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Sep 16th - 4:48 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.
At 8:15 a.m., New York Law School’s CityLawBreakfast Series returns with a talk by NYC Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte, who will discuss “Reform at Rikers: Creating a Culture of Safety at the NYC Department of Correction,” New York Law School, Event Center, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.
At 9:15 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray attends an event honoring retiring Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, and receives the ‘Health Award’ at the Black Women’s Agenda Luncheon (at noon), the Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. N.W, Washington, DC.
At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul launches a Community College Council meeting in the North Country Region, Jefferson Community College, Jules Center, College Board Room, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on WNYC.
At 10:15 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 35-12 35th Ave., Long Island City.
At 11 a.m., Sen. Bernie Sanders headlines a rally for Democratic NY-19 candidate Zephyr Teachout, Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz.
Also at 11 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will visit SUNY Old Westbury as part of the state-wide TeachNY listening tour, Student Union, 223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury.
At 11:30 a.m., Sen. Mike Nozzolio will make a major announcement regarding the Cornell New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, 630 West North Street, Room A134 Barton.
At noon, a funeral is held for the late Assemblyman Bill Nojay, who committed suicide last week, Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, East Avenue, Rochester.
At 12:30 p.m., a rally, community speak out and press conference led by family members of those killed by NYPD officers are held to mark retiring Commissioner Bill Bratton’s final day on the job and denounce his legacy, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Hochul convenes a North Country Regional Economic Development Council meeting, Clarkson University, Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd Floor, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam.
At 3 p.m., de Blasio participates in a ceremonial walk out for Bratton, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.
After spending three days at home in Chappaqua recovering from pneumonia, Hillary Clinton said she was happy to return to the campaign trail, but called the unexpected time off a “gift” that offered her a rare opportunity to reflect.
Clinton defended her delayed disclosure of her pneumonia diagnosis — and whether her own running mate was among those in the dark. She brushed off questions about whether Sen. Tim Kaine knew of her illness, which she said she didn’t initially see the need to “make a big fuss about.”
Clinton was greeted with tightening polls, as a newly disciplined Donald Trump gained ground nationally and in key states, and with what her campaign sees as an imperative to lay out a positive vision for herself and not just the case against her opponent.
Trump offered an expanded economic blueprint and an overhaul of his tax plan, but skeptics in both parties questioned his promise to offset steep tax cuts with significantly stronger economic growth.
Trump remains unwilling to say that President Obama was born in the United States. He is also more bullish than ever on his chances to win, and insists he is not exploring the launch of a new media company in case he loses the race.
In a statement, the Trump campaign said the candidate does, in fact, believe Obama was born in the U.S., and blamed Clinton and her team for first raising the whole “birther” question.
In a light-hearted moment on the campaign trail, Trump let “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon do what so many have dreamt of doing — mess up the candidate’s meticulously coiffed hairdo.
Most voters consider Trump a risky choice for president, saying he lacks the right temperament and values, but he is seen as more transformative and better at handling the economy than Clinton, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Trump called upstate a “death zone,” blaming Clinton for failing to bring jobs there when she represented New York in the U.S. Senate. He also said he and the governor get along “very well.”
Federal authorities investigating possible corruption in NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration are reportedly looking into a now-closed Queens restaurant that leased land from the city and whose owner has political ties to the mayor.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is known to prefer shark-fishing and motorcycling to golfing, the sport more typically associated with politicians. But to coax money from donors for his 2018 campaign account, he plans to hit the links, inviting supporters to his first ever golf fundraiser.
Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said officers on modified duty can only earn overtime with the approval of the chief of department – a policy change that comes amid criticism of the overtime pay received by the officer involved in Eric Garner’s death.
In one of his last acts as commissioner, Bratton appeared with Carmen Fariña, the NYC schools chancellor, to announce that the 2015-16 school year was the safest on record for the city’s public schools.
A man using a meat cleaver to try to remove a parking boot from the wheel of his car was shot by New York City police near Penn Station after he slashed an officer on the face, authorities said.
State officials are set to hand over the keys today to SolarCity for its new solar panel factory in South Buffalo. With the company gaining access to the factory, the Buffalo Billion’s signature program will begin the shift from its construction phase to a period where SolarCity begins to get the plant ready to begin producing solar panels sometime during the spring.
Sep 15th - 5:16 pm
Ivanka Trump cut short an interview with Cosmopolitan after being asked about some of Donald Trump’s past comments about childcare and maternity leave, saying the interviewer had “a lot of negativity” in her questions.
The 70-year-old GOP nominee told Dr. Oz that campaigning is a form of exercise and compared himself to 39-year-old NFL player Tom Brady, saying: “I feel the same age as him. It’s crazy.”
During a radio interview today, Donald Trump Jr. casually dropped a Holocaust metaphor, comparing “the media” to Nazis.
Clinton declined to discuss her fellow former secretary of state Colin Powell’s hacked emails during an interview, instead joking that she has already talked enough about her own emails.
NY-19 candidates John Faso and Zephyr Teachout found few areas of agreement in their first debate of the general election cycle, trading barbs that followed familiar campaign rhetoric thus far.
A court-appointed evaluator in 2013 found that State Sen. Tom Croci, who chairs the Senate Ethics Committee, had “taken advantage” of his elderly aunt for his own financial benefit and recommended that the court reject Croci’s attempt to control her assets.
Airbnb hopes free acai bowls help sweeten the pot for its hosts as it attempts to draft them into its battle with Albany over regulations.
An alleged close encounter between a vehicle and a union official at Saturday’s PEF Family Day has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing conflict between the union’s President Wayne Spence and his erstwhile ally, PEF Vice President Nikki Brate.
E.J. McMahon: “New York’s preliminary employment numbers for August were a near-repeat of July: private-sector job creation in the Empire State trailed the national average, with nearly all the net gains concentrated in New York City and its surrounding suburbs.”
Crime in New York City public schools fell 35 percent over the past five years and there was a 10 percent drop in school-related arrests from January to June 2016 compared to the same time period last year, local officials said.
Former House Speaker John Boehner has parlayed a bad habit into a paying gig: The smoker is joining the board of tobacco company Reynolds American Inc.
On his second-to-last day in office, outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton held forth on the birth of CompStat, the much lauded crime-fighting strategy that has helped define his career.
Buffalo ranks eighth nationwide in a list of cities that have accepted the largest number of Syrian refugees so far this year, federal statistics show as the Obama administration prepares to unveil plans to dramatically boost refugee admissions in 2017.
State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson briefed the Citizens Budget Commission on the progress made by the Medicaid Redesign Team – his third 3rd progress update to the CBC since the MRT was created six years ago.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that will expand the qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program to include post-traumatic stress disorder.
New York released a draft Offshore Wind Blueprint that reaffirms the Cuomo administration’s commitment to a long-term, large scale offshore wind program, lays the groundwork for a plan to develop a scalable offshore wind program and moves the future of offshore wind projects in the near term forward.
A state appeals court ruled that Nassau’s financial control board has the authority to suspend contractual pay increases for county employees, and dismissed union challenges to a three-year wage freeze that ended in 2014.
Sep 15th - 5:08 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 8:30 a.m., NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg keynotes the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Newsmaker series, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.
Also at 8:30 a.m., the Brennan Center for Justice and the Policing Project at New York University School of Law hosts a Policing & Technology Symposium, with a keynote speech from outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Greenberg Lounge at NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Sq. South, Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick shares remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tenement Museum’s expansion, 103 Orchard St., Manhattan.
At 9:30 a.m., elected officials and advocates call for passage of Briana’s Law, which would require police officers to be retrained in CPR every two years, City Hall Park, Manhattan. (Attendees include Briana’s mother Carmen Torres, NYC Councilman Stephen Levin, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Sen. Jack Martin, the American Heart Association, and the American Red Cross).
At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, Campaign Finance Board office, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission holds its monthly public meeting, 33 Beaver St., Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., tenants and housing activists, New York Communities for Change and others call out BFC Partners for not building housing for homeless families on public land in the Crown Heights neighborhood, 1322 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.
At 10:15 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at Zoning at 100: A Symposium for the Future, 42 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues, Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., the PSC holds a regular session, Public Service Commission offices, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.
At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Manufacturing Technology Institute, Jamestown Community College MTI Campus, intersection of Hamilton and North Barry Streets, Olean.
Also at 11 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina joins Bratton for a press conference regarding school safety, Leadership and Public Service High School, 90 Trinity Pl., Manhattan.
At noon, the state Board of Elections commissioners meet, State Board Offices, 40 North Pearl St., 5th Floor, Albany.
At 1 p.m., Medgar Evers honors NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito with the Trailblazer Award, with the event marking the kick off of Latino Heritage Month festivities themed “The State of Latino New York City 2016,” Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.
At 2 p.m., NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye, CUNY representatives and others award college scholarships to 17 deserving public housing students enrolled at CUNY colleges, NYCHA Central Office, 90 Church St., 5th floor, Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly members Shelley Mayer and David Buchwald, and the Hillary Clinton campaign open a DNC headquarters in Westchester, 168 Martine Ave., White Plains.
At 6:15 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray continues her visit to Washington, DC, where she attends the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Reception honoring Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield, The Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. N.W, Washington.
At 7:30 p.m., Sen. Tony Avella will stand with community members at the Department of State’s public hearing to urge DOS to reinstate “Cease and Desist” zones, which allow homeowners to opt-out of receiving unwanted real estate solicitations, Bayside High School, 3224 Corporal Kennedy St., Bayside, Queens.
At 8 p.m., de Blasio attends and is honored at the 18th annual Working Families Party gala, at which Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the keynote speaker, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St., Manhattan.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign released more details about her health in the form of a two-page letter from Dr. Lisa Bardack, who has treated the candidate since 2001 and says Clinton “continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
Donald Trump revealed the results of his recent medical exam during a taping of “The Dr. Oz Show,” hours after his campaign said not to expect the results to be shown on TV. The interview will air today.
During brief prepared remarks in Flint, Michigan, Trump was asked to drop the politics by a local pastor.
A a hack of former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s email this week has ripped away the diplomatic jargon and political niceties to reveal his unvarnished disdain of Trump, his personal peeves with Clinton and his lingering anger with the Republican colleagues with whom he so often clashed a decade ago.
In an email to Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds on July 26, 2014, Powell wrote that he would rather not vote for his “friend” Clinton because she’s a greedy defender of the status quo whose husband is “still d–king bimbos at home (according to the NYP).” —
Powell will address the Long Island Association’s fall luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Oct. 25.
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who brutally criticized Trump during his own bid for the office, stood by his comments during a speech on Long Island on last night, but reiterated that he’d vote for the GOP nominee anyway because, “he’s better than Hillary.”
Top White House and Justice Department officials asked for patience from the public as they refused to say whether Russia or another nation may be behind a new series of headline-grabbing hacks affecting the realms of politics and sports. They promised that the hacks will not go unpunished – once they are certain who is responsible.
Last year in at least two instances, the Cuomo administration speedily filled requests for emails between any of the 200 or so people that work in the governor’s office and specified individuals outside the government. But this week — with a federal probe swirling — the administration said it lacks the technological capacity to fulfill the same kind of requests.
Gov. Andrew has proposed releasing $2 billion in funding to help create more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing over the next five years, and is asking legislative leaders to join the agreement.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio turned the tables on his political nemesis, Cuomo, announcing plans for a “safe, green, smart, equitable transportation future,” criticizing New York City Transit buses, which are operated by the Cuomo-controlled MTA – and pledging to improve them.
GOP chairs from Monroe, Livingston and Steuben counties selected former state Assemblyman Joe Errigo to replace the late Bill Nojay on the Nov. 8 ballot in the 133rd Assembly District. Conservative Party leaders picked their Livingston County party chairman, the Rev. Jason McGuire. Who will run on the Reform and Independence Party lines remains unclear.
The news that the NYPD officer involved in Eric Garner’s 2014 chokehold death had received tens of thousands in overtime pay while on modified duty has reopened wounds and left some asking whether de Blasio has kept his campaign pledge to transform the police department.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and relatives of two men killed by police called for NYC to end the practice of paying overtime to cops placed on desk duty while under investigation.
A Democratic Brooklyn city councilman, Jumaane Williams, refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Hall meeting, his protest over what he considers unchecked brutality by the NYPD. Willians cited camaraderie with the San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has begun kneeling at games before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as have other black athletes.
Sep 14th - 4:51 pm
Donald Trump provided a window into his health during a taped appearance with celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The Republican presidential nominee admits he has some weight to lose – at least 15 to 20 pounds, he says. Trump takes statins to control his cholesterol, and has a penchant for fast food.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a retired four-star general who served under three Republican presidents, slammed Trump as “a national disgrace” and an “international pariah,” according to his personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani on editorials questioning his sanity in regards to his support of Trump: “The editorial boards do not need to worry about me. I’m 72, I’m in excellent health and I’m quite sure I do not have dementia or Alzheimer’s.”
Hillary Clinton will be back on the campaign trail tomorrow.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, after taking criticism following his disclosure that his office is investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation, insisted the probe is not politically motivated.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara will join a distinguished panel at the fourth annual Jurist in Residence program at The College of Saint Rose in Albany on Thursday, Oct. 6.
Rep. Louise Slaughter announced the University of Rochester will receive a $300,000 grant award from the National Science Foundation to expand the university’s Upward Bound program across several colleges and universities in the region.
NY-21 Democratic candidate Mike Derrick’s latest TV ad criticizes his Republican opponent, Rep. Elise Stefanik, for taking campaign contributions from Wall Street and supporting the fast tracking of TPP.
State University of New York campuses, including the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College and Erie Community College, will no longer be allowed to ask student applicants whether they have been convicted of a felony crime.
One day after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled his support for a NYPD review of the department’s practice of allowing officers on modified duty to boost their salaries with overtime pay, Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said the administration could not be trusted to conduct that review and asked the federal Department of Justice to intervene.
Come November, voters will find a new Democrat on the ballot for the 30th Assembly District seat in Queens for the first time in almost 20 years. Thirty year-old attorney Brian Barnwell defeated longtime incumbent Marge Markey in yesterday’s primary.
As the Cuomo administration struggles to divert blame for the debacle in Hoosick Falls environmentalists and others point to the Tappan Zee loan episode as evidence that the administration has repeatedly not fully recognized major clean water and water infrastructure issues facing the state.
A super PAC backing House Republicans has committed to spending $900,000 against Democrat Anna Throne-Holst as she tries to unseat Rep. Lee Zeldin in NY-1.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was set today to issue bonds backed by real estate for the first time in its history.
Some of the most successful high school coaches in Central New York are leaving in frustration or losing their jobs, in a new-generation battle with helicopter parents and the chase for college scholarships.
Governors Island began a new chapter today – one focused on economic development – with the appointment of Michael M. Samuelian, a real estate executive, as president of the trust that oversees the site.
Nassau Legislator Judith Jacobs, an 11-term Democrat representing Woodbury who died Tuesday night, was remembered by colleagues and friends for her passion and the honorable manner in which she served.
A state court judge has continued a temporary restraining order that bars Nassau County from collecting fines — possibly for years — based on a 2013 law requiring commercial properties to pay hefty penalties if they do not provide timely information to the county assessor about their income and expenses.
A stakeholder process to determine the design and operation of the recreational trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake on the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor has begun.
Sep 14th - 1:31 pm
Lots of people and organizations are claiming victory this morning after seeing the results from yesterday’s (extremely low turnout) primaries, and that includes the Working Families Party, which informed supporters (and reporters) in a late night email that its candidates had won a “clean sweep” of the party’s “priority” contests.
According to the email, the WFP is particularly pleased that its candidates fended off challenges from the “billionaire-funded ‘New Yorkers for Independent Action’ SuperPAC seeking to privatize public schools,” adding:
“Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymembers Latrice Walker and Pamela Harris in NYC and Assemblymember Phil Ramos on Long Island all won victories despite a massive, million-dollar independent expenditure from the SuperPAC in these races.”
The party also touted wins by its endorsed candidates running for open Assembly seats, including: lawyer and play producer Robert Carroll, who won the Park Slope seat being vacated by retiring Assemblyman Jim Brennan; and community board chair and coffee shop founder Tremaine Wright (NYC), who landed the Bed-Stuy seat currently represented by retiring Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; Anthony Eramo (Long Island), who was victorious in the fight for now-Sen. Toddd Kaminsky’s former seat in the lower house; Monica Wallace (Buffalo), who won the primary for the seat Republican Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak is giving up due to a sexual harassment scandal; and also Jamaal Bailey.
Bailey is a district leader and protégé of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. He won the fight for the Bronx/Westchester Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who departed to join the Cuomo administration earlier this year after losing a bid for Mount Vernon mayor in 2015.
The WFP did not pick a favorite in one of the biggest Senate primary brawls – a four-way race for the seat Sen. Adriano Espaillat is leaving after winning the June primary for retiring Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat.
Labor was divided in that race, which ended up being carried by Espaillat’s hand-picked successor, Marisol Alcantara, who was also backed by IDC Leader Jeff Klein, of the Bronx, and has indicated (though her spokeswoman, Lis Smith) that she will join the breakaway GOP-allied IDC conference after her all-but-certain general election win in November.
The party is most proud of the significant victory by Yuh-Line Niou, a 33-year-old Taiwan-born Assembly staffer who – as a WFP candidate – lost the April special election for the Lower Manhattan seat that used to belong to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Niou won a six-way primary in a field that included Silver’s special election successor, soon-to-be-former Assemblywoman Alice Cancel, (who finished fourth last night); and Paul Newell, a district leader and tenant advocate who unsuccessfully challenged Silver in a 2008 primary.
WFP State Director Bill Lipton credited Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom the party backed over hometown favorite Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, for energizing the progressive movement – an energy Lipton says continues and carried over into local races.
“Tonight’s results show that energy is only growing,” Lipton said. “WFP candidates swept our priority races tonight, fending off a million-dollar expenditure from billionaires seeking to privatize education and winning key open seat races that will shape the state Assembly for years to come. We congratulate all of tonight’s winners and look forward to working to send them to Albany and to winning a Democratic-Working Families majority in the state Senate in November.”
(Of course, the IDC – about to grow to six members strong – is probably going to have a lot more to say about who controls the chamber come January, but that’s a fight for another day).
The WFP took a gamble in backing Sanders and has lost the support of some of its big union backers (and their cash), whose officials groused that the party has become too ideological and dogmatic, leading to multiple fights with New York’s top Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But Cuomo has been making (another) leftward lean of late, championing key WFP issues like a $15-an-hour minimum wage and Paid Family Leave, leading party leaders to take some credit for their role in pushing the Democrats – not just in New York, but across the nation – to the left.
The WFP has a big political challenge on the horizon as the Democratic elected official who is arguably its closest ally (not to mention Cuomo’s biggest nemesis), NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, is up for re-election next year, and, given his weak poll numbers, is facing potential primary battles from one – if not more – of his fellow Democrats.
Sep 13th - 5:26 pm
President Obama criticized what he called Donald Trump’s adulation of Vladimir Putin, saying the billionaire considers the Russian president a “role model,” in a broad attack on the Republican nominee’s fitness for the presidency.
Bryan Pagliano, the IT professional who set up Clinton’s private email server, did not show up to a House Oversight hearing today, defying a subpoena by Congress.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 93, was rushed to a hospital outside Tel Aviv after suffering a stroke. He was sedated and breathing with the help of a respirator, his office said.
When airing an interview with former president and would-be First Husband Bill Clinton, CBS News edited out a verbal slip that would have reflected poorly on his candidate wife.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter requesting that U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Loretta Lynch investigate allegations of bribery and other criminal misconduct concerning the $25,000 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
A group of local parents and caregivers filed a class action lawsuit today, accusing the Cuomo administration of failing to provide enough group home living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
The opioid epidemic is bad enough in Niagara County that the county should be added to a list of counties eligible for extra federal aid, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
AG Eric Schneiderman and Thomas Ruller, director of the NYS Archives, today announced the creation of a new public website hosting a digital collection of documents relating to investigations and litigation arising from the 1971 Attica prison uprising and its aftermath.
Schneiderman will take a brief break from lawyering tomorrow to lead a discussion about mindfulness and activism.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to add an extra 18 miles of protected bikes lanes by the end of this year, expanding the city’s two-wheeled network up to 75 miles.
An amended resolution that settles the three-year dispute between the Krenzer family and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. has been endorsed by the family, the utility and others; and is on the agenda of the state PSC for final approval at its meeting Thursday.
Former Islip Town Public Safety Commissioner John Carney, who resigned one week ago citing health reasons, was indicted today along with an assistant chief fire marshal on felony and misdemeanor charges.
The chairman of the state Assembly Social Services Committee, Queens Democrat Andrew Hevesi, has begun quietly pushing a plan he says would reduce reliance on homeless shelters by creating a new rent subsidy to keep people in their homes.
Prosecutors have cleared the way for an appeals court to throw out former state Sen. Thomas Libous’ federal conviction — but will fight to keep the late lawmaker’s $50,000 fine in place.
Cuomo issued long-anticipated proposed cyber security regulations for banks and insurers in the state, the first of their kind in the United States by any state or federal agency, the governor said in a statement.
The hardest Lorne Michaels ever laughed, reportedly, was when Fred Armisen did his impression of then-Gov. David Paterson on “Saturday Night Live.”
Sep 13th - 5:09 am
Good morning! It’s primary day for state and local posts. (Remember, thanks to the Legislature, which couldn’t agree on a date for both, there are separate primaries for state/local and congressional seats).
Polls open at 6 a.m. in the following locations: All five boroughs of NYC, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie counties.
In all other locations, polls open at noon. All polls across the state close at 9 a.m.
President Obama is in Philadelphia, PA for a DNC fundraiser and a Hillary for America campaign event, and then in NYC for a DCCC fundraiser.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Westchester County and New York City.
At 8:15 a.m., Prisoners rights activist Cecily McMillan, NYC Jails Action Coalition, and former Rikers detainees urge New York City Board of Corrections to address the current “crisis of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment occurring on Rikers Island and other New York City jails,” 125 Worth St., Manhattan.
At 8:25 a.m., Cuomo votes, Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, 605 Millwood Rd., Mount Kisco.
At 10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito campaigns with Carmen De La Rosa, 72nd AD candidate and chief of staff to Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, West 204th Street and Sherman Avenue, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., Sen. Liz Krueger, Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblyman David Buchwald host phone call calling on Cuomo to direct his Department of Environmental Conservation to ban disposal and road spreading of waste from oil and gas operations.
At 11:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Mark-Viverito campaigns with with Gigi Lee, one of six Democrats vying for the Lower Manhattan (65th AD) seat that used to be held by ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, 334 Madison St., (b/t Gouverneur & Jackson Streets), Manhattan; and 220 Henry St., (b/t Clinton & Montgomery Streets), Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m. AG Eric Schneiderman will announce the results of an ongoing investigation into illegal online tracking of children at dozens of the nation’s most recognizable kids’ websites, 120 Broadway, 25th floor, Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers brief remarks at NYU’s Education Solutions Initiative Leadership Forum, Lipton Hall, 108 West 3rd St., Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul keynotes the New York Maritime Forum, The Manhattan Club, 1 East 60th St., Manhattan.
At 2:30 p.m., Hochul convenes the ew York City Regional Economic Development Council meeting, NY Genome Center, 101 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.
Also at 2:30 p.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will hold a simultaneous satellite media availability and conference call to announce the 15th annual New York Farm Day.
From 4:50 to 6 p.m., a “pop up protest” against the Dakota Access Pipeline will take place in Townsend Park at the intersection of Henry Johnson Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Albany – one of hundreds occurring across the country.
At 5 p.m., Mark-Viverito campaigns with Assemblywoman Pamela Harris, 3001 West 37th St., Brooklyn.
At 6 p.m., Mark-Viverito campaigns with Sen. Roxanne Persaud, Rockaway Parkway & Glenwood Road, Brooklyn.
Also at 6 p.m., Farina and de Blasio holds a tele-town hall to discuss Equity and Excellence for All initiatives.
Also at 6 p.m., NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, in cooperation with the Frederic Ewen Center, hosts a roundtable discussion on “Women 9/11 First Responders,” to discuss how these women’s lives have changed post-9/11 and how women are faring in NYC’s emergency services, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Sq. S., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., the Police Athletic League holds its 44th Annual Superstar Dinner, honoring former NYPD Commissioner Robert J. McGuire, and BBDO New York Chief Executive Officer John B. Osborn with the PAL Superstar Award, Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, Manhattan.
In an in-depth interview with Charlie Rose that aired last night, former president Bill Clinton addressed concerns over Hillary Clinton’s diagnosis of pneumonia, saying there was “nothing more to know” about the candidate’s health and even questioning the fitness of her opponent.
Clinton herself admitted she didn’t disclose that she had pneumonia last week because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” “I just thought I could keep going forward and power through it and obviously that didn’t work out so well,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a telephone interview.
The candidate decided to limit the information about her illness to her family members and close aides, certain that the illness was not a crucial issue for voters and that it might be twisted and exploited by her opponents, several advisers and allies said. In hindsight, her aides admitted she should have publicly disclosed the situation sooner.
Clinton’s decision to brush aside her doctor’s advice to rest after getting a diagnosis of mild pneumonia, put her at risk for developing a more serious case, medical experts said.
“In the next couple days we’re going to be releasing additional medical information about Hillary Clinton,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on MSNBC. He insisted “no other undisclosed condition” would be revealed.
Secret Service protocol called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be rushed to a state-designated Level I Trauma Center in the wake of her Sunday-morning health crisis, sources tell the NY Post. But she went to her daughter Chelsea’s apartment instead to avoid being seen by medical workers who might leak the details of her ailment.
It’s never happened before, but if Clinton has to drop out before Election Day, the Democratic National Committee would pick a successor — and it wouldn’t have to be her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is poised to take over control of the Democratic conference in his house, revealed that he too had been diagnosed with pneumonia several weeks ago. He took antibiotics and kept a lighter schedule while recovering, according to a spokesman, and is now feeling much better.
A new TV ad from Clinton features retiring upstate NY Rep. Richard Hanna and five other Republican members of Congress who have criticized GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio can’t even celebrate a deal to boost accidental disability benefits for FDNY members together. Five days after the governor held a celebratory press conference with firefighters, the mayor held his own gathering with many of the same FDNY leaders to praise the new state law increasing the benefits for those hurt on the job.
A state judge has ordered de Blasio’s now-defunct Campaign for One New York to hand over documents — including its communications with the mayor — to state ethics investigators, saying it must comply with subpoenas issued by JCOPE.
“We disagree with the judge’s final judgment, and so we’re exploring appellate options at this point,” de Blasio told reporters.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi is quietly pushing a plan that is aimed at reducing the reliance on homeless shelters by creating a rent subsidy in order to keep people in their homes.
The Onondaga County executive’s office has been corresponding with federal prosecutors in a pending investigation, according to county officials.
Former lobbyist and consultant Todd Howe, who is reportedly a focus of federal prosecutors probing state-funded development deals, denies owing $85,000 to one of his former clients, COR Development Co., according to court papers filed Friday.
Even in death, State Assemblyman Bill Nojay, a Republican from the Rochester area who fatally shot himself in a city cemetery last week, seems likely to win the primary election for his seat today.
The Hornell Republican Committee issued a statement urging a vote for Nojay over Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne. Should Nojay win the primary posthumously, the county chairs in the Assembly district would be able to pick a replacement for the general election.
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Hillary Clinton today abruptly left a ceremony in New York marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and a video appeared to show her struggling to maintain her balance as a pair of Secret Service agents lifted her into a van.
The incident, according to a statement from her physician, was related to pneumonia and dehydration.
Clinton’s stumbles put her health at the forefront of a presidential campaign in which the two major party nominees are among the oldest ever and have disclosed a limited amount of information about their medical history.
Donald Trump was also at the 9/11 memorial event.
President Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks with a call for unity, a celebration of diversity and a reminder that Americans will never give into fear.
Writing in the New York Daily News to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Clinton says: “I am the only candidate in this race who has laid out a clear, comprehensive plan to defeat the threat of terrorism, starting with ISIS.”
Invoking the power of regular people to take on the “rigged system,” Trump paid his respects to the conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, while suggesting they were kindred spirits in a shared fight.
At an “LGBT for Hillary” fundraiser in New York City, where Barbra Streisand performed, Clinton said that half of Trump’s supporters are racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and/or Islamophobic, falling into a “basket of deplorables.”
Clinton and Trump are mired in a dead heat in five key battleground states, according to two WSJ/NBC News /Marist polls.
Trump’s tale about why he took $150,000 in 9/11 money is as tall as the Downtown skyscraper he says he used in recovery efforts, according to government records.
New York’s West Side Highway was packed with dozens of choppers that went to Ground Zero on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 9/11 memorial ride.
Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said he’s done with public service — even if he is offered a high-profile gig leading the Department of Homeland Security. “It’s time for another generation to step up,” he said.
Clinton says she was wrong to lump half of Trump’s supporters into a “basket of deplorables,” but continued to lash out at the far-right extremists linked to the GOP candidate’s campaign.
Assemblyman Bill Nojay, who took his own life Friday morning, had been scheduled to appear that day in U.S. District Court to face fraud-related charges connected to a trust fund he handled as an attorney. Before the scheduled court appearance, Nojay contacted his lawyer via text message and said he planned to take his life.
An officer responding to a 9:22 a.m. call to check the welfare of a man spotted in the city’s Riverside Cemetery saw Nojay shoot himself, Rochester Police investigator Frank Camp said in a news conference.
Nassau lawmakers tomorrow are set to consider a contract that would study a potential $1 billion lease of the county’s sprawling sewer system to a private investor.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended Trump’s suggestion last week that the U.S. should have taken Iraq’s oil after it invaded the country.
Nojay, 59, who is married and has three children, took his life under a large maple tree shadowing the grave of his brother, Robert W. Nogaj, who died in 1999, and the headstones of his parents, Norman and Katherine, who are still living.
Nojay’s future son-in-law recently died in a motorcycle accident.
The chairman of the Monroe County Board of Elections says the Republican primary for Nojay’s 133rd Assembly District seat will continue as scheduled. State law requires Nojay’s name remain on the ballot because he died within seven days of the primary.
Bob Freeman, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, says de Blasio’s “agents of the city” argument being employed to keep emails between the mayor and favored advisors form public view doesn’t hold water.
De Blasio championed transparency and police accountability as a candidate, but now that he’s in office, finds himself accused of failing to deliver on his promises.
The DN endorsed Micah Lasher, a former aide to AG Eric Schneiderman and ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Sen. Adriano Espaillat.
The Patchogue-Medford school district has doubled daily recess time to 40 minutes for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade — a scheduling move that is regarded as a first on Long Island and bucks a trend toward increased academic classwork for children.
Gary Greenberg, the upstate investor who created a political action committee to advocate for child sex victims, is backing candidates in 12 state primaries this coming Tuesday.
They gave themselves a fat 32 percent raise and now rake in $148,500 a year — but six City Council members didn’t show up for work Friday, forcing the cancellation of a key committee meeting.
Lawyers for G. Steven Pigeon are demanding that state prosecutors reveal the identify of a secret witness who has negotiated a plea agreement with federal authorities in the bribery and extortion case filed against the political operative.
Mark Sacha says that if elected district attorney, he will investigate two political players – both squarely in an opponent’s camp – for possible election-related wrongdoing that the AG has yet to address in his probe of Pigeon, who is Erie County’s best-known political operative.
The NYC-owned landmark building that’s home to the Department of Buildings — best known to passers-by for its ancient clock advertising the old New York Sun newspaper — is falling apart.
While Hempstead Town has cut back on seasonal and part-time workers this year as a cost-saving measure, the town board approved a $32,805 annual raise for a top adviser to Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino last week.
Some 392 million vehicles drove across the city’s tolled bridges and tunnels in the year that ended June 30 — a 4 percent increase over the previous year, MTA and Port Authority data show.
No Long Island congressional contender has been on the campaign trail longer than the Suffolk Legislature’s Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, who announced his candidacy 16 months ago. But so far, no one has gotten less attention.
Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein said he had no regrets about confidentially settling wrongful death cases brought by the families of 96 Sept. 11th victims, some of whom wanted public soul searching in the courtroom.
Addressing a conservative crowd at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Friday, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani toyed with the idea of using waterboarding to coax terrorists into talking rather than taking them out with targeted missile strikes.
Giuliani has embraced Trump, becoming a staunch defender of some of his most controversial policies. His role as a chief campaign surrogate could offer him a path back to public life, but also puts him at odds with many fellow Republicans and could cost him his legacy.
Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius said a personal friend of his has pitched a potential development deal for the castle to the Trump Organization, and the discussions are in a very preliminary stage.
After nearly a monthlong legal battle, Democratic congressional contender Thomas Suozzi withdrew his nominating petitions for a “Fix Washington” ballot line on Nov. 8.
Work has resumed on SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s $35 million silicon carbide chip wafer manufacturing line at its Albany campus on Fuller Road after a long delay in state payments to The Pike Co., the main contractor at the site.
Camille Siano Enders, who was fired last month by the state Department of Taxation and Finance for allegedly campaigning on state time, has suspended her bid for state Supreme Court in the Fourth District.
New York has finalized guidelines for commercial fishing boats seeking safe harbor in storms and other adverse conditions, eight months after the state lost a court case against one East End fisherman because the rules weren’t in writing.
Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, putting lawmakers on a collision course with the White House on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks.
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Hillary Clinton now plans to visit ground zero to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. She will arrive at the memorial Sunday morning before the annual moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., marking the moment that the first plane struck the skyscraper’s north tower.
The House Oversight Committee is ramping up its investigation of Clinton’s emails over the vociferous objections of Democrats. The panel is on track to hold three hearings in five days on issues related to the candidate’s email practices during her time as secretary of State.
The Clinton Presidential Library has released nearly two dozen photos of Donald Trump socializing with President Bill Clinton — including one that shows the two men with their arms around Trump’s then-girlfriend, Melania, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kylie Bax.
Top Queens Democrats are backing Adrienne Adams over incumbent Democrat James Sanders in Tuesday’s Senate District 10 primary, a decision Sanders says is “payback” for his penchant for skirting the party line.
Trump is reportedly in talks with Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius to develop luxury condos at the Long Island site.
Murder rates rose significantly in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities (none of which are in New York) last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times of new data compiled from individual police departments.
Days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated the return of the federal government to the World Trade Center.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson: “With the Republicans and the Democrats having nominated their most polarizing presidential candidates in more than a generation, now is the moment for a third way.”
De Blasio’s administration has hired about 16,000 employees and added billions of dollars to the budget in the past 2½ years, marking the largest two-year expansion of New York City’s workforce in decades.
De Blasio said that distracted pedestrians crossing the street while wearing headphones is a problem he has personally experienced from behind the wheel, but rogue drivers are the ones to blame for most traffic-related tragedies.
Months after water in Newburgh tested positive for elevated rates of a toxic, cancer-linked chemical, the state does not have a plan to conduct blood tests for thousands of residents who likely consumed the polluted water for years.
Nassau County’s comptroller said the jail’s inmate medical provider will be paid about $802,000 today, about half of what the vendor demanded in bill payment to prevent a walkout from the East Meadow facility in 30 days or less.
Matt Lauer is taking some serious heat for his handling of the “Commander-in-Chief” forum Wednesday, when he interviewed presidential nominees Clinton and Trump. Fortunately for him, Megyn Kelly is riding to his defense.
Legislation signed into law today by Cuomo will help spouses of active duty military personnel obtain professional licenses faster in New York.
The Carrier Dome renovations previously announced by Syracuse will include an air conditioning system.
Thoroughbred auction company Fasig-Tipton is expanding its Saratoga Springs, New York, campus with the acquisition of three vacant properties.
Chelsea Clinton has claimed that her friendship with Ivanka Trump has “absolutely not” been affected by their parents’ rivalry. “We were friends long before this election and we’ll be friends long after this election,” she insisted.
Diane Ravitch dishes on her discussion with Clinton, and explains why she’s supporting the Democratic presidential nominee.
Activists held a demonstration outside Cuomo’s Manhattan office, calling for the closure of Attica prison.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 7:45 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, elected officials and local businesses welcome Herbert H. Lehman Campus students back to school, Westchester Square BID, 122 Westchester Sq., the Bronx.
At 8:30 a.m., state Senate candidate Marisol Alcantara and NYSNA registered nurses hold an informational leafletting to raise awareness about Zika and call on Congress to act, outside the 168 Street Subway Station, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, taking questions from listeners.
Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, NYC Council members Ruben Wills, I. Daneek Miller and Robert Cornegy and others attend a street co-naming ceremony to memorialize D’Aja Naquai Robinson, Sutphin and Rockaway boulevards, Queens.
Also at 10 a.m., Long Island University Brooklyn faculty hold a teach-in and rally for being locked out of their classrooms, Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball tours four farms affected by drought in the Finger Lakes. (McCormick Farms, 4189 NY-78, Bliss; Edward Sharp and Sons, 6541 Warboys Rd., Byron; Stein Farms, 8343 Gully Rd., Leroy; and Branton Farms, 8616 Buckley Rd., LeRoy).
Also at 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul and de Blasio deliver remarks at a ceremony commemorating the federal government’s return to One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St., Manhattan. (The event is hosted by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson).
Also at 11 a.m., union members hold a rally in support of Robert Jackson for state Senate, Mitchell Park, 168th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.
At noon, de Blasio marches in the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums memorial procession commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Cedar Street on Broadway to New York City Police Memorial Battery Park City, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., supporters of the Child Victims Act will hold a press conference in support of Democratic Assembly candidate Rachel Barnhart at the Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Ave., Rochester.
At 4 p.m., NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides, NYCHA Director of Disaster Recovery Michele Moore and NYCHA residents attend the groundbreaking of a $88 million recovery and resiliency project at Astoria Houses, 27-05 1st St., Astoria, Queens.
Donald Trump’s campaign reaffirmed its embrace of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, signaling a preference for the leadership of an authoritarian adversary over that of America’s own president, despite a cascade of criticism from Democrats and expressions of discomfort among Republicans
Hillary Clinton did not rule out sexism when responding to criticism by the RNC that she appeared “angry” during a forum on national security Wednesday night. “I’m going to let all of you ponder that last question,” she said. “I think there will be a lot of Ph.D. theses and popular journalism writing on that subject for years to come.”
Clinton responded to frequent criticism that she is too “aloof or cold” in a caption under her portrait on Humans of New York, a viral portrait photography page.
Clinton’s super PAC almost raised more money in August than all of Donald Trump’s super PACs have combined during the entire 2016 campaign, collecting more than $20 million in what the group called their most successful month so far.
Clinton and Trump may be weeks away from squaring off in their first presidential debate, but more than half of likely voters expect Clinton to outperform her Republican rival, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
Mike Haynie, a national advocate and Syracuse University’s vice chancellor and director of the school’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, says he was so upset by a lack of substance on the issue Wednesday night at a presidential forum that he turned to his 1,667 Twitter followers in disgust.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been advising the Trump campaign, said the Republican presidential nominee no longer questions President Obama’s citizenship.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in lower Manhattan raising the disability protections of newer FDNY firefighters to the level of their longer-serving peers, saying, “It’s about basic respect.”
Cuomo fired back at Trump after the Republican presidential nominee obliquely criticized the START-UP NY program.
Trump’s boyhood home in Queens is going to auction just in time for the November presidential election. The opening bid is listed at $849,000. A reserve price has been set, but not disclosed.
And after more than a year of uncharacteristic restraint — a notable shift from eight years ago, when his simmering instincts often burdened wife’s first presidential run – former President Bill Clinton is silent no more.
Two of the heirs to the Walmart fortune have donated $1.75 million since July to super PACs operating in New York, records show.
A 15-year-old boy brought a loaded gun to a Brooklyn high school yesterday – the first day of classes for more than a million New York City children.
The FDNY is ready to launch an $85,000 drone that will deliver high-definition images in real time as commanders decide how to respond to major fires and other emergencies.
A lengthy legal battle to move the general election for the NY-3 seat on Long Island to December could set up a national showdown in which the race would determine which party controls the House, warned one of the Republican candidates in the fight.