in court today in New York City for an appearance related to federal corruption charges.

This evening, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane will host a reception with business, non-profit and philanthropic leaders who participated in the Ladders For Leaders program to celebrate a record-breaking year for the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Gracie Mansion, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network’s Kirsten John Foy, the NYCLU’s Donna Lieberman, NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Blake and Marisol Alcantara call on de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill to hold a community summit on policing after the shooting of Deborah Danner, NAN’s “House of Justice,” 106 W. 145th St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights Cuomo’s “Get Screened, No Excuses” campaign during a breast cancer awareness campaign kickoff, Jordan Health Center, 82 Holland St., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella holds event with Bayside residents to ask the state DOT to extend the sound barrier on the Clearview Expressway, 18-66 Corporal Kennedy St., Queens.

At 11 a.m., McCray and American Psychiatric Association President Maria Oquendo will be joined by elected officials, advocates and health leaders to announce a major investment in the health of NYC’s communities, Elmcor, 107-20 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Clifford Crouch and advocates hold press conference to highlight the #bFair2DirectCare “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign calling for a funding increase in the New York State budget for wages for staff, Crouch’s district office, Blarney Room, 1 Kattelville Rd., Binghamton.

Also at 11 a.m., the Coalition for Asthma-Free Housing, NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and supporters hold a press conference to call for passage of the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2016 (Intro 385B), 225 E. 14th St., Manhattan.

At noon, Hochul announces the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge​ winner, Village Elementary School, 100 School Ln., Hilton.

At 1 p.m., the EPA holds a media availability session at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, one of the nation’s most contaminated bodies of water.

Also at 1 p.m., Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Lancman and members of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council rally to
“protect the right to vote against intimidation efforts in this fall’s election,” City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., elected officials will issue proclamations to mark National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 23-29, joined by representatives of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Lead-Free MV Coalition, Oneida County Executive’s Office, County Office Building, 800 Park Ave., Utica.

At 4:45 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, VFW Post 5253, 155 Searingtown Rd., Albertson, Long Island. (The governor is headlining a rally on behalf of two Senate Democratic candidates in Nassau County — incumbent Todd Kaminsky and Adam Haber, who is seeking an open seat).

At 6 p.m., AARP unveils the results of a Siena College survey of Erie County Gen Xers’ and Boomers’ financial condition and retirement prospects, including their preferences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Social Security and retirement issues, with opening remarks by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo.

Also at 6 p.m., former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, former Rep. Nan Hayworth, Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino headline a fundraiser for Republican 94th AD candidate Kevin Byrne, Le Fontane, 137 Route 100, Katonah.

At 6:30 p.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at the Suffolk County Democratic Committee Fall Dinner, Villa Lombardi’s, 877 Main St., Holbrook, Long Island.

At 7 p.m., NY-3 candidates Sen. Jack Martins (Republican) and former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi (Democrat) debate in forum sponsored by AARP NY and The Viscardi Center at The Viscardi Center, 201 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson

At 7:30 p.m., Hochul receives the Woman of Distinction Award from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Adam’s Mark, 120 Church St., Buffalo.


Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway acknowledged the Republican presidential candidate was lagging behind rival Hillary Clinton, as the Democratic nominee pressed a strategy of encouraging early voting in key battleground states.

Newt Gingrich lauded Trump’s ability to campaign despite opposition from “the elite news media.” Speaking in a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, the former House Speaker claimed the Republican presidential nominee is coming up in the polls because of his staunch grassroots support.

Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday will campaign together for the first time, in North Carolina, a state that Clinton’s top aides view as a must-win for Donald Trump.

Trump will accept the Nov. 8 election results “100 percent if it’s fair,” according to his son Eric.

Newsday endorsed Clinton for president, deeming her “steady, mature, tough, intelligent and deeply knowledgeable about policy and government.”

Hacked emails from the personal account of Clinton’s top campaign official show her aides considered inserting jokes about her private email server into her speeches at several events — and at least one joke made it into her remarks.

Porn star Jessica Drake became the 12th woman to come forward with a tale of The Donald’s inappropriate behavior. His campaign called her story “totally false and ridiculous.”

In just a 21-day period this month, seven of the top super PACs – legally known as independent expenditure committees – spent an average of $341,000 a day on 11 separate state Senate races. The top spender was New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, which is tied to a pro-charter school organization.

Embattled Republicans are banking on an old foe — NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — to help them in this year’s state Senate races.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ramping up his efforts to help the Senate Democrats re-take the majority. A source close to Cuomo said he recognizes the Republicans have worked well with him since he took office in 2011 to get some big ticket items through, but “has been unable to get the ethics package he wants with the current composition of the Senate.”

Gary Greenberg, an upstate investor and child sexual abuse survivor who created the Fighting For Children PAC, spoke with Cuomo at a recent fund-raiser for state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, and came away convinced the governor will make passing the Child Victims Act a priority in 2017.

Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever has been promoted to press secretary, the first woman to serve in that role under Cuomo. Lever, 29, is replacing John Kelly, who left the administration last Friday for the private sector.

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna has been telling people he’s been approached by some of his fellow Republicans about the possibility of running for governor in 2018. Hanna says he’s considering the idea, even though he’s having a house built outside the state.

Social Security beneficiaries should get a one-time $581 payment to compensate for an anemic cost-of-living increase in 2017, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. He’s backing a bill introduced last year by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren that would provide the one-time payment to the more than 65 million recipients of Social Security benefits.

De Blasio solicits the opinions of many confidants before making decisions. Then he often disregards their counsel, forging ahead in ways that his inner circle sometimes describes as politically imprudent.

Police union leaders slammed de Blasio during an appearance on Catsimatidis’ talk show, fuming that the mayor has “neutered” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill in the aftermath of the police-involved shooting in the Bronx last Tuesday.

Heading into his 2017 re-election effort, de Blasio has a problem with a number of labor unions.

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The Weekend That Was

Hillary Clinton has jumped into a double-digit lead against rival Donald Trump, pushed largely by disapproval of the Republican candidate, according to ABC News’s inaugural 2016 election tracking poll.

President Obama, who has endured gridlock in Washington as Republicans in the states took direct aim at his vision and legacy, is stepping in to assist more than 150 state legislative candidates, by far his biggest effort to bolster local Democrats since he took office.

Trump pledged post-election lawsuits against every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior, and he charged Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party with orchestrating the allegations.

Preliminary analysis has found that a white substance that prompted the evacuation of Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn was not harmful, police said.

The telecom-media giant that would be formed if federal regulators approve AT&T $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner raises antitrust issues, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and several other lawmakers said.

A new state-mandated testing program has found lead in some of the drinking water in at least 11 school districts – Lackawanna, Williamsville, Clarence, Depew, North Collins, Orchard Park, Lockport, Hamburg, Cleveland Hill, Fredonia and Silver Creek.

Representing Trump at a national education conference in Florida, Carl Paladino referred to the “corrupted, incompetent urban school systems we have in this country” and suggested they exist exclusively to fuel a liberal voting base for the Democratic Party.

VP Joe Biden on Trump: “The press always asks me: Don’t I wish I were debating him?” he said. “No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”

The New Yorker magazine, which backed President Obama in the last election cycle, is supporting Clinton.

Clinton is very excited that the Chicago Cubs made the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo soon may be flying above the skies of New York in a state-of-the art helicopter that is faster, larger and quieter than his current State Police-supplied helicopter. The State Police is working on a final contract to purchase a slightly used Sikorsky S76-D for $12.5 million, which also includes training for five agency pilots.

Cuomo made a cameo appearance in the Wikileaks emails reportedly hacked from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s account.

Wendy Long, the Republican challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, called for a full pardon of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, for the release of hacked emails that have “served a far greater good of truth and transparency” than Assange’s alleged crimes.

The Syracuse Media Group editorial board endorsed Schumer “based on his tangibles – real results for Central New York, New York state and the nation – and his intangibles – his tireless work ethic, ability to work with Republicans, accessibility to constituents and ‘I’m still-the-kid-from-Brooklyn’ humility.”

Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, repeatedly begged Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin not to endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination last spring — since her husband was just about to kick off his own campaign, an email obtained by WikiLeaks shows.

It’s no secret Steven Casey, the former deputy mayor of Buffalo, is talking to the FBI. But is he also talking to the Cleveland developer suing his former boss over allegations of a pay-to-play scheme at City Hall? The developer’s lawyers say he is.

The NYPD’s sergeants union is taking out a full-page ad in the New York Post and other publications to condemn Commissioner James O’Neill’s criticisms of the officer who fatally shot Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old, bat-swinging, mentally ill woman.

Instructors in the New York Police Academy teach would-be cops to use deadly force “if the suspect is threatening deadly physical force” with a bat or any other type of weapon, similar to the alleged circumstances in Danner’s death.

O’Neill will attend a “summit on policing” organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Danner in the Bronx last week, according to a top aide to the civil rights leader.

The Erie County Holding Center’s top staff concealed details about the treatment of inmate Richard Metcalf Jr. when a state agency began to inquire about his grave medical condition.

Oilman and Allegany County resident Charlie Joyce is a major contributor to the national Republican Party. Personally or through his family and business, Joyce has contributed more than $1 million over the past four years, mostly to GOP causes, and sits on the RNC.

Seven Midtown firefighters have been disciplined for violating the FDNY’s “zero tolerance” hazing policy,” allegedly ridiculing an African-American member.

A defiant Edward Mangano returned to work Friday — a day after the Nassau county executive and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arraigned on federal corruption charges.

Experts say Mangano’s effort to hold onto his public post while battling corruption charges isn’t unusual, but it is risky.

“I don’t think there is a mean bone in that man’s body,” Desmond Ryan, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, said of Mangano. “We are a little taken aback from these indictments.”

With no deputy supervisor formerly in line to succeed indicted Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto if he resigns, the position would go the most senior town board member, according to the town code.

The Buffalo News has learned that former Buffalo University VP Dennis Black is at the center of an investigation into hundreds of thousands of dollars of questionable expenditures at UB.

Investigators in recent weeks have intensified their interest in a Queens restaurant owner and his dealings with de Blasio’s administration, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newburgh residents have experienced a lifetime of fear and uncertainty in the five months since City Manager Michael Ciaravino declared a state of emergency and announced the closure of the city’s primary water supply – Washington Lake – over alarming levels of a chemical that is raising fears worldwide.

Onondaga County Legislator Kathy Rapp will take a $10,000 county buyout to leave her elected position a year early. The move takes advantage of a retirement incentive program intended to save the county money on salaries, but Rapp’s exit will do the opposite.

The program created to help homeowners in New York recover from Hurricane Sandy will not meet its year-end deadline, officials said this week, the latest setback for the yearslong effort to rebuild thousands of homes in the city that were damaged in the storm.

A planned debate among the three candidates running for the 22nd Congressional District was cancelled Friday morning after one candidate – independent Martin Babinec – failed to arrive.

Conservative and some liberal students at New York University were dismayed last week after school officials, citing security concerns, canceled an event headlining controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos.

Islip Town’s former parks commissioner and his aide were sentenced to conditional discharges for their roles in the illegal dumping at Roberto Clemente Park that left more than 40,000 tons of contaminated construction debris at the site.

While lampooning the latest presidential debate, Alec Baldwin name-checked his brother and fellow actor Stephen Baldwin as he yet again impersonated Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”