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Aug 30th - 5:00 pm
Hillary Clinton’s campaign targeted Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” baseball hat in a new TV ad.
The FBI is reportedly working to release to the public several documents at the heart of its decision not to recommend charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state and the Justice Department’s ultimate decision to follow the FBI’s recommendation.
Donald Trump reportedly still speaks to his fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski regularly – almost every day.
Nine-term Republican state Sen. John Bonacic has the GOP, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines locked up for the November election, but he’s also hoping to win the Democratic line through a write-in campaign in next month’s primary.
Embattled Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will appear on the next season of “Dancing With the Stars,” as will former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez; model Amber Rose; and Maureen McCormick, who may be better known as Marcia Brady.
Lochte says he hopes his appearance on the show will help changes people’s minds about him after the Rio incident.
Professors at Hofstra, which is the site of the first debate between Clinton and Trump on Sept. 26, are mulling a walkout due to a contract dispute with their employer.
It turns out that Jeffrey Sachs, an influential health care lobbyist with ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (he was an usher at Cuomo’s wedding), played a key role in obtaining state approvals that paved the way for the controversial sale of the Lower East Side nursing home knwon as Rivington House.
In advance of today’s Senate hearing on water quality in Hoosick Falls, GOP Sen. Kathy Marchione’s Democratic opponent, Shaun Francis, unveiled a billboard criticizing her response to the PFOA crisis.
EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck said the federal agency had a health advisory in place since 2009 recommending that PFOA in water supplies not exceed 400 parts per trillion for short-term exposure, which would be weeks or months. The initial tests in Hoosick Falls showed five of the village’s six wells exceeded that limit, and many were above 600 ppt.
A member of the New York City Water Board resigned his position and was fined $1,000 for violating conflicts-of-interest rules by hosting a fundraiser for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s re-election bid, records released today show.
Is former Rep. Anthony Weiner a sex addict? Some experts say no.
The cartoonist who drew an image of Clinton in blackface, which was tweeted – and then deleted – by a pastor who is a Trump supporter, is standing by his caricature.
The NYT editorial page: “Mayor Bill de Blasio is racing to save New York as a reasonably affordable city to live in. It’s a hard enough job as it is, made harder by two significant obstacles — two unpredictable, hard-to-manage phenomena. Call one of them anxiety, and the other Andrew.”
New York’s highest court effectively expanded the legal definition of parenthood by ruling today that gay parents can seek custody and visitation rights for their non-biological children.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will provide relief for farmers and ranchers in 28 New York and Pennsylvania counties stricken by this summer’s drought.
“The thing about the conflict between the mayor and the governor is it’s like water polo,” said a representative for a major Manhattan-based developer. “You see them thrashing around at each other on the surface, but below the surface is where the real kicks are happening.”
The City University of New York is investigating whether a recent $500,000 donation intended to bolster the humanities and arts at its flagship school may have been improperly diverted
A recent national study that reported Syracuse has the nation’s highest lead poisoning rate is flawed and makes the lead problem here appear far worse than it is, according to Onondaga County Health Department officials.
The state and Livingston County have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding to determine how $20 million obtained from a previous legal settlement with the former owner of a huge, collapsed salt mine in Livingston County will be used.
Aug 30th - 4:56 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 9:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina welcomes teachers at a New Teacher Week plenary, United Federation of Teachers, 52 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses students and faculty about the governor’s Enough is Enough initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, Iona College, Ryan Library, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle.
At 10:30 a.m., the Senate holds a water quality hearing, Hoosick Falls High School, 21187 NY-22, Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County.
At 11 a.m., Hochul holds a women’s leadership roundtable with Westchester Business Council members, 800 Westchester Ave. S-310, Rye Brook.
Also at 11 a.m., 31st state Senate District candidate Marisol Alcántara will receive the endorsement of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund, the sister organization and political action arm of the New York Immigration Coalition, 31 West 33rd Street, Suite 610, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Fire & Rescue Ceremony in front of the Horticulture Building, State Fair, Syracuse.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella and Queens Quiet Skies VP Brian Will present findings from Freedom of Information requests to the Port Authority and the FAA regarding LaGuardia Airport runway and flight pattern usage data, 38-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside, Queens.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. James Sanders Jr announces that $7.65 million in state funding has been allocated for improvements to the Jamaica Transportation Center Station Plaza, Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue train station, Queens.
At 11:15 p.m., the New York State Gaming Commission will host a meeting focused on the issue of retired racehorses, Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion, East & Madison Avenues, Saratoga Springs.
At noon, Hochul holsts a women’s leadership roundtable with Rockland Business Association members, Rockland Community College,, Student Union, Room 3214, 145 College Rd., Suffern.
Also at noon, parents, EpiPen users and activists call out hedge fund manager John Paulson for what they say is his role with the EpiPen price “gauging scandal” and his donations to Trump, 1251 6th Ave., Manhattan.
Also at noon, Staten Island Rep. Dan Donovan hosts a fundraising lunch with Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a press conference to make an announcement about legal representation for tenants in housing court following a roundtable discussion on the topic, High Bridge Library, 78 West 168th St., the Bronx.
At 1:30 p.m., Sen. Adriano Espaillat, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett; Dr. Juan Tapia-Mendoza, and local other local doctors and elected officials, will brief the community on what they need to know to protect themselves from Zika, corner of 135th street and Broadway in the lobby of Pediatrics 2000, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., Hochul convenes a forum to discuss the governor’s efforts to combat heroin and opioid abuse in Rockland County, Rockland Community College, Student Union, Room 3217, 145 College Rd., Suffern.
Also at 2 p.m., DiNapoli will present unclaimed funds checks at the Unclaimed Funds booth, State Fair, Syracuse.
At 3:45 p.m., Hochul tours the RG Campus, 401 North Middletown Rd., Pearl River. (The tour is closed to members of the press, but the LG will hold a media availability after the fact).
At 6 p.m., U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo attend a fundraising reception, Offices of Pitta & Giblin LLP, 120 Broadway, 28th Floor, Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., the New York County Democratic Committee holds its summer fundraiser, Henry’s, 2745 Broadway, Manhattan.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Western New York fundraising swing began last night in downtown Buffalo, where about 100 people contributed more than $250,000 at attend a fundraiser hosted by Rep. Chris Collins.
Ryan also spent more than an hour at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown stumping for NY-24 Rep. John Katko, who is up for reelection in November. Also at the same hotel: Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American supporter of Donald Trump who has been defending the candidate’s recent outreach to minority voters in the media, tweeted a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface, mocking her outreach to black voters.
Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic nominee Clinton, said that she is separating from her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, following a report that he had exchanged sexually-charged messages and photos with another woman.
Further texts obtained by The New York Post show the ex-congressman had been expecting the news. He told his sext buddy that his nearly six-year marriage had been “busted” by the scandals he had forced Abedin to endure.
Weiner’s tawdry activities have cast another shadow on the adviser and confidante who has been by Clinton’s side for the past two decades, and threaten to remind voters of the candidate’s own marital troubles over the decades.
Weiner was vacationing in the Hamptons with his wife when a Post reporter told him the newspaper had obtained his latest round of sexts.
Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who is also a pentecostal minister, said he was repulsed by the revelation that Weiner sexted a woman a crotch shot of himself with his toddler son in the picture. “I urge the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services to investigate this case carefully and thoroughly,” he said.
Law enforcement sources told the NY Daily News that Weiner, 51, was not currently under criminal investigation because the photo in question didn’t rise to the level of endangering the welfare of a child.
DN columnist Linda Stasi calls Abedin a “doormat” and wonders what took her so long to dump her husband.
A former faculty member was arrested yesterday in the shooting of a medical school dean and another person at a deli in Chappaqua, N.Y., the upscale Westchester County hamlet where presidential candidate Clinton lives.
At an address on immigration in Arizona, Trump will reportedly likely continue to distance himself from his earlier “deportation force” idea, which called for rounding up all undocumented immigrants.
Trump wants African-American San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to leave the U.S. if he won’t say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Trump’s campaign released one of the mogul’s first TV ads of the general election season.
The Obama administration hopes a new rule governing overtime pay will give assistant managers at stores and restaurants a middle-class salary and better working conditions, the nation’s top wage enforcer said.
Aug 29th - 4:45 pm
Donald Trump issued a statement saying Abedin made a “very wise decision,” but also questioned whether Weiner had endangered national security.
Citing confidentiality, a spokeswoman for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services would not comment on whether Weiner’s behavior – sending a woman who was not his wife a screen shot of himself in his underwear with his son beside him in bed – would prompt an inquiry.
Multiple news organizations – including our sister station, NY1 – have moved to sever or suspend their ties with Weiner.
Two people were shot this morning outside a deli in Chappaqua about a mile from Democratic presidential candidate Clinton’s home.
Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health-care system.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn’t a fan of Beyoncé’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, taking issue with the pop star’s statement about police brutality in the black community.
S.J. Jung, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary, vowed to fight to bar pictures of same-sex couples from appearing in school textbooks.
Drug maker Mylan said it will offer a generic version of the life-saving allergy treatment EpiPen for half the list price of the brand-name treatment after it became the center of a national controversy over skyrocketing drug prices.
The owner of Ballister’s Bistro in Rome has created three sandwiches and a salad with ingredients chosen to poke fun at the four presidential candidates.
Republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney picked up an endorsement from a congressman outside NY-22 -retiring NY-19 Rep. Chris Gibson – after GOP incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna vowed he will never support her.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long slammed her Democratic opponent, Sen. Chuck Schumer, for failing to speak out about the EpiPen situation, noting he has received campaign cash from the drug company’s CEO and its PAC.
For the first time in decades, the Assembly has a speaker (Carl Heastie) who’s willing to vote against proposed legislation, at least on occasion. But dissent on legislation remains rare in the chamber.
Less than 24 hours before a state Senate hearing on water quality begins in the Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls, the DEC has declared municipal landfills in the Village of Hoosick Falls and towns of Petersburgh and Berlin to be “potential” state superfund sites.
More pre-hearing news: Sen. Broad Hoyman, a Manhattan Democrat, said he will propose legislation aimed at broadening the state’s monitoring of water contaminates.
The author of a newly released book on the Attica prison uprising says there are thousands of documents that the state refuses to release publicly, many of which would likely reveal massive cover-ups at the highest levels.
Million Dollar Beach and Dog Beach were re-opened for swimming again by the DEC.
Aug 29th - 5:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 10 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will appear with local business officials and receive an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, DA Collins Companies, 269 Ballard Rd., Wilton.
At 10:30 a.m., Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, Republican nominee in NY-23, holds event to announce her endorsement by a sitting member of Congress from New York and kick off her trade and manufacturing week, Fiber Instrument Sales, 161 Clear Rd., Oriskany.
Also at 10:30 a.m., Sen. Jose Peralta and community leaders call on the New York state Liquor Authority to stop granting on premise liquor licenses for new nightclubs along Roosevelt Avenue, 78th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.
At noon, LG Kathy Hochul addresses students and faculty about Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, SUNY Geneseo, Doty Hall, Park Street, Geneseo.
At 1:15 p.m., Hochul highlights the state’s investment in NYS parks, Letchworth State Park Nature Center, Castile.
At 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., Bed-Stuy Gateway BID and Community Board #3 hold a town hall meeting on a proposed homeless shelter for Bedford-Stuyvesant, Restoration Plaza, 1360 Fulton St., Brooklyn.
The state’s affordable housing agency, Homes and Community Renewal, is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the ongoing investigation into the Cuomo administration and several upstate development deals.
Donald Trump challenged Hillary Clinton to release “detailed medical records” and said he would have “no problem” releasing his own.
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson said it’s “game over” on any chance of winning the White House if he does not make it to the debate stage.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted photos on his Twitter account last night showcasing a 154.5-pound thresher shark he caught off the South Shore earlier in the day. Joining the governor on the fishing outing was his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, according to a Twitter post from Cuomo’s chief of staff Melissa DeRosa, who was tweeting in the wake of her marriage Saturday at the Sagamore.
Not everyone was thrilled, as thresher sharks — although legal to catch — are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
In the fight for control of the state Senate, Democrats have begun aggressively using Trump as their bogeyman to help raise money for their candidates in crucial Long Island races.
With Trump still telling his people he wants to compete in his home state of New York despite polls showing him trailing badly, a source tells Ken Lovett his local team has developed a plan to do it that would include three in-state visits from the candidate.
Documents suggest that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has turned to the real estate industry’s chief lobbying group, REBNY, as an intermediary to press Albany politicians on a matter beyond its traditional scope: the city’s public school system.
A little more than a year after de Blasio swore that his son, Dante, would never cut his signature Afro, a photo emerged yesterday showing the teen with a new, shorter hairdo.
NYC Republicans have won state Board of Elections approval for a new “Stop de Blasio” line on the November ballot that will allow voters unhappy with the mayor — and perhaps Trump as well — to back their two Assembly candidates without having to vote the GOP party line.
The first of three scheduled legislative hearings on water quality and the PFOA crisis will take place tomorrow in Hoosick Falls.
Nearly a third of all of NYC adults said they had not had intercourse or oral sex in a year, according to the latest 2014 statistics. That was the highest number since 2002, when the department first started keeping public records on the question.
While his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country campaigning for Clinton, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has been sexting with a busty brunette out West — and even sent her a crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture, The NY Post reports.
Aug 28th - 4:28 pm
Zika could cause major problems in the Big Apple if city health officials don’t start discouraging people from traveling to hotbeds in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, according to former LG Betsy McCaughey.
An investigation by the New York Times uncovered a long history of racial bias at Donald Trump’s family properties – both in the state and outside it.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended Trump’s claim that African-Americans should vote for him this fall because they “have nothing to lose.”
Christie blamed Hillary Clinton for starting a campaign fight over bigotry during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.
Trump is casually preparing for the upcoming presidential debates with informal sessions held at his New Jersey golf course, while Clinton is “methodically” researching issues and rehearsing lines.
Clinton’s lead over Trump has shrunk to just three percentage points, a new Morning Consult poll showed. She is beating him in a head-to-head matchup 43-40 nationally.
Experts are questioning Clinton’s broadband plan, saying it’s both ambitious and expensive.
Clinton met with intelligence officials for a two-hour security briefing Saturday morning, her first since winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
When Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was sentenced for stealing from the taxpayers a year ago, he owed a lot of people a lot of money. Getting that money, it turns out, wasn’t so simple.
Eighty-six private agencies rake in millions of taxpayer dollars to help NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services care for New York’s most vulnerable kids — and their CEOs get big bucks.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would propose legislation creating a national registry tracking cancer rates among U.S. firefighters, something he said would help researchers root out toxic building materials.
G. Steven Pigeon’s shadow looms large over 143rd Assembly District race, given candidate Kristy Mazurek’s long association with the political operative. Her opponent, Moncia Wallace, is devoting much of her campaign to linking the indicted Pigeon to Mazurek, who in turn, defends herself as an independent Democrat waging her own effort.
These are trying times for police, firefighters and medical first responders. Hardly a day goes by when they are not responding to an opioid overdose. More lives are saved than lost, thanks in part to the antidote Narcan, but there is an emotional toll for those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.
Former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he agrees with Bill Bratton that officers’ disciplinary records should not be made public. He said he tried to cut off the media’s access to those records when he was in office, but was told by department attorneys he couldn’t do it.
Lightly-raced Arrogate, a colt who before Saturday had faced only 15 opponents total in four career races, flattened his Travers Stakes opponents by 13½ lengths in front of 48,630 at Saratoga Race Course.
Of the 237 days when thoroughbred horses compete on the New York Racing Association’s calendar, the 40 days at Saratoga Race Course are among its best attended and most wagered on.
Less than six months after emerging from bankruptcy as property of billionaire Carl Icahn, the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., is slated for shutdown, an event that has been both threatened and predicted for years
A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, Laura Jacobson, has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Brooklyn Democratic Party after she wasn’t approved for re-election by a screening committee.
The political-consulting firms that helped Mayor Bill de Blasio get elected in 2013 have hauled in at least $10.6 million from the mayor’s campaigns and charities over the past six years, a NY Post analysis of public records shows.
As pressure mounts to reduce violence at the troubled NYC jails, top correction bosses — seeking to create the impression they have turned matters around — repeatedly order underlings to downgrade incidents, a Daily News review of scores of internal documents shows.
The director of the state Committee on Open Government said in an advisory opinion that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and the state department of Housing and Community Renewal should not hold back from release otherwise public documents based merely on the contention that they might relate to an ongoing federal probe of upstate development deals.
As Cuomo ponders a bill to curb Airbnb, the online booking service said it’s policing its website to remove commercial operators in the city, addressing a chief complaint of critics who say it promotes illegal hotels and effectively takes scarce apartments out of circulation.
The governor expects to sign the so-called brunch bill into law “shortly,” according to a spokesman.
The company that runs a call center for Access-A-Ride, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s service for people with disabilities, and the union that represents its workers have reached an agreement to raise their wages to at least $15 an hour by 2018, the union announced.
The Web address Harlem politician Robert Jackson used to run for Manhattan borough president has been taken over by a German company promising to fix readers’ sexual-performance problems.
The TU launches a four-part series on why there aren’t more women serving in elected office.
The conviction of the late Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous on charges of lying to the FBI may be reversed after his death. The Binghamton Republican’s attorney filed papers last week with a federal appeals court to have his client’s conviction vacated.
New York’s Maine-Endwell team won the U.S. title, and will play South Korea today for the Little League World Series crown.
Assemblyman Karl Brabenec’s petition to run for re-election on the United Monroe ballot line has at least 31 instances in which his campaign incorrectly altered the addresses of voters who live outside the 98th Assembly district and were ineligible to sign the petition, wrongly placing each of them in towns inside the district.
The sister of pop music star Mariah Carey was arrested Friday in Saugerties on a prostitution charge. Police arrested Alison A. Carey, Mariah’s older sister, after an investigation found her soliciting money in exchange for sexual favors from an undercover police officer posing as a client.
If Domenic Broccoli’s plans come to fruition, America’s largest Revolutionary War burial ground will be transformed into an International House of Pancakes.
A New York City taxi driver challenging the constitutionality of mandated GPS-tracking of cabs has gotten a red light from a federal appeals court.
Congratulations to Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s chief of staff; and Matt Wing, former Cuomo spokesman, who tied the knot at the Sagamore on Lake George this weekend. (The governor was among attendees).
Aug 26th - 4:45 pm
The party Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he established to tackle women’s issues isn’t actually doing anything to help women, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer declared bluntly at an Equality Day rally today.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Clinton said she was sure that there were no foundation ties that could harm her chance of becoming president.
Trump’s apparent pivot away from his calls for mass deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants is partially the result of prodding by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Rep. John Katko and Colleen Deacon have agreed to participate in three televised debates (including one with TWC News) and two other joint appearances this fall in their race for Congress, their campaigns confirmed today.
Katko released a new TV ad that is a clear appeal to women voters.
Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22. The decision came eight days after Pinsky’s comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning Clinton’s health and medical care.
Cuomo announced that the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Office of Fire Prevention and control will conduct campus fire safety inspections across the state.
The governor today remembered the devastation of Hurricane Irene while also highlighting New York’s work to recover from the 2011 storm.
As construction accidents have surged, Manhattan prosecutors are pushing to bring criminal charges against builders they say have sacrificed worker safety for profits.
New York’s health and environmental commissioners as well as Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge are among the public officials expected to speak at a state Senate hearing next week on the state response to the PFOA crisis.
Tough talking war hero John McCain, a GOP senator from Arizona, has a soft spot for Britney Spears.
A amount that has been suggested as a potential new salary for state legislators could be a record high, even when adjusting previous salaries for inflation.
Central New York is home to the most segregated school district border in the state, a report found.
Police agencies on Long Island and in two dozen upstate counties issued 1,285 tickets and 1,416 warnings during a two-week pedestrian safety initiative earlier this summer.
A 35-year-old Rockland County case worker contends in a multimillion-dollar civil rights lawsuit that she’s faced discrimination, was bumped by a co-worker and has been disrespected.
Ah, Maine. So bucolic, so traditional, so peaceful…or not.
Aug 26th - 5:29 am
Happy National Dog Day!
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public schedule. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio remains on a family vacation in New England, and is not scheduled to return to the five boroughs until Sunday.
At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul joins Rep. Carolyn Maloney to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange in recognition of Women’s Equality Day.
At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Ron Castorina, Jr. announces plans to introduce legislation combatting red light camera traps, corner of Huguenot Avenue and Woodrow Road, Staten Island.
Also at 10 a.m. and noon, state AG Eric Schneiderman will speak at the New York State Fair’s Rainbow Flag Raising and Fallen Officers Memorial events, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.
Also at 10 a.m., Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski will reveal his school fire safety report overhaul, 67 North Main St., 2nd floor, New City.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visits the Excellence Girls Uncommon Charter Elementary School, 794 Monroe St., Brooklyn.
At 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres, the Belmont BID and Community Board 6 announce the Italian Disaster Relief Fund for victims of the earthquake in Italy, 610 E. 186th St., the Bronx.
Also at 11 a.m., Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, state Sens. Liz Krueger and Roxanne Persaud, Assemblymembers Rebecca Seawright, Linda Rosenthal, Carmen Arroyo, Annette Robinson, Nily Rozic, and Jo Anne Simon, and NYC Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, mark Women’s Equality Day, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Hochul and other women leaders launch the NYS Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commission and celebrate Women’s Equality Day, Redbury New York, 29 East 29th St., Manhattan.
Also at 1 p.m., 31st Senate District candidate Marisol Alcántara will unveil her housing agenda, 3333 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 1:30 p.m., state Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball attends New York Showcase Day at the historic Saratoga Racecourse to celebrate the state’s thoroughbred horse racing industry and its significant benefits to New York agriculture, 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs.
At 5 p.m., Republican NY-21 Rep. Elise Stefanik will attend the Washington County Fair and hold a media availability, 392 Old Schuylerville Rd., Greenwich.
At 7:15 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the Lackawanna Community Days Celebration, Lucarelli’s, 1830 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna.
Hillary Clinton delivered a blistering denunciation of Donald Trump’s personal and political history with race, arguing in her most forceful terms yet during a speech in Reno, NV that a nationalist conservative fringe had engulfed the Republican Party.
Speaking in Manchester, NH just minutes before Clinton started her speech, Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.
Trump faced anger, confusion and disgust from across the political spectrum after indicating that he was open to letting some undocumented immigrants remain in the country legally provided that they paid “back taxes.”
A U.S. judge ordered the State Department to release by Sept. 13 any emails it finds between Clinton and the White House from the week of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, among the thousands of additional emails uncovered by federal investigators.
The NYT’s Lawrence Downes was unimpressed by Assemblywoman Alice Cancel’s performance in a recent candidate forum in the race for the Lower Manhattan seat ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver used to hold. “(I)f she has qualifications for the job, she kept them well hidden.”
Though the names of both Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, also convicted on corruption charges, appear on the federal Bureau of Prisons website, neither is in custody. And based on a court ruling yesterday, neither is now required to report to the authorities anytime soon as their convictions are appealed – a process that could take more than a year.
Two Long Island congressmen – Pete King, a Republican; and Steve Israel, a Democrat – sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Veterans Affairs Department asking them to conduct a thorough inquiry into the suicide of a veteran outside the Northport Veterans Medical Center on Long Island.
The Great New York State Fair kicked off with a ribbon cutting by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who toured the newly transformed fairgrounds and then announced that IndyCar racing will be returning to Watkins Glen International.
The governor consumed the required fair food for politicians- a Gianelli sausage sandwich – insisting he had eaten the whole thing, and inviting a local reporter to do the same.
A shortage of supportive housing has helped drive homelessness for single adults to record highs, the Coalition for the Homeless says in a new report. Advocates blame the governor for failing to come through on a pledge to create 20,000 supportive housing apartments.
Cuomo called the ethics reform bill he signed this week, which has been criticized by good government groups, a “good first step,” acknowledging more must be done to address Albany’s corruption problem.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today will unveil a new policy that affirms the right of an employee “to openly be who you are” and maps out a process for staff and supervisors to follow in dealing with gender transition.
“You guys can reach me in the Dominican Republic if there is a Trump administration,” Schneiderman joked during an appearance before the Daily News editorial board yesterday.
Trump’s campaign co-chair in New York, Carl Paladino, took exception with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s remarks on the Republican candidate, saying she has “never been” a prominent member of the GOP in the state and never will be.
Aug 25th - 5:02 pm
Hillary Clinton released a web video portraying Donald Trump as the candidate of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and warning “if Trump wins, they could be running the country.”
While Gov. Andrew Cuomo ponders legislation to sharply restrict advertising of Airbnb rentals, a new study from the data-based website FiveThirtyEight shows that at least a third of rentals are commercial—meaning entire homes or apartments are rented out for much of the time.
Rev. Franklin Graham was in Albany, saying: “I want to urge Christians to go the polls and vote, and I want to encourage Christians to also run for political office.”
According to Quote.com, Clinton’s grammar and language are geared toward an approximately eighth-grade audience. Trump, meanwhile, speaks at a level about comparable with a seventh-grade comprehension.
Former NYPD detective, media personality, business owner (and Nassau County resident) Bo Dietl wants to run for NYC mayor next year, challenging incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., often mentioned as a potential de Blasio primary challenger, received nearly $100,000 in donations connected to a Queens-based construction company that was later awarded $1.4 million from Diaz’s fiscal year 2011 capital budget.
Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon has asked the state attorney general to investigate skyrocketing prices of epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) by the drug’s manufacturer, saying the hikes occurred “without any justification.”
The U.S. Army has placed a $12.5 million order for radar components with Lockheed Martin’s plant in suburban Syracuse, according to Pentagon officials.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and officials representing IndyCar and Watkins Glen announced that an agreement has been reached to bring the series back to the track for at least the next two years.
Sen. Todd Kaminsky has endorsed Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo for his former Assembly seat ahead of the Sept. 13 Democratic primary against former Nassau Legislator Jeff Toback.
A trial court in Rensselaer County has thrown out a union challenge to a pair of programs started by Cuomo — the Empire and Excelsior Service fellowships — that recruits young professionals and those just getting out of school, to work at high level jobs in state government for two year periods.
Queens Rep. Joe Crowley says he has no plans to support the TPP — despite his initial praise for the pact while it was in negotiation — and believes the “onus is on the Republicans” who currently control the House if they want to push it through before the year’s end.
Renovations on more than a dozen city schools will be completed largely by minorities, women and Syracuse city residents, according to the terms of a new labor agreement.
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Chelsea Clinton plans to remain on the board of the Clinton Foundation if her mother, Hillary Clinton, is elected president this fall, a foundation spokesman said.
An increasing number of editorial pages say the foundation should shut down or transfer operations to another charity despite its good work to avoid perceptions of “pay-for-play”, despite plans to reorganize it should Hillary Clinton win the White House.
Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine as part of a settlement with NYC’s Conflicts of Interest Board for having police and security officers fetch and pay for his meals. The officers were subsequently reimbursed with office funds.
Ed Rollins, chairman of a pro-Donald Trump super PAC, says the Republican nominee would lose badly if the election was held today.
Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway compared Clinton’s relationship with the truth to what she called former president Bill Clinton’s “casual relationships with other women.”
Trump’s son, Eric, said it would be “foolish” for his father to release his tax returns.
A new audit from the office of state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found “significant deficiencies” in the “transformation” of information technology services at state agencies — a process that is now in its fourth year and remains ongoing.
John “Rus” Thompson refused to accept a plea offer in his voter fraud case today, opting to go to trial rather than admit to a felony.
The State Education Department has appointed the first “privacy officer” whose job it will be to make sure that student data remains confidential.
AG Eric Schneiderman said a decision by the embattled medical provider for Nassau’s jail not to bid to keep its contract is “a positive step forward” for taxpayers as his office moves ahead with its recent lawsuit against the company after a series of inmate deaths.
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal appears on NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in the Adirondack Park at 10 p.m. Monday.
The Empire Center’s Kenneth Girardin: “Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Clean Energy Standard is shaping up to be one of the largest tax hikes in state history.”
A federal judge again postponed former Town of Oyster Bay Commissioner Frederick Ippolito’s sentencing for tax evasion connected to fees received from a paving contractor, saying that information received from Ippolito and town officials about their relationship with the company was too vague and only raised more questions.
Million Dollar Beach at Lake George was closed for the second time in five days by the DEC due to elevated levels of fecal coliform in the water.
New York State’s hospitals as a whole ranked last among the 50 states, according to a report card from the federal government. New York City’s hospitals were rated even lower than the state average – and Brooklyn’s hospitals scored lower than the city as a whole.
Ramen noodles are the unofficial currency of choice inside the U.S. prison system.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public schedule. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is on a family vacation in New England.
At 9 a.m., Sen. James Sanders Jr. holds a press conference to announce that $12.94 million in state funding has been allocated for transportation improvements to Far Rockaway, A-Train Station, Beach 22nd St. and Mott Ave., Queens.
At 10 a.m., advocates for people with developmental disabilities, including members of the #bFair2DirectCare coalition, hold press conference to highlight the “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign, calling for a funding increase in the New York state budget for wages for staff, Proctor’s Robb Alley, 432 State St., Schenectady.
At 10:25 a.m., Rep. Steve Israel holds event to call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Social Security Administration to conduct a review of the Medicare enrollment process, sidewalk outside the Melville Social Security Administration office, 1121 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, Long Island.
At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul cuts the ribbon to open a Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Lakers Ln., Cazenovia.
Also at 11 a.m., NY-19 Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout will tour infrastructure in Margaretville five years after Hurricane Irene, 773 Main St.
At 11:30 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joins local stakeholders in Poughkeepsie to outline concerns about the effectiveness of the current cleanup strategy to remediate PCBs in the Hudson River, Upper Landing Park, Poughkeepsie.
At noon, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, state Sen. Kevin Parker and NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams announce the establishment of the Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.
At 1 p.m., Hocul hosts a Central NY Roundtable on Women’s Leadership, Onondaga Community College, Storer Auditorium, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike., Syracuse.
At 2 p.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez holds press conference to discuss passed legislation he introduced to remove a written English exam as a requirement to drive a taxi in New York City, Seaman Car Service, 4020 10th Ave., Manhattan.
At 2:30 p.m., Hochul speaks at the opening of the Syracuse Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems, 727 East Washington St., Syracuse.
At 6 p.m., the Education Panel for Educational Policy holds a public meeting, with the agenda including an update from NYC Education Chancellor Chancellor Carmen Farina, amendments to the chancellor’s home instruction services regulation and approval of contracts, Prospect Heights High School, 883 Classon Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 6 p.m., Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal holds a “Live! With Linda for the West 40’s/50’s” event, The Flats, 554 W. 53rd St., Manhattan.
Clinton headlined an event at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Hollywood Hills home yesterday afternoon that brought up $3.36 million, according to ticket prices and attendance figures provided by the campaign.
Two prominent New York Democratic congressmen – Reps. Joe Crowley of Queens and Steve Israel of Long Island – are calling on Carl Paladino to resign his post as the state co-chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign over his continued attacks on the parents of a Muslim/American soldier who died in combat.
Democrats are taking aim at Trump for hiking the rent on his campaign offices in Trump Tower once donors started picking up the tab. Trump jacked up the rent on his campaign space at his Fifth Ave. building once he was no longer footing the bill.
During a visit to Latvia, VP Joe Biden assured leaders that Trump, who is one election away from the White House, had no idea what he was talking about when he threatened to back out of the NATO pledge to protect American allies.
Trump wants a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s emails.
While she was secretary of state, Clinton hosted a dinner involving Clinton Foundation donors, including a Ukrainian businessman who had given money to the organization and who had retained a lobbyist to arrange State Department meetings.
Eric Trump accused Clinton of not only “making a joke out of national security,” but also committing perjury “because she lied in front of Congress” about her emails.
Less than a week before its official launch, Bernie Sanders’ new political group is working its way through an internal war that led to the departure of digital director Kenneth Pennington and at least four others from a team of 15, and the return of presidential campaign manager Jeff Weaver as the group’s new president.
Clinton is proposing a package of ideas aimed at helping small businesses, including a new standard deduction that could simplify tax filing and improvements to a little-used tax credit for companies that offer workers health insurance.
Trump is reportedly headed to his native borough of Queens Thursday.
Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is going after Republican politicians who are supporting Trump – and he is also getting behind those who have declined to endorse their party’s nominee.
An affiliate of the Qatar Investment Authority bought a 9.9 percent stake in Empire State Realty Trust, the landlord that owns the 1,250-foot Empire State Building, the company said.
The FBI is investigating attempted cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said.
Looking at ways to expand New York’s fledgling medical cannabis program, the state Health Department wants to give schools a way to “possess, secure, and administer medical marijuana products under limited circumstances.” Queens Republican Sen. Marty Golden does not approve.
A report by the state Health Department gives the first glimpse of who is getting cannabis through the state’s 9-month-old medical marijuana program.
A coalition of liberal, union-backed organizations released a report detailing the political giving by billionaire businessmen and others to independent expenditure campaigns that have in turn supported Democratic primary challengers to incumbent lawmakers in the Assembly.
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating whether a group of cops ignored a gay man who tried to report an assault near Bryant Park last weekend.
Few details have been provided about NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s family vacation to New England, and even some City Hall staffers didn’t know he was going until the last minute. The itinerary did include diner in Vermont with Sen. Bernie Sanders, a favorite of de Blasio’s two children, though their dad backed Clinton in the Democratic primary.