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Here and Now

It’s National Voter Registration Day. If you’re not already registered, today’s a good opportunity to change that.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and Warren County, where he’ll attend the NYS Business Council’s annual meeting and delivers remarks at 10 a.m.

President Donald Trump speaks this morning at the UN General Assembly in Manhattan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Manhattan, where he participates in the high-level week of the General Assembly and holds bilateral meetings on the margins.

At 8:45 a.m., Rockefeller Institute of Government President Jim Malatras and the organization’s Assistant Director for Policy and Research Katie Zuber discuss the opioid epidemic in rural New York, Conference of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State, Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse.

At 9:30 a.m. the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a public hearing, Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre St., ninth floor, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres and others, WNYC.

At 10:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks at the Linden Tree Elementary Technology & Family Homework Lab ribbon-cutting, 1560 Purdy St., Bronx.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray delivers remarks at the Mayor’s Fund board of directors meeting, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul announces the winners of 76 West Awards, Doubletree by Hilton, Grand Ballroom, 225 Water St., Binghamton.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer joins tenants and affordable housing advocates to release a report on the rent affordability crisis and solutions to address it, 1 Centre St., 10th Floor, Manhattan.

At 11:15 a.m., Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, holds a press conference, David Homes New Home Construction
Cross Creek Subdivision, 53 Tranquility Trail, Lancaster.

At 1 p.m., Hochul announces a “significant economic investment” in the Southern Tier, Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, 120 Hawley St., Binghamton.

Also at 1 p.m., the state Court Officers Association holds a press conference to highlight staffing shortage in the courts, security lapses and an unfinished $35 million training academy, 320 Jay St., Brooklyn.

At 1:30 p.m., Molinaro holds another press conference at a yet-to-be-determined location in Rochester.

Also at 1:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will celebrate National Voter Registration Day by joining City-As-School students and student activists David Hogg, Delaney Tarr, and Ramon Contreras to discuss civic engagement and activism, 16 Clarkson St., Manhattan.

At 3:30 p.m., Molinaro holds a third press conference, United Auto Supply, 1200 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

At 5:15 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum event, 237 W. 35th St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Assembly members Patricia Fahy, John McDonald, Angelo Santabarbara, Phil Steck, Mary Beth Walsh as well as state Sen. James Tedisco and others rally on behalf of direct support professionals to receive a living wage, Robb Alley at Proctor’s Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady.

At 6 p.m., a pre-taped interview with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears on Roland Martin Unfiltered

At 7 p.m., Diaz presents an award at the Waterfront Alliance’s Heroes on the Harbor Gala, Pier 61, The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., “Inside City Hall” features a special town hall on NYCHA’s public housing crisis, NY1.

De Blasio holds a closed-press dinner for business and civic leaders at Gracie Mansion, East Side, Manhattan.

Headlines…

Embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh claimed he couldn’t have sexually assaulted any of his accusers because he was a virgin “many years” into college — but none of his alleged victims have made claims of rape or sexual penetration.

Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum” after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct, and the judge insisted: “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”

With President Trump publicly backing him, and senior Senate Republicans closing ranks around him, Kavanaugh pledged to “defend my integrity, my lifelong record.”

“Even the toughest Supreme Court confirmation battles never quite came to this: a grim-faced nominee, stoic wife at his side, going on national television and describing when, approximately, he lost his virginity.”

Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook page offers a glimpse into his teenage years, including a boast of a conquest with a student at a nearby girls Catholic school. The woman in question, who signed a letter in support of Kavanaugh before she knew of the yearbook mention, said it was “horrible, hurtful and simply untrue.”

New Yorker writers Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer pushed back against the New York Times’ coverage of the latest allegations against Kavanaugh.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz got run out of a restaurant in Washington last night by a group of activists, who shouted “We believe survivors” in protest of Kavanaugh and his Supreme Court bid.

When Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, headed to the White House yesterday morning, he was ready to resign and convinced — wrongly, it turned out — that Trump was about to fire him. He safe until at least Thursday, when the two are set to meet.

A federal judge said he’s leaning toward dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Trump.

Trump raised hopes at the United Nations that a second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could occur “quite soon,” striking a conciliatory tone one year after he used his debut at the U.N. to deride the autocrat as “Little Rocket Man” and threaten to “totally destroy North Korea.”

The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company.

Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement that he and Mike Krieger plan to leave the company in the next few weeks, and there was no immediate word as to why.

After endorsing Gov. Andrew Cuomo twice in the last eight years, the state’s business leaders are considering whether to offer their blessing for a third term after the governor tacked left to win a Democratic primary.

Hopeful that he might have a shot at the Council’s endorsement this year, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro pitched its members on his property tax relief plan, which he says would reduce taxes by 30 percent over five years, though he declined to share specifics.

Molinaro called for a complete state takeover of Medicaid, and also said he would make permanent the 2 percent property tax cap imposed Cuomo in 2011 — and expand it to New York City, which is currently exempt.

A neo-Nazi group founded in 2016 is distributing anti-Cuomo flyers, and says on its website that it is fighting back against a probe it claims the governorordered this summer into the usage of Identity Evropa posters that were placed at “dozens of public universities and public places in New York and New Jersey.”

The United Nations General Assembly has become an annual headache for drivers as security surrounding the weeklong event in Manhattan creates gridlock nightmares. But this year ferry riders and bicyclists have suffered their own traffic woes.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio bobbed and weaved and declined to comment about his role in City Hall compiling a secret dossier on a city watchdog who’s issued multiple critical reports of the mayor’s administration.

NY-21 Democrat Tedra Cobb’s campaign is requesting that television stations pull an attack ad from Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik that claims Cobb is a “Cuomo clone” on the grounds that it is inaccurate.

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As he was whisked through Manhattan for meetings with world leaders, events in Washington yanked the president back into domestic concerns – facing questions about the future of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and new sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

“Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I am with him all the way,” Trump said, adding that he believes the allegations against the nominee are “totally political.”

Kavanaugh’s refusal to step aside — backed by Trump and key Senate Republicans — sets up a blockbuster hearing Thursday that will determine whether the appeals court judge can be elevated to the nation’s highest court.

Trump will meet with Rosenstein on Thursday to discuss reports that he talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

The announcement came just hours after reports that Rosenstein was considering resigning, which set off a flurry of speculation about who would replace him at the Justice Department, where he oversees the Russia investigation.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, accused Democrats of mounting a “smear campaign” against Kavanaugh, who is facing a second sexual misconduct allegation.

“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,” Kavanaugh said in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last minute character assassination will not succeed.”

New York’s former top pension investment officer, Vicki Fuller, was appointed to the board of a natural gas conglomerate after the pension system bought up the company’s bonds, rejected demands to divest from fossil fuels and supported multimillion-dollar pay packages for the company’s executives after the firm’s stock price had dropped.

A white supremacist group is distributing fliers across the state hitting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for attacking their right to free speech.

Cuomo won’t touch eels, because they remind him of snakes, which he doesn’t like.

An arbitrator has ruled in favor of the Buffalo Teachers Federation in the City Honors dispute. The union says the arbitrator ruled that the Buffalo School District retaliated against teachers at City Honors by “eliminating 5.5 teacher positions to fund teacher aides.”

If Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney had resigned last week or before, there would have been a special election to pick her replacement. Instead, it will be up to the Onondaga County Legislature to choose who will manage the county for the next year.

Mahoney will work primarily at SUNY ESF and will also serve as a special advisor to SUNY Upstate Medical University. There are a number of messes that are awaiting her at her new job, including…

…The former president of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse pleaded guilty to three counts of official misconduct, admitting that he had secretly boosted his annual pay by nearly $29,000 and used unauthorized expenses to increase his $5,000-a-month housing allowance.

Within hours of Mahoney’s announcement she would resign, Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon, 38, had locked up enough support to succeed her. He could be in office in a matter of weeks.

It appears NY-27 Republican Rep. Chris Collins didn’t leave his own picture on his first TV campaign ad for the required full four seconds. As a result, his Democratic opponent, Nate McMurray, contends the ad violates federal rules.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro said he has a plan to cut local property taxes 30 percent over years, primarily through capping state spending and having the state take over the Medicaid bill from counties.

New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes.

Cuomo has signed into law a bill to allow medical marijuana to be used as an alternative to opioids for pain management.

An Ithaca company is accused of turning a blind eye to pervasive sexual harassment and blatant racism in the workplace.

Mark Richardson, former president of the Carolina Panthers football team, has expanded his real estate portfolio to the Northeast, purchasing a 3-acre retail shopping center at one of the busiest intersections in Queensbury.

As more governments allow and even encourage their employees to use their own cellphones and computers for work, the line between private and public communication has blurred.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump will be at the U.N. this morning, where he will participate in the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.

The president then heads to Trump Tower, where he will remain until the early afternoon, when he’ll participate in a bilateral meeting with the president of the Republic of Korea at the Lotte New York Palace.

Trump will also participate in a signing ceremony for the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement, and separate bilateral meetings with the presidents of Egypt and France.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump will end the day with a diplomatic reception photo line.

At 9:30 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Business Council of New York’s annual meeting, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 9:30 a.m., NAN’s Kristen John Foy and others arrested at a protest of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appear in New York County Criminal Court, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, Convene, 730 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the Housing Rights Initiative and NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres release a new report on building permit fraud showing the extent and depth of the problem across the real-estate industry, and the impact it has on reducing the number of tenants across the city, Kushner Companies HQ, 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., members of the state Thruway Authority’s finance committee and members of the state Thruway Authority’s board meet, Thruway Authority Headquarters, 200 Southern Blvd., Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the NYC Stands with Survivors Rally, co-hosted by Hollaback!, Girls for Gender Equity, and YWCA Brooklyn, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:06 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will be a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter, and will discuss the state Senate races on Long Island.

At noon, state Senate candidate Pat Strong and National Institute for Reproductive Health President Andrea Miller join advocates to rally for women’s reproductive rights and announce Strong has received the NIRH and Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts endorsement, Ulster County Courthouse, 285 Wall St., Kingston.

At 12:15 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of Climate Week, The Times Center, 242 W. 41st St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, attends the state Business Council’s annual meeting, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 2 p.m., Long Island state Sens. Kemp Hannon, Elaine Phillips, and Carl Marcellino hold a press conference to demand action on setting critical drinking water safety standards, Bethpage Water Plant, South Park Avenue, near the intersection of Sarah Drive, abutting Bethpage State Park.

At 5:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts his monthly call-in show, “Ask the Borough President,” News 12 The Bronx.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Charter Revision Commission holds a public hearing, College of Staten Island, Staten Island.

Also at 6 p.m., the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup will hold a listening session, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., Democratic state Attorney General candidate Letitia James, the NYC public advocate; and state Senate candidates Alessandra Biaggi, Zellnor Myrie, and Robert Jackson will speak at the launch event for Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC, 620 Loft and Garden, Midtown.

Also at 6 p.m., the New York League of Conservation Voters, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and other advocates will hold a town hall meeting discussing the need for replacing the diesel school bus fleet with electric buses, for both health and environmental reasons, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer will host his African Immigrant Heritage Event, National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Molinaro hosts a Plattsburgh Town Hall, 137 Margaret St., Plattsburgh.

Also at 7 p.m., de Blasio appears live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Headlines…

The New Yorker magazine reports that U.S. Senate Democrats have been investigating a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year – the judge’s first at Yale University.

Deborah Ramirez described the incident after being contacted by the magazine, recalling that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event “did not happen” and that the allegation was “a smear, plain and simple.” A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was “designed to tear down a good man.”

The new allegation emerged hours after arrangements were finally locked in for a Senate hearing on Thursday at which Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will allege that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in high school.

Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 that he plans to hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee that do not show a party consistent with Ford’s description, according to someone working for his confirmation.

Mark Judge, the high school classmate who has defended Kavanaugh against allegations of attempted rape, allegedly confessed to an ex-girlfriend about sexual misconduct at Georgetown Prep.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti told the Senate Judiciary Committee late yesterday that he has multiple witnesses who can say Kavanaugh participated in gang rapes of drunken women during high school.

Debra Katz has long been a Washington fixture on sexual harassment cases and the #MeToo movement. But never has she faced anything like the scrutiny accompanying the Kavanaugh case, with its far-reaching political, social, and legal stakes.

Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the committee should investigate allegations of physical and emotional abuse made against Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison.

Trump shifted his focus to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions when asked about a report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said in an interview that aired on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” he might move to run for president after the midterm elections this year.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the Trump administration “is not looking to do regime change in Iran,” contradicting President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who said the U.S. would “overthrow” the Iranian government.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama held a campaign-style rally in Las Vegas to urge Nevadans to register to vote and cast ballots this fall, warning them that sitting out means someone else will make decisions for them.

Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in today on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation’s worst air pollution.

The Big Apple will be Gridlock City all week as United Nations bigwigs — including Trump — gather for the annual United Nations General Assembly opening. The traffic tieups got underway last night as the president helicoptered from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J. to the Wall Street heliport.

As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago.

For Trump’s advisers, the biggest risk at the U.N. General Assembly this year is the reverse of what it was last year: not that he will be dangerously undiplomatic, but that he will be overly enthusiastic about engagement with wily adversaries.

As the special counsel’s office appears to be focusing in on Trump’s longtime political ally Roger Stone, an email recently obtained by ABC News suggests Stone sought contact with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange during what may have been a critical moment in the 2016 campaign.

Investors are craving marijuana stocks as Canada prepares to legalize pot next month, leading to giant gains for Canada-based companies listed on U.S. exchanges. But some experts are concerned that the ending will be a buzzkill.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, who has made tackling corruption the centerpiece of his campaign, has created a website for state workers who want to report wrongdoing within the Cuomo administration.

Molinaro, who ripped Cuomo last week for having former top aide and current campaign adviser Larry Schwartz on the MTA board, successfully sought appointment of his own best man to the same panel.

It may be his home state, but don’t expect to see Trump stumping in New York for Molinaro — or any other GOP candidates, for that matter.

Can seven insurgent state Senate candidates, fresh off Democratic primary victories, be enough of a catalyst for progressive change in Albany?

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The Weekend That Was

Attorneys for Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, sent an acceptance letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee with moments to spare before a 2:30 p.m. Saturday deadline which was set late Friday by the committee’s chairman, Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.

But in a possible setback for Ford, Republicans on the committee received a statement on Saturday that seemed to eliminate any chance of corroboration of her account by anyone who attended the high school party where she says she was assaulted.

Grassley made his announcement on Twitter shortly before midnight, after lawyers for Ford sent an angry email accusing his staff of bullying their client.

Ford agreed to testify publicly on Thursday, but her lawyers want to keep talking about the details.

The fate of Kavanaugh’s nomination and the Senate’s treatment of Ford have the makings of a pivot point in American politics — the crest of a wave building since Trump’s election.

“It would be very easy for the FBI to go back and finish the background investigation, to investigate these charges,” Hillary Clinton said. “And, you know, maybe find out there’s nothing to them, maybe find out there’s something to them, but at least have that investigation completed. And I think that’s what is a fair request, for due process to be asked for.”

Trump administration officials announced Saturday that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers could be denied green cards under new rules aimed at keeping out people the administration deems a drain on the country.

Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach, a Republican, abruptly ended his re-election campaign amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter.

Oprah Winfrey was in the running to be former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Secretary of Commerce during his last flirtation with the White House in 2016 — alongside other big names for the ex-mayor’s would-be Cabinet.

Trump has an executive order on his desk that could trigger an antitrust investigation into Google, Facebook and other tech giants amid allegations of ­anti-conservative bias on their platforms.

Molinaro, the Republican nominee for governor, says his wife’s background in marketing and design made her a great fit for a job with a construction firm in Dutchess County, where he’s county executive. Cuomo calls it pay-to-play.

Cuomo is promising to expand gun control as part of his re-election campaign. Molinaro is somewhere in the middle — wary of alienating gun rights supporters and trying to sway moderate voters behind the SAFE Act.

Radio Woodstock (WDST/100.1 FM) has announced it pulled an advertisement criticizing NY-19 Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado, calling it “highly offensive” and “factually distorted.”

The woman accused of a stabbing spree at a Queens boarding house for “tourist babies,” cutting three newborns and two adults before trying to kill herself — has been charged in connection with the bloody rampage, cops said.

A Long Island mother who became a national voice against gang violence following her daughter’s murder at the hands of MS-13 thugs was remembered Friday at her own funeral as a “hero” and “warrior.”

De Blasio came under fire from some of his closest allies for plotting to sack the city’s top watchdog, who has issued blistering reports about the administration.

The mayor said the city won’t bail out a stalled $900 million project to build the largest Ferris wheel in the Western Hemisphere on Staten Island, noting it was his predecessor’s idea.

De Blasio made it clear he’s not looking for another fight with Cuomo, saying “it is time for Democrats to unite” for November’s election, but he also said he won’t pressure leaders of the Working Families Party to drop Cynthia Nixon from their ballot line in favor of the governor.

A Kennedy family charity’s plan to spend millions bailing out 16- to 18-year-olds and women from city jails will put violent, repeat offenders onto the streets, a Manhattan law-enforcement source tells The NY Post.

Veteran professors at John Jay College of Criminal Justice ran something called “the swamp,” where they allegedly used and sold drugs, and “pimped” out and sexually preyed on students, according to two women at the center of a widening scandal being investigated by the Manhattan DA and the state IG.

One question looming over the investigation, two of the people briefed on it said, is why the college, which has been aware of the allegations since at least May, conducted an internal review before contacting the police or prosecutors. The college has close ties to law enforcement.

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President Donald Trump questioned why the woman accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault waited years to report the incident, leveling his most direct criticism yet at Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford’s sister-in-law said on “Good Morning America” she doesn’t “see any possibility” that Ford is mistaken about her assault claim.

Rudy Giuliani waded into the Kavanaugh controversy, blaming Democrats, particularly U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, for — as he sees it — putting partisan enmity above all else.

Former Vice President Joe Biden once again apologized to Anita Hill, saying he regrets that he couldn’t stop members of the Senate Judiciary Committee from vilifying her when she came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Clarence Thomas.

Trump walked back his order earlier this week to declassify information in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying Justice Department officials and others had convinced him not to declassify it for the time being.

The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit.

…Rosenstein is denying the Times report, calling it “inaccurate and factually incorrect,” adding: “(L)et me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

There are cracks in the Tappan Zee Bridge, and nobody wants to talk about it. Two small breaks on either side of what’s left of the 62-year-old bridge’s main span are visible to eagle-eyed gawkers, further fueling concern that the structure could collapse.

On the day after top Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco was sentenced to six years in prison for accepting bribes from executives of companies conducting business with the state, both major candidates for governor tried to outdo each other in highlighting government actions they say don’t pass the smell test.

Tonawanda Coke won the right to stay open but with the understanding its smokestack emissions will now be tested for pollutants. The company will also have an independent, third-party monitor looking over its shoulder.

Leaders of the nation’s largest advocacy group for dwarfs and short people contend it is inappropriate for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign to repeatedly label his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, as a “Mini Me” of Trump.

As Democrats eye majority control of the state Senate that has eluded them for a decade, party leaders and a coalition of progressive activists are descending on Southern Brooklyn’s District 22, where Democrat Andrew Gounardes is challenging Republican Sen. Marty Golden and where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two-to-one.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer questioned the city’s efforts to push through a huge $352 million, 20-year lease for the city Department of Investigation’s new office space three blocks away from its current location.

Teacher shortages aren’t prevalent statewide – at least not yet. They are more pronounced in some school districts than others, and more of a concern in specific fields or certain subjects.

Two terrified witnesses recounted the bloody mayhem inside an illegal Queens day care in 911 calls that described someone “killing people.”

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has fired public schools support services CEO Eric Goldstein and brought in a new leader following a series of Daily News articles that highlighted huge problems in the city’s yellow bus system.

A class-action lawsuit accusing Seagram’s liquor fortune heiress Sara Bronfman-Igtet of helping fleece millions of dollars from clients of NXIVM has been filed in state Supreme Court in Saratoga County.

Talk of potential sites for a new Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has led to questions about whether it could be paired with a new football stadium downtown, particularly at a site near Canalside.

Sports Illustrated rolled out a list of the toughest college basketball arenas in the country for opponents. Not surprisingly the Carrier Dome, capable of holding the country’s biggest on-campus crowd, ranked in the top ten.

While the number of potential voters age 18 and older in New York has shown some minor ups and downs, the peak in the past 20 years was this year, 2018. As of April, a total of 12,396,403 voters are registered — slightly more than the 12,376,815 registered in 2017.

Gallivan Not Sold on Collins Re-elect

From the Morning Memo:

Add state Sen. Pat Gallivan’s name to the list of Western New York Republicans who aren’t thrilled with the idea of sending disgraced Rep. Chris Collins back to Washington as he’s battling charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI.

During a CapTon interview last night, Gallivan, who took himself out of the running early on as a potential replacement for Collins on the November ballot – back before the congressman decided he would seek re-elect despite his legal troubles after all – said he needs to be convinced to vote for Collins, though he didn’t express a preference for any other candidate.

“For me, I’m one of his constituents, my district – all but two or three towns – sit wholly within that 27th Congressional District, and I think that Congressman Collins has to make his case, make a case to his constituents – myself included – in order to be re-elected,” the senator said.

When pressed on whether that means he can’t be counted on to vote “yes” on Collins, Gallivan replied:

“I serve the citizens, and I try to be responsive to the citizens that I serve, and I think he needs to do the same. He has said publicly that he is innocent of these charges, and I think that what he needs to do tell us about it, tell us that he is innocent and convince us that he is.”

“And if he can successfully do that, then he can be re-elected. I think he owes that, he has said that publicly, he now owes that to his constituents.”

WNY GOP officials had been struggling to figure out how to get Collins off the general election ballot and replace him with someone else – all while Democrats threatened to challenge any such move in court.

But Collins this week made their decision for them, announcing that on the advice of his attorneys, he had decided to run for re-election, and subsequently has said he plans to actively campaign while also fighting to clear his name.

The Cook Political Report has moved the NY-27 race to “leans Republican” from “likely Republican,” saying Collins flip-flop on his re-election bid improves the chances of his Democratic opponent, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray, despite the overwhelming GOP enrollment edge in the district.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump is still in Las Vegas, NV, where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters before delivering remarks and participating in a signing ceremony for legislation appropriating funds for energy and water, military construction and Veterans Affairs, and the legislative branch.

Shortly after noon, Trump departs Nevada for Springfield, MO, where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters at the JQH Arena prior to a “Make America Great Again” rally.

After the rally, the president travels to his golf club in Bedminster, NJ.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning travels to Knoxville, TN, where he delivers keynote remarks at the American Conservative Union’s CPAC 365: Knoxville event.

After that, Pence participates in a Marsha Blackburn for Senate event, and then heads to Little Rock, AR, where he participates in a French Hill for Congress event before returning to D.C.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board meets, BakerHostetler, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 14th floor, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres and medical services provider MedAlliance hold a press conference to announce a new and comprehensive lead poisoning prevention and safety plan, Torres’ District Office, 573 E. Fordham Road, Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on Brian Lehrer’s show on WNYC and takes calls from listeners.

(After his radio appearance, de Blasio and his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, travel to Connecticut, where their son, Dante, attends college).

At 10:15 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will continue his “Cuomo Corruption Tour,” 1339 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., Assemblyman David Weprin holds a press conference calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice to end the indefinite detentions of immigrants, ICE Varick Street Detention Facility, 201 Varick St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State staff reporter Jeff Coltin and others, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on WHAM 1180 with Bob Lonsberry.

At 11:30 a.m., representatives from the NYC Department of Finance and the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit will partner with NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal to hold a free rent freeze enrollment event for New Yorkers in the Upper West Side, Hamilton Senior Center, 141 West 73rd St., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Howie Hawkins will kick off his Green Party gubernatorial campaign for the general election with a news conference, Peacemaker Stage, 7 Court St., Binghamton. (Green Party state comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea will also be on hand).

At 1:15 p.m., Molinaro makes another “Cuomo Corruption Tour” stop, outside the County Executive Office Building, 39 W. Main St., Rochester.

At 2 p.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and Green Party state comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea kick off their general election campaign, Mezzanine, Autumn Leaves Used Book Store, 115 East State St. Ithaca.

At 3 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and SUNY Broome Community College President Kevin Drumm for a press conference regarding the SUNY Broome Culinary Arts Center, Carnegie Library, 78 Exchange St., Binghamton.

Also at 3 p.m., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in discussion on the “Impact of Litigation on Policy Change,” Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Heastie tours the Agriculture Development Center/Broome County Regional Farmers Market, 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

At 5 p.m., Heastie tours downtown Johnson City developments, 96 Corliss Ave., Johnson City.

At 5:30 p.m., Heastie tours the Binghamton Brewing Company, 15 Ave. B, Johnson City.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Victor M. Pichardo holds a march for peace to celebrate the International Day of Peace, starting at 79 W. 183rd St. and ending at Slattery Park, 231 E. 183rd St., Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., Molinaro will be the keynote speaker at the Ontario County Republican Committee Constitution Day Dinner, Club 86, 86 Ave. E, Geneva.

At 6:30 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Genesee County Democratic Committee’s Farm to Table Event, Sage Pavilion, 62 South Lake Ave., Bergen.

At 6:45 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza joins Yankees President Randy Levine and General Manager Brian Cashman to make an announcement, Yankee Stadium
1 East 161st St., the Bronx.

Headlines…

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, ruled out Monday as a possibility for testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but also appeared to leave the door open to testifying even if the FBI does not investigate her accusations, as she had previously requested.

In an interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump wondered why Ford didn’t “call the FBI 36 years ago” to report his sexual misdeed, adding: “That being said, let her have her say, and let’s see how it all works out.”

The venom flows both ways, as Kavanaugh’s accuser and the U.S. Supreme Court nominee and his wife are all reporting receiving hate mail and death threats.

Making a rare campaign appearance in Nevada, which he lost in the 2016 election, to support Sen. Dean Heller’s re-election, Trump dispensed with some of his usual bravado and predictions of victory and instead told an audience in a cavernous convention center in Las Vegas that the Republican majority was on a razor’s edge.

Investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have spent hours quizzing Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, about his one-time client’s dealings with Russia.

Cohen tweeted and quickly deleted a third-person message last night that confirmed his “critical” cooperation against Trump in Mueller’s investigation.

First Lady Melania’s top spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, broke a longstanding federal law by issuing a pro-Trump message from her official Twitter account earlier this year, investigators announced.

Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison in a case that cast a long and unflattering shadow over the Cuomo administration.

“If you can’t live with a public sector salary, get out of government,” Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni lectured a stonefaced Percoco in the courtroom. “What you can’t do is stay in government and make up the difference by taking bribes. If you do so, this court will show you no mercy.”

Caproni noted Percoco’s sentencing occurred amid other recent high-profile convictions of state leaders, and said she hoped the punishment – one year less than she gave ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after his guilty verdict in a re-trial on corruption charges – will “be heard in Albany.”

Cuomo, who once referred to Percoco as his late father’s third son, has been distancing himself from his former confidant. In a statement, Cuomo said Percoco “paying the price for violating the public trust,” and expressed sadness for the “tragedy” that has befallen his ex-aide’s family and young children.

Percoco is due to report to federal prison on Dec. 28, though his attorneys suggested they may try to keep him free as he appeals.

On the day Percoco was sentenced, the Cuomo campaign released an ad accusing the governor’s Republican opponent, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molino, of abusing the public trust.

The 30-second spot highlights a firm, Tinkelman Architecture of Poughkeepsie, that received $227,277 in tax breaks during Molinaro’s tenure as county executive. The narrator notes that Tinkelman hired “a member of Molinaro’s family” — his wife, Corrine Adams — as marketing director.

The NY Post: “Cuomo’s see-no-evil approach may explain why his campaign saw nothing ironic in rolling out a TV ad — on the very day of Percoco’s sentencing — seeking to taint GOP gov candidate Marc Molinaro as guilty of similar pay-to-play shenanigans.”

About an hour before Percoco was sentenced, Molinaro stopped in Watertown as part of his “Cuomo Corruption Tour,” calling the moment “another example of what is, by any measure, the most corrupted state government in America.”

Cuomo’s opponents feasted on the news that Percoco had been sentenced, and blamed the two-term Democratic incumbent for allowing pay-to-play corruption to occur right under his nose.

The Working Families Party bet big on Cynthia Nixon’s long-shot bid for governor. But in the wake of her Democratic primary loss to Cuomo, the WFP is considering anew who will run on its ballot line in November – including, possibly, the governor. Independent candidate Stephanie Miner has also contacted the party.

“Stranger things have happened than having an independent (candidate) win,” Miner said during a visit to the Times Union’s editorial board. “We’re in a time of tremendous volatility, politically.”

Bertha Lewis, a veteran WFP leader, she would “never” vote to give the party’s line to Cuomo after his campaign released a mailer linking Nixon to anti-Semitism, adding: “We don’t need Cuomo.”

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Extras

Joseph Percoco, who spent more than two decades as one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most-trusted aides and closest personal friends, was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of supervised release for accepting more than $300,000 in bribes.

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”

U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand accepted a letter signed by over 1,000 Holton-Arms alumnae in support of and in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser.

Here are several of the most visible false and misleading claims about Dr. Blasey, along with explanations of what’s really happening.

Nearly two dozen protesters opposing Kavanaugh were arrested as activists occupied the offices of key Republican senators.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is diverting up to $266 million this fiscal year to pay for the detainment of immigrant children, redistributing money previously used for cancer research, other refugee support programs and Head Start.

Drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 people in the US last year — a record — and killed some 600,000 people between 1979 and 2016, according to a new report. If the trend continues, the researchers say, then overdose deaths will double every eight years for the foreseeable future.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo is adding a radio show to his television work. The prime-time host will start his own two-hour radio show next Monday at noon on SiriusXM.

A former federal judge, Barbara Jones, will independently review the procedures that the Archdiocese of New York has in place to handle clergy sexual abuse, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio formally approved a plan to diversify schools in Brooklyn’s District 15 by scrapping screened admissions and shifting to a lottery system.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-time congressional candidate who unseated longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in a Democratic primary in Queens, says that the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico deserves to be granted “real self-determination” in the wake of two devastating hurricanes last year.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the president’s legal team likely plans to use executive privilege to block the release of parts of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours with investigators from the office of special counsel, sources tell ABC News.

The U.S. Senate has approved spending $324.6 million for the Army to buy radars from Lockheed Martin’s plant in suburban Syracuse that track incoming rocket, mortar and artillery fire.

The state Attorney General’s Office will investigate the 2016 death of an Erie County Holding Center inmate who spent her final days babbling on the floor of her cell, laying in her urine.

Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, said today he favors replacing the Interstate 81 viaduct in downtown Syracuse with the combination tunnel-street grid approach championed by Sen. John DeFrancisco.

The Adirondack Council released its annual State of the Park report, highlighting many things it believes elected and appointed officials did well for the park in 2018, and some things it thinks still need addressing. It received mixed reviews.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh wants to talk about how we remember Christopher Columbus in his city.

Syracuse University permanently expelled its chapter of Theta Tau in April, but the executive director of the fraternity’s national organization says Theta Tau could return and rebuild a chapter in Syracuse without SU’s recognition.

Buffalo needs a new convention center, and a location near Canalside or an expanded footprint near the existing facility are the two best places to build one, according to a study released today.

Joe Kernan, co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” took a shot at Buffalo. And Buffalo squawked back.

Brian Wansink, the Cornell University eating-behavior scientist under fire for scientific misconduct allegations, announced he will retire at the end of the academic year – a day before the school planned to announce the results of an investigation it had been conducting into his research — and a day after six of his papers were retracted, giving him a total of 13 retractions.

Here and Now

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

Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, is set to be sentenced this afternoon in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni for his conviction on three charges in a federal corruption case.

His attorneys are seeking no more than two years behind bars, the prosecution wants something substantially longer – well over five years. More here.

President Donald Trump get his daily intelligence briefing this morning, and then departs D.C. en route to Las Vegas, NV, where he’ll host a “Make America Great Again” rally at the Las Vegas convention center. Trump will be spending the night in Vegas at an undisclosed location.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning participates in “A Seat at the Table: Persecuted Church Summit,” and then delivers remarks at a presentation of the U.S. flag to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.

In the afternoon, Pence participates in a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) lunch, followed by an appearance with his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, at the Women Mayors of America Conference.

Also this afternoon, Pence meets with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, and later participates in a phone call with the President of the Republic of Ecuador.

At 8 a.m., The Crain’s New York Business breakfast forum features Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler talking about how New York is faring under Trump and their take on the midterm elections, New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, Manhattan.

Also at 8 a.m., Darren Bloch, senior adviser to the mayor and director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, speaks at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce board meeting, 575 Fifth Ave., 14th floor, Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Manhattan Borough Board meet, 1 Centre St., 19th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is the guest speaker at the American Institute of Architects’ monthly meeting. 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro continues his “Cuomo Corruption Tour,” joined by outgoing state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco at a news conference, outside the state office budding, 333 E . Washington St., Syracuse.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velazquez’s press conference on Hurricane Maria, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousinsand Long Island advocates rally in support of the Reproductive Health Act, outside Nassau County District Court, 99 Main St., Hempstead.

At 11 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on Prickly Politics WFUV News hosted by Andrew Seger.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and de Blasio and deliver remarks about the District 15 Diversity Plan, M.S. 51 William Alexander, 350 5th Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer is asking that all drivers leave their cars at home on Friday, Sept. 21 in celebration of “Car Free Day” in the Hudson Valley, White Plains TransCenter, Ferris Avenue & Water Street, White Plains.

At noon, Molinaro will be a guest on iHeartMedia Syracuse News Radio 570 WSYR hosted by David Smith.

At 2 p.m., NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Special Agent-in-Charge David Beach, U.S. Secret Service; Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney, FBI; and Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar Jr., DOT; discuss security preparations for the United Nations’ General Assembly, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Diaz Jr. speaks at the Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Education Summit, Bruckner Building, 2417 Third Ave., seventh floor, the Bronx.

At 3 p.m., Molinaro makes another “Cuomo Corruption Tour” stop, this time outside the state office building in Watertown, 317 Washington.

At 5:30 p.m., Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, NYC Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and others hold a news conference and rally to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, public plaza at south side of Union Square Park, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Carranza attends a meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, High School for Fashion Industries, 225 West 24th S., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie attends a fundraiser benefiting congressional candidate Joseph Morelle, Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman P.C., 747 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the NYC Charter Revision Commission holds a public hearing, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At at 6 p.m., the Army Corps of Engineers, with NYC Councilman Chaim Deutsch, hold a scoping meeting on coastal risk management alternatives, New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Ben Kallos hosts his annual town hall meeting, which features updates from various city agencies, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 430 E. 67th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Diaz Jr. hosts his annual Ecuadorian Heritage Celebration, Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Veterans’ Memorial Hall, the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Rachel May, the apparent winner of the 53rd state Senate District Democratic primary, will address the press about the absentee balloting process and results, outside Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chrilane McCray will deliver remarks at the First Responders for Hurricane Maria Reception at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

Headlines…

The confrontation between Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, devolved into a polarizing stalemate as Democrats and Republicans advanced competing narratives to convince voters that the other side has been unfair in the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation battle.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, refused to delay Monday’s hearing on sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, or pursue an FBI investigation into the accusations.

The high school classmate who was said to have laughed while Kavanaugh allegedly tried to sexually assault a teen girl at a high school drinking party added a quote to his yearbook that said some women deserve to be smacked around.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, said that she will oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination – the first of a group of undecided Democrats running for reelection in states won by Trump to formally announce their decision on the judge’s fate.

During a tour of storm-ravaged North Carolina, the president told one survivor to “have a good time.”

Where other presidents have treated natural disaster tours as dignified, even grave affairs, Donald Trump has deployed sardonic humor, a candidate’s pep-rally enthusiasm and a real estate developer’s talent for always finding a silver lining.

Trump slammed embattled U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a blistering attack in which he declared, “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”

The president is confident that the United States is winning its trade war with China. But on both sides of the Pacific, a bleaker recognition is taking hold: The world’s two largest economies are in the opening stages of a new economic Cold War, one that could persist well after Trump is out of office.

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged.

Ian Buruma, the editor of The New York Review of Books, left his position amid an uproar over the magazine’s publication of an essay by a disgraced Canadian radio broadcaster who had been accused of sexually assaulting women.

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will pay $10 million to women’s leadership and domestic-violence organizations under an agreement with the N.B.A. to address sexual harassment and other improper conduct among employees in the team’s front office.

Winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary hasn’t changed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s main target of attack: President Trump.

Cuomo might have assumed that his big win in last week’s Democratic primary would end talk about the last-minute piece of campaign mail that falsely suggested his opponent, Cynthia Nixon, was ambivalent about anti-Semitism. He was mistaken.

A top aide to Nixon, Rebecca Katz, suggested Cuomo needs to own up to the controversial mailer that linked his vanquished primary foe to anti-Semitism if he wants an endorsement in the general election from her.

Angry commuters are venting on social media about the poor state of public transit in New York, but they did not take it out on Cuomo at the polls. It’s leading some to question whether riders will see improvements anytime soon, though the issue remains a focus in the general election governor’s race.

Councilman Rory Lancman, a Queens Democrat, said the lack of information on fare-evasion arrests and summonses from the NYPD violates the law, and he and the nonprofit Community Service Society filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan in an effort to compel the mayor and the department to release the data.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, a lifelong Red Sox fan, met secretly with the team’s top officials for a 90-minute lunch yesterday at the downtown offices of Goldman Sachs, to discuss, according to a mayoral spokesman, “the Red Sox Foundation and how New York fans of the Sox could help their important causes.”

De Blasio and Cuomo set their long-running feud aside for a post-primary “unity” rally in Manhattan that was also supposed to highlight candidates in contested House and state Senate races, but those people weren’t invited to take the stage.

Four out of six of the so-called “turncoat” state Senate Democrats – former IDC members – who were toppled in this month’s primary election have yet to concede in their respective races.

The NYC Council is asking Trump to support a bipartisan commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricane Maria — which council members argued was an “utter disappointment,” particularly compared to hurricane responses on the mainland.

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Programming Note

Due to the Jewish holiday and a vacation, neither Nick nor I will be in today and tomorrow.

As a result, there will be light to no blogging during that time, and no morning or afternoon memos sent out.

Terry Stackhouse will be hosting Capital Tonight this evening and tomorrow, for those of you in the viewing area. We leave you in his capable hands.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Regularly scheduled programming and blogging will resume Thursday.

– L