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The Weekend That Was

Hillary Clinton has jumped into a double-digit lead against rival Donald Trump, pushed largely by disapproval of the Republican candidate, according to ABC News’s inaugural 2016 election tracking poll.

President Obama, who has endured gridlock in Washington as Republicans in the states took direct aim at his vision and legacy, is stepping in to assist more than 150 state legislative candidates, by far his biggest effort to bolster local Democrats since he took office.

Trump pledged post-election lawsuits against every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior, and he charged Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party with orchestrating the allegations.

Preliminary analysis has found that a white substance that prompted the evacuation of Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn was not harmful, police said.

The telecom-media giant that would be formed if federal regulators approve AT&T $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner raises antitrust issues, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and several other lawmakers said.

A new state-mandated testing program has found lead in some of the drinking water in at least 11 school districts – Lackawanna, Williamsville, Clarence, Depew, North Collins, Orchard Park, Lockport, Hamburg, Cleveland Hill, Fredonia and Silver Creek.

Representing Trump at a national education conference in Florida, Carl Paladino referred to the “corrupted, incompetent urban school systems we have in this country” and suggested they exist exclusively to fuel a liberal voting base for the Democratic Party.

VP Joe Biden on Trump: “The press always asks me: Don’t I wish I were debating him?” he said. “No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”

The New Yorker magazine, which backed President Obama in the last election cycle, is supporting Clinton.

Clinton is very excited that the Chicago Cubs made the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo soon may be flying above the skies of New York in a state-of-the art helicopter that is faster, larger and quieter than his current State Police-supplied helicopter. The State Police is working on a final contract to purchase a slightly used Sikorsky S76-D for $12.5 million, which also includes training for five agency pilots.

Cuomo made a cameo appearance in the Wikileaks emails reportedly hacked from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s account.

Wendy Long, the Republican challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, called for a full pardon of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, for the release of hacked emails that have “served a far greater good of truth and transparency” than Assange’s alleged crimes.

The Syracuse Media Group editorial board endorsed Schumer “based on his tangibles – real results for Central New York, New York state and the nation – and his intangibles – his tireless work ethic, ability to work with Republicans, accessibility to constituents and ‘I’m still-the-kid-from-Brooklyn’ humility.”

Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, repeatedly begged Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin not to endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination last spring — since her husband was just about to kick off his own campaign, an email obtained by WikiLeaks shows.

It’s no secret Steven Casey, the former deputy mayor of Buffalo, is talking to the FBI. But is he also talking to the Cleveland developer suing his former boss over allegations of a pay-to-play scheme at City Hall? The developer’s lawyers say he is.

The NYPD’s sergeants union is taking out a full-page ad in the New York Post and other publications to condemn Commissioner James O’Neill’s criticisms of the officer who fatally shot Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old, bat-swinging, mentally ill woman.

Instructors in the New York Police Academy teach would-be cops to use deadly force “if the suspect is threatening deadly physical force” with a bat or any other type of weapon, similar to the alleged circumstances in Danner’s death.

O’Neill will attend a “summit on policing” organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Danner in the Bronx last week, according to a top aide to the civil rights leader.

The Erie County Holding Center’s top staff concealed details about the treatment of inmate Richard Metcalf Jr. when a state agency began to inquire about his grave medical condition.

Oilman and Allegany County resident Charlie Joyce is a major contributor to the national Republican Party. Personally or through his family and business, Joyce has contributed more than $1 million over the past four years, mostly to GOP causes, and sits on the RNC.

Seven Midtown firefighters have been disciplined for violating the FDNY’s “zero tolerance” hazing policy,” allegedly ridiculing an African-American member.

A defiant Edward Mangano returned to work Friday — a day after the Nassau county executive and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arraigned on federal corruption charges.

Experts say Mangano’s effort to hold onto his public post while battling corruption charges isn’t unusual, but it is risky.

“I don’t think there is a mean bone in that man’s body,” Desmond Ryan, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, said of Mangano. “We are a little taken aback from these indictments.”

With no deputy supervisor formerly in line to succeed indicted Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto if he resigns, the position would go the most senior town board member, according to the town code.

The Buffalo News has learned that former Buffalo University VP Dennis Black is at the center of an investigation into hundreds of thousands of dollars of questionable expenditures at UB.

Investigators in recent weeks have intensified their interest in a Queens restaurant owner and his dealings with de Blasio’s administration, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newburgh residents have experienced a lifetime of fear and uncertainty in the five months since City Manager Michael Ciaravino declared a state of emergency and announced the closure of the city’s primary water supply – Washington Lake – over alarming levels of a chemical that is raising fears worldwide.

Onondaga County Legislator Kathy Rapp will take a $10,000 county buyout to leave her elected position a year early. The move takes advantage of a retirement incentive program intended to save the county money on salaries, but Rapp’s exit will do the opposite.

The program created to help homeowners in New York recover from Hurricane Sandy will not meet its year-end deadline, officials said this week, the latest setback for the yearslong effort to rebuild thousands of homes in the city that were damaged in the storm.

A planned debate among the three candidates running for the 22nd Congressional District was cancelled Friday morning after one candidate – independent Martin Babinec – failed to arrive.

Conservative and some liberal students at New York University were dismayed last week after school officials, citing security concerns, canceled an event headlining controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos.

Islip Town’s former parks commissioner and his aide were sentenced to conditional discharges for their roles in the illegal dumping at Roberto Clemente Park that left more than 40,000 tons of contaminated construction debris at the site.

While lampooning the latest presidential debate, Alec Baldwin name-checked his brother and fellow actor Stephen Baldwin as he yet again impersonated Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Providence, RI, where once of his three daughters attends Brown University. He has no public schedule.

At 8:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce awards breakfast, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Trpk., Woodbury, Long Island.

At 8:45 a.m., state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will address the Fall Conference of NYSATE/NYACTE, and speak about the need to prepare and support teachers and school leaders, Gideon Putnam Hotel, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs.

At 9:30 a.m., Hochul addresses Sen. Todd Kaminsky’s Senior Health Fair, Rockville Centre Recreation Center, 111 North Oceanside Rd., Rockville Centre, Long Island.

Also at 9:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melisa Mark-Viverito speaks at the National Conversation on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on WNYC radio.

Also at 10 a.m., Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich, a Republican who is mulling a 2017 mayoral run, holds public demonstration to protest de Blasio’s homeless policies, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will release a new report on state farm-to-school initiatives at the Gov. George Clinton Elementary School, 100 Montgomery St., Poughkeepsie.

At 10:15 a.m., ederal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at Columbia Law School Conference on the New Pedagogy of Financial Regulation, 435 W 116th St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., advocates for people with developmental disabilities will hold a rally in front of the #bFair2DirectCare electronic billboard in Times Square to highlight the need to for the state to cover the cost of paying direct service providers a living wage, Manhattan.

At at 11 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Heights Association, National Parks Service, Landmarks Preservation Commission and community members host event to celebrate fifty years of Brooklyn Heights’ designation as a National Historic Landmark and as New York City’s first Historic District, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino endorses Julie Killian for the 37th state Senate seat, Killian’s Yonkers campaign headquarters, 1043 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers.

At 1 p.m., state GOP Chair Ed Cox will be in Erie County in support of the GOP ticket and will hold a joint media availability with Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy to discuss the remaining weeks of the 2016 election, Erie County GOP Headquarters, 715 Main St., Suite 102, Buffalo.

Also at 1 p.m., Sen. Jesse Hamilton and supporters hold press conference for kickoff and tour of “the Campus,” the first technology and wellness hub at a public housing site in the United States, P.S. 298/Brownsville Collaborative Middle School, Auditorium, 85 Watkins St., Brooklyn.

At 7:15 p.m., Hochul presents a Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation at Kathleen Mary House “Taste of New Beginnings” event
Lucarelli’s, 1830 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna.


Some of Donald Trump’s remarks at the Al Smith Dinner were biting, as he took the opportunity to poke fun at his opponent, Hillary Clinton. That effort largely fell flat, though the crowd laughed at his other jokes.

Clinton joked that she “took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here,” and got big laughs when she channeled Trump by saying he “looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a four, maybe a five, if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”

Also booed at the dinner: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Trump said he’ll accept the election results of Nov. 8, but only if he’s on his way to the White House. “I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” he said at an Ohio rally.

The final debate between Clinton and Trump, which took place in Las Vegas earlier this week, drew 71.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That’s less than their record-breaking first debate, but more than the second.

Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife surrendered to the FBI to face corruption charges in Long Island Federal Court. The 13-count indictment charges Mangano with selling out his position to a wealthy businessman in exchange for free vacations, meals and other gifts, and his wife with having a $450,000 little-to-no-show job at the businessman’s restaurant.

Asked about the charges against him, Mangano told reporters: “It’s ridiculous, but I can’t say any more. I’m going to continue to govern. I’m going to go to work. America’s the greatest country in the world. And you’ll have an opportunity to hear everything and decide for yourselves.”

The political ramifications of Mangano’s arrest could start with next month’s competitive state Senate elections and stretch into next year’s races for nearly all county and Oyster Bay town offices.

Newsday says while the charges brought against Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto by U.S. Attorney preet Bharara have not yet been proven, “the behavior alleged in the indictment is reprehensible and a betrayal of their oaths as public servants,” and said they should resign.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeatedly called his New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, as the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal unfolded, complaining that New York officials were too aggressive in their efforts to uncover the purpose of the scheme. Both previously denied a report of one such conversation.

Rep. Chris Collins and Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy – normally among the region’s strongest supporters of Trump – said the nominee was wrong to raise the possibility that he won’t respect the results of the Nov. 8 election. It as a rare point of agreement for them with WNY Democrats.

Clinton solicited a $12 million donation from a government her State Department considered corrupt, then realized the “mess” it would cause to her presidential run, a newly leaked ­e-mail reveals.

NYC Council members are asking for an NYPD inspector general probe of how cops deal with the mentally ill after the fatal shooting of 66-year-old Deborah Danner in the Bronx.

AG Eric Schneiderman said his office doesn’t have the jurisdiction to investigate Danner’s death under an executive order issued by the governor last year.

While the statement from Schneiderman did not detail evidence in the case, his office’s decision not to pursue it suggested that investigators had found evidence that Danner was armed before she was shot in the bedroom of her home in the Castle Hill neighborhood.

De Blasio is still navigating the divide between officers who are skeptical of his leadership and a community angered by killings by the police.

Former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in her first major speech since leaving office three years ago, offered some suggestions for her erstwhile primary rival de Blasio to combat homelessness and refused to rule out a run for office again.

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Calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” may have been the best thing Donald Trump has ever done for her campaign.

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred revealed the identity of another woman accusing Trump of “inappropriate sexual conduct”: Karena Virginia, a yoga teacher and “inspirational speaker” who says the nominee groped her during a chance encounter at the US Open in 1998.

NYC Mayor and Clinton supporter Bill De Blasio took aim at Rudy Giuliani in a CNN interview this morning, saying that his predecessor was growing “increasingly delusional.”

The Bronx District Attorney will investigate the fatal NYPD shooting of a mentally ill woman after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman determined he has no jurisdiction over the case because the woman was armed with a bat when she was shot dead.

Melania Trump again sported a pussy-bow neckline at last night’s debate, sparking commentary and speculation about a potential message in her fashion choices.

There were two Trumps at the debate: The presidential candidate, and the possible future media mogul.

Republican congressional and state Senate candidates called on Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto to immediately resign — a move that came only hours after the two GOP officials were arrested on federal corruption charges.

Mangano reportedly does not plan to resign after being arrested on federal corruption charges this morning, and absent a guilty plea or conviction, he can’t be forced to do so.

The state has made one payment for manufacturing equipment at the SolarCity plant in Buffalo that’s been pending for months, but another payment had yet to be made as of Monday, according to a progress report on the construction.

Scott Rechler, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top Port Authority Board appointee, testified in the Bridgegate trial today that NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Cuomo talked about about a month after the Fort Lee lane closures – a claim that contradicts public comments both governors have made denying they ever discussed the issue.

President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act while also admitting it’s not perfect, insisting: “No law is.”

State IG Catherine Leahy Scott today released a report of an investigation into the systemic mismanagement and thefts of personal cash accounts for the developmentally disabled by state employees entrusted with their care.

A federal appeals court has affirmed the convictions of former state Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith and Queens GOP official Vincent Tabone for scheming to get Smith’s name on the 2013 New York City Republican mayoral primary ballot.

Onondaga County officials were vague today on whether they would seek to recoup money paid to legislators under raises that were today deemed illegal but a judge’s ruling.

Syracuse University has named S.P. Raj the interim dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He replaces former Dean Kenneth Kavajecz, who was dismissed last month after he was arrested for patronizing a prostitute in the town of Salina.

Sen. John DeFrancisco is hoping state engineers reconsider an option for the reconstruction of the deteriorating Interstate 81 overpass, saying he thinks the extra money might be well worth a tunnel to siphon at least some of the traffic heading through the city.

As of late yesterday afternoon, independent expenditure committees had spent $5.42 million on this year’s State Senate general elections. Candidates of both parties have been supported at fairly similar rates: $2.44 million of this money has gone to Democrats, and $2.98 has backed Republicans.

The Court of Appeals has accepted a determination by the Commission on Judicial Conduct that Alan Simon, a judge in Ramapo, Spring Valley and Hillburn, should be removed from the bench for violations of judicial ethics.

Though his days in office are numbered, Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. said he is considering whether to conduct a criminal investigation into the 2012 death of Richard Metcalf Jr. – as the state agency that regulates local jails urges him to do.

Donna Fernandes, who has guided the Buffalo Zoo to unprecedented growth since arriving in 2000, is retiring. She will step down as president and chief executive officer in the spring of 2017.

Midwood High School alumni – including former NY First Lady Matilda Cuomo – packed the Grand Prospect Hall on Saturday to celebrate the school’s 75th year as one of Brooklyn’s top-ranked public high schools. The governor’s mother, class of ’49, was honored at the event.

A prize-winning llama named Snow has gone missing during training exercises in Western New York, and now her owner is seeking help locating her from the public.

NY-19: Another Super PAC Enters The Fray

From the Morning Memo:

Yet another Super PAC has decided to weigh in on the NY-19 fight to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, adding to the rapidly mounting tally of outside spending on this hotly contested race. 

National Horizon, a conservative group, this morning is launching its first – and so far only – TV ad in New York, aiming to boost the Republican contender in this contest, former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso. 

The ad echoes a theme Faso and his allies have been pushing hard lately, accusing the Democrat running in NY-19, Zephyr Teachout, of wanting to significantly raise a plethora of taxes. 

The script features a female narrator who says: 

“More of the same, that’s Zephyr Teachout. More taxes. More political double-talk. Teachout opposed a cap on property taxes here. She backed a new ten billion dollar tax on investments. and on energy, Professor Teachout wants something she calls a quote fee and dividend system, a quote tax is what regular folks might call it. Zephyr Teachout, more of the same with more taxes.”

Republican strategist Nelson Warfield, who has long been involved with National Horizon, said the Super PAC is spending about $150,000 on this ad, ($10,000 of that is to cover production costs), which will run on Albany-area network and cable stations for the next week. 

Warfield said National Horizon decided to get involved in this race because it believes Teachout “presents a unique threat to the public purse,” adding: “A kooky professor is fun at a cocktail party, but in Congress, it’s another matter entirely.” 

This is a potentially potent line of attack against Teachout, especially when it comes to her opposition of the popular property tax cap, which she first expressed in 2014 when she was challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. 

Teachout recently released a video explaining her position on taxes and pushing back against what she characterized as “lies” about her position. She expressed support for a circuit breaker, which is an idea long embraced by progressive advocates and organizations in New York. 

National Horizon hasn’t done much work in New York since 2012, when it spent $500,000 to assist Republican Wendy Long, who was then challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. 

Long ended up losing to Gillibrand in a landslide that year. She’s now running a long-shot campaign against the state’s senior U.S. senator, Chuck Schumer. 

Here and Now

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

After trading verbal barbs in their third and final debate last night, the two presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – will try to play nice at the Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan tonight, 301 Park Ave., Manhattan. (The dinner starts at 8 p.m.)

There’s a lot going on today. A full calendar of today’s events appears at the end of this post.


Trump stubbornly refused to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, instead floating the possibility – yet again – that the race could be “rigged” in Clinton’s favor.

Asked if he would accept the results of the Nov. 8 election, Trump replied: “I will keep you in suspense.” He accused the FBI and the media of conspiring in Clinton’s favor, and brushed off a reminder from Chris Wallace, the debate moderator, that the peaceful transfer of power is “one of the prides of this country.”

Clinton called Trump’s response “horrifying,” adding: “Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is, it is rigged against him.”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the most prominent Trump surrogates, is already calling for a recount if the presidential election is close – because only a big margin would assure the Clintons couldn’t “defraud” their way into the White House.

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who just days ago said the campaign would accept the outcome of the Nov. 8. election, after the debate told reporters: “If the vote is fair, I’m confident that we’ll accept it.”

More than two out of every three U.S. citizens in a recent poll say they are very or somewhat concerned about the security of the nation’s electoral system.

Flipping the script in the final debate, Clinton turned herself into Trump’s relentless tormentor, condescending to him repeatedly and deploying some of his own trademark tactics against him.

After Trump attacked Clinton, saying Putin had “no respect” for her or President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee shot back: “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” “No puppet. No puppet,” Trump insisted. “You’re the puppet. No, you’re the puppet.”

Trump branded Clinton a “nasty woman” after she took a shot at him for avoiding taxes, prompting her female supporters to adopt the label as their own.

Clinton won the debate, topping Trump by a 13-point margin according to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers, giving her a clean sweep across all three of this year’s presidential debates. But respondents were also closely divided on which candidate they trusted more on the issues most important to them.

The internet’s reaction to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s moderation was overwhelmingly positive even as he lost control of the candidates during the event’s second half. Even the NBC News crew said this was “the closest to a normal debate we’ve had.”

Given the anti-mainstream media rhetoric of the nominee, Trump’s campaign took matters into its own hands, hosting its own pre-debate coverage on Facebook Live.

A spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano called the news of the expected federal corruption charges the Long Island Republican will reportedly face as early as today “complete rumor mill and nonsense.”

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said: “County Executive Mangano has the highest integrity, has done nothing wrong, has not been contacted, and the accusations are preposterous.”

Oyster Bay was the “victim” of a loan guarantee scheme involving indicted concessionaire Harendra Singh, the town’s outside legal counsel said in a court filing.

The shooting death of a 66-year-old mentally ill Bronx woman by an NYPD sergeant was condemned in swift and striking terms by both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, who said the officer had failed to follow the department’s protocol for dealing with an emotionally disturbed person.

De Blasio sought to downplay his use of an NYPD helicopter to avoid rush-hour traffic between Brooklyn and Queens last Friday, saying his predecessors had used the travel method much more frequently. “I really don’t understand what this is all about,” he said.

De Blasio’s appointees to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have formed a three-person rebel faction, questioning some of the panel’s initiatives and pushing their own.

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn plans to criticize de Blasio’s record on homelessness during a speech this morning, marking her toughest critique of the mayor since he defeated her in the 2013 race for City Hall.

The number of homeless people in city shelters has exceeded 60,000 for the first time in history, official data revealed.

Rose Gill Hearn, chairwoman of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and a former federal prosecutor, plans to step down in December, leaving an opening at the helm of the nonpartisan agency ahead of next year’s city elections.

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Donald Trump is bringing President Obama’s Kenyan-born half-brother, Malik, to tonight’s third and final presidential debate, while Hillary Clinton will be joined by two well-known billionaires who are backing her campaign, in what may be an attempt to rattle Republican nominee by subtly questioning his own net worth.

Clinton is performing well in a couple Republican strongholds where a Democrat is not traditionally expected to have a chance: Arizona and Texas. The Clinton campaign is going on the offensive in these states, buying ads and sending surrogates.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Trump’s foundation is “responding professionally” to his requests to cease and desist fundraising activities in the state, and said calls for a similar investigation into the family foundation of his fellow Democrat, Clinton, are without merit.

A SUNY professor continues to project Trump as the likely winner of this year’s election and he’s critiquing polls that predict the opposite in a new opinion piece.

In defending her husband against allegations of sexual misconduct, Melania Trump is parroting the arguments Clinton used decades ago to defend her own cheating and lying spouse.

In an 2008 interview with NY1, Trump praised Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for their time in elected office. “I think she is going to go down at a minimum as a great senator,” he said. “I think she is a great wife to a president. And I think Bill Clinton was a great president.”

Police should not have shot and killed a 66-year-old emotionally disturbed Bronx woman who charged a sergeant with a baseball bat, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a City Hall press conference today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee chatted with singers – and romantic partners – Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton at the Obamas’ last state dinner at the White House last night.

Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who crossed party lines to endorse Cuomo in 2014, is reportedly expected to be charged as early as Thursday on federal corruption-related matters.

A collection of energy companies and trade associations have filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse a decision by the Cuomo administration to subsidize several struggling upstate nuclear plants.

Judge Henry Pitma granted a request to allow Alain Kaloyeros , the former SUNY Poly head facing corruption charges, to travel to Pennsylvania for a job interview. It is not clear at this time what job Kaloyeros is interviewing for.

The Public Employees Federation and the Cuomo administration announced a tentative three-year labor agreement that calls for workers to receive a 2 percent increase in the current fiscal year and the next two.

EJ McMahon says if the PEF deal is ultimately extended to all state workers, it could add nearly $1.5 billion in salary costs to New York’s budget by fiscal 2019.

The embattled hedge fund holding a $20 million investment from New York City’s correction officers’ union that is the subject of the arrest of the union’s former president Norman Seabrook has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection.

Clinton and Trump answered questions on climate change, income inequality and gun violence posed by New York Times readers and put to them by the paper’s editorial board.

The largest suburban school district in Western New York – Williamsville – is considering joining the national trend of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

J.H.S. 162 in the Bronx – the only public school threatened with a state takeover since the establishment of the receivership program – is caught in a power struggle between the governor and the state Education Department.

Even though the city and state (via the MTA) have traditionally shared the cost of free student MetroCards, the current push for a similar program with half-price cards for low-income NYC residents has focused on the mayor, not the governor.

The New York Times brought a new generation of the Sulzberger family into its top ranks today, naming Arthur Gregg Sulzberger the deputy publisher. The appointment positions him to succeed his father as publisher and chairman of The New York Times Company.

The obituary of 85-year-old Rochester attorney John J. Considine Jr. has drawn national attention for noting that he passed away on Oct. 16, “narrowly escaping the 2016 election.”

Drinking water samples taken earlier this year in 152 Buffalo homes showed either no detectable levels of lead or levels that met EPA standards, city officials said, though they working with homeowners and residents of seven homes where the amount of lead in drinking water exceeded a new local standard that’s tougher than federal requirements.

Here and Now

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

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump face off in their final debate before the Nov. 8 election in Las Vegas, NV at 9 p.m.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will attend and deliver remarks at The Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union’s Executive Board meeting, which is closed to the press.

At 7 a.m., the PBA protests e Blasio outside the Brooklyn YMCA where the mayor generally does his morning workout, Park Slope Y, 361 15th St.

At 8 a.m., Bowzer from Sha Na Na campaigns for NY-23 Democratic candidate John Plumb, Clarion Hotel, 30 Lake Shore Dr. E., Dunkirk.

At 8:30 a.m., the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City Milstein Criminal Justice Policy Forum breakfast is held, with remarks from NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Sea Level Cafe, 6 E 43rd St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers opening remarks at the governor’s Sustainable Development Regional Conference, Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park.

At 10 a.m., Cornell Tech hosts a press briefing to kick off a 12-month countdown to the opening of its new campus on Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech at the Google Bldg, 111 8th Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park holds a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on Pier 3. Attendees include New York Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, BBP President Regina Myer, Sen. Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Bridge Park Executive Director Nancy Webster and park designer Michael Van Valkenburgh.

At 11 a.m., Vice President Biden speaks on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative at the SAP Global CEO Summit, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Community Service Society, the Riders Alliance and representatives from a broad coalition of advocacy, labor, legal and community-based organizations join elected officials announcing their support for half-price MetroCards for the city’s lowest-income residents, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Medical Center CEO Jim Barba make an announcement regarding the hospital’s payment in lieu of taxes, Huyck Auditorium, Albany Medical Center, 47 New Scotland Ave., Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio will visit a College Access for All high school that is participating in College Application Week, Frederick Douglas Academy III, 3630 Third Ave., the Bronx.

At 1 p.m., attorney Normal Siegel, street fair vendors and activists hold a rally to denounce the mayor’s proposed street fair rules for 2017, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblyman Sean Ryan will join representatives of Walgreens Pharmacy to announce new safe medication disposal kiosks in Erie County, where people can return unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication, 650 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

At 3:30 p.m., Families for Excellent Schools holds a rally calling for the charter school sector to grow to 200,000 students by 2020, Foley Square, Manhattan.

Also at 3:30 p.m., Hochul launches a Community College Council‎ Meeting in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley Community College, Siek Campus Center, Room 204, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy.

At 5:30 p.m., the Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will hear a presentation on homelessness in the borough from Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

At 6 p.m., Pace University holds a “The Trump Foundation, The Clinton Foundation, and the 2016 Election: What Does it All Mean for Philanthropy?” panel discussion, 1 Pace Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Trump’s childhood home in Queens goes up for auction with an opening bid set at $849,000, The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E 45th St., Manhattan.

At 6:15 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at the Real Estate Marketplace Awards, Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St., Flushing, Queens.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio hosts a Diwali celebration at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., former NYC Mayor David Dinkins hosts a debate watch party in support of Clinton, The 40/40 Club, 6 W 25th St., Manhattan.

At 7:45 p.m., Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on New York’s economic history, the Lotos Club, 5 E 66th St., Manhattan.

At 8 p.m., U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer attends a debate watch party, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Manhattan.


The feds have reportedly interviewed the 15-year-old girl at the center of the latest Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. Investigators believe they have a strong case against the disgraced ex-congressman and he could be indicted, according to a source familiar with the case, who added: “It wouldn’t surprise me.”

Donald Trump’s talk of a rigged election and calls for supporters to turn out in droves to monitor polling sites has stirred increasing fears of intimidation of minorities inside polling places, where their qualifications to vote could be challenged, or outside, where they would face illegal electioneering.

President Obama ridiculed Trump for saying that the presidential election was rigged against him, telling the Republican nominee to “stop whining and go try to make his case” to win more votes than Hillary Clinton.

Singer Wayne Newton, a staple in Sin City, will join The Donald in Las Vegas as a guest at the debate, he told WABC radio host Rita Cosby. Newtown, 74, said he has never seen Trump “under any circumstances react in an irresponsible way toward a lady.”

Trump likely needs a really big night at this last debate. National polls show him losing, and post-debate polls show voters are skeptical about him at best.

After months of a vitriolic campaign and two bruising debates, what’s left to be unveiled, asked University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven. “You could see a scorched-earth approach. But how much of the earth is left at this point?” he said.

According to a poll from The Washington Post and ABC News, having daughters may affect voters’ choices this coming Election Day.

Compromise in Congress will be key to changing the public’s mood after the election, according to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is poised to become majority leader if the Democrats take control. “If we have another four years of gridlock, the anger, the frustration, the sourness is going to cascade,” he said. “And 2020 could make 2016 look tame.”

Labor unions are plowing money into the 2016 elections at an unprecedented rate, largely in an effort to help elect Clinton and give Democrats a majority in the Senate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced at the last minute yesterday that he would be at the White House to attend an official state dinner on the South Lawn honoring Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi – the final state dinner of the Obama administration.

A Newsday review of campaign contributors who donated $50,000 or more to Cuomo between 2010 and 2015 found that more than 30 construction and development companies, subsidiaries, their executives and their relatives have contributed nearly $4 million while the companies received $1 billion in state contracts, tax breaks and other benefits.

A federal investigation into NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fund-raising has zeroed in on whether donations were exchanged for beneficial city action in about a half-dozen cases, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry.

As a bill to fine illegal Airbnb operators landed on Cuomo’s desk yesterday, the home-sharing company offered a number of concessions to placate leery New York regulators.

New regulations proposed by the Cuomo administration would give parole boards a formal scoring process — dubbed the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions — to follow in determining an inmate’s merit for parole.

Phil Walzak, a senior City Hall adviser to de Blasio, will depart his public post to oversee de Blasio’s communications and overall campaign strategy for the 2017 effort starting on Monday.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox has filed a complaint with the Board of Elections charging the state teachers’ union, NYSUT, with violating election laws to boost Democrats.

Cuomo’s office weighed in on the helicopter controversy that is causing problems for de Blasio, noting the governor only uses state aircraft for state business and doesn’t charge taxpayers for personal or political travel.

Police shot and killed an emotionally disturbed woman inside an apartment building in the Bronx last night. News of the shooting and the circumstances surrounding it caused some local officials – including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. – to call for an investigation.

The NYPD says the sergeant who responded to a call about a 66-year-old woman acting irrationally in a Bronx apartment fatally shot her after she tried to hit him with a baseball bat.

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President Barack Obama advised Trump on to stop whining about voter fraud ahead of the elections.

Obama impersonating teenage girls texting is priceless.

For the first time in the general election, Trump is set to outspend Clinton on TV ads this week. His campaign is slated to spend $14 million on television ads compared to her $10 million, according to data from Kantar Media/CMAG, a company that tracks political advertising.

Ivanka Trump says her father’s lewd and sexually aggressive comments from a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood video were “clearly inappropriate and offensive,” adding: “I’m glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people.”

Vogue, which has no history of making political endorsements, has decided to change that policy given the “profound stakes” of this election and is backing Clinton for president.

According to leaked campaign emails, Clinton was considering some outside-the-box VP candidates before she settled on Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Tim Cook and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

An artist erected an obscene statue of Clinton in downtown Manhattan this morning causing a heated fight between defenders of the profane piece of protest art and women trying to tear it down.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie distanced himself from Trump when asked whether he was “proud” of the campaign the mogul is running. “I’m proud of everything I’ve said and that’s all I can control,” the governor said. “The rest of it I can’t control.”

The state’s highest court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether Indian Point, the nuclear power plant 40 miles from New York City, needs a new state coastal zone permit.

Poorly trained deputies at the Erie County Holding Center – not a heart attack – killed inmate Richard Metcalf Jr. in November 2012, a state agency says as it urges the district attorney to begin a criminal investigation and the U.S. Justice Department to again examine the Sheriff’s Office for civil rights violations.

As of the end of September, New York congressional candidates who will appear on next month’s ballot had spent more than $41 million this election cycle.

A judge is expected to decide whether to hold a trial for a lawsuit claiming a former Broome County Sheriff’s official and a local attorney improperly pursued an arrest after a 2014 domestic dispute involving the lawyer’s wife — all allegedly in exchange for political support.

Sen. Jack Martins is touting a poll conducted for his campaign that shows him within one percentage point of his Democratic opponent, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, in NY-3.

Filmmaker Michael Moore announced a new movie, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” which will screen for the first time at New York City’s IFC Center this evening for free. The film, based on Moore’s one-man play, will begin its theatrical run Oct. 19.

The three-way race for the NY-22 seat of retiring Rep. Richard Hanna has turned into an $8.8 million battle, making it one of the most expensive House races in New York, new federal campaign finance records show.

Third-party candidate Martin Babinec has put $2.2 million of his own wealth into the NY-22 race, which already has seen $4.6 million in spending by outside groups.

KeyBank is making a million-dollar apology for a computer glitch that tangled up former First Niagara customers whose online accounts moved to Key last week.

A former supervisor at the New York City Housing Authority was slapped with $42,000 in fines Tuesday for steering nearly $100,000 in contracts to a Queens construction company owned by her husband.

The contract between Resorts World’s video lottery terminal racino at the Aqueduct race track in Queens and the financially strapped Nassau County OTB has been signed and they hope to have almost 500 of what will be 1,000 machines up and running in the next six months.

The new owner of One Seneca Tower paid $12.6 million for Buffalo’s tallest building and its accompanying parking ramp, according to the deed records now filed with the Erie County Clerk.

Here and Now

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

Vice President Joe Biden is in NYC to deliver remarks on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative at the SAP Global CEO Summit.

At 7 a.m., Food and Water Watch, the New York Public Interest Research Group and activists and supporters of the Stop the Cuomo Tax campaign rally in Times Square, Penn Station and Grand Central against tax increase to support nuclear power plants in upstate New York, Grand Central Terminal by #7 Train, Penn Station, LIRR area, and Times Square by Shuttle and 2 and 3 train tracks, Manhattan.

At 8 a.m., women activists and survivors of sexual assault form human chain outside of the Trump Tower demanding the GOP disavow the presidential nominee and his “racist attacks” on women, 725 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas and Councilman Rafael Espinal, Jr. host a public hearing on predatory lending in the used car industry, CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square, 3rd floor, community room 3/115-116, Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Ruben Wills, Assemblyman Michael Miller, and local advocates announce town hall to address transitional the facility and drop-in site proposal for street homeless people located less than 250 feet from a local high school, 100-32 Atlantic Ave., Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers opening remarks and convenes the governor’s NYS Tourism and Craft Beverages Summit, The Egg, Hart Lounge, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NY Taxi Workers Alliance makes an announcement regarding the formation of the NY Messengers Alliance, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., SL Green holds a groundbreaking for One Vanderbilt, expected to be NYC’s second-tallest tower, East 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new office building, One Vanderbilt Avenue, which will include $220 million in local transit upgrades, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Sen. Andrew Lanza, Staten Island DA Michael McMahon, and representatives from the NYPD, Delco Drugs, and YMCA Counseling Services announce the donation of 10,000 drug deactivation pouches to combat the ongoing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, Delco Drugs, 3833 Richmond Ave., Staten Island.

Also at 11 a.m., Biden speaks at the SAP Global CEO Summit, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Appel Room, 10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., New York City’s Police Athletic League hosts its annual Real Estate and Construction Luncheon; special guests include former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, former NYPD Commissioner Robert McGuire, Arnold Fisher and NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Four Seasons Hotel New York, 57 E. 57th St., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the NYS Nurses’ Association Convention, Sheraton Midtown Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, joined by the president of Geneseo company Coast Professionals, makes an announcement, Coast Professional Inc, 4273, Volunteer Road, Geneseo.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblyman Ron Castorina, Jr. announces plans to introduce legislation protecting the integrity New York’s financial services sector by eliminating consumer fraud through dubious identification cards, Investors Bank, 271 Page Ave., Staten Island.

Also at 1 p.m., Sen. Tony Avella and Teddi Kavanaugh, president of the Off Broadway Homeowners Association, call on the New York City Department of Transportation to pave a small strip of Depot Road that hasn’t been paved for seven years despite complaints, 40-26 158th St., Queens.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Board of Elections commissioners meet, 130 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester endorses Sen. Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Police Department, 2881 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio will hold public hearings on, and then sign into law, seven pieces of legislation, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., state Senate candidate Shaun Francis holds a fundraiser, Albany Renaissance Hotel, Albany.

At 6 p.m., the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund hosts an environmental candidate forum to discuss issues impacting Congressional District 1 in Eastern Long Island, featuring Rep. Lee Zeldin and Anna Throne-Holst, SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, 20 E. Main St., Riverhead.

At 6:30 p.m., City & State honors this year’s New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St., Manhattan.


Melania Trump, who has been all but invisible as her husband confronts a campaign crisis over allegations that he sexually assaulted women, emerged yesterday to forcefully defend him and question the honesty of the women making the accusations.

“This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details — did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts,” she said in a CNN interview, echoing her husband’s comments.

The GOP nominee’s wife likened her husband – who was 59 years old at the time of the “Access Hollywood” taping during which he bragged about forcing himself on women – to a teenage boy who engages in macho boasting. She also said he was egged on by then-host Billy Bush to “say dirty and bad stuff.”

While it is widely known that some companies and foreign governments gave money to the foundations, perhaps in an effort to gain favor, one of the key parts of the puzzle hasn’t been reported: At least a dozen of those same companies lobbied the State Department, using lobbyists who doubled as major Clinton campaign fundraisers.

Speaking at a rally in Wisconsin, Trump said that the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails, specifically the recent revelation that a State Department staffer asked to change the classification level of an email from her private server, is “worse than Watergate.”

Days before the third and final presidential debate, Clinton leads Republican Trump in most key battleground states, according to new polls released yesterday.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren and many more Broadway stars who performed for the Clinton fundraiser Stronger Together last night.

“Early in Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department which were transported to her residence in Washington, DC,” an agent on the now-nominee’s security detail told the FBI.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is married to the nominee’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, discussed the possibility of a Trump-branded television network with Aryeh B. Bourkoff, the chief executive of LionTree, a boutique investment bank that has helped advise media deals.

Howard Stern doesn’t plan to air old interviews with Trump featuring the now Republican presidential candidate discussing his sexual exploits, saying it would be a “betrayal” to do so.

An accused architect of the Bridgegate scandal testified that he, an alleged coconspirator and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were not laughing at a 9/11 Memorial event about the gridlock that paralyzed Fort Lee — but instead at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s arrival to the solemn gathering on a motorcycle with Billy Joel.

Speaking at a fund-raiser for House Democrats, Cuomo said the prospect of a Democratic takeover is no longer a long shot thanks to Trump’s bizarre campaign and the damage he is doing to GOP candidates. “The good Lord gave us a moment with this Donald Trump,” the governor said at the event, which also featured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Cuomo announced that he would not appoint a successor to Ken Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney who died of cancer this month. The decision paved the way for Thompson’s chosen interim, Eric Gonzalez, to run the office until elections are held next year.

A possible state legislative pay raise is up in the air after a commission charged with deciding its fate canceled its final meeting set for today when no lawmakers signed up to testify.

Buffalo teachers have a new contract after they and the School Board approved a new deal last night, ending a more than a decade-long standoff to agree on a new pact.

A helicopter trip NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took from Prospect Park in his old home borough of Brooklyn to an event in Queens in order to avoid traffic on the BQE has caused him a big PR headache. The mayor, who has been criticized for arriving late to events, now finds himself justifying his attempts to arrive on time.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Maggie Lehrman, one of many people who saw the helicopter land in the park Friday afternoon. “At first, we thought there had been some kind of medical emergency. It was really odd.”

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Former President Bill Clinton is appearing in Glen Clove, Long Island tonight to headline a campaign fundraiser for his wife.

A top State Department official offered a bribe — a “quid pro quo” — to an FBI official in an attempt to declassify certain emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that were previously deemed classified, according to FBI documents released today.

Clinton leads Donald Trump 50-38 among likely U.S. voters, up from a 46-42 lead three weeks ago, a Monmouth University Poll finds.

New York’s top women Democrats rallied outside Trump Tower this morning to rip the GOP nominee over emerging allegations of sexual assault—assault the candidate appeared to admit to in a recently leaked 2005 tape.

Is Trump seriously running for president at all? Or does he just want his own TV network?

Clinton’s campaign is planning its most ambitious push yet into traditionally right-leaning states, a new offensive aimed at extending her growing advantage over Trump while bolstering down-ballot Democrats in what party leaders increasingly view as a possible wave election.

Alaskans won’t find any information about Trump in their voter’s guide this year, after the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign failed to submit biographical data and a candidate statement.

With no more than one or two members of the public and no lawmakers apparently signing up to testify in person, what was to be an additional hearing tomorrow on a potential raise for lawmakers has been cancelled.

Sen. Charles Schumer’s campaign committee gave between $100,000 and $500,000 to eight U.S. Senate candidates in the third quarter who could help Democrats win majority control of the chamber in November.

For the past three years, former Port Authority official Bill Baroni testified in the Bridgegate trial today, he has been haunted by his treatment of a New Jersey mayor who pleaded for help in ending horrible traffic jams.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles processed a record 214,000 online voter registration applications during the first two weeks of October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The Seneca-Babcock Trump supporter who put a noose and gallows outside his Buffalo home has taken it down, citing death threats, embarrassment for his daughter and the wishes of the person who recently bought the property.

Attorneys for ex-lobbyist Todd Howe claim in a court filing that what COR Development has described in a lawsuit as an $85,000 “loan” to Howe was actually “part of an illegal conspiracy to deprive the public of its intangible right to honest services of an employee of the State of New York by soliciting and giving bribes and gratuities.”

After a Republican county headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed over the weekend, a group of Democrats came together to raise money to help rebuild it.

ExxonMobil asked a federal court to invalidate a subpoena issued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the latest salvo in the battle between the company and the state’s top law enforcement official.

The New York City Department of Investigation has opened a probe into Husam Ahmad and his two engineering firms, whose employees donated nearly $40,000 to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s last campaign and transition committee.

As New York nears the midpoint of its five-year, $8 billion project to reform Medicaid, hundreds of millions of dollars awarded from the federal government have yet to be spent, and that could negatively impact the Cuomo administration’s effort to overhaul the system.

The Suffolk Board of Ethics did not investigate County Executive Steve Bellone’s letter raising a conflict of interest complaint against a district attorney bureau chief because the allegations occurred before the ethics board was created in 2012, the board’s counsel said.

Who will run for in the Syracuse mayor’s race next year? Here are 21 possible contenders to watch.

EJ McMahon: “Based on the latest revenue numbers, New York State’s fiscal situation is getting tighter by the month.”