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Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump this morning will attend and speak at the 2017 Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

In the afternoon, the president will deliver remarks on the Iran Strategy, and then later, together with First Lady Melania Trump, will visit the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley training facility.

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to New York City to deliver remarks at The Seminar Network’s Policy and Political Strategy Planning Retreat (at 1:45 p.m.), returning to D.C. this evening.

At 8:15 a.m., New York Law School’s CityLaw Breakfast Series continues with New York City First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris, New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli holds a press conference to discuss the Dignity for All Students Act and how well schools are doing in enforcing the act, OUT Alliance, 100 College Ave., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board meets, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Battery Park Police Memorial Wall ceremony, 385 South End Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer launches an effort to push the House of Representatives to quickly pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017, Old Grist Mill Restaurant, 69 Hamilton Rd., Burlingham.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblyman Frank Skartados on a tour of the former Beacon Correctional Facility , 50 Camp Beacon Rd., Beacon.

At noon, the National Organization of Women’s New York Chapter rallies outside of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office in response to his failure to prosecute Harvey Weinstein for sexually assaulting a young model in 2015, 100 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, prominent leaders of Westchester’s African-American community are joining together to endorse County Executive Rob Astorino for re-election, Friendship Worship Center, 261 E. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon.

At 1 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul honors the legacy of New York Suffragists at Carrying the Torch: Girl Scouts Convention, Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls.

Also at 1 p.m., Schumer, joined by patients, doctors, and administrators at Nathan Littauer Hospital calls for the immediate renewal of two Medicare payment programs critical to the health of rural hospitals across the Capital Region, Nathan Littauer Hospital, 99 E. State St., Gloversville.

At 2:20 p.m., de Blasio will appear live on “Keepin’ It Real with Reverend Al Sharpton” on SiriusXM Urban View Channel 126.

At 2:30 p.m., Schumer visits Niagara Engine Co. 6 to present a flag, which was flown of the U.S. Capitol, to the entire fire company as they prepare to open their new firehouse on Saturday, 114 Fort Rd., Schoharie.

At 6:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is honored at Lincoln Hospital’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 E. 149th St., the Bronx.

Headlines…

President Donald Trump plans today to deliver a broad and harsh critique of Iran in a speech declaring that the landmark Iran nuclear deal is not in America’s national security interests.

Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people – a decision disclosed hours after he ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.

Attorneys general from California and New York say they are prepared to sue the Trump administration to protect health-care subsides that the White House said would be cut off.

New York Democrats and health-care advocates said Trump’s policy provisions would undermine the delicate financial balance undergiurding health insurance — younger, healthier insurance policyholders and older, sicker ones paying into the same risk pool to keep costs at reasonable levels.

Trump will extend a March 5 deadline to end protections for young undocumented immigrants if Congress fails to act by then, according to a Republican senator who spoke directly with the president about the issue.

If the DACA deal-making in D.C. drags on too long, it could be disrupted by a different force: a federal judge in Brooklyn who has sternly warned that should policy makers prove unable to repair the program, he might have to do it.

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff made an unusual appearance from the briefing room podium yesterday, addressing head on rumors about his future in the West Wing. (He said that as of yesterday, he’s not going anywhere or being fired).

Kelly said the president is frustrated by both the media and Congress.

CNN anchor Erin Burnett labeled Trump the “hypocrite-in-chief” after he signed his 50th executive order in office – something he he harshly criticized former President Obama for doing.

House Speaker Paul Ryan went on the offensive against high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, even though disgruntled GOP lawmakers from those states need to be brought on board to support the $6 trillion tax overhaul.

The choice of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as the lead speaker at the women’s convention in Detroit has sparked criticism from commentators, who suggested that a woman should have opened the event.

Former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is in talks with Columbia University to take on a formal role at the Ivy League — and potentially house her archives there, multiple sources told the Daily News.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday he will give away all contributions Harvey Weinstein made to his political campaigns, hours after defending his decision to donate less than half.

In a statement, Cuomo’s campaign signaled it would donate more than $111,000 to unnamed women’s organizations, reversing its previous decision to give away only $50,000, the amount the disgraced film mogul gave to the governor’s 2018 campaign.

Basil A. Smikle Jr., the executive director of the state Democratic Party, who issued the statement on behalf of the governor’s campaign, said such a move was necessary to “dispense with the Republican ploys and focus on the real issues.”

“My message to everyone with current accounts with money from Harvey Weinstein is: Give that money back. Give it to charity. Get the hell away from it,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “No one in their right mind should be keeping money from Harvey Weinstein.”

The lawyer who helped Weinstein avoid charges for admittedly groping a model in 2015 has donated $26,550 in campaign cash to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. — including $2,100 after Vance let Weinstein off the hook.

The National Organization for Women of New York will hold a demonstration today outside Manhattan Criminal Court at noon to protest the DA’s decision not to bring charges against the film titan.

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President Trump signed an executive order that clears the way for potentially sweeping changes in health insurance, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers than those mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

White House chief of staff John Kelly insists he’s not leaving his position, despite recent reports claiming he’s at odds with Trump.

Trump suggested that Puerto Rico is going to have to shoulder more responsibility for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, saying the federal government’s emergency responders can’t stay there “forever.”

Actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended because one of her tweets regarding the Harvey Weinstein scandal included a private phone number, according to the social-media company.

Without mentioning the governor by name, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio demanded his fellow Democrats purge their coffers of contributions from Weinstein, saying anyone who keeps his cash is “not in their right mind.”

But, like Cuomo, de Blasio also said he can’t give back any cash he received from Weinstein – in his case, a $500 contribution made in 2001 during his successful run for the NYC Council – that has already been spent.

The NYPD has launched an investigation to find out whether there are additional sexual harassment or assault accusations against Weinstein.

“Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van Der Beek revealed on Twitter that he’d been groped by an older male executive in a position of power in the past.

About 1,000 state agency computers were frozen for two days this week due to a glitch in a security patch that Microsoft sent on Tuesday night, with the “blue screen of death” displaying on the state Department of Health and other agencies’ computers since Wednesday morning.

Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter. A CNN investigation of a Russian-linked account shows its tentacles extended to YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go.

The Department of Justice sternly warned a group of major cities – including New York – that they remain in violation of federal law by adopting so-called “sanctuary city” policies that shield undocumented immigrants from being reported to the feds.

Long Island can “own the space” in biomedical technology if it succeeds in commercializing the region’s research, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today at a groundbreaking for the $75 million Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Center for Therapeutics Research.

After Steve Bannon appeared on Fox News on Monday to declare war on Republican Senate incumbents and call for Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker to resign, he received a text from an unlikely fan: Jared Kushner.

NYSUT and its largest local affiliate, the UF, today sued to block the SUNY Charter Schools Committee from implementing illegal regulations that undermine the teaching profession by allowing unqualified teachers to work in SUNY-authorized charter schools.

Nicholas Wan, a 27-year-old Binghamton man promising “America’s most radical congressional campaign,” has launched an unconventional bid to challenge conservative Rep. Claudia Tenney in a Republican primary.

The car used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his time as New York governor got its turn in the reality television spotlight last month, featured in the Sept. 5 episode of Chasing Classic Cars, though few state-government watchers seemed to notice.

Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning announced she will seek the Democratic nomination to run against Rep. Lee Zeldin next year.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick: “Financial adversity and scarcity and austerity, and being shocked into a global awareness, means that our generation is primed and prepared for greatness.”

New York is a top-10 contender for Amazon’s much-sought-after second headquarters but faces stiff competition, according to a just-released analysis from Moody’s Analytics.

At a meeting of a plastic bag task force created by the governor, representatives of various groups seemed to agree that they would by year end recommend some sort of control on the bags which can be seen littering roadsides across the state.

Former Syracuse Chiefs general manager John Simone has made his views known about the planned deal to sell the franchise to the New York Mets, accusing Chiefs president Bill Dutch of cashing out on the team and being a sellout.

Putnam town supervisors have turned on County Executive MaryEllen Odell, claiming she snubbed them this summer over a shared-services plan to save tax dollars.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Suffolk County and New York City.

President Donald Trump will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence as he signs an Executive Order to promote healthcare choice and competition.

Later in the day, Pence attends Trump’s announcement of the Secretary of Homeland Security nominee.

At 9 a.m., a bi-partisan coalition of community leaders and residents call for a complete review of environmental hazards in the residential communities of Southeastern Queens, Tuskegee Airmen Way.

At 9:30 a.m., Republican NYC mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis meets with Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Democrat who will likely soon be a NYC Council member, Christian Community Neighborhood Church, 1437 Longfellow Ave., the Bronx.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo delivers remarks, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1 Bungtown Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Council members Brad Lander, Carlos Menchaca, Bill Perkins, Mark Levine and Corey Johnson plan to introduce legislation that will guarantee the city’s underground location and utility damage prevention workers are not subject to abusive employment practices, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., independent Syracuse mayoral candidate Ben Walsh holds a press conference to announce his youth jobs plan at the future office of the Digital Hyve, 126 N. Salina St., Syracuse.

At 10:45 a.m., Malliotakis holds a roundtable with members of the Latino press, 120 W. 45th St., 10th Floor, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visit a workshop for 3-year-olds and their parents at the Queens Explorers Elementary School, 90-07 101st Ave., Ozone Park, Queens. (A media availability will follow).

Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, other elected officials and parents of children with disabilities hold a press conference on a new savings/investment program to help people with disabilities pay for expenses without losing their federal benefits, 110 State St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Jose Peralta announces a capital improvement project for the Lexington School for the Deaf, 25-26 75th St., Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., public school parents, StudentsFirstNY and prominent clergy leaders rally to insist that de Blasio scrap his proposal to force unwanted teachers into New York City schools, City Hall Steps, Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., Cuomo delivers remarks, CYO-MIV Community Center, 6541 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

At noon, Common Cause/NY, Easy Elections NY, and partners rally in Halloween costumes and masks to warn New Yorkers and lawmakers about the Friday the 13th deadline for party registration in the 2018 primaries, City Hall Steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, LG Kathy Hochul highlights the impact of federal funding cuts on new York families, Health Alliance Hospital, Mary’s Avenue Campus, 105 Mary’s Ave., Kingston.

At 1 p.m., Malliotakis starts a walking tour of Chinatown, during which she will meet with local community and business leaders, starting at the Joy Luck Palace Restaurant, 98 Mott St., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Democratic Syracuse mayoral candidate Juanita Perez Williams and the Onondaga County Veterans Party will hold a joint press conference announcing the endorsement of her campaign, DeWitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse.

Also at 1:30 p.m., Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz and Bronx Charter School for the Arts Principal Richard González rally to demand that de Blasio provide public space for them to open six public charter middle schools next year, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul tours the Fage Yogurt Factory, 1 Opportunity Dr., Johnstown.

At 3:30 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Letitia James releases a plan to support Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders who were displaced from their homes following hurricanes Maria and Irma, Office of the Public Advocate, 1 Centre St., 15th floor N., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., Hochul participates in a walking tour of downtown Cobleskill with Mayor Linda Holmes, starting at the Brick House Bakery, 503 West Main St., Cobleskill.

At 5:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts an Italian Heritage Month Dinner, Schiff Family Great Hall, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., the state Conservative Party holds its fall reception, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave., Manhattan.

At 6:15 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the Celebrating the Women of the Mohawk Valley YWCA event, 4579 State Route 28, Herkimer.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio participates in a town hall, P.S. 188, 442 East Houston St., Manhattan.

At 8:40 p.m., Malliotakis meets with the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association of Jackson Heights, Lexington School and Center for the Deaf, 25-26 75th St., Queens.

At 9:10 p.m., Malliotakis meets with the Queens County Civic Association, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 246-55 87th Ave., Queens.

Headlines…

President Donald Trump continued to threaten to abandon NAFTA, even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed that changes could improve it and as lawmakers such as Rep. Tom Reed of Corning pushed for provisions that would benefit farmers in New York.

Trump announced he will be signing an executive order today to undermine Obamacare after efforts to repeal and replace it failed in Congress.

The president will seek to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health law’s requirements.

Trump pitched his tax plan as a boost for truckers at an event in Pennsylvania, saying, “America first means putting American truckers first.”

A maintenance worker said he told hotel dispatchers to call police and report a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside Mandalay Bay before the shooter began firing from his high-rise suite into a crowd at a nearby musical performance.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called for regulatory action – not legislation – on bump stocks, the device used by the Las Vegas shooter to convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic firearms, calling that the fastest and most efficient way to address this problem.

Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, took Trump to task for his renewed attacks on the media, saying: “Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?”

Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through California wine country exploded in size and number as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 23 – a figure expected to rise higher still.

The New York GOP slammed Cuomo for failing to return all the campaign contributions he received from scandal-tarred movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

The Democratic National Committee itself stopped short of promising a full giveaway of Weinstein cash, pledging to give “over $30,000” of the more than $300,000 donations he made to political groups that work to elect women.

Hillary Clinton tore into Weinstein over the plethora of sexual abuse allegations against him, vaguely suggesting she would give away to charity the money he’s contributed to her political campaigns.

Clinton said that the donations will be “part of” the 10 percent of her income that she donates to charity each year, but it was unclear whether she meant that the money from Weinstein would be in addition to that existing amount.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is not letting Clinton off the hook for her friendship with Weinstein, calling her response “shameful in its deflection and its disingenuousness.”

Bob Weinstein and three other members of the rapidly dwindling board of The Weinstein Company said they were shocked by the allegations and unaware of payments made to women who complained about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. But it appears the company knew of the situation for at least several years.

The NYPD has Weinstein back in its sights — dispatching detectives to search for evidence against the disgraced movie mogul who’s been accused of rape and sex assault by at least three women.

Under the state constitution, Cuomo could – if he so chooses – remove from office Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr., who is under fire for declining to prosecute cases against Weinstein and Trump’s eldest children and accepting campaign cash from lawyers linked to those would-be defendants in the process.

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President Donald Trump continued to assail the media today, saying: “It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write. People should look into it.”

Trump suggested that NBC’s broadcast license should be pulled as punishment for the network’s reporting on his national security meetings, opening a new front in the president’s long-running battle with the press.

Several people close to the president have recently – anonymously – said that Trump is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.” (The White House denies this).

Trump’s planned visit to the United Kingdom next year has been downgraded from a “state visit” to a “working visit,” which will not include an audience with the Queen nor the “pomp and flummery” that an official state visit calls for.

NAFTA, long a punching bag for Trump, is edging closer toward collapse as negotiators gather for a fourth round of contentious talks in Washington, D.C. this week.

The president’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric aimed at North Korea has pushed the US and the communist dictatorship to the brink of nuclear war, according to the North’s foreign minister.

Trump has reportedly selected Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide and a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration, to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.

Google searches for hundreds of state and local Republican committees across the nation, including those in Nassau and Suffolk, appeared today to have been hacked to show a slogan saying “Repeal and Replace Trump,” with the “T” replaced with the hammer and sickle, a communist symbol.

The University at Buffalo has begun the process to revoke the honorary degree it granted Harvey Weinstein, the longtime Hollywood producer who is now the subject of numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment from women.

Jay-Z is reportedly talking with his team about buying Weinstein’s interest in The Weinstein Company.

In the wake of news that Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance declined to bring charges against Weinstein over an alleged assault of an Italian model, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says he isn’t second-guessing the prosecutors, though he called the allegations against the former Hollywood mogul “serious.”

Vance said he has no regrets about his decision to not prosecute Weinstein in 2015, but will “rethink” his practice of taking campaign contributions from law firms representing clients who might be prosecuted by his office.

Vance has a last-minute, write-in challenger in November: former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner.

Rep. Tom Reed hopes Trump and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker can resolve their dispute over the senator’s recent criticism of the president, but he’s “comfortable” with Trump and his leadership.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas said he supports NFL player protests during the playing of the national anthem at games and doesn’t believe the players should be viewed as disrespecting the military. “This is something that we as African-Americans feel very, very proud of, what we’re doing right now,” he added.

Local governments would receive more money from Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. if its Batavia Downs Gaming site was taxed at the same rate as other sites in the state. Western OTB President and CEO Henry F. Wojtaszek called for tax parity legislation today.

A Minoa woman has been accused of leaking grand jury secrets to acquaintances, one of whom fled the state to avoid arrest in a large drug bust, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

The leaders of the Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties all have come out against the referendum to hold a state constitutional convention. Now, the head of the state Democratic Party – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown – has joined them.

The town of North Elba will enlist a UAlbany law school professor to, on the town’s behalf, appeal the decision of a Franklin County judge that the state’s plan to build a 34-mile rail trail from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to follow numerous state laws.

Sen. John Brooks has asked the state comptroller to retract a controversial request for proposals to develop five parcels at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, citing insufficient competitive bidding and community input.

As Rep. John Katko testified before a House subcommittee today, he shared the stories of young central New Yorkers whose lives were cut short due to opioid or synthetic drug overdoses.

Cuomo received his first batch of bills – 42 in all – in roughly a month today, including a measure that would decriminalize certain types of knives that often are used as work tools while keeping in place a ban on gravity knives and switchblades.

After finding a bed bug in one of its schools, the Baldwinsville Central School District plans to use specially trained bed bug-sniffing dogs to search all of its buildings to see if there are more of the insects.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump this afternoon will welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau of Canada to the White House, after which the president and the prime minister will meet.

Later, Trump will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Harrisburg, PA, where he will give remarks on tax reform before returning to spend the night in D.C.

Late this afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will host a National Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the VP’s residence at the Naval Observatory.

At 7:30 a.m., Republican NYC mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis appears on “Good Day New York,” Channel 5 – Fox 5 WNYW.

At 9 a.m., Columbia University holds a panel assessing 50 years of activist by the Rev. Al Sharpton, where expected attendees include the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, former Gov. David Paterson, NY1’s Errol Louis and others, 2950 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission hosts its 4th annual Vision Zero Safety Honor Roll event for the safest drivers, bases and fleets, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights the impact of federal funding cuts on NY families, John E. Pound Early Childhood Center, 51 High St., Lockport.

At 10:30 a.m., leaders from Batavia Downs Gaming/Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation and spokesman Thurman Thomas will join Niagara County leaders to present a significant community development contribution, Niiagara County Courthouse Rotunda, 175 Hawley St., Lockport.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at a FDNY Memorial Day Ceremony, Firemen’s Memorial, W. 100th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and LGBT Network President/CEO Dr. David Kilmnick will join other officials to discuss the steady rise of LGBT harassment in schools and the workplace, Suffolk County Legislature, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, William J. Lindsay Complex, Smithtown, Long Island.

Also at 11:30 a.m., groups representing immigrants will join with labor leaders and elected officials to urge New Yorkers to vote “no” on Nov. 7 on the ballot question that calls for a state constitutional convention, UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Manhattan.

At noon, NYC Councilman Mathieu Eugene joins elected officials, school administrators, and clergy members for the launch of “District 40 Cares,” a collaborative relief effort to provide supplies to those affected by the devastation caused by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and the earthquake in Mexico, 900 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at noon, the Stonewall National Monument hosts special ceremony dedicating the Rainbow Flag, marking the first time that the flag is displayed permanently on federally-funded land, West Fourth Street, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Assemblyman Sean Ryan will announce state funding for Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Buffalo and Erie County to be used to expand services for WNY Holocaust survivors, Temple Beth Zion (Auditorium), 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul delivers the keynote address at the Upstate Latino Summit, 200 Genesee St., Utica.

At 1:30 p.m., Malliotakis holds a press conference with NYC Council candidate John Cerini, in front of 2800 Bruckner Blvd., the Bronx.

Also at 1:30 p.m., Democratic Westchester County executive candidate George Latimer will announce a new measure to increase transparency and hold county officials accountable, Rye City Village Green, 1051 Boston Rd., Rye.

At 2 p.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will present the finalized Oneida County Shared Services Panel Savings Plan to the public during the monthly meeting of the Board of Legislators, Oneida County Board of Legislators Chamber, 10th Floor, Oneida County Office Building, 800 Park Ave., Utica.

At 3 p.m., Hochul highlights the impact of federal funding cuts on NY families, Elsie Owens Community Health Center, 82 Middle Country Rd., Coram.

At 6 p.m., Queens College hosts reception celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first day of classes at the school, with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, CUNY Chancellor James Milliken, and Queens College President Felix Matos Rodriguez, Aaron Copland School of Music, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., former VP Joe Biden will be honored at the Anti-Violence Project’s Annual Courage Awards, Pier 59, 23rd St and West Side Highway, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the MTA hosts the second in a series of open houses on a planned redesign of Staten Island’s express bus network to align with the results of a comprehensive two-year customer experience study, Regina M. McGinn, MD Medical Education Center, 475 Seaview Ave., Staten Island.

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The Trump administration is seeking an additional $4.9 billion in emergency hurricane aid to stave off what Puerto Rico’s governor recently warned could become a fiscal catastrophe.

Senate Republicans are imploring Trump and Sen. Bob Corker to end their increasingly ugly feud, fretting that it’s threatening to further hobble the party’s flagging agenda. But the public tit-for-tat has shown no sign of abating.

Former President Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton both denounced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein as allegations of rape and sexual harassment increased against the prominent Democratic donor.

Top actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came forward with their own allegations of sexual harassment against the mogul.

At 22 years old, and newly cast by Weinstein for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma,” Paltrow said she rebuffed the mogul’s advances, and told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein, after which Weinstein told Paltrow not to mention the incident to anyone else.

Actress Rose McGowan accused Ben Affleck of lying about his knowledge – or lack thereof – of Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assaults of women.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. reportedly had evidence of Weinstein’s sexually predatory behavior toward a woman, but didn’t pursue the case.

Weinstein’s wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, broke her six-day silence on the scandal involving her husband to announce she’s leaving him.

Weinstein could still be on the hook for criminal charges — following an actress’ horrifying allegation of forced oral sex in his Tribeca office and an anonymous employee’s rape claim.

In a video that aired last night during BET’s Hip Hop Awards, rapper Eminem performed a freestyle feature, slamming Trump as “a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust.”

Authorities have revised the timeline for last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, raising new questions about the hotel’s response to an attack that killed 58 people and injured several hundred more.

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal in one of the cases challenging President Trump’s efforts to limit travel to the United States, calling an earlier version of the ban moot because it has expired.

Email correspondence revealed about a July 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney at Trump Tower contradict previous reports, suggesting the meeting was not set up to pass on damaging information about Clinton on behalf of the Russian government.

The three leading candidates for NYC mayor faced off at Manhattan’s Symphony Space last night during a debate that at times felt more like a wrestling match or a street fight than a moderated discussion.

“It’s a real New York debate!” moderator Errol Louis, host of NY1’s “Road to City Hall,” said over the cheers and chants of the raucous crowd.

The spark-emitting, 90-minute free-for-all quickened the pulse of a campaign that has often seemed without one, even with just four weeks until the Nov. 7 election.

After months of criticism on policy from all sides, this was the first time the three rivals – Democratic incumbent Bill de Blasio, Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and independent Bo Dietl – had been in the same room together to take on the issues most important to NYC voters.

A quick analysis of assertions made at the wild debate suggests de Blasio found comfort in relying on the facts of his record, while his opponents assailed it.

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President Donald Trump suggested he’s smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should “compare IQ tests.”

Trump rekindled his feud with Sen. Bob Corker on Twitter today, referring to him as “Liddle'” and saying an interview the Tennessee Republican gave trashing the commander in chief made him “sound a fool.”

Victims of the Las Vegas shooting are suing manufacturers of bump fire stocks, accusing them of negligence and seeking class action status.

The owners of the NFL are reportedly considering a rule change that would make it mandatory for players to stand during the national anthem.

House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to visit Puerto Rico on Friday to tour the devastation from recent hurricanes. He’ll be accompanied by members from both sides of the aisle, including New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey.

The allegations against now former Hollywood studio mogul Harvey Weinstein keep piling up, with claims now including not “just” sexual harassment, but also rape.

Fashion designer Donna Karan is under fire after defending Weinstein and suggesting his alleged victims are to blame. (She later said her comments were “taken out of context,” and apologized).

Hillary Clinton broke her silence on the allegations leveled at Weinstein, saying in statement she was “shocked and appalled by the revelations” at her former campaign donor.

Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has returned home after being hospitalized for three weeks with low blood pressure.

Twenty-three percent of public school teachers and administrators in New York school districts outside New York City were paid more than $100,000 during the 2016-17 school year, according to data added today to SeeThroughNY.

Modest improvements in the financial condition of some of New York’s public schools are not keeping pace with growing needs among the students they serve, warns a new report released today by the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

First daughter Ivanka Trump is staking her reputation in Washington on making sure her father’s tax reform plan includes an expanded child tax credit – a version of a pet issue she championed during the campaign.

Former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato and his second wife, Katuria D’Amato, are getting a divorce.

The Town of Oyster Bay government will stop sending mailings to residents ahead of the Nov. 7 election, Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino said.

Former acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter Jr. called Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino “unethical” and a “school yard bully” in a Facebook comment.

Public worker unions, politicians and others opposed to a state constitutional convention that could overhaul state government have heavily outspent convention backers, with the most intense TV ad blitzes expected over the next four weeks.

Local lawmakers are pushing to add a Family Court judgeship to Essex County, because, according to state Sen. Betty Little, the county’s current judge is “pushed to the limit.”

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First Lady Melania Trump’s office fired back at the president’s ex-wife Ivana after she boasted of her access to the White House and even referred to herself as the real “first lady.”

The head of the EPA said that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.

Screen icon Meryl Streep, who like countless performers has appeared in films produced or distributed by The Weinstein Company, called revelations that studio co-founder Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed women for decade “disgraceful.”

Dame Judi Dench says she was “completely unaware” and “horrified” by the allegations of sexual harassment lodged against Weinstein.

On the heels of Weinstein’s ouster from The Weinstein Company, his name is being removed from all of the company’s TV series, on which he had served as an executive producer. Also, the company will be getting a new name.

“Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels explained away the show’s decision to scrap a joke about Weinstein as “a New York thing.”

Puerto Rican politicians holding office on the mainland United States, especially those in New York, have long felt compelled to look after the territory, but the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria has brought new urgency to their efforts.

Jemele Hill, an ESPN anchor who called for fans to boycott the NFL, has been suspended for two weeks by the network.

Trump’s digital campaign director was paid $1,500 to set up his election website, and raked in $94 million when this candidate unexpectedly won.

Reps. Tom Suozzi (a Long Island Democrat) and John Faso (a Kinderhook Republican), both Italian-American, team up to defend explorer Christopher Columbus, saying that celebrating him wa key to helping their families – and others like them – overcome discrimination and experience cultural pride.

Numbers were down at popular High Peaks hikes over the Columbus Day weekend due to parking restrictions and trail re-routes instituted by the state to curb overuse.

The newest winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, Richard Thaler, is a graduate of the University of Rochester. (My alma mater, woot!)

In what could be the beginning of the end for booth-dwelling workers, the MTA is in negotiations with the transit union to create a new title, “customer service ambassador,” with new duties.

There’s a NYC mayoral debate drinking game.

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco and his wife, Linda, longtime Syracuse residents, have bought a $610,000 five-bedroom house in the town of DeWitt, according to documents filed in the Onondaga County Clerk’s Office. (They’re still within the confines of his 50th Senate District).

The New York Mets have reportedly reached an agreement to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the International League baseball team its top minor league affiliate.

Syracuse Republican candidate for mayor Laura Lavine said she won’t take more than a $30,000 salary if elected – a proposal that mirrors a deal she made as superintendent of LaFayette schools.

Several dozen fishermen, women and lawmakers are urging Cuomo to make good on a promise to sue the federal government over New York’s disproportionately low share of the fluke fishery.

Actress Demi Lovato reveals it was “extremely uncomfortable to be with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in New York City on the night the candidate discovered she had lost the 2016 presidential election.

Here and Now

Happy Columbus Day!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

President Donald Trump is in Washington, D.C. with no public events scheduled.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Sacramento, CA, where the VP will join House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to meet with local businesses, community leaders, and California families to discuss the need for tax reform.

At 10:45 a.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will demand the EPA immediately return to Niagara Falls to expedite the cleanup of radioactive hotspots in Niagara County, Lewiston and the Grand Island area, 5401 Roberts Ave., Lewiston.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cuomo and many other elected officials march in the Columbus Day Parade, 44th Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

At noon, Assemblyman Charles Barron announces his bill to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, Christopher Columbus statue, Columbus Circle, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Schumer will announce a major push to support Orleans County’s sport fishing industry and protect local fish populations, Bald Eagle Marina, 1033 Lakeland Beach Rd., Kendall.

At 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and the Chinese Association for Science and Technology host the U.S.-China Collaboration Forum on Investment and Development in U.S. Infrastructure, The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium, 104 Haven Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Sen. George Latimer, Democratic nominee for Westchester County executive, will be joined by mayors and elected officials to announce his plan to expand the My Brother’s Keeper program countywide if he’s elected, Peter Bracey Houses, 345 Main St., New Rochelle.

At 3:30 p.m., activist groups hold an anti-Columbus Day tour at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz makes a presentation on nearly two dozen initiatives designed to save county taxpayers millions of dollars on an annual basis, Erie Community College North Campus, Bretschger Hall, Lecture Room B-401, Williamsville.

Headlines…

The Weinstein Company has fired its co-founder Harvey Weinstein, after a New York Times investigation uncovered allegations that he had engaged in rampant sexual harassment, dealing a stunning blow to a producer known for shaping American film and championing liberal causes.

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged that Donald Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

The White House delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution.

The president’s list of demands included overhauling the country’s green-card system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country, and building his promised wall along the southern border.

Facebook insisted it did not allow either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton’s campaigns to “hand pick” who would work with them at Facebook, appearing to dispute what Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale told “60 Minutes.”

The NFL Players Association released a statement in support of players’ constitutional rights to “peacefully raise awareness” after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a NFL game yesterday over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he will bench players for “disrespecting the flag” during the national anthem, and praised Pence for his walkout.

Pence will be in Virginia later this week to stump for Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie, according to Gillespie spokesman David Abrams.

Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, would not commit to a new law banning bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

Rep. John Katko, a Syracuse-area Republican, is among those on Capitol Hill discussing the possibility of congressional action regarding new restrictions on the device.

NYC could turn into the Wild West ​if an NRA-backed plan becomes law and allows any tourist with a concealed-weapons permit to carry a hidden gun in New York, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Stephen Paddock, the man responsible for the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, appears to have carried out target practice in the desert two days prior to the massacre.

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn suggested that Paddock would have set off alarm bells at his properties had he tried launching his mass murder from one of them.

Brock Long, administrator of the FEMA, dismissed the latest pleas for urgent assistance from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for her storm-raveged constituents as “political noise.”

Educators are pushing back at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to install state troopers at certain Long Island schools, making a rocky start for the quickly hatched proposal.

The movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day is gaining momentum, but the gesture to recognize victims of European colonialism has also outraged Italian-Americans.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition circulated at the 41st annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park — to which NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was notably not invited — to keep the iconic monument from the “chopping block.”

The DN opines: “The mayor, who embraces his half-Italian heritage, now withholds judgment on the explorer’s fate. He should have moral clarity enough to say, right now: Columbus stays. Especially since he wants to keep Columbus Day and will march in today’s parade. What’s the difference?”

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The Weekend That Was

Vice President Mike Pence walked out on the Indianapolis Colts’ game against the San Francisco 49ers this afternoon after a large number of the 49ers players took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

The president tweeted his approval of Pence’s departure from the game, saying he is “proud” of the VP.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again.

Trump laced into U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican whose support the president will need on tax reform and the future of the Iran nuclear deal, saying on Twitter that the senator had decided not to run for re-election next year because he “didn’t have the guts.”

“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” Corker tweeted in response. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Trump’s tweets claiming he denied Corker’s request for an endorsement are false, sources tell CNN.

Hurricane Nate brought flooding and power outages to the Gulf Coast as it sloshed ashore outside Biloxi early today, the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Pence praised the heroic response by police and the resolve of the American people at a prayer service Saturday in Las Vegas before organizers released 58 white doves in memory of each victim killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Pence made a fundraising trip this weekend to California – a state that overwhelmingly rejected his boss.

Trump’s campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now.

It started as a scrappy grass-roots protest movement against Trump, but now the so-called resistance is attracting six- and seven-figure checks from major liberal donors, posing an insurgent challenge to some of the left’s most venerable institutions — and the Democratic Party itself.

A note found in Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel room contained handwritten calculations on the exact angle to fire to kill as many people as possible.

Country singer Jason Aldean made his first public appearance since the Las Vegas shooting on “Saturday Night Live,” performing “I Won’t Back Down” by the recently deceased singer Tom Petty.

NRA official Chris Cox defended the influential group’s call last week to look into whether a gun device used in the Las Vegas shooting massacre complies with federal law – arguing the move was not a call for a weapons ban and that gun-rights advocates welcome the effort.

White House officials once debated a scorched-earth strategy of publicly criticizing and undercutting Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 election. Now, they are trying something new: cooperating in hopes Mueller will declare soon that Trump is not a target of the inquiry.

Stymied in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump is poised to issue an order that could ease some federal rules governing health insurance and make it easier for people to band together and buy coverage on their own, administration officials said.

Trump said on Saturday he called U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday to see if Democrats “want to do a great HealthCare Bill” after Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare and a bipartisan deal has stalled.

Trump took a swipe at Harvey Weinstein on Saturday – the anniversary of the pre-election release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about assaulting women by grabbing them by the genitals – saying he was “not at all surprised” by revelations that the Hollywood movie mogul has repeatedly paid to settle charges of sexual harassment.

Two important members of Weinstein’s crisis team quit Saturday, including Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom, who had been criticized for representing him.

In making her announcement on Twitter, Bloom did not offer an explanation for her resignation.

For all intents and purposes, there is no Weinstein Company apart from Harvey Weinstein, who has announced an “indefinite” leave of absence last week. The studio, already struggling at the box office and hobbled by an exodus of senior staff members in recent years, is now in serious trouble.

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski announced on Twitter that she won’t follow through with her three-book deal with Weinstein Books unless Weinstein resigns.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel suggested on Saturday former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should speak out about the allegations against her former campaign donor Weinstein.

Clinton says she feels a “terrible sense of responsibility” for not defeating Trump in 2016.

A rally was held in Manhattan this morning, lead by local lawmakers who demand the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle stays put.

AG Eric Schneiderman says he is hopeful Trump will make a deal with Democrats to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, but said if that doesn’t happen he is willing to sue the White House.

Staggering from the impact of hurricanes that walloped Texas, Florida and neighboring states, the economy lost 33,000 jobs in September, the first monthly decline in employment in seven years, the government reported.

New York officials are preparing for a rise in the number of Puerto Ricans relocating to the state, following back-to-back hurricanes that wiped out much of the U.S. territory’s infrastructure.

It is already difficult for people convicted as a result of prosecutorial error to hold someone accountable for the legal transgressions that sent them to prison. But now, a federal appeals court in New York is considering a case that could, defense lawyers say, make that process all but impossible.

Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate for NYC mayor, raised more money than incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio did in late September, according to information submitted to the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

At least 13 NYC schools are rated as dangerous and disorderly as the Bronx school where an 18-year-old student stabbed a classmate to death, according to Department of Education surveys of students and staff.

Ratcheting up the pressure in a bitter battle between New York City and the state over health care costs, the city’s public hospital system is planning on suing New York State officials over a payment of some $380 million in federal funding it says the state is unlawfully withholding.

Throughout the past year, as NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal advocated for nightlife friendly legislation, owners of some the city’s biggest bars made hefty contributions to the lawmaker’s re-election campaign.

Despite an ethics probe into his efforts on behalf of Innate Immunotherapeutics an Australian biotech firm, which is expected to culminate in a report in the coming week, Rep. Chris Collins has stepped up his outside business interests.

Even though the weather was pushing a balmy 80 on Saturday, the iconic Rockefeller Center ice rink officially opened for the fall/winter season.

The New York tax department has joined forces with two other state agencies in an effort to reduce sales of contraband cigarettes.

A new anti-bullying law passed by the North Tonawanda Common Council last week is the first of its kind in Western New York and may be the first in New York. It places the legal onus on parents of minors who bully other kids, host parties where laws are violated, or who stay out after the city’s curfew.

Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, said he has arranged for $350,000 in loans from party supporters to help finance Errol Toulon Jr.’s last-minute entry into the county sheriff’s campaign against Republican Larry Zacarese.

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci has abandoned his threat to sue County Executive Joanie Mahoney over allegations that she dined with a man who is pursuing litigation against Antonacci and the county, but the feud between the two seems far from over.

The state Department of Health withheld key documents that may have led Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office to reject a $25 million grant awarded to a health care company that is a major donor to Cuomo’s campaign fund.

The Raise the Age law took effect across the state Saturday, allowing people who have remained crime free for 10 years to request certain past convictions be sealed.

In Suffolk County, officials are trying something that would be sort of a Craigslist for municipalities: an online municipal store that will allow local mayors and supervisors to save money by shopping for common services.

The Cuomo administration clarified that despite the Trump administration’s move to roll back a federal requirement that birth control be covered by health insurance plans, New York’s regulations still mandate such coverage.

Laurin Haddad, a criminal and Family Court lawyer, was endorsed by the Democratic Party to run against Pirro Bailey, a one-term Republican incumbent, in November’s election, but ended her campaign due to “unforeseen personal reasons.”

A 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton was the final vehicle to cross the Tappan Zee on Friday night.

Tom Madison, the former head of the state Thruway Authority, who also was state transportation commissioner, has joined Capital Gondola LLC, the entity established by McLaren Engineering Group to plan and construct an Albany aerial gondola, as executive director.

As the Riverhead Town Board works to settle a legal dispute on whether the town should maintain a private community’s roads, officials may face another potential lawsuit on the matter from Highway Superintendent George Woodson.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is creating an independent compensation program for people who were sexually abused by priests — the latest effort in New York to bring closure to a horrific chapter in modern Catholic church history.

A Syracuse police officer involved in a crash Saturday night with a Byrne Dairy tractor trailer was involved in another crash four months ago.

Adirondack Club and Resort developers received their first two permits from the state Adirondack Park Agency on Sept. 29, allowing them to close on sales of luxury housing lots and begin construction of a road connecting the lots to Lake Simond Road in Tupper Lake.

Three Islamic State group sympathizers plotted to cause bloodshed at New York City concert venues, subway stations and Times Square before U.S. agents thwarted the international terror plot, authorities said.

Apple’s new emojis are here, and will be available next week on iPhone and iPad with iOS 11.1.

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In a year when threats from nuclear weapons seemed to draw closer, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a Geneva-based advocacy group behind the first treaty to prohibit them.

In a blow to Obamacare’s controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, raising concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on the device while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing.

A former top adviser to former President Barack Obama was among the list of public relations professionals and lawyers consulting Harvey Weinstein over a major New York Times story about his longstanding sexual harassment problem.

Chris Cillizza explains why the Weinstein story puts Democrats in a very uncomfortable position.

A former producer on The Apprentice has Trump made “unfathomably despicable” racist comments while on the set of the show.

The Las Vegas massacre could prompt a reassessment of procedures and state regulations regarding security measures at New York’s three new casinos, as well as the state’s older racinos.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg says he will match donations to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group he founded, after the national debate over gun laws was reignited by the Las Vegas shooting.

By a solid 64-21 percent, New York City registered voters prefer a millionaires’ tax instead of a form of congestion pricing as the best way to raise money for mass transit, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested changes may be in store for the state’s “I Love NY” highway signs, which have been at the center of a years-long dispute with the federal government.

Following Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “The Tonight Show,” Donald Trump Jr. no longer follows host Jimmy Fallon on Twitter.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is the latest member of Trump’s Cabinet who has been caught flying on a private charter plane at taxpayer expense, reportedly taking a flight to Ohio, only a day before Tom Price resigned as health secretary for doing the same.

With no challenger as he seeks a third term, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance dipped into his campaign funds to pay for a video opposing a federal bill that would allow for out-of-staters to carry concealed weapons in the city.

Assemblyman Dan Quart wants state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Vance’s decision to drop a case against two of President Trump’s kids.

Steve Krieg, a Democratic candidate in NY-21, is unrepentant after calling incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik “a child” at a candidate’s forum in Canton on Tuesday.

The estate of a 20-year-old Roosevelt man who died last summer in the Nassau jail’s custody has filed a federal lawsuit against the county and the facility’s former and current medical providers, following a state probe that found a jail doctor failed to detect he had cancer.

The Rockefeller Institute of Government released The Citizens’ Guide to the Constitutional Convention to educate New Yorkers about the question on this November’s ballot whether to call a constitutional convention.

A gleaming new Amtrak passenger rail station, the fruit of more than 15 years of planning and debate, is open in downtown Rochester

Utility service delays are hurting small businesses like restaurant, bars, and hotels, Manhattan Sen. Brad Hoylman says in a new report.

State Street Corp., parent company of the investment firm behind Wall Street’s iconic Fearless Girl statue, agreed to pay a combined $5 million to more than 300 women and 15 black employees who were paid less than their white, male counterparts, according to a federal audit.

Elected and tourism officials here emphasize that an Olympic games in the near future isn’t a focus, but representatives from a pair of other Olympic cities, knee-deep in the hosting and bidding processes, believe this village that prides itself on the games could put on another at some point — though certainly as part of a regional or international bid.

The Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, MA has agreed to replace a mural showing a Chinese character with chopsticks, slanted eyes and a pointed hat after three authors said the depiction was racist and refused to attend a museum event in protest.

Santa’s trained will not be visiting Saratoga Springs this year because of a financial dispute between the railroad and the events company that puts on Santa’s train ride.