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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, 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.



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.

Here and Now

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.

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President Obama visited flood-ravaged Louisiana today, promising ongoing federal help for the more than 100,000 people who have filed federal help claims. “You are not alone,” he said after touring a wrecked neighborhood in Zachary, La.

“I would encourage Hillary Clinton to follow Donald Trump and President Obama’s leads and come down to south Louisiana now to see for herself the damage that has been done,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said in a statement.

More than half the people outside the government who met with Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.

The speechwriter for Melania Trump’s controversial Republican National Convention address was paid just $356.01 for her work in July, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

The NYT praises the $20 million Greenmarket Regional Food Hub plan, for which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged $15 million.

Graduate assistants at private universities may form unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled today in a case involving Columbia University. The 3-1 decision overturned a 2004 board precedent, Brown University.

Clinton staffers are defending the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of “Fight Song” after her campaign anthem was widely criticized.

Democratic state Senate candidate Terry Gipson earned a small amount of income last year working for the same consulting firm used by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a recently filed financial disclosure form.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate critiques the book “Positively American,” penned by her Democratic opponent, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and his then-aide Daniel Squadron (before he was a state senator).

Long insists she did not, in fact, link the rise in crime in the North Side of Syracuse to a church-turned-mosque, and criticized Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner for her “happy talk” about welcoming refugees to the city.

New York has added machetes to a list of “dangerous or deadly” weapons that also includes daggers, razors and stilettos.

Congress is calling for more information on why the price of EpiPens is climbing. Queens Rep. Grace Meng says this may be a case of “price-gouging,” and suggests a hearing on the issue.

The so-called “Final Five” took to the skies above Manhattan today to ceremonially flip the light switch at the Empire State Building observation deck.

Pizza frites are what Central New Yorkers crave most at the New York State Fair. That’s according to a recent survey of more than 1,400 people about the 12-day extravaganza.

A new joint report from the Vera Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge initiative says that women locked in local jails are now the fastest growing incarcerated population in the nation. And those inmates are disproportionately Black and Latina.

NYC’s best hot dog? You be the judge.

Here and Now

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 9:30 a.m., business owners and advocates hold a press conference in response to Crestwood Crestwood Midstream Partners’ proposed changes to the liquid petroleum gas storage project, Watkins Glen Village, Marina Park, 2 Seneca Harbor, Watkins Glen.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres holds press conference to present food shoppers, families, seniors and children with Health Bucks coupons which are redeemable for healthy foods at farmers markets, Poe Park Greenmarket, 192nd Street between Grand Concourse and Valentine Avenue, the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Consul General of India Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, and Chair of the Diwali Stamp Project Ranju Batra present a final update on the Diwali Stamp, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours Wyoming County Hospital, 400 N Main St., Warsaw.

Also at at 11 a.m., the Empire State Building hosts the “Final Five” gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team – Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian – following their return from Rio to celebrate Team USA’s success at the 2016 Olympic Games, 350 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, Hochul speaks during the Wyoming County Agricultural Business Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

At 1:30 p.m., the Hedge Clippers campaign will release a new report exposing how the new Super PAC New Yorkers for Independent Action is trying to buy New York elections with the help of Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, LCA Press Room, LOB, Albany.

At 2 p.m., Hochul announces the Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County grant recipients, Yahoo Data Center Cafeteria, 5319 Enterprise Dr., Lockport.

Also at 2 p.m., Educators 4 Excellence-New York hosts its annual summit, with over 150 teachers, education advocates, and community leaders, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement hold actions in Ithaca to call on the governor and the Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, Tompkins County Public Library, Green Street and Cayuga Street, Ithaca.

At 5:30 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosts “City Hall on the Road,” Giffen Elementary School, 274 S. Pearl St., Albany.

Also at 5:30 p.m., state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli holds event marking opening of her campaign headquarters with Rep. Paul Tonko, state Sen. Neil Breslin, and Assemblymember Pat Fahy, 2020 Western Ave., Guilderland.

At 6 p.m., members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement hold actions in New York City to call on the governor and the Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Rep. Dan Donovan and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene hoist a Zika virus forum, Richmond University Medical Center Sipp Auditorium, 355 Bard Ave., Staten Island.


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been more secretive and selective than many recent presidential nominees in providing up-to-date details about their personal health — a particularly striking departure, experts say, given the candidates’ age – 70 and 68, respectively.

The dispute over Clinton’s email practices now threatens to shadow her for the rest of the presidential campaign after the disclosure that the F.B.I. collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and a federal judge’s order that the State Department accelerate the documents’ release.

Clinton said accusations by the Trump campaign and its surrogates that she’s physically unfit to be president are part of a “wacky strategy” and an “alternative reality” that’s not focused on the kinds of issues that are most important to voters.

Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, explained that the GOP nominee is delaying his immigration speech in Colorado Thursday because policies surrounding the issue “should not be rushed.”

Clinton hasn’t held a proper press conference with political reporters in more than 260 days, but appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live for the third time since she became a 2016 candidate for president.

Kimmel asked Clinton to open a jar of pickles as a test of her strength. She did so successfully.

In what was delivered like an early, fiery campaign speech, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told labor leaders yesterday how he, like his father before him, owes his place in the governor’s office to organized labor.

Cuomo said he wants to “pay more for union jobs because the government shouldn’t pay a poverty wage.” The governor is looking at unprecedented state subsidies to re-start the 421-a program, which granted tax breaks to developers for building affordable housing.

Cuomo’s $15 million high-tech film studio in Onondaga County was completed last summer, but sits essentially vacant and has exactly two employees who work full time. The hub’s anchor tenant, FilmHouse, has yet to release a production, and its president and other executives have been dogged by lawsuits, tax liens and seven-figure legal judgments.

The Cuomo administration is recommending significant expansions to the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program just nine months after it began.

The governor took a not-so-veiled dig at NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for taking another out-of-state vacation, saying: “For me, I am not comfortable leaving the state. If I leave the state and something happens, I like to be hands on, I like to be there.”

The speeding SUV that caused a deadly weekend crash on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville — which claimed its sixth victim yesterday — swerved off the roadway to avoid hitting traffic that had slowed in a work zone, investigators said.

Scott Martella, the young political aide killed in the LIE crash, may have saved the life of his fiancee when he veered his car as an airborne SUV hurtled toward them, said his boss, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

The DEC has notified federal officials that General Electric Co.’s seven-year, $1.6 billion dredging campaign to remove industrial pollutants from the Hudson River has been inadequate.

DraftKings, FanDuel and three other daily fantasy sports operators​ were cleared to resume business in New York yesterday, just in time for the approaching NFL season and Major League Baseball playoffs.

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The State Department said it is reviewing nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails recovered as part of the FBI’s now-closed investigation into the handling of sensitive information that flowed through Hillary Clinton’s private home server.

Donald Trump is attending a fundraiser in Colorado on Thursday but will not make a speech on immigration, his campaign now says, despite national media reports announcing the event. (Instead, there’s this).

Trump trained his Twitter fire at the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” formerly one of his favorite places to campaign, calling co-host Mika Brzezinski “off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!” He also implied that Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been secretly dating, and deemed them “two clowns.”

Clinton’s campaign has reserved nearly $80 million in television advertising this fall, according to a senior aide, widening her lead over Trump on the airwaves.

Clinton’s latest TV ad, released this morning, focuses on Trump’s temperament.

Trump’s paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, mocked how Mexicans talk, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by the AP.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian, the Albany-based federal prosecutor for the Northern District of New York, was appointed to lead an advisory committee on policy for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is questioning the $685 million approved last week for a chip fab in Utica, saying in a letter there are “several important outstanding questions and issues associated with this project.”

President Obama will travel to Louisiana tomorrow – a trip that comes amid criticism that he failed to cut his summer vacation short to visit the flood-ravaged region.

A 43North winner who chose Buffalo over South Carolina as a home for his biotech company, Efferent Labs, penned a defense of START-UP NY.

Consultant/lobbyist Bradley Tusk’s argument against de Blasio “sounds like an urbanist’s take on the seven deadly sins: envy (class warfare), sloth (chronic tardiness), greed (federal campaign-finance-corruption probe).”

In a speech Saturday at the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called for liberals to reject the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, making his strongest comments on the subject in years. He denounced BDS as “one of the most ahistorical things I’ve ever seen.”

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

A new computer chip being made by GlobalFoundries’ for Advanced Micro Devices in Malta is getting a lot of hype for its performance against Intel, the world’s No. 1 chip maker.

The Canadian beer with the moose head on the label is taking its legal fight against an Upstate New York root beer with a moose head on its label to federal court in Syracuse this week.

Jack F. Quinn Jr. will retire as president of Erie Community College at the end of the next academic year in June 2017.

In a lengthy letter to the governor, the NYCLU slammed an ethics reform bill Cuomo is expected to sign soon, arguing that it is unconstitutional and would chill the free speech of politically active nonprofits.

Fifty years ago this month, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller assured visiting President Lyndon Baines Johnson that the Buffalo River would be “all cleaned up” by 1970. It took a while longer.

The Syracuse firefighters union says the city is refusing benefits to a firefighter who had a heart attack after battling a blaze.

Here and Now

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and their son, Dante, left the city yesterday for “family engagements” in Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. They’ll be returning on Sunday, Aug. 28.

At 10 a.m., the NYC he Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on a change to the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act,” which would mandate “certain companies that receive at least one million dollars of financial assistance from the City of New York to pay their employees no less than a living wage,” 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, Manhattan.

NOTE: Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, Sen. Terrence Murphy’s 10:30 a.m. press conference in Yonkers to present new scientific data on the Hudson River anchorage proposal has been postponed for a date to be announced.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey; U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and New York Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey host a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area unveiling, FDR State Park, 2957 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul convenes the Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commission inaugural meeting, M’Clintock House, 14 East Williams St., Waterloo.

At 11:30 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and more announce funding for renovations at Hart Playground, Broadway and 65th Street, Queens.

At 12:15 p.m., Lowey, Jewell and Harvey participate in roundtable discussion with local, state and national tourism and historic preservation leaders, Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr., Bear Mountain.

At 1 p.m., Hochul tours Billsboro Winery Tour, Winner of the 2016 Governor’s Cup, 3365 NY-96A, Geneva.

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul hosts a Finger Lakes roundtable on women’s leaderhsip, Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Room 3-130, 1000 East Henrietta Rd., Rochester.

At 4 p.m., NYC Councilman Andy King makes a special announcement at the Gun Hill R.A.I.N town hall meeting, 3710 White Plains Rd., the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul receives the 2016 Dale Carnegie of Rochester Hall of Fame Award, 708 Beach Ave., Rochester.


Scott Martella, 29, a former aide to Cuomo who was communications director for Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone died in a horrific crash on the LIE that involved eleven people and three cars. His fiancee was transported to the hospital.

All told, five people died and six people were injured after an out-of-control car careened across the LIE’s grassy median near Manorville, went airborne, slammed into westbound traffic and broke into pieces, Suffolk police said.

Police are looking into whether speed was a factor in the crash.

Cuomo on Martella: “Scott was a dedicated, beloved public servant who worked day in and day out to improve the lives of his fellow New Yorkers. Scott was always full of big ideas to help solve the toughest challenges of the day, and he was deeply respected for his strong work ethic, candor and fighting spirit.”

U. S. Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized law enforcement’s response to last week’s false-alarm about gunfire at Kennedy Airport that sent hundreds diving for cover in two terminals — a scenario he said revealed lapses in security preparedness.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Hillary Clinton’s “people” have been trying to pin her email scandal on him, adding: “The truth is, she was using (the private server) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

Heading into the final months of the presidential election, Clinton has amassed far more financial firepower than her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

Trump reportedly discussed with an NBC executive continuing “The Apprentice” reality show from the White House if he were elected president, long before he launched his bid.

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity has veered into the role of an adviser for Trump. He makes no apologies, saying: “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”

Continuing with the narrative that Clinton is unfit to be president, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser with Trump’s campaign, claimed there are videos online that show she has an illness. He said on “Fox News Sunday” that Clinton has “an entire media that constantly demonizes Donald Trump.”

Clinton has refused to open her fundraisers to journalists, reversing nearly a decade of greater transparency in presidential campaigns and leaving the public guessing at what she’s saying to some of her most powerful supporters. Since his 2008 campaign, President Obama has allowed reporters traveling with him into the backyards and homes of wealthy donors to witness his some of his remarks.

Obama returned from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation yesterday, ready for a busy fall season and more battles with Congress over Zika funding, the federal budget and $400 million the administration paid Iran this year for the never-completed sale of military equipment.

Top Clinton confidante Huma Abedin played no formal role in a radical Muslim journal — even though she was listed as an editor on the hate-filled periodical’s masthead for a dozen years, a campaign rep claimed.

Trump may be rethinking his pledge to deport illegal immigrants, his new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested in an interview.

Fred Dicker: Trump’s newly reorganized campaign team has notified its rattled New York operatives that despite a massive gap in the polls, it’s “full steam ahead” in the candidate’s effort to carry the heavily Democratic Empire State.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says dredging improved the Hudson but the federal Environmental Protection Agency needs to re-evaluate the six-year project and get objective analysis in its ongoing review of fish, water and sediment data.

While other states move forward with criminal justice reforms, they are stalled in Albany – the capitol of supposedly liberal New York – as well as in New York City.

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The Weekend That Was

Hillary Clinton dropped by the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend to pick up more than $1 million in campaign contributions during an elegant party at the summer home of one of her most devoted supporters. The Obamas did not attend.

Clinton and Donald Trump both had a second month of strong fundraising in July, the month that they claimed their parties’ nominations.

Clinton and her allies continue to outmuscle her GOP rival in the air and ground war for the presidency, according to new details of the candidates’ spending.

Clinton’s campaign, party and super PACs sit on a reserve that outpaces those of Trump, warchests that are giving her greater strength on TV and battleground states, where Clinton has a more muscular presence than Trump.

Trump’s campaign expenses more than doubled last month, even as the Republican presidential nominee held his payroll to about 70 employees, aired zero television advertisements and undertook no significant operational buildout across the country.

A New York Times investigation into Trump’s real estate holdings found complex partnerships and debts of at least double the amount to be gleaned from public filings he has made amid his campaign.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s out, but Clinton’s Tuesday fundraising lunch in Los Angeles will be no less star-studded: Justin Timberlake’s filling in.

DiCaprio and his girlfriend, Nina Agdal, were involved in a fender bender Saturday afternoon in East Hampton Village, but there were no injuries, according to police.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he once sent Clinton a memo touting his use of a personal email account for work-related messages after she took over at the State Department in 2009.

The Clinton Foundation’s may present longterm complications for Clinton.

Noho residents are disturbed by a seemingly anti-Trump billboard that was installed in the neighborhood last week by a top developer, Aby Rosen, who is also a top Democratic donor.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has survived a challenge to his nominating petitions and will likely appear on the New York presidential ballot this November, party officials said.

The Obama administration is facing a storm of Republican criticism after acknowledging that a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warned that state tax collections have dropped 4.4 percent from a year ago and that the Cuomo administration must be ready to make budget adjustments, with tax collections $1.1 billion less than the same period a year ago.

A proposal brokered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to replace 421-a, a lucrative tax abatement for developers in New York City that expired in January, has gained support from labor unions and the real-estate industry.

U.S. Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will contact Cuomo to assess the emergency response to the unprecedented chaos last Sunday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport after a false report of gunfire.

Farm Sanctuary, an animal welfare organization, said that it has written to Cuomo asking him to pull $90,000 in state funds for a milk bar at the state fair that charges 25 cents for a cup of milk, though he’s unlikely to end the promotion.

Sen. Jack Martins, facing an unexpected Oct. 6 Republican congressional primary, asked a federal court in Syracuse to put off the general election for the 3rd District until Dec. 6, nearly a month after the presidential election.

Staffing levels are below average at about one of every four nursing homes in Western New York, and that’s contributing to their mostly below-average overall ratings from the federal government, according to a Buffalo News analysis of federal data.

To hear Washington’s business and real estate leaders talk, Buffalo hit the jackpot when developer Douglas Jemal decided to buy One Seneca Tower. To hear his critics and Buffalo skeptics, however, Jemal is just another hard-nosed out-of-towner with a reputation for sitting on properties – and with a nine-year-old felony conviction for fraud to boot.

The requirement that NYC taxi drivers take an English proficiency exam has been eliminated, with the test for a taxi license now available in several languages after a push by the City Council to remove a barrier for would-be drivers.

The city’s homeless shelter residents are increasingly angry about poor living conditions and have increased calls to the city’s complaint hotline despite NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s assertions that the struggling system serving more than 60,000 people is improving.

Too many students in remedial classes, chronically low graduation rates, stagnant enrollment, fewer public dollars, rising tuition. All these issues face Long Island’s community colleges, which together serve more than 40,000 students and are widely regarded as an essential gateway to higher education for nontraditional and first-generation college students.

The state of New York is toughening penalties for those who assault MTA station cleaners and utility workers. Cuomo signed three bills into law that increase the assaults to felonies.

Legislation awaiting action by Cuomo would offer farmers a tax break of up to $5,000 a year for donations to the regional food banks that serve hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters around the state.

Times Union Center will host upstate New York’s first Ultimate Fighting Championship professional match on Dec. 9, the promoters announced. New York’s statewide UFC debut will be Saturday, Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating a charity tied to Queens Assemblywoman Vivian Cook. His office dispatched a team of investigators last week to a parking lot owned by the Rockaway Boulevard Local Development Corp.

Schneiderman announced a pilot program that will make $4 million available to land banks statewide for New Yorkers to take over “zombie homes” in their neighborhoods and rehab them into affordable rental housing.

Amtrak is naming Norfolk Southern Corp. veteran Charles “Wick” Moorman as its next chief executive as the national passenger railroad confronts big projects amid growing demand.

Steven Molinaro, the ex-con grandson of a former Staten Island borough president was arrested in California when cops discovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car, police said.

Amid the public debate over possible legislative pay raises, state Senate candidate Christopher Davis, a Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Neil Breslin, has a modest proposal: Slash lawmakers’ salaries instead.

NYPD officers are reportedly furious that outgoing Commissioner Bill Bratton stumped for Clinton after refusing to let Trump sit in on a roll call — and suspect the move has to do with Bratton’s lucrative new gig with the Clinton-linked firm Teneo.

Montel Williams had heads turning at Michael’s this week, and Jeanine Pirro wasn’t shy about how she felt about the former talk-show host’s buff bod.


AG Eric Schniederman’s fraud investigation into ExxonMobile is focused less on the distant past than on relatively recent statements by the company related to climate change and what it means for its future.

Donald Trump released his first general election TV ad this morning, blaming Hillary Clinton for a “rigged system,” emphasizing his anti-illegal immigrant message, and promising that in his America, families will be safe.

Trump announced this morning that his campaign chairman Paul Manafort had resigned, two days after the Republican nominee put in place a new leadership structure that appeared to minimize Manafort’s role.

Clinton campaign spokesman Robby Mook’s response: “You can get rid of Manafort, but that doesn’t end the odd bromance Trump has with Putin.”

Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway called for the candidate to release his tax returns in April, according to CNN video highlighted by Media Matters.

As news of Manafort’s departure broke, Trump and his running mate Mike Pence toured some of the areas damaged by recent floods in Louisiana.

After being criticized for not cutting his Martha’s Vineyard vacation short to visit Louisiana, President Obama announced he will travel there next Tuesday.

“People are getting pretty nervous about our candidates because (Trump is) in a death spiral here and nobody knows where the bottom is at,” said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is close to many of his colleagues facing re-election.

Clinton is heading to the Hamptons at the end of the month for a three-day fundraising sprint that includes a dinner hosted by singers Jimmy Buffett and Jon Bon Jovi.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to use its funds to fight Zika instead of paying for ObamaCare outreach.

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner says the makers of the documentary “Weiner” used footage of his wife, Huma Abedin, without first securing her permission as originally agreed.

Former President Bill Clinton and Trump’s wife, Melania, submitted cookie recipes for Family Circle magazine’s Presidential Cookie Poll, where readers pick between the two cookie recipes. (He played it safe, handing in a family recipe that won in 1992 and 1996.

An animal rights group is calling on the state to rescind its promised $90,000 subsidy to keep the price of a cup of milk at the New York State Fair to 25 cents.

After New Jersey’s sports-betting law was struck down in federal court this month, New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow said he may seek a state law that would legalize sports betting in a bid to fight the federal ban.

The Cuomo administration appears to be trying to undercut the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce transportation emissions, which isn’t in keeping with the governor’s overall approach on climate change.

It’s wildfire season in the western states and as he’s done in the past, Cuomo is dispatching some firefighters from the DEC to help out.

Republican Wendy Long accused her Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, of engaging in “pay to play” by raising campaign funds from developers who benefit from the federal immigrant investor program.

The largest sugar maple tree in the state, located in Ontario, will come down next week after heavy rains caused a massive branch to fall.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public schedule. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

At 8:15 a.m., NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett speaks at the CityLaw Breakfast to discuss what the city is doing to prevent the spread of Zika virus, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul announces Better Buffalo Fund incentive recipients, Varsity Theatre, 3165 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.

At 11:30 a.m., Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka discuss the “Green New Deal” and their participation in the upcoming presidential debates, Holiday Inn Lower East Side, 150 Delancey St., Manhattan.

At noon, state and local Hudson River towns elected officials and environmental advocates call on the U.S. Coast Guard to reject the proposed Hudson River anchorage grounds for commercial vessels, Long Dock Park Pier, Long Dock Road, Beacon.

At 1:30 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and Assemblywoman Alice Cancel announce the beginning of construction on the first two Community Parks Initiative capital projects in Manhattan, Sol Lain Playground, East Broadway and Henry Street, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tours the Queens Botanical Garden with Councilman Peter Koo, 43-50 Main St., Queens.

At 3:30 p.m., state GOP Chairman Ed Cox will hold a media availability to discuss the 2016 election, Monroe County Republican Headquarters, 460 State St., Rochester.

At 3:45 p.m., Mark-Viverito vitas the Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne St., Queens.


The Obama administration said that a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners. It is the first time the U.S. has so clearly linked the two events, which critics have painted as a hostage-ransom arrangement.

The Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president. This comes as the Democratic presidential nominee has faced many questions over the foundation’s donors – including their access to her when she served as secretary of State.

Donald Trump said he regrets any damage he inflicted with his blunt rhetoric on the campaign trail as the candidate and his revamped campaign staff look to recover from a rough few weeks.

The Trump campaign’s concerted effort to pump up questions about Clinton’s health using innuendo and unfounded speculation now includes an official diagnosis: dysphasia. A spokeswoman alleged the candidate suffers from the language disorder, with which she has never been diagnosed.

Wired magazine made its first presidential endorsement, backing Clinton in the name of optimism.

A naked statue of Trump drew dozens of onlookers to Union Square yesterday until it was unceremoniously ripped down.

In a profile in Esquire magazine of Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, a spokesman said that his younger brother Josh Kushner was a “lifelong Democrat” and “would not be voting for Donald Trump in November.” (It’s not clear he’ll be voting for Clinton, however).

Long-shot candidates from the Big Apple running for president say they have a real advantage this election — they’re more likable than the famous New Yorkers on the ticket: Trump and Clinton.

Colin Powell told Clinton she should use a personal email account at the State Department, she told the FBI.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton all but endorsed Clinton for president after he and several other law enforcement officials met with the Democratic presidential candidate yesterday behind closed doors in Manhattan for nearly two hours.

In the ongoing court battle over “pay to play” allegations by a Cleveland developer, Biffalo Mayor Byron Brown is shaking up his legal defense team, replacing one big name with another. The change in lead counsel came just weeks after several sources reported that former Deputy Mayor Steven Casey met at least twice with FBI agents investigating public corruption.

Convicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should go straight to jail, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara argued in a letter to a federal judge.

One benefit of the ongoing drought in certain areas of the state: Fewer mosquitos.

After eight months without 421a, and relative silence from Albany on how to revive it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged this week with a possible solution. At the very least, the unions and developers seem to finally be back at the table with a plan that neither side, at least publicly, is denouncing.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s fine with the state subsidizing higher wages for construction workers who build affordable housing in the five boroughs – as long as it doesn’t impact the city’s bottom line.

A state commission to tackle retirement security plans to hold its first meeting next month – eight months after Cuomo announced the commission during his State of the State speech.

The city of Newburgh is seeking guidance from the state Department of Environmental Conservation on how to handle the rising water level in its PFOS-contaminated public water source, which could soon overflow.

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