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Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump this morning will receive his daily intelligence briefing and meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In the afternoon, the president will travel to Indianapolis, IN, where he will give remarks on tax reform before returning home to D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence this afternoon will participate in a House Republican retreat regarding tax reform at Fort McNair, followed by a tax reform meeting with conservative leaders at the White House.

Later in the day, Pence will travel to Oakland County, Michigan to participate in a Michigan GOP Dinner.

At 8 a.m, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosts its Chairman’s Breakfast featuring an in-depth panel discussion on the future of New York’s real estate market, iPic Theaters, 11 Fulton St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Cuomo critics, including former state Sen. Terry Gipson, attend the MTA board meeting to call for higher taxes on the wealthy to fund improvements to New York City’s failing subway system, 2 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes remarks at the Women Entrepreneurs P.O.W.E.R. Conference, Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Rd., Skaneateles Falls.

Also at 10 a.m., “AM to DM,” BuzzFeed’s daily news show on Twitter, features state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, buzzfeed.twitter.com.

Also at 10 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveils a more than $7 million investment from his fiscal year 2018 capital budget in parks and recreational space across Brooklyn, Harold Ickes Playground, corner of Hamilton Avenue and Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer commemorate the sixth anniversary of HPD’s Canine Unit, J. Hood Wright Dog Park Run, West 173rd Street and Haven Avenue, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Tom Suozzi will host a tele-press conference call to announce the introduction of his bipartisan bill, the Close Official Acts Loophole (COAL) Act, in response to the overturning of federal corruption convictions of two ex-state legislative leaders.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer host a City Resource Fair during City Hall in Your Borough week, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, 3940 Broadway, Manhattan. (The mayor will visit the fair at 1 p.m.)

Also at 10:30 a.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer launches a major effort to protect funding for the Northeast Center For Occupational Safety And Health For Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, 4397 Route 98, North Java.

At 11 a.m., Greyhound executives join Port Authority and New York City officials to kick off new interstate bus service operating daily from the newly renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Station, Fort Washington Avenue between 178th and 179th streets, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., de Blasio will speak at the street naming for NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, Purdy Street and St. Raymonds Avenue, the Bronx.

At 11:15 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will participate in the official opening of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis new substance use clinic, 446 West 33rd St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Hochul tours the Corning GlassBarge to commemorate the Erie Canal bi-centennial, Paper Mill Island, 136 Spensieri Ave., Baldwinsville.

At noon, several NYC Council members will be “taking a knee” on the steps of City Hall in reaction to Trump’s “profane condemnation” of NFL players who do the same, Lower Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul discusses economic development in communities along the Erie Canal, World Canals Conference, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga St., Syracuse.

Also at 12:30 p.m., Reform Party NYC mayoral candidate Sal Albanese holds a press conference to challenge NYC Council members running for council speaker to pledge not to allow the political consultants who will help them run to lobby them once elected, outside City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts a pre-stated Council meeting press conference, Red Room, City Hall. (The full Council meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Council chambers, City Hall).

At 1 p.m., the Progressive Caucus of the NYC Council holds a press conference on the passing of the last of the 12 bills in the Stand for Tenant Safety package of legislation, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the NYC Health Department holds a media briefing to release “Health of Latinos in New York City,” a comprehensive report of 51 indicators describing the health of the city’s largest Latino heritage groups, East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, 158 E. 115th St., Room 101, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., the state DOT and the Federal Highway Administration host a project scoping meeting regarding capacity and access improvements along the Van Wyck Expressway between the Kew Gardens Interchange and JFK Airport, The Harvest Room, 90-40 160th St., Queens.

At 6 p.m., former Gov. George Pataki hosts a reception for Republican NYC mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis, featuring state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, state Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Assemblyman Ron Castorina, Villa Berulia Ristorante, 107 E. 34th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends the Panel for Educational Policy meeting, High School for Fashion Industries, 225 W. 24th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., de Blasio and McCray will deliver remarks at the Hispanic Heritage event at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

Headlines…

Despite endorsements from Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Luther Strange lost the Alabama GOP primary special election runoff for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat to state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore last night.

Moore, a bombastic evangelical Christian twice ousted as Alabama’s chief justice, advances to face Democratic nominee and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the general election contest on Dec. 12.

“We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress,” Moore said after his win. “I believe we can make America great, but we must make America good. And we cannot make America good without acknowledging the sovereign source of that goodness…which is almighty God.”

Shortly after Strange’s loss, Trump deleted a round of tweets pumping the failed candidate’s campaign.

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, announced he will retire after two terms, shocking colleagues, scrambling next year’s election map, and causing a seismic change in the chamber’s entrenched committee structure.

Peyton Manning, who was a star college quarterback at the University of Tennessee before his illustrious NFL career, is reportedly one of the names being floated around to potentially run for Corker’s seat.

Trump once acknowledged during an interview with Howard Stern that there may be “some racism” in America, and asked whether black people would kill him if he became president on a ticket with Oprah Winfrey.

Trump returned to New York City for a few hours last night to headline a campaign fundraiser with deep pocketed donors who spent up to $250,000 to dine with the commander in chief.

The event, held at the upscale Le Cirque restaurant, was expected to raise some $5 million for his re-election campaign.

U.S. Justice Department lawyers told Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis that authorities were going to stick with the Oct. 5 DACA renewal deadline – a decision Garaufis called “unacceptable to me…as a human being, and as an American.”

The destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria on the 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico resurfaced a disturbing fact – many Americans don’t know the first thing about the Caribbean island.

The Trump administration sent a massive Navy ship to aid the growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico — two days after Hillary Clinton pleaded with him to dispatch the vessel.

The ultraconservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued an order allowing women to drive, ending a long-standing policy that has cast an unflattering light on the country’s treatment of women. It’s also a big opportunity for global automakers.

Trump and congressional Republicans are considering an income tax surcharge on the wealthy and doubling the standard deduction given to most Americans, with the GOP under pressure to overhaul the tax code after the collapse of the health care repeal.

New York lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, say they are looking for bipartisan solutions now that the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has collapsed, but they are divided over how best to solve the problem.

Breaking with Trump – again – U.S. Sen. John McCain defended NFL players’ right to kneel in protest while the national anthem plays at football games.

Sessions attacked American colleges and universities for being “politically correct,” infringing on students’ free-speech rights and capitulating to the demands of loud protesters.

The Department of Homeland Security is now turning to social media to gather information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens.

The acting chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Chuck Rosenberg, is stepping down effective Oct. 1 while the agency awaits the nomination of its permanent leader.

The corruption convictions of former state Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were overturned by a federal appellate court in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that retooled the definition of an “official act” as it relates to public corruption.

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Extras

Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided not to even hold a vote on the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party’s banner campaign promise.

Trump said that he would visit the devastated island of Puerto Rico next Tuesday, describing the island as “literally destroyed” after a direct hit by Hurricane Maria.

Equifax CEO Richard Smith is out after the company’s embarrassing data breach and botched response.

The nation’s top military officer said he’s not seen any shifts in North Korea’s military posture despite the reclusive nation’s threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the “charged political environment” between Washington and Pyongyang.

In a feisty statement delivered to the House Intelligence Committee, longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone denied any collusion with Russia during last year’s presidential election and accused panel members of “cowardice” for insisting he testify behind closed doors.

“I think what’s happening here is the special counsel will try and manufacture a crime,” Stone said of the investigation into Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

According to unaired tapes from The Howard Stern Show, Ivanka and Donald Jr. once tried to “bump off” Tiffany from her inheritance money.

Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s former White House communications director, appeared in court in Nassau County for the first time today for a divorce proceeding hearing with his estranged wife, Deidre Ball-Scaramucci.

With two Democratic seats in the state Senate possibly becoming vacant in the next couple of months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have a momentous decision to make, one that could affect the balance of power in Albany for the upcoming year.

Western New York voters overwhelmingly oppose the player protests during the national anthem that have swept the league recently, according to a poll conducted by the firm of Chris Grant, a former aide to Rep. Chris Collins.

Cuomo is catching some flack for describing himself as an immigrant even though he was born in New York.

A stone-faced Huma Abedin was in no mood for reporters’ questions as she arrived at her Manhattan home early today — a day after her estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, was slapped with a 21-month prison sentence.

Weiner himself emerged from his Manhattan apartment building less than three hours after his wife walked in.

Former Syracuse player and current University of Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland was charged by the federal government with a variety of charges alleging that he received kickbacks from agents for steering players to use their services and was involved in paying college athletes.

An analysis by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer found that Hurricane Sandy victims have dropped out in droves from the city’s Build It Back recovery program, with more than 1,000 families in three neighborhoods exiting the program since 2014.

NYU student activists confronted de Blasio outside Weinstein, his old NYU dorm, and urged him to support putting a student on NYU’s board.

Lawmakers came one vote short of overriding a veto of a bill that would’ve given protections to undocumented immigrants in Westchester County, after County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigrant Protection Act last month.

Cuomo announced Cadillac has launched the nation’s first cross-country, hands-free drive from its new global headquarters in New York City.

All 12 of New York State’s metropolitan statistical areas had economic growth rates below the national average in 2016, according to newly released federal data.

Blaming excess nitrogen in area waters for causing harmful algal blooms, fish kills and beach closures, a panel of scientists and experts said Suffolk County should upgrade septic systems, launch buoys to monitor water quality and use imaging to predict problem spots.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today urged members of the Suffolk County congressional delegation to help secure federal funding that helps implement projects designed to combat harmful algal blooms and improve water quality.

The fellow who left 40 containers of human waste at the Department of Environmental Conservation’s headquarters building has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and is on probation.

Miner Comes Out Against Con-Con

From the Morning Memo:

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner isn’t quite ready to declare herself a primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year, but she has plenty of thoughts – not many of them positive – about how Albany is working these days. 

Miner, who is prevented by term limits from seeking reelection, has been getting a lot of attention in recent months since she refused to rule out a potential campaign against her fellow Democrat and onetime-ally-turned-public-rival, Cuomo. 

But one area on which the mayor and the governor see eye-to-eye – at least for the moment – is the question of a constitutional convention, which will be on the ballot this coming November. 

During a CapTon interview last night, Miner said she does not support a con-con because “ny time there is an important question about philosophy or good public policy, what you’ve seen is vested interests take over that discussion and make sure the outcome works for them and not the greater good.”

“I think that based on everything that I have seen in my eight years as mayor, that the state government takes care of itself,” the mayor explained. 

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing that when we have people leaving the state of New York in droves. We see economic development that looks better in commercials than it does in actual cities.”

“You have a governor who says, fix your own pipes, fix your own trains, and yet will stand up and call himself an infrastructure governor.”

“The reality is there’s lots of benefit in doing superficial things in the culture of Albany, but it’s not helping the people of our state,” Miner continued. 

“That’s why I don’t support throwing a constitutional convention and opening up what protections we do have to people who haven’t shown themselves able to implement meaningful public policy.”

Cuomo has long proclaimed himself to be a con-con supporter – much like his father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo. But in recent months, he has been backing away from the idea, saying he has reservations about it – particularly about the way delegates would be selected, should voters approve a convention. 

In 2016, Cuomo included $1 million in his executive budget for con-con planning. The Legislature took that money out of the spending plan, and – unlike his father before him – Cuomo declined to use executive funds to replace the cash. 

The governor did not include any con-con related spending in his budget proposal this year. 

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump is headed back to NYC this afternoon for a U.S. Mission greeting. He will then meet with the RNC chair and participate in a roundtable with RNC supporters.

Trump will wrap up his NYC trip by delivering remarks at the RNC finance dinner before returning to D.C.

Prior to departing for the Big Apple, Trump will receiving his daily intelligence briefing, followed by a meeting with bipartisan representation from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Later in the morning, the president will receive a briefing on hurricane recovery efforts. In the afternoon, he’ll meet with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain, and, after a working luncheon with him, the two leaders will hold a joint press conference.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, is sticking around D.C. In the afternoon, he will travel to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch and hold a series of meetings with lawmakers.

Later in the day, Pence will participate in a swearing-in ceremony for US Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft.

WNY GOP consultant Roger Stone testifies on Capitol Hill today in the congressional probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Stone promises he’ll be delivering “epic” testimony, the opening statement of which he has already released, denying charges of collusion between the Kremlin and Trump associates.

At 8 a.m., City & State and the Building Trades Employers’ Association present “Achieving 30% Aspirational MWBE Goals,” a forum with industry professionals from across the city, New York University Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Sq. S., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña visits Lower Manhattan Community Middle School to highlight the expansion of the DOE’s Comfort Dog program, 81 New St., 6th floor, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at, and participate in, the 17th Annual Gladys Ricart & Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk/Brides’ March, Christ Church Washington Heights, 4111 Broadway Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, state Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblyman David Buchwald introduce two bills that would establish protections for consumers against data breaches of credit reporting agencies, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Votes hosts a press conference in partnership with the YMCA of Greater New York and other organizations to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, McBurney YMCA, 125 W. 14th St., Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Republican NYC mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis will hold a press conference on the city’s crackdown on pets on their caregivers, Battery Park city dog run at West Thames and Little West streets, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Councilman Corey Johnson will visit the High Line with students from P.S. 33, (entrance at 23rd Street and 10th Avenue), Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., members of the Riders Alliance gather at a bus stop to launch their new publication “The Woes on the Bus: Frustration and Suffering, All Through the Town,” corner of 8th Avenue and Columbus Circle in front of the Time Warner Building, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYSERDA and Onyx Renewable Partners announce the completion of the 2.5-megawatt solar installation at the City of Saratoga Springs’ former landfill, 41 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Joins Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino on tour of areas still affected by Super Storm Sandy, 3 Seneca Pl., Massapequa, Long Island.

At 11:30 a.m., Sens. Marisol Alcántara and Jeff Klein, Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa and mental health advocates unveil $200,000 in state funding for a “Life is Precious” suicide prevention program, in front of the George Washington Educational Campus, 549 Audubon Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, Crain’s New York Business hosts its 50 Most Powerful Women in New York event, featuring NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, the New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance joins the New York AFL-CIO and the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health at a news conference to protest proposed Workers’ Compensation Board regulations and impairment guidelines, Room 130, LOB, Albany.

Also at noon, Heastie visits Babylon Memorial Grade School Library, 169 Park Ave., Babylon, Long Island.

At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio visits his old NYU dorm room (235, Weinstein Hall), 5 University Pl., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Erie County comptroller candidate Vanessa Glushefski will offer remarks on the recently uncovered Verizon overcharge that cost the county nearly one million dollars, in front of the Rath Building, Buffalo.

At 2:45 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will discuss his office’s recent environmental lawsuits against the Trump administration, New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Sq., S., Vanderbilt Hall, Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio participates in SEIU Local 1199’s health care phone bank, 330 West 42nd St., 7th Floor, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., de Blasio delivers a guest lecture in Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins’s class at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, (this will be live-streamed on Facebook), Manhattan.

Also at 5 p.m., the NYC Commission on Human Rights hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month panel featuring prominent Hispanic leaders and a resource fair to combat employment discrimination, Isabella Geriatric Center Auditorium, 515 Audubon Ave., Manhattan.

At 5:45 p.m., Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Regent Lester W. Young, Jr. and Regent Judith Johnson will celebrate achievements made by the City of Yonkers in the year since it accepted the national My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, Lincoln High School, 375 Kneeland Ave., Yonkers.

At 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez partners with Fidel F. Del Valle for the public event “How to Respond to Summonses from City Law and Regulatory Enforcement Agencies,” YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., at the ABNY young professionals networking series, “What’s On Tap?,” NYC Councilman Donovan Richards participates in a moderated discussion to share his career path in public service, Cellar Room, 252 W. 37th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick will participate in a town hall discussion, High School of Art & Design
245 East 56th St., Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., a pre-taped interview with de Blasio will air on “Road to City Hall,” NY1.

Headlines…

A last-ditch attempt by President Trump and U.S. Senate Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act appeared to collapse as a pivotal senator – Maine’s Susan Collins – announced her firm opposition to the latest repeal plan, virtually ensuring that Republicans would not have the votes they need for passage.

The U.S. Supreme Court abruptly canceled oral arguments on Trump’s travel ban, signaling the beginning of the end for a politically charged legal case that could have produced a blockbuster ruling on the clash between presidential power and claims of religious discrimination.

At least six of Trump’s closest advisers – not just the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner – occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said.

Hillary Clinton slammed the Trump administration for its “rank hypocrisy” following revelations that Kushner had used a private email account to conduct White House business.

The U.S. ramped up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as Trump brought up the island’s struggles before Hurricane Maria struck – including “billions of dollars” in debt to “Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the penalty for the wealthiest Americans, with Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.

Team owner Jerry Jones surprised many last night by kneeling with Cowboys players and coaches before the playing of the national anthem at the team’s game in Arizona. He stood with locked arms for the anthem itself.

Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger and West Point graduate, said his apparent demonstration in protest of the take-the-knee uproar was a mistake, and he didn’t mean to take to the field alone.

Trump called CNN fake news after the network reported that his chief of staff, John Kelly, was “not pleased” with the NFL feud that erupted over the weekend. The president insisted Kelly “totally agrees” with his position about players taking a knee in protest.

Some in the crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where the Cowboys were taking on the host Cardinals, booed at the display. Arizona players also stood and linked arms during the anthem, but they did not take a knee beforehand.

A pair of new polls showed Roy Moore beating incumbent Luther Strange by double digits in today’s GOP senate runoff in Alabama — despite the president’s endorsement of the man he calls “Big Luther.”

Target fired the first salvo of this year’s holiday hiring wars, saying that it would raise its minimum hourly wage to $11 next month and then to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a special session of the state Legislature may be needed if more than $2 billion in federal health care cuts to New York are allowed to take effect on Oct. 1.

The long and tortuous downfall of former Rep. Anthony Weiner has ended with his sentencing to 21 months behind bars for exchanging sexually explicit tests with a teenage girl.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said it’s time to “stop talking” about his vanquished political rival, Weiner, following his sentencing, while Cuomo called the sordid case “highly disturbing,” and noted the ex-congressman “should be punished for it.”

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President Donald Trump this morning continued berating the NFL’s protesting players on Twitter — this time by saying they’re not as patriotic as the NASCAR crowd.

Arizona Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

North Korea’s top diplomat said Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.

The same diplomat also said North Korea had the right to shoot down American warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean air space.

Trump signed a memorandum directing the Department of Education to allocate at least $200 million per year in grant funds to the STEM and computer science fields, part of the administration’s effort to train workers for the jobs of the future.

Carmelo Anthony, an SU alum, says goodbye to New York after being traded by the Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger, was the only player on his team to stand for the national anthem yesterday. Sales of his jersey have skyrocketed as a result.

NASCAR legend Earnhardt Jr. broke the stance of NASCAR owners regarding athletes protesting the national anthem.

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Orin Hatch suspended a hearing on Cassidy-Graham while demonstrators — some in wheelchairs — were dragged from the room.

Business turnaround expert Harry Wilson hasn’t decided whether to run for governor in 2018, but one top (anonymous) Republican said the GOP nomination is all but his should he take the plunge.

The NYC tabloids and the twitterverse had a lot of fun at the expense of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, after he was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for his latest sexting scandal.

“I was a very sick man for a very long time,” Weiner said before sentencing, after which he broke down in tears. “I was the adult…if I had done the right thing, I would not be standing before you today.”

Weiner’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, was not present in the courtroom for his sentencing.

Weiner was ordered to surrender himself at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 to begin serving his sentence, and he also must pay a $10,000 fine.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered some advice to Trump on appropriate tweet topics.

Federal immigration agents have arrested at least 31 people inside courthouses across NYC since February, official court statistics show.

NYPA and the state Canal Corp. will launch a two-stage competition, Reimagine the Canals, to solicit visionary and implementable ideas for the state canal system.

The associations representing New York’s schools and local governments today sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, asking them to oppose federal tax reform proposals that would place a greater tax burden on homeowners and taxpayers.

LG Kathy Hochul wants New Yorkers to pick their favorite “I Voted” sticker design to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement in the state.

Some Republican county leaders were upset last week that after state GOP Chairman Ed Cox was reelected to his position for another two-year term, he did not allow several potential gubernatorial candidates in attendance to address the state committee.

Amid the continuing surge in the number of craft breweries in Upstate New York comes news that one is closing and another that was to close may now be sold.

Queens Dems Pick 27th AD Candidate

From the Morning Memo:

The Queens Democrats announced they have selected a candidate to run for the seat vacated by the abrupt passing earlier this month Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. 

As is often the case, the party has chosen an insider and aide to a current elected official to be its standard bearer in the upcoming November election: Daniel Rosenthal, district director for NYC Councilman Rory Lancman. 

Lancman, as you may recall, represented the 25th AD in Queens from 2007 to 2013. His current Council district overlaps much of the 27th AD.

In his capacity as district director, Rosenthal has been Lancman’s primary liaison with community groups, civic associations and nonprofit organizations, while also assisting constituents with problems and coordinating events and services.

Rep. Joe Crowley, Queens Democratic chairman, said the party is “thrilled” to support Rosenthal, saying he “represents the best and the brightest in our party. He has a deep and unwavering passion for public service, and has spent years working in this community to improve the lives of its residents.” 

According to The Queens Tribune, Rosenthal, like Simanowitz, is an observant Jew, and did not officially launch his campaign last week due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. 

Simanowitz, who was first elected in 2011 after previously serving as a longtime staffer to former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, died after battling an undisclosed illness. 

“Mike Simanowitz was a friend and mentor, who always put his constituents first,” Rosenthal said. “He was the epitome of a great public servant. His passing has left a huge void in our community and in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him.”

A mid-term vacancy and special election gives the power to select a candidate to local party chairs. This process has caused much consternation when it comes to filling the Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan seat of retired ex-Sen. Daniel Squadron, with activists opposing the choice of Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh over Paul Newell. 

Some rank-and-file members of the Manhattan Democratic Party are so angry over the way Kavanagh was selected, that they’re now seeking to exact revenge on their chairman, former Assemblyman Keith Wright. 

It appears no such upheaval was caused by the choice of Rosenthal by the Queens Democratic Party, which tends to be more disciplined and unified, (with some exceptions), when it comes to these sorts of political decisions. 

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump this afternoon will make an announcement on his administration’s commitment to equipping the American workforce for jobs of the future.

In the evening, the president will have dinner with grassroots leaders.

Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama tonight before the Republican primary in the election to replace U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Pence will speak at a rally for Strange at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Before he departs D.C., Pence will lunch with the president. He will then travel to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

At NASA, Pence will visit with officials and employees, and tour the center including the science mission bridge to the International Space Station and the testing facility of the SLS – the largest and most powerful rocket on earth.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced today (at 10 a.m., 500 Pearl St., Manhattan) in his latest sexting scandal. Prosecutors are asking that he spend two years in prison.

At 8 a.m., Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services kicks off the DACA Day of Action to help eligible DACA recipients renew their applications before the Oct. 5 deadline, 80 Maiden Lane, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the Board of New York City School Support Services will hold a public meeting at 321 West 44th St., Manhattan.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will begin “City Hall in Your Borough Manhattan” week with three public events, starting with a live appearance at 9:15 a.m. on The Danny Jones Show on 580 AM.

At 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will deliver a keynote address at the state School Board Association Leadership Summit, Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul launches the first-ever cross-country drive using hands-free technology, Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., de Blasio will hold a photo spray before a cabinet meeting, The American Negro Theater at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Brad Lander and Riders Alliance call on the city to integrate real-time bus arrival technology into its LinkNYC program, Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street, Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at the at Business Council of New York State’s annual meeting, The Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 11 a.m., Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, NYC Councilman Corey Johnson and other elected officials gather to condemn the latest U.S. Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa announce bilingual Access to Justice event, the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave., Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., Hochul and Sen. George Latimer, the Democratic Westchester County executive candidate, will host a meet-and-greet at Bronxville Diner, 112 Kraft Ave.

At 1 p.m., de Blasio will make an announcement regarding the NYC parks system, Joseph Sauer Park, 532 East 12th St., Manhattan.

At 4:50 p.m., Hochul tours downtown economic development projects in Hudson Falls with Mayor Barton, Courthouse Complex, corner of Main & Maple streets, Hudson Falls.

At 5:15 p.m., the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosts the C3 International cocktail reception, The Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., NYSERDA hosts NextGen CleanTech, a startup showcase and pitch event, 7 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Farina will attend a receivership hearing at August Martin High School, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo speak, New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Citizens Union and New York Law School host “The New York State Constitutional Convention: Process and Possibilities” panel discussion, New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., the RNLA New York Chapter holds a reception, Liederkranz Club, 6 E. 87th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Hochul attends the Business Council of NYS reception, The Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 7 p.m., the Ernest Skinner Political Association and NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams host a forum to discuss the pros and cons of a possible state constitutional convention, Clarendon Road Church, 3304 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn.

Also at 7 p.m., legislators will try to override Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the the Immigrant Protection Act, 48 Martine Ave., 8th Floor, White Plains.

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President Donald Trump issued a new proclamation restricting citizens of eight countries from entering the U.S., replacing the expiring ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations.

The new ban, which will take effect on Oct. 18, will continue to impact citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria, but will now also include travelers from Chad, North Korea and certain individuals from Venezuela.

After players from nearly every NFL team demonstrated on the field over Trump’s feud with the franchise, Trump fired back in the afternoon with a tweet diminishing their dissent, writing: “Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!”

The round of demonstrations at NFL games around the country even included some of the president’s supporters in the league, but it drew a mixed reception from fans.

As players across the NFL took a knee, locked arms and protested during the Star Spangled Banner, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva, a former Fort Drum soldier, remained standing ahead of the game against the Chicago Bears.

No members of the Mets or the Nationals followed the lead of A’s rookie Bruce Maxwell or the dozens of players across the NFL to take a knee this weekend during the national anthem before yesterday’s game at Citi Field.

Amid President Trump’s escalating war on NFL players, photos of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. kneeling in prayer – and protest – resurfaced online over the weekend.

Republican New York City mayoral hopeful Nicole Malliotakis sided with Trump, saying he was justified in calling on the NFL to “fire or fine” football players who have protested the national anthem during games.

In a move that deviates from the choice most other sports franchise owners and professional leagues have made, multiple NASCAR team owners have also sided with Trump and made it clear they will not tolerate any kind of national anthem protests at events.

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.

With time running short, the authors of the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act shifted money in the bill to Alaska and Maine, which are represented by Republican senators who appear reluctant to support it.

Trump said he “didn’t think” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a government jet from New York to Washington, DC, even though federal investigators are investing the flight that cost taxpayers $25,000.

Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.

Arizona Sen. John McCain insists​ ​​his vote against a GOP plan ​to repeal​ ObamaCare ​is not payback for ​Trump ​demeaning​ the former POW’s heroism during the Vietnam War​​ when the president remarked: “I like ​people who weren’t captured.” (The senator also says the president never apologized for this comment).

Concerned state business leaders are closely monitoring two potential major threats out of Washington, D.C., they say could significantly hurt New York.

Laura Curran, the Democrat running for Nassau County executive against Republican Jack Martins, has hired the same team behind NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign operation: consulting firm BerlinRosen and ad company AKPD Message + Media.

MTA managers today plan to show the agency’s board new statistics to measure service and a flashy digital dashboard that’ll give everyday riders a better sense of how bad their ride is and where it needs to improve.

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said that Hurricane Maria’s destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.

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The Weekend That Was

President Trump continued his beef early this morning with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, suggesting fans boycott the games to bring an end to the protests and said the “League should back U.S.” by firing the athletes.

N.F.L. players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem today in a show of solidarity against Trump. With the support of team owners, players knelt, while others, like Tom Brady, opted to stand and lock arms in a show of solidarity.

Trump said Stephen Curry is no longer invited to Washington to celebrate the Warrior’s NBA title hours after the athlete announced he did not want to visit the White House.

NBA superstar LeBron James slam dunked Trump on Twitter, branding the commander-in-chief a “bum” for rescinding the White House invitation to Curry.

The Golden State Warriors issued a statement accepting Trump’s dis-invitation, saying: “While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the latest Stanley Cup Champions, will accept the invitation extended by the Trump White House, the team said in a statement.

During a speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump took aim at the NFL, U.S. Sen. John McCain and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The NFL and players’ union may have finally found some common ground. Both organizations released statements Saturday morning after Trump took aim at the league in an anti-NFL rant as part of a rambling speech during a campaign-style rally in Alabama Friday night.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Trump’s crude call for NFL owners to fire protesting players completely misses the point of why they’re taking a knee in the first place.

Also not happy with Trump’s latest attack on the NFL: Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, who was a big supporter of Trump during his 2016 White House run. He called the president’s comments “appalling.”

Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula issued a statement, that said in part: “President Trump’s remarks were divisive and disrespectful to the entire NFL community, but we tried to use them as an opportunity to further unify our team and our organization.”

Trump also told the Alabama crowd that if “Crooked Hillary” Clinton had won the 2016 election, “you would not have a Second Amendment.”

Clinton was in her hometown library in Chappaqua Saturday to sign copies of her new book.

Stan Greenberg, the man who served as the lead pollster for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign (and Al Gore’s 2000 campaign) has written a long essay titled “How She Lost” that slams Clinton (and her campaign) for a series of messaging, tactical and broader strategic errors.

Hollywood superstar George Clooney, an avid supporter and major campaign donor for Clinton, had some stinging words for the former presidential candidate. Clooney said while he thought she was qualified for the job, the way she ran her campaign infuriated him.

Clinton is urging Trump to send the Navy and other resources to stem an emergent humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico.

Clinton says Trump’s job performance has exceeded her expectations — in a bad way. “He’s been even worse than I thought he would be,” she said in an interview on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Saturday.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins hinted that she’s unlikely to back the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, but admitted she hasn’t yet made a final decision. “It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” she said.

In another sign of the difficult task confronting party leaders, Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, said that he and another Republican senator, Mike Lee of Utah, were seeking changes to the repeal bill in an effort to drive down health insurance premiums.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged congressional Republicans to drop their support for the latest GOP-led Obamacare replacement plan, saying the proposal will have “devastating” effects on thousands of U.S. veterans covered by Medicaid.

Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires today – 90 days after it went into effect.

Western New York Reps. Brian Higgins and Tom Reed will head to the White House on Tuesday to talk about tax reform with Trump, with Higgins saying he will push for a plan that removes corporate loopholes, pays for itself and does not favor the rich.

Today’s record-setting heat is expected to continue into tomorrow.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, has conceded defeat in Germany’s election.

The state’s three licensed casinos are hundreds of millions of dollars behind what they projected they would make in their first year of operation, and tax revenues are a fraction of what was promised.

Schenectady leaders are still hopeful their local casino will pay off in the long run.

The federal government told election officials in 21 states – not New York – that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.

Cuomo after returning from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico: “The devastation of the island is really breathtaking. There are parts of the island that had as much as seven to eight feet of water in homes.”

Speaking at a press conference with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello, Cuomo pledged New York’s support and said a “silver lining”
to the storm would be the flood of federal recovery dollars and the chance to build back the infrastructure better than it was before.

A Puerto Rico dam damaged by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing, posing a risk to communities downstream, as people across the U.S. territory sought to dig out from the deadly storm.

The 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam women’s basketball tournament is looking for a new home. That competition, which included Syracuse University, was scheduled to be held on St. Thomas but massive damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria, will force a relocation.

Melania Trump took her first solo foreign trip as first lady. She traveled to Toronto at the head of a seven-person US delegation to the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded veterans organized by Britain’s Prince Harry.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is under investigation over a pricey third request for government travel, according to officials. Department investigators are reviewing Mnuchin’s flight from New York City to Washington D.C., which cost taxpayers at least $25,000.

Andrew Card, a former White House chief of staff under ex-President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the Amherst Republicans’ annual dinner next week.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Trump’s behavior “paints a picture of potential obstruction,” and he believes the president would have asked him to do something inappropriate if he had stayed on the job.

Members of the New York County Democratic Committee, upset about a backroom deal their chair, Keith Wright, cut to choose a candidate for a vacant state Senate seat, will push a resolution at a meeting tomorrow night that would prohibit county party officials from also working for firms that lobby.

Republican NYC mayoral contender Nicole Malliotakis says her longshot campaign has opened “a whole new chapter” by qualifying for matching funds.

While Malliotakis is running an uphill campaign for mayor, a Democratic challenger, Adam Baumel, has emerged to run for her Assembly seat when the Republican’s term is up next year.

By most measures, June 2017 was the worst month in modern MTA history, performance-wise.

Prominent women’s rights activists and elected officials are urging the Manhattan Democratic Party to rescind a sitting judge’s nomination to a prestigious post, because she allowed evidence of an abortion to be presented in a child custody case.

New York City’s sprawling municipal work force is driving more than it used to, city statistics reveal. City vehicles logged 102 million miles on the road in the last fiscal year, which ended in June, 25 percent more miles than in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office.

Lawyers for the son of Rachel Noerdlinger, a former top de Blasio administration aide, doubled down on accusations that both a prosecutor and a detective “lynched” their client, lying to make manslaughter charges stick with a grand jury.

The NYC Council is poised to criminalize “revenge porn” locally following years of inaction by state lawmakers — who have let a similar bill languish in Albany since 2014.

State AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating corporate governance at amfAR, a New York-based charity that works to cure AIDS, after it allowed proceeds from an auction to be used for a staging of “Finding Neverland,” produced by Harvey Weinstein.

Nearly two dozen teachers at Brooklyn’s New American Academy took pay cuts of up to $50,000 — or more — after Education Department officials killed an experimental pay program at the school.

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations that it lied to the federal government by submitting inflated claims through a solar energy stimulus program, the Justice Department said.

Rep. Louise Slaughter wrote a letter last week to the House Ethics Committee – which is investigating Rep. Chris Collins’ involvement with Innate Immunotherapeutics – criticizing Collins for not reporting his position in a separate joint venture involving the Australian biotech firm.

The long-awaited trial of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz on three felony election law violations, slated to begin in Albany County Court on Monday, has been delayed until Feb. 5.

Controversial state Supreme Court Judge Noach Dear managed to give himself a demotion — returning to a lower court two days a week where lawyers say he routinely allows deadbeats to cheat debt.

The mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and agreed to resign from office for using city employees to perform renovations on his family’s property.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who will be sentenced Monday for sexting with a minor, has an “average” risk of reoffending, according to a newly unsealed document released late Friday.

In a bold political move, and so early before the 2018 election, Democratic candidate hopeful Gareth Rhodes, from Esopus, held a campaign fundraiser in the hometown of his possible Republican target, NY-19 incumbent Rep. John Faso.

The mother of a man who died in NYPD custody while high on angel dust has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with NYC for $1.25 million.

An unarmed man was trying to escape a pistol whipping when he was fatally shot in the back by Buffalo police last May after being dragged from his car, according to a new lawsuit filed by his mother seeking unspecified damages.

So far this year, the lawyer Douglas Wigdor, a conservative Republican, has filed 11 suits against Fox News for defamation, sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Educators and advocates will gather at the Independent Charter School Symposium to refocus on the original purpose of charters and counter negative publicity drawn by bigger networks.

An audit found “significant overbilling” – approximately $900,000 – by Verizon for telephone voice and data services provided to Erie County government. A portion of the amount has already been refunded to Erie County, with the remainder to follow.

Medical marijuana experts say that home deliveries are growing across the state, helping to sustain a budding industry of suppliers, some of whom have struggled financially after the drug was approved for use in January.

The state should investigate a Republican town justice’s resignation as a potential case of political coercion, Andrea Smyth, the Democratic candidate for Rensselaer County executive said.

The candidates for Colonie town clerk will head to court next week after one of them raised concerns about a surge in the number of absentee ballots cast in the Independence Party primary.

Sixty-five New York lakes and ponds now have toxic algae blooms, up from 56 last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

Substance abusers or those who care for them in the Chemung County area soon will be able to open a phone app to seek treatment and resources.

A youth detention center that was shuttered six years ago in Cayuga County will reopen after receiving $12 million worth of upgrades.

A single ticket sold in Central New York (Cortland County) has won the $104 million Mega Millions jackpot in Friday’s drawing, lottery officials announced.

Cuomo announced that an application period is open to participate in the state’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program

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Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain announced he cannot “in good conscience” vote for Cassidy-Graham, all but dashing GOP leaders’ chances of pushing through an eleventh-hour Obamacare reform measure.

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” McCain said.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has said he’ll oppose the bill and Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she’s leaning against it. Since Republicans control the Senate 52-48, and Democrats oppose the bill, three GOP “no” votes would doom it.

Paul, a definitive “no” on Cassidy_Graham, said after being singled out by the president on Twitter that he won’t be “bribed or bullied” into supporting it.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office provided “technical guidance” and information about Cassidy-Graham to late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

Investigators have determined that pilot violations of several basic landing safeguards that ended with opposing commands from the captain and co-pilot caused then-VP candidate Mike Pence’s chartered jet to roll off the end of a wet New York runway last October.

North Korea has long cultivated an image of defiant belligerence, punctuating its propaganda and diplomacy with colorful threats, insults and bluster. But by addressing President Trump in a personal statement, the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has pushed his government’s brinkmanship to a new, potentially more perilous level

Trump’s appointees to jobs at Agriculture Department headquarters include a long-haul truck driver, a country club cabana attendant and the owner of a scented-candle company.

Trump may replace his controversial travel ban with a more targeted list of restrictions on visitors to the U.S., administration officials said.

Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, 94, has been hospitalized since last week due to low blood pressure, his spokeswoman said.

A state judge in Westchester County will decide County Executive Rob Astorino’s legal challenge to a deal brokered by the state of New York that will shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant by 2021.

Tom Precious tweets: “A court trifecta for 2018: Percoco trial in Jan, Buffalo Billion in June and, w/ his looming trial postponed today, Maziarz starting 2/5/18.”

Asked if she had anything to say about conspiracy rumors that the teen involved in former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal was part of a plot by the Russians or Republicans to derail her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton replied: “I really don’t have any comment on any of that.”

Clinton did give a glowing review to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ran her first U.S. Senate run in 2000, particularly singling out his efforts to expand pre-K

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is still conducting an investigation prompted by complaints of “exorbitant” ticket prices for this tomorrow’s Paul McCartney show at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a potential primary challenger to Cuomo in 2018, doesn’t think he has done enough during his time in office to help upstate cities.

An experiment to control Staten Island’s booming deer population through mass vasectomies is said to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition endorsed a slate of candidates – including NY-22 contender, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi – in Republican-leaning districts, as they look to put their mark on the party’s 2018 midterm push.

Hillary Clinton insists she has no plans to contest the 2016 election results.

Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato explains his about face on medical marijuana.

The middle of a downtown Syracuse street has become a massive canvas for local artists.

New York taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $700,000 in legal fees after the case against the late state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous was officially thrown out earlier this week.

Republican county legislators and political candidates are pushing for suspension of Suffolk County’s red light camera program, saying safety data is skewed because it doesn’t include pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

Beleaguered TRochester city court judge Leticia Astacio has stopped showing up to work, according to an administrative judge.

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency approved a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for Legoland parent Merlin Entertainments.

Testing by pest control experts has determined that three insects found Thursday in Henninger High School were bed bugs.

Here and Now

“Following Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s official Governor to Governor request, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and a delegation of emergency management officials will travel to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies and assist with recovery efforts. Governor Cuomo will return to New York in the evening.”

Cuomo holds a press briefing at 7:15 a.m. before departing from JFK Airport, Building 145, Sheltair Terminal, Jamaica, Queens.

More on the governor’s trip here, here, and here.

Late this afternoon, President Donald Trump will travel from his golf club in Bedminster, NJ to Huntsville, AL to participate in a U.S. Senate Rally for Luther Strange, after which he’ll return to New Jersey for the night.

This morning, Vice President Mike Pence participates in a meeting with Maine Gov. Paul LePage to discuss health care and tax reform.

Later in the day, Pence, joined by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Sen. Joe Donnelly, and Reps. Susan Brooks, Luke Messer, and Todd Rokita, will visit Anderson, Indiana to meet with local business leaders and Hoosier families to discuss health care and tax reform.

Pence will conclude his Indiana visit with formal remarks to the community at the Wylam Center of Flagship East.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remains in NYC for the UN General Assembly.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public schedule.

At 7 a.m., and through Saturday, the Puerto Rican Family Institute is taking donations for families impacted by the Mexico earthquake and the PR hurricanes, 145 West 15th Street, 7th Floor, Manhattan.

Also at 7:15 a.m., Mayor Richard Thomas will kick of the Lincoln Avenue Road repaving project at the cross-streets of Lincoln Avenue and Magnolia Avenue in Mount Vernon.

At 11 a.m., Make the Road New York and other activists host a press conference followed by a march to call on de Blasio to end discriminatory school policing policies by eliminating the use of arrests and summons for misdemeanors and non-criminal violations in schools, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul will join Citizen Action of New York, 1199SEIU, SEIU Local 200 United, New York Immigration Coalition and VOCAL-NY to rally against the federal health care repeal bill, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 1 Clinton Sq., Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Brightpoint Health celebrates the renaming of their renovated clinic to be called the Matilda Raffa Cuomo Health Center in honor of New York’s former first lady and her long history of charitable and humanitarian efforts, 105-04 Sutphin Blvd., Queens.

At 3:45 p.m., members of the Culinary Craft Association, along with members of the SEIU Local 200United, rally in response to the Culinary Institute of America’s latest effort to slash workers’ wages and benefits, The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump “deranged” and said he will “pay dearly” for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.

North Korea’s foreign minister said his country may be planning to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill Kim Jong Un’s vow to take the “highest-level” action against the U.S.

Trump ordered a widening of American sanctions on North Korea to further choke off its trade with the outside world, in what some experts described as perhaps the most sweeping set of punitive economic measures enacted by the United States in many years.

The Trump administration is preparing to dismantle key Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields, laying the groundwork for possible counterterrorism missions in countries where Islamic militants are active but the U.S. has not previously tried to kill or capture them.

A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.

Bronx native and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she’s incredibly worried about loved ones – who she hasn’t been able to reach – in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Empire State Building put on a rotating light display last night to honor the countries affected by both Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in Mexico.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking phone records connected to Donald Trump Jr.’s statement – which his father dictated aboard Air Force One – defending his meeting with a Russian lawyer in the summer of 2016.

Under growing pressure from lawmakers and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said it’s turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Violence broke out at a New York hotel yesterday afternoon when protesters disrupted a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

CVS pharmacy is battling the opioid epidemic with a new prescription plan that limits new patients to a seven-day supply, the company announced. The drug store chain will also reach out to doctors about prescriptions that seem to be excessive, and put a cap on daily dosages.

Eight months ago, Rudy Giuliani was named a top adviser to Trump on cybersecurity matters. Yet, former and current U.S. officials say since that declaration, the ex-NYC mayor has contributed little to the administration and the advisory role has yet to bear anything worthwhile.

New York state would take a $52 billion beating under the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare — the second-largest amount lost in the US, according to a new study released yesterday.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors spoke out against the GOP-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Newsweek headline: “Will New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Become President One Day? Not if NYC’s Subway Crisis Continues.”

About 250 Dreamers who attend CUNY campuses and face an Oct. 5 deadline to reapply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protection will have the $495 fee covered under a program paid for by a non-profit, the university announced.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said she hasn’t decided yet if she’ll challenge Cuomo in a primary next year, but if she does enter the 2018 race, she would not run as a conventional candidate.

Cuomo is planning an aggressive fundraising schedule through the end of the year as potential gubernatorial candidates like Miner mull challenges to him.

Federal investigators have determined that the engineers in two recent, high-profile derailments involving the LIRR and NJ Transit suffered from a sleep disorder, according to newly released public documents.

A federal panel’s findings, made public for the first time, said that the NYPD promotions process systematically stymied black detectives in the elite Intelligence Division. But the Justice Department declined to sue.

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