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While pushing the Women’s Equality Party, Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul has described a proposal to reform colleges’ handling of sexual assaults as the 11th plank of its agenda.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, will be dressing up for Halloween and greeting trick-or-treaters at Gracie Mansion.

Brian McLaughlin, a one-time Queens Democratic political power and labor leader, was released from a federal prison camp after serving a little more than half of his 10-year sentence.

Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondello is still in Astorino’s corner, even if the local county executive, Ed Mangano, is for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

While flirting yet again with a presidential run, former Gov. George Pataki made a pitch for smaller government in New Hampshire this morning.

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health has sent a letter to Cuomo calling for set training and standards to deal with a potential outbreak of the Ebola virus in New York.

An airline passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday and was held for evaluation at a New Jersey hospital has not tested positive for Ebola.

Democratic state Senate candidate Madelyn Thorne, who’s challenging GOP Sen. Hugh Farley, has a new ad explaining why she’s running.

By promoting Bill Clinton’s rally for Rep. Tim Bishop, Stony Brook University may have violated its own long-standing policy against using resources to aid political candidates or causes.

Rep. Paul Tonko is also on the air, and is using the ad as a fundraising tool.

GOP NY-21 candidate Elise Stefanik is getting attention from young voters for the possibility that she’ll be the youngest member of Congress is she’s elected next month.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise endorsed GOP AG candidate John Cahill.

The Fix tries to figure out who the 945 people were that bought Cuomo’s book.

Cuomo praised former NY Post editor Pete Hamill at a cremony where the veteran writer received the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers & Artists.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he has “never met someone in politics that I disrespect more” than party-switching former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ.

As they pitched their ideas to private angel investors at a RPI event, technology executives called the Start-Up NY program too slow and complex to be useful.

The Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Richmond County Young Democrats launched an independent expenditure to assist Democratic NY-11 candidate Domenic Recchia.

The MTA announced that more than 6 million people rode the subway on five separate days in September, breaking the record for most rides five times.

The White House has a scientific explanation for why reporters can’t witness President Barack Obama’s interactions with campaign donors: The very act of observing an event can change its outcome.

Eric Mower + Associates is combining with Middleton & Gendron, a public relations and brand communications agency in New York City.

Reform Revelations (Updated)

From the Morning Memo:

Cuomo, Astorino and Hawkins have all filed questionnaires seeking the endorsement of the NYC-based good government group Citizens Union, and their answers – or lack thereof – are eye opening.

Cuomo, for example, declined to circle either “support” or “oppose” on the fill-in-the-blank portion of the questionnaire regarding whether the state attorney general should be empowered to investigate public corruption.

Underneath this section, Cuomo (or whoever filled out the survey on his behalf) wrote that he would “have to review specific legislation.”

The question of whether the AG should have more power in this realm has been an issue since Cuomo held the office.

Back then, he called for the governor – or the Legislature – to strengthen his ability to probe wrongdoing by state lawmakers in the wake of the infamous Troopergate scandal.

Cuomo’s call was not heeded by either former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (himself an ex-AG) or former Gov. David Paterson. Now that he’s governor himself, Cuomo has also declined to empower his successor, AG Eric Schneiderman.

The AG does not have subpoena power in public corruption cases, which has caused Schneiderman to get creative, teaming up with his fellow statewide Democrat, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, whose office does have that power, to prosecute the misuse of public funds.

The governor also neglected to circle either “support” or “oppose” on questions of judicial reform, saying he wants to work with the Legislature and other “stakeholders” to simplify a complicated system.

And as for specific budget reforms, the governor wasn’t interested in being nailed down on any of those, either, preferring instead to detail the reforms he has introduced into the budgeting process since taking office in January 2011.

On his questionnaire, Astorino refused to take a position on lowering campaign contribution limits for legislative and statewide candidates.

But he was clear in his opposition to limiting contributions from lobbyists, placement agents and others who do business with the state and also to closing the so-called LLC loophole.

“Well-meaning efforts to limit campaign contributions have only sent money underground,” Astorino wrote. “…Prompt public disclosure of political contributions is the best possible solution.”

Astorino said he supports all the budget reforms listed by Citizens Union, with the exception of one – limiting the ability of the governor to enact policy changes governing the use of resources in appropriation bills. The county executive didn’t take a position on that.

He did, however, express opposition to Prop. 1 – the redistricting constitutional amendment that has divided good government groups. Citizens Union is leading the charge to get it passed.

Cuomo supports Prop. 1.

It appears Hawkins did not fill out any of the “support” or “oppose” questions on the CU form. But he did express opposition to Prop. 1 and support of “full” public campaign financing. UPDATE: Hawkins over a copy of the short portion of his CU questionnaire, saying a “computer glitch” had prevented it from being sent in full.

Citizens Union said it has interviewed both Astorino and Hawkins in advance of its endorsement decision, but has so far not managed to schedule a sit-down with Cuomo.

The interview is usually required in order for a candidate to qualify for the organization’s nod. CU will announce its endorsement in the governor’s race in the coming days.

Senate Dems Mobilize Against Prop. 1

From the Morning Memo:

As Election Day draws near, members of the so-called “regular” Senate Democratic conference are expressing their opposition to the redistricting constitutional amendment – one of three ballot initiatives that New Yorkers will be asked to vote on next month.

Yesterday, Sen. Liz Krueger released an open letter to “friends and colleagues,” denouncing Prop. 1 as “fake reform,” and urging them to vote “no” on Nov. 4.

Krueger noted she voted “no” on the amendment, which she deemed a “sneaky attempt to maintain power, cloaked as reform, by a party afraid of losing its leadership position due to demographic trends throughout our state.”

“There is still time to get this right,” the Manhattan Democrat wrote. “The next New York State redistricting is not until after the 2020 Census, so there is no urgency to enshrine this power grab into our state Constitution.”

Also yesterday, Sen. Martin Malave Dilan, a Brooklyn Democrat who served on the last legislative redistricting task force, issued a statement in opposition to Prop. 1.

“What I learned traveling the state as a member of the task force charged with drafting new legislative districts was that the original intent of the process was misrepresented; citizens and participants were misled as to its openness and transparency; and it was fundamentally fraught with gamesmanship,” the senator wrote.

“The independent commission to be created if voters support ballot proposal one this November is neither independent or capable of restoring the public’s trust in the process,” Dilan continued.

“Proposal Number One, like the public hearings leading up to the lines adopted in 2012, the task force that formulated them, and the end product, is a farce.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Erie County.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public schedule.

At 7:25 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be a guest on Joe Piscopo in the AM, AM 970, to discuss his re-election bid.

At 8:05 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss appears live “Good Morning Westchester”, WVOX 1460 AM.

At 8:30 a.m., members of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s board of commissioners hold board and committee meetings; 15th floor, 225 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., AARP joins NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other city business and community leaders to talk solutions for making the city more affordable and livable–and stopping “Boomer Flight,” East Side Marriott, 525 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., 9 a.m. SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner attend the New York State Association for Affordable Housing annual conference, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona.

At 10:45 a.m., Onondaga County Comptroller and GOP state comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci is interviewed by WNYT, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Moss attends and delivers remarks at the NYS Sheriff’s Association Executive Assistants Graduation Ceremony, Gideon Putnam Resort, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs.

Also at 11 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric will demonstrate AT&T’s “Texting While Driving” simulator, along with AT&T New York State President Marissa Shorenstein and NYC Department of Transportation officials, Columbus Park, downtown Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill will be a guest on “Creativity & Technology for Business and Life” with Joe Dans, AM 1110 and FM 93.5 WTBQ.

At 1 p.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will hold a press conference to unveil the Astorino/Moss Empowerment and Opportunity Plan, Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo.

From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., representatives from DEC and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation continue statewide public hearings to discuss a draft “Open Space Conservation Plan”; the department’s Region 2 office, 47-40 21st St., Queens.

At 2:30 p.m., Antonacci and Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli participate in a joint interview with The Journal News’ editorial board, White Plains.

At 4 p.m., members of the New York State Nurses Association, 1199 SEIU and CWA will host a rally and phone bank for Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko and Democratic NY-19 candidate Sean Eldridge, NYSNA Capital District Office, 155 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 4:30 p.m., DiNapoli will be a guest on “The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby”, AM 770.

At 6 p.m., Cahill will attend and speak at the Lewis County GOP Dinner, Ridgeview Inn Restaurant, 6912 Bardo Rd., Lowville.

At 6:30 p.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz hosts a pre-debate rally in support of Cuomo and his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, near WNED/WBFO studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo.

Also at 6:30 p.m., anti-frackers to demonstrate outside the studios.

Also at 6:30 p.m., AARP holds a member-only candidate forum with the NY-1 candidates – Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop and GOP state Sen. Lee Zeldin – Island 16 Cinema Delux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville.

At 7 p.m., Moss attends and delivers keynote remarks at the Sullivan Republican Dinner, The Club House at Villa Roma, 340 Villa Roma Rd., Callicoon.

At 8 p.m., Cuomo, Astorino, Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott will participate in the campaign’s lone televised debate hosted by WNED-TV, WBFO-FM and The Buffalo News, WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo. The debate will be broadcast live on PBS television stations and NPR radio affiliates across the state.

Headlines…

Tonight’s debate is GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s one chance to be on equal footing with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose job is not to lose his cool or look to aloof. More here.

Six things to watch for in tonight’s debate. No. 1: Will Cuomo blow his top as Astorino tries to get a rise out of him?

“Buffalo has bordered on an obsession for Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, since he took office in 2011.” The governor rejected the suggestion his attentions are politically motivated, calling that “a cheap political analysis by a really cynical individual.”

Bronx-born Vincent Pastore, who played mobster “Big Pussy” on “The Sopranos,” is supporting Astorino and suggesting his former character’s name applies to Cuomo for refusing to participate in more televised debates.

Hillary Clinton will rally at an event in Manhattan with Cuomo tomorrow.

A class action settlement between NYCLU and the state will provide $5.5 million over two years to ensure indigent criminal defendants in five counties are represented by a public defender at arraignment, in what social justice advocates called a “historic” overhaul of New York’s public defense system.

The settlement mandates changes in Suffolk County on Long Island and in four upstate counties: Ontario, Onondaga, Schuyler and Washington; it does not affect New York City. But civil rights predicted that it would serve as a model for many other counties outside the city.

Bill Hammond: “As governor of the whole state, Cuomo should have addressed the mess as the statewide problem that it is — instead of nickel-and-diming the NYCLU. Ditto for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office represented the state’s case.”

An Ebola preparedness session in NYC was “pep rally and part training conference,” as Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took pains to pay tribute to 1199 SEIU, the powerful health care workers union that was one of the organizers.

An improving economy and increased ridership have boosted the MTA’s financial picture, but the agency still faces challenges posed by rising labor, debt-service and other costs, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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Extras

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner admits his political career is “realistically” over, and he’s no longer looking for a way back in.

Sen. Liz Krueger opposed the redistricting constitutional amendment (Prop. 1), calling it “fake reform” and urging friends and colleagues to vote “no.”

The NYC Council’s Progressive Caucus also opposes Prop. 1.

US Attorney Preet Bharara will be a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter tomorrow morning.

The first – and only – televised debate between the gubernatorial candidates will take place tomorrow night in Buffalo.

Proctor’s is screening the debate.

Less than a day after the CDC announced new safety protocols for treating Ebola patients, thousands of New York City health-care workers gathered for a mass demonstration of proper use of head-to-toe protective gear.

The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a slander suit by two former SU ball boys who alleged Orangemen Head Coach Jim Boeheim’s assistant coach, Bernie Fine, had molested them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the CPR in schools bill into law.

NYCLU announced an historic settlement that overhauls public defense in five counties and lays the foundation for statewide reform of New York’s broken public defense system.

“The Contender,” a biography about Cuomo by Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, is scheduled for release on Feb. 17, and it has a cover.

Republican AG hopeful John Cahill said Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman should be working with new businesses like AirBnB instead of investigating them.

After VP Joe Biden endorsed Rep. Dan Maffei, several reporters questioned why two bands from the Syracuse School District performed at a political rally.

Under a bill signed into law by Cuomo, New York will officially promote the state’s growing beer, wine and liquor industries.

NYU Prof. Patrick J. Egan believes Cuomo is among a handful of governors wll positioned to run for president in 2016.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani fired back at Mayor Bill de Blasio over his protest of the critically acclaimed “Klinghoffer” opera, saying he has studied the opera and has found it “historically inaccurate.”

The lawyers representing the woman who has accused attorney Sanford Rubenstein of rape accused the Manhattan DA that his office is moving too slowly to bring charges.

The Cuomo-backed “Truth Squad” alleged GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino reneged on a pledge as Westchester County executive to prohibit sex offenders from being housed at a homeless shelter in Valhalla.

Five businesses, including four medical industry companies, have been picked to be part of the tax-free zones established by the state as part of the Start-Up NY program.

The Gothamist’s take on the NYT’s endorsement of Cuomo is worth a read.

Giuliani will be hitting the campaign trail with Gov. Rick Scott tomorrow in South Florida.

New York may replace its bar exam with a nationally administered and graded standardized test, making it easier for young lawyers to move in and out of the state without having to take another grueling test.

NY GOP: Cuomo Running ‘Mean-Spirited’ Campaign, ‘Afraid’ to Debate

On the eve of the first – and it appears only – gubernatorial debate, which will take place tomorrow night in Buffalo, the state GOP has released a new TV ad trashing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for running a “mean-spirited” campaign and being “afraid” to debate his Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

The ad claims Cuomo is on the attack against Astorino because he is “failing” New Yok on taxes and job creation.

It also maintains the governor is under federal investigation for witness tampering and obsctuction of justice, which isn’t entirely true, though it has been speculated that those could be charges under consideration – if any charges are indeed to be brought – by US Attorney Preet Bharara, whose office is investigating the demise of Cuomo’s now-defunct corruption-busing Moreland Commission.

Also, there have indeed been tax cuts during Cuomo’s four years in the governor’s office, and according to data released today by the state Department of Labor, the statewide unemployment rate has fallen from 7.4 percent in September 2013 to 5.6 percent last month. Meanwhile, the national jobless rate improved from 7 percent a year ago to 5.7 percent this part September.

The state party is stepping in to assist Astorino in the final weeks of the campaign with this ad, which will run through Election Day. But it’s going to be difficult to make a dent in the flood of TV ads – both positive and negative – that the Cuomo campaign and the state Democratic Party have been running, since they are both flush with many more millions of dollars worth of campaign cash than Astorino has managed to raise.

Cuomo, Astorino, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott will square off tomorrow in a debate sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED/WBFO of Buffalo. The debate will be televised, and will kick off at 7 p.m.

Cuomo had offered to debate Astorino one-on-one on WNYC public radio, but Astorino rejected the offer, saying any head-to-head debates between the two major party candidates should be televised. Astorino had previously called for eight debates with the governor.

Here’s the script of the GOP’s new ad; the party is not disclosing the size of the buy or any details about where the spot is running:

Announcer: “Andrew Cuomo spent millions on campaign ads filled with lies. The reason: Cuomo’s failing New York.

Under Cuomo we have the highest taxes, and record job losses. Cuomo is at the center of Albany corruption, under federal investigation for obstruction of justice, witness tampering.

Cuomo failed on jobs, failed on taxes, and failed us. That’s why Cuomo is running a negative, mean-spirited campaign. And that’s why Cuomo is afraid to debate his opponent.”

NRCC Launches 4th Anti-Bishop Ad in NY-1

And speaking of NY-1, residents in the congressional district at the tip of Long Island have been subjected to a veritable barrage of ads this campaign season, and the hits just keep on coming.

The NRCC has released its fourth ad attacking Long Island Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, who is facing off against GOP state Sen. Lee Zeldin next month. Bishop is among the Republicans’ top targets this cycle, and the race may well be tightening, given the Democrats’ calling in of former President Clinton to headline a rally for Bishop tomorrow.

Here’s the script of the new ad:

Announcer: “Congressman Tim Bishop is still under investigation. Watchdogs name him one of Congress’ most corrupt. But what’s even worse?

Bishop spent twelve years backing higher taxes and reckless spending. Voting with Obama and Pelosi on every major piece of legislation. Even voting to give rights to foreign terrorists.

Congressman Tim Bishop, he’s made things worse.

We have a better choice. Lee Zeldin. The change we need.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

Bill Clinton to Campaign for Rep. Bishop

The Democrats are bringing out the biggest gun they’ve got – former President Bill Clinton – to shore up veteran Long Island Rep. Tim Bishop as Election Day looms.

Clinton will headline a rally for Bishop at 5 p.m. tomorrow at The Staller Center at Stony Brook University along with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, who has a lot riding on this race, since it’s taking place in his backyard.

The Republicans have been trying to dislodge Bishop for several cycles now, and haven’t yet managed to oust him, despite the fact that his fundraising remains under investigation by the House ethics committee. The congressman is again a top target this fall, and he’s facing a challenge from GOP state Sen. Lee Zeldin.

A Siena poll released early last month found Bishop leading Zeldin by 10 percentage points – a spread the senator’s campaign disputed. The race must be tightening according to the Democrats’ internal numbers, however, or they wouldn’t bother deploying Clinton this far out from the Nov. 4 election.

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Center poll found that of all the big name Democrats, a nod from Bill Clinton moves voters like no one else – and even he can’t influence a race that much.

An endorsement from the former president makes 38 percent of voters think more favorably about a candidate, the poll found, and 24 percent of voters think less favorably. Former First Lady/Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton was right behind her husband, with 34 percent saying they would view a candidate more favorably if she bestowed her endorsement upon him or her.

A number of big names on both sides of the aisle have been making appearances on behalf of statewide and congressional candidates in recent weeks.

Just yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden headlined a rally at the airport in Syracuse in support of Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, who faces a tough challenge from Republican John Katko in NY-24. Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has received in-person support from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, along with statements and/or email appears from former Massachusetts Governor/presidential candidate Mitt Romney and US Senator/former presidential candidate John McCain.

Gloria Steinem Pitches Cuomo on WFP Line

From the Morning Memo:

Since Gov. Cuomo isn’t pitching himself on the Working Families Party line – especially not with women, a key voting bloc – the labor-backed party has tapped an icon in the women’s movement to do it for him.

The WFP yesterday sent out an email from veteran activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, who implored New Yorkers to join her in voting for Cuomo on Row D, insisting: “This is important for women, for men, for the future of our state.”

Steinem went on to enumerate the WFP’s achievements, calling the party “the anchor of progressive reform across this diverse state that so often is the conscience of the country.”

She made no mention of Cuomo or his record on progressive issues, or his endorsement agreement with the WFP that included a pledge to support the Democrats’ effort to take back the state Senate majority.

“Our votes on the Working Families Party line help elect leaders who have promised to pass a full Women’s Equality agenda as well as a full range of progressive policies that affect every New York woman,” Steinem wrote.

“A strong WFP vote also builds the kind of independent, progressive political power we need to hold those same politicians to their promises after Election Day.”

The irony here is that Cuomo is urging voters to support him on the newly created “Women’s Equality Line” – otherwise known as the WEP, just one letter away from the WFP.

If the governor attracts at least 50,000 votes on the WEP, it will attain official party status and automatic ballot access for the next four years.

Depending on how many votes Cuomo attracts on the WFP line, the party could lose its hard-fought position on Row D, and even – though insiders don’t expect this – lose its ballot line altogether.

Steinem’s email calls the governor’s race “the most important vote in this year’s election.”

It also includes a link to a sample ballot that shows bubbles filled out for the top three statewide Democratic candidates – Cuomo, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – all of whom have been cross endorsed by the WFP.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 8 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and Council members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine hold a rally with parents to call for legislation to protect school children from serious harms of construction projects, P.S. 163 main entrance, 163 W. 97th St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announces a new infrastructure investment, Lincoln Park pool stairs, Albany.

At 9:15 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at at Urban Land Institute’s General Session: The Changing World, Hall E, the Javits Center, 655 West 34th St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul joins female student leaders from upstate universities for a Q-and-A about sexual assault on college campuses, Community Room of the Panasci Family Chapel, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo address an Ebola education session co-hosted by the GNYHA/1199SEIU Healthcare Education Project and the Partnership for Quality Care, Javits Center North, West 39th Street and 11th Avenue, Manhattan. (De Blasio will also speak).

Also at 10 a.m., timed with the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Environment New York and its allies release a new report on how the bedrock environmental law has helped protect the Hudson River and other waters around the country, Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, 1 Westerly Rd., Ossining.

At 10:32 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol with host Fred Dicker,” Talk 1300 AM.

At 11 a.m., Onondaga County Comptroller and GOP state comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci is interviewed on Gomez at TX99.

Also at 11 a.m., Astorino will unveil the Astorino/Moss Empowerment Plan with Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., in front of Lincoln Hospital, E 149th Street and Morris Avenue, the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., the Assembly committees on Children and Families and Oversight, Analysis and Investigation hold a roundtable to examine the practices of the Statewide Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment, Room 711-A, LOB, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the GOP leadership of the City Council will endorse state Senate candidate Joe Dillon, Cacace Center Footbridge, outside Yonkers City Hall.

Also at 11 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins will ask Cuomo why he “tampered” with a fracking study, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.

At 11:30 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill discusses his plan for combatting heroin addiction in New York, outside the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, Albany.

At noon, LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at Buffalo State College’s inauguration ceremony for President Katherine Conway-Turner, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., anti-frackers discuss the letter they sent to 500 of Cuomo’s top campaign donors, calling for a halt to the DOH’s review of the health impacts of drilling, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul joins a discussion with Brockport College students following a screening of “Brave Miss World”, Center for Select Respect, The College at Brockport, SUNY, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport.

Also at 1:30 p.m., Cahill, joined by Dutchess County Legislator Rob Rolison, discusses his heroin addiction plan, City Hall, Corner of Civic Center Plaza and Mill Street, Poughkeepsie.

At 2 p.m., Women for Marc Panepinto, NARAL Pro-Choice NY and Planned Parenthood of NY stand with the candidate in support of the Women’s Equality Act, Niagara Square, in front of City Hall, Buffalo.

At 4 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and LG GOP candidate Chris Moss appears live on the Tom Bauerle Show, WBEN 930 AM, Buffalo.

At 6 p.m., Astorino will host a Countdown to Victory event with special guest former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Marriott Hotel, 670 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown.

Also at 6 p.m., Hawkins makes a campaign top at Muhammad’s Barber Shop, 1207 Park Ave., Utica.

At 6:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli holds a fundraising reception with special guest de Blasio, The Park Lane Hotel, 36 Central Park S., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Antonacci attends the Clay Committee Meeting, Syracuse.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at Community Service Society’s Step Up New York Reception, Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th St., Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., Moss delivers remarks at the Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Rumseyville Sportsmen’s Club, 32 Ridge St., Seneca Falls.

Headlines…

The New York Times, which made no endorsement in the Democratic primary, has reversed course and backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election – with caveats. It wants him to devote himself to cleaning up Albany, and passing campaign finance reform, for the next four years.

The paper said GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino “does not have broad experience and, on many issues, is out of step with most New Yorkers and the needs of this state.” It called the candidacy of Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins “unrealistic,” but a useful goad to Cuomo from the left.

Cuomo said the federal government should “seriously consider” banning some flights in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, reversing his comments from earlier this month. He also said the Port Authority did not have the power to put such a ban in place.

New York City officials are stepping up training and outreach this week to thousands of city employees and emergency workers who would be among those involved, even if only peripherally, in the response to any Ebola cases.

The Cuomo administration has still not released details of its plans to test first responders should a case of Ebola be reported on a New York City subway.

High school students, for the first time, would be able to take a career or arts exam in place of the history test under a long-awaited plan to make the state’s graduation requirements more flexible and more relevant.

Transportation experts welcomed Cuomo’s announcement of a design contest to remake La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International Airport, saying that the Big Apple’s aviation hubs have long languished behind those in the world’s other great cities.

However, some of the most vocal critics of the conditions at the city’s airports wonder what took Cuomo so long to act.

Cuomo’s airport improvement plans include new START-UP NY zones at Newburgh’s Stewart Airport and Long Island’s Republic Airport.

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