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A day after Donald Trump, against all odds, won election as America’s 45th president, Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech that the nation proved to be “more divided than we thought” but urged unity and told her supporters, “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Clinton admitted her loss was a deep disappointment, but also said: “Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that. We cherish it.”

In results reminiscent of the infamous 2000 “hanging chad” election, Clinton surpassed Trump when it came to the popular vote, but was defeated by him in the Electoral College.

Clinton won big in states that Democrats usually win and closed the gap in big states that Democrats usually lose. But in smaller states where Democratic victories have been narrower in recent years, Trump got more votes and therefore got the electoral votes and therefore won the presidency.

House Speaker Paul Ryan: “This is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime. Donald Trump heard a voice in this country that no one else heard…he turned politics on its head and now Donald Trump will lead an unified Republican government.”

GOP leaders plan to use the “mandate” they believe Trump now has to quickly move to repeal Obamacare.

Trump’s presidential victory sent leaders around the globe reeling, as many wondered whether the first-time politician would carry through with his dramatic reinterpretation of the United States’ international role.

Trump’s stunning victory will force the United States to confront a series of never-before-seen entanglements over the president’s private business, debts and rocky financial history. No laws prohibit Trump from involving himself in his private company, the Trump Organization, while serving in the highest public office.

President-elect Trump could name former House Speaker and onetime presidential contender Newt Gingrich as secretary of state. Others named as potential cabinet contenders: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Trump campaign officials have worried privately that they will have difficulty finding high-profile women to serve in his cabinet, according to a person familiar with the campaign’s internal discussions, given Trump’s past comments about women.

President Obama called on Americans to support the president-elect, saying the Obama administration was “rooting for his success in leading and unifying the country.” Obama and Trump are expected to meet tomorrow at the White House to discuss the transition.

Trump’s election victory could put a damper on the already-slowing growth of the solar energy industry and companies like SolarCity.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer stands, at the end of a devastating election night for his party, as the most important Democrat in the land.

Trump called Schumer today, reaching out to a former friend who could be the new president’s biggest obstacle in Congress next year.

Long Island’s Republican House members, Lee Zeldin and Peter King, say Trump may prove more moderate in the White House than his campaign rhetoric, particularly in order to push through infrastructure spending and other initiatives through Congress

Melania Trump took the stage with her husband as he was announced as the winner of the 2016 presidential election in a flowing white jumpsuit that echoed the white pantsuits that Clinton has been wearing in homage to the suffragist movement.

New York Democrats – from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on down – are reassessing their political futures after Clinton’s loss.

Just moments before his 54th birthday, Rep. John Katko and his family became stuck on a hotel elevator on the way to a ballroom to deliver his victory speech last night.

Several counties that helped elect Obama shifted “red” this year. Trump won in more than a dozen Upstate New York counties that Obama won in those elections.

The 45.9 percent of the vote Trump received in Nassau County was the best showing by a GOP presidential candidate since 2004.

On this day in 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launched a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence, which continued through November 10 and was later dubbed “Kristallnacht,” of “Night of Broken Glass.”

Ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana succeeded in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine. Medical marijuana has been legalized in North Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Montana (again). Only Arizona voters said no to their marijuana legislation. Now, the question is, will President Trump allow it?

The ripples of Trump’s election victory may reduce Los Angeles’s chances of securing the 2024 Olympic games, according to the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti.

More than a quarter of former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s $65 million in publicly-disclosed political spending this election cycle went to supporting a soda tax in two California cities — San Francisco and Oakland. The ballot measures passed night in both cities by a wide margin.

“The prospect of Donald Trump as our next president concerns me deeply,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “His most likely appointees to senior law enforcement positions — Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie — are no friends of marijuana reform, nor is his vice president.”

A meeting of the State Commission on Legislative Judicial and Executive Compensation has for the second time in recent weeks been postponed from Thursday until Nov. 15, which is the date by which they are required to issue recommendations on whether lawmakers should get a pay raise and if so, how much that raise should be.

If a new 421a deal looks anything like the old one, New Yorkers shouldn’t look to it as a silver bullet to solve the city’s housing problem, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer said.

President-Elect Trump, Day One

As President-elect Donald Trump delivers his victory speech at 3 a.m. to an euphoric crowd at the Hilton in Manhattan, Nick Reisman and I are wrapping up our seventh hour of live TV and blog coverage of this historic election.

Please be advised that blogging will be a bit on the light side for a bit while we regroup and get some much-needed sleep. We’ll be returning to you soon with more reporting of the sort that you’ve come to expect and rely on here at State of Politics.

Thanks for your understanding, and thanks also for watching and reading.

Liz (and Nick).


Poll sites around the state are open until 9 p.m. If you haven’t managed to get out there to cast your ballot yet, you still have plenty of time. We here at Capital Tonight/SoP will be with you all evening – and into the morning if necessary – starting with live on-the-air coverage at 8 p.m. Join us by using the hashtag “NYVotes.” While we wait for the results to start coming in, here are some headlines to peruse:

There is a remote possibility that this year’s presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could end in a virtual tie in a state requiring a recount, reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election.

Clinton beat Trump in the ground game for the presidency, according to an early exit poll conducted by Politico/Morning Consult. More here.

Clinton concluded a presidential campaign that began in the spring of 2015 by casting a ballot for herself this morning in Chappaqua, which she described as a “most humbling feeling.”

Trump seemed to peak at his wife’s ballot when the couple cast their ballots. Naturally, the internet went berserk.

Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in Nevada today, charging that people were improperly allowed to vote after the polls closed during early voting. Nevada law allows those in line after the polls close to cast their votes, which is true in many states.

Some voters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens reported waiting hours to cast their ballots, with officials reporting broken scanner machines, confusion at some polling sites and early reports of high turnout.

There were lines intermittently at polling sites elsewhere in the state, too, and some reports of malfunctioning machines.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his calls for voting reform on the state level in an eight-part Twitter post as New Yorkers voted.

As goes Cheektowaga?

Mothers and daughters went to the polls together, celebrating what could be a historic moment: the election of America’s first female president.

Retiring Rep. Charles Rangel voted in Harlem this morning, casting a ballot for the final time as a member of the House of Representatives.

Thousands of people waited for more than an hour today to visit the grave site of Susan B. Anthony, the suffragist who was arrested for voting in 1872.

“We knew it would be a historic day,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said this morning. “But I can honestly say I didn’t think that this many people would come. It’s just a tribute to the sacrifices that people have made here in our country.”

At Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, the grave sites of four other prominent suffragists could use some “I Voted” stickers, like those dotting Susan B. Anthony’s grave, David Ison, the cemetery’s executive director, said. The cemetery will even provide the stickers.

Voters in New York are upset about the lack of “I Voted” stickers at various polling sites, according to social media. But other states don’t seem to have that problem.

Suffolk’s voter turnout as of noon stood at 27.19 percent, higher than turnout numbers in 2012 for the same time period but not as high as in 2008 when President Obama won his first term, according to the Suffolk Board of Elections.

Many of the people who appeared before Syracuse Judges Donald Greenwood and Anthony Aloi in Election Day Court this morning after experiencing trouble at the polls thought they had registered to vote online through the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

New Islip Republican chairman William Garbarino and town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, who did everything to stop his election as party chief, have met and are mending fences.

Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, a 33-year-old Democrat from Brooklyn, is expected to be re-elected today despite the fact that she was charged with beating her 13-year-old son with a broomstick three days ago.

Here and Now – Election Day Edition!

It’s here! Election Day 2016! The long and twisted campaign is finally almost over. Just a few more hours (hopefully), and we will know the outcome of many hard-fought races – from the battle for the White House on down.

Of course, some of these contests may very well go into overtime. Some might end up in court and drag on for weeks, even months. But here’s hoping not. Here’s hoping for smooth and trouble-free voting around the state and the nation, with results that everyone finds their way to accept, even if they don’t like the candidates who won.

Polls open across New York at 6 a.m., and close at 9 p.m. We here at Capital Tonight will be live on the air at 8 p.m., and will remain on the air until the wee hours of the morning.

Please vote, and then join us – if you’re in our viewing area. We will also be online, on Twitter and Facebook and right here on the blog.

Though there has been a surge in voter registration, recent history suggests that will not be enough to turn around the slowly declining turnout rate in New York, which has been downright dismal in recent years. GO OUT AND VOTE!

With a record 4.4 million registered voters, officials at the NYC Board of Elections, which has a history of problems on Electin Day, are scrambling to get ready for voter turnout possibly reaching 3 million for the first time in the Big Apple’s history.

More than 500 Justice Department staffers will man polling locations across 28 states today, in anticipation of voting irregularities and incidents of voter intimidation.

Candidates around the state will be heading to their respective polling sites to cast their ballots, (presumably for themselves). And then comes the waiting, and the waiting, and the waiting…

No matter who wins the presidential election, New York will come out ahead in one key measure – the state that has sent the most presidents to the White House.

Both presidential nominees – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – will be watching the returns come in at election night parties in Manhattan. They will be within mere blocks of one another, causing an unprecedented security headache for NYC officials.

The NYPD has tightened security, putting 5,000 officers on the Election Day detail – the largest ever. If you’re in the city, expect street closures and traffic nightmares.

Both Clinton and Trump (and their respective surrogates) made mad dashes yesterday to a handful of states that could prove crucial today.

Trump made five stops, during which he declared today “our Independence Day” and said he looked forward to closing “the history books on the Clintons and their lies and schemes and corruption.”

“It’s been some campaign. It’s been some campaign,” Trump said in Florida. They say it’s the single greatest movement in the history of this country…that’s quite an honor. “We’ll get a tremendous amount of credit if we win or lose.”

Meanwhile, President Obama campaigned on Clinton’s behalf in Ann Arbor, where he called Trump unfit to be president and said his administration’s successes – including rescuing the domestic auto industry in 2009 – had earned him the right to give Michiganders advice on what’s best for them and the nation.

Obama then moved on to New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Obama and his wife, First Lady Michele Obama, shared a stage in Philadelphia with Clinton and her husband, former President Clinton. Also present: Bruce Spingsteen.

Clinton’s last-minute celebrity-push continued with an announcement from Madonna that she would play a concert last night for the Democratic candidate in New York City’s Washington Square Park.

Clinton’s campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to broadcasters advising that they shouldn’t air ads from pro-Trump PACs that include the claim that Clinton is “under investigation by the FBI.”

Out of hundreds of thousands of emails seized last month from disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a substantial number turned out to be copies of documents already reviewed by FBI agents and analysts, allowing the agency to wrap up in days a review that some had feared would take weeks, if not longer.

One day after James Comey once again cleared Clinton in the agency’s renewed investigation of her private email server, the White House reiterated its belief that the FBI Director had not been trying to affect the outcome of the presidential election.

With eight residents voting and five times as many reporters watching, Dixville Notch, NH has spoken. The results of the region’s midnight voting: Hillary Clinton 4, Donald Trump 2, Gary Johnson 1 – and a single write-in surprise: Mitt Romney.

In the slightly larger burg of Hart’s Location, NH, Clinton won with 17 votes to Trump’s 14. Johnson got three votes, while write-ins Bernie Sanders and John Kasich each got one. And in Millsfield, Trump won decisively, 16-4, with one write-in for Bernie Sanders.

Of course, there’s more at stake today than who controls the White House. The Democrats are hoping to retake the U.S. Senate, which would make Sen. Chuck Schumer – who himself is headed toward an easy victory against Republican attorney Wendy Long – majority leader. They’re also hoping to regain control of the House, though that’s a much tougher uphill battle.

Here in New York, the two parties are again fighting over the majority in the state Senate, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo being uncharacteristically helpful to his fellow Democrats in that effort.

The so-called regular Democrats got a not-so-welcome November surprise yesterday when Brooklyn Sen. Jesse Hamilton, who flirted with joining the IDC back in 2014 when he was first elected, decided to take the plunge and defect.

Now IDC Leader Jeff Klein’s hand in strengthened, as he heads into the post-election power-brokering period with seven members, including Marisol Alcantara, who won a September primary for the seat Sen. Adriano Espaillat is leaving to take retiring Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat.

Hamilton said he is joining the Independent Democratic Conference because it has won key battles in the Senate in raising the minimum wage and enacting the SAFE Act gun control law. “This conference will continue to innovate,” he said.

When asked about his plans, Klein, in a brief statement, said only that his conference “will remain a separate third conference” that will “work with legislators who share in our passion and commitment for getting results for the people of New York.”

About one third of state lawmakers seeking re-election have no opponent today.

Confidence among New York’s typically cheery real-estate brokers has slipped in the face of softening property markets and uncertainty about the presidential election.

The lone American off the planet has cast his vote from space, keeping with NASA’s motto of “Vote while you float.”

In non-election news…

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Hillary Clinton is making the closing argument of the election with a two-minute, prime-time TV spot tonight. “It’s not just my name and my opponent’s name on the ballot,” she says. “It’s the kind of country we want for our children and grandchildren. Is America dark and divisive. Or hopeful and inclusive?”

Stocks rose sharply today to end a nine-day slide after the FBI said it found no new evidence to warrant charges against Clinton on the eve of the U.S. presidential election.

The Clinton campaign cancelled its planned election night “victory” fireworks show over the Hudson River.

It’s the first time since 1944 that both major party presidential candidates will be watching the returns come in in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill say the city is fully equipped to deal with both ordinary voting issues and extraordinary security concerns.

More than 5,000 cops will be stationed across all five boroughs – a deployment comparable in scale to that during New Year’s Eve and the recent papal visit, officials said at a press conference in Times Square.

In an email to supporters, de Blasio called Donald Trump a “racist con man.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan today downplayed the notion that Trump has reinvented the GOP with his convention-shattering presidential run, insisting that no single person represents the whole party.

More than 100,000 people from 130 countries took part in the first ever Global Vote for a U.S. president, and Clinton won with 52 percent of the vote. Green Party candidate Jill Stein came in second with 19 percent, and Trump was third with 14 percent.

A grass-roots movement on social media has been urging women to #WearWhiteToVote in solidarity with the American suffragists, who adopted the color as one of their signatures and fought for what has now come (at least partly) to fruition: the first woman as a major party’s candidate for president.

Under consideration for Trump’s cabinet, should he win: Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary, and RNC finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary.

Make America Number 1, the pro-Trump super-PAC controlled by hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, has paid law firms associated with Giuliani $563,003 in 2015 and 2016.

A three-judge panel on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio overturned a restraining order against Trump’s campaign, his adviser Roger Stone, and their associates, which would have prevented anyone working on the campaign from harassing and intimidating voters at the polls.

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is sorry he encouraged Trump to run for president.

You can compare PolitiFact’s Truth-o-Meter scorecards for Trump and Clinton here.

On Pantsuit Nation, a not-so-secret Facebook group for Clinton supporters, more than a million people (and counting) have gathered to share emotional reflections on why they’re voting for the first female presidential candidate from a major political party.

Dr. Ram Raju, the head of NYC’s embattled public hospital system, is stepping down. He plans to retire at the end of the month from his post as president of Health and Hospitals, which runs 11 hospitals.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law to keep New York on the list of states that have joined the National Popular Vote compact past 2018.

Four cities are set to vote tomorrow on taxing sugary beverages. Ballot initiatives in three Bay Area localities – San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, CA – could join their neighbor Berkeley in imposing a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Boulder, Colo., is set to hold a vote on a 2-cent-per-ounce tax.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is quietly finishing as one of the biggest spenders of the 2016 cycle, coming into Election Day having donated more than $65 million — overwhelmingly to issue campaigns for local gun control and soda tax measures, but also to 18 individual candidates.

Narcan – a nasal spray device widely used by first responders to administer a medication that revives drug overdose victims, has been recalled because of a defect that could cause serious injury or death.

Upstate New York native Jon Jones has been banned from Ultimate Fighting Championship for one year, the USADA announced. He was hit with the maximum one-year period of ineligibility for his anti-doping violation.

The State Museum will run a special limited engagement exhibition “The Path to Statehood” from Nov. 8 to Nov. 27 that will feature New York’s founding documents. The documents will be displayed in Metropolis Hall, near the World Trade Center exhibition.

A former University of Rochester business professor has paid $100 million in fines and could face as much as five years in prison for failure to disclose income and control over his Zurich-based bank accounts.

Here and Now

The final mad dash to shake one more hand and give one more speech – or multiple hands and speeches – before voters head to the polls bright and early tomorrow is well underway.

At the local, state and federal levels, candidates and their supporters and surrogates are forgoing sleep and rushing from one event to another in hopes of sway those remaining undecideds.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has not yet released his public schedule for the day. UPDATE: The governor is in New York City with no public schedule.

Hillary for New York and Latinos for Hillary will organize two GOTV bus trips from New York City to West Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Assemblyman Francisco Moya and NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras will see off supporters in Corona Plaza, Queens at 8 a.m.

At 8:45 a.m., Assemblymembers Jose Rivera and Carmen Arroyo and NYC Councilwoman Annabel Palma will ride to PA, while Sen. Jose Serrano, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo and Councilman Rafael Salamanca will see off supporters from the Bronx County Democratic Headquarters, 1640 Eastchester Rd., the Bronx.

At 10 a.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns with Democratic NY-19 candidate Zephyr Teachout, Country View Diner, 855 Hoosick Rd., Brunswick.

Also at 10 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli appears on “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels,” WVOX 1460AM.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service David Beach hold a press conference to discuss Election Day security preparations, NYPD Substation, Times Square, Broadway and 7th Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., “Women Unite for Mike” hold a press conference with NY-21 Democratic candidate Mike Derrick, 276 Glen St., Glens Falls.

At 11 a.m., Gillibrand and Teachout make a joint appearance at 5 Broadway, Cannon Building, Troy.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. James Sanders, Assemblyman Charles Barron and others celebrate the enactment of the Missing Adults Law, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the New York State Thruway Authority holds a board meeting, Thruway Authority Headquarters, 200 Southern Blvd., Albany.

At noon, Republican NY-21 Rep. Elise Stefanik will hold the final campaign rally of the 2016 campaign with volunteers and supporters, 24 Margaret St., Suite 5, Plattsburgh.

At 1 p.m., MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder of The Roots, will campaign for Clinton at #ClubGOTV – Hillary for America’s Manhattan Field Office Annex, 50 Broadway, Ground Floor, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Medgar Evans College holds an event on civic engagement where de Blasio is scheduled to speak, 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio attends a GOTV rally at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City.

At 3 p.m., de Blasio attends a GOTV rally, Baruch College (Baruch Plaza), 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio attends a GOTV rally, Hostos Community College (Atrium), 500 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 5 p.m., DJ D-Nice will perform while hundreds of Clinton volunteers contact tens of thousands of voters in battleground states, Manhattan Field Office Annex, 50 Broadway, Ground Floor, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., a pre-taped interview with de Blasio airs on NY1.


In an effort to clear the cloud of suspicion he had publicly placed on Hillary Clinton’s campaign, FBI Director James Comey told Congress in a letter yesterday that he had seen no evidence in a recently discovered trove of emails to change his conclusion that she should face no charges over her handling of classified information.

The recommendation marked the culmination of a nightmarish 10 days for the bureau. But coming two days before the election, it also generated renewed skepticism from both political parties about the FBI’s handling of the high-profile case.

It’s impossible to know before results are tallied what impact Comey’s actions will have on the contest. But the news could help Clinton put to rest a controversy that has dogged her in the 2016 race’s closing days, helping Donald Trump narrow a polling gap nationally and in key battleground states.

Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, their prospects brightened by Comey’s announcement, pleaded with Americans yesterday to get out and vote as if their very way of life were on the line.

At a rally in Michigan, Trump told supporters that the investigation “will go on,” and Clinton was being “protected by a rigged system,” adding: “You can’t review 650,000 emails in 8 days. Now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”

Trump and Clinton wrote dueling op-eds in USA Today to make their cases to voters nationwide the day before Election Day.

A protester involved in a scuffle at a Trump rally in Reno, Nevada denied accusations that he is an operative for Democrats. “It’s absolutely ludicrous,” Austyn Crites told the AP. “I stand by my principles, and that’s the reason why I felt compelled to go in there to hold up the sign.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a key Trump surrogate, said that the U.S. is “in for a long, difficult couple of years,” regardless of who wins the election next week.

Trump was burned in effigy during a United Kingdom bonfire tradition.

Former President Bill Clinton’s top aide wrote in 2012 that Chelsea Clinton used Clinton Foundation resources “for her wedding and life for a decade” and a top Foundation donor was responsible for “killing” unfavorable press coverage – all as an internal Foundation audit uncovered numerous conflicts of interest and “quid pro quo benefits,” according to emails released by WikiLeaks.

As Democrats seek to gain control of the U.S. Senate, which would result in New York Sen. Chuck Schumer becoming majority leader, there are eight competitive races in which they are hoping to pick up the four or five seats they need.

Trump’s strength in Erie County poses a unique challenge to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, a staunch Clinton supporter and the new chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Getting in one more not-so-veiled dig at Republican Trump before the election, Pope Francis urged Americans to think about building bridges, not walls.

If he wins tomorrow, Trump is seriously considering asking crusading Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to stay on, a senior campaign official told the Daily News.

RIP Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, who has died at the age of 78.

In filings posted through Saturday, about a dozen outside groups have reported spending about $14 million in state Senate races since the September primaries, often pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars a day into television ads, direct mail, digital media and other types of campaign support.

Ken Lovett: “State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is expected to cruise to an easy re-election victory Tuesday, but his future as GOP leader is less clear.”

She hasn’t even been elected yet, but already Marisol Alcantara is getting pressure to back a complete Democratic takeover of the state Senate next year. A group of 29 community groups sent the woman poised to become the IDC’s newest member a letter calling on her to pledge to vote against Flanagan as Senate majority leader or even co-leader.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared at GOTV rallies across the state yesterday to boost Clinton and other Democratic candidates.

“Donald Trump has one clear vision: it’s a negative vision, he’s trying to divide, he’s using the anger, he’s fanning the flames for political purposes, and Hillary is the exact opposite,” Cuomo said. “She’s saying, now is the time we come together.”

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The Weekend That Was

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers today the agency hasn’t changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails discovered in its separate investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

According to the final national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton holds a four-point lead over Donald Trump, with 44 percent of support from likely voters in a four-way matchup, while Trump gets 40 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has 6 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 2 percent.

Hispanic voters in key states surged to cast their ballots in the final days of early voting this weekend, a demonstration of political power that lifted Clinton’s presidential hopes and threatened to block Trump’s path to the White House.

Trump was rushed off stage by the Secret Service while delivering a speech in Reno, Nevada, Saturday night after someone in the crowd yelled “gun,” the federal agency said. No weapon was found.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway claimed with no evidence that the man who disrupted the Nevada rally was a Democrat plant — and she refused to condemn her camp for implying he was an assassin, too.

“Aboard his gold-plated jumbo jet, the Republican nominee does not like to rest or be alone with his thoughts, insisting that aides stay up and keep talking to him. He prefers the soothing, whispery voice of his son-in-law. He requires constant assurance that his candidacy is on track.”

Police are investigating the theft of Clinton campaign staffers’ personal belongings – including laptops and backpacks – from a vehicle in Philadelphia.

Even before they elect a new president, voters are signaling a continued stalemate post-election on major issues such as health care, immigration and the U.S. Supreme Court.

As secretary of state, Clinton routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government e-mails and documents — including ones containing classified information — from her house in Washington, DC, e-mails and FBI memos show. But the housekeeper lacked the security clearance to handle such material.

The biggest bid of Trump’s life will be decided this week. But if another big deal – a big Buffalo deal – had happened two years earlier, we likely wouldn’t be talking about a potential President Trump, but rather Bills owner Trump.

Who is Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin? Though she has been in the public eye for years, little is known about her background.

Almost no top adviser has been left untouched by the two central firestorms of Clinton’s candidacy: the inquiry into her use of a private email server as secretary of state and the WikiLeaks hack of the email account of John Podesta, her campaign chairman.

Trump took a swipe at rapper Jay-Z, who appeared with Clinton and his wife, Beyonce, at a rally in Cleveland on Friday, and performed several songs studded with ­F-bombs and N-words.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani now denies that he was told by FBI agents that the bureau was reviewing newly discovered emails potentially related to Clinton’s use of a private server before the review was publicly revealed.

Hundreds of Clinton supporters lined up on Broadway near Battery Park Saturday to pick up free tickets for the Democrat’s Election Night soirée at the Jacob Javits Center.

Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the US worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The AP.

The Mexican government is holding last-minute meetings to game-plan their response to what many here see as a possible economic catastrophe for this country: a Trump victory.

Georgina Bloomberg is still friends with Ivanka Trump, even though her dad, Michael Bloomberg, called Ivanka’s dad, Donald Trump, a “dangerous demagogue.”

During a campaign tour of black churches today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought a moment of silence for Paul Tuozzolo, a NYPD sergeant from Greenlawn who was slain two days ago in a shootout in the Bronx.

Billy Joel, a Long Island resident, says he’s casting his ballot for Clinton in next week’s election, though he made it clear he doesn’t want his political preferences to affect how his audience votes.

Talks between IDC Leader Jeff Klein and leaders of the “regular” Senate Democratic conference have intensified in the weeks before the election and Democratic sources believe the details of a new governing arrangement will be hammered out next weekend at the Somos Conference, an annual post-election fiesta hosted by the state’s Latino leaders in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, 33, of Brooklyn, was handcuffed and charged with assault Saturday — after her 12-year-old son walked into an NYPD station house with an injured arm and accused her of hitting him with a broomstick.

The office of the New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has opened an investigation into the death of Ariel Galarza, a 49-year-old Bronx man who died on Wednesday after a police sergeant used an electric stun gun on him.

Schneiderman said his office is already expecting a wave of complaints come Tuesday — after seeing a disastrous Primary Day in April.

Democrat Tom Suozzi leads Republican Sen. Jack Martins by 7 percentage points in the latest Newsday/Siena College 3rd Congressional District poll — less than half of what the margin was a month ago.

While New York does not have early voting, Nassau and Suffolk election officials say 93,821 absentee ballots have been requested, and so far 56,878 votes have been turned in.

For every four jobs START-UP added since December, it lost three, according to a new report from the Empire Center.

The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Bronx will be open for business Monday.

Cuomo signed legislation allowing Ulster and several surrounding counties to offer an additional 10 percent tax credit to filmmakers who shoot movies in those areas.

Twenty-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won the men’s elite competition in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 51 seconds, becoming the youngest runner to win the New York City Marathon in the race’s 46-year history.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s daughter Jinger Duggar – of “19 Kids and Counting” fame – married former Syracuse soccer player Jeremy Vuolo on Saturday.


U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states – New York, Texas and Virginia – with the intention of disrupting elections.

Heading into the final weekend of the campaign, Donald Trump portrayed Hillary Clinton as bogged down in legal troubles while expressing optimism about his standing in a number of battleground states. He warned of an “unprecedented constitutional crisis” if she wins.

Clinton has dropped below 270 electoral votes in CNN’s electoral map when adding up the states that are either solidly Democratic or leaning in her direction.

Trump is poised to ride $25 million of new advertising in the final days of the campaign, an enormous and unexpected boost that could bring him closer to parity with Clinton on television.

Clinton has regained a slim three percentage point lead in the Washington Post/ABC tracking poll that just days ago showed Trump up by one point nationally.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said President Obama should promise not to pardon Clinton for any crime she might be charged with, “whether she’s elected or not.”

Giuliani on whether he knew ahead of time about the new developments in Clinton’s email case: “I did nothing to get it out, I had no role in it. Did I hear about it? You’re darn right I heard about it, and I can’t even repeat the language that I heard from the former FBI agents.”

A day after another Wikileaks dump revealed an email in which NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta the nominee’s private speeches to financial firms are “hard to defend,” the mayor insisted it is still his “absolute conviction” that Clinton will honor her progressive public stances.

In a blow to de Blasio, a former hospital he fought to keep open during his 2013 campaign — and then hoped to turn into a mixed-use site with affordable housing — is likely to now become a luxury residential development.

The October jobs report was fine at first glance and solid upon close inspection. And that’s great news for Clinton.

Former Alaska Gov. and onetime VP candidate Sarah Palin will campaign for Trump in Michigan and North Carolina, and will be with the Republican nominee in New York City on election night.

An NYPD sergeant was fatally shot in the head and his partner was hit in the leg during a gun battle with a heavily armed robber in the Van Nest section of the Bronx this afternoon.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner spent this morning getting a dose of “equine therapy” for his sex addiction at The Recovery Ranch at Nunnelly, TN, a tony woodsy respite for deep-pocketed patrons.

The Los Angeles County DA officially has the case involving the man who vandalized Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and felony prosecution is highly likely.

Federal environmental officials today dismissed protests from New York and issued a final ruling that will allow operation of an open-water site in eastern Long Island Sound for disposing of dredged materials from harbors and ports.

Joseph Strevell, a former deputy secretary of state in New York, pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to making false statements under oath.

The British musician Sting has announced that he will perform at the Nov. 12 reopening of the Bataclan, almost a year to the day after a terrorist attack at the Paris concert hall killed 90 people.

Of 237 roll call votes in which four or more Republican House members voted against the majority of Republican members, Rep. Elise Stefanik joined in splitting with the party 63 times, according to a Post-Star analysis of her 2016 voting record.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 7 a.m., businessman and Assembly candidate Dean Hart will be giving away hundreds of pairs of handcuffs and rolls of “politically charged toilet paper,” LIRR train station, 57 Ira Rd., Syosset.

At 8:45 a.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at a Friends of Steve Cohn breakfast, Juniors Restaurant, 386 Flatbush Ave. Extension, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko endorses NY-19 Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout, Rensselaer Rail Station, 525 East St., Renssealer.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, and will take calls from listeners.

At 11 a.m., Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announces a pioneering initiative being rolled out in selected family courts that will leverage the latest technology to help promote access to justice for domestic violence victims in urban, suburban and rural communities across New York, New York Family Court, 60 Lafayette St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray host a press conference in the rotunda at City Hall, Manhattan.

At noon, Teachout holds a meet-and-greet, Chatham Real Food Market Co-op, 15 Church St., Chatham.

Also at noon, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and others are honored at the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation luncheon, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 51st Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., state Sen. David Carlucci releases a report titled “The Price of Saving a Life: How Price Gouging of Naloxone Has Put New Yorkers At Risk,” New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 200 Congers Rd., New City.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo calls on the Governor to sign a bill that would ensure fair contracts for truckers and encourage the growth of small business carriers, Burr Trucking, 2901 Old Vestal Rd., Vestal.

At 2 p.m., Teachout holds a meet-and-greet, Daughters Fare and Ale, 7466 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

At 2:30 p.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will join local and statewide elected officials, including LG Kathy Hochul and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, at a GOTV rally for NY-24 candidate Colleen Deacon and other Democrats up and down the ballot, Ironworkers Local 60, 500 W Gensee St., Syracuse.

At 3 p.m., Tonko, state Sen. Neil Breslin, Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy, John McDonald and Phil Steck and others attend Albany County get out the vote rally, 1 Academy Park, Albany.

At 5 p.m., Teachout attends a fish fry held by the Rosendale Democrats, 1055 NY-32, Rosendale.

At 5:30 p.m., Chancellor Rosa, Commissioner Elia and Regent Hakanson will attend the New York State Education Department Office of Innovation and School Reform Promising Practices Conference, Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Room 6, S. Mall Arterial, Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., Teachout atends a GOTV concert being held on her behalf, featuring The Felice Brothers, Dar Williams and more, Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock.

At 7 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo holds an event in support of her re-election and “in celebration of the arts community in Brooklyn,” House of Art, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn.


An overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted by the state of American politics, and many harbor doubts that either major-party nominee can unite the country after a historically ugly presidential campaign, according to the final pre-election New York Times/CBS News Poll.

While campaigning together in North Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders was effusive in his praise of his erstwhile primary opponent Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee returned the favor, declaring how much fun it was to be running with him, not against him.

Clinton will hold a final election rally Monday evening in Philadelphia with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea.

POLITICO considers which aides Clinton might be taking with her to the White House if she wins.

Clinton and Trump could hardly be farther apart politically, but they’ll spend the decisive night of their polarizing presidential campaign barely a New York minute away from one another. For the first time in recent memory, both major-party candidates are holding election night parties in midtown Manhattan.

An unlikely duo is working to tamp down talk from a handful of House Republicans who say Clinton should be impeached if she’s elected president. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Darrell Issa, both from California, have each urged House Republicans to take the impeachment issue off the table.

The FBI has found emails related to Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the laptop belonging to the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, according to a U.S. official. They are not duplicates of emails found on former Secretary Clinton’s private server

Did former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani have an inside track on the FBI discovery of these emails?

Clinton aides were so worried about Weiner that they hatched a plan in 2011 to “bust in the house” to rescue his wife, according to a new WikiLeaks email.

Weiner is blasted as a pervert in a new 30-second ad released by Trump that connects the former congressman Clinton and her ongoing email woes.

Having already blocked President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia since March, some Republicans contend that they should indefinitely stall any U.S. Supreme Court nomination by Clinton to prevent an ideological shift on the bench should she be elected president.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine delivered what may be the first presidential campaign speech entirely in Spanish as part of Clinton’s push into traditionally Republican Arizona.

Trump’s wife, Melania, made a rare appearance on the campaign trail, pledging to focus on combatting online bullying and serve as an advocate for women and children if her husband is elected to the White House. Her description of the perils of social media seemed at odds with her husband’s divisive and bullying rhetoric throughout the campaign.

Bob McCarthy considers next Tuesday’s elections through a Western New York lens.

Months after thousands of voters were wrongfully removed from the rolls, New York City officials said they have lingering concerns about the Board of Elections and plan to keep a close watch on Election Day.

Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z will reportedly help get the vote out for Clinton today with a concert and rally at Cleveland State University.

Obama will make a personal pitch to Central New York voters starting Saturday in a new TV ad in which he touts NY-24 Democratic candidate Colleen Deacon. The ad is likely the first TV commercial by a sitting president in support of a congressional candidate in Central New York.

Chatter is growing louder on Capitol Hill that Paul Ryan’s days as Speaker are numbered. Four House Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership, told The Hill they expect Ryan to step down after Tuesday’s elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP.

New York’s energy czar Richard Kauffman in a speech on yesterday defended the Cuomo administration’s controversial plan to subsidize several struggling upstate power plants, a blueprint that has already sparked litigation.

In 2014, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s allies gave generously to Democratic groups outside New York City amid his bid to remake the state Senate. That money has dried up this year amid fund-raising inquiries.

A Manhattan federal judge has ruled that New York’s ban on ballot selfies may remain in place on Election Day, despite the protest of some voters who say snapping a photo of their completed ballot is a constitutional right.

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Heading into the final days of the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is holding an edge over Donald Trump after a month of tumult, with most voters saying their minds are made up and late revelations about both candidates made no significant difference to them, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Melania Trump made a rare appearance on the campaign trail in the battleground state of Pennsylvania today, seeking to soften her husband’s coarse image by proclaiming to voters that he respects all Americans and promising that as president he would promote values of compassion and charity across the country.

Trump has repeatedly held out his financial disclosures as a justification for refusing to release his personal tax returns. But an examination of his tax appeals on several properties, and other documents obtained by The New York Times, shows that what the nominee has reported on those forms is nowhere near a complete picture of his financial state.

Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation reportedly fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay.

In leaked passages from her upcoming memoir, “Settle for More,” Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly reveals that ousted Fox News chairman Roger Ailes sexually harassed her beginning in the summer of 2005.

POLITICO lists the 12 aides and advisers who are closest to Trump, and the roles they would be poised to play if things go the GOP nominee’s way next Tuesday.

Retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel is confident Clinton will win the presidential election despite recently revealed federal probes, but if Trump triumphs after all, the octagenarian lawmaker says he’s “out of here” – and he’s taking his friends with him.

Huma Abedin will host a high-profile Washington, D.C, fund-raiser tonight for the Clinton campaign, marking her first public appearance since the FBI reopened an investigation into the Democratic nominee’s private server last week.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly defended Clinton over her decision not to release transcripts of her paid speeches to financial companies earlier this year. Privately, however, he found the speeches “hard to defend,” he told Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta in a hacked email released by WikiLeaks.

It’s OK to take a selfie with your ballot in New York state, as long as you don’t show how you voted, according to the state Board of Elections.

There will be no pre-election decision in a ballot selfie lawsuit, though it will move forward for the 2017 elections.

With the odds favoring Clinton to win the White House and if Democrats take the Senate, Democrats and LGBT advocates say they would quickly try to pass a major LGBT-rights bill if they can also win the House of Representatives.

Is the FBI biased in favor of the GOP, Wayne Barrett does a deep dive.

Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin defended his support for his party’s nominee by lashing out at what he alleged were illegal dealings between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department under Clinton.

Democratic NY-19 candidate Zephyr Teachout says public financing of campaigns is a “feminist issue.”

Republican NY-24 Rep. John Katko and his Democratic challenger, Colleen Deacon, took sharp swings at each other and suggested their opponent was intentionally misleading voters in what turned into the most heated debate of their campaign for Congress.

Erstwhile LG candidate Tim Wu, (Teachout’s 2014 running mate), has a new book out, called “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads.”

Students at a Westchester elementary school have correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential election since 1968. This year, they’ve got Clinton winning with 52 percent.

A Commonwealth Fund study finds – contrary to widespread belief – that the growth of premiums for employer-sponsored health plans has slowed nationwide since passage of the Affordable Care Act. But just the opposite has happened in the Empire State, which has edged out Maryland for the steepest premium rise in the country.

The Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester – home of the famous suffragist – will offer discounts, a selfie booth and other ways to celebrate the nation’s first opportunity to vote for a woman for president.