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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed rising Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for her pro-life attacks on Planned Parenthood in the GOP debate on Wednesday night.

Some House conservatives aren’t satisfied with the largely symbolic passage of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood today, and the threat of a government shutdown doesn’t seem to be enough to hinder their efforts.

Rep. Richard Hanna was the only New York Republican to vote “no” on the Planned Parenthood defunding measure.

Former Gov. George Pataki is the fifth richest 2016 candidate, according to a list compiled by POLITICO. He’s worth $11.29 million. For the sake of comparison, Pataki’s fellow Republican, Carly Fiorina, is worth $58.95 million (No. 2), and Donald Trump, $1.39 billion (No. 1).

Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko delivered remarks on the House floor attacking the Republican majority for scuttling the U.S. Export-Import bank, a decades-old institution that had become the target of attacks from the GOP’s Tea Party wing.

Cuomo said that New York’s surging gun violence was not his fault or proof of the failure of gun control, but was the fault of states “down south.”

Donald Trump cancelled his appearance tonight at a major campaign stop for the GOP presidential field in South Carolina as he faces criticism from both Republican and Democratic candidates over his failure to address claims that President Obama is a Muslim and “not even an American.”

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the NXIVM corporation that accused five people, including two journalists, of hacking into its computers to obtain confidential information, including clients lists and other non-public materials.

The Board of Regents approved regulations that will soon put additional financial support in the hands of foster care youth struggling with unique higher education challenges associated with applying, remaining and graduating from college.

PEF president Wayne Spence has appointed state Department of Labor attorney Kevin Jones to be the union’s chief organizer, and also named William Wurster, a former PEF Region 8 (Capital District) coordinator, as the head of retiree services.

Another sad day for the Daily News, Celeste Katz – a veteran political reporter, longtime colleague and worthy adversary – has been let go.

The RNC last month FOILed the Chappaqua Public Library asking for “any and all…correspondence, memos, records, bills, costs incurred, and employee overtime incurred” during the former Secretary of State’s June 29, 2014, event at the library to promote her book, “Hard Choices.”

New York prison worker Joyce Mitchell has admitted that she lied to state police after convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped Clinton Correctional Facility with her help.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, who’s rumored to be a potential challenger to de Blasio in the 2017 Democratic primary, was scheduled to attend a soiree in the nation’s capital today hosted by a real estate mogul who has already announced his interest in taking on the mayor.

A New York University student who grabbed headlines when she accused the school of pulling a bait-and-switch with its sticker price has been forced to move into university housing under threat of expulsion.

The state’s evaluation of a crude oil heating project that could transform the type of crude oil brought into New York by rail in now in a state of limbo of sorts.

Former President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were caught on the kiss cam at a Braves game.

With heroin use on the rise, school nurses and other trained employees are now able to administer an antidote to those who overdose.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Warren County, New York City and the New York City area.

At 9 a.m., the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation board meets, 10th floor conference room, Room 1004, Edward A. Rath county office building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on the city’s new education initiatives, columnist Matt Bai on the presidential campaign, and more, WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Queens Library’s Bridget Quinn-Carey and others announce the opening of a new UPK site, Queens Library at Ravenswood, 35-42 21st St., Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., Cuomo speaks to the NYS Business Council, which is holding its annual fall meeting, The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Gaming Facility Location Board holds a public comment event in Region 5 on an applicant proposal and the potential impact, SUNY Broome Community College Baldwin Gym, Student Center, Main Campus, 907 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

At 11 a.m, Parks & Trails New York, the Albany Department of Development and Planning and Albany Center Gallery hold a PARK(ing) Day to draw attention to the need for urban open space, Washington Avenue in front of the state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveil his $1 million plan for redesigning dangerous intersections in the borough as part of his Connecting Residents on Safer Streets Brooklyn initiative, Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.


Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara has reportedly expanded his anti-corruption crusade to the far western edge of the state, investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial Buffalo Billion revitalization project, and infringing on the territory of LG Kathy Hochul’s husband, Buffalo US Attorney Bill Hochul, in the process.

Dozens of people rallied in Brooklyn last night in a call to end gun violence, following the death of an aide to Cuomo, Carey Gabay, who was caught in a crossfire.

The leader of the Business Council, Heather Briccetti, said her group will fight Cuomo’s plan to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but conceded that the legislation may become law soon. She’s already looking at mitigations to insert into the bill in the event that the state Legislature passes it.

Cuomo announced that 30 notable civil rights groups and prominent civil rights and community leaders have joined what he’s calling the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice, which is the campaign to get a statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage passed.

After weeks of private negotiations, one of Cuomo’s top aides, Jim Malatras, outlined the final compromise to bring a $600 million photonics center to Rochester. The former Bausch + Lomb building in downtown Rochester will be the headquarters for the photonics center, with workplace development to be housed at the Sibley Building and manufacturing to be based at the Eastman Business Park.

A leader for the union representing police at state university campuses in Oneonta, Cobleskill, Delhi and other public colleges is taking exception to Cuomo’s suggestion that university officers have tried to make the issue of campus sexual assault “go away.”

Ex-Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. drew a 14-year sentence for his earlier conviction of 21 felony counts of corruption. The former Brooklyn Democratic assemblyman had been acquitted in 2011 but he was re-arrested and convicted after federal agents had recordings of his habitual bribe-seeking.

Two New York nail salon associations sued Cuomo in a bid to force the state to roll back regulations aimed at improving work conditions for employees, arguing the law discriminates against their mostly Asian-owned businesses.

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a First Amendment lawsuit by five New York teachers challenging confidentiality agreements that prevent them from discussing the Common Core tests they scored last year.

A new Q poll found the vast majority of New Yorkers believe the ongoing feud between supposed “friends” and fellow Democrats, Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, is hurting the state.

Cuomo said people are wrong to think the ongoing has had a negative effect on the working relationship between the state and New York City. “I would never allow a relationship issue with anyone to have anything to do with how I serve the state,” the governor insisted. “I pride myself on being able to work with all sorts of characters in this state.”

The homeless population under de Blasio is soaring, with 4,000 more people in shelters than there were at the end of the Bloomberg era, according to data released yesterday.

The same data – an annual report card required by the NYC charter, showed positive results in many categories that are strong indicators of New York’s well-being. There was a 5.6 percent drop in major felonies across the city, an 8.8 percent drop in major felonies in housing developments and a 35.7 percent drop in the city’s 30 largest parks.

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After a debate performance that was steely, self-assured and at times deeply personal, Carly Fiorina’s biggest effect on the contest for the Republican presidential nomination may be to help her party’s long-standing struggle to appeal to women voters.

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Party encountered a major legal roadblock this week, the party created by his 2014 opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is showing signs of vitality.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he supports including a prevailing wage requirement in 421-a legislation but is primarily concerned with getting a deal done by the end of the year.

Bertha Lewis, the prominent liberal activist and founder of the Black Institute, who was Cuomo last year that backed his primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, is now part of his campaign for a statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita gathered his staff this morning to announce that he will run this fall for a seat on state Supreme Court.

The smoking rate in New York City fell to 13.9 percent in 2014, the lowest rate on record, according to the latest Community Health Survey.

A friend of Carey Gabay, the Cuomo administration aide who died after he was hit in the head by a stray bullet during a pre-West Indian American Day Parade celebration, asks in the Boston Globe why gun control isn’t part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The legal fight over control of the Women’s Equality Party is headed for an appellate division court in Rochester.

Former Gov. George Pataki, a 2016 GOP contender, had breakfast with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Syracuse Post-Standard agrees with Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco’s push to repeal the governor’s wage board power.

It has been a year of ups and downs for the 7, but the New York City subway line has again come out on top, winning top honors in a rider advocacy group’s annual ranking.

Democratic pundit David Alexrod has switched from MSNBC to CNN in advance of the 2016 elections.

The mother of former tennis star James Blake said it took his accidental arrest by the NYPD – and the subsequent maelstrom that followed – to “truly realize” that two of her sons are black.

City & State columnist Alexis Grenell mourns the loss of Bill Hammond’s byline from the pages of the Daily News.

Financier Ronald O. Perelman, who recently became chairman of the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall, told fellow board members he will leave his position next month amid an ongoing clash among leaders of the New York institution.

In an early sign that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to make city streets safer is bearing fruit, 13 percent fewer people died in traffic in the 2015 fiscal year, according to the mayor’s annual management report.

By welcoming Pope Francis, the Freedom From Religion Foundation believes New York City has shown favoritism to Catholicism and has ignored the importance of separation of church and state.

A $177 million restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan is done in time for the pontiff’s visit.

DeFran Backs Dadey’s Bid For Chairmanship

defranFrom the Morning Memo:

Onondaga County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey picked up some support form the state Senate’s second most powerful member as he mulls a potential challenge to NYS GOP Chairman Ed Cox next week.

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco said during a CapTon interview last night that he would back Dadey if he decides to move forward with his bid to run the state party, which the Syracuse senator says hasn’t been performing up to snuff in recent years.

“I think the leadership of the party is in a situation now where we haven’t had many statewide victories,” DeFrancisco said.

“…We haven’t had any great successes, and we’re hanging by our nails with respect to the New York State Senate Republicans, although I’m really sure we’re going to be fine this year. I think the pendulum is starting to swing back. Should a change in leadership be discussed under those circumstances? Sure.”

DeFrancisco said he thinks it’s “healthy” for the state GOP to have a debate about making changes in advance of a crucial election year. But he also warned against making too much of big deal about internal turmoil in the party. More >

SUNY Spokesman Out After 3 Months

Sherman Jewett, a longtime Democratic operative and former staffer for the Assembly majority, has resigned his post as chief spokesman for SUNY just three months after taking the job.

Both SUNY and Jewett confirmed the move, and said it had been Jewett’s decision to depart in recent weeks.

During a brief telephone interview, Jewett called the parting “amicable and mutual”, and said he had decided to leave “for personal reasons.” He does not yet have a new job.

Jewett, who spent almost 20 years working the Assembly Democrats in communications and information services and rose to serve as executive director of DACC, the majority’s political arm, departed that job to co-found a private political mail firm, Blue & Read, in 2010. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

From 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Business Council’s annual meeting continues, with panel discussions featuring LG Kathy Hochul, former LG Bob Duffy, 2016 congressional candidate John Faso, and more, The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing.

At 7:20 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on WCBS 880.

From 8 a.m. to noon, members of the Board of Regents continue Day 2 of their two-day meeting, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 8:30 a.m., Cuomo receives the “Champion of Labor Award” at the Amsterdam News Breakfast, Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to the members of the Association for a Better New York about his priorities for the state and his first session as speaker, 583 Park Ave., between 63rd and 64th streets, Manhattan.

At 9:40 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will join higher education colleagues from throughout the country for the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference, serving on a panel titled “Big State Universities: Rewriting the Future”, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Manhattan BP Gale Brewer, transit experts and advocates hold public hearing on traffic congestion, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Theater 2, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., de Blasio speaks at a naturalization ceremony, Surrogate’s Court, 31 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Hochul speaks at the opening of the Toy Hall of Fame exhibit at the Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square, Rochester. (A Q-and-A with reporters will follow the speech).

Also at 10:30 a.m., the Senate Social Services and Children and Families committees hold a hearing on the delivery of services from prenatal to pre-K, Henry Street Settlement Gymnasium, 301 Henry St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, along with a coalition of advocates, community leaders, and other elected officials, will release the results of a survey of 1,100 New Yorkers that explores the growing demand for family-friendly workplace policies, outside of the South Entrance of the Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At noon, Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson holds a press conference to announce the results of a long-term investigation, 350 Jay St., Brooklyn; 20th floor, Moot Courtroom.

At 12:30 p.m., Crain’s New York Business celebrates the 2015 50 Most Powerful Women in New York City with a panel discussion with several of this year’s honorees, including Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, Cipriani 42nd St., 110 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

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

At 2 p.m., the Center for Migration Studies holds a discussion entitled: Reform of the US Immigrant Detention System: Family Detention, Privatization, and Lessons from the Criminal Justice and National Security Debates, 307 E. 60th St., 6th Floor, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams, NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, and S.O.S. Brooklyn of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center hold Peace Over Violence March – a prayer walk aimed to end violence, Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. (Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Sens. Jesse Hamilton and Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly members Walter Mosley and Diana Richardson will attend).

At 7 p.m., de Blasio plays in the Mayor’s Office vs. City Council softball game, Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.

Also at 7 p.m., the New York Press Club holds evening with WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks, discussing the day Virginia TV station WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead live on television, and the aftermath so far, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W 40th St., Manhattan.

At 8:20 p.m., Cuomo attends the Cancer Research Institute’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner, The Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th St., Manhattan.


Amid the back-and-forth bickering over Donald Trump, the Republican presidential contest took a substantive and serious turn in last night’s prime-time debate, with candidates wrangling over immigration, gay marriage and foreign affairs. The policy shift quieted Trump for long stretches during the debate, which lasted over three hours.

The billionaire businessman’s uneven performance gave Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush openings to seize the spotlight. And they did, putting Trump in the unusual position of being on defense throughout the evening.

At Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, senior campaign officials were less interested in analyzing who stood out from the GOP pack or even who attacked the former secretary of State. Instead they zeroed in on the Republican threats to defund Planned Parenthood.

RIP Carey Gabay, a Cuomo administration aide who was shot in the head by a stray bullet at a pre-West Indian American Day Parade celebration. “Today, the State of New York has lost one of its finest young men,” the governor said.

Gabay, 43, died at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, after being removed from life support. He had been declared brain dead on Tuesday.

Calling the shooting “a nightmare that’s shaken our resolve and tested our faith,” the Gabay family asked anyone with information about what happened to contact the police.

Teachers and principals whose job performance is rated low because of aberrations in the state’s controversial evaluation system now have expanded rights of appeal under regulations approved by a divided Board of Regents.

By adding language to change the regulations, the board is kicking part of the evaluation program back to the Legislature, whose members approved it last spring after Gov. Andrew Cuomo inserted it into the state budget.

New York State’s standardized tests for third through eighth graders will be shortened this year, the education commissioner said – the latest retooling of a group of exams that have grown so unpopular that 20 percent of eligible children sat them out this past spring

As protesters denounced her as a “puppet for billionaires,” former TV news anchor Campbell Brown pitched the state’s largest business group on her lawsuit against teacher tenure, imploring them to support charter schools and do more to take on the teachers unions who mocked her in effigy.

Half of the children in Syracuse live in poverty and the city continues to be among the poorest in the nation, according to U.S. Census data released. The poverty rate for 2014 was 34.4 percent, making it the 16th poorest city among 585 cities in the U.S. with populations greater than 65,000. That’s 49,626 people living in poverty.

The percentage of children in Buffalo who are poor dropped last year – by a sliver. The new Census data shows that 47.3 percent of children in the city grew up in poverty last year. In 2013, 50.6 percent lived below the poverty line.

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Voters can probably expect to see plenty of fireworks when the top 11 Republican presidential candidates converge in California tonight for the second GOP primary debate of the 2016 cycle.

Harlan Levy will return to a partnership at Boies, Schiller & Flexner after serving as chief deputy to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman since January 2011.

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco has introduced a bill that explicitly bans the “valuable consideration” — the sale for profit — of fetal organs and tissue by adding language to a long-standing state ban on such transactions in human material.

The Daily News went through another round of layoffs, firing some well-known veteran journalists, including columnists Mike Lupica and Bill Hammond, among others.

Nearly two years after returning to lead the nation’s largest police department, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has cemented his influence in City Hall, becoming one of the most powerful players in New York politics through a mix of skillful maneuvering and the political vulnerabilities of a mayor seen, unfairly or not, as weak on policing.

Carl Paladino’s support of Joseph Mascia in the wake of Mascia’s racist comments last month ended up carrying a big price, as the Erie County IDA rejected $216,500 in tax breaks that the developer was seeking for its $4.9 million project to convert a vacant school into apartments.

Republican Joan Illuzzi picked up an unlikely endorsement today in the Staten Island district attorney’s race from Democrat Allen Cappelli.

The monitors for Rockland County’s troubled East Ramapo schools told the Board of Regents they are making strides in trying to turn the district around now, rather than waiting until after they give their final report to the state in December.

Faced with soaring costs to battle western wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service has been forced to divert money budgeted for its fight against the emerald ash borer in New York, according to Sen. Charles Schumer.

Syracuse University professor Eric Kingson formally kicked off his 2016 campaign for Congress today, launching a challenge to GOP Rep. John Katko from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Many of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s celebrity friends from the 2013 campaign are AWOL.

All of New York City’s 1.1 million public school students will soon have access to computer science education, de Blasio announced.

Airbnb announced a partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to encourage the service’s hosts to funnel their guests to local businesses. The agreement is a pilot for a program the web-based “room-sharing” company hopes to roll out in cities across the globe.

The Metropolitan Opera’s efforts to rein in spending after a turbulent period marked by labor strife appear to be paying off. The opera company announced that it closed its most recent season in the black, with a $1 million surplus and a balanced budget.

The state Gaming Commission unveiled a 30-second public service announcement aimed at compulsive gamblers.

Federal and New York City authorities have broken up a sophisticated international ring that trafficked in synthetic marijuana, known as K – a drug that has become widely used among the city’s homeless people and has gained popularity among teenagers.

The increasingly public rift between DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others in her party’s leadership over the number of presidential debates is threatening to become more than just embarrassing to the DNC. It’s also spelling trouble for Hillary Clinton.

President Obama wants Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, to bring his creation to the White House.

Pope Francis will deliver most of his speeches in his native Spanish when he arrives in the US next week for his three-city tour, with just four speeches expected in English.

The two Elmira businessmen who resurrected Greek Peak Mountain Resort from bankruptcy are buying Toggenburg Mountain and combining operations at the two ski resorts.

Why Dadey’s Considering Bid For State Chair

From the Morning Memo:

Onondaga County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey said during a CapTon interview last night that he was motivated in part to consider a challenge to state GOP Chairman Ed Cox after the party failed to assist state comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci in reaching his public financing fundraising goal in 2014.

“I learned a lot about how effective or ineffective the state party is,” Dadey said, adding that Cox had “guaranteed” Antonacci that he would have help in reaching the $200,000 threshold to qualify for the state’s matching funds pilot program – in which the Onondaga County comptroller was the lone participant – and then did not deliver on that promise.

Antonacci was about $40,000 short of making the public financing cut, Dadey said. He was vastly out-gunned in the fundraising arena by his Democratic opponent, incumbent state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and ended up losing badly to DiNapoli in the November general election.

This is a particularly interesting line of reasoning from Dadey, since most Republicans are not fans of the public financing idea to begin with, arguing that it’s inappropriate to use taxpayer dollars to support political campaigns.

In fact, it was because of opposition from the Senate Republicans that a more robust public financing system was not created in 2014. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Monroe County and New York City.

Democratic 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton is in New York City today for two private fundraisers – one in Astoria, Queens; the other on Staten Island. She’ll also be taping an appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Members of the Board of Regents meet throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m. They are expected to take up the emergency regulations for the APPR (teacher performance evaluation system), among other things.

At 7:30 a.m., the Puerto Rican Bar Association holds a march over the Brooklyn Bridge in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 225 Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Peter King, Jerry Nadler and Lee Zeldin join comedian Jon Stewart and hundreds of firefighters to urge Congress for an extension of healthcare benefits for all first responders affected by cancer and other chronic diseases from exposure at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, House Triangle (Capitol East Front), Washington, D.C.

Ay 10 a.m., Rep. John Katko will hold a press conference to detail legislation that would compensate veterans who have been exposed to Agent Orange, Onondaga County War Memorial, Memorial Hall, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a speech on education entitled “Equity and Excellence”, Auditorium, Bronx Latin School, 800 Home St., the Bronx.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the Assembly will hold a public hearing to examine the impact of the Renewable Portfolio Standard program and the proposed creation of the Clean Energy Fund for the advancement of large scale renewable energy production, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Sen. Tim Kennedy will stand with WNY firefighters to call on the NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to rescind a proposal eliminating state mandated fire suppression systems at gas stations, Doyle Volunteer Hose Company No. 2, 100 Willowlawn Pkwy, Cheektowaga.

Also at 11 a.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Siobhan Dennehy, executive director of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, together with local volunteers and Bronx seniors, will announce $100,000 in state funding for Emerald Isle Immigration Center’s Meals on Wheels program, 4275 Katonah Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, Cuomo receives an award at the Upstate Latino Summit, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main St., Rochester.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., de Blasio participates in a Google+ Hangout.

At 1 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul convenes a North Country Regional Economic Development Council meeting, Olympic Regional Development Authority, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul tours the Trudeau Institute, 155 Algonquin Ave., Saranac Lake.

At 4:30 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray delivers the keynote address at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Annual Conference, Manhattan Theatre, Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Rd., Kerhonkson.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio participates in a teletownhall with NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

At 6:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino attends a fundraiser for Suffolk County Legislature candidate Mary Calamia, Villa Lombardi’s, 877 Main St. Holbrook.

At 7 p.m., TV anchor-turned-education activist Campbell Brown speaks at the NYS Business Council fall meeting, the Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing. (AQE, NYSUT members and their allies are planning to protest outside the event, starting at 5:30 p.m.)

At 7:30 p.m., Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, NY co-chair of GOP 2016 candidate Carly Fiorina’s campaign, hosts a debate watch party, Eleven 11 Grill (upstairs) 1111 Main St., Fishkill.

At 8 p.m., the second GOP 2016 presidential debate will take place at the Reagan Presidential Library, hosted by CNN. Eleven of the candidates made the prime time cut. The remaining four candidates will appear during an earlier debate beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Also at 8 p.m., de Blasio appears on All in with Chris Hayes for Part II of a pre-taped interview.

At 11:35 p.m., Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes her first late-night talk show appearance since announcing her candidacy and her first visit to Jimmy Fallon’s show. Other guests include actress Dakota Johnson.


Construction of an urgently needed rail tunnel under the Hudson River became more likely after NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed a plan for the two states and the Port Authority to cover half of the project’s expected $20 billion cost – as long as the federal government covers the other half.

Cuomo said this half-and-half plan is not a starting point for negotiations, but rather “the endpoint.”

The White House issued a statement saying the federal transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx, would work with the two states to determine how the Obama adminnistration could “best support progress on this project.”

A federal judge ruled that a man who was arrested and held for several hours after scrawling a nasty note on a ticket he received in the upstate village of Liberty had his First Amendment rights violated and can continue with a lawsuit against the municipality.

The decision stems from the arrest of a frustrated Connecticut motorist, Willian Barboza, who wrote “F–k your s–tty town b–ches” on a form as he sent to Liberty $175 for a speeding fine in 2012.

To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City’s fast-growing technology sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce today that within 10 years all of the city’s public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students.

Former de Blasio administration aide Rachel Noerdlinger, who stepped down after an uproar over her ex-con boyfriend, is once again working with the Rev. Al Sharpton. Noerdlinger, who was Sharpton’s top spokeswoman before leaving to work for NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, is representing the activist and his National Action Network in her new job at PR firm Mercury Public Affairs.

Republican John Faso officially announced his candidacy in the 2016 NY-19 race from the front steps of his family home. He joins Dutchess County businessman Andrew Heaney in the GOP primary battle for a vacant seat caused by the retirement of Rep. Chris Gibson. The field is expected to grow, with at least two other Republicans considering a run.

House Speaker John Boehner realized that managing the massive crowd descending on the Capitol grounds for Pope Francis’ visit will require a small army – so he created one: A mini-army made up of the first-ever volunteer force of over 100 House and Senate aides.

Utica College announced that it is cutting its annual tuition by 42 percent, from $35,514 in 2016 to $19,996. The small, private college expects to lose $2 million in the first year, but it expects to more than make up the difference in the years to come.

Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting will select a temporary site for up to 1,000 video slot machines and electronic table games by Dec. 1, with the facility opening as early as the spring, County Executive Edward Mangano said. Mangano’s 2016 budget projects $20 million worth of new revenue from the facility.

Onondaga County’s largest government employee union has again rejected a labor contract. More than 2,000 members of Civil Service Employees Association Local 834 have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2012. Members rejected a contract offer in August 2014.

Detectives are using facial recognition software to help in the laborious search for the gunmen in the Labor Day weekend shooting that left a Cuomo administration lawyer critically wounded and on life support, according to law enforcement sources.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Brooklyn native and 2016 Democratic contender, returns to New York on Friday to host a fundraiser and reception at historic Town Hall. Tickets to the Midtown venue will run from $50 to $1000, according to the candidate’s website.

Federal prosecutors are pushing back against former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Libous’ quest for a new trial, arguing that the evidence was “more than sufficient” to support his felony conviction in July.

While Cuomo places an ever-greater emphasis on gender inequality in his public rhetoric, women still occupy a relatively small percentage of his administration’s top jobs. And the women who work for him women earn an average of 73 cents for every dollar made by men.

Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wrote to the president, asking the federal government to pay for half the cost of a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River, and pledging that they and the Port Authority will cover the other half of the estimated $14 billion price tag.

Christie, a 2016 Republican hopeful, says the GOP-controlled Congress has been “a failure” that hasn’t delivered on the results it promised, adding: “(W)hen I become president, I’ll drag them to the water to drink.”

The owner of Staten Island’s “White House” – the Todt Hill home of the late mob boss Paul Castellano – will host a private fundraiser for Democratic 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton tomorrow. It will be her first visit to the borough since she launched her latest presidential bid.

Three trips to Europe for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have cost city taxpayers over $40,000.

The state Board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York, is expected to vote tomorrow on regulations for New York’s new system for evaluating teachers, which was required as part of the state’s $142 billion budget earlier this year.

The Berkeley (California) City Council is set to consider a new proposal tonight that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $19 by 2020.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has proposed moving the vote on future county budgets until Dec. 6 – after the November elections.

Amid ongoing issues with the teacher evaluation system, the state Board of Regents plans to establish a panel in place to let teachers to appeal their ratings, board chancellor Merryl Tisch told WCNY’s Susan Arbetter.

Harking back to FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, members of the Cuomo administration rolled out an updated, albeit modest, version of the Depression-era public works program aimed to renovate and update the state’s parks and other natural resource areas.

Syracuse University’s former vice chancellor Eric Spina, who stepped down from the school’s second-highest post in 2014, has been named the president of the University of Dayton.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is asking $5.9 million for the former campus of Bishop Maginn High School, whose students moved this fall to smaller quarters amid declining enrollment and mounting costs.

NY Daily News staffers are bracing for another round of cuts this week as owner Mort Zuckerman tries to stanch the flow of red ink at the tabloid – perhaps in advance of trying to sell it again.

Cuomo announced today that 80 new teachers have been selected to join the master teachers program, which gives dedicated STEM teachers $60,000 over four years to lead professional development sessions and train the next generation of STEM professionals.

Albany lawmakers advocating for physician-assisted suicide in New York were encouraged last week after California’s legislature approved a “right-to-die” bill.

Owners of buildings with cooling towers have until­­­ tomorrow to register them with the state DOH, inspect them and obtain bacteriological samples for culture testing, in accordance with emergency health regulations adopted last month.

Buffalo took a huge step to becoming a repeat host of the IIHF World Junior Championships today, with USA Hockey announcing the city is joining Pittsburgh and St. Louis as the finalists to stage the 2018 event.