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President Obama ​is expected ​to issue an executive order to put National Guard boots on the ground in Liberia to help stop the spread of Ebola.

The fight against Ebola “hasn’t been handled well,” and that has compounded fears about the deadly disease, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I think when people hear about what we’ve done, they’ll feel better.”

An official from the Dallas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola apologized to Congress today and said authorities are “doing all we can” to find out exactly how they were stricken.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani supports a travel ban in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola, although he admits: “You can’t stop all flights.”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee, called for a travel ban from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak including Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to stop the spread of the disease.

NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan took a stand against The New York Times this morning for failing to mention that NY1 hosted last night’s state comptroller debate in the paper’s coverage. (He also failed to mention TWC News was involved in the event).

Cuomo signed a law to make yogurt the official state snack, a Batavia yogurt plant announced 32 layoffs.

Thanks to its new high-powered (and high-priced) attorney, the state now has until Nov. 14 to make its appeal of the EPA’s rejection of the bulk of a $511 million loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

Cuomo turned down guest invites from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and MSNBC’s Morning Joe – two shows that were critical of him this summer – to discuss his book.

The finance director of Cuomo’s campaign sent out an email request for certain donors to attend the governor’s book signing last night and asking that they buy not just one copy but “a few.”

The governor defended the controversial SAFE Act, which he discusses in his memoir, saying it’s “reasonable, balanced and measured.”

The New York Court of Appeals rejected an attempt by the oil and gas industry to revive a case on local fracking bans that the court decided earlier this year.

The Log Cabin Republicans are countering LGBT groups’ calls for Cuomo not to reappoint Court of Appeals Justice Victoria Graffeo.

Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, would be happy to place a Walmart in New York City and thinks Mayor Bill de Blasio only measures success by “how many people on welfare.”

Disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal is socking taxpayers with a soaring legal bill.

Larry Sabato: “Democrats also appear resigned to GOP wins in three upstate New York districts: Reps. Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Tom Reed (NY-23), as well as the open NY-21, which would be a Republican takeover. All three shift from Leans Republican to Likely Republican.”

The Democratic Governors Association just took in a record haul of more than $45 million, fueled by labor unions and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg.

Central New York continues to lose more jobs than any other region in the state.

AG Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Papa John’s pizza franchisee New Majority Holdings, LLC and its owner, Ronald Johnson, for significantly underpaying delivery workers.

De Blasio is reportedly skipping the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual gala dinner tonight, where his ex-2013 mayoral race rival, former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, will be honored.

Democratic NY-11 candidate Domenic Recchia has $987,470 left in his coffers with less than three weeks to go before Election Day, which is a lot more than his GOP opponent, Rep. Michael Grimm, has on hand.

Big contributors to Grimm’s campaign include Susan Molinari, who formerly held the same Staten Island-based congressional seat, and her husband, former Rep. Bill Paxon, a lobbyist at Akin Gump in Washington.

The Syracuse Post-Standard: “Cuomo made good on his promise to reward businesses with tax-free status. Whether that results in an influx of jobs into the state remains to be seen.”

EMILY’s List is using Hillary Clinton’s upcoming birthday (Oct. 26) as an organizing tool.

Woolf Ad ‘Sets the Record Straight’

Democratic NY-21 candidate Aaron Woolf has a new TV ad out – a hybrid spot that seeks both to defend the candidate against attacks from his opponent and launches a few attacks in return.

The ad, called “True”, represents a “substantial” buy on broadcast and cable television stations in the North Country district’s major media markets, according to Woolf’s campaign.

In the ad, Woolf responds to claims that he’s a carpetbagger, admitting that he lived in New York City, but says he now makes his home in Elizabethtown.

He also continues a line of attack that he has been using for weeks – including in the recent TWC News debate – about his GOP opponent, Elise Stefanik, and her “dangerous record” as policy director for the 2012 platform at the Republican Party’s national convention in 2012.

During the debate, Stefanik repeatedly deflected that line of attack, telling Woolf that she wasn’t entirely responsible for the platform, and also noting that she’s running for office now – not two years ago.

The DCCC has its allies, (most notably, the House Majority PAC), have pretty much washed their hands of Woolf in the wake of a recent Siena poll that found him trailing Stefanik by double digits. But he continues to lend his campaign money and fight on.

Here’s the script for thew new ad:

“I’m Aaron Woolf and it’s true. I’ve invested in struggling small businesses that sell North Country farm products.

It’s also true I lived in New York City for a time. But my home is here in Elizabethtown.

What’s not true is Elise Stefanik’s latest story on Social Security.

Elise worked on privatizing Social Security for the Republican Platform. And this year she proposed raising the retirement age and cutting benefits.

I approve this message because I believe she means to do that.”

Citizens Union Debuts Pro-Prop. 1 Video

Citizens Union, the good government group that has been the driving force behind the movement to get a constitutional redistricting amendment passed next month, is releasing a new video explaining its position and urging New Yorkers to vote “yes” on Prop. 1.

The video is serving as a fund-raising tool. It was forwarded to Citizens Union supporters in an email yesterday, and the organization’s executive director, Dick Dadey, urged recipients to watch and then make a “much-needed contribution” to help get the video distributed statewide.

“You and I know that we must seize this chance to unrig the system, take power back, and for the first time in history hold the Legislature accountable on redistricting,” Dadey wrote.

“Prop. 1 forever bans the drawing of unfair districts that favors incumbents, discourages challengers, and protects majority party control in gerrymandering.”

“Opponents want to defeat Prop 1 by any means necessary for the false promise of something better down the road. Their cynical message dooms New York to years more of partisan gridlock and uncompetitive elections.”

“Remember, we had 87 percent of legislators – 184 out of 212 – say to New Yorkers in 2010 that they would create a fair redistricting process for the 2012 elections. What happened? Nothing. Talk about same old, same old.”

Dadey makes no mention in his email of the fact that Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised repeatedly – starting during his 2010 campaign for governor – that he would veto any redistricting plan that was drawn up in the standard, politically-controlled manner.

But Cuomo caved on that promise, signing off on the legislative leaders’ highly gerrymandered Senate and Assembly lines in exchange for their support of the constitutional amendment that has now twice been passed by separately elected Legislatures and will be left for the voters to decide.

Cuomo has said he supports Prop. 1, but he has yet to do any campaigning – or direct any cash – for the effort to get it passed.

This stands in stark contrast to last year’s pro-casino amendment effort, which included a statewide ad campaign paid for by a statewide coalition of business and labor groups (many, but not all, of which are now supporting Cuomo for re-election).

Prop. 1 has divided good government groups, with some even going to court to get the word “independent” struck from the ballot language describing the new commission that would be set up to take a first crack at redistricting if voters approve the amendment.

And earlier this week, the NAACP came out against Prop. 1, calling it “fake redistricting reform.”

Skelos Goes To Bat For Justice Graffeo

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos has made his preference known regarding the impending vacancy on the state’s highest court, issuing a statement in support of Justice Victoria Graffeo’s reappointment.

In his statement, released last night, Skelos said Graffeo has “served with distinction” during her 14-year term, and “is well regarded by legal scholars and her peers.”

“In fact, she is the most qualified of the seven candidates whose names were submitted to the Governor, and is the only nominee to achieve the highest rating from both the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association,” the senator, a Long Island Republican, continued.

“I have always found Judge Graffeo’s decisions to be sound, balanced and well reasoned, and if she is reappointed she could continue to serve in this capacity for the majority of another term.”

“New Yorkers should not be deprived of a justice with her experience and qualifications. I strongly urge the Governor to reappoint Judge Graffeo to the New York State Court of Appeals.”

Graffeo, a Republican appointed by former Gov. George Pataki in 2000, is 62 and won’t reach the mandatory retirement age for Court of Appeals Judges for another eight years. (An effort to extend that age via a constitutional amendment, which Cuomo opposed, failed last year).

Reappointing Graffeo would enable Cuomo to look bipartisan, following the lead of his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who appointed both fellow Democrats and Republicans to the state’s highest court.

Graffeo was the only Republican on the list of nominees submitted to Cuomo by an independent panel charged with providing the executive with choices of potential high court justices.

She’s one of four Republicans currently serving on the court, along with Associate Judges Robert Smith, Eugene Pigott and Susan Read.

If he’s re-elected next month, Cuomo will have the opportunity to re-make the entire Court of Appeals.

He has already made two appointments: Jenny Rivera, a Latina and law professor, (replacing Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, his father’s appointee and the first Hispanic judge on the court); and Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate justice in the appellate division, who is the first black woman to serve on the court, (she replaced the late Theodore Jones, an African-American appointee of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer).

Cuomo recently missed the statutory deadline to make a decision on Graffeo, saying he needed another two weeks to consider his appointment.

Had he chosen Graffeo’s successor – or reappointed her – on the required deadline of Oct. 3, the Senate would have had 30 days to confirm the choice, bringing it right up to the Nov. 4 general election.

Cuomo said he didn’t want his decision to get caught up in the politics of the election season.

But clearly, Skelos is not as interested as keeping this issue out of the political arena.

Graffeo has a number of supporters in the legal and political communities. But opponents of her reappointment are starting to speak out, too.

The Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, recently wrote to Cuomo, urging him not to reappoint Graffeo based on her LGBT record.

And Democratic Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, the first openly gay member of the Legislature, also spoke out against Graffeo, saying she has “displayed a hostile posture in regard to the LGBT community.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 7:25 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill is a guest on The Joe Piscopo Show, AM 970.

At 8 a.m., Cahill is a guest on Keeler in the Morning, AM 950 WIXB.

Also at 8 a.m., the AARP holds a roundtable breakfast with Dutchess County leaders to discuss Boomer Flight, Poughkeepsie Grand, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

At 8:30 a.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner attends an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting, Danforth Middle School, 309 W. Brighton Ave., Syracuse.

Also at 8:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive and Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is a guest on Fox 5 Good Day New York.

At 9:30 a.m., Astorino is a guest on Univision radio, 1280AM.

At 10:10 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker, Talk 1300 AM.

At 10:50 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on America’s Forum with host JD Hayworth.

At 11 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement about land bank funding, 279 Lake View Park, Rochester.

Also at 11 a.m., supporters of Sen. Ted O’Brien will protest outside GOP challenger Rich Funke’s positions on women’s issues, Funke’s campaign HQ, 137 Pattonwood Dr., Irondequoit.

At 11:30 a.m., Long Island Democratic state Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito and Bill Samuels stand with local homeowners to call for a state takeover of Medicaid payments to ease property tax burden, 58 Canterbury Dr., Hauppauge.

At noon, Cahill address his five-point plan to combat the heroin epidemic, joined by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlan, Troy Atrium, Broadway & 4th Street, Troy.

Also at noon, state Education Commissioner John King delivers remarks at the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education annual fall conference, Gideon Putnam Hotel, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs.

At 12:07 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss apears live on “This N’ That with Denise Ward” on WVOX 1460 AM Westchester.

12:30 p.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul tours the Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning.

At 1 p.m., Astorino delivers a speech on term limits, NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Shorin Lecture Hall 802, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Cuomo addresses the NYS Business Council, Ritz Carlton Battery Park, 2 West St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Schneiderman makes another land bank funding announcement, southwest corner Of Chelsea Street and Northland Avenue, Buffalo.

At 3 p.m., US Sen. Chuck Schumer, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Democratic NY-19 candidate Sean Eldridge hold a media availability before going on a tour of small businesses, The Cheese Plate, Water Street Market, 10 Main St #302, New Paltz.

At 3:30 p.m., Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins holds a public reception, 1829 Room, Student Alumni Union, RIT, Rochester.

Also at 3:30 p.m., Hochul tours Stocking Hall at Cornell University, 411 Tower Rd., Ithaca.

At 4:30 p.m., LG Bob Robert Duffy makes remarks to New York State Liquor Store Association’s 2014 annual holiday tradeshow, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St., Rochester.

At 5:20 a.m., Cahill is a guest on the Lisa Wexler Show, AM 1230 WFAS.

Also at 5:20 p.m., Astorino holds a press conference with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Exhibit Hall at 42nd Street entrance, Grand Central Station, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Hochul attends the Chemung County Democratic Dinner, 171 Jerusalem Hill Rd., Elmira.

At 6:30 p.m., Moss delivers keynote remarks at the Yates County Republican Committee annual dinner, Esperanza Mansion, 3456 State Route 54A, Bluff Point.

Headlines…

The sole debate between the state comptroller candidates was a largely civil affair, with GOP challenger, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, failing to land any fatal blows on his Democratic target, incumbent Tom DiNapoli.

DiNapoli revealed that his office is continuing to review expense payments to state legislators, like the audit that led to criminal charges against an assemblyman two weeks ago.

A Rochester TV station 13WHAM had its interview with Cuomo, set up by the governor’s publisher, abruptly canceled after it refused to abide by the rules that he be asked only about his new book.

Cuomo’s Manhattan book signing drew about 150 people – protestors and fans alike. There were even some VIPs, including 2013 GOP NYC mayoral candidate George McDonald.

The event was heavily guarded and stage-managed, as befitting Cuomo’s “stature,” the NYT reports. But there were no lines of eager would-be readers.

The governor announced late yesterday that he’ll do a whirlwind tour of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on Friday.

An FDNY memo instructs all personnel to use only vague terms when discussing the deadly disease Ebola, which is threatening to become a global pandemic.

The Texas health care worker who tested positive for Ebola late Tuesday flew on a plane just a day before she reported a fever, as the third diagnosis of the deadly disease in the US stoked fear in travelers across the country and sent officials scrambling to make sure it doesn’t spread further.

New York area hospital, political and union leaders called for a coordinated response plan and advanced safety training as Newark Liberty International Airport prepares to begin screening arriving passengers from three West African countries today.

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Gov. Cuomo will visit the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico this weekend.

A Federal Elections Commission advisory forced The Watertown Daily Times to cancel a planned showing of Democratic NY-21 candidate Aaron Woolf’s documentary “King Corn” that was scheduled for Oct. 20.

So far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s memoir isn’t receiving rave reviews on Amazon. (To be fair, the commenters may not have actually READ the book before sounding off).

North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, the Republican running for retiring Sen. George Maziarz’s seat, touts his military service in his first TV ad.

Sen. Terry Gipson revealed he voted for Cuomo in the September Democratic primary (even though Cuomo endorsed his GOP opponent in 2012).

Adam Katz, a real estate investor and the founder of the luxury charter service Talon Air, provided the helicopter that brought Cuomo to the Sagamore in Bolton Landing for the Business Council’s fall meeting.

The patronage heavy NYC Board of Elections reaffirmed its anti-patronage policy.

HaborCenter, the Buffalo Sabres’ $172 million complex, is slated to have an opening ceremony for VIPs on Nov. 6.

Assemblyman Edward Hennessy, the Suffolk County Democrat Republicans tailed by attaching a GPS device to his car, has released an ad in which he discusses the issue.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the biggest single benefactor to George US Senate Michelle Nunn’s campaign.

The New York Observer endorsed state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Daily Show host Jon Stewart is getting a lot of fodder out of the NY-11 race. Last night, he savaged Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia.

Grant Lally, the Republican challenging Democratic Long Island Rep. Steve Israel launched his first TV ad, accusing the congressman of being “joined at the hip” with President Obama.

Ralph Nader is hosting another rally to support Howie Hawkins, of Syracuse, the Green Party candidate for governor. This time, the event is in New York City.

State Dems: Do Astorino & Moss Have ‘Dirty Hands’?

The state Democratic Party is out with yet another attack TV ad this time targeting both GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino AND (I believe for the first time) his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.

The issue: The candidates’ failure to make public a sufficient number of past tax releases to satisfy the Democrats.

Astorino has released just one year of his tax returns, while Moss hasn’t released any so far.

Just a reminder: It’s traditional, but not legally required, for candidates to at least let reporters review their tax returns. And it’s equally traditional for the opposition to make a campaign issue out of however many years worth they release – especially if it’s zero.

I’m not sure how much voters actually care about this issue, though it does provide an opportunity for candidates to accuse one another of a lack of transparency.

Candidates who have declined to release their returns have managed to win anyway.

Kirsten Gillibrand, for example, declined to heed the tax return call of her GOP opponent in 2006 – then-Rep. John Sweeney – but defeated him handily in the general election.

Since she moved from the House to the US Senate, Gillibrand has made a point of not just making her returns public, but also posting them on her website. In 2012, the senator made five years worth of returns available online.

Here’s the text of the state party’s new ad:

“For decades, candidates for state-wide office have released at least five years of taxes. Governor Cuomo has released twenty.”

“Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul has released five. Rob Astorino, just one. Astorino’s running mate Chris Moss? Moss hasn’t released a single year.”

“Why are they refusing to release their taxes, even for years when they have been public employees – county executive and Sheriff?”

“Who else was paying them? What are they hiding? You can’t clean up Albany with dirty hands.”

More WEP Upset

From the Morning Memo:

The consternation over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to create the Women’s Equality Party line is growing among Democratic women who worry that effort will hurt down-ballot candidates running on Row A.

On Monday, a Democratic district leader in Manhattan sent an email to a Cuomo administration aide, asking that he express to the governor her “extreme displeasure” with ads that ask voters to support him on the WEP line next month.

“He either does not understand or care about what that means to the Democratic Party,” wrote Louise Dankberg, who is also a member of the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club and a longtime Upper East Side political activist.

“Votes in the gubernatorial race determine size of Assembly districts, election districts, district leader lines, state committee members, judicial delegates and alternates,” Dankberg continued.

“We are trying to get the word out that it is important for Democrats or anyone wanting to vote for the governor’s ticket to vote on the Democratic line. Any help is much appreciated.”

Dankberg is not the alone in her concern.

Sen. Liz Krueger, who represents the Upper East Side, recently called the Women’s Equality Party a “mistake” that could hurt the Democrats’ effort to re-take the Senate majority and marginalize female voters.

And Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Working Families Party, said during a CapTon interview last week that she sees no need for the WEP, and does not believe women voters should be “pigeonholed” into a separate party.

It is not lost on WFP officials like Scharff that just one letter separates their party from the governor’s WEP – a move some cynics believe is meant to confuse voters and dilute the WFP vote.

Cuomo is running on the WFP line, but rarely mentions that fact, and so far isn’t urging voters to support him there.

If the party fails to get 50,000 votes for Cuomo on its line, it will lose its official ballot status, and if it is out performed by another party – say, the WEP – it will be bumped from its hard-won slot on Row D to a line further down the ballot.

Internal Hayworth Poll: NY-18 Race Is A Statistical Tie (Updated)

From the Morning Memo:

According to an internal poll conducted for Nan Hayworth’s campaign, the former congresswoman is closing fast on her Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and now trails him by just 4 percentage points.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, shows Maloney leading Hayworth 39-43, with a third party candidate, Scott Smith, receiving 2 percent of the vote.

The margin of error for this poll of 400 likely voters is 4.9 percent, which means this race is a statistical dead heat.

A Siena poll released last month showed Hayworth trailing Maloney by 8 percentage points.

Hayworth’s campaign shared just the top lines of the poll with SoP, providing no additional details or crosstabs. (Federal election rules, unlike state requirements, do not mandate that candidates release entire poll results if they make just some information public).

The poll memo warns, however, that this situation is “eerily similar” to the 2012 election, when Hayworth was up 7 percentage points in an October Siena poll, only to see her lead slip away come November.

“Bottom line – if the Hayworth campaign is able to appropriately fund paid media for the final push to get Nan’s message out to voters in the district, she can win back this congressional seat on November 4th,” the memo concludes.

The DCCC is clearly worried about Maloney’s chances of holding onto his seat next month.

The national Democats recently pulled funding for TV airtime from two flailing upstate congressional campaigns in NY-21 (Aaron Woolf) and NY-23 (Martha Robertson), and shifted the cash to NY-18.

Using that money, the DCCC recently launched its first attack ad against Hayworth, echoing Maloney’s main campaign theme that she is too conservative to represent the evenly divided district.

Update: Stephanie Formas of the Maloney campaign weighs in on the poll.

“This self-serving release of selectively hand-picked poll results is a Hail Mary attempt to save the campaign of a self proclaimed radical who supports a Tea Party agenda to privatize Social Security and defund Planned Parenthood to give more tax breaks for multimillionaires like herself,” she said. “There’s a reason even Republican elected officials are supporting Sean’s results-driven, bi-partisan approach.”

NY-18 internal poll for GOP former Rep. Nan Hayworth's campaign. by liz_benjamin6490

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 8 a.m., the AARP holds a roundtable breakfast with Capital Region community leaders to discuss Boomer Flight and impact of the 50+ on the local economy, The Desmond Hotel, 600 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

At 8:30 a.m., Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch and state Education Commissioner John King visit The Little School, 226 Linda Ave., Hawthorne.

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy attends Cuomo’s second annual NYS Yogurt and Dairy Summit, PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, 411 Tower Rd., Ithaca.

Also at 10 a.m., Cuomo attends the dedication ceremony for the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons at Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins holds a meet-and-greet with voters, Lake Front Park, 1 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

Also at 10 a.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz presents his proposed budget for 2015, 16th floor, Edward A. Rath Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

At 10:20 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on WNYC with host Brian Lehrer.

At 11 a.m., Tisch and King visit Excelsior Academy, Newburgh Free Academy North Campus, 301 Robinson Ave., Newburgh.

At 11:30 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will endorse Astorino’s jobs and tax plans to revive New York’s struggling economy, Riverside Court, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

At noon, GOP AG candidate John Cahill, joined by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, discusses his plan to combat heroin addiction, Borough Hall Park, Staten Island.

Also at noon, former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke delivers remarks at Long Island Association’s annual fall luncheon, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

At 12:15 p.m., Astorino will address the Irondequoit Kiwanis Club, Keenan’s Restaurant, 1010 East Ridge Rd., Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m. AG Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement, 157 Maplewood Ave., Syracuse.

At 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio illuminates the Empire State Building for NYC Go Purple Day in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Empire State Building Lobby, 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul joins former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn and student leaders for a Q and A on sexual assault on college campuses, in front of 4 Times Square, Conde Nast Building, 43rd Street entrance, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., de Blasio meets with the Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 3:15 p.m., Hochul tours Breezy Point with Rep. Greg Meeks, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and community leaders, starting point: Rockaway Point Breezy Catholic Club, 204-10 Rockaway Point Blvd., Queens.

At 4:20 p.m., de Blasio hosts a press conference to kick off the Sandy Recovery Opportunity and Resource Fair, Challenge Prep Academy, 2538A Beach Channel Dr., Queens.

At 5 p.m., Astorino will attend the Monroe County GOP Pre-Victory Grazing, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

At 6 p.m., Cahill discusses his heroin addiction plan with Long Island voters.

At 6:15 p.m. Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss delivers remarks at the Nassau County Republican Committee’s Dinner, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8235 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

At 6:30 p.m., Cahill’s wife, Kim, attends the New York County Republican Women’s Club Networking Meeting, Women’s National Republican Club, 3 West 51st St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Cahill attends the Nassau County GOP Dinner, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

Also at 7 p.m., Cuomo signs copies of his new memoir, Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., Manhattan. (He’ll be met by hundreds of anti-fracking protestors).

Also at 7 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his GOP opponent, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, participated in a TWC News debate, CUNY’s Baruch College, Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street, Manhattan.

Headlines…

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.

Ebola has become campaign fodder, with Democrats accusing the Republicans of making deadly cuts to health care funding, and the GOP accusing President Obama of not doing enough to protect Americans from the disease.

The World Health Organization reported that new cases in West Africa could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was in the nation’s capital yesterday for meetings with federal officials on the threat of terrorism and the Ebola outbreak.

The trip was a chance for de Blasio, who is still finalizing his federal security clearance and struggling with his relationship with police leaders back home, to get out of town and burnish his law-and-order credentials.

New York’s premier public hospital – Bellevue – will become a center for treatment of the Ebola virus in the city, hospital and city officials said, amid widespread concerns that the disease may not be so easily contained by every hospital that has an isolation unit.

The New York Times chides Cuomo for refusing to agree to more debates with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, saying: “(M)issing from (his) busy schedule is the political reality of the moment.”

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