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Apr 20th - 4:58 pm
Bill O’Reilly reportedly will receive “tens of millions” in severance from Fox News, though 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly’s representatives will not acknowledge the existence of a payout because a confidentiality agreement limits what the two sides can say.
..the payment, according to sources, is up to $25 million – the equivalent of one year of O’Reilly’s salary.
Fire Fox News host Andrea Tantaros charges two of her ex-colleagues conspired to smear her reputation by spreading a nasty internet story as payback for a threatened lawsuit.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reaction to O’Reilly’s departure from the airwaves: “I’m sure the station will adjust. and it was their decision — it couldn’t have been an easy one. My guess is the evidence was overwhelming for FOX to make that decision.”
White House officials, desperate to demonstrate progress on President Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, are pushing to resurrect a revamped version of a Republican health care bill before his 100th day in office next week.
Trump on healthcare: “The plan gets better and better and better, and it’s gotten really, really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot.”
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, already made waves by announcing he won’t be seeking re-election, but now ups the ante by suggesting he may not even serve out the entirety of his current two-year term.
Trump blasted the New York Times’ “big lie” for posting contrasting photos of the crowd size at his Patriots Super Bowl celebration at the White House versus the one held by then-President Obama in 2015. (The paper ended up adding a correction to its story).
Trump confidant Roger Stone had his Twitter account temporarily locked again this week after tweeting “I’m watching you and know what you’re up to. Better watch your ass” to Media Matters communications director Laura Allison Keiter.
A New York City firefighter died today after falling from the roof of an apartment building in Queens, a Fire Department official said.
The husband of the late Court of Appeals Judge Shelia Abdus-Salaam says he has no reason to believe she committed suicide, and speculation that she did is both “unwarranted and irresponsible.”
Trump’s frequent Mar-a-Lago visits may soon end, as the private club shuts down for the season in May.
A new Buffalo train station should be located downtown, a site selection committee concluded today. The vote was 11 in favor of downtown, 4 in favor of the Central Terminal, with one absention.
The New York State Board of Parole is appealing a judge’s decision that would have this month freed Laurie Kellogg, who was convicted of murdering her husband in 1992.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has for the first time acknowledged the contours of his unusual effort in representing Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader jailed in Manhattan on charges of conspiring to violate the American sanctions on Iran: In a newly unsealed court affidavit, he makes it clear that he is trying to turn a criminal case into a matter of international diplomacy.
The Biological Diversity Center is suing the Trump administration for repealing protections for wolves, bears and other predatory animals that live on Alaska’s national preserves.
Highlighting Women’s March activists Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour for Times “100 most influential people” edition, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says we are witnessing the rebirth of the women’s movement.
At the same time lawmakers raised the age, they gave people with criminal convictions, regardless of their age, a chance to seal their records from public view.
The knives are out in Hillary Clinton’s camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her “doomed presidential campaign.”
In New York’s prisons and jails, simple menstruation supplies like pads and tampons can become bargaining chips, used to maintain control by correction officers, or traded among incarcerated women, according to former inmates and advocates on the issue.
Rep. Claudia Tenney says she “can’t wait” to do in-person town halls, though the investigation into death threats against her appears to be ongoing.
Madison County could be the first upstate county to ban single-use plastic bags.
Nassau’s Democratic Committee this week launched the first of what it says will be numerous advertisements targeting Democratic county executive candidate George Maragos, who assails party leaders frequently.
Apr 20th - 3:54 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
In D.C., President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet this afternoon with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, and then will welcome Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy to the White House.
Trump and Gentiloni will have a bilateral meeting, followed by a press conference.
At 8:15 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visit to P.S. 516 for Pre-K for All Acceptance Day as New York City parents get their first round pre-K offers for the 2017-2018 school year, 4222 4th Avenue at 43rd Street, Brooklyn.
At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Rent Guidelines Board holds a public meeting, Landmarks Preservation Commission Conference Room, David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.
Also at 9:30 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney signs an official statement of support for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military, Headquarters Building, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh.
At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes an announcement, EmergenceTek, Brisbane Building, 403 Main St., Lafayette Square, Buffalo.
At 11 a.m., NYPIRG holds a news conference to release government information that details a vast array of leaking pipelines, polluted oil storage facilities and hundreds of contaminated gas stations that ExxonMobil or its corporate predecessors owned or operated in New York, state Capitol, 3rd Floor (outside Senate lobby), Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., students from CUNY hold rally and press conference to oppose Cuomo’s “backdoor tuition hike,” and will deliver petition signatures to the NYC Council Higher Education Committee demanding free and open CUNY for all, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 11:45 a.m., Hochul provides Hanover Chamber of Commerce members with highlights of the 2017-18 budget, The Colony Restaurant, 876 Main Rd., Irving. (Chautauqua County).
At noon, the #NoCuts Coalition, an alliance of dozens of grass-roots groups, civic organizations, faith leaders and labor unions rally against the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan.
At 12:15 p.m., the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council meets and Moynihan Station Development Corporation President Michael Evans presenting the second phase of the Moynihan Station, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council office, 25 Beaver St., Suite 201, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick, Committee on Economic Development chairman, will hold a hearing examining the economic impact of President Trump’s travel ban on New York City, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
Also at 1 p.m., the state PSC will meet, 19th floor Board Room, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany.
Also at 1 p.m., state Sen. Tony Avella and residents call on the city to transfer control of a vacant lot to the parks department so that a new park can be created, 39th Avenue and 234th Street, Queens.
At 1:30 p.m., Republican NYC mayoral candidate Paul Massey tours Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School and discusses education policy, 710 East 37th St., Brooklyn.
Also at 1:30 p.m., community groups announce legal action against the NYPD body cameras program, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., NYC Councilman Mark Treyger, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency Director Jainey Bavishi and others release report detailing effective strategies to increase neighborhood resiliency, Coney Island Cathedral, 2816 Mermaid Ave., Brooklyn.
At 6 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will speak about mental health at the Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture, an annual forum at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th St., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Parent Advisory Board meet for a workshop on “The College Admissions Process and How to Fund Your Child’s College Education,” Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Queens.
At 6:30 p.m., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries hosts a town hall meeting on the Trump presidency, Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St., Brooklyn.
At 7:30 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at the Hispanic Federation’s annual gala, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan.
At 8 p.m., Democratic Westchester County Legislature Majority Leader Catherine Borgia delivers a rebuttal to County Executive Rob Astorino’s address and outlines her caucus’ vision for Westchester. (Video and transcript to be provided).
If Congress does not strike the first truly bipartisan deal of his presidency by April 28, Trump will spend his 100th day explaining to the public why the government he’s charged with running has partially shut down.
The White House denied that Trump misled the public when he suggested that a massive U.S. aircraft carrier was being deployed toward the Korean Peninsula as part of an effort to deter North Korea from launching additional missiles.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to crack down on illegal immigrants and “use every tool” they have to go after violent criminals and drug traffickers. But he does not have a single U.S. attorney in place to lead this effort.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will back Trump in his effort to back American dairy farmers in a developing trade war with Canada – one of the first issues on which the New York Democrat has said he’ll work with the president in his first 100 days.
Authorities are investigating an alleged stalker who showed up at Malia Obama’s workplace in Manhattan on three separate days earlier this month with a sign proposing marriage.
Former VP Joe Biden took aim at Trump’s proposal to cut billions of dollars in federal funding for medical and environmental research, telling an audience of Stony Brook University alumni in Manhattan the cuts would put the nation “a generation behind” in developing lifesaving drugs and technology.
New England Patriots star Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski yesterday crashed White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily media briefing.
With its biggest star – Bill O’Reilly – departing in another blowup over sexual harassment, Fox News faces some big challenges. It now has to show that it can hang on to its loyal army of conservative viewers, improve its working culture, and still continue to make big bucks for its corporate parent.
In a statement, O’Reilly said it is “tremendously disheartening” to him that he was forced to depart Fox News after 20 years due to “completely unfounded claims.”
Former Erie County Democratic Chair Steve Pigeon is accused of illegally funding races for the County Legislature and a local town supervisor in 2013. Two longtime Pigeon associates, Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff, were arraigned on the same charges. All three pleaded not guilty.
A panel formed six months ago to determine the best site for a new Buffalo train station is expected to announce today that downtown – not Central Terminal – is its selection.
For the third time in as many months, protesters once again interrupted the monthly meeting of the Buffalo School Board, saying they will continue to disrupt proceedings until Carl Paladino is removed from his elected position for making racially charged comments.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and other WNY leaders pushed back against the proposed federal budget that would eliminate $3 million in local community development block grants and federal housing grants next year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to invest over $200 million to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in New York.
Cuomo said that businesses in his Start-Up NY tax-break program should continue reporting to the state on how many jobs they create and how much money they invest in their operations, despite the requirement being eliminated by the budget he recently signed into law.
Charlie King, a top Cuomo ally, used an offensive slur to refer to Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox in an ongoing war of words over the elevation of the governor’s former chief of staff, Melissa DeRosa, to the post of secretary to the governor.
Nearly a year after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to produce a “stunning” number of instances of donors who didn’t get what they wanted from the city, he walked back the promise and said he intends to provide only a few examples.
NYC wants to hike the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes in the five boroughs from $10.50 to $13 — a 24 percent increase. That includes the $4.35 state excise tax, the $1.50 city tax, the $1.01 federal excise tax and the sales tax. More here and here.
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants the city to investigate how prevalent the teaching of sex education is in the public schools.
Real estate developer Janno Lieber, who played a prominent role in rebuilding the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, will join the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to oversee its large infrastructure projects, officials said.
Apr 19th - 5:04 pm
Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News after the disclosure of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is moving into O’Reilly’s highly coveted 8 p.m. time slot in the wake of O’Reilly’s departure.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican best known for his handling of multiple investigations into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, announced he will not run for reelection when his current term concludes at the end of 2018.
Another book by a former Clinton advisor/staffer is in the works.
President Trump greeted the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House today, but the most prominent member of the team, and a “good friend” of Trump’s – Tom Brady – was not there, after bowing out early this morning due to “personal family matters.”
EPA Commissioner Scott Pruitt announced plans to roll back an Obama-era methane rule expected to cost oil and natural gas operators $320-$530 million a year.
Ann Coulter’s planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley next week has been called off for security concerns.
Unable to untangle his complex financial holdings to the satisfaction of the Office of Government Ethics, Cubs board member Todd Ricketts, tapped by Trump to be the Deputy Commerce Secretary, has withdrawn his nomination.
Top federal and state Democrats – including U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cuomo, AG Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli – are scheduled to be in Syracuse later this week to address a convention of the New York State Democratic Rural Conference.
New York City’s richest residents gained most in the recovery from the 2007 financial crisis, while the bottom half lost ground, according to a study by the Independent Budget Office.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio threw his support behind a series of initiatives to cut tobacco use, including raising the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes to $13 and taking steps to eventually reduce the number of stores that can sell tobacco products.
Republican real estate executive Paul Massey is running for mayor of NYC despite the fact that he has no history or background in politics. According to NY1, he does not have much of a record as a voter, either.
New York police detectives have discovered video showing state Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam walking alone toward the Hudson River in Manhattan the night before police found her body floating in the water.
Trump Tower continues to violate the terms of its decades-old agreement regarding public space in its lobby, according to a new audit completed by the office of the New York City comptroller, Scott Stringer.
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will travel to Spain this week to participate in the first World Forum on Urban Violence Education for Coexistence and Peace to discuss policies that could reduce violence and promote urban environments.
Manhattan Democratic Party chairman Keith Wright still owes $202,337.72 in the hole from his unsuccessful campaign to replace retired Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel last year, with cash owed to an array of consultants, staffers and contributors – including several GOP power players.
RIP Bishop David Ball, 90, who led the Episcopal Diocese of Albany for 14 years and was devoted to preserving the historic Cathedral of All Saints. He died yesterday afternoon in his room at the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence.
Apr 19th - 4:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Suffolk County and New York City.
This morning, President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and then sign S. 544 – the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.
In the afternoon, Trump will greet the Super Bowl Champions – The New England Patriots – in the Oval Office, and then later meet with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.
At approximately 6:50 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on CNN’s “New Day.”
At 8 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development host a conference on “Options for community-friendly real estate development,” Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall St., Manhattan.
At 8:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul discusses highlights of the 2017-18 budget at the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston.
At 8:45 a.m., RuthAnne Visnauskas, acting commissioner of NYS Homes and Community Renewal, delivers a regional budget briefing, Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce, 335 Adams St., Suite 2700, Brooklyn.
At 9 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko keynotes the first day of the New York Geothermal Energy Organization 2017 conference, Radisson Hotel, 205 Wolf Road, Albany.
Also at 9 a.m., NYC Councilman I. Daneek Miller, labor groups and advocates speak out against President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Department of Labor, as well as his executive orders regarding workplace safety regulations, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz celebrates National Community Development Week by visiting sites funded by Community Development Block Grants, which are facing elimination in the proposed federal budget, 100 Dona St., Lackawanna.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., nurses and healthcare workers from Fresenius Dialysis, the largest dialysis provider in the U.S., will hold an informational picket and strike vote at various locations in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
At 11:30 a.m., Poloncarz celebrates National Community Development Week by visiting sites funded by Community Development Block Grants funds, Town of Clarence Senior Center, 4600 Thompson Road, Clarence.
At noon, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, state Sen. Marisol Alcantara and others announce uptown street closure programming for Car Free Day, 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., Hochul provides Asian-American nonprofit leaders with highlights of the new state budget, 633 3rd Ave., 38th Floor, Press Room, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, THRIVE Long Island Recovery Center, 1324 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, Long Island.
Also at 1 p.m., de Blasio makes an announcement, American Heart Association, 122 East 42nd St., 18th Floor, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., Hochul discusses highlights of the new state budget with members of the Caribbean American Chamber Commerce & industry, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Main Conference Room, Building 292, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn.
At 4 p.m., Fordham faculty members hold a “die-in” to protest proposed cuts to their health care benefits., Fordham Lincoln Cnter, 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, Manhattan.
Also at 4 p.m., Columbia Law School hosts a discussion with Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on national security and privacy issues, 435 W. 116th St., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends a meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway, Queens.
Also at 6 p.m., the New York Women’s Foundation hosts “In Focus, Where Women Stand: The First 100 Days of the New Administration” panel featuring New York Law School’s Deborah Archer and others, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Yvette Clarke hosts a town hall on immigration, health care and gun violence, New Life Tabernacle, 4905 Avenue D, Brooklyn.
At 6:30 p.m., the Bronx Charter School for the Arts honors Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. for his commitment to the Bronx at the eighth annual Art Auction, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., Rep. Tom Suozzi holds a “Heard in the Third” town hall, Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Queens.
Also at 7 p.m., Assemblyman David Buchwald is a panelist on a League of Women Voters of Westchester forum about voting issues and reform, Church St. School, 295 Church St., White Plains.
Republicans were served another reminder of President Donald Trump’s unpopularity as Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly captured a House seat in a region that for decades has been a conservative stronghold, though he fell just short of the percent needed to avoid a runoff.
President Trump, hammering his “America First” campaign theme, signed an order that he said would favor American companies for federal contracts and reform the visa program for foreign technical workers.
President George H.W. Bush is back in the hospital with another “mild case” of pneumonia. Bush, 92, is being treated at Methodist Hospital but is doing fine, his spokesman said.
America is facing its “highest terror threat in years,” causing the FBI to launch investigations in all 50 states, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican who has been one of Trump’s most outspoken backers, expressed frustration about the new president’s slow progress in appointing people to federal judgeships and jobs – including those in Western New York.
The Trump administration is struggling to fill a top mental-health post, a job created last year to coordinate the efforts of far-flung federal agencies.
Trump added his comments to an ongoing dispute over milk exports to Canada that could imperil New York dairy farmers, then said he’d get rid of the trade agreement at the center of the two countries’ spat.
Hillary Clinton said that the 2016 presidential election was her “last race” after it became apparent she lost, a new book reveals.
The book also shows how the Clinton campaign was dogged by power struggles and overly optimistic expectations as she headed to her surprise defeat to Trump.
Trump raised $107 million for his Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony, more than doubling the previously record-holding $53 million President Barack Obama raised for his 2009 inauguration, according to Federal Election Commission records made public yesterday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s contract with HarperCollins for his 2014 memoir “All Things Possible” netted him $218,100 last year, according to his 2016 tax returns, bringing his total earnings from the book to $783,100.
The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company NPD BookScan. That works out to royalty payments to Cuomo of $245 per book.
Cuomo, whose salary as governor is $179,000, paid a total of $141,301 in taxes, or 33.7 percent. He donated $20,000 to HELP USA, a nonprofit he founded decades ago to aid the homeless.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife released their tax returns reflecting adjusted income of about $221,000. The bulk of that came from de Blasio’s gross municipal salary of $225,000. The NYC Council raised mayoral pay to $258,750 last year, but the mayor declined the increase until after this year’s election.
Two of de Blasio’s potential Republican challengers declined to release their taxes this week, for different reasons. Paul Massey Jr., a millionaire ex-real estate sales executive, filed an extension; Bo Dietl, a former NYPD detective who has tangled with the IRS, said he’ll go public only if he’s the GOP nominee.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island Republican, says she’s weighing a run for mayor. “I am considering it,” she said in a telephone interview with the Daily News. “It’s obviously a lot to consider, and so we’ll see.”
Apr 18th - 5:18 pm
Despite repeatedly promising to eventually release his tax returns, President Trump kept the documents under wraps as millions of procrastinating Americans rushed to get theirs filed by today’s deadline.
Long-anticipated election law complaints against Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon and two others are expected to be lodged tomorrow in state Supreme Court.
Rep. Elise Stefanik received $41,500 in campaign contributions from defense contractors in the first FEC quarter – a huge increase from usual, thanks to her new prominent role as chairwoman of the House Defense Committee subcommittee that oversees counterterrorism programs and initiatives.
Republican members of Congress from upstate are finding that life in the majority is filled with new political perils that may leave some feeling vulnerable from every direction.
He mocks the president nearly every week on “Saturday Night Live,” but actor Alec Baldwin says a part of him pities Trump.
Ivanka Trump has tried to distance herself from the brand that bears her name, but she has had considerable difficulty separating business from politics in her new position at the White House.
With only six days remaining in Bill O’Reilly’s vacation, the pressure on the Murdoch family to decide the embattled commentator’s fate is intensifying, and they may be leaning toward giving him the boot.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio released his tax returns, and took a swipe at President Trump while he was at it, tweeting: “See, President Trump? It’s not that hard.”
Chelsea Clinton is an honoree for Variety’s “Power of Women New York.” (Not everyone is happy about that).
Hillary Clinton campaign staffers botched the planning of a crucial interview, leading to a brutal grilling from CNN anchor Brianna Keilar, according to a new book on her failed presidential bid.
Etan Patz’s father said he would “never forgive” the former bodega clerk convicted of murdering his 6-year-old nearly three decades ago, as the killer was sentenced to the maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, released her 2016 return, revealing she earned 16 times more than her husband.
The Frozen Four will return to Buffalo in 2019, and the NCAA basketball tournament is coming back in 2022.
Instead of the utilitarian spans reminiscent of Soviet-style bleakness, transportation planners are now summoning Buffalo’s rich architectural and historical heritage as they erect a series of new bridges across major highways.
State Budget Director Bob Mujica defends the governor’s new SUNY and CUNY tuition program in a NYT letter to the editor.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino touted a $5 million budget surplus for the town as a challenger for his job questioned his role as a former councilman in the deficits that preceded it.
The Hempstead Village board of trustees approved two contracts and filled two jobs without seeking bids for the contracts or other candidates for the positions.
Ride-booking apps like Uber and Lyft won’t arrive in Upstate New York until July at the earliest, but both apps are taking applications for those who want to drive for them.
The CBC explains why it’s time to rethink HCRA taxes.
The governors of Wisconsin (Scott Walker) and New York (Cuomo) are urging Trump to address what they are calling Canada’s “blatant violation of international trade agreements” hurting dairy farmers in the two states.
Apr 18th - 4:06 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Ditto, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
At 8 a.m., New York Nonprofit Media hosts the 2017 Front-Line Heroes breakfast awards ceremony, 121 Fulton St., Manhattan.
Also at 8 a.m., former President Bill Clinton keynotes “Recommit to Kids: The Summit for America’s Future,” hosted by America’s Promise Alliance, New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers opening remarks at the first ever industrial hemp summit to promote jobs and opportunities in NYS agriculture, Cornell University, Biotechnology Building, 526 Campus Rd., Ithaca.
At 10 a.m., Cuomo’s Chief Diversity Officer Rose Rodriguez delivers a regional budget briefing, Adelante of Suffolk County, 10 3rd Ave., Brentwood, Long Island.
At 11 a.m., NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Councilman Corey Johnson and others break ground on Spring Street Park in Hudson Square, Spring Street and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Democrat Vanessa A. Glushefski, CPA, Esq. announces her candidacy for Erie County comptroller, in front of the fountain outside the Edward A. Rath county office budiling, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.
At 11:30 a.m., elected officials will join 2,000 unionized Bloomingdale’s workers at the shopping giant’s global flagship store as they rally for a “fair contract,” between E. 59th and 60th streets, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Sens. Jeff Klein, Jesse Hamilton, Jose Peralta, Tony Avella, Diane Savino, Marisol Alcantara, joined by Akeem Browder and criminal justice advocates, will call on NYC to plan to remove juveniles from Rikers Island within a year as required by recently passed Raise the Age legislation, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., acting president of the Higher Education Services Corp. Guillermo Linares delivers a regional budget briefing, Ibero American Action League, Inc., 817 E Main St., Rochester.
Also at 2 p.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Monroe Community Hospital Executive Health Director Gene Larrabee will unveil the newly acquired AccuVein vein viewing system, Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester.
At 6 p.m., activists stage a protest and civil disobedience in front of Goldman Sachs to “demand it pays back the billions of dollars it owes in taxes,” 200 West St., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, state Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides co-host an immigration town hall, P.S. 234, 30-15 29th St., Queens.
Also at 6 p.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Westchester Republican County Chairman Douglas Colety host the Westchester GOP Annual Chairman’s Dinner with National Republican Congressional Committee Executive Director John Rogers, Westchester Manor, 140 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson.
At 7 p.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer holds a Flatbush town hall meeting, Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 7 p.m., Long Island Clean Air Water and Soil, alongside the Long Island Progressive Coalition, presents an environmental protection and home energy efficiency meeting, Merrick Golf Course, Clubhouse, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick.
President Trump’s promise to enact a sweeping overhaul of the tax code is in serious jeopardy nearly 100 days into his tenure, and his refusal to release his own tax returns is emerging as a central hurdle to another faltering campaign promise.
Trump is set today to sign a dual-track executive order that officials said would help fulfill his “Buy American, Hire American” pledge by revamping government procurement and visa programs.
A new poll from Gallup finds that a majority of Americans no longer view Trump as keeping his promises, with poll numbers on that question falling from 62 percent in February to 45 percent in early April, a stunning 17 percentage-point tumble.
As it became clear that Trump would become the next leader of the free world, Hillary Clinton called President Obama — and apologized, according to the book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” which is set to be released today.
Eric Trump thinks his father’s golfing habits are great for international relations, and his frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago are similar to the ones that former President George W. Bush took to his ranch in Crawford, Texas during his White House tenure.
A restaurant workers association and a Washington, D.C.-based event booker are joining a lawsuit alleging that Trump should be up for impeachment because his hotels and restaurants are doing business with foreign government officials.
A special election being held today to fill a Georgia House seat has drawn staggering sums of money, a barrage of advertisements and the intervention of the president as Democrats attempt to win a seat that Republicans have held since 1979.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a new top aide, naming his already-close advisor, Melissa DeRosa, as secretary to the governor.
The administration said DeRosa is the first woman to hold the post, and she will be replacing Bill Mulrow, who is returning to the private sector and will chair the governor’s 2018 re-election campaign.
At 34, DeRosa is also the youngest person ever to hold the position of the governor’s top aide. Her elevation resurrects a thicket of questions about her familial ties to industries with business before the state government.
Officials in New York City moved to require tipping as an option for ride-hailing services, in a fresh regulatory setback for Uber Technologies Inc.
The state Legislature won’t let Cuomo change the name of his much-maligned Start-Up NY economic-development program, which critics have lambasted as an embarrassing failure.
A major Alabama investment group and some of its top executives have agreed to pay New York State $40 million in the largest-ever state settlement of a tax claims case initially brought by a private individual acting as a whistleblower, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded there’s a possibility the city’s plans for self-funding his vision of the BQX trolley may not pan out, after a memo laid out a brutal assessment of the construction and financial challenges facing the flashy project.
Apr 17th - 4:59 pm
President Trump blew the whistle to kick off his first – and scaled back – White House Easter Egg Roll, praising the strength of the United States and the competitive spirit of the children participating, as his staff worked to carry off a 139-year-old tradition that has faced scheduling and organizational challenges.
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested that Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party leaders should condemn violence at protests against Trump.
America Rising PAC, a conservative group that hounded Clinton following the release of her book “Hard Choices” in 2014, is about to do the same to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Trump reportedly plans to nominate Randal Quarles, a senior Treasury official in the Bush administration, to be the Federal Reserve’s top banking regulator.
Southern Tier Republican Rep. Tom Reed, who faced overflowing crowds of protesters at town hall meetings. managed to raise a record amount of money after the protests gained national attention.
Rep. John Faso, a freshman Republican in the Capital Region, has more than $269,000 in cash on hand in his campaign account after the first quarter of 2017, his filings with the FEC show.
The process for filling the vacancy on New York’s highest court got underway today following the surprise death last week of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.
The state has fined Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield $1 million for wrongly denying 1,000 claims for birth control coverage. An investigation by the state Department of Financial Services found the insurer denied the claims between 2008 and 2013 because of coding errors.
North Country Public Radio fact checks the governor’s economic development claims regarding that region and finds some errors.
New York City GOP mayoral candidate Paul Massey Jr. is unveiling an education plan that would champion school choice and bring back some Bloomberg-era policies, including reinstating A to F report cards to grade public schools.
The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission announced a proposal requiring car services that accept only credit cards – like Uber – to allow passengers to tip the driver using their card.
Former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston was arrested today and charged with three counts of official misconduct connected to her use of a Town of Conklin credit card while she served as the town’s supervisor, and carried over to her time as county executive.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will deliver his annual State of the County message May 17, and for the first time will move the event to a larger setting, Suffolk Community College’s Van Nostrand Theatre in Brentwood.
More than 15,000 tickets were issued during a five-day period to crack down on distracted driving, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
The Nassau County Democratic Party are using Trump to raise campaign cash for teacher Christine Pellegrino, who is running for a vacant state Assembly seat that Republicans have held for more than 20 years.
Transportation Security Administration officers say a gun was recovered in a Southwest Airlines co-pilot’s carry-on bag this morning at Albany International Airport.
With a 20 percent approval rating that secures his place among the most unliked governors in New Jersey history, the final nine months of outgoing NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, which began in 2010, reflect a governor in a dimming twilight.
…nevertheless, Christie is enjoying significant influence in D.C., spearheading a new national anti-addiction effort, talking to the president several times per week, and recently spending much of two days in the Oval Office advising Trump.
Tucked into the new state budget are reforms that court officials have championed for years to reduce two causes of wrongful convictions—false confessions and mistaken identifications.
RIP Jim Fitzgerald, a longtime Associated Press writer and editor in New York who helped shape the news service’s coverage of stories from terror attacks to the evolving landscape of aging. He died today at the age of 66.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” actor Vincent D’Onofrio was seen Friday at the Ole Savannah Restaurant in Kingston.
Apr 17th - 3:45 am
Happy Dyngus Day, Western New York!
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The White House Easter Egg Roll is this morning on the South Lawn. President Donald Trump and First Last Melania Trump will be attending, and also hosting a pre-event breakfast in the Blue Room.
In the afternoon, Trump is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
At 8 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams kicks off the third annual Bike to Work ride to mark Earth Week, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the opening of the Lake Shore Behavioral Health Self Recovery Center, 69 Linwood Ave., Buffalo.
Also at 10 a.m., members of the WNY state legislative delegation and local organizations will discuss the details of $2.5 billion for clean water infrastructure projects, which was included in the 2017-2018 budget, Canalside Boardwalk, 44 Prime St., Buffalo.
At 10:25 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will ride the first NYC Ferry to Pier 1 in Brooklyn to host a formal dedication ceremony and deliver remarks, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
At 12:30 p.m., plans for a new train station by the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture will be presented, One Seneca Tower Auditorium, Main and Seneca streets, Buffalo.
At 12:35 p.m., Hochul joins the City of Lackawanna to celebrate the World’s Shortest Dyngus Day Parade, 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna.
At 7:15 p.m., a pre-taped “Monday with the Mayor” segment airs on NY1’s “Road to City Hall” with de Blasio.
Vice President Mike Pence visited the Korean demilitarized zone a day after the embarrassing failure of a North Korean missile test which the US and South Korea said exploded on launch.
Pence called the latest missile test a “provocation” and pledged the Trump Administration’s commitment to freedom prevailing in the region “has never been stronger.”
Trump and his aides have made it clear that the United States will no longer tolerate the incremental advances that have moved North Korea’s Kim Jong-un so close to his nuclear goals.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said marijuana is not “a factor in the drug war,” citing addictive drugs as the key border focus for fighting illegal drugs in the U.S.
Trump’s revived enthusiasm for tackling health-care legislation before tax policy has highlighted the complicated interplay between Republicans’ health-care overhaul and their planned tax bill.
Two New Yorkers – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – made this list of potential Democratic Trump opponents in 2020.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Congress should take a “hard look” at the airline industry following the debacle of David Dao, who was physically dragged off a United Airlines flight last week after the company overbooked his flight.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has hired the digital consulting firm of Bernie Sanders as he seeks to up his profile among progressives with lawsuits challenging the Trump administration.
Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman is pushing for a hearing on the stalled Child Victims Act.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is introducing legislation that would require the state Department of Health to bolster funding for Planned Parenthood amid federal government cuts.
Ex-Sen. George Maziarz, facing corruption charges, is no longer a lobbyist, but continues to represent the Senate on an obscure state board.
Gov. Cuomo says he has no issue with the famed charging bull statue on Wall Street, a day after Mayor de Blasio knocked it.
United Airlines, which is reviewing its policies after Dao’s violent removal from one of its planes, says it will no longer allow employees to take the place of civilian passengers who have already boarded overbooked flights.
Actors Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy (“the Spice”), Alec Baldwin (“the Trump”) and a 42-year-old TV franchise were all part of TV history this weekend when “Saturday Night Live” finally and fully embraced that “live” mandate.
K.T. McFarland, the former Fox News talking head who is now the Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House, acknowledged she might be leaving her post.
A pilot program for NYPD officers to begin wearing body cameras this month cleared a major hurdle when it was approved last week by the federal monitor overseeing changes to the department’s stop-and-frisk program. But the effort could be stalled by legal challenges from civil liberties lawyers and police labor unions.
Two of the three former University at Albany students accused of fabricating a racially charged attack on a CDTA bus last year are scheduled to stand trial today.
Roughly one out of every 20 water taps in NYC elementary schools has tested positive for elevated lead levels, a NY Post analysis of Department of Education data has found.
NYC officials plan to expand an experimental sterilization program that works like birth control for rats at housing projects in all boroughs as early as next year.
Cuomo and Albany lawmakers quietly added a controversial provision to the $151 billion state budget that allows taxpayer money to pay for fertility services for poor women.
New York will use $1 million set aside in the new state budget to establish a hate crimes task force.
The brutal killings this week of four young men in this Long Island community resemble other homicides over the past year that police say were carried out by MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the U.S.
Waiting to gather their food from a Wyoming County nonprofit that might have to shut down if the president’s proposed spending plan becomes law, seven out of 10 people interviewed last week said Trump was still their man – no matter what his budget says.
The Buffalo News: “It took far too long, given the undisputed, crying need, but tucked away in the New York State budget are some powerful criminal justice reforms aimed at preventing the compound tragedies of wrongful conviction. That makes this an especially significant budget.”
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Democrat who represents Westchester County, has introduced a bill that essentially mirrors a 2016 Connecticut law requiring hotels to become more engaged in fighting sex trafficking by training employees to spot victims and common trafficking activity.
This year’s version of a concealed-carry reciprocity measure has 187 congressional co-sponsors including Reps. John Faso and Elise Stefanik. It would “give law-abiding gun owners continuity and certainty while traveling,” said Stefanik spokesman Tom Flanagin.
Top issues for state lawmakers to tackle when they return to Albany from their two-week spring break include NYC mayor’s control, ethics reform and changes to the election laws.
New documents provide an inside look at how seriously the American hotel industry is taking Airbnb as a threat — and the extent to which it is prepared to take action against it.
Kevin Pickhardt, CEO of Rochester-based Pharos Systems International, calls on state lawmakers to roll back their ban on stop-loss, so that self-insurance can remain a choice for employers.
Police say false reports of gunshots being fired at Coney Island’s amusement park set off a stampede, with screaming crowds racing in all directions.
Girl Scout Troop 6000 is the first in New York City designated solely for homeless girls. All of the members live at the Sleep Inn in Queens, where the city has taken over all 10 floors to accommodate about 100 homeless families.
NYC taxpayers shelled out a record $648,000 to house the homeless in hotels for just one night last year, according to an alarming new report obtained by The NY Post.
An offshore wind farm at the center of a LIPA plan to address spiking electric demand on the South Fork will produce excess energy when it’s needed least, and fall short of a sharply expanding summer peak load, a recent analysis found.
The ability of prison workers to slip tools to inmates in frozen meat that led to a breakout two years ago may be the impetus for a new policy at New York prisons: only clear plastic bags allowed.
Nearly half of NYC teens — 45.6 percent — spend at least three hours a day playing their computer or video games, according to the 2015 biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control. And more are just saying no to sex, booze and tobacco.
The internet is mocking Donald Trump Jr., who posted a photo of himself Saturday sporting a green t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Very Fake News.”
Apr 16th - 6:48 pm
Pope Francis on Saturday denounced how migrants, the poor and marginalized see their “human dignity crucified” every day through injustice and corruption, and urged the faithful in an Easter Vigil message to keep hope alive for a better future.
President Trump’s private resort in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, hosted an Easter brunch and egg hunt today that was closed to the press, according to the White House pool report.
FEC records show the Trump Victory, Donald J. Trump for President and Trump Make America Great Again Committees raised more than $13 million in the first quarter of 2017 to support the president’s reelection campaign.
The DNC announced that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had turned over its email list, giving the party a major boost as it rebuilds under a new chair and prepares for the midterm elections next year and the 2020 presidential race
Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who in many cases are helping to craft new policies for the same industries in which they recently earned a paycheck.
More openly than any president before him, Trump is running his West Wing like a family business, and as he has soured on Steve Bannon, his combative chief strategist, he has turned to his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Ivanka Trump is being advised by a New York political consultant, Risa Heller, a Democrat who worked for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, among others.
A Turkish prosecutor is investigating 17 Americans, including Schumer and former US Attorney Preet Bharara, for alleged ties to a Poconos cleric blamed for unrest in Turkey.
First Lady Melania Trump and her 11-year-old son, Barron, will take up residence in the White House once the school year is over for the president’s youngest son here in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s basically done dealing with the Legislature this year now that the state budget has been approved, and will instead focus his time in the remaining months of the legislative session on building things.
Students are weighing the residency requirement of the new SUNY and CUNY tuition-free program, which was not in the governor’s initial proposal and was a late add during the budget negotiations.
The New York Times editorial board says Cuomo didn’t think through his Excelsior Scholarship Program, noting questions about how it will work and its impact on students and private colleges are mounting. “(T)his is one program for one slice of the middle class.”
Cuomo said Saturday the commotion caused by the use of a stun gun in Penn Station is further proof that first responders need to be trained in dealing with a panicked public.
Karen Hinton, de Blasio’s former press secretary, who was recently placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a serious head injury, as of Saturday was coming out of sedation but hadn’t yet regained full consciousness.
Former state Sen. Greg Ball was the subject of a March 2016 police incident report in which a Texas woman accused him of banging her head against a gatepost before attempting to force her to perform oral sex on him.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has voted against every one of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, decried his bid to eliminate federal arts funding and attacked his overall agenda — and has had her best fundraising quarter ever: $4.4 million.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill earned some social media kudos for throwing some shade at Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
NYC mayoral candidate Bo Dietl has habitually failed to pay his New York taxes, and the state is chasing him for nearly a half-million dollars.
Rep. Claudia Tenney toured refugee camps and met with leaders of three countries to discuss the fight against the Islamic State during a congressional delegation tour this week of the Middle East.
The Erie County Forensic Lab stands on the front lines of a lethal and ever-changing landscape in the state’s opioid epidemic. It identifies the newest drugs hitting the streets, and has contributed to three drugs being added to the federal government’s list of illegal substances.
Cuomo attended the New York Auto Show and encouraged people to take advantage of rebates the state offers if they purhcase an electric car.
Improving the on-time performance of trains should be a greater concern than where a new Buffalo train station is located, according to a tourism leader.
A pair of state lawmakers recently introduced bills that would let oenophiles purchase wine from out-of-state retailers, something they can’t currently do.
Cayuga County has accused a former prosecutor of acting unethically and making malicious, false accusations against the man who fired him.
The calf weighs in at 129 pounds (58.5 kilograms) and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall (1.75 meters).
Apr 13th - 6:34 pm
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The U.S. dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the largest conventional bomb in the American arsenal — on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan today, the Pentagon said, unleashing a munition so massive that it had to be dropped from the rear of a cargo plane.
Trump signed legislation aimed at cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions, a move cheered by conservatives who have clamored to impose curbs on reproductive rights.
Florida health inspectors found more than a dozen violations at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago during a Jan. 26 check of the Palm Beach, Florida estate.
Police officials believe Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam committed suicide, though an investigation into her sudden death is continuing.
The state Appellate Division’s Third Department has upheld a lower court ruling denying an East Rochester man’s request that the state annul the de facto ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are petitioning the FDA to ban a chemical that’s likely to cause cancer from consumer and kid’s products like shampoo, shower gels and lotions.
In a surprise appearance at Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s town hall in Washington Heights last night, Schumer vowed to battle Trump’s plans to ramp up security along the southern border and to aggressively prosecute those who enter the country without authorization – moves the senator asserted would break apart families.
Sen. John DeFrancisco says a task force on improving the state fair didn’t include a $15 million gondola among its recommendations to the governor, though that’s now being planned.
Rep. Claudia Tenney, who ended her first successful campaign for Congress with $252,000 in debt, has started the new year by raising $275,000, her campaign said today.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said in a recent interview that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be doing “visible charitable work” during her time off the public stage.
Clinton aide Huma Abedin is reportedly seeking $2 million for a book about her failed marriage to former Rep. Anthony Weiner and her role in the 2016 campaign.
A sculptor is suing Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan for moving his bronze re-creation of a huge sycamore tree that once stood in the churchyard.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren opted not to run for president in 2016 in part because her husband warned her the race would be far more grueling than her 2012 Senate bid, she writes in a book scheduled for release Tuesday.
Demonstrators protesting immigration policy outside Trump Tower were arrested.
The Hempstead Town Board will hold a public hearing on April 25 to hear residents’ thoughts on raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 in the town. If the change is approved, the town could become the second in Nassau County to take this action.
After he was victorious in keeping his position of village justice in Lake Placid – a position that voters recently chose not to dissolve – William Hulshoff is asking for a major raise.