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Here and Now

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City with no public events scheduled.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will travel to Oakland, California to participate in the Well Being Legacy Convening, and is scheduled to return to the East Coast Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning meets with the secretary of state.

This afternoon, President Donald Trump and Pence meet with members of Congress.

At 7:30 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will be a guest on WIBX 950 AM The Keeler Show.

At 8 a.m., GOP LG candidate Jullie Killian stops by Gary’s Restaurant, 5424 Shady Ave., Lowville.

Also at 8 a.m., John Miller, deputy commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism of the NYPD, will speak to the members of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), Roosevelt Hotel, Terrace Room, 45 East 45th St., Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., the NYC Department of Education Board of New York City School Support Services Inc. meets, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 601, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and NYC Councilwoman Diana Ayala attend the ribbon-cutting for FreshDirect in the South Bronx, FreshDirect Campus, 2 St. Ann’s Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 9 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Didi Barrett to tour Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson.

Also at 9 a.m., labor and community activists protest at the Amazon Web Services Summit, Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan demand that de Blasio cancel a massive, unfair tax bill levied against the Citylights complex, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Labor Committee and the Economic Development Committee meet for a joint public hearing to examine the minority and women-owned business enterprise program, 11th floor conference room, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

At 10:30 a.m., Killian stops by the Lewis County Fair “Big Cheese Auction,” Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and the Ulster County Veteran Services Agency will discuss the schedule of events and details regarding the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall July 18-23, Ulster County executive’s office, 244 Fair Street, 6th floor, Kingston.

At 11 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz attends a ribbon-cutting for Big Bush Park, Big Bush Park, 61st Street and Queens Boulevard, Woodside.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblyman Sean Ryan will join Jessie Fisher, of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, and community members to call for Ellicott Development to stop plans to demolish 619 & 621 West Delavan Avenue to build new townhomes, and instead rehabilitate the existing structures, Buffalo.

At noon, Killian stops by the GOP Booth at Lewis County Fair, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.

At 2 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul joins Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to demand the GOP-controlled Senate return to Albany to vote on the Reproductive Health Act, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., Killian visits the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, 453 Gaffney Dr., Watertown.

At 6 p.m., there will be an open meeting of the New York County Democratic Organizations’ Judiciary Committee, County Office, 108 West 39th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Killian attends the Lewis County Parade, 485 Bostwick St., Lowville.

At 8 p.m., Hochul will be a guest on Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.”

Headlines…

President Trump stood with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election, wrapping up what he called a “deeply productive” summit meeting with an extraordinary show of trust for a leader accused of attacking American democracy.

Trump condemned the Justice Department’s investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia as a “disaster for our country,” suggested the FBI deliberately mishandled its investigation of Russia’s hacking of the DNC, and labeled an FBI agent who testified about that investigation before Congress as a “disgrace to our country.”

Members of Congress – including some powerful Republicans – were quick to rebuke Trump’s performance on the world stage and his refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election.

Buffalo Republican Rep. Chris Collins, a longtime Trump ally, defended the summit, saying it’s time for special counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump attorney, praised the president’s press conference with Putin as “professional” and “very good,” adding: “I thought the two have a very good relationship, which we all want.”

Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen tweeted his support for U.S. intelligence agencies and berated Russia in a clear rebuke of his old boss’s Helsinki press performance.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — one of Trump’s strongest allies — said the president’s performance alongside Putin was “the most serious mistake of his presidency.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the president is “putting himself over our country,” and causing Americans to wonder if the “only explanation” for Trump’s performance alongside Putin is that the Russian president “holds damaging information over President Trump.”

Months after hundreds of immigrant youth were separated from their parents at the southwestern border and sent to New York, some are now being sent back south to rejoin them, as part of the government’s effort to meet a court-ordered deadline of July 26 for all families to be reunited.

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged.

The Democrat-leaning southern city of Charlotte, N.C. has reluctantly agreed to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, at which Trump will presumably be nominated to seek a second four-year term.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo heads into his bid for a third term with more than $31 million in his campaign account after raising $6 million over the past six months, his campaign said.

Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent Cynthia Nixon said she raised about $1.6 million from 30,500 donations since she launched her candidacy in March, while Republican candidate Marcus Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, raised $1.1 million and will have about $887,000 in the bank, his campaign said.

Cuomo, who is seeking to be elected to a third term, raised more than $6 million in the first six months of 2018, but he also spent more than $5 million, according to preliminary figures released by his campaign. He has recently begun buying some TV ads in New York City — a luxury that Nixon may have to do without for now.

The governor’s campaign sought to highlight its small donors after he drew criticism for mainly getting large contributions, noting 57 percent of its contributions – or about 1,100 contributions – were for $250 or less.

Some attendees at a Cuomo fundraiser held at the Surf Lodge in the Hamptons last weekend were not happy he didn’t show up at the event.

Cuomo’s firewall of union support grew stronger with the endorsement of the 125,000-member District Council 37, the city’s largest public employee union.

Former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman refunded nearly $1 million to more than 150 campaign donors after he was accused of beating four women and quit, but still has $7.4 million on hand.

The Democratic candidates hoping to oust Western New York’s two Republican House members, Collins and Rep. Tom Reed, continue to struggle financially while the two incumbents sit on million-dollar campaign war chests.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer raised nearly $825,000 in the first 6-month filing period for the 2021 city elections, a relatively fast start in what’s expected to be a crowded field for the mayor’s job.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Charter Revision Commission suggested lowering campaign contribution limits and increasing the cap on matching funds to create a fairer election process, according to the body’s 120-page preliminary staff report.

Charter Revision Commission staff will also say the city should consider moving to instant runoff voting — which lets voters rank multiple picks, instead of voting for a single candidate — for its local elections.

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Extras

Mariia Butina, a Russian woman who tried to broker a pair of secret meetings between candidate Donald Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign, was charged today and accused of carrying out a secret Russian effort to influence American politics.

Trump seemed optimistic at the conclusion of his meeting today with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, calling it a “very, very good start for everybody.”

Putin kept Trump waiting for an hour at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, but once the meeting was underway it stretched to more than two hours.

Trump said he directly asked Putin about Russia’s interference in the U.S. 2016 election, and the Russian president was “extremely strong and powerful in his denial.”

“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said, only moments after the Russian president conceded that he had favored Trump in the election because of his promises of warmer relations with Moscow. “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

In an extraordinary scene, Trump said the allegations against Russia had created doubts about the legitimacy of his win over Democrat Hillary Clinton and emphasized that there had been no evidence of collusion during a press conference watched around the world.

Asked directly by an Associated Press reporter whether or not it’s true that Russian intelligence has compromising material, or “kompromat,” that it can use to blackmail rump, Putin did not exactly deny it.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Twitter that Trump’s meeting with Putin “rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors,'” and was “nothing short of treasonous.”

Republicans across the ideological spectrum delivered pointed rebukes to Trump after his extraordinary news conference with Putin, with outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan admonishing the president and declaring: “There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia.”

NY-21 Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik also broke with Trump on the meeting, tweeting: “As I have said many times before, but worth repeating…I believe Russia is an adversary and we must continue to work with our allies to counter Russia’s influence around the world. I disagree with the President’s statement today.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching an investigation to determine if White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s family real estate company harassed tenants at a Brooklyn waterfront property so that they would leave their rent-stabilized apartments, officials said.

Marybeth Tining, a notorious Schenectady baby-killer who has spent 30 years in prison for smothering her infant and was suspected in the deaths of her other children, could be sprung as early as next month after her seventh try at parole was successful, the state Department of Corrections said.

AG candidate Zephyr Teachout’s small-dollar fundraising surged past the Democratic Party nominee for the office, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, in the first reporting period of the race to replace former AG Eric Schneiderman, according to numbers provided by the campaign to The Intercept.

New York officials are still unwilling to disclose basic financial information about the state’s under-performing movie studio in DeWitt, despite calls for greater transparency following felony convictions of the men who dreamed it up and built it.

The de Blasio administration, federal, state and local elected officials, and industry experts unveiled Freight NYC – a $100 million plan to overhaul the city’s aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments to modernize our maritime and rail assets and create new distribution facilities.

The NYPD, impatient at the slow pace of the federal government’s civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner in July 2014, told the U.S. Justice Department that it would soon start disciplinary proceedings against the officers involved in the killing in the absence of federal action.

Former prosecutor Preet Bharara offered some advice to Cuomo on what to do with campaign contributions from now-convicted Syracuse developers in the Buffalo Billion case, tweeting: “…just return the money.”

NY-14 Democratic candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez: “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.”

Gerson Borrero says Cuomo might have a problem in his native Queens, where fellow Democrats are increasingly disenchanted with him.

The state is exploring the possibility of authorizing online sports gambling without legislative action, according to a report at today’s meeting of the state Gaming Commission.

NY-24 Rep. John Katko stocked up on campaign cash last month as Dana Balter spent more than $342,000 to win a Democratic primary election over Juanita Perez Williams, new campaign finance reports show.

The state DOT removed flagpoles at a pair of sites along Interstate 490 last week – a move that has upset some local veterans groups.

Verizon this month reached a deal with state regulators to expand its high-speed internet services in New York and repair its existing telephone infrastructure.

Now that public hearings on the matter are over, there is no deadline for the state Labor Department to decide whether to end the tipped wage in New York.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Jury deliberations resume in the retrial on federal corruption charges of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.

A jury is also deliberating in the trial of defendants charged with killing Cuomo aide Carey Gabay.

Starting at 8:45 a.m. and lasting through tomorrow, the state Board of Regents is meeting, state Education Department, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

Also at 8:45 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza delivers remarks at the 21st Annual National Principals Leadership Institute, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 West 65th St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen announces major investments in the city’s freight distribution system at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th St., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, GOP LG candidate Julie Killian and NYC Councilman Joe Borelli call on Cuomo to “keep his hands off” tipped wages, City Hall, Man

At 2:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the reopening of the Roberto Clemente Clinic, 540 E. 13th St., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., state Sen. James Seward and Assemblyman Bill Magee mark the signing of a new state law allowing for the sale of ice cream made with beer and hard cider, 64 N. Main St., Sherburne.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Headlines…

President Trump took to Twitter early this morning — just hours before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — to once again blame Barack Obama for Russia’s election meddling.

Trump blamed “U.S. foolishness” for bad relations between Washington and Moscow, while the Kremlin said it expected a tough meeting.

Trump’s comments raised the stakes for the meeting, a closely scrutinized encounter that the White House said would include a 90-minute session in which the two presidents will speak one-on-one, with only their interpreters present.

Making a World Cup final reference, Hillary Clinton trolled Trump on Twitter, asking the president which “team” he plays for ahead of his much-anticipated summit with Putin.

Just by sitting down with Trump for a meeting he has long wanted, Putin will already have accomplished virtually everything he could reasonably hope for.

Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign has spent more than $1 million in legal fees so far in 2018.

Trump has raised more than $88 million for his re-election campaign over the last year and a half, giving him a dramatic head start on prospective Democratic challengers in the 2020 race.

The man who co-wrote “The Art of the Deal” said he believes Trump’s faculties are diminishing, and that he feels obligated to sound the alarm. “We are in a true emergency,” Tony Schwartz said on CNN.

Prince Charles and Prince William were unwilling to meet Trump on his visit to Britain, leaving the Queen to greet the US president alone.

An AP investigation found that over the past three years, more than 250 rent-stabilized apartments in NYC — 75 percent of the building — were either emptied or sold as the Kushner Cos. was converting the building to luxury condos. Those sales so far have totaled more than $155 million, an average of $1.2 million per apartment.

A “Trump baby” blimp that floated over London during the president’s visit to the U.K. last week could be heading to New Jersey.

As many top Democrats eye a run for president in 2020, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has all but announced her candidacy, while former Vice President Joe Biden is planning to campaign up to four days a week this fall for midterm candidates.

A federal judge has blasted a declaration from a senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services who claimed that using a streamlined approach for reuniting children with their parents separated at the border could place the kids in danger.

A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions yesterday, authorities said.

“Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Cuomo has doled out more than $10 billion in public funding and tax breaks in the name of economic development — costly giveaways that have resulted in a series of broken promises and boondoggles.”

Marcus Molinaro, the Republican Duchess County executive running for governor, and GOP attorney general candidate Keith Wofford will each report today having raised more than $1 million, their representatives say.

Cuomo promised NBC and CBS tens of millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-subsidized incentives to keep the kings of late-night TV in the Big Apple.

The Syracuse Post-Standard on the Buffalo Billion guilty verdicts: “Make no mistake, Cuomo owns this.”

With control of the state Senate up for grabs, Democratic senators have greatly reduced their usual fund-raising gap with Republicans.
 The state Democratic Senate Campaign Committee will report having $1.3 million cash on hand. It’s the highest total since the Dems were last in the majority in 2009-10, a spokesman said.


Expanding a campaign he began last week, Cuomo is taking direct aim at eight state Senate Republicans for not taking up a bill that would strengthen the state’s abortion rights laws. He plans a new round of digital ads starting that will target the lawmakers, calling them back to Albany to pass the RHA.

The latest corruption convictions affecting the Cuomo administration are more proof that the state needs an “independent” state attorney general who will investigate government wrongdoing, AG candidate Zephyr Teachout says.

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The Weekend That Was

President Donald Trump said he may ask Vladimir Putin to extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted Friday for hacking Democratic email accounts during the 2016 campaign, and said he has “low expectations” for his summit tomorrow with the Russian leader.

The U.S. homeland security secretary said there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” as it targeted the 2016 presidential election.

Scottish police say they are trying to trace a paraglider who flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the golf resort where Trump was staying at the time.

Before arriving in Scotland, the president managed repeatedly to plug Turnberry, one of two Scottish resorts that bear his name, as he dealt with some of the most pressing diplomatic problems facing his administration to date. This alarmed ethics watchdogs.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union in the negotiations over Britain’s exit from the bloc, but she found the suggestion too “brutal.”

Trump took aim at his predecessor Barack Obama for failing to do more in preventing Russia’s cyber attack on Democratic email servers while fanning the flames of a deep web conspiracy theory.

The controversial separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border was only a small piece of the Trump administration’s overall effort harden the system on multiple fronts to curb immigration, carving a path around various court rulings to do so.

Red state Democratic senators aren’t exactly lining up behind Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in his fight to stop Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, with several saying they’ll make up their own minds as they weigh the political consequences back home.

The carefully crafted narrative around Kavanaugh plays down his legacy as a charter member of elite Washington.

NY-14 Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are campaigning together in Kansas in July to make a case for their left agenda in red states.

A former judge sifting through the cache of documents and electronics belonging to Trump’s former fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen released 883,634 more items to prosecutors late Friday, bringing the total to more than 2 million pieces of evidence.

Presidential son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner still doesn’t have the security clearance to read the country’s most classified documents.

House Republicans have drawn up impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — and could file the papers as soon as tomorrow.

The Chicago Tribune ranks the top 15 potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2020, putting Gov. Andrew Cuomo at No. 12, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg at No. 10, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at No. 6. (No. 1 is Sanders).

Gillibrand on whether she’ll re-evaluate her political options after the November election: ““I’m sure I will look at things in the future, but I’m very focused serving in the U.S. Senate.”

Cuomo, who once called Alain Kaloyeros a genius and “New York’s secret weapon,” acted Friday like he barely knew the guy he entrusted with the corruption-ridden “Buffalo Billion” project.

The conviction of Kaloyeros, Cuomo’s onetime economic development guru, on federal corruption charges has provided a timely and powerful cudgel to a raft of critics and political opponents running to replace him.

“For any other governor in America, this would be earth-shattering,” Nixon said of the Kaloyeros conviction, as she stood in front of a federal courthouse in Manhattan. “But in Andrew Cuomo’s Albany, it was just a Thursday.”

Nixon also called on Cuomo to return thousands in campaign cash from donors convicted in the “Buffalo Billion” case. A Cuomo spokeswoman said his campaign has “segregated” funds it received from people connected to the Kaloyeros trial and is consulting with law enforcement on what to do with the cash.

He’s got money, the power of incumbency, name recognition and a big Democratic enrollment edge, but Cuomo, as he heads into full-throttle mode in his re-election campaign for a third term, doesn’t have what he had in his first successful run for governor in 2010: a squeaky-clean administration.

Louis P. Ciminelli and other defendants in the “Buffalo Billion” trial probably lost their case the moment one of Ciminelli’s former underlings decided to plead guilty and cooperate with the government. But defense lawyers have a potentially strong legal argument as they seek to overturn the convictions on appeal.

“Ignore that Buffalo Billion conviction. We’re legalizing pot!”

“The situation on marijuana is changing,” Cuomo said, though he stopped short of saying he would back legalization in the state in response to the report, but then spoke of logistics as if he would.

The federal conviction of Louis P. Ciminelli on wire-fraud charges could create more caution on the part of contractors in dealing with government bidding, leaders from various companies said.

The second set of corruption convictions of former Cuomo associates has renewed calls to reform the governor’s multibillion dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid-rigging cases, but the governor himself says the problem has already been fixed.

During the time former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, now convicted of corruption charges, was running the governor’s 2014 campaign and not on the state payroll, the taxpayer-funded phone line in Percoco’s former government office was routinely used for campaign-related business in violation of state regulations.

Cuomo, in a sharply-worded letter Saturday, ripped Trump while urging the redirection of $1 billion spent on detaining immigrant kids to a variety of beneficial programs.

In her first major appearance in the Lower Hudson Valley, Nixon took aim at the controversial Algonquin pipeline during a press conference on a pier overlooking the Hudson River.

Nixon made a first-time stop on Staten Island Saturday afternoon as a candidate, touring the borough and promising to help fix the Island’s transportation woes and enact a number of progressive policies.

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Extras

Twelve Russian nationals were indicted for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in 2016, the Justice Department announced.

For some light reading…here’s the indictment.

Among the revelations in the indictment was that the hackers communicated with individuals in the United States — including “a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump,” who is not named, but is widely believed to be GOP consultant Roger Stone.

The indictments are “are good news for all Americans,” according to Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who added: “The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for Trump to cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying: “Glad-handing with (Putin) on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”

GOP Arizona Sen. John McCain said if Trump isn’t prepared to hold Putin “accountable” for aggression toward the U.S. then he should cancel their meeting.

Crowds on a scale not seen in years filled the streets of central London, marching to Trafalgar Square for a rally to express the nation’s anger at Trump’s presidency – and his invitation to Britain.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the president and First Lady Melania Trump to Windsor Castle as protests against their visit raged across the country.

After the Buffalo Billion verdict, it seems the governor canceled his $1,000-per-person fundraiser planned at the home of a wealthy developer, Michael Falcone, in Skaneateles. He also nixed a trip to Wolff’s Biergarten for a more accessible event.

NY-14 candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hosting a volunteer call Sunday for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and LG candidate Jumaane Willians, a Brooklyn councilman.

Nixon called on the state attorney general to investigate the Cuomo administration after a Manhattan jury delivered a bombshell guilty verdict against another of his former top cronies, Alain Kaloyeros.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson is actively backing former NYC Comptroller John Liu’s comeback bid to knock out incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary — another indication of a deep rift within the party.

The jury in the federal corruption retrial of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, deliberated for four hours after receiving additional instructions from the judge in the case and will return on Monday.

WNY Assemblyman Erick Bohen on why he won’t run in the Democratic primary: “As a life-long Democrat, I did not make this decision lightly; however, I cannot attempt to run on a line with Governor Cuomo, who is completely out of touch with this community. I cannot align myself with the Governor and his Democratic Party.”

Several states, counties and cities billed as safe havens for undocumented immigrants seeking reprieve from federal immigration enforcement – including NYC and the New York State – are continuing to contract with ICE despite being labeled as “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

For the first time ever, disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein admitted in an interview that he offered “acting jobs in exchange for sex” — but according to him, “so does everyone.”

State Adirondack Park Agency board Chairman Sherman Craig announced his retirement after just two years in the head seat at the agency’s monthly meeting this Thursday.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli took the rare step of divesting all direct state pension fund holdings in private prison companies, amid concerns about President Donald Trump’s stepped up immigration detainment policies.

Cuomo today sent a letter thanking the prosecutors in the murder case of his aide Carey Gabay, following closing arguments that finished yesterday.

A number of streets and ramps around the city of Albany will close next week for the filming of a new network television show called “Crime,” city officials said.

Vanessa Williams has a go-to Tim Horton’s order, and would like someday to have a second home in Buffalo – preferably on the lakefront.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released his public schedule – if he has one – for the day.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio departs the five boroughs after a public event this morning to travel to Boston, Massachusetts and Eastport, Maine for the weekend. He’ll return Monday.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are traveling to Chicago, Ill. today, where the VP will attend an event for Rep. Peter Roskam at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare, and then deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event, before the couple returns home to D.C. aboard Air Force II.

The retrial on corruption charges of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, continues in federal court in Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer will showcase the county’s first-ever college course being offered inside the walls of the Department of Correction, 10 Woods Rd., Valhalla.

At 9:45 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro tours Binghamton Precast and Supply with Sen. Fred Akshar, 99 W. Arterial Hwy., Binghamton.

At 10 a.m., the City of Rensselaer, alongside local and state officials, will open its new public esplanade, a $3 million-plus public works project made possible through funding from the state Department of State, 550 Broadway, Rensselaer.

At 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gives an economic snapshot of the Mohawk Valley, Utica College, Carbone Family Auditorium, The Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica.

Also at 11 a.m., Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for governor and Mark Dunlea, Green Party candidate for state comptroller, hold a news conference to call for a variety of public ownership initiatives, LCA Press Room, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Molinaro and Akshar tour ACHIEVE, 129 Cutler Pond Rd., Binghamton.

At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio And NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg deliver remarks at an event about dockless bikes Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, between 109th and 110th and Beach 110th Streets, Rockaway Park.

At 1:15 p.m., Molinaro holds a media availability, Federal Courthouse, 15 Henry St., Binghamton.

At 1:30 p.m., Molinaro visits Blakeslee Restaurant Supply and meets local restaurant owners, 304 Clinton St., Binghamton.

At 2 p.m., Molinaro will be a guest on Curtis and Cosby 77 WABC.

Also at 2 p.m., former NYC Comptroller John Liu announces his candidacy for state Senate in District 11 – setting up a rematch with Sen. Tony Avella – Bell Blvd. and 73rd Ave., Oakland Gardens, Queens.

At 3 p.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon holds a campaign event, BeanRunner Cafe, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill.

At 2:40 p.m., Molinaro tours Kovarik True Value Hardware, 276 Clinton St., Binghamton.

At 3 p.m., Latimer holds a media availability after a meeting on bridge strikes, Westchester County Office Building, 9th Floor – Media Room, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains.

At 3:30 p.m., Molinaro tours Upstate Shredding, 1 Recycle Dr., Owego.

At 5 p.m., Molinaro and Akshar host a town hall at Owego Kitchen, 13 Lake St., Owego.

At 5:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblyman Al Taylor, state Sen. Brian Benjamin and others hold an emergency rally against the conversion of 730 St. Nicholas Avenue into drug treatment facility, 730 St. Nicholas Ave., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Four men accused of rigging bids in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program to revitalize upstate were convicted of all charges against them, including Alain Kaloyeros, the Albany scientist Cuomo tapped to help him build in Buffalo and Syracuse, Louis Ciminelli, the ex-CEO of construction company LPCiminelli, and Steven Aiello and Joe Gerardi of Cor Development.

Kaloyeros faces as much as 60 years in prison when sentenced on Oct. 11. Ciminelli and Aiello were convicted on counts including wire fraud and face as much as 40 years. Gerardi, who was convicted of an additional count of making false statements to the FBI, faces 45 years in prison when sentenced on Oct. 15.

The verdict marks the second time a former Cuomo associate has been convicted in a public corruption case this year. His ex-top aide, Joe Percoco, to whom the governor one referred as his late father’s third son, was found guilty in March.

The jury deliberated for just two days. It was a matter of minutes for Cuomo’s political opponents to jump in on the guilty verdicts.

“We’re supposed to believe that Andrew Cuomo, a notorious micromanager, had no idea what his right-hand man was doing right under his nose?” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, said in a statement. “But if the governor truly didn’t know what his top aide and highest-paid state employee were doing, that’s arguably even worse. Andrew Cuomo is either corrupt or he’s spectacularly incompetent.

“This is an indictment of the Cuomo administration,” Marc Molinaro, the Republican Party challenger to Cuomo in the fall general election, said in an interview. “When is enough enough? I think it’s now.”

Molinaro made a well-timed announcement about his ethics reform plan in Buffalo.

“Cuomo, who has not been accused by prosecutors of any wrongdoing, said after the verdict in a statement that he had “no tolerance for those who seek to defraud the system to advance their own personal interests. Anyone who has committed such an egregious act should be punished to the full extent of the law.”

Ken Lovett: “For Gov. Cuomo, the latest conviction involving his administration couldn’t have come at a worse time.”

The Democratic Socialists of America reached for the sky in a bid to crash Billy Joel’s house fundraiser last night for Cuomo’s re-election campaign, hiring a plane to fly over the singer’s estate in Oyster Bay carrying a banner that read, “No Mo Cuomo.”

President Trump put his brand of confrontational and disruptive diplomacy on full display yesterday, unsettling NATO allies with a blustering performance in Brussels and then, in a remarkable breach of protocol, publicly undercutting Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain in an interview published hours after landing in her country.

The embattled FBI agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive defense of himself and the agency, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions and labeling Republicans’ preoccupation with him “another victory notch in Putin’s belt.”

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted that congressional grilling of FBI agent Peter Strzok showed the investigation against his client is irreparably biased.

Trump wants to scrap Air Force One’s signature baby blue and white paint job — for something that “looks more American” – something red, white and blue, perhaps, and with a bigger bed on board.

The federal government mounted a new effort to unravel AT&T’s deal with Time Warner, a blockbuster merger that has already started to reshape the media industry.

In her effort to get on the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot against Cuomo, Nixon announced she filed more than 65,000 petition signatures — more than four times the 15,000 needed by law.

Incumbent LG Kathy Hochul slammed her Democratic primary rival, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, for having “not consistently supported” abortion rights in a new web video ad.

Newly minted Democratic star and NY0-14 primary winner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Zephyr Teachout for state attorney general in front of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” statue.

NYC Public Advocate Tish James, one of four Democrats vying to replace Eric Schneiderman as attorney general, is the chosen candidate of Cuomo – a relationship that seems to be paying off. She will have raised more than $1 million in the latest reporting period, according to her campaign.

James said she would investigate the NRA’s not-for-profit status in New York if she’s elected AG.

Ocasio-Cortez and her vanquished Democratic primary foe, Rep. Joe Crowley, engaged in a heated Twitter exchange over supposed missed concession calls and his refusal to get off the general election ballot.

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President Donald Trump reaffirmed support for NATO, but only after stirring more discord with a vague threat that the United States could go its own way if the allies resisted his demands for additional military spending, making a dramatic exit after a summit punctuated by his escalating complaints.

Ohio prosecutors threw out charges against porn star Stormy Daniels, a day after she was arrested for allegedly rubbing undercover cops’ faces into her breasts while performing at a strip club.

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, of Texas, tore into FBI agent Peter Strzok with deeply personal attacks, questioning how many times the agent looked “innocently” into his wife’s eyes as he carried out an extramarital affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a speech last year in which he seemed to applaud former Chief Justice William Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced she will vote against Kavanaugh’s nomination over concerns that he would undercut the Affordable Care Act and Roe.

The U.S. Justice Department said it’s appealing a judge’s decision allowing AT&T Inc.’s takeover of Time Warner Inc., renewing the government’s antitrust fight against a merger that created a telecommunications and media giant.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the man she defeated in the NY-14 Democratic primary, Queens Rep. Joe Crowley, exchanged Twitter accusations over missed concession calls and his refusal to relinquish the WFP line in November.

To give up his spot on the ballot, Crowley would either have to register to vote in a different state – he does have a home in the Virginia suburbs – or switch his candidacy to run for a different office that he has no actual intention of seeking or likelihood of winning.

Just a few months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo forced the city to foot half the cost of emergency subway repairs, he is now demanding that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio cough up more than $18 billion to help pay for long-term fixes in the system. (City officials said the governor’s request is ridiculous).

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says she’s a socialist now — but card-carrying democratic socialists aren’t quite sure they’re ready to have her.

Nixon said her campaign filed more than 65,000 petitions to get on the Democratic primary ballot in September, more than quadruple the required number.

As ICE agents continue to make arrests at New York state courthouses, the New York City Bar Association has called on Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to step in and issue rules that could keep the courts from being prime destinations for agents to round up immigrants.

Luxury landlords across the state collect millions in rent from ICE – money they have turned around and funneled to Cuomo’s political campaigns, according to a new report by the New York-based watchdog group Public Accountability Initiative.

New York state will invest more than $18 million on youth programs in the Bronx in an effort to reduce gang recruitment.

Owners of the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres – the Pegulas – could take over interim management of Blue Cross Arena as soon as next month, under a proposal made by the city this week.

Following the disappearance of Rep. Tom Reed’s campaign signs, his campaign team placed electronic tracking devices inside the lawmaker’s signs to catch the alleged thief, leading them to the home of Gary McCaslin, a liberal activist and leader of the anti-Reed group Citizens for a Better Southern Tier.

Common Cause/NY issued a letter to Attorney General Underwood, demanding an investigation into Brooklyn Sen. Jesse Hamilton’s nonprofit, Lincoln Civic Block Association.

The 2018 Emmy nominations are out.

Celebrity-chef-turned-TV-host Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series, Parts Unknown, was nominated for six Emmys following his death.

Manhattanhenge” is back.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

Jury deliberations in the Buffalo Billion federal corruption trial continue in Manhattan, as does the retrial on corruption charges of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam. (They are taking place in the same courthouse).

Vice President Mike Pence today participates in a serious of local regional interviews.

At 8:30 a.m., Zephyr Teachout, constitutional lawyer and Democratic state AG candidate, will be submitting her petition signatures to get onto the September primary at the state Board of Elections, 255 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., NYC Economic Development Corp. President and CEO James Patchett speaks at a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Brooklyn Newsmakers event, NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Addie Jenne to tour flood damage and rebuilding progress in Lyme, Chaumont Village Beach, 27870 Bayview Drive, Chaumont.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo, joined by Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., makes an announcement unveiling a new summer youth program to keep kids off the streets, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club – Columbus Clubhouse, 543 East 189th St., the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino joins CAWS Directors Dave Denenberg and Claudia Borecky, and South Shore residents to end the “unfair, unethical and unconstitutional imposition of property taxes on residents” served by New York American Water at the company’s HQ, 60 Brooklyn Ave., Merrick.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas holds a press conference to endorse Jessica Ramos in her bid for District 13 state Senate seat, Paul Raimonda Park
47th Street and 20th Avenue, Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board meets, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Board Room, 12th floor, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro unveils his “2019 Albany Accountability Act,” steps of the United States District Court, 2 Niagara Sq., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will deliver remarks at a plaque unveiling ceremony to honor Officer Steven McDonald, Central Park, 108th Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is set to announce a new graffiti clean up project for this summer, SEAT Center, 131 State St., Schenectady.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Public Advocate and Democratic state AG Candidate Tish James announces plans to fight gun violence in New York if she is elected state attorney general, Harriet Tubman Memorial, St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., criminal justice reform advocates unite to endorse state Sen. Jesse Hamilton for re-election, Crossroads Juvenile Center, 17 Bristol St., Brooklyn.

At 11:05 p.m., Molinaro will be a guest on NewsRadio WHAM 1180 with Bob Lonsberry.

At noon, Central Brooklyn Assembly members Walter Mosley, Diana Richardson, JoAnne Simon, and Richard Carroll endorse Zellnor Myrie, who is challenging Sen. Hamilton in the Democratic primary, 140 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn.

Also at noon, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announces the launch of ChooseLI.org to improve Suffolk County agriculture, Lenny Bruno Farms, 740 Wading River Rd., Manorville.

Also at noon, Molinaro holds a meet-and-greet with Chautauqua County Republicans, Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, 1028 S. Shore Rd., Irving.

At 1 p.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and Brooklyn Councilman/LG candidate Jumaane Williams file petitions to get onto the September primary ballot, state Board of Elections, and activists who helped collect signatures on their behalf rally, 40 N. Pearl St., Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks about the expansion of Girl Scout Troop 6000, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the NYC Council committees on Immigration, Health and General Welfare will convene a joint hearing to examine the impacts of the Trump Administration’s Family Separation policy on the five boroughs, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., state Sen. Martin Golden and Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi hold a press conference on human trafficking and announce legislation to create culturally competent residential facilities, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti and state Sen. David Carlucci call on the New York State Thruway Authority to cancel its $72 million contract with Conduent, the private company that administers New York’s cashless tolling system, Memorial Park, 4 Depew Ave, Nyack.

At 4 p.m., NY-14 Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Teachout, Charging Bull statue, Lower Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., former LG Stan Lundine endorses NY-23 Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano, The Fish, 61 Lakeside Dr., Bemus Point.

At 6 p.m., Molinaro stops by the Chemung County Annual Picnic, 557 Harris Hill Rd., Elmira.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Fidel F. Del Valle co-host a community roundtable with Upper West Side residents, Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave., Manhattan.

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Trump’s remarks at the NATO Summit yesterday morning after the president bashed Germany saying the country is being “controlled” by Russia.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, politically weakened at home, reacted mildly but pointedly to Trump’s remarks, noting that she grew up in Soviet-occupied East Germany.

Trump chatted up Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they headed for a group photo at the NATO summit in Belgium, choosing the authoritarian leader’s company over that of America’s longtime European allies.

For Prime Minister Theresa May, who has endured months of political turbulence, including the recent resignation of Boris Johnson, her foreign secretary, Trump’s impending trip to Britain looks like it could be an ordeal more than anything else.

Porn star Stormy Daniels, who has been at the center of political controversy involving Trump, was arrested during a strip club performance in Ohio for “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner,” her attorney said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked federal prosecutors across the country to assist in reviewing documents of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for U.S. Supreme Court – a process that could delay his Senate confirmation.

Rosenstein’s request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement. While the Justice Department has helped work on previous Supreme Court nominations, department lawyers in Washington typically carry out that task, not prosecutors who pursue criminal investigations nationwide.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in an interview that Kavanaugh’s belief in broad presidential authority was “just off the deep end.”

Schumer also said Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh is part of a backdoor approach to gutting the ACA – Obamacare – potentially foreshadowing an uphill battle for people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

Vice President Mike Pence — who’s known for branding himself “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order” — affirmed he still very much wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion, but declined to discuss where Kavanaugh stands on the matter.

A federal judge has ordered former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to be moved from the Virginia facility where he’s locked up after he allegedly claimed to be getting “VIP” treatment behind bars.

Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen helped a law and lobbying firm land a corporate client with ties to Kushner Cos., the family company of White House adviser Jared Kushner that is currently the subject of a federal probe.

The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s.

Democratic Party officials took a major step toward sharply reducing the role and influence of powerful political insiders in the presidential nominating process, a change sought by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and many other liberals after the 2016 campaign.

Twelve young soccer players and their coach were recovering well a day after the last of them left the remote cave in Thailand where they had been trapped since late June, a Thai public health official said.

House Republican leaders threatened to hold former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt of Congress unless she agrees to testify by this morning about her role in the bureau’s probes into Hillary Clinton’s emails and President Trump’s suspected Russia ties.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to sue if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, though who he would sue – and on what grounds – remained unclear.

The political wing of the state’s Planned Parenthood has endorsed Cuomo for a third term as governor, and also supported his running mate, LG Kathy Hochul.

The state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics has put out its latest round of financial disclosure for state lawmakers.

Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake, who’s considered a rising star in Democratic Party circles, has a side job working as a “consultant” for the One Bermuda Alliance, an opposition political party in the island territory.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and US immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, US Customs and Border Protection alleges, though the mayor’s office flatly denied the allegation.

The mayor admitted crossing the border to get a better view of a tent city that housed immigrant children separated from their parents, but said it was done with all the proper approvals.

Rep. Dan Donovan, a Staten Island Republican, is demanding a federal investigation into the NYPD’s use of a multimillion-dollar, federally funded spy plane to ferry de Blasio back and forth from his vacation in Canada last week.

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White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah did not deny an NBC report that outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy “received assurances” from President Trump that if he retired, Judge Brett Kavanaugh — one of Kennedy’s former clerks — would be nominated to be his replacement.

Kavanaugh will have a sweeping impact on American life if he’s confirmed for the job, and the growing power of technology and internet companies will be one of the issues where he may make his mark.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump nominated Kavanaugh because he was “worried” about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and knew the judge would be a “barrier” to the investigation.

The Trump administration failed to reunify as many separated migrant families as it pledged to by a court-ordered deadline today, prompting criticism from immigration advocates who say the government is dragging its feet.

After 18 days of drama that gripped Thailand and the world, the last people exited the flooded cave complex in which 12 young soccer players and their coach had been trapped.

The rescue operation is officially complete, though the formerly trapped team might yet face health problems.

Trump granted clemency to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven, whose case spurred armed militants led by Ammon Bundy to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in 2016.

Rudy Giuliani is reportedly still representing his overseas clients while he continues to serve as Trump’s attorney — a move that breaks precedent set by prior presidential lawyers and raises risks for conflicts of interest.

New Jersey’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, will not weigh in on New York’s gubernatorial race, shutting down the possibility of endorsing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reelection bid.

New York City’s murder rate jumped by 8 percent for the first six months of the year, officials said, though overall crime was down by 1.8 percent.

A bill to create a “transit lockbox” passed both houses of the state Legislature at the end of the session last month, setting up a showdown over MTA funding between state lawmakers and the governor.

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi raised more than $660,000 for his campaign against Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney in the latest quarter, his biggest haul of cash in a quarter since launching his bid for Congress in June 2017.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy denied allegations of domestic abuse that surfaced in an Instagram post this morning that also accused him of using performance enhancing drugs.

A prosecutor detailed the “Skelos family shakedown,” in which the former state Senate majority leader extorted businesses to get jobs for his son where the son didn’t do any work, during the closing arguments of the duo’s second trial on federal corruption charges.

Despite a list of candidates not necessarily representative of New York’s population, gubernatorial hopefuls are trying to ensure diversity in their campaign staff.

Funding the overhaul of the city’s decaying, delayed subway system should be the top priority of anyone running for office in New York, transit advocates said.

The Syracuse Ironman 70.3 triathlon race has been discontinued, according to the event’s website and Facebook page. The event has taken place annually since 2010.

The DEC has compiled 132 pages of public comments and responses regarding its proposals in the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, on which the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to vote this Friday.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Westchester County, Nassau County and New York City.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump travel to Brussels, Belgium for this weeks NATO Summit.

Vice President Mike Pence meets late this morning with U.S. Senate Majority Leader and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Pence then participates in a Great America Committee, Protect the House event, followed by a Senate Republican policy lunch. After lunch, Pence will meet with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will attend the Gracie Mansion Board of Advisors meeting, which is closed to members of the press.

At 9:30 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Addie Jenne to tour 2017 flood damage and rebuilding progress in the Town of Lyme, Chaumont Village Beach.

At 8:30 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Annual Summer Conference of the Rural Schools Association of New York State, The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo and LG Kathy Hochul rally “to protect reproductive rights,” Grinton I. Will Public Library Auditorium, 1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers.

At 10 a.m., New York Medical College and several state elected officials announce an increase in funding for the Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters, 7 Dana Road, lobby, Valhalla.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer meets with Staten Island clergy members to discuss community issues, 76 Franklin Ave., New Brighton.

At 10:50 a.m., Heastie tours the Sackets Harbor Battlefield state historic site, 504 W. Main Street, Sackets Harbor.

At 11 a.m., Democratic Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke and Adriano Espaillat outline a federal solution to rapidly deteriorating conditions in NYCHA developments, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., transit advocates release a 2018 state policy agenda for transit equity and call on candidates for state office to adopt and implement their agenda, south side of East 42nd Street at Park Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Greg Meeks, Yvette Clarke and Adriano Espaillat, will outline and demand bold federal intervention to the crisis sweeping NYCHA public housing complexes in New York City and throughout the nation, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will hold a media availability on crime statistics, 40th Precinct, 257 Alexander Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Cuomo rallies “to protect reproductive rights,” Teamsters Local 282, 2500 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park.

At noon, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, state Sen. Brad Hoylman and musicians from American Federation of Musicians Local 802 rally outside ABC studios to call on major television networks to treat musicians on live TV shows fairly, 77 W. 66th St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Upper Manhattan tenants, faith leaders, workers and small business owners rally against the Inwood neighborhood rezoning, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Heastie attends the Jefferson County Fair, 970 Coffeen St., Watertown.

Also at noon, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas will cut the ribbon at one of the city’s newest restaurants, the Flaming Grill, 440 East Sandford Blvd.

At 12:30 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds a press conference with New York City Councilman Paul Vallone to announce funding for Samuel Field Y Sports Complex, 212-00 23rd Ave., Queens.

At 2 p.m., state Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hold a press conference on legislation (S.5862A/A.6928A), which passed in the state Senate and Assembly, allowing the Ossining Town Court to employ peace officers instead of police officers, Ossining Village Hall, 16 Croton Ave., Ossining.

At 3 p.m., Assemblyman David Weprin and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott launch a summer reading challenge, Lefferts Library, 103-34 Lefferts Blvd., Queens.

At 4:30 p.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, #VOTEPROCHOICE CEO/co-founder Heidi Sieck, first-time state Senate Democratic candidates Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi, Rachel May, Jasi Robinson and Julie Goldberg, and prochoice advocates will “rally to save Roe v. Wade,” Union Square South, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds a board meeting, Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Stringer attends a fundraising reception in support of Democratic state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos, Cantina Rooftop, 605 W. 48th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., the NYC Democratic Socialists of America meet for a candidate forum, Nixon and LG candidate/Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams may attend, Thoughtworks, 99 Madison Ave., 15th Floor, Manhattan.

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In choosing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump went with a well-credentialed Washington insider who compiled a long record as a reliable conservative and won the respect of White House lawyers and the outside groups that advise them.

Kavanaugh, 53, who used to clerk for Kennedy, has an extensive resume touting a plethora of conservative causes and opinions.

It was the second time Trump handed Judge Thomas Hardiman a Supreme Court snub. He also finished second to Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

Trump’s selection of Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, sets up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation.

“I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “The stakes are simply too high for anything less.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to safeguard abortions and contraceptive coverage in the state, amid concern that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide.

The executive order forbids health care companies from denying coverage for contraceptives.

Cuomo called on the GOP-controlled state Senate to return to Albany to pass the Reproductive Health Act, which would codify the federal abortion law at the state level.

Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, deemed his effort “too little, too late.”

The Judicial Crisis Network, a top conservative group, is launching a $1.4 million campaign targeting swing votes in the upcoming fight to confirm Kavanaugh.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to meet with Kavanaugh this morning as he begins to build support on Capitol Hill. Also attending the meeting: Vice President Mike Pence.

Democratic lawmakers and hundreds of protesters rallied at the Supreme Court late last night to protest Kavanaugh’s selection, but if Republicans remain unified in their support of him, there’s no way to block the nominee’s eventual confirmation.

Protesters decrying the nomination also blocked traffic outside of Trump Tower, reportedly leading to the arrest of seven people – including Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a Democratic LG candidate.

A federal judge in Los Angeles dealt the Trump administration a significant blow by rejecting its attempt to indefinitely detain immigrant children caught crossing the border illegally with their parents.

More than 50 immigrant children under the age of 5 will be reunited with their parents by today’s court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, a government attorney said. The families will be released after they are reunited.

A former chauffeur to Trump sued for thousands of hours worth of unpaid overtime that the driver says he’s owed.

Trump reportedly urged Vladimir Putin earlier this year to ignore the “stupid people” in his administration who had advised him against congratulating the Russian leader on his controversial election victory.

The Trump administration’s aggressive attempts to water down an international resolution supporting breast-feeding go against decades of advice by most medical organizations and public health experts.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was so outraged when a D.C. bartender gave him both middle fingers that he dumped $80 worth of sushi in the trash.

The four boys rescued from a subterranean cave in Thailand yesterday are healthier than those pulled out a day earlier, the rescue mission’s commander said.

A Central New York native is in Thailand’s sweltering far north helping to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave labyrinth.

Manhattan federal prosecutors urged a jury to convict four men accused of corrupting Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program, saying they knew what they were doing was wrong when they rigged bids for taxpayer-funded construction contracts.

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