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Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump travels this afternoon to Philadelphia, PA, where he will deliver remarks at the remarks at the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Trump then heads to Southaven, MS, where he will hold a roundtable with supporters at the Landers Center conference center. The president then hosts a “Make America Great Again” rally at the center’s arena before returning home to D.C.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCrsay will be in Washington D.C. to attend the Kennedy Satcher-Center board meeting.

At 8:30 a.m., James Patchett, the president and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, will speak to the members of the Association for a Better New York, New York Academy of Sciences, 250 Greenwich St., 40th floor, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., City & State hosts its New York Health & Wellness Summit, a full-day conference to explore how public officials, corporations, advocacy groups, academia and the media can work to create effective policies to address overall health, physical activity and wellness and the impact on its communities, National Geographic Encounter, 226 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Queens Consortium on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends the Red Hook Container Terminal Seaboard Marine 10 Year Celebration, Red Hook Container Terminal, 1 Hamilton Ave., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., Hochul makes an announcement, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and the Senate Standing Committee on Elections holds a public meeting to examine both the statutory procedures parole board members are required to consider as well as the procedures used in issuing conditional pardons pursuant to Executive Order 181, William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, 28 West Carl St., Hicksville, Long Island.

Also at 11 a.m., progressive Groups announce a grassroots citywide organizing campaign to pass congestion pricing Fixing the Subway coalition from Cuomo and the Albany Legislature, Union Square, north side of East 14th Street on the plaza, Albany. (A similar event takes place simultaneously in Union Square, Manhattan).

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a public hearing on Intro. 954-A, allowing individuals to change the sex designation on their birth records to conform with their gender identity, Governor’s Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and others, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., McCray will attend the Kennedy-Satcher Center 10th anniversary celebration of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell SOB, 2 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.

At 1:30 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. gives closing remarks at the Bronx Domestic Violence Symposium, Hostos Community College, The Bronx.

At 4 p.m., Democratic NY-21 candidate Tedra Cobb will host a rally celebrating the opening of a campaign office, 22 Public Sq., Watertown.

At 6 p.m. Velázquez receives “Immigrant Champion of the Year” award at Mixteca’s Immigrant Rights celebration, 7 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Diaz Jr. is the featured speaker at the Master Plumbers Council October Membership Meeting, Marbella Restaurant, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Queens.

Headlines…

President Trump hailed a revised North American Free Trade Agreement as a victory for the United States, Canada and Mexico, saying his get-tough approach to trade, including his use of tariffs, was bringing results.

The White House has authorized the FBI to expand its abbreviated investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh by interviewing anyone it deems necessary as long as the review is finished by the end of the week.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, the Republican who forced the new FBI probe into accusations against Kavanaugh, said that he was doing everything in his power to “make sure that any current, credible allegation that has been made is fully investigated.”

Trump said he was “surprised” at how candid Kavanaugh had been about his teenage beer-drinking during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. “I’m not a drinker and I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life,” the president added. “One of my only good traits. I don’t drink.”

The lawyer for Mark Judge, who attended the Georgetown Prep in Maryland and who was reportedly in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982, confirmed that an FBI interview of his client had begun but “has not been completed.”

As an undergraduate student at Yale, Kavanaugh was involved in an altercation at a local bar during which he was accused of throwing ice on another patron, according to a police report.

A Yale alum who didn’t know Kavanaugh but thinks he has information for the FBI called the agency’s tip line and got what he called an “embarrassing” runaround.

A growing number of American voters believe that the Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, according to a new Q poll.

Kavanaugh will not return to Harvard Law School to teach a course that he was previously scheduled to teach in the winter 2019 term.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham accused NBC of being a “co-conspirator” in an attempt to bring down Kavanaugh, criticizing the network for its coverage of assault accusations against the nominee.

As he actively explores a 2020 presidential run, former Vice President Joe Biden is coming under increased scrutiny from his fellow Democrats because of his role in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in 1991, as explosive debates over gender, sex and the Supreme Court overshadow the themes of economic fairness on which he is trying to focus.

In his first joint interview with his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr. spoke to DailyMailTV about Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, and said that the current #MeToo era makes him nervous…for his sons.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the government’s ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, a major blow to industry groups hoping to mine for the nuclear material.

U.S. military officials complained that a Chinese warship harassed a U.S. Navy vessel as it sailed through the South China Sea, adding to a growing roster of disputes between the two countries in a sudden escalation of tensions.

Areas that depend heavily on cross-border trade – such as metro Buffalo and Southern Ontario – averted disaster, while American auto workers and dairy farmers, meanwhile, came out as winners, thanks to the new trade deal struck by the US and Canada.

Trump said the revised NAFTA agreement with Mexico and Canada would pour “cash and jobs” into the United States. But the deal’s importance may have less to do with the details than the signal it sends that Trump is methodically settling his multifront trade war to fight a single enemy: China.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came away with a few items considered sacred for his nation’s economic security: a dispute resolution system for companies that feel unjustly targeted with taxes and a distant expiration date to the agreement. In exchange, Canada promised to crack open its long-protected dairy market.

First Lady Melania Trump has her work cut out for her during his first solo trip to Africa.

The state Conservative Party, which is backing Republican Marc Molinaro for governor, did something he’s tried not to do – tied the GOPer to Trump through a new radio ad that is set to run through Election Day.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads Molinaro, the Duchess County executive, 50-28 among likely voters, with four minor party candidates—including actress Cynthia Nixon, who lost to the governor in the Democratic primary, drawing 14 percent of the vote, in a new Siena poll.

Cuomo’s significant lead exists even though his unfavorability rating is at an all-time high.

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Extras

President Donald Trump suggested that he’s seen a “pretty aggressive” Democratic senator in a “somewhat compromising” situation while answering questions about his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He refused to name names, saying he’s saving it “for a book like everybody else.”

Trump credited Kavanaugh for saying he had “difficulty” with alcohol in high school, just days after the nominww spent hours, under oath, testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee that his teenage drinking habits were those of a typical high schooler.

Trump insulted Cecilia Vega, a female reporter for ABC News, today during a Rose Garden news conference, telling her that she “never” thinks even before she had a chance to ask her question.

Kavanaugh’s unpopularity surged since he and Christine Blasey Ford gave testimony last week, a new Q poll shows. About 48 percent of voters do not want him to be confirmed to the nation’s highest court, compared with 42 percent who do.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the time for “delay and obstruction” on Kavanaugh is coming to an end, accused the Democrats of “moving the goal posts,” and insisted a confirmation vote will be held this week.

Score one for the Molinaro campaign.

The Citizens Budget Commission today released “Still a Poor Way to Pay for Medicaid,” a detailed report that highlights flaws of the state’s approach to funding Medicaid and suggests strategies for eliminating the required local share.

Cardi B, the 25-year-old Bronx rapper, turned herself in at the 109th Police Precinct in Queens today. She faces charges in an August attack that the police said she ordered on two bartenders at the Angels Strip Club in College Point.

Cuomo insiders were chortling over emails released last week by City Hall showing that an upset NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told his advisors to automatically reject all requests from the governor.

A mistake that caused the name of New York’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to be misspelled for more than 50 years has finally been corrected after Cuomo signed legislation adding a second letter ‘Z’ to the name of the bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Six Buffalo Diocese bishops or auxiliary bishops allowed the Rev. Brian M. Hatrick to remain in parishes for decades after a teenage boy complained Hatrick sexually abused him in the early 1980s.

For the first time, owners of single homes in Albany will be charged a $90 annual fee for trash collection next year under Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s proposed budget.

A Republican opponent of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has filed a complaint accusing the Democrat of violating federal election law by having simultaneously run in the Democratic primary for state attorney general and for Congress.

NY-27 Democratic candidate Nate McMurray is walking a fine line on gun control as he seeks to unseat Republican Rep. Chris Collins.

A New York state agency that cares for the disabled racked up hundreds of traffic tickets, including running red lights and speeding through school zones, according to an audit released today.

From a fraught meeting of Brooklyn Democrats last Thursday night that stretched over six hours and offered a forum for feisty progressive-leaning voters to rage against the party machine, three candidates for Civil Court have emerged to run unopposed in the November election.

Democrat Dana Balter, fueled by a surge in contributions from Democratic donors, raised more than $1.5 million for her campaign to unseat Republican Rep. John Katko over the past three months, a quarterly fundraising record in NY-24.

A Castleton-on-Hudson woman who says she was assaulted by a New York State trooper who swatted a cell phone out of her hand plans to sue the state.

New York’s Raise the Age legislation got its official start today.

If you want to see the winner of the 43North business competition awarded $1 million at Shea’s Performing Arts Center Wednesday night and don’t yet have a ticket, you’re out of luck. The event is at capacity.

Here and Now

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

Late this morning, President Donald Trump receives his intelligence briefing, and then has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.

In the afternoon, Trump presents the Congressional Medal of Honor, and then departs D.C. en route to Johnson City, TN, where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters and then headline a “Make America Great Again” rally – both at the Freedom Hall Civic Center – before returning home to the White House.

At 9:15 a.m., Sen. Mike Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas endorse 39th Assembly District candidate Catalina Cruz, Jackson Heights Post Office, 7802 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joins the New York Public Library to cut the ribbon on the new Van Cortlandt Branch, 3882 Cannon Pl., the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will present her 2019 proposed City budget, mayor’s conference room, Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul will be a guest on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter.

Also at 11 a.m., advocates gather in advance of state Senate Republican hearing on the Parole Board’s conduct and support the governor’s restoration of voting rights to more than 24,000 people on parole, LCA Pressroom, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, Albany.

At noon, the state Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and the Senate Standing Committee on Elections hold a public hearing, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, second floor, Albany.

Also at noon, Hochul attends the Eleanor’s Legacy Fall Lunch, 583 Park Ave. at 63rd Street, Manhattan.

At 3:30 p.m., Borough President Diaz speaks at the Altice and Kips Bay Boys and Girls Back to School Kick Off Event, 1835 University Ave., the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza attends a town hall meeting of District 32’s Community Education Council, J.H.S. 291 Roland Hayes, 231 Palmetto St., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer receives the 2018 Greening Partner Award at the GreenThumb’s annual Garden Recognition Awards, Arsenal Gallery, 830 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis.

Later, de Blasio will attend the 90th birthday celebration for community activist Salvatore “Buddy” Scotto. This event is closed press.

At 8 p.m., Hochul will be a guest on “Capital Tonight” with me, Liz Benjamin.

Headlines…

The FBI moved to quickly complete an abbreviated investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, even as Democrats demanded more information about the inquiry’s scope, warning that its apparent constraints could make it a “farce.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the White House counsel and the FBI director asking for a copy of the directive issued to the FBI that lays out the scope of the investigation into Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked the credibility of Julie Sewtnick, who has come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, highlighting a lawsuit brought against her 18 years ago by a company she briefly worked for at the time called WebTrends Corporation.

Republicans Sens. John Kennedy and Lindsey Graham were asked by “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley whether the FBI could unearth anything that would lead them to change their minds on Kavanaugh. Kennedy appeared more open than his colleague from South Carolina.

Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s who said he often drank with him, issued a statement saying the Supreme Court nominee was not truthful about his drinking in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he often saw Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption.”

GOP Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said being confronted by two sexual assault victims in a Capitol elevator and the testimony from Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, combined to make him realize the confirmation process was “tearing the country apart.”

Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to Trump, said that she was a victim of sexual assault and that the confirmation proceedings for Kavanaugh should not become a broader “meeting” of the #MeToo movement, suggesting instead that victims hold their assailants directly accountable.

The United States and Canada reached a last-minute deal to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, overcoming deep divisions to keep the 25-year-old trilateral pact intact.

In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.

The Trump administration sued California over a new law imposing net neutrality protections roughly an hour after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure.

First Lady Melania Trump heads for Africa today on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent.

Despite clear gains by women in so many aspects of society over the decades, their progress in the workplace seems to have stalled.

California became the first state to require its publicly held corporations to include women on their boards after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law yesterday.

At least 105 women, many first-time candidates, are running for legislative office in New York on the Democratic or Republican lines — a record for the state and an increase of about 19 percent from two years earlier, according to a Times Union review of filings with the state Board of Elections.

Elon Musk was chastened by federal regulators on Saturday night, agreeing to step down as chairman of Tesla and to have his communications monitored. But he showed no immediate signs of changing his style.

An emerging coalition of New York municipalities is preparing to challenge proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations that block the ability of cities and towns to set up funds that allow residents to pay their local taxes as charitable contributions.

Rescuers struggled yesterday to reach victims in several large coastal towns in Indonesia that were hit by an earthquake and tsunami, and authorities feared that the toll of more than 800 confirmed dead would rise.

The state Republican party today is unveiling a hard-hitting new digital ad attacking Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his order granting widespread conditional pardons to thousands of parolees so they can vote.

Thanks to proxy votes, despite the record attendance of nearly 500 people, in a year that has seen stunning upsets by insurgent Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic machine in Brooklyn, led by Frank Seddio, was able to maintain its ironclad grasp on the committee.

Cuomo’s surrogates are turning the tables on the governor’s Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, retaliating against the candidate’s “CuomoLeaks.com” with a tip line, “MolinarosShadyDeals.com” to expose “ongoing corruption, pay-to-play politics, and rampant cronyism in Dutchess County.”

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The Weekend That Was

President Donald Trump, ceding to a request from Senate Republican leaders facing an insurrection in their ranks, ordered the FBI to reopen a background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee to the Supreme Court, and examine the allegations of sexual assault that have been made against him.

The reopened FBI probe – a limited background check, not a full-fledged investigation – into Kavanaugh is “a blessing in disguise,” Trump said Saturday, insisting he is not contemplating a replacement for his embattled would-be associate justice.

Senior Trump administration officials insisted that the White House is not “micromanaging” the expanded FBI background check of Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation.

Both the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee stressed that the investigation would be “limited,” and must be completed by next Friday.

Four witnesses will be questioned in coming days about aspects of the assault accusations against Kavanaugh, according to two people familiar with the matter. Left off the list were former classmates who have contradicted his congressional testimony about his drinking and partying as a student.

The FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was a Yale student, as part of the bureau’s investigation, her attorney said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham defended Kavanaugh on ABC’s “This Week,” saying: “I think you’re trying to portray him as a stumbling, bumbling drunk, gang rapist, who during high school and college was Bill Cosby. Six background checks over the years would have uncovered this.”

By agreeing to delay Kavanaugh’s nomination temporarily, Trump and Senate Republicans are making two long-term bets: that a drawn-out confirmation battle will secure a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and that the fight will give them a better chance of keeping control of the Senate in the midterm elections.

With all of its emotion and anger — and even the Republicans’ last-minute forced reversal on the background check — the fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination shows how the dynamics of the #MeToo movement have begun to thread their way into American life.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Kavanaugh “hysterical” and said that he was temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wants the FBI to examine whether Kavanugh told the truth when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh’s demeanor during his testimony raised questions about his neutrality and temperament and whether the already fragile reputation of the Supreme Court as an institution devoted to law rather than politics would be threatened if he is confirmed.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said that she is a victim of sexual assault. “I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape,” she told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Saturday Night Live” returned with an opening skit that focused on Kavanaugh, with actor Matt Damon portraying the embattled judge.

Queens Ana Maria Archila, after angrily confronting Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator over his support of Kavanaugh, said the accounts of America’s abused women were no longer falling on deaf ears after the Arizona Republican delayed a vote on the judge’s candidacy for a week.

Trump on Saturday turned his Kavanaugh into a rallying cry for Republicans to vote in November, saying they can reject the “ruthless and outrageous tactics” he says Democrats used against the judge.

NY-19 Republican Rep. John Faso said he believes the country has taken Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh “seriously,” and now the judge must be confirmed “based on upon his record, based on his writings on the bench,” adding: “besides this allegation when he was in high school, he has an absolutely sterling reputation.”

NY-24 Republican Rep. John Katko said he sees no reason to rush Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and expressed concern about the message being sent by a “broken” process to victims of sexual assault.

New Jersey legislator Loretta Weinberg, the 83-year-old state Senate Majority Leader, posted a bombshell revelation on her Facebook home page, claiming to have been a sexual assault victim when she was 13, saying she never told anyone of the incident until now.

The next Women’s March will be held Jan. 19, 2019.

The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it.

The SEC said that car-maker Tesla and Chief Executive Elon Musk had agreed to pay $20 million each under a settlement that will also see the billionaire step down as chairman after a tumultuous two months for the company.

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Extras

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court descended into chaos this morning – with several Democrats storming out in anger.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was accosted by a pair of enraged protesters who said they were sexual assault survivors moments after announcing he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

“After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge,” Flake said. “Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law.”

In a surprise move, Flake changed his mind and called for a one-week delay in a Senate floor vote on Kavanaugh to facilitate an FBI investigation, saying he would vote to advance the nomination given that deal.

Ana Maria Archila, a protester who confronted Flake, says prospect of a delay in the Kavanaugh vote to allow for an investigation encourages her “that our democracy sometimes works and that with our actions we shape, we can influence what the senators and members of Congress are doing.”

Flake’s demand puts the onus on President Donald Trump to reopen the FBI’s background investigation into Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school – a claim the nominee has categorically denied.

The FBI can’t open the investigation without a formal White House request. Trump said he would defer to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on whether to do so.

Grassley said in a statement that the committee “will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation” that “would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today.”

Trump called Ford a “credible” witness, adding: “I thought her testimony was very compelling and she looks like a very fine woman to me.”

Republican senators who had insisted for days that no FBI investigation was necessary said today they were confident the agency could make quick work, and the Senate could be voting as early as next Tuesday.

Facebook said an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.

Pamela Hunter, a state Assemblywoman, is poised to become the next chair of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee. She will replace Mark English, who is stepping down after six years as chair.

A new flash point in the governor’s race centers on the significant others of the two major party candidates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who is making an independent bid against Cuomo in the November election, said Cynthia Nixon’s celebrity status – and lack of administrative experience – likely cost her votes in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, released a plan to scrap the higher income tax on millionaires and slash taxes on retirees, estates and utilities.

Writer Niall O’Dowd floats the idea of soon-to-depart Rep. Joe Crowley running for governor when Cuomo’s next term – assuming he wins it – is up.

Cuomo’s announcement that the City of Niagara Falls would receive a $12.3 million advance on unpaid Seneca Niagara Casino revenue was good news for the Falls, but it didn’t do anything for the other former recipients of the casino cash.

The Buffalo Diocese has hired a former FBI agent as director of a new office that will investigate complaints of clergy or employee sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as financial mismanagement or malfeasance within the diocese.

New York City’s transportation commissioner is willing to consider an alternative to the agency’s proposal to temporarily reroute the six-lane Brooklyn-Queens Expressway onto a Brooklyn Heights promenade while the highway is being overhauled.

A former teacher at Attica Correctional Facility who said she was sexually harassed for years by a corrections officer, while officials did nothing about it, was awarded $7 million worth of damages and lost pay by a jury.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he’s not so sure the 421-a program works, and called the housing politics at the city and state levels misguided.

The City of Albany’s economic development arm has routinely gone well beyond its set limits for providing tax breaks to developers, and in some cases did not provide the data needed to back up those decisions, according to a state comptroller’s audit.

P.W. Miner, a longtime Genesee County shoe manufacturer, is laying off about half its workforce, but plans to stay in business.

Binghamton City School District officials say they’ve reviewed an incident in which a high school student claimed he was assaulted by staff members.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump this morning receives his intelligence briefing, and then participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 6157, the “Department of Defense and Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act and Continuing Appropriations Act.”

In the afternoon, Trump greets the president of Chile, and participates in an extended bilateral meeting with him.

At 8:20 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will be a guest on WRIV 1390 AM Dawn Patrol with Bruce Tria.

At 9 a.m., Hochul launches the Empire State Opioid Innovation Challenge, Columbia University, School of Engineering & Applied Science, 530 W. 120th St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and take questions from callers.

Also at 10 a.m., Molinaro holds a press conference, outside the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., White Plains.

At 11 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion’s “Choice Matters” press conference with state Senate candidate Pete Harckham, 35 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblyman Sean Ryan will call for Benderson Development to return an estimated $5.9 worth of 485-a tax exemptions on their “One Canalside” project located at 125 Main St., Buffalo.

At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio will participate in a one-on-one conversation with Brian Rosenthal at the Texas Tribune Festival, The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX.

De Blasio will then depart Texas en route for Columbia, SC to participate in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Fall Leadership Meeting, where he will attend a welcome reception this evening.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Molinaro participates in calling Senior Bingo Morris Park Community Associations, 1824 Bronxdale Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 11:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will visit career and technical education classrooms at Judith S. Kaye and Co-Op Tech High Schools, including welding and graphic design, 321 E. 96th St., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Molinaro will be a guest on Caribbean Radio with Lindon Brown.

At 1 p.m., Molinaro will be a guest on NewsRadio 1450 WKIP Assemblyman Kieran Lalor Radio Show.

At 3 p.m., Hochul presents the governor’s Excelsior Cup to winner Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St., Brooklyn.

Also at 3 p.m., Molinaro visits the Arthur Avenue Business District, the Bronx.

At 5:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. attends a victory celebration for Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, Port Morris Distillery, 780 E. 133rd St., the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Diaz attends a birthday celebration for Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Cantina Rooftop, 605 W. 48th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the NYC Carpenters 100th Anniversary Gala, Russo’s on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., Molinaro hosts a Bronx town hall, The Redwood Club, 2680 Schurz Ave., the Bronx.

At 8 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the 40th Anniversary of the Christian Culture Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

The day-long hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh won’t change the schedule for a U.S. Supreme Court nomination vote, Republican senators said. Judiciary Committee members are expecting to vote this morning as planned.

With millions of Americans alternately riveted and horrified by the televised drama, Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh left no room for compromise, no possibility of confusion, no chance that they remembered something differently. In effect, they asked senators to choose which one they believed.

The first votes on the Senate floor are set for Saturday. Two Republican women, Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, both of whom had said they wanted to see Ford’s testimony, will be key. So could Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who is not running for re-election.

Flake, who has yet to announce how he will vote on Trump’s embattled nominee, said a caller warned that he would take the senator and his family “out” if he didn’t stop interfering.

Ford’s voice cracked as she recalled for the committee the brutal attack she says she endured over three decades ago in the bedroom of a Maryland home, while Kavanaugh was angry and tearful, denying he ever assaulted anyone, and accusing Democrats of being behind “a calculated and orchestrated political hit” against him.

Ford testified she is “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh is the one who assaulted her, though two other men have come forward to suggest she may have been mistaken, and they might have been the perpetrators.

Kavanaugh testified that his name has been “totally and permanently destroyed” by these “false” allegations,” abandoning much of his prepared remarks to blast the process as a “disgrace” and a “circus,” and later sparring with Democratic senators.

The two very different versions of the truth, unfolding in the heated atmosphere of gender divides, #MeToo and the Trump presidency, could not be reconciled.

Moments before the hearing ended, the president tweeted his support of Kavanaugh, calling his testimony “powerful, honest, and riveting,” and slamming the Democrats for employing a “search and destroy strategy” that was “disgraceful.”

Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell was meant to be an ace-in-the-hole for Republicans during the televised questioning of Ford — but the ploy may have backfired, experts said.

Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Ford was an “attractive, good witness.” Asked to clarify what he meant by “attractive,” he replied: “In other words, she’s pleasing.”

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham angrily blasted the Democrats’ handling of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process as “the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”

The American Bar Association is reportedly calling for an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh following Ford’s testimony.

Fox News contributor Keven Jackson lost his post with the network after attacking Kavanaugh’s accusers, calling them “lying skanks” in a Twitter rant.

The highly anticipated meeting between Trump and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was postponed until next week because it clashed with the Senate hearing on Kavanaugh.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud, and the company itself is also expecting to be sued, though Tesla was not named as a defendant in the complaint.

It turns out that the price Musk came up with to take Tesla Inc. private – $420 a share – really was about weed, according to the SEC, and that the embattled chief executive officer tweeted the figure to impress his girlfriend, the rapper Grimes.

Emails made public under court order following a public records lawsuit by NY1 make clear NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio privately acknowledged that both he and his team were doing a terrible job at getting their message out on how they were trying to deal with the longstanding and difficult issue of homelessness in 2015.

The emails reveal how de Blasio’s relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned toxic, leading the mayor to veto “any and all” cooperation with the governor’s administration nearly four years ago.

The emails also show City Hall scrambling to deal with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association putting out a form that would let its members declare de Blasio was unwelcome at their funerals in response to his comments about policing in the wake of Eric Garner’s death.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released a public schedule for the day.

President Donald Trump meets this morning with the United States Mission to the United Nations before departing NYC for Washington, D.C., where he will participate in a roundtable and dinner with supporters this evening.

All eyes are on Washington, D.C. today as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, and the first woman to publicly accuse him of sexual misconduct (in this case, alleged assault), Christine Blasey Ford.

At 8 a.m., Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, will be a guest on Good Day New York.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal joins the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF), and other advocacy groups outside to announce a groundbreaking campaign in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:15 a.m., Molinaro holds a press conference, The Marsid M&M Group, 245 Westbury Ave., Carle Place, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at a street renaming ceremony for FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy, Engine 75 & Ladder 33, 2175 Walton Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes an announcement, Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., dozens of New York and New Jersey airport workers attend the Port Authority Board Meeting to witness passage of a $19 an hour minimum wage at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty international airports, and will rally in celebration after the vote, 2 Montgomery St., Jersey City, NJ.

At 3 p.m., Hochul tours the state-funded expansion of pharmaceutical manufacturer SterRx, 141 Idaho Ave., Plattsburgh.

At 4 p.m., hundreds of CUNY faculty and staff, led by a brass band, march through lower Manhattan to demand a fair contract, starting at the New York Stock Exchange, 100 Wall St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Molinaro attends Helping Hands for Puerto Rico, El San Juan Restaurant, 1429 5th Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the Working Families Party meets tonight to start the decision-making process on whether to remove Cynthia Nixon from its ballot line in November, 256 W. 38th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the Franklin County Democratic Committee Dinner and Women’s Reception, Malone Golf Course, 79 Golf Course Rd., Malone.

At 6:15 p.m., Assemblywoman Nily Rozic attends a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building addition at P.S. 24Q Andrew Jackson School, 45-57 Union St., Queens.

At 7 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza appears on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis.

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New sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh threw Capitol Hill into disarray, but Republicans are refusing to change course and still plan to vote on the nomination early next week.

Adding to a growing list of complaints, the Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating an anonymous allegation that Kavanaugh physically assaulted a woman while drunk in 1998.

A fifth accusation against Kavanaugh was revealed in an interview transcript released by the Senate Judiciary Committee last night. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, received a call from a man who claimed his “close acquaintance” had been sexually assaulted by the nominee and pal Mark Judge on a docked boat in Newport in 1985.

An ex-girlfriend of Judge — the former high school classmate of Kavanaugh who has been accused of watching the nominee sexually assault a teen girl in the 1980s — said that she’s willing to talk to the FBI and Senate Judiciary Committee about what she knows.

Trump pushed back on Kavanaugh’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick, calling her allegations “ridiculous,” and trashing her attorney Michael Avenatti, who also represents the porn actress Stormy Daniels who claims she had an affair with Trump, calling him a “lowlife.”

“He represented Democrats,” Trump said of Avenatti. “Nobody ever talks about that. He’s a Democrat lawyer. Not a very good one, but he’s a Democrat lawyer.”

Avenatti responded on Twitter, calling Trump “a habitual liar and complete narcissist.”

Trump said he would monitor the Kavanaugh/Ford hearing and listen with an open mind.

Asked if his willingness to listen to the women’s stories means there is a scenario in which he would withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, Trump said: “If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yeah, sure.”

Trump said that his own opinion about Kavanaugh’s case is affected by the many allegations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him by women in the past.

After days of blanket denials of any bad behavior, Kavanaugh struck a note of contrition during a private meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee staff – even as he maintained his innocence on sexual assault. He planned to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee members today that he sometimes drank too much and “was not perfect” in high school.

Four people submitted sworn affidavits to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, previously told them about the incident.

One affidavit is from Ford’s husband, Russell, who holds master and doctorate degrees in engineering from Stanford and has been married to Ford since 2002. He said she “shared the details of the sexual assault during a couple’s therapy session in 2012.”

Two men have come forward to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to claim that they are the ones who actually assaulted Ford during a house party in 1982 — and not Kavanaugh.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand delivered a powerful speech on the Senate floor, calling the Republicans’ response to the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh dismissive and “so disappointing.”

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who could determine whether Kavanaugh gets a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, raised serious concerns at a private meeting about the newest allegations of inappropriate behavior against the nominee – and questioned why the Senate Judiciary Committee had not subpoenaed a close friend of the federal judge.

Ford’s attorneys released results from a polygraph test she took last month — which she apparently passed.

As accusations of sexual impropriety have threatened to upend the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a common theme has emerged connecting the decades-old alleged incidents: heavy drinking.

Students and faculty members from Yale Law School packed the campus’s largest church for a hastily arranged town hall, where they spoke about the sexual assault allegations swirling around Kavanaugh, a 1990 graduate of the school.

David Hogg, in an interview with BuzzFeed News, said that he regrets not attending the White House listening session following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and that he would now “love” to speak to the president.

Trump said he believes a two-state solution “works best” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and will present the peace plan in the coming months.

Trump said that he would “certainly prefer not” to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department’s No. 2 official.

The Federal Reserve, as expected, raised its benchmark interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point yesterday, and indicated it plans to raise rates again in December.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused by another woman, Julie Swetnick, of having engaged in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s.

Swetnick, a Washington, D.C., resident who has had a career working for the federal government, said she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and others in the early 1980s to spike drinks and “cause girls to become inebriated” so they could be assaulted.

In a statement released by the White House, Kavanaugh called these allegations “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.” Of Swetnick, he said: “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

All Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee urged the president to pull the appeals judge’s nomination or “direct the FBI to re-open its background investigation” to examine accusations of sexual misconduct, arguing that the claims against Kavanaugh are more than enough “to trigger a meaningful nonpartisan investigation.”

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is leaving the possibility that the Senate Judiciary Committee may not vote Friday on Kavanaugh’s nomination. He promised to provide Christine Blasey Ford, an accuser of Kavanaugh, as well as the nominee, a “fair and respectful venue” at a committee meeting tomorrow.

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is urging Kavanaugh to withdraw as nominee for the Supreme Court because of the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court or order an FBI investigation into allegations made against him.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand delivered a scathing speech on the Senate floor, criticizing her Republican colleagues for their “disappointing” response to the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley is asking a federal court to block his U.S. Senate colleagues from voting on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until the Trump administration turns over information about the judge’s prior government work.

Ford’s legal team has released a copy of a polygraph examination report regarding her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh.

Trump accused China of interfering in the midterm elections to damage him politically because of his tough tactics on trade.

For the first time since taking office, Trump endorsed a two-state solution as the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, as he met today at the U.N. with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The WFP has taken the first step to find a new ballot position for Cynthia Nixon in November by filing papers to nominate Douglass Seidman – its placeholder candidate for the 66th Assembly District – for a judgeship.

General Motors Co. is moving its Cadillac headquarters back to Detroit, nearly four years after relocating the luxury brand’s home base to New York City’s trendy SoHo neighborhood thanks to incentives from the Cuomo administration.

The race between Republican Rep. Chris Collins and Democrat Nathan McMurray is now a “toss-up,” the RealClearPolitics website said as it upgraded McMurray’s chances in what had been a race that “leans Republican.”

The Cuomo campaign was forced to admit a false statement made by the governor to the Times Union editorial board about the Crystal Run contribution scandal.

Contrary to what he told the TU, Cuomo today said that Crystal Run Healthcare made outreach to his campaign “months ago” about potential problems with its donations to his campaigns – something he now claims he didn’t know when asked by the editorial board.

Cuomo says the state of New York will provide $12.3 million worth of financial aid to Niagara Falls to help plug the distressed city’s anticipated 2019 budget gap.

The governor signed a bill into law that finally makes it a crime to skip out on barbers and beauticians, closing a loophole that bedeviled the small businesses.

New York has a Sunday deadline to reach an agreement with the federal government over whether to remove more than 500 I Love NY signs along state roadways or risk losing millions of dollars more in federal highway funds. But the governor says talks are ongoing about potential “changes” to the signs.

A bipartisan state Senate panel criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration for its continued refusal to grant unlimited sick time to civilian employees who suffer from certified World Trade Center-related diseases.

The Canastota school district in Madison County has the highest math and ELA state exam opt-out rates in Central New York, according to data released today by the state Education Department.

The UN named former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to lead a year-long green investment drive. He’s charged with steering private finance towards clean energy and climate resilience projects around the world.

Several NYC lawmakers will be riding the subway next week in an effort to gather feedback from commuters on the challenges they face every day.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released a public schedule for the day.

President Donald Trump is back at the UN General Assembly bright and early this morning, where he will participate in a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of the State of Israel, and also a Security Council briefing on counterproliferation.

Trump will then head to the Lotte New York Hotel, where he will participate in separate bilateral meetings with the prime minister of Japan and the UK before holding a press conference.

This evening, the president attends dinner with supporters at an undisclosed NYC location.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention board meeting in Washington, D.C. She will return to NYC tomorrow night.

At 8 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul presents a proclamation for School Breakfast Day with Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, Brooklyn Frontiers High School, 112 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn.

At 8:30 a.m., the Coalition for Accessible Subways at Mosholu Parkway, elected officials, community leaders, and advocacy groups hold a rally in front of the MTA Board Room to call for the construction of wheelchair and disability accessible enhancements to the Mosholu Parkway 4 train station, 2 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., the MTA board meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive Latimer is launching the “Westchester Loves to Read” initiative, Brookside School, 30 Ryder Rd., Ossining.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at street renaming ceremony for Firefighter William Tolley, Engine 286 & Ladder 135, 66-44 Myrtle Ave., Ridgewood.

Later, de Blasio will meet with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in a closed-press event.

At noon, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli releases an economic report about Staten Island, St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island.

Also at noon, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change and other groups hold a rally and petition delivery urging JPMorgan Chase & Co. to stop financing for-profit prisons, 270 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development and the Assembly Subcommittee on Museums and Cultural Institutions hold a public hearing on the impact of arts and cultural organizations on the state’s economy, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., residents impacted by the CPV power plant and grassroots groups from around the state hold a press conference in the wake of the Joe Percoco sentencing, Emergency Response Center, 22 Wells Farm Rd., Goshen.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1:45 p.m., Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, visits the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 62 Mott St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the state Senate Committee on Labor and the Senate Committee on Economic Development hold a public hearing to examine the minority- and women-owned business enterprises program, Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

At 3 p.m., the state Athletic Commission holds a meeting, New York Department of State, 123 William St., Conference Room 231, Manhattan.

At 3:20 p.m., Molinaro visits American Legion Post 1291, 191-193 Canal St., Manhattan.

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul makes an announcement, Amsterdam City Hall, 61 Church St., Amsterdam.

At 4 p.m., Molinaro visits the NYC Chinese Public School, 62 Mott St., Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., Molinaro stops by the Sing Tao Daily newspaper, 188 Lafayette St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus holds his annual county budget address, Orange County Government Center, Legislative Chamber, Goshen.

At 6:30 p.m., City & State hosts the Bronx Power 50 networking reception, featuring some of the city’s most inspiring and impactful individuals who have made a mark on politics, media, commerce, activism, social work and more, Wave Hill Public Gardens, 675 W. 252nd St., Bronx.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Molinaro will attend the Town of Oyster Bay Fall GOP Cocktail Party, 884 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

Also at 6:30 p.m., NYSERDA holds a public information meeting on New York’s efforts to responsibly and cost effectively advance 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 in a manner consistent with the Offshore Wind Master Plan, Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St., 6th Fl., Long Beach.

Also at 6:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza attends a town hall meeting of District 3’s Community Education Council, PS 163, 163 W. 97th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the Herkimer County Democratic Committee Dinner, Travelodge Hotel, 20 Albany St., Little Falls.

Also at 7 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the African Heritage Reception, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

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President Donald Trump spoke about America’s generosity during his speech at the UN General Assembly, but warned that the gravy train might be halted for any nations receiving foreign aid that are hostile to the US.

Trump’s over-the-top tooting of his own horn had his audience in stitches as he delivered a nationalistic speech before the General Assembly that targeted the very nature of the international body.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has tentatively scheduled a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Friday morning.

Trump assailed the latest woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she “has nothing” because she was “messed up” at the time, even as a key Republican senator urged colleagues to take the accusations seriously.

The allegation by Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale, has roiled an already tumultuous confirmation process and riven the Yale community.

As turmoil grows over sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, casting doubts over his confirmation to the Supreme Court, a group of Mormon women is calling on senators to suspend his confirmation proceedings until a thorough investigation is completed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican leadership said that it had retained Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor specializing in sex crimes, to help question Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s first accuser.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the handling by Republicans of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh as “disgusting,” saying he was particularly offended that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted a confirmation vote on the nominee even before a hearing would be held into the allegations against him.

Trump-boosting Republicans demanded testimony from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in light of reports that he proposed secretly recording and removing the president from office.

Bill Cosby burst out laughing in court moments after he was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for a 2004 sex assault.

Cosby, 81, who has said he will appeal the conviction, removed his tie and cufflinks and was escorted from the Montgomery County District Courthouse in handcuffs after the judge denied him bail.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to New York gadfly Randy Credico, the man claimed by former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone to have been his back channel to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The federal government could soon pay more in interest on its debt than it spends on the military, Medicaid or children’s programs.

Mike Pence has become the first sitting vice president to speak at the anti-LGBT Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, following in the footsteps of Trump, who last year became the first sitting president to do so.

The CBS Corporation named Richard Parsons, a longtime business and media executive, as interim chairman of the board of directors — the latest move in a continuing shake-up during what has been a turbulent few months for the company.

The governor blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states.

“There are more jobs than ever. Our taxes are lower than ever,” Cuomo told reporters. “People were leaving upstate New York because they had to…That is no longer the case. Somebody wants to move to Florida because they want to move to Florida. God bless them. They want to fish. They want warm weather.”

After a speech before the state’s Business Council in Lake George, Cuomo was noncommittal about debating his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, one-on-one, suggesting he may insist minor party candidates are included — a favorite Cuomo debate tactic.

Cuomo told business leaders he has governed as a fiscal conservative, making no mention of policies he has pushed that they don’t like – such as raising the minimum wage and paid family leave. He doubled down on upstate economic development despite the Buffalo Billion scandal.

Cuomo called Molinaro’s proposal to cut property taxes by 30 percent over five years a “shell-game sham.”

Molinaro unveiled another component of his “Empire State Freedom” plan that he said would double the retirement exemption to $40,000 for senior citizen retirees and $80,000 for married couples. Still no information on how he plans to pay for this.

Molinaro said during a visit to Syracuse that the state should erase income taxes on small manufacturers as well as large companies organized as so-called “C-corporations.” He will reveal later this week how the state would make up the difference for that change in tax policy and other proposals he’s releasing in pieces.

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Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Cosby is heading straight to prison as the judge denied him a request that he remain free on bail while he pursues an anticipated appeal. He was emotionless as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs by four sheriff’s deputies.

Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame won’t be removed, despite his sentence. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said it “does not remove stars from the Walk of Fame” because they “are intended to be permanent.”

In some of his strongest language yet in defense of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump accused Senate Democrats of engaging in a “con game” by opposing him.

Trump slammed Kavanaugh’s second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, saying: “She says it may not be him and there are gaps. And she was totally inebriated and all messed up, and she doesn’t know,. It might have been him, or it might have been him. Gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell apologize to Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, following remarks McConnell made that said an “evil smear campaign” was targeting the nominee.

With Kavanaugh’s nomination in limbo amid allegations of sexual assault, Yale Law School has been brought to a standstill. Classes were canceled Monday afternoon after students protested Kavanaugh by refusing to attend.

Republican Party leaders may be insisting that they will install Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, but Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is offering a blunt warning of her own: Do not prejudge sexual assault allegations against the nominee that will be aired at an extraordinary public hearing on Thursday.

Michael Avenatti has said he will reveal a third woman who is ready to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, literally risking her life to do so.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plugged accomplishments on upstate economic development, job creation and taxes in making his case for why the Business Council of New York State should endorse him.

The Business Council speech marked a pivot for Cuomo, who spent much of his second term burnishing the progressive credentials he touted during his successful Democratic primary campaign against actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon.

Cuomo spent just over about $26 million on his primary campaign, and now has just under $12 million heading into the general election, compared to almost $26 million four years ago.

Cuomo blamed upstate weather – not economic policies of his administration or job and population losses – for prompting New Yorkers flee to other states.

Cuomo told reporters he hasn’t decided yet whether the state needs the $4.5 billion in annual revenue from the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax,” which is set to expire at the end of 2019.

Passing the Child Victims Act, legislation that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults, is among Cuomo’s top priorities listed for next year, should he be re-elected in November.

Overall, Cuomo outspent his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, nearly 10-to-1 toward his easy victory, dropping about $27 per vote.

With their Aug. 24 deadline approaching to open the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s second span, Tappan Zee Constructors expressed reservations that workers would complete the job on time, and the company even was tentative in committing to a new date of Sept. 7.

NYC has lost more than one million apartments renting for $900 or less since 2005, according to a new report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer — something he said shows the magnitude of the city’s housing crisis.

Disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will not have to report to federal prison on Oct. 5 after a circuit judge agreed to postpone his reporting date until after an appeals court decides whether to allow him to remain free on bail while he appeals his latest conviction on corruption charges.

The Cicero Board of Ethics has issued a finding that says Town Councilor Judy Boyke violated town ethics rules when she appeared at an assessment reduction hearing with a resident, but she says the allegation is “all lies.”

A University of Michigan study found that for every dollar the U.S. government spends on restoring Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and other water bodies, the Buffalo area could see more than $4 of additional economic gain through the next couple of decades.

A Rochester-area justice who pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing $8,339 in court fees will go to jail and be barred from judicial office again, authorities said.

Congrats, Steve Barnes. Over the weekend, the Table Hopping blog received its 200,000th posted comment.