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Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the “New York City area” with no public schedule.

This morning, President Donald Trump will depart his golf club in New Jersey and head to the White House, where he will meet with his chief of staff, John Kelly.

In the afternoon, Trump will sign a memorandum on addressing China’s laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology, an then meet with the National Economic Council.

This evening, Trump will depart D.C. for Trump Tower in Manhattan, where will speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan by telephone.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in NYC today with no public schedule. This evening, he and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will depart for Rhode Island, where they will be on vacation through Friday.

At 10 a.m., Assemblywoman and NYC GOP mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis will release her “Treatment B4 Crisis Plan” to help New York City’s mentally ill, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers opening remarks at the NYS Council of School Superintendents Women’s Initiative, HarborCenter, 95 Main St., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich, elected officials and community leaders welcome Spin, a dockless short-term bicycle rental service, to the Rockaway community, Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Queens.

At 1 p.m., Hochul highlights New York’s regional economic development investment at the WNY REDC meeting, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E 3rd St., Jamestown.

At 1:30 p.m., a rally is held in support of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, West 122nd Street at St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem.

Also at 1:30 p.m., state Sen. Brian Benjamin, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and the NAACP rally in support of state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, West 122nd Street at St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., New York Communities for Change, Strong Economy for All, Make the Road New York, Vocal-NY, Resist Here and the Working Families Party hold a “funeral procession” to protest Trump’s agenda, Grand Army Plaza to Trump Tower, Manhattan.

At 5:15 p.m., labor, business and environmental leaders hold a news conference ahead of New York state Energy Research and Development Authority’s public information meetings on offshore wind power for New York, Queens Public Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens.

At 6 p.m., NYSERDA holds the first of three open houses to discuss Cuomo’s commitment to generate 2.4 gigawatts of power from offshore wind by 2030, Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens.

Headlines…

President Donald Trump drew a fresh volley of criticism from across the political spectrum yesterday for not explicitly denouncing the white nationalists at the center of the violence in Virginia.

As the chorus of criticism grew, White Houses aides were dispatched to the morning news shows, yet they struggled at times to explain the president’s position.

A statement yesterday — issued more than 36 hours after the protests began — condemned “white supremacists” for the violence that led to one death. It came in an email sent to reporters in the president’s traveling press pool, and was attributed to an unnamed representative, not Trump himself.

Vice President Pence disavowed “dangerous fringe groups” during an overseas trip to Colombia yesterday, and claimed that Trump did the same in the wake of the deadly clash in Charlottesville.

Thousands of people in New York City and Washington D.C. gathered yesterday to protest President Trump’s response to the deadly violence that broke out at the white supremacist rally.

Hundreds also held peaceful protests in Albany’s Townsend Park, on Long Island and also in Syracuse, where a local woman who had personally witnessed the Virginia violence spoke to the crowd.

Hundreds of people gathered at the site of a fatal crash in Charlottesville, Va. to honor the victims one day after the rally that turned violent.

Shortly after a car plowed into the crowd at the rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a state police helicopter that was assisting with the situation crashed outside the city, killing both troopers onboard, authorities said.

Self-proclaimed “patriots” who push their white-supremacist agenda under the guise of nationalism aren’t just un-American, they don’t deserve to live in the US, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.

White nationalists who appeared at the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville are being outed on social media, with at least one being fired from their job after his name and picture was posted online.

Diosdado Cabello, an influential Venezuelan leader from the state’s ruling socialist party, is believed to be behind the alleged death threat to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month.

Anthony Scaramucci said he never meant to undercut Stephen Colbert’s “exclusive” interview and the dust-up with the funnyman may be further proof he’s not cut out to be White House communications director.

Scaramucci suggested that his West Wing rival Steve Bannon may also be on his way out.

Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting out feelers to run for president, spreading whispers that Sens. Bernie Sanders, 75, and Elizabeth Warren, 68, are too old to carry the progressive torch, sources tell Page Six.

Warren this weekend urged activists at the Netroots Nation convention to put aside differences as the Democratic Party tries to get back on course after the 2016 election

De Blasio’s rivals in the upcoming mayoral elections hit him hard this weekend over condescending emails he sent to staffers criticizing their efforts to assist him.

De Blasio’s campaign and progressive groups are calling on Republican mayoral challenger Nicole Malliotakis to return a donation from embattled billionaire charter-school investor Dan Loeb.

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams is the latest name to surface as a possible 2018 Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and did not rule out the possibility of running, though he says he’s currently “100 percent focused” on the Council speakership that opens in January.

An anonymous top Cuomo aide says reunifying the fractured state Senate Democrats will be almost impossible as long as Sen. Michael Gianaris remains in a top leadership role for the mainline Dems, and the governor has even offered a job to the Queens lawmaker to remove him from office, though he refused.

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The Weekend That Was

Violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists had gathered here for a rally and clashed with counterprotesters, resulting in at least one death and prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Trump condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” in Virginia after a car driven by James Alex Fields Jr., 20, plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the white supremacist rally.

The White House, under siege over Trump’s equivocal response to the incident, on Sunday condemned “white supremacists” for inciting the violence that led to one death.

A statue of Robert E. Lee was at the center of divisions in Charlottesville well before violence broke out this weekend.

The woman killed at the rally was identified by friends and relatives as Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, where she worked in the bankruptcy department.

Virginia Gov. Gov. Terry McAuliffe strongly defended the police response to the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, saying that law enforcement authorities had done “great work” in “a very delicate situation.”

Trump addressed the white nationalist rally sparking tension in Charlottesville only after his wife, Melania, condemned the violence and a barrage of criticism regarding his silence on the matter.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he and “New Yorkers reject the hateful and ugly ‎rhetoric and violence taking place in Charlottesville,” adding: ” “We condemn the language of white supremacy and ugly racist hate speech and stand appalled at the violence that has resulted in injury and death.”

Cuomo also launched an online petition calling for Trump to more clearly condemn and denounce white supremacists.

In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

In a diplomatic gamble, Trump is seeking to enlist China as a peacemaker in the bristling nuclear-edged dispute with North Korea at the very moment he plans to ratchet up conflict with Beijing over trade issues that have animated his political rise.

Trump phoned the governor of Guam on Friday to assure him all the residents of the Pacific Island are safe, adding: “All over the world they’re talking about Guam…Tourism is going to go up ten fold. It looks beautiful.’’

The appearance of Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a White House aide, caused an uproar at a National Association of Black Journalists convention on Friday after she refused to answer some questions about Trump’s recent remarks encouraging the police to be rougher while arresting criminal suspects.

The Justice Department warned late Friday that a lawsuit to prevent Trump from blocking some followers of his tweets would be “unprecedented” and take the courts “deep into uncharted waters” in a filing in Manhattan federal court.

The Dan Loeb Facebook comments incident captured years of interwoven and lingering grievances that have defined Democratic politics in New York, and directly hit on the long-simmering racial tensions in the state Senate, where the IDC’s deal with the GOP has prevented the first black woman from becoming majority leader.

The whole affair has left some Democrats and Republicans elbowing each other to see who could place greater distance from the controversy.

Loeb will remain the chairman of Success Academy’s board of directors despite the incendiary racial remark he made about Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a spokeswoman for Success said.

De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, called on Loeb to resign his Success Academy post.

Frustrated public officials and community leaders on Monday will hold a Harlem rally in support of making Stewart-Cousins the chamber’s first black woman majority leader.

In an ongoing probe related to WNY political operative G. Steven Pigeon, state and federal agents have subpoenaed for documents related to firms that have done business with the city of Buffalo during the administration of Mayor Byron Brown.

Palladian Health, like most of the firms named in the subpoena that arrived at Buffalo City Hall in July, made political contributions to Brown over the years, according to financial reports filed with the state Board of Elections.

The Cuomo administration’s decision to choose a campaign contributor for a $50 million development contract at Republic Airport in Farmingdale has generated opposition from a rival bidder, local civic groups and state Sen. Phil Boyle

Cuomo has defended his multimillion-dollar plan to illuminate New York City bridges and tunnels with multicolored LED lights, by saying the bright lights will draw more tourists to the city, which last year drew a record number of visitors.

Long Island veterans are awaiting a decision from Cuomo on whether he will sign a bill permitting medical marijuana to help combat PTSD, a treatment option not recommended by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs but supported by many former service members and their advocates.

De Blasio will have to appear in two debates before the September primary now that his chief Democratic rival, Sal F. Albanese, has crossed the threshold of fund-raising and campaign spending needed to qualify.

A state Supreme Court justice has thrown out a petition by Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove that sought to undo the state attorney general’s power to take over cases in which unarmed civilians are killed by police.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the GOP NYC mayoral candidate, has been criss-crossing the city campaigning while also holding nearly daily press conference at which she rails against de Blasio. She rarely stops for lunch or even bathroom breaks; one staffer joked that she’s a “camel.”

NYC schoolteachers will have more money than ever to spend on classroom supplies this year in what critics see as an election-year political payoff.

A former Times Square desnuda manager claims he was targeted by police — and is suing the city for two false arrests.

Andrea Catsimatidis, the daughter of a grocery-store magnate and former Republican NYC mayoral candidate, is likely to take the helm of the New York County Republican Party.

Brooklyn district attorney candidate Anne Swern, a former high-ranking assistant district attorney under Charles Hynes, last year demanded $5 million from NYC in a slip-and-fall case.

The resignation of Manhattan state Sen. Daniel Squadron is putting new scrutiny on New York election laws that will enable party insiders to replace him on ballots instead of voters.

The Erie County Water Authority last year declared a purchasing “emergency” so it could hire a law firm and then racked up more than $129,500 in legal fees. But agency officials won’t say what kind of legal work $129,500 buys.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Utica Democrat and congressional candidate, is demanding a federal probe into the state’s facilities for the disabled following an Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group home.

In New York State alone, there have been at least three recent proposals for gondolas. One plan, the East River Skyway. would connect Williamsburg in Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan with a gondola that would rise to 415 feet alongside the Williamsburg Bridge.

The death of a teenage football player on Long Island has raised questions as to why students were asked to carry what the police described as an approximately 400-pound, 10-foot log while participating in an off-season conditioning camp.

John Garee, 69, of Seneca Falls, wanted since June for making threats against local and state officials, has been found and charged, officials said.

For the first time, the FDNY will publish two sizzling calendars — one with 12 bare-chested guys, the other with 12 gals in sexy black camisoles.

Two employees of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services don’t deserve to have their names cleared in the death of a ­6-year-old Zymere Perkins, who was fatally bludgeoned with a broomstick while under ACS’s care, a judge ruled.

The NYC Department of Education is playing fast and loose with billions of dollars in school contracts, according to a new report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

A judge on Friday threw out a former radio host’s case against Taylor Swift in a trial that delved into their dueling lawsuits over whether he groped her during a backstage meet-and-greet and whether she and her team ruined his career.

Dick MacPherson was memorialized on Friday, his 86 years celebrated at a funeral that included three standing ovations, tears of laughter and more of sadness, and tales of salty language from the rare football coach full of warmth and love.

Two of the three candidates running in the Democratic primary for Albany mayor sought support Saturday from the union for city blue collar workers, but incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan passed, claiming the union already backs an opponent.

Pure Silver, the only New York bred in the field of eight 2- year-old fillies, blasted out of the gate under John Velazquez and never looked back in posting an easy 9-1/2-length win in Saturday’s 101st running of the Grade II $200,000 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

With law enforcement officials aggressively pursuing gang members on Long Island after a recent spate of homicides by the transnational gang MS-13, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a class-action lawsuit on Friday that federal authorities had gone too far.

Amherst Town Clerk Marjory H. Jaeger is not barred by term limits from running for town supervisor this year, a state Supreme Court judge ruled.

At least 11 swimmers have drowned at the Jersey Shore this summer, and some experts are blaming rougher surf and even beach-replenishment projects for the troubled waters.

The Miami Marlins’ owner has signed a $1.2 billion agreement to sell the franchise to a group that includes former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

The recent hunts and capturing of two alligators in the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point will be celebrated for years to come, according to the village’s mayor.

Extras

President Donald Trump this morning bluntly warned North Korea that if it acts “unwisely” it could face military action as the North Korean state news agency accused him of driving the Korean Peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war.”

Trump plans to interrupt his stay next week at Trump Tower with a quick out-and-back trip to Washington on Monday, according to an updated presidential schedule presented to New York City law enforcement.

Jared Kushner, who has spent months divesting pieces of his vast business empire to serve in the White House, was slapped with a fine by the Office of Government Ethics for late reporting of a financial transaction, according to a newly released document.

Congressional investigators want to question Trump’s longtime personal secretary as part of their ongoing probe into a controversial meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

A year and three months after first promising he’d release a list of donors who got nothing from City Hall, NYC Mayor de Blasio refused to commit to coughing up his alleged list before Primary Day.

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said he would follow directions from the president on transgender people in the military but believes “any patriot” should be allowed to serve.

“Six months in, and the Trump women are well on their way to normalizing the footwear of the beauty pageant.” (In other words: Stilettos).

Former President Barack Obama will re-emerge on the national scene this fall, though Democrats expect him to do so with caution.

A few weeks after approval of the “free” college tuition program he opposes, Medaille College President Kenneth Macur asked staff at the college to see if any web domain names with Excelsior Scholarship in them were still available. Seven were found, so the college snapped them up at less than $10 each, redirecting them all to its own site.

Legislation awaiting action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would allow homeowners to sue a neighbor for invasion of privacy if the neighbor secretly records recreational activities in the homeowner’s backyard.

Franklin County is counting on tax-collection improvements, bulk purchasing and successful grant applications to meet the governor’s shared-services mandate, but local officials also want Albany to tighten its own financial belt.

The family of the late NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia has been thrust into a political squabble over whom they will march with – de Blasio or one of his challengers in the fall election, Bo Dietl – in the Dominican Day Parade on Sunday.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Dan Loeb will remain the chairman of Success Academy’s board of directors despite an incendiary racial remark he made about state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a spokeswoman for Success said.

Shira Scheindlin, the judge whose 2013 ruling in the city’s stop-and-frisk case helped boost de Blasio’s mayoral campaign has, four years later, donated to one of the mayor’s opponents.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has already endorsed Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini for district attorney, is now planning to headline a fundraising event next month for Sini at the law office of his campaign chairman, David Kelley.

A Manhattan federal judge ordered The New York Times to produce the author of an editorial for testimony next week in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s lawsuit alleging she was defamed by a false claim that her political committee incited the gunman who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011.

All 102 state court security officers in Central New York must undergo training as a result of the improper handcuffing of a Syracuse.com reporter two months ago.

Former Rep. Chris Gibson says the “way forward” on the North Korea problem is through China, which can steer North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toward de-escalation, but only if the United States makes it in China’s best interest to do so.

State Police issued more than 21,000 tickets during the “Speed Week” campaign to crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving.

Next month, Bill O’Reilly is set to make an unprecedented visit to one of Fox’s rivals when he sits down for an interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish.

Rep. John Katko will host a public forum on agriculture Tuesday in Wayne County as Congress begins work on the 2018 farm bill that sets the nation’s agricultural policies.

Salamanca Mayor Michael “Smitty” Smith can’t even go on vacation without a reporter tracking him down to get his reaction to the latest remarks from Seneca President Todd Gates on the status of municipal casino revenues.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump is still at his golf club in New Jersey. This afternoon, he will participate in a workforce/apprenticeship discussion, and later meet with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, where the VP will deliver keynote remarks at the Ten Point Coalition’s Annual Luncheon at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Later in the day, the Pences will participate in a public ceremony for his official governor’s portrait unveiling at the Indiana Statehouse.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon will travel to New Orleans to attend the United Conference of Mayors’ Leadership Conference.

At 11 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts the Seniors by the Sea event, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn.

At noon, de Blasio will hold a bill signing and deliver remarks on the Access to Counsel legislation, New Settlement Community Center, Gymnasium, 1501 Jerome Ave., the Bronx.

At 1 p.m., de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, where he will take listener questions.

Headlines…

The hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, a prominent charter school supporter and a major financial backer of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and congressional Republicans, accused Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is black, of having done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”

Loeb made the reference, apparently to the Ku Klux Klan, on Facebook in response to a The New York Times article this week in which Stewart-Cousins confronted Cuomo about prejudging her based upon race and gender.

In the same post, Loeb praised IDC Leader Jeff Klein and others who he said “stand for educational choice and support Charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack (sp.) kids.”

Stewart-Cousins issued the following statement: “In 2017 it is outrageous and offensive that this type of language is used by someone with such wide political influence. There is no place in our discourse, political or otherwise, for these dangerous words. Daniel Loeb should be utterly ashamed of his disgusting statements. This whole episode speaks volumes about the state of our politics right here in New York.”

After The Times reported on his remarks, Loeb deleted them and issued this apology: “I regret the language I used in expressing my passion for educational choice. I apologize to Senator Stewart-Cousins and anyone I offended. I have taken down the post from Facebook.”

Eight in ten Americans say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make ObamaCare work, according to a new poll released today.

Trump sharply amplified his criticism of the U.S. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, raising the possibility that McConnell should relinquish his position if he cannot deliver on top legislative priorities.

Trump reiterated his bellicose warning to North Korea, suggesting that his threat to unleash “fire and fury” may not have gone far enough.

Trump’s administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States.

Trump said that he was preparing to officially declare the United States’ worsening epidemic of opioid overdoses as a national emergency, accepting an urgent recommendation from a national commission that he appointed.

Trump said that he may not reach across the aisle to work with Democrats on a massive infrastructure bill, while at the same time acknowledging that they may be more supportive of the issue than his own party.

The president praised Russia for booting hundreds of US diplomats out of the country, saying that will save money on their salaries.

Russia may be forced to close one of four consulates in the US – including one here in New York – as part of an ongoing diplomatic tit-for-tat between the two countries, sources said.

There’s some “heavy drama” in New Orleans at the National Association of Black Journalists conference after organizers decided to add top Trump aide Omarosa Manigault to a panel.

The White House is reportedly having a hard time finding a follow-up act to short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

That Foxconn project with its projected 13,000 jobs that New York lost to Wisconsin? It’s running into some opposition in that state, with questions about whether the millions of dollars worth of taxpayer subsidies necessary to land it are worth it.

An official in the National Security Council was ousted last month after he wrote a controversial memo claiming subversive forces were poised to wage “political warfare” against Trump’s nationalist agenda.

The Ivanka Trump brand is setting up shop in Trump Tower. The label will open a physical store in the Manhattan building this fall, a brand representative confirmed. The company declined to provide any additional details.

Queens Democrat Ruben Wills was kicked off the City Council yesterday – an automatic expulsion triggered as he was sentenced to up to six years in prison after he was found guilty in a corruption trial, officials said.

Cuomo’s controversial decision to assign state troopers to New York City airports is costing millions of dollars more than anticipated. A quarterly budget showed a $26 million boost in State Police spending from what was originally projected when the 2017-18 budget was adopted in April.

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Extras

Trump’s tweet to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today: “Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate foreign affairs committee and erstwhile presidential contender, defended Trump’s stark “fire and fury” warning to North Korea in a series of tweets this morning.

Trump on his “fire and fury” warning: Maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.

One of Trump’s top national security advisors, Sebastian Gorka, compared North Korea’s threats against the United States to the Holocaust.

The president described the FBI’s raid last month on the home of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as “pretty tough stuff,” but said he has not talked to the FBI or the attorney general about the matter.

A federal judge has ordered the State Department to search the “state.gov” email accounts of Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan for records related to Benghazi, as part of a watchdog’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord, a columnist for The American Spectator, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.

The selection of New Jersey’s top federal law enforcement officer is part of a broader game of political horse-trading playing out behind the scenes in Washington, Trenton, and New York. At the end of it, a half dozen people will win jobs in law enforcement and on the federal courts that affect millions.

While it is exceedingly early in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, top donors to former President Barack Obama are signaling that former Vice President Joe Biden cannot depend on their support.

Last year was Earth’s warmest on record, according to an international climate report issued today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that documents other record-breaking global warming trends of 2016.

Five transgender people serving in the United States military sued Trump and top Pentagon officials, asking that transgender troops be allowed to stay in the military.

Disgraced​ former​ ​Queens Councilman Ruben Wills cried as he was sentenced to two to six years in prison and ordered to pay almost $33,000 in restitution after a jury found him guilty of pocketing some $30,000 in city funds.

Medical marijuana could be sold in lotions, patches and as chewable tablets under new rules under consideration by the state Health Department.

While the national average is 33 percent, a full 41 percent of unemployed New York residents have “completely given up on looking for a job,” a survey from Express Employment Professionals, a multinational employment agency, has found.

An analysis of the governor’s public schedule over the past two years found that he has visited the Buffalo area approximately 30 times, but only stopped in the Mohawk Valley three times.

New York City is home to thousands of abandoned bomb shelters.

The New York City Council passed 18 bills as part of the Stand for Tenant Safety package of legislation that promises sweeping reforms to tenant protections in the face of abusive landlords and developers.

Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Sal Albanese has raised about $190,000 and spent “at least $174,000,” enough money to qualify him for a Democratic primary debate against incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio.

​”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has booked embattled former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci for its Monday show.

Governing conducted the first national analysis of how city revenues might be affected by autonomous vehicles. Consider this: New York City generated $1.2 billion from auto-related citations in 2016.

The final day to register to vote in New York’s primary election is quickly approaching.

Open for less than a year, upstate New York’s three new state-licensed casinos are already predicting trouble ahead.

Taran Singh Brar is the man behind the giant inflatable Trump chicken (AKA “Chicken Don”) that gave the White House fits yesterday.

BuzzFeed is getting a morning show.

Extras

President Donald Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea sent a shudder through Asia, raising alarm among allies and adversaries and, to some observers, making the possibility of military conflict over the North’s nuclear program seem more real.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to allay fears of a military confrontation with North Korea, defending Trump’s comments but also saying there’s no sign that the threat level from North Korea had changed and that Americans should “sleep well at night.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis cautioned that North Korea’s actions “will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”

FBI agents have searched one of the homes of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Manafort’s spokesman said.

A Russian military spy plane cruised the skies over Washington today, with plans for New York City and New Jersey — in a perfectly legal bit of aerial reconnaissance that nonetheless appeared to be an attempt to troll Trump.

Anthony Scaramucci, the recently deposed White House communications director, suggested that Vice President Mike Pence is trying to protect himself amid Trump administration chaos. (More here).

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is distancing herself from earlier comments about the nation’s historically black colleges and universities being pioneers of school choice.

Did U.S. Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor influence his “no” vote on the so-called skinny health care bill? One of his colleagues suggested he was confused, but a spokesperson for McCain called that “bizarre and deeply unfortunate.”

Trump on Sunday is scheduled to make his first visit to Trump Tower since his inauguration, according to a draft schedule shared with New York City law enforcement and reviewed by POLITICO.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unwittingly been drawn into Oscar-winning provocateur Michael Moore’s Broadway debut.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino reveals (not surprisingly) that he doesn’t really have a relationship with Cuomo. “We don’t even get invited to events in Westchester where he is,” he said. “…That’s the pettiness of the governor, and he needs to act like the governor at times and he’s not.”

In a single day, New York City courts have thrown out over 640,000 arrest warrants for people who didn’t pay tickets for minor offenses years ago – the DAs in four of the five boroughs – not Staten Island – participated).

New York state killed the Empire Zone tax break program in 2010 after failing to fix loopholes that allowed many businesses to erase income taxes without returning the investment. But companies that got in before the state stopped taking applications continue to take annual tax breaks.

Although the Working Families Party has endorsed acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, the paperwork was not filled out to get his name listed on their ballot, and Gonzalez’s campaign team failed to appeal after missing the deadline to do so.

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently ranked New York’s fiscal health as 39th of the 50 states, but is its fiscal outlook really THAT bad? The Citizens Budget Commission weighs in.

A Westchester-based real estate developer is trying to remake and renovate Grossinger’s, the long-defunct Catskills resort that served as the inspiration for the movie “Dirty Dancing.”

Hempstead Town Board members voted during a contentious meeting to schedule a public hearing on Supervisor Anthony Santino’s ethics package next month, but defeated an emergency proposal by Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney to consider hiring an inspector general.

In one week, the 2017 New York State Fair lost three artists scheduled to perform free shows at Chevy Court this summer.

Cuomo was critical of the International Joint Commission’s decision to reduce outflows from the hydroelectric dams in Massena.

Bill and Hillary Clinton are scheduled to arrive in Quebec this weekend for a vacation at a renowned five-star resort.

Soon-to-be-former state Sen. Daniel Squadron says he’s retiring because he’s become disillusioned with Albany, and while dew doubt his intelligence or sincerity, his departure in this manner and at this time is hypocritical, because the very anti-democratic machine forces he railed against will determine who replaces him.

Here and Now

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

In D.C. today, Vice President Mike Pence has no public events scheduled. President Donald Trump is at his New Jersey golf course with no public events scheduled.

At 7 a.m., a pre-taped interview with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will air on FOX5’s Good Day New York.

At 7:30 a.m., state Assemblyman Walter Mosley holds his annual golf outing, Dyker Beach Golf Course, 1030 86th St. and Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. asks the court to dismiss 240,000 summons cases more than 10 years old, 100 Centre St., Manhattan. (The Queens and Brooklyn DAs offices are doing the same at separate events in their respective boroughs).

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services holds a public hearing, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney and the Girls Scouts of Greater NY announce efforts to establish a Smithsonian Museum dedicated to American Women’s history on DC’s National Mall, Fearless Girl Statue, Wall Street, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Council’s Progressive Caucus holds a press conference and rally to celebrate the passing of the Stand for Tenant Safety package of legislation, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sen. Michael Gianaris, Jessica Perez, mother of Pedro Hernandez, and the Fortune Society call for the passage of legislation that “would reform pre-trial detention in New York by eliminating the option of bail,” 29-76 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., a rally to “save school based health centers” in Brooklyn, with state Assembly members Robert Carroll and Jo Anne Simon, and families and representatives from the four schools slated to have their clinics closed, The Brooklyn New School, 610 Henry St., Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will be joined by state DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll and local project stakeholders to open the new Airport Smart Phone Lot, 1 Airport Way, Rochester.

At 11:30 a.m., officials from the NYC Housing Development Corp., City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development join project partners to celebrate the rehabilitation and preservation of Elbee Gardens, 1950 Clove Rd., Staten Island.

At noon, Reps. Adriano Espaillat and Bobby Scott meet youth, educators, and service providers to discuss the impact of New York’s summer youth employment program and other initiatives, followed by a press conference with NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong and Children’s Aid Society Adolescence Programs Vice President Sandra Escamilla-Davies, Columbia University, Baker Athletic Complex, 533 W 218th St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, the NYC Police Athletic League Luncheon features Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Mutual of America, 320 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito holds a press conference prior to the Council’s pre-stated meeting, Red Room/Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announces a new District 75 bldg on Staten Island, Michael J. Petrides School, 715 Ocean Terrance.

At 5 p.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hosts a town hall meeting, Hudson Valley Community College, McDonough Sports Complex Gymnasium, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy.

At 6 p.m., the EPA holds a public meeting to discuss its second review of the cleanup of PCB-contaminated sediment in the upper Hudson River, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Manhattan Community Board 11 holds a public hearing, National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., New York Says Yes, a coalition that lobbies for a state constitutional convention, hosts an empowerment and education event about this year’s ballot referendum, Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 7 p.m., NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams sponsors Summer Movies In the Park, where there will be a screening of “Trolls,” Amersfort Park, Avenue I between East 38th and East 39th streets, Brooklyn.

At 7:30 p.m., Black Lives Matter NYC and Agunda Okeyo present a Second Annual Night of Levity for Black Lives, with partial proceeds donated to Black Lives Matter NYC, Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, Manhattan.

Headlines…

French police say a vehicle slammed into soldiers guarding a Paris suburb, injuring six of them, before getting away.

North Korea’s burgeoning nuclear program is posing an increasingly serious problem for President Trump, who issued a stunning, provocative warning to the country’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said Trump needs congressional approval for a preemptive strike against North Korea, adding: “Article I of the U.S. Constitution is very clear about that.”

North Korea is mulling a possible missile strike on Guam, where strategic US bombers and countless soldiers are based, announcing this just hours after Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on the country “like the world has never seen.”

Trump’s former childhood home in Queens is being offered for short-term stays on Airbnb, according to a recent listing on the lodging website.

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon acknowledged on national TV that she is being encouraged to run for New York governor next year and blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his record on education funding. But she didn’t say whether she would run against him.

“The more people talking about issues that make New York State stronger, the better,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said.
We know Ms. Nixon is a passionate advocate for education, and we would be happy to sit down with her anytime to talk about it.”

In response to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota’s call for an additional $400 million in city funds to improve subway and bus service in 2017, NYC Council members told MTA officials that they have little confidence in the agency’s ability to use additional emergency funding efficiently.

A two-day tour of the NYC subway system by city and state politicians confirmed what was already painfully obvious to commuters: The trains are overcrowded and often late, with 75 percent of people saying the subway had made them late in the past two weeks.

Two decades after he was sodomized by an NYPD officer, touching off one of the biggest police misconduct investigations in city history, Abner Louima is living a quiet but productive life in Miami, while the officer who attacked him, Justin Volpe, has eight years left on his federal prison sentence.

A day after dismissing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new bid to hike taxes on the city’s wealthy, state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan sat down with the mayor for a rare tete-a-tete in midtown Manhattan.

The financial outlook has turned negative for Niagara Falls since the Seneca Nation cut off casino payments, according to Standard & Poor’s, which noted that money represented 15 percent of the city’s revenues last year and the city has no long-term plan to offset its loss.

De Blasio has a habit of bullying and threatening staffers with dire punishment if they fail to meet his demands, emails obtained by The NY Post reveal.

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“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” warned President Donald Trump from his golf club in Bedminster. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,”

Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder full of positive news – admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful – is prepared for the president.

As Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government is spending at his for-profit properties.

According to a new CNN poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) say they can’t trust all or most of what they hear in official communications from the White House, while less than a quarter (24 percent) say they can. Among Republicans, 50 percent say they can trust most of what the White House says, while 47 percent say they cannot.

“I certainly didn’t approve of a couple of the comments,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of her time on Trump’s campaign, where she served as an adviser and on-air surrogate. “But at the same time, we were looking for a commander in chief, not a pastor.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is blaming Trump’s “excessive expectations” for what he considers an unjust perception that Congress, under his leadership, has not been productive.

Since Trump’s election, the Trump International Hotel in D.C. has emerged as a Republican Party power center where, on a good day, excited visitors can watch the president share intimate dinner conversation with his just-named chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and be the first to brag about it on social media.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio had lunch with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and tweeted about it.

The reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport entered a new phase and gained a new, high-profile partner as Cuomo announced the start of construction of Delta Airlines’ new, $4 billion terminal on the eastern half of the Queens airport.

Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s 11-day tenure as the White House communications director may have been a disgrace, but it sounds like there’s one place where he’ll always get respect: an Italian restaurant on Long Island.

The NYC Council’s transportation committee held an oversight hearing today, looking for solutions to the problems with the city’s subway system. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito admonished MTA Chairman Joe Lhota for not attending the hearing even though he had been asked several times to do so.

JCOPE commissioners voted to move forward in the process of implementing several regulations at a monthly meeting today, including broad lobbying guidelines that have been long in the works.

Trump intends to nominate Acting U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith to serve as the top federal prosecutor in a 32-county region of upstate that includes Syracuse.

RedTube, an adult site owned by Internet pornography juggernaut MindGeek, has sent the governor a note applying to be one of the new private station sponsors.

Now there’s a single Midtown block with a protected bike lane that also has a wider sidewalk, hopefully with more to come.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat, said her constituents have “all but given up” on using parks in her neighborhood because of the rodents and she charged that city officials have not allocated any funds to combat the rats in her district.

Rochester-area television news anchor Don Alhart now correctly holds the Guinness World Record for “longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market.”

U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers – a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk.

With no official timeline in place for the rollout, New Yorkers are waiting to see how the Excelsior Scholarship will pan out.

David Letterman is preparing to return to television in his first continuing series since stepping down as the host of CBS’s “Late Show” in 2015.

Schenectady County’s crime rate for 2016 was the highest of all New York counties, according to new state numbers.

Cuomo is celebrating the installation of treatment systems that aim to prevent algal toxins from entering the drinking water supplies for the city of Auburn and town of Owasco.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

In D.C. today, Vice President Mike Pence has lunch in his ceremonial office with Sen. Marco Rubio, and Reps. Jeff Duncan and Albio Sires.

President Donald Trump is on vacation at his New Jersey golf club, where he will participate in a briefing on the opioid crisis with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

At 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends a Summer STEM Institute kickoff and holds a conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez holds a press conference to discuss the results of his 24-hour tour through all five boroughs while riding the subway, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Rodriguez hold a hearing to examine the current state of the subway system and provide the Council with an opportunity to fully review the agency’s 30 Day Reorganizational Report, Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David Hansell hosts a ribbon-cutting for a newly renovated nursery and nursing station at the agency’s Brooklyn borough office, 2554 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey presents five overdue service medals to New City resident and World War II Army veteran Alfred Magnatta, joined by his grandson, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, 67 North Main St., No. 101, New City.

Also at 11 a.m., hmeless activists and New York officials hold rally to “expose rampant source of income discrimination in New York” in response to “dozens of ads that were found daily on Craigslist, which overtly discriminate against individuals who receive housing assistance,” City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will be joined by Planning Director Chris Spencer at a press conference to unveil a new online GIS tool that will allow the public access to City of Albany property and zoning information in real time, City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

At noon, Republican NYC mayoral candiate Nicole Malliotakis holds a pres conference to discuss “the increased hiring of city employees and Bill de Blasio’s mismanagement of the issue,” East side of City Hall adjacent to the entrances for the 4, 5 & 6 trains, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Cuomo, joined by Delta CEO Ed Bastian and state and local officials, makes a “major infrastructure announcement,” LaGuardia Airport Port Authority Police Command Building, Bowery Bay Boulevard, Flushing, Queens.

Also at 1 p.m., the SUNY Construction Fund’s board of trustees holds a meeting, State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Room N304, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Councilmen Mark Treyger and Alan Maisel, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, state Sens. Diane J. Savino and Roxanne Persaud, Assemblywoman Pamela Harris and others hold a press conference to call on New York City to include Brooklyn neighborhoods Coney Island and Canarsie in the new ferry system, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres join NYC Parks Bronx Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa to announce a joint allocation of $3.6 million to reconstruct portions of the park, Waring Playground, Bronx Park, the Bronx.

At 4 p.m., NYC Councilman Barry Grodenchik announces installation of traffic safety improvements at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74Q, 61-15 Oceania St., Queens.

At 4:30 p.m., the office of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a public hearing, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., state Sen. Marty Golden and the 61st Precinct holds a ribbon-cutting for a newly purchased van to be utilized for patrol and transport of police and auxiliary officers, 2575 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

President Donald Trump is due to be in NYC next week – just his second trip back to his home town since taking control of the White House. It’s unclear if he’ll be stopping and/or staying at Trump Tower.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities to sue over what many mayors argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

Hours later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions hit back at Chicago, saying the Trump administration “will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety.”

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The Trump administration is considering naming Geoffrey S. Berman, a law partner of the former New York City mayor and ally of the president — Rudy Giuliani, to assume the powerful position of United States attorney in Manhattan.

The president started his Monday morning with a Twitter tirade highlighted by a hypocritical rant against Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who is a regular Trump target.

White House adviser Stephen Miller has been blasted for accusing a reporter of “cosmopolitan bias” despite living in a $1 million Washington D.C. condo.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted two big donors who asked City Hall for favors before getting arrested in a corruption probe offered up mostly bad ideas and “didn’t get what they wanted.”

De Blasio said he thinks his proposed tax on the rich to fund the subway has a chance in tax-averse Albany because the broken transit system is at a moment of “crisis” that’s “driving New Yorkers crazy.”

The tax-the-rich plan may face long odds in Albany, but it pressures the governor and also provides a kind of triple bank shot in the game of local political advantage for the mayor as he gears up for his re-election campaign in November.

MTA Chair Joe Lhota said he doesn’t oppose de Blasio’s proposed “millionaire’s tax” to fund future subway fix-ups, but it does nothing to pay for the repairs that are urgently needed.

De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips shot down a report that the mayor frequently gets 40 winks on his office couch after his well-documented morning workouts.

Congestion pricing, which was last killed in Albany in 2008, may be revived by the governor amid his battle with the mayor over who should pay for the MTA.

The MTA is regularly failing to meet its train schedule, leading to dozens of cancelled trains, according to analysis by The New York Times.

Cuomo’s budget director says upstate Thruway tolls will not be necessary to build and operate the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Lawyers for former state Senate leader Dean Skelos told a federal appeals court in Manhattan that the recent decision reversing the corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has strengthened Skelos’ case for same treatment.

The state Health Department will soon help offset the cost for individuals looking to buy medication that reverses opioid overdoses.

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President Donald Trump has held just one solo press conference since he took office 200 days ago. It’s a break from past presidents. Every one since Dwight Eisenhower held more solo press conferences than Trump by this point in their terms.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

The West Wing is undergoing renovation over the next couple weeks, while Trump vacations in Bedminster, N.J. On the list of repairs: the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as restoration of the South Portico’s steps and repairs to the Navy mess kitchen and the lower lobby.

Trump tweeted that he will visit New York City next week for “more meetings” during his 17-day vacation, marking his second visit to his hometown since becoming president.

For the first month since CNN’s Larry King owned cable news in October 2001, the most popular personality in prime-time doesn’t work for Fox News Channel. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is the new champ.

Republicans are stepping up their efforts to remove Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray from office. Under current law, Trump does not have the power to oust Cordray except for cause, although that provision itself is being challenged in courts.

The Trump administration is reportedly considering one of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s law partners – Geoffrey Berman – to replace Preet Bharara as U.S. Attorney in New York’s Southern District.

The name of Bharara’s forthcoming podcast, made in partnership with WNYC Studios, a subsidiary of New York Public Radio, is Stay Tuned With Preet, because of course it is.

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposed requirement for railroads and trucking companies to test employees for obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder believed to be a factor in last year’s fatal train crash at Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey.

Marc Lotter, Mike Pence’s press secretary, says the vice president found The New York Times’ 2020 GOP shadow campaign story “deeply offensive,” but also refused to rule out a possible White House run by his boss.

Kayleigh McEnany, who recently departed CNN as a contributor, will be the next spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.

Attorneys for the Trump administration and the developer of the Keystone XL pipeline are again pushing a federal court to dismiss an environmental challenge against the project.

Officials at a Department of Agriculture office told staffers to avoid the term “climate change” in their research and use language like “weather extremes” instead.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted 10-5 today to approve the Immigrant Protect Act, making it the first county in the state to pass such a law, which still faces a veto from the county executive, Rob Astorino.

Newsday calls for the Cuomo administration to shut down START-UP NY, noting more than half the companies on Long Island that initially joined the program have since dropped out.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has voted against more of Trump’s nominees than any other senator, casting recorded votes for only five of 53 of them, according to a new analysis today by Roll Call.

In what would be a blow to the Democratic attempts to win control of the state Senate, the head of the Suffolk County Dems has a deal that would allow the Republicans to keep a seat expected to soon become vacant, county insiders say.

Rep. John Faso will visit Israel with other members of Congress for a weeklong “fact-finding trip” of the region that will include meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, which was paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation.

A lawsuit filed by Protect the Adirondacks is nearing its conclusion after both sides submitted final paperwork in the suit that challenge’s the state’s ability to construct major snowmobile trails.

A Central New York Psychiatric Center employee claimed $2,286 in worker’s compensation for a back injury while kayaking on vacation in Puerto Rico, the state Inspector General’s Office announced.

Just a quarter of lawyers who have leadership roles in New York state and federal courtrooms are women, according to a new analysis by the New York State Bar Association.

A proposed development on five parcels at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, Long Island will not harm the environment, according to a state report released last month that represents the latest hurdle cleared for the roughly $30 million project.

Could this be New York’s next governor? She wears a gown while pumping her own gas.