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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events scheduled.

The state Legislature is in session, and it is the last scheduled day on the 2018 legislative calendar.

The Buffalo Billion and Dean/Adam Skelos federal corruption trials continue in Manhattan.

President Donald Trump meets this morning with members of Congress, and then has lunch with the Vice President and the secretary of state.

This afternoon, Trump travels to Duluth, MN, where he will participate in a roundtable discussion at the Port of Duluth-Superior on protecting American workers, and then host a “make America great again” rally at the AMSOIL Arena before returning to D.C.

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

At 7:30 a.m., Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, a Democratic state AG candidate, will be petitioning with Robert Jackson, an anti-IDC candidate for the state Senate (31st District), outside the 2/3 train 96th Street Subway Station, Manhattan.

At 8:10 a.m., Transportation Alternatives, NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso, and members of the L Train Coalition will bicycle over the Williamsburg Bridge in a group commute know as a “Bike Train,” Brooklyn to Manhattan.

At 8:20 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen will appear live on NY1’s “Mornings On 1.”

The 9 a.m., the MTA board meets, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., leaders of the Assembly Democratic Conference rally to call for an immediate end to the Trump White House policy of family separation and will release a letter to federal leaders calling for an end to the practice, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 10 a.m., House Democrats – including NY Reps. Joe Crowley and Adriano Espaillat – will join children and immigration advocates to demand the Trump administration immediately end its inhumane policy to separate families, House Triangle (East Front), Washington, D.C.

Also at 10 a.m., GOP LG candidate Julie Killian will hold a press conference tomorrow to demand that Cuomo return $650,000 in “corrupt political donations,” 24 Aspen Park Blvd., East Syracuse.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., McCray and Glen make an announcement about monuments in New York City, Bryant Park Fountain, near 6th Avenue and W. 41st Street, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Killian holds a second press conference on Cuomo’s political contributions, Broome County Courthouse, 92 Court St., Binghamton.

At 2 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson gives a short speech at P.S. Art 2018: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids, Duffy Square, Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer signs a bill into law that would end the practice of the county executive putting his or her name and likeness on signs on county properties, Cranberry Nature Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., West Harrison.

At 3 p.m., the state Department of Financial Services and Division of Consumer Protection hold a public listening session on how to combat abuses in the bail bond industry, Onondaga Community College, SRC Arena and Events Center, Otis Suite, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

Also at 3 p.m., McCray will deliver remarks at the Mayor’s Fund Board of Directors meeting, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., the NYC Board of Education Retirement System board meets, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Department of Education Panel for Educational Policy meets, Tweed Courthouse, second floor conference room, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan. (NYS Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza attends).

Also at 6 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and others host an annual Celebrate Jerusalem Concert, MacDonald Park, Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue, Queens.


President Trump visited Capitol Hill to meet with anxious Republicans who hoped he’d help them put out the firestorm he started with his decision to separate parents and children, but instead offered little concrete guidance about what to do on immigration.

Congressional Republicans moved to defuse the escalating political crisis over immigration, but failed to agree on how to end Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from parents who cross illegally into the U.S. The Senate had one plan, the House another. The president remained defiant, refusing to act on his own.

Just last month, Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, drafted a resignation letter after being berated by Trump over what he saw as her tepid support for his tough immigration policies, according to two people familiar with the episode. She never sent it, and is now defending his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.

White House deputy chief of staff for operations Joe Hagin, who played a central role in organizing Trump’s recent summit with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un in Singapore, is stepping down from that role and exiting the government for the private sector.

FBI agent Peter Strzok, who had a central role in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, was escorted from the FBI building Friday as part of the ongoing internal proceedings at the bureau on his conduct, though as of yesterday, he was still an agency employee.

The Justice Department Inspector General testified that his office’s most recent report did not include a comprehensive review of agents at the FBI’s New York field office looking for evidence that they opposed Clinton and leaked damaging information about her during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was questioned this year in an inquiry into whether he was told about the FBI reopening of the Clinton email investigation before it was disclosed to Congress and the public, he confirmed.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal fixer, has lined up a new lawyer: Guy Petrillo, once held a senior role in the same federal prosecutors’ office that has been investigating Cohen for months.

The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council, calling it an organization “that is not worthy of its name.”

Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on almost every Chinese product that comes into the U.S. intensified the possibility of a damaging trade war, sending stock markets tumbling yesterday and drawing a rebuke from retailers, tech companies and manufacturers. The administration remained unconcerned.

More than 70 migrant kids who were separated from their parents at the border are being housed in New York at 10 facilities in the Bronx, Long Island, and in Westchester and Ulster counties, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and that numbers expected to rise.

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas.

A federal source told the Daily News the number of separated children in New York is already even higher than what the governor said publicly, 311.

Cuomo said that the state intends to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration, insisting the federal government is violating the Constitutional rights of thousands of immigrant children and their parents being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The governor said the lawsuit will be filed within two weeks and be brought by three different state agencies and focus on three areas of law, including what he says are violations of federal constitutional rights. Cuomo, a Democrat, called the policy by Trump, a Republican, “ugly.”

Migrant parents separated from their kids after crossing the border may end up losing their kids for good, according to the former head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Staten Island Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm that the cries of children being taken away from their parents at the border are no worse than the sobs of kids being dropped off at daycare.

A coalition of 20 Democratic state attorneys general – including New York’s Barbara Underwood – called for an end to the Trump administration’s “inhumane” zero-tolerance policy of forcibly separating children from their parents at the nation’s southern border.

At a time when one of Cuomo’s signature Buffalo Billion programs is the subject of a corruption trial, efforts to restore oversight of economic development spending were among a slew of statewide issues dying at the state Capitol as lawmakers limped along to end their 2018 session sometime today.

In place of the usual big-ticket items that define the end of a legislative session, lawmakers yesterday pushed through dozens of locally-related and smaller items, including fixing a nearly 60-year-old typo in the name of a New York City bridge – honoring Giovanni da Verrazzano – with an extra Z to set things straight.

Lawmakers spent the second-to-last day of the Legislature’s annual session focused largely on low-profile items and unable – or unwilling – to reach agreements on big ticket items such as sports gambling, gun control, the Child Victim’s Act and an expansion of New York City’s speed camera program.

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President Donald Trump equated migrants and refugees to the United States with vermin who will “pour into and infest our country,” as he continued to defend his zero-tolerance immigration policy.

The Trump administration is expected to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council amid international backlash over its policy to split up immigrant families at the country’s southern border.

A staff worker at a migrant detention facility in Arizona quit his job after being told to not allow several siblings to hug, he told BuzzFeed News.

At a steel plant in Auburn, Vice President Mike Pence insisted the White House does not want to separate immigrant children from their families, something federal authorities have authorized at the southern border.

Several hundred protesters greeted Pence and the rest of his entourage as they arrived at the Embassy Suites hotel near Destiny USA today.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced a plan to introduce comprehensive “emergency legislation” designed to end unnecessary separations of illegal immigrant children from their parents.

Among the critics of the Trump administration policy that is separating children from their parents are 600 members of the United Methodist Church — the same congregation where Attorney General Jeff Sessions worships.

A mother from Guatemala who crossed the border and was separated from her 7-year-old son is suing the Trump administration in an effort to get her child back.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, joined a growing list of governors – including Cuomo – who say they won’t deploy their respective states’ National Guard units to the U.S.-Mexico border if asked, citing Trump’s family separation policy.

The world’s two biggest economies threatened punishing tariffs in the opening shots of a trade war, with Beijing vowing to retaliate “forcefully” against Trump’s pledge to slap duties on another $200 billion in Chinese imports.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says FBI agents interviewed him in his room at the Trump International Hotel earlier this year regarding his 2016 remarks predicting a “surprise” in the closing days of the presidential race that would benefit then-Republican nominee Trump.

Giuliani insisted he didn’t receive leaked information from an active FBI agent that the agency would be reopening its email probe into Hillary Clinton.

Todd Howe may not testify, but jurors in the Buffalo Billion trial are learning a lot about the former Washington, D.C., lobbyist and his ties to Cuomo.

Despite the lack of major agreements, the Legislature’s leaders expressed confidence that they would indeed be done with the year’s work by tomorrow as scheduled, though some rank-and-file members are hedging their bets and are prepared to stay in town through the weekend.

A fourth former employee of the Central New York SPCA pleaded guilty after being tied to an embezzlement scandal that robbed more than $1 million from the non-profit’s coffers in the past decade.

State Senate Republicans vowed to investigate how the state is spending taxpayer dollars to address the opioid crisis, amid criticism that the state is largely shifting funds to pay for treatment services.

The late Rep. Louise Slaughter’s daughter, Emily, publicly announced her support for Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle’s bid for her mother’s House seat.

With the Cuomo administration warming up to the proposed legalization of marijuana in New York, State Police have suspended marijuana-detection training for K-9 unit dogs.

John Cusack fans in Western New York will get a chance to “Say Anything,” to the actor this fall during a live conversation in Buffalo and Rochester following the film screening.

A Harvard-educated fact-checker for the New Yorker is being excoriated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for “baselessly slandering” a Marine veteran — by falsely accusing him of having a Nazi tattoo.

New figures show that a minimum wage earner in New York City would have to work 132 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom home, leaving just 36 hours a week to actually sleep in the home they’re working so hard to rent.

Frontier Airline will begin flying out of Albany International Airport, with the first flights going direct to Denver and Orlando, Fla.

Schodack Town Supervisor David Harris said he was glad to finally learn last night that online retail giant Amazon is behind plans to build a one million-square-foot fulfillment center in town after months of speculation.

The New York Times wants you to get out, and re-discover the Queen City. The publication recently ranked Buffalo as one of the Top 52 Places to Go in 2018.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events scheduled.

The state Legislature is in session in Albany with two scheduled days remaining – technically speaking – on the 2018 session calendar.

The Buffalo Billion corruption trial continues in Manhattan federal court.

Jury selection for the retrial on federal corruption charges of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, takes place today.

The state Labor Department holds a public hearing on eliminating the tipped wage credit in New York City. (Nail salon and car wash workers rally and march in favor of “one fair wage” before the hearing).

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife are traveling to Syracuse today, where Pence will attend a fundraiser to support Republican Rep. John Katko’s reelection. (Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA).

The VP will also tour Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc., and deliver remarks there before the second couple departs Central New York en route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Pence participates in a Republican Governors Association (RGA) event before returning to D.C.

President Donald Trump today delivers remarks at the National Federation of Independent Businesses 75th Anniversary Celebration, (Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill).

In the afternoon, Trump meets with Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, signs the 10 millionth United States patent, delivers remarks to the House Republican Conference, and then delivers remarks at a dinner with supporters.

This morning, NYC First Lady Chrilane McCray will host the city’s third annual “Baby Shower” event for incarcerated mothers and their families at Rikers Island. NYC Baby Showers are a part of the NYC Children’s Cabinet Talk to Your Baby campaign.

Later, McCray and the mayor will deliver remarks at the Parent Leaders Reception at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan. (This event is closed to members of the press).

At 7:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is a guest on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York,” WNYW.

At 8 a.m., the Citizens Budget Commission will welcome NYC Department of City Planning Director and City Planning Commission Chair Marisa Lago as the keynote speaker at its trustee breakfast, The Harvard Club, 35 West 44th St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley and NYC Councilmen Daniel Dromm and Francisco Moya hold a press conference to commence critical repairs to the aging No. 7 line train, 74th St.-Roosevelt Ave. No. 7 line subway station, Queens.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hocul rallies in support of Cuomo’s red flag gun control legislation, North Babylon High School, 1 Phelps Ln., North Babylon, Long Island.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sens. Fred Akshar, George Amedore, and Chris Jacobs, co-chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, will hold a press conference to announce funding for jail-based substance abuse treatment services, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Public Advocate and Democratic state AG nominee Tish James and others hold a rally in support proposed legislation to establish on-site day care pilot programs for municipal employees, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and the League of Women Voters of New York State’s Jennifer Wilson, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., former Rep. Michael Grimm, who’s trying to win back his old Staten Island seat, joins Superstorm Sandy survivors to discuss storm response, ongoing recovery efforts, and potential legislative solutions to improve future storm response, corner of Cedar Grove Avenue and Maple Terrace, Staten Island.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will hold a media availability on marijuana enforcement, Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center, 2180 1st Ave., Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., Hochul rallies in support of Cuomo’s red flag gun control legislation, Springfield Gardens Education Campus, 143-10 Springfield Blvd., Springfield Gardens, Queens.

At 12:30 p.m., Crowley and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois speak out against the human rights violations at the southern border and hold an immigration services forum, St. Leo’s Church, 104-05 49th Ave., Queens.

At 2 p.m., the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a public hearing on the proposed designation of 550 Madison Avenue as an individual landmark, Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre St., ninth floor, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

At 4 p.m., the NYC Rent Guidelines Board holds a public hearing, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Council members Vanessa Gibson and Diana Ayala and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner lead a coalition of concerned elected officials, community stakeholders, and residents in a march against gun violence in the Highbridge community, Nelson playground to East 166th Street and Summit, where there will be a rally.

At 7 p.m., GOP LG candidate Julie Killian will attend the West End Republican Club meeting, Syracuse Polish Home, 915 Park Ave., Syracuse.

Also at 7 p.m., Hochul recognizes honorees at NOW NYC’s Women of Power & Influence Awards, Tribeca 360, 10 Desbrosses St., Manhattan.


Hillary Clinton weighed in on the ongoing controversy regarding the Trump administration’s “no-tolerance” border policy, suggesting that Jesus would not condone the actions of the American border authorities.

President Trump and two members of his cabinet mounted an aggressive defense of the policy of separating children from their parents at the border in response to a growing outcry from members of both parties.

“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility​,” Trump said. “You look at what’s happening in ​E​urope and other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the ​United ​States. ​N​ot on my watch.​”

A recording of immigrant children calling out desperately for their parents after being separated from them by United States immigration authorities was released by the investigative news site ProPublica, adding a disturbing and intimate note to the ongoing debate.

Three governors – including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, along with the executives of Colorado and Massachusetts – are suspending the deployment of their states’ National Guards in protest of the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

Cuomo slammed Republican Rep. John Katko for his support of a compromise proposal to resolve outstanding immigration issues, including funds for a border wall and protections for children who were brought to the U.S. illegally.

Trump declared he will move to make a new branch of the military focused solely on space.

Trump used a term from US segregationist history to describe the relationship between the Air Force and his newest military branch, the Space Force, calling it “separate but equal.”

The Pentagon announced that it will suspend all planning of a forthcoming military exercise with South Korea, following a pledge from Trump last week after his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump further escalated his trade fight with China, saying his administration was prepared to impose tariffs on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and potentially even more if Beijing continues to fight back.

U.S. Senate Democrats pressed Justice Department officials about whether some FBI agents may have leaked damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Clinton to Rudy Giuliani, now an adviser to Trump, shortly before the 2016 election.

New York moved a significant step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, as a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will recommend that the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally, the governor’s health commissioner said.

“We looked at the pros, we looked at the cons,” say Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said during a Brooklyn news conference. “When we were done, we realized that the pros outweighed the cons and the report recommends that a regulated legal marijuana program be available to adults in New York.”

The Cuomo adviser did not reveal a range of specifics on the issue, including at what age the drug could be legally used, how it would be distributed and how the state would regulate and tax its use. All Zucker would say is that the report of the study group will be made available “soon, soon.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce today that the NYPD will issue criminal summonses to most people caught smoking marijuana in public, with the exception of parolees, anyone caught driving while smoking and offenders with prior warrants, who will continue to be arrested for the crime.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced she’ll run for governor as an independent, petitioning her way onto the ballot.

Miner said her goal is to win, not to be a spoiler, but fellow Democrats are worried she’ll siphon votes from Cuomo, helping Republican Marc Molinaro in the process.

Molinaro “welcomed” Miner into the race, piggybacking on to her anti-corruption message.

“Both parties are complicit in accepting a culture of corruption that is rampant in Albany,” Miner said. “They work within that culture and find it acceptable. I do not, have not and will not.”

The former mayor will run with backing of the Serve America Movement, which has several board members with strong Republican ties – including one who writes for Breitbart News. The former mayor says she doesn’t care about party labels.

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President Trump remained resistant in the face of growing public outcry over his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, repeating the false assertion that Democrats are to blame for it, and suggesting that criminals — not parents — bring juveniles to the U.S.

As an immigration crisis unfolded at home on the U.S. border with Mexico, Trump trained his ire this morning on Germany, a country he falsely said has a rising crime rate.

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics said Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy separating families “amounts to child abuse.”

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker canceled the deployment of his state’s National Guard troops to the border in protest of the “zero-tolerance” policy.

American voters oppose 66-27 percent the policy of separating children and parents when families illegally cross the border into America, according to a new Q poll.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz defended his scathing review of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, maintaining that there was no “documentary evidence” that political bias affected investigative decision making.

The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped a potentially historic ruling that would have stopped states from drawing election maps intended to help one political party dominate the other, but the issue could return as soon as next term.

Attorneys for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a state agency will make their case to block a motion for expedited discovery from the NRA, which is suing over the administration’s pressure on state contractors to sever ties with the gun-rights advocacy group, in Albany July 11.

The former head of SUNY Polytechnic University and three upstate developers pointed the finger at Todd Howe, a lying lobbyist with “extraordinary” access to Cuomo’s office, on the first day of their trial for a bid-rigging scheme involving the Buffalo Billion economic development project.

Former SUNY Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros, “needed support from the governor and the governor’s office to get a promotion” and so rigged bids for hundreds of millions of dollars in New York development contracts, prosecutors maintained.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon ripped into the pay-to-play scandals that have rocked Cuomo’s administration while unveiling a plan to severely limit campaign contributions.

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins described former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s entrance into the governor’s race as an effort to chip away at support for Cuomo – particularly among centrist voters.

Leadership of the newly founded political party backing Miner’s run for governor has ties to national Republicans, but its leaders say they are not in any way intending to help the candidacy of Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

Eric Soufer, who was communications director at the state attorney general’s office, is headed to work for the venture investor Bradley Tusk.

The state Senate has unanimously voted in favor of blocking energy company Circular enerG from building a waste incinerator in the Town of Romulus – six days after Schuyler County Legislators voted unanimously against the multi-million dollar project, which would have been build at the former Seneca Army Depot.

This fall, the Newhouse School will launch a first-of-its-kind course called Esports & Media, developed in collaboration with social video service Twitch. It will explore the rapidly growing world of esports, tracing the historical roots of competitive video games to the current multibillion-dollar industry.

Congrats on the new job, LCA alum Erica Orden!

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The biggest news today is the excessive heat forecast to blanket New York, with air quality alerts issued. Be smart and be safe if you have to be outside. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

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

At 6 p.m., Cuomo holds a “Best of Broadway Gala” fundraiser for his re-election campaign, The Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Ave., Manhattan.

The Buffalo Billion trial gets underway in Manhattan federal court. Democratic state AG candidate Zephyr Teachout will attend opening arguments.

Also planning to be outside the courthouse: GOP gubernatorial candidate and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, GOP LG candidate Julie Killian, and Reform Party Chairman Curtis Sliwa, who “will call on (Cuomo) to return millions of dollars in ‘dirty donations’ given to him in corrupt pay-to-play government contract schemes over the past eight years.”

The state Legislature is in session, with just three scheduled work days remaining on the 2018 session calendar.

President Donald Trump meets in the late morning with the National Space Council, then participates in the signing ceremony for H.R. 3249, Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018.

In the afternoon, Trump meets with U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Shelley Moore Capito.

Vice President Mike Pence will also attend the National Space Council meeting, and this evening will host a reception for members of the National Space Council and Users’ Advisory Group.

At 6 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make a taped appearance on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

At 8:30 a.m., the MTA Metro-North and LIRR Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., NYU McSilver Institute and New America New York City host the 2020 Census: Tech Revolution or Risk forum, with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Reps. Adriano Espaillat and Carolyn Maloney, NYU Law School, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

10 a.m., the MTA, NYCT and MTA Bus Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel holds an emergency NYCHA town hall meeting, 137 Belmont Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., the Senate Democrats will hold a press conference on a series of property tax relief proposals, Room 315, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the Trust for Public Land’s grand opening of a new playground for P.S. 19, 185 First Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Putnam Work Force Development Board announce that the Jobs Waiting Program has placed its 300th individual in a healthcare job in the county, 148 Martine Ave., 9th Floor, White Plains.

At 11:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul rallies to pass Cuomo’s red flag bill, Nottingham High School, Syracuse.

At 11:30 a.m., the MTA Bridge and Tunnel Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., government and budget watchdogs highlight corruption risks identified by the Buffalo Billion bid rigging trial and call on the Assembly pass transparency and accountability bills already passed by the state Senate and supported by state comptroller, Worth Street entrance, Moynihan Courthouse, 500 Pearl St., Manhattan.

Also at 12:15 p.m., the MTA Finance Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

As 12:30 p.m., members of the de Blasio Administration, elected officials and street safety advocates gather to urge for the passage of a bill that would preserve existing speed cameras near school zones while also expanding them to additional, high priority school zones where speeding is prevalent, P.S. 264, Bay Ridge Elementary School for the Arts.

At 1 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., immigrant New Yorkers and elected officials will stand with Sandra Chica and her children as she submits a formal release request to ICE to immediately free her husband, Pablo Villavicencio, who was detained after delivering a pizza to Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn, 26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., family members of individuals killed by members of the NYPD and others will rally “to demand action from Mayor de Blasio” on police “accountability and transparency” for the officers who killed Eric Garner, Delrawn Small, Saheed Vassell, and others, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., over a dozen advocacy organizations from across the state will join together to demand action on issues all New Yorkers deserve: early voting, reproductive health, bail reform, childhood sexual abuse statute of limitations reform and more, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza delivers brief remarks at NYC teaching fellows welcome event, Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

At 4 p.m., Tishman Speyer President Rob Speyer, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Pfizer Executive VP Sally Sussman mark the start of construction on The Spiral, Hudson Boulevard Park, 34th Street between 10th and 11th avenues, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Public Advocate and Democratic state AG nominee Tish James will deliver remarks at the Project FIND annual gala, Fifth Ave Presbyterian Church, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., state Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan and Sen. Bill Larkin hold a reception in support of state Senate candidate Tom Basile, The Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

Also at 6 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau Celebration, Main Chalet Resort, Ellicottville.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio will make his weekly appearance on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”


Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will run for governor as an independent.

Leading figures of both parties demanded that President Trump halt his administration’s practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border, as the issue further polarized the already divisive immigration debate in Washington.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman has said the first lady “hates to see children separated from their families,” in a rare public statement at odds with her husband’s policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexico border.

Hours after First Lady Melania Trump issued her statement calling on Congress to come together to stop the separation of parents at the border, a previous Republican first lady, Laura Bush, forcefully condemned the policy in a Washington Post OpEd.

As outrage grows over traumatic stories of families being torn apart, the big question this week in Washington is how long the controversial practice will be politically sustainable amid a wave of criticism.

Trump did not directly address the family separations yesterday, saying only that Democrats should work with Republicans on border security legislation. “Don’t wait until after the election because you are going to lose!” he wrote on Twitter.

The nation’s homeland security chief insisted that immigrant children are not being separated from their parents at the border — despite the Trump administration defending its policy and eyewitness accounts of government-snatched boys and girls being held in cages at a private detention center in Texas.

Members of Congress from New York and New Jersey – including Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, of Brooklyn; and Carolyn Maloney and Adriano Espaillat of Manhattan – got into a detention center in New Jersey for a surprise visit yesterday, where they met with arrested immigrants separated from their families.

Trump administration cutbacks have left some prisons short on correctional officers, requiring support workers like teachers and secretaries to step in.

Trump isn’t giving out any pardons during the Russia investigation, but might when the probe concludes, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said.

Through his lawyer, Republican operative Michael Caputo of the Buffalo area has told a House committee that he wants to add to the testimony he gave a year ago as the congressional panel investigated Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Caputo now says that in 2016 he helped connect a Russian who was offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton with GOP operative Roger Stone, a friend who, like Caputo, was helping Trump’s campaign.

Trump has always been happy to act as his own chief spokesman, and amid the ongoing shakeup of the White House communications office, staffers seem increasingly happy to let him.

An endorsement by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of the most coveted gifts in Democratic politics. But the Vermont senator and liberal darling is notoriously reluctant to back many politicians, including, it turns out, his own son, who is running without his father’s formal support for a New Hampshire House seat.

Some schools in the New Jersey area are planning to close early due to excessive heat.

The NYT editorial board weighed in on the NY-19 Democratic primary, backing “charismatic” former Cuomo press aide Gareth Rhodes, who grew up on a farm in the district, to take on – “and beat” – Republican Rep. John Faso in November.

More here on what to watch for during the final days of the 2018 legislative session, which has been eventful, but not terribly productive.

With the clock ticking down on the legislative session, state Senate Republicans have tossed a bunch of unconnected issues into a single bill — an Albany casserole — that Democrats say has little chance of passing.

Democrats privately say they have little interest in giving up much on key issues – such as eliminating cash bail in most cases – to the Senate’s Republican majority as the session winds down, because they are banking on taking the Senate majority in the November elections.

Advocates have given up hope that physician-assisted suicide will be legalized this year in New York. In a letter to lawmakers, two groups — Compassion & Choices and the Death With Dignity National Center — vowed to redouble their efforts to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act in 2019 — a nonelection year for state lawmakers.

The state Senate and Assembly have reached a deal to extend an expiring ticket-scalping law, with added protections. The law was set to expire at the end of the month, but will now run through June 30, 2021.

Talk in Democratic circles over the weekend is that former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is getting ready to announce as early as tomorrow an independent bid for governor. If she gets in the race, Miner would circulate petitions to run not as a Democrat but on a party line she will create.

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The (Father’s Day) Weekend That Was

Get ready for some record-setting high temperatures tomorrow.

Conservative political provocateur Roger Stone met in May 2016 with a Russian who offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton in exchange for $2 million, Stone and former Trump campaign communications official Michael Caputo told CNN.

“You don’t understand Donald Trump,” Stone recalled saying before rejecting the offer at a restaurant in the Russian-expat magnet of Sunny Isles, Fla. “He doesn’t pay for anything.” Caputo arranged the meeting after Greenberg had approached Caputo’s Russian-immigrant business partner.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the meeting was “news to me,” and expressed doubt that the president (candidate at the time) knew anything about it.

Trump repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration’s policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weekslong refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the Department of Homeland Security inspector general to investigate the treatment of immigrant families at the U.S. border.

“On this Father’s Day I’m thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border,” former President Bill Clinton tweeted. “These children should not be a negotiating tool. And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America’s belief in & support for all parents who love their children.”

A contingent of Democratic lawmakers made a Father’s Day visit to a detention center in New Jersey to meet with men seeking asylum who have been separated from their families because of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants.

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti slammed Giuliani, calling him “dazed and confused” for his latest comments attacking former VP Joe Biden.

Giuliani attempted to clarify his comments Biden in which he called the former Democratic vice president “a mentally deficient idiot,” explaining: “I didn’t mean that. I meant he’s dumb.”

Trump will hold a campaign rally in North Dakota later this month focusing on his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as well as economic issues.

Giuliani suggested that FBI agents and special counsel prosecutors should go to a psychiatric ward instead of investigating Trump.

The former mayor headlined a rally for Staten Island Rep. Dan Donovan, who is facing off in a GOP primary on June 26.

Trump said that a new internal Justice Department report proved there had been FBI bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing “vicious” texts between investigators and findings that he said illustrated “criminal” behavior by the bureau’s former director.

Trump declared that the inspector general’s report into Hillary Clinton’s email investigation “totally exonerates” him in the Russia investigation, but Giuliani doesn’t agree.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned New Yorkers to stay away from “dangerous” sunscreen pills and called on the Food and Drug Administration to pull them from shelves.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has picked a deputy at the budget office, Kathy Kraninger, to succeed him at the consumer watchdog agency – a choice that generated immediate opposition.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor was sentenced to 30 days in prison for tackling the lawmaker while he was out doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

An FDNY psychologist who says Trump once crudely insulted her looks has diagnosed him as mentally unfit to be president.

Trump is trying to break the Canadian dairy cartel in hopes that it will open a new market to the north for American dairy farmers – a move that, experts say, is likely to fail due to the dynamics of Canadian politics.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan blasted the Trump administration’s policy of separating kids from their parents, calling it “un-American and unbiblical.”

It’s time for civil rights-era-style action against the separation of children from their parents in southern border-land detention centers, the Rev. Al Sharpton said.

Fresh off her winning pitch to Trump to spring a non-violent drug offender, Kim Kardashian is mulling her political prospects — and won’t rule out a White House bid.

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A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail to await trial, citing new charges that he had tried to influence the testimony of two of the government’s witnesses after he had been granted bail.

During an interview on the White House lawn with “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy, Trump sounded off on the inspector general’s report on the 2016 election, how attentive North Koreans are to Kim Jong Un and much more.

Trump also unleashed blizzard of tweets and engaged in a typically freewheeling encounter with reporters on the White House driveway, during which he attacked the FBI, congressional Democrats, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Canada’s prime minister, football players, the media, the special counsel and other favorite targets.

Rudy Giuliani claimed Trump will breeze to reelection in 2020 if Democrats nominate a “mentally deficient idiot” like former VP Joe Biden.

In one of his most forceful attacks on the special counsel yet, Giuliani claimed the Russia investigation could get “cleaned up” with pardons from Trump in light of Manafort being sent to jail.

A federal judge refused to grant Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, an immediate restraining order against the attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The final steel girder on the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge spanning the Hudson River was scheduled to be set in place today, which would’ve been the late former governor’s 86th birthday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the state Public Service Commission Friday for fining Charter Communications $2 million, saying the company has made false claims about the build out of its Spectrum cable network in New York.

A day after his son, Dante, wrote in the Daily News about how the specialized high school exam fostered racism at Brooklyn Tech, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio reflected on his son’s experience in the school system he now runs.

NYC Council President Corey Johnson is an iced coffee fanatic and a dancing fiend who readily admits his is “addicted to Donna Summer.”

De Blasio cast doubt on whether the 19 kids confirmed to have contracted lead poisoning in public housing between 2010 and 2016 got it from their apartments, contradicting findings by his own administration and the federal investigators.

Actress Natalie Portman appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and slammed her former Harvard classmate Jared Kushner, calling him a former friend who has become a “supervillain.”

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reports that Brooklyn is booming when it comes to job growth — with employment since the end of the Great Recession growing faster in the borough than the rest of the city, the state and the nation.

Top executives at Long Island public companies got a median pay raise of about 5.6 percent in 2017 — even as some highly paid executives took multimillion-dollar pay cuts, according to newly compiled data.

Brian Flynn, a NY-19 Democratic candidate, released a TV ad touting support for “Medicare for All” and criticizing top opponents for not doing so. But in 2011, he seemed to question whether government should pay for improved health care coverage.

For the second time this week, a black bear was caught roaming through Haverstraw and will be relocated to the Catskills.

A heat wave is coming.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events scheduled as of yet.

The state Legislature is not in session.

President Donald Trump receives his daily intelligence briefing at noon, and otherwise has no other events scheduled.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” and will take questions from listeners.

Also at 10 a.m., Marty Markowitz, vice president of borough promotion and engagement at NYC & Co., will kick off “Flushing’s World Fair,” a three-day expo, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Phoenix Ballroom (2nd Floor), 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, Queens.

At 11 a.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the street naming and plaque dedication ceremony honoring FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, Corner of Boston Roas and 169th Street, the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli releases an economic report on Brooklyn, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fisher Studio, 321 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., MTA LIRR President Phil Eng joins Brooklyn elected officials to discuss the new “Atlantic Ticket” temporarily offering a fare reduction between stations in Brooklyn and eastern and southeastern Queens as part of a field study, Atlantic Terminal, Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, Brooklyn.

At 11:30 a.m., GOP LG candidate Julie Killian will march with public school parents and students, “panicked” at the de Blasio to change longstanding admissions criterion for specialized New York City high schools, from Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., to City Hall via the Brooklyn Bridge.

At noon, state Sen. Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz demand immediate passage of the Vehicle Ramming Prevention Act, 250 Broadway, 19th floor, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul announces “major state support” for the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund, McKinley Vocational High School, 1500 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., Killian and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro hold a press conference to demand the merit-based admissions process remains, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott welcomes NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer to the library’s Broadway branch for Drag Queen Story Hour, 40-20 Broadway, Queens.

Also at 3 p.m., Assemblyman Sean Ryan will join Hamburg Town and Village leaders to break ground on the final phase of the library rehabilitation project at the Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St., Hamburg.

At 4 p.m., National Action Network leaders hold a press conference and demonstration to call on retailers to stop selling synthetic marijuana, corner of Third Avenue and 149th Street, Bronx.

At 5 p.m., LG candidate and Brooklyn NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams attends the Syracuse Juneteenth Festival, Clinton Square, 161 W. Genesee St., Syracuse.

At 6 p.m., DiNapoli attends the Special Olympics New York 2018 State Summer Games, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville.


Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, called for special counsel Robert Mueller to be suspended and for two Justice Department officials to “redeem themselves” following a report critical of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“Mueller should suspend his investigation, and he should go see Rod Rosenstein, who created him, and the deputy attorney general and Attorney General Sessions, who should now step up big time to save his department,” Giuliani, the former NYC mayor, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

The White House refused to comment on whether Rudy Giuliani has become too much of a “distraction” to serve as Trump’s lawyer. “Not today or tomorrow or at any point ever going to comment on Rudy Giuliani’s love life,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The report that had much of Washington buzzing seemed to validate the president’s claim of a “deep state” conspiracy out to get him, but also undercut his narrative, because no evidence was found that the FBI actually tried to stop Trump from winning in 2016.

The report, which criticized former FBI Director James Comey for his flamboyant handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation sent an angry thrill through the ranks of Democrats and her allies, but offered scant relief to loyalists.

Clinton herself responded to the report using just three words.

Trump used his family foundation to further his 2016 campaign, pay legal settlements and promote his businesses, the state attorney general Barbara Underwood alleged in a lawsuit filed yesterday, adding to the president’s legal problems.

The suit, which seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations, was an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting president, and culminated a nearly two-year investigation.

Trump predictably did not react well to the legal action, attacking Underwood’s predecessor Eric Schneiderman — who resigned amid allegations that he physically abused four women.

The president’s bigger problem might be the IRS, to whom Underwood referred her findings of alleged misuse by the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a nonprofit charity, for political and business purposes for further investigation.

In a brief, unanimous ruling, New York’s highest court rejected Trump’s bid to delay the defamation lawsuit brought against him by former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the administration’s detention of nearly 1,500 immigrant children by citing the Bible. (Actually, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions employed that tactic first).

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’s not comfortable with the Trump administration policy that separates children and parents at the southern border, as congressional Republicans face increasing pressure to address concerns about vulnerable families being torn apart.

Longtime Trump personal attorney and confidant Michael Cohen has asked a California judge to sign off on a gag order preventing Stormy Daniels’ publicity-loving lawyer from talking about his legal woes.

Trump has approved a plan to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early today, a move that could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

An immigration bill pitched as a compromise between conservative and moderate Republicans would make sweeping changes to the immigration system while establishing a special visa program that would give young undocumented immigrants the chance to become citizens based on factors like employment and education.

AT&T announced it had completed its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, shortly after the Justice Department said it would not seek an injunction to stop the deal.

A New York regulator, the PSC, threatened to revoke its approval of Charter Communications Inc.’s takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., saying Charter had failed to hit goals for expanding broadband service that were a condition of the deal.

Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro is accusing Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of violating a ban on political events on school property, filing complaints with JCOPE and with officials in New York City over several recent press events held by Cuomo at local schools.

After its approval by the state Senate yesterday, a bill to establish a commission to investigate misconduct by prosecutors is expected to be voted on by the Assembly early next week.

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A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department’s inspector general criticizes former FBI director James Comey for his actions during the Hillary Clinton email investigation and includes new text messages from FBI personnel conveying political opposition to Trump.

The report, by the department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, does not challenge Comey’s decision not to prosecute Clinton, or conclude that political bias at the FBI influenced that decision.

In a tweet, Comey called the report’s conclusions “reasonable,” even though he disagrees with some of them, and thanks the IG’s office for its work.

John Podesta, Clinton’s former campaign chair, excoriated Comey, saying there is “good evidence” that his actions in the final days of the 2016 presidential race “blew the election” for Democrats.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, is facing mounting pressure from two active federal investigations, contending with skyrocketing legal bills and planning to change lawyers in the near future, and also feeling neglected by the president.

Stormy Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti has accused Trump of “stupidity” for not helping pay Cohen’s legal fees, and for hiring “walking disaster” Rudy Giuliani onto his legal team.

Steve Bannon, 10 months removed from the job of chief strategist to the president and five months after his ouster from the arch-conservative news site Breitbart News, is betting that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can disrupt banking the way Trump disrupted American politics.

Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow says that “of course” he will return to work at the White House in the coming days after recovering from a heart attack.

The Erie County Water Authority board voted this morning to fire its executive director, Earl L. Jann Jr., after determining that the terms of his employment contract are invalid.

Neil Garfinkel, best know as REBNY’s in-house legal eagle, has been appointed to the New York State Real Estate Board by Cuomo.

Could online sports betting violate New York’s gaming pacts with Indian nations? Maybe.

State Police quietly removed from a news release references to whether a 10-year-old boy from Connecticut was wearing a seatbelt before a Sunday crash in Schoharie County that took his life.

Al Jurczynski, the former Mayor of Schenectady, is driving for Uber.

Cuomo announced that the SUNY Board of Trustees has extended its offer for in-state tuition for the 2018-19 academic year to students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum cable, was ordered by New York regulators to pay a $2 million fine for not building out its cable network and expanding high-speed internet service.

Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo said that he will not back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for another term as the chamber’s top Democrat, calling her “aloof, frenetic and misguided.”

Three Syracuse hospitals had significantly worse than average patient infection rates in 2016, according to the state Health Department.

What difference will it really make if Buffalo moves its school board elections from May to November? Research from California, where nearly all school elections are held in November, suggests it could matter a great deal in some years – not much in others – depending on which November you’re talking about.

Cuomo today announced that New York is now home to 1,005 craft beverage manufacturers operating in 60 counties across the state.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events scheduled as of yet.

The Legislature is in session in Albany.

At 8:30 a.m., the SUNY board of trustees and its committees meet, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., boardroom, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., state Sens. Robert Ortt and Catharine Young, Assembly members Aileen Gunther and Angelo Santabarbara and others rally for increased employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, The Well, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 9:45 a.m., state Sens. Joseph Griffo, Chris Jacobs and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner will be joined by other legislative colleagues to push for legislation that would implement term limits on all elected state offices, LCA Press Room, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and others, WNYC.

At 10:30 a.m., the PSC will hold its next regular session, 19th Floor Board Room, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at the grand opening of the New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

At 11:25 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will be a guest on BuzzFeed NEWS AM-to-DM with Ben Smith, 111 East 18th St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., three NYC library presidents and CEOs hold a panel discussion on building the future of the 21st-century library, The Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen joins the family that lost child in a drowning to issue pool safety warnings, Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore.

At 1 p.m., NYC Councilman and LG candidate Jumaane Williams joins Connect for the Ninth Annual NYC Father’s Day Pledge Against Violence press conference for safe families and peaceful communities, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Charter Revision Commission holds an issue forum on campaign finance, New York University, D’Agostino Hall, 108 W. Third St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the NYC Council continues its stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will join representatives from New York State and SSP America at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) to announce a public naming contest for the new casual diner near Concourse A and new sports bar near Concourse B, 1200 Brooks Ave., Rochester.

Also at 2 p.m., artist, economic, writer and leader Janet Berl Burman will announce her candidacy fin the 53rd Senate District, challenging Democratic Sen. Dave Valesky, 1646 James St., Syracuse.

At 4 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the LGBTQ community raise a rainbow flag at the Bronx County Building in celebration of Pride Month, corner of East 161st Street and the Grand Concourse, Bronx.

At 5 p.m., tenants and homeless New Yorkers march for stronger rent laws and increased state investment in permanent affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers, beginning at the New York Public Library at 476 Fifth Ave. and ending at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office at 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., a fundraiser for state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli features Speaker Johnson, Eventi Hotel, 851 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, state Sen. Jose M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner host the Fifth Annual Housing Conference, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Diaz Jr. is honored at the Ridgewood Democratic Club’s Annual Dinner, Riccardo’s By The Bridge, 2101 24th Ave., Queens.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Commissioner Fidel F. Del Valle of the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings co-hosts the informational forum “How to Respond to Summonses from NYC Enforcement Agencies” with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Councilman Peter Koo, Queens Library, 41-17 Main St., Queens.

At 7 p.m., Spectrum News NY1 hosts a live debate between Rep. Dan Donovan and challenger Michael Grimm, College of Staten Island, Lab Theater, 800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island.


In a report set for release this afternoon, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a determinedly nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race.

The report — by Inspector General Michael Horowitz — is widely expected to criticize James Comey, the former FBI director, for his public statements in July 2016 and October 2016 about the federal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email while she was secretary of state.

Trump brushed off questions about North Korea’s history of deadly violence with Kim Jung Un at the helm and praised him instead.

Secretary of State Pompeo, in Seoul to debrief South Korean officials on Trump’s summit with Kim, noted “there’s a lot of work left to do,” but predicted that it was possible for North Korea to take “major” nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years – before the end of Trump’s first term.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her deputy Raj Shah are reportedly planning to leave their posts in the coming months.

…responding to that report, Sanders wondered in a tweet if the outlet that ran it, CBS News, knows “something I don’t about my plans for the future.”

The president’s legal team is already assembled in Washington, eager to sit down with their client to game out the next major move in anticipation of a meeting with the special counsel Robert Mueller either later this week or next week.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed that he’s been dating a political operative from Louisiana, Jennifer LeBlanc, 56, who had previously denied a relationship between herself and the former NYC mayor.

Queens Rep. Joe Crowley collapsed while protesting Trump’s immigration policies not far from the White House. He had his blood pressure checked at a nearby hospital and is now “fine,” according to his office, which said he suffered from “heat exhaustion.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is struggling to close a large gap between her and her primary opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as the race continues to unfold, according to a new Siena poll.

Nixon said she would raise taxes on high-earners and businesses to pay for her $7.4 billion education plan to expand access to college and boost spending on K-12 education.

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says Cuomo isn’t seriously considering the Senate’s proposal to increase funding for school security upgrades and armed security officers, and is playing politics with school shootings.

Flanagan maintained the governor “has been both disengaged and disinterested in doing the people’s business, content instead to govern by photo ops and press releases.”

A retired NYPD officer convicted of misusing city resources to benefit a NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio donor was all smiles after he was sentenced to two years’ probation and 180 hours of community service tied to a corruption probe that rocked the NYPD when it was announced two years ago.

First-year NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson has allocated $5 million more to his favored nonprofits than his predecessor did last year.

A Manhattan federal judge questioned the de Blasio administration’s temerity in suing oil and gas companies for ruining the planet, when the city keeps using their products in its cars.

Lawyers for five major oil companies asked the judge to dismiss the city’s lawsuit, arguing they shouldn’t be held responsible for damages the city says are caused by climate change.

State Assembly members passed a bill to toughen New York’s notoriously weak child sex trafficking laws, agreeing to punish anyone over the age of 21 who intentionally promotes or profits from the prostitution of minors with a felony sex trafficking charge that carries up to 25 years behind bars.

A “privately financed” venue for the New York Islanders at Belmont has been touted by Cuomo as a “win-win-win,” but it comes with open-ended public costs.

Anti-corruption legislation passed by the Senate and supported by members of the Assembly on both sides of the aisle is not likely to pass this session, according to Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

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