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Officials said 62,136 people attended opening day of this year’s State Fair, up from 46,094 last year. It is the best opening day attendance at the fair since 2009, when 67,252 people attended the first day of the annual 12-day event.

Rep. Jose Serrano, a Bronx Democrat, added his name to the short list of New York congressional delegation members who plan to vote “yes” on the Iran deal.

American Pharoah’s workout at Saratoga this morning brought some 15,000 fans to the track.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie attended the State Fair (wearing a tie) and ate the obligatory sausage sandwich along with six of his majority conference members.

Heastie seemed to really enjoy the Megadrop, though some of his colleagues didn’t look nearly as thrilled. He also lost $5 on the midway when a carnie accurately guessed his age within one year.

State police say a pilot has died after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio hit back at Hillary Clinton for comparing Republican presidential candidates to terrorists when it comes to their views on women, saying the candidate is “desperate” and her campaign is in “bad shape.”

Former Rep. Dan Maffei says it’s time to repeal unpopular taxes from the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark health care law that Maffei voted for in 2010.

Former Sen. Cecelia Tkaczyk filed a set of rules for the Women’s Equality Party. There are now two different sets of rules for this party – each with different leadership.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has not delivered on his pledge to end the city’s use of an emergency form of housing for the homeless that officials have deemed abhorrent and ineffective.

Vickie Gardner, the woman injured during an on-air shooting that killed two journalists this week in Roanoke, Virginia, has ties to Central New York.

The state doesn’t appear to have a plan in place to deal with the aftermath of old power plant closures, like the Huntley coal-burning power plant, which will shut down in March.

Former Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous has asked a judge to throw out the felony conviction that forced him from office last month.

Cuomo, who has raised more campaign cash through the LLC loophole than any other candidate, isn’t concerned about the ramifications of a lawsuit that seeks to fine a candidate for accepting large sums from such donors.

General Electric Co., which Cuomo is trying to convince to move its headquarters to New York, dropped the Dallas area as a site for its possible relocation reportedly due to concern that Texas’s political climate is unfavorable to the company’s business.

Rep. Dan Donovan, the only Republican representing New York City in the House, praised his “personal friend” Donald Trump and for the Queens-born real estate magnate’s populist message, though he declined to make a formal endorsement in the GOP presidential primary.

The Seneca Nation of Indians are planning a $40 million dollar expansion at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.

Niagara County Community College inaccurately reported crime statistics in a security report that colleges and universities across the country are required to publish annually, the state comptroller’s office found.

While the bare breasts of Times Square’s painted ladies seemed to have shocked some officials, City Planning Chairman Carl Weisbrod – often credited with cleaning up Times Square the first time around – is a bit non-nonplussed.

For the second time in a week, an Oneida County legislative candidate has been arrested.

Unfortunately for former Gov. George Pataki, this exists.

Morelle Hedges On WEP

morelleFrom the Morning Memo:

LG Kathy Hochul said this week that several hundred candidates running in local elections this fall want to appear on the Women’s Equality Party line, which was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his successful re-election bid last year.

According to Hochul and other WEP boosters, the new party, which has ballot access for four years, thanks to Cuomo, will play a key role in next year’s state legislative elections – particularly in the closely-divided state Senate, where Democrats will make yet another effort to win back the majority.

But not all Democrats are feeling quite so bullish about the WEP, which made a number of them fairly uncomfortable when it was created, and even caused some – including Sen. Liz Krueger – to suggest its existence would hurt, not help, the Senate Democrats’ cause in the 2014 elections.

Also, it was not lost on the Working Families Party (AKA the WFP), which wasn’t getting along terribly well with Cuomo last year, that the WEP had an acronym awfully similar to its own. Some political conspiracy theorists believed that was no accident, and, in fact, had been done specifically to confuse voters and keep the WFP’s own tally low. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to have no public schedule, as he is taking personal time to be with his family. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Connecticut, where his son, Dante, is matriculating at Yale. He plans to return to the city today, and has no public schedule.

At 8:15 a.m., New York Law School hosts its CityLaw Breakfast with NYC Planning Committee Chairman Carl Weisbrod, who will give an update on Mayor de Blasio’s housing initiatives and zoning plan, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway at Leonard Street, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle for briefing on Rochester-Monroe anti-poverty initiative, United Way of Greater Rochester, 75 College Ave., Rochester.

At 10:10 a.m., State Sen. David Carlucci hosts his monthly radio show, the “Albany Report”, WRCR 1700AM Radio.

At 11 a.m., tennis player Victor Estrella Burgos returns to Washington Heights to speak to, host a clinic, and celebrate his birthday with the the participants of the Washington Heights Tennis Association, of which he is a graduate and former instructor, Inwood Hill Park tennis courts, Dyckman Street and Hudson River.

Also at 11 a.m., the FDNY/Uniformed Fire Officers Association will endorse Democrat Michael McMahon for Staten Island DA, in front of Rescue Co No. 5, 1850 Clove Rd., Staten Island.

At 11:30 a.m., protestors who oppose the Iran nuclear deal will show up at Rep. Elise Stefanik’s “coffee with your Congresswoman” event, Wilton Town Hall, 22 Traver Rd., Gansevoort.

At noon, AG Eric Schneiderman Schneiderman will make remarks at the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in recognition of Law Enforcement Day at the State Fair, Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticultural building, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse.

Also at noon, Heastie joins members of the Assembly at the Great New York State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

At 12:45 p.m., Heastie tours the SUNY Exhibit at the fair with Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, New York State Fairgrounds, Science & Industry building, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

At 1:15 p.m., Heastie tours the Taste of New York exhibit at State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

At 1:30 p.m., State Sen. Tony Avella holds a press conference to announce funding for upgrades to MacNeil Park, College Place and Poppenhusen Ave., College Point, Queens.

At 2 p.m., Heastie visits Veterans & 9/11 Memorials at State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

At 6:30 p.m., Rep. Chris Gibson attends the 4th annual MudFest, Prattsville Town Green, Prattsville.

At 9:30 p.m., the Alliance for Coney Island holds a Friday night fireworks show to cap off the end of summer, Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn.


Christopher Voss, a member of an elite team of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol who killed escaped convict Richard Matt last month, said he had no choice but to fire the deadly shots because Matt leveled a shotgun at him.

The office of the United States attorney in Manhattan announced that it was joining the investigation into the death of Samuel Harrell, a prisoner at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, who inmate witnesses say was handcuffed and beaten severely this year by a group of corrections officers.

Police say the track and SPAC, along with Travers Day parties on Saturday, could attract more than 100,000 people to Saratoga Springs – one of the largest crowds they have ever tried to manage in this small city.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the department got the cold shoulder from Disney and Marvel when they tried to enlist them in the fight against the costumed characters preying on tourists in Times Square. “They want no part of it,” Bratton said.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney said she’ll vote against President Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran, joining US Sen. Chuck Schumer and other New York Democrats in opposing the White House’s top diplomatic priority. Her opposition helps solidify the state’s congressional delegation’s status as a key front in the opposition to the deal.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, commenting publicly for the first time on Wednesday’s on-air murders of two television journalists in Virginia, said that unless action is taken to strengthen the nation’s gun control laws and mental health services, similar acts of violence are likely to occur in the future.

Since de Blasio took office, traffic deaths have dropped, bus service has expanded outside of Manhattan and there are more bicycle lanes. Yet drivers complain about more speeding tickets, residents grumble about increasingly crowded subway trains and many advocates are beginning to question the administration’s commitment to delivering on its Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic deaths.

A citywide coalition of Latino leaders is stepping up pressure on de Blasio to hire more administration officials who look like them.

A lawsuit that could result in nearly $5 billion in funding for New York State schools is one step closer to conclusion, with the two sides agreeing to streamline the process and avoid going to trial.

Riverhead officials, faced with the arrival of Suffolk County’s first medical marijuana dispensary in January, are weighing a one-year moratorium on facilities that offer the drug.

Team Hillary Clinton’s strategy heading into a meeting of party elite today is aimed at dismissing the idea now fueling Biden supporters that her campaign is going off the rails.

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind compared Jewish leaders remaining on the sidelines or supporting the administration on the Iran nuclear deal to leaders who were silent when 6 millions Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

LG Kathy Hochul ate a sausage sandwich at the New York State Fair with a teacher activist, who showed up hoping to protest the governor. (He’s spending time with family, but will attend the fair sometime later on in its 12-day run).

It’s Hochul’s birthday!

Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton called most of the Republican candidates Donald Trump “without the pizazz or the hair.”

…she also compared anti-abortion Republicans to terrorists and “people who don’t want to live in the modern world.” (Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the RNC had something to say about that).

Former Gov. George Pataki is sticking to his strategy of trying to raise his profile by hammering Trump whenever possible.

A new Quinnipaic poll shows VP Joe Biden performing a little better than Clinton against the leading GOP candidates in a general election matchup, and his favorability is higher than that of any candidate – Democrat or Republican.

Democratic leaders are increasingly frustrated by Clinton’s failure to put to rest questions about her State Department email practices and ease growing doubts among voters about her honesty and trustworthiness.

GOP operative Roger Stone’s highly public breakup (assuming that’s what it was) with Trump has returned him to the spotlight, allowing him to put his “extraordinary wardrobe” on display.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan will address a Westchester County business group in White Plains next month.

Airbnb has hired Chris Lehane, a veteran Democratic operative with ties to both Cuomo and de Blasio, as it battles New York lawmakers who say the lucrative online business lets users break state and city laws and is fueling the city’s affordable-housing crisis.

Jamie Romeo is the new leader of the Monroe County Democratic party, but longtime Assemblyman David Gantt, who has clashed with the party’s leadership at times, says he doesn’t know who she is.

Douglas Lyall, who for more than 15 years kept a constant vigil for his missing daughter Suzanne, has died.

Tioga Downs, the lone bidder for a Southern Tier casino, will get an opportunity to make its case before the state Gaming Facility Location Board next month, and then the board will hold a public hearing in Binghamton on the proposal.

Rep. John Katko gave his only ticket to the Pope’s congressional address to his wife, but will conduct an on-line lottery for some of the 50 seats assigned to his office on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

NYC Council candidate Rebecca Lynch admitted that many people in the eastern Queens district she hopes to represent feel that her former employer, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, “does not care” about their issues—though she argued that sentiment predates the current mayor.

Facing increasing pressure to curb erratic scheduling practices, Gap announced that it would stop requiring employees to make themselves available for last-minute shifts.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board released its official NYC voter guide for the 2015 primary elections on Sept. 10.

The state is launching a specialized police unit to help crack down on sexual assault on college campuses, but some victims’ advocates are wary, saying law enforcement has not been effective in tackling the issue in the past.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some personal time to be with his family and has no public schedule.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city had holds a closed-press meeting with Madison Mayor Paul Soglin at City Hall. He’ll also hold a closed-press roundtable discussion with elected officials and community leaders on resiliency in Lower Manhattan. This evening, de Blasio will travel to Connecticut, where his son, Dante, is preparing to start his first year at Yale.

At 8 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie attends a UNICON meeting with Majority Leader Joe Morelle, 180 Linden Oaks, Rochester.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul cuts the ribbon to kick off the 2015 State Fair, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Boulevard, The Dairy Barn, Gate 2, Syracuse. (It’s Governor’s Day, but Cuomo won’t be attending the fair until later on in its run).

At 11 a.m., East NY Tenants, Tenant Rights Campaign, New York Communities for Change, Legal Aid Society and Legal Services of New York City launch anti-displacement campaign on behalf of tenants, 650 New Jersey Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11:35 a.m., Rep. Dan Donovan presents a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol to the Marlborough Senior Center, 2298 West 8th St., Brooklyn.

At 11:30 a.m., Heastie tours Eastman Business Park, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m., Rep. Tom Reed, state Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Bill Nojay hold press conference to discuss the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple St., Big Flats.

At 1 p.m., Heastie tours Golisano Children’s Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio attends the OEM Preparedness Fair, Alfred E. Smith playground, corner of Catherine Street and Catherine Slip, Manhattan. (A media availability will follow).

Also at 2 p.m., Donovan hosts a Sandy-related press conference, 1145 Olympia Blvd., Staten Island.

At 2:30 p.m., Heastie meets with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, City Hall, 30 Church St., Rochester.

At 3 p.m., Heastie visits the Genesee Street Brownfield Site, 66-92 Genesee St., Rochester.

At 3:45 p.m., Heastie visits Quality Vision International, Inc., 850 Hudson Ave., Rochester.

At 4 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joins representatives from the city Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, The Community Preservation Corporation and El Barrio’s Operation Fightback Inc., and others to host a neighborhood preservation HelpDesk for multifamily building owners, El Barrio’s Artspace, Community Gallery, 215 E 99th St., Manhattan.

At 4:45 p.m., Heastie visits the Public Market, 280 North Union St., Rochester.

At 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York City Department of Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver host ribbon cutting ceremony, Soundview Park Amphitheater, Bronx.

At 6:40 p.m., Heastie throws out the first pitch at a Rochester Red Wings game, Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Ave. N, Rochester.

At 7 p.m., the Manhattan Young Democrats host their 7th annual “Young Gets It Done” awards, Up & Down, 244 W. 14th St., Manhattan.


Presidential candidates from both parties as well as the White House expressed sympathy for the death of two journalists in Virginia who were killed live on air, though some Democrats focused their messages on changing gun laws.

The NYPD will double the number of officers who patrol Times Square in the wake of calls from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to curb the proliferation of costumed characters, topless women and other panhandlers who seek tips from tourists there.

De Blasio created a second panel, (more like a “subgroup” of his original task force, a spokesman said), to focus on areas beyond Times Square – from Coney Island to the Battery in lower Manhattan and other parts of the city where the panhandlers have been seen soliciting tips.

Assemblyman Matthew Titone says sugar is dangerous and New Yorkers are likely consuming far more than they realize because foods and drinks aren’t labeled in a way that is easy to understand. He wants to ban the sale of large sugary drinks to children.

Amid a Wild West of consumer-ratings sites, North Shore-LIJ Health System is one of only a few hospitals in the U.S. to take matters into its own hands. The Long Island-based hospital network began posting online ratings of its doctors this week, making it the first such organization in the metropolitan area to do so.

Add Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s name to the list of New York congressional delegation members who will be voting “no” on the Iran nuclear deal. “I’m against it,” she said.

Officials with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said they’re in “serious discussions” about having the pope’s motorcade travel through part of Central Park during his visit to the Big Apple next month, enabling more people to catch a glimpse of him.

The new superintendent for Buffalo Public Schools, Kriner Cash, opened his first board meeting by saying nice things about the city. Then he highlighted the district’s low high school graduation rate, saying: “We have got to do better.”

Hillary Clinton says she hasn’t had any back-channel discussions with VP Joe Biden’s camp about whether he will challenge her in the 2016 Democratic primary. She said he’ll leave it to Biden to decide amid “the grief and the heartbreak” of the death of his son, Beau, whether to run.

Biden told members of the Democratic National Committee during a conference call that he may not have the “emotional fuel” to run for president.

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Two Virginia journalists – Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27 – were killed in an attack this morning that was broadcast on live TV. The shooter was a disgruntled former employee of the station, who also shot and killed himself.

The NYPD is forming a new unit to patrol in Times Square and address quality-of-life issues amid growing concern over the chaotic jumble of costumed characters and topless women in its pedestrian plazas.

Hillary Clinton called for stricter gun control in the wake of the shooting.

Businessman Donald Trump reportedly has told several top Republicans that he will swear off the possibility of an independent bid and commit to running his presidential campaign under the party’s banner.

American Pharoah and his companion pony, Smokey, arrived at Albany International Airport today on “Air Horse One,” and then headed for Saratoga, where the Triple Crown winner will race in the Travers this Saturday.

LG Kathy Hochul, not Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will open the 2015 New York State Fair tomorrow. (So is it time to re-name “Governor’s Day”?) He plans to attend the fair some time later in the 12-day run, a spokesman said.

Strong Hearts Cafe, a Syracuse vegan/vegetarian restaurant, revealed its menu today as the first vegan food stand at the fair. (So sad we aren’t going this year).

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s task force to combat toplessness in Times Square, said that whatever rules the panel comes up with should apply equally to the body-painted female “desnudas” and to the Naked Cowboy, who has performed nearly nude in the area for years.

Empire State Development has yet to reject a company for participation in the state’s Start-Up NY program.

Cuomo is pushing for funds to lure GE’s corporate HQ back to New York, even as critics say the company – a major political donor – hasn’t adequately cleaned up toxic chemicals it dumped in the Hudson River for decades.

Clinton announced a multi-step plan to grow the economy and local services in rural areas, marking the latest effort for the Democratic frontrunner to firm up support for her candidacy in Iowa and broaden her appeal outside major metropolitan areas.

Seneca Falls is set to host a forum next Monday to discuss which great American woman should be featured on the redesigned $10 bill, US Sen. Charles Schumer announced.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner says a constitutional convention “may be the only way to bring order to the broken relationship between the mayor and the governor.”

New York’s tax climate for key business sectors – with the notable exception of manufacturing – ranks at or near the bottom among 50 states, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation and the KPMG accounting firm.

Residents in the South Bronx used to be big fans of de Blasio. Now, not so much.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli penned an OpEd in the Times Union urging the state Legislature to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform in New York, including public funding of elections for all state offices.

A former CEO of two Schenectady nonprofit entities devoted to substance abuse treatment and housing has admitted filing false reports in excess of $600,000 with the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Just in time for the start of the school year, Cuomo is warning students off buying fake IDs, saying buyers are in danger of identity theft since many come from overseas on-line sellers.

Every company has its reply-all email meltdown. Today was Thomson Reuters’ turn.

Whether it’s Lyme disease, damage to gardens or motor vehicle collisions, some people in Central New York and other communities are fed up with deer, and some are taking action.

D’Amato Disses Pataki, Backs Kasich for 2016

Former US Senator-turned-lobbyist Alfonse D’Amato, who played a key role in helping elect then little-known state Sen. George Pataki to the governor’s office in 1994, has turned his back on his former ally and endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president in 2016.

The Kasich campaign released a statement from D’Amato, describing him as a “leading Republican force in New York,” though there are some who would debate that characterization, especially given the former senator’s fundraising in recent years on behalf of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The former senator, who, according to an aide, served in Congress with Kasich, called his chosen candidate “a proven political winner in a very tough state for Republicans” – ironically, the very same argument Pataki is making as he makes his case for his long-shot bid for the presidency.

“We Republicans need to capture the White House and in order to do that, we must win Ohio,” D’Amato said. “John Kasich is the only candidate who can assure us of that victory. John Kasich will make America strong and respected. He is a leader, plain and simple.”

“He’s the only candidate in the race with a proven record of leadership on state and federal levels. He’s straight talking. He does what he believes and he does it well. Look at Ohio; it’s come back strong and people are rising…He is the candidate who can get America back on track. I’m all in.”

Kasich gushed over the former senator, saying: he would “be content to just go out to his favorite pasta joint with him and listen to his stories, but that he’s going to help me and my campaign is incredible.”

The Ohio governor standing has risen to an all-time high among voters in Ohio – a key swing state in the presidential race, according to the latest results from a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week. He’s also polling in double digits (11 percent) in the first primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new PPP poll, though he’s running second to Donald Trump (35 percent).

Unlike Pataki Kasich, who didn’t announce his candidacy until late July, just barely squeaked his way into the first GOP primary debate held by Fox News earlier this month. The former New York governor was relegated to the pre-debate debate, which was jokingly referred to by some commentators as the “kiddie table.”

Former US Sen. Al D'Amato makes a choice in the 2016 elex. by liz_benjamin6490

Mayoral Control Push Continues In Buffalo

From the Morning Memo:

Despite the fact that the troubled Buffalo school district finally has a new superintendent, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes said she will continue to push her bill in the 2016 legislative session that would establish mayoral control in the Queen City.

“I do plan on moving ahead,” the Democratic assemblywoman said during a brief phone interview yesterday. “I don’t think the superintendent is the issue, I think the board is the issue.”

Peoples-Stokes said she has yet to meet the new superintendent, Kriner Cash, and is scheduled to do so sometime next week. She also said that while she believes Cash’s “skill set is what’s needed” to reform the district, “at the end of the day, his bosses are still the current board members.”

“I have no confidence in their ability to manage the district, and the community has no way to hold them accountable,” the assemblywoman said of the board members. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events scheduled. He’s taking a break to spend personal time with his family. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is also in the city with no public schedule.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina does a live interview on Univision’s Despierta America (Ch41).

At 10 a.m., Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists will provide an update on regional economic conditions, discussing NYC, the state, New Jersey and Puerto Rico, 33 Liberty St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Cuomo advisor Christine Quinn and other female elected officials mark Women’s Equality Day by calling for passage of an Equal Rights Amendment, 49 E. 92nd St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie tours Trillium Health Care with Assemblyman Harry Bronson, 259 Monroe Ave., Rochester.

Also at 11 a.m., Democratic candidate for Albany County Executive Dan Egan will “expose Albany County Department of Aging malfeasance as well as address incumbent Dan McCoy’s lies about the privatization of the Albany County Nursing Home,” Albany County Nursing Home, 780 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

At 11:15 a.m., Auschwitz Holocaust survivors and elected officials, including Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and Sens. Jesse Hamilton and Simcha Felder condemn the Iran nuclear deal outside Rep. Jerry Nadler’s office, 201 Varick St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter tours General Motors’ Rochester plant, General Motors, 1000 Lexington Ave., Rochester.

At noon, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will host about 400 senior citizens from across the borough for his second annual Senior Day, celebrated this year with a “Seniors by the Sea” theme, Kingsborough Community College, Mac rotunda, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Also at noon, Rep. Chris Gibson meets with local seniors and staff from the Delaware County Office for the Aging at the Delaware County Senior Picnic, 4-H Camp Shankitunk, Arbor Hill, Delhi.

Also at noon, Rep. Elise Stefanik holds a “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event followed by a media availability (at 1 p.m.), 583 Broadway St. E., Cape Vincent.

At 12:30 p.m., Heastie mets with labor leaders, Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center, 30 Celebration Dr., Rochester.

At 1 p.m., Shooters Committee on Political Education President Steven Aldstadt and Aaron Price, director of Gas Odyssey, hold a press conference calling for upstate New York to secede to prevent economic decline and limits on personal freedoms, 276 Washington St., Binghamton.

At 1:15 p.m., Stefanik tours Metalcraft Marine, 583 Broadway St. E., Cape Vincent.

At 2 p.m., Heastie meets with members of the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Workforce Development Workgroup, Monroe Community College’s Applied Technologies Center, 2485 W. Henrietta Rd., Rochester.

At 3:15 p.m., Heastie tours Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester.

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul and The Alliance for Coney Island host a roundtable to discuss Cuomo’s economic development strategies, 1205 Surf Ave., 2nd Floor, Brooklyn. (Media availability to follow).

At 3:45 p.m., Stefanik holds a media availability after meeting with Save the River on Plan 2014, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton.

At 4:45 p.m., Hochul, Sen. Diane Savino, and NYC Councilman Mark Treyger tour businesses along the Coney Island boardwalk to promote tourism, 1205 Surf Ave., Brooklyn.

At 6 p.m., Hamilton, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and NYC Councilman David Greenfield join advocates to call on New York congressional delegation members to oppose the Iran nuclear deal, in front of Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Heastie joins Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle to meet with community leaders, Constellation Brands, 207 High Point Dr., Victor.

At 7 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein hosts Chubby Checker and celebrates the 55th anniversary of his song “The Twist,” Loreto Park, Morris Park Avenue between Haight and Tomlinson avenues, Morris Park, the Bronx.


For the many congressional Democrats in the region who haven’t taken a stance on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, political pressure has intensified as the White House courts their support and the pact’s opponents escalate their lobbying efforts.

The state corrections department named a new superintendent for the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon – Robert Cunningham – and vowed to review “safety concerns” after the April death of a prisoner who inmates said was handcuffed and badly beaten by a group of corrections officers.

Republican 2016 contender and Florida Senator Marco Rubio left Buffalo with about $250,000 following a fundraiser last night at the Snyder home of Amy Habib. Rubio visited New Era Cap company as well as attending the Amherst event, which drew around 100 or so people.

The announcement that Paul McCartney – Beatle, knight, songwriting icon, living, breathing, you’ll-pay-anything-to-see-him, rock ’n’ roll legend – will play in Buffalo for the first time seems to elevate the city to first-tier concert destination status.

The state’s top elections watchdog quietly filed a lawsuit last month that could set a precedent curbing candidates’ ability to accept coordinated donations through the so-called “LLC loophole.” The civil suit pits Risa Sugarman, the chief enforcement counsel for the state Board of Elections, against the campaign of Shirley Patterson, a little-known candidate who ran unsuccessfully for a Brooklyn state Assembly seat in a May special election.

The Cuomo administration is losing another policy adviser. George Haggerty, deputy secretary for financial services, confirmed in an email to POLITICO New York that he will be leaving in the weeks ahead.

The teachers union and state officials argued that a lawsuit challenging New York’s tenure policy should be tossed because Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature approved a new law tightening teacher accountability.

Developers of nearly 200 small buildings in New York City have flouted the terms of tax breaks they received by failing to place their apartments on the rent-stabilization rolls, state and city officials said.

Times Square has seen a sharp decline in traffic injuries in the years since New York City closed off portions of Broadway to build a pedestrian plaza, city data show.

Construction of new office space in New York City is on track to hit a 25-year high this year and almost double that built in 2014, reflecting increasing employment and low interest rates, according to a new report by the New York Building Congress.

Former Assemblyman Darryl Towns is the latest top-level Cuomo administration staffer to leave for a job in the airline industry as the governor plans a $4 billion overhaul of LaGuardia Airport.

Eight groups representing the Democratic Party’s progressive wing plan to call on Hillary Clinton today to disavow the controversial practice of Wall Street firms paying bonuses to executives who leave for government jobs.

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Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead against her Democratic rivals in Iowa despite lingering concerns about her honesty, according to a new Suffolk University poll.

As questions continue to dog Clinton about her use of a private email account, a spotlight has landed on Huma Abedin, the aide so often at her side that she has been called the former secretary of state’s “surrogate daughter.”

Will LGBT voters abandon Clinton if VP Joe Biden gets into the race?

Clinton’s campaign has received commitments from four Democratic state parties – including in the crucial proving ground of New Hampshire – to enter joint fund-raising agreements with the campaign just as the nomination battle is beginning.

New Yorkers intending to vote in next year’s presidential primaries should beware of a little-publicized – but very relevant – deadline that looms a month and a half away.

Fox Network President Roger Ailes issued a lengthy statement castigating GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for reviving his attacks on anchor Megyn Kelly, and demanded an apology, which was not forthcoming.

Two powerful trade organizations that control the fate of a controversial property-tax exemption known as 421-a will begin determining the program’s future as soon as late September.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s former chief of staff, Laura Santucci, was paid six figures by the city’s tourism agency for her role in the administration’s ill-fated bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Freshman Assemblywoman Roxanne Persaud Read will be the Brooklyn Democratic Party’s pick to run for disgraced former Sen. John Sampson’s seat at a meeting this Thursday evening.

The aging Dunkirk power plant’s $150 million plan to transition from coal to natural gas is officially in limbo, less than two years after Cuomo and local officials held a news conference heralding the deal.

The Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda, which employs 79 people, would be shuttered next March under a plan NRG Energy is submitting today to the state Public Service Commission.

The Cuomo administration is engaging John Mack, an ex-Wall Street titan and informal adviser to the governor, to help persuade General Electric to move its headquarters to New York.

Syracuse’s 20-year-old lead program will close by the end of the year because federal officials rejected the city’s latest application for funding. City officials learned today they will not receive the $3.5 million they requested.

Former KKK leader David Duke is a Trump supporter.

New Public Employees Federation President Wayne Spence has turned his attention to securing a new contract. But it would seem any challenges for a revote from Susan Kent could be a thorn in his side for a while to come.

Rejecting a Manhattan GOP leader’s interest in having Democrat charter school maven Eva Moskowitz run for NYC mayor as a Republican in 2017, other Republican county chairs said that they would prefer to have a registered member of their party challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A group of bankers, politicians, horse breeders and real estate brokers is gaining momentum as they push Cuomo to re-privatize three New York thoroughbred tracks.

Paul McCartney will take the stage at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center for his “Out There” tour on October 22nd at 8:00 p.m. (Local leaders are psyched).

The leaders of two state Assembly committees that address poverty held an invitation-only meeting in Rochester yesterday, and the media wasn’t on the guest list.