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Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Ditto, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

At 8:30 a.m., former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, NYC Commissioner of Small Business Services Gregg Bishop and others attend power breakfast and tribute to Rep. Charles Rangel, Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Councilman Ben Kallos and others attend ribbon cutting for Upper East Side Park at 90th Street Pier, East 90th Street and John Finley Walk, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will be joined by Ferdinand Morales, Vice President of Health Administration of MAXIMUS to make an announcement, Watts Conference Center, 47 S. Fitzhugh St., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., Republican NY-28 candidate Phil Oliva holds a press conference to question the legislative record of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, 16 James St., Middletown. (Subsequent events will be held at noon at the Poughkeepsie Post Office, 55 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie; and at 2:30 p.m. at the Somers Town Hall, 335 Route 202, Somers).

At 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees Annual Convention, Montauk Yacht Club Spa & Marina, 32 Star Island Road, Montauk.

Also at 11 a.m., FDNY Commissioner Nigro will preside at a ceremony promoting 76 fire officers, 2900 Campus Rd., Brooklyn.

At 12:15 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul opens the $102 million Quad renovation project, Bronx Community College, 2155 University Ave., the Bronx. (Also attending: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Sen. Gustavo Rivera, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and CUNY Chancellor James Milliken).

At 1 p.m., AG Eri Schneiderman will stand with Long Island leaders and gun violence victims to discuss the flow of out-of-state guns into Long Island, and how federal and state lawmakers can act, H. Lee Dennison Building lobby, 100 Veterans Hwy., Hauppauge.

Also at 1 p.m., New York Energy and Finance Chair Richard Kauffman will keynotes day two of The Alliance for Clean Energy New York’s annual meeting, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

At 2:15 p.m., Hochul addresses students and faculty about Cuomo’s Enough is Enough initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, Vassar College, Main Building, Villard Room, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie.

At 3:30 p.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees holds a public hearing, State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Small Courtroom, Albany.

At 4 p.m., the New York Legal Assistance Group hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a legal clinic for pro se litigants at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Centre St., Room 145, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., NY-23 Democratic candidate John Plumb attends a GOTV rally at Cornell University co-hosted by the Tompkins County Democratic Party and the Cornell University Democrats, Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 132, HEC Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca.

At 5 p.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter to hold a get out the vote event with SUNY Brockport College Democrats, Seymour Union Room 220, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport.

At 5:30 p.m., NYS Democratic Committee Chair and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown headlines a GOTV rally for Clinton, Amherst Democratic HQ, 3364 Sheridan Dr., Amherst.

At 6 p.m., Transportation Alternatives holds a rally in honor of victims of car accidents – the latest being an infant killed in East Elmhurst, Queens last week, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Hochul keynotes the Rockland Business Association Annual Celebrity Dinner, Paramount Country Club, 60 Zukor Rd., New City.

Headlines…

The Chicago Cubs shattered their 108-year championship drought in a spectacular fashion, with an 8-7, 10-inning World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7, which began on last night and carried into this morning.

Hillary Clinton, born in Chicago and raised in suburbs outside the city, was beaming as she stepped out from the SUV she was in, with the celebration in Cleveland playing on a tablet.

A new slate of state-based polls released yesterday shows Clinton up 3 points in North Carolina, while Donald Trump has a 5-point edge in the state of Ohio. Clinton has a tight lead on Trump in Pennsylvania and the two presidential candidates are tied in Florida.

President Obama threw the power of the White House behind Clinton, faulting how FBI Director James Comey handled new emails related to the investigation into her private server, and then shouting out to college students in North Carolina that it’s crucial they vote because the “fate of the world is teetering.”

The mood at the FBI is dark, and nobody is willing to predict what the coming days will bring, particularly if agents and analysts do not complete their review of Huma Abedin’s emails by next Tuesday. Officials said it would take something extraordinary to change the conclusion that nobody should be charged.

Abedin’s estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose sexting with an underage teen sparked the latest FBI probe into Clinton’s emails, checked into a rehab center where electronic devices are banned for treatment for a sex addiction.

One of New York’s most prominent Republican families is split on the presidential race. Clinton’s campaign announced that Chris D’Amato, son of former GOP Sen. Al D’Amato, has defected and is backing her over Trump.

Clinton voiced uncharacteristic frustration at the end of a long day, lashing out at a protester who cut into her speech. “I am sick and tired of the negative, dark, divisive, dangerous vision and behavior from people who support Donald Trump,” she said.

Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will hold their “Victory Party” at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, which is a short walk from Trump Tower.

For the third time this election season, Trump has targeted NBC reporter Katy Tur during a campaign rally, once again triggering safety concerns for journalists covering the GOP nominee’s often violent political events.

A surge of 748,000 of voter registrations has been seen in the state since the presidential contest began to heat up this spring. New enrollment figures released by the state elections board shows there will be just under 11.5 million registered voters who can participate in New York in the presidential elections.

Martin Babinec, the third-party candidate in the tightly contested NY-22 race, sent out fliers encouraging people to vote for him and three incumbent Republican state senators, who called it an effort to tie him to their candidacies without consent.

“Is Martin Babinec the Mike Bloomberg of the House?”

The Times Union endorsed Democrat Mike Derrick over Republican NY-21 Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Newsday endorsed Democratic Queens Rep. Greg Meeks for re-election in NY-5, citing his “capable leadership.”

A lot is at stake – issues-wise – when it comes to the fight for control of the state Senate, including the so-called millionaires tax, the tax cap, the DREAM Act and numerous environmental bills.

Tom Precious: “Here’s what it means by the map if upstate contests shape up on Election Day as many expect: Sen. Tim Kennedy, a Buffalo Democrat, would have to ride nearly 300 miles east before he would hit the district of a colleague among mainline Democratic senators.”

The fate of the chamber may ultimately lie in the hands of one senator: IDC Leader Jeff Klein, who signaled in a statement issued to the WSJ that his group’s allegiance is up for grabs.

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Extras

Donald Trump has long told his supporters that if Hillary Clinton becomes president she’ll be corrupt, but in recent days he and his surrogates have begun invoking a more specific fear: impeachment.

A woman who has filed federal lawsuits accusing Trump of repeatedly raping her two decades ago, when she was 13, is set to hold a news conference this evening to detail her extraordinary claims against the GOP presidential nominee.

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, the Libertarian Party nominee for vice president, defended Clinton against attacks by Trump, insisting her character should not be impugned by someone as flawed as he is.

A group of 17 wealthy donors has poured more than $13.4 million into four GOP-leaning super PACs in a bid to influence this year’s state legislative races, a new report from the activist group the Hedge Clippers claims.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton’s closest aide Huma Abedin, has reportedly checked into a rehab facility for treatment of sex addition.

The teenage girl who allegedly received indecent messages from Weiner said she is “upset” with FBI Director James Comey after she found out via the media that her case had been tied to the use of Clinton’s private email server.

Immigrants in New York comprise 22 percent, or 4.4 million, of the state’s population, which is well above the national average of 13 percent, according to a report released today by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Trump’s campaign said that he “denounces hate in any form” and disavowed support for his candidacy offered by a newspaper associated with the Ku Klux Klan.

Clinton’s niece, Macy Smit, the daughter of Bill Clinton’s half-brother Roger Clinton, is turning her back on her “selfish” aunt and backing Trump for president.

More voters trust Trump over Clinton, according to a new tracking poll released today.

The Hollywood trade publication Variety backed Clinton, endorsing a candidate for the first time in its 111-year history – a decision that would have been somewhat newsier if 300 other publications hadn’t also made their first-ever endorsements this year.

Democratic Party officials filed lawsuits in four battleground states – Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Ohio – this week against Trump and the Republican Party, accusing campaign officials and supporters of seeking to threaten minorities to keep them from voting.

VP Joe Biden, a man with a (voting) plan.

Without mentioning either candidate by name, SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim made it clear who he will vote for in the presidential election next Tuesday. (Sounds like Clinton).

What would a second Clinton White House look like?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a push to build on a record-setting year at the New York State Fair, describing a vision of a year-round event and exhibition venue that could employ private companies for at least some of the services.

Cuomo’s administration dotted New York with 514 highway signs touting its tourism programs despite a federal ruling explicitly prohibiting the state from doing so.

Hulk Hogan and the remnants of Gawker Media have struck a confidential settlement agreement, rewarding the wrestler with millions of dollars.

The Russian beauty charged in a $400,000 shakedown of Eliot Spitzer told cops the former governor threatened her — and her little dog, too. (She pleaded not guilty to extortion charges).

Gun safety advocates are pouring tens of millions of dollars into Maine and Nevada to support ballot initiatives that would mandate background checks for gun sales in an effort to clinch state-level victories after years of failed drives in Congress.

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna insists he’s still a good Republican even though he’ll vote for Clinton over Trump. Also, he has no intention of running for governor.

News Corp’s The Wall Street Journal will launch a new format for the newspaper with fewer sections on Nov. 14, and has begun laying off employees as part of an effort to cut costs.

The state IG says a top prison dentist defrauded taxpayers by billing the state for more than $75,000 when he was actually treating patients in his private practice.

A Garden City-based lobbying company was hit with a $180,000 penalty by JCOPE in one of Albany’s larger sanctions against lobbyists.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is temporarily abandoning its fledgling effort to reform the city’s street fair process after deciding the administration’s recent proposals need more time to be developed.

Stacy Ettinger, a top aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, has been hired by the law and lobby firm K&L Gates, becoming the latest ex-Schumer staffer to land a K Street job at a time when their former boss is poised to become the most powerful Democrat in the Senate.

Even as the rain continued to pound, and sewage continued to spew into Onondaga Lake from a busted 50-year-old pipe Oct. 21, state and Onondaga County officials were already scrambling to figure out how to repair it.

Extras

With the election just a week away, the FBI has released a tranche of 15-year-old documents dealing with Bill Clinton’s pardon of a fugitive financier – a move that the bureau made without explanation and that only adds to the confusion surrounding its controversial role in the presidential contest.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has overtaken Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first time since May in the ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll. Trump has a 1-point lead over the former secretary of State, 46 to 45 percent, as of this morning.

Upsets in four states could lead to a President Evan McMullin and Vice President Tim Kaine. If that occurred, Clinton would win 263 electoral votes, Trump 269, and McMullin six. No one would reach 270.

“(A)s has been the case for much of the general-election campaign, Clinton has the strategic advantage of many routes to 270 electoral votes, while Trump’s path is, well, problematic.”

Huma Abedin will continue to cooperate with the FBI, even as she’s blaming her latest problems on her estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, according to a lawyer representing Clinton’s closest aide.

A day after CNN ended its relationship with commentator and DNC head Donna Brazile, the news network’s president, Jeff Zucker, ripped the Democratic strategist for “disgusting” behavior that “hurts” everyone at CNN.

New York magazine created a striking cover of Trump for its new election issue, enlisting Barbara Kruger — the artist behind its iconic Eliot Spitzer cover — to brand the brash Manhattan real estate mogul and unlikely GOP White House hopeful a “loser.”

A consultancy company linked to the Clintons is trying to silence a former employee, suing GOP strategist Ed Rollins for $10 million for talking about the inner workings of the controversial corporations.

With Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp with Hannon, a Republican from Long Island, embroiled in a contentious re-election campaign, the state’s health care community finds itself considering what life might be like if change comes to the committee and to the Senate itself.

RIP Stanford Lipsey, the longtime Buffalo News publisher once dubbed Western New York’s “guardian angel” by a U.S. senator, who died this morning in his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home. He was 89.

The once-powerful Democratic leader John Sampson, convicted last year of obstructing a federal criminal investigation and lying to an FBI agent, was disbarred today by a panel of Appellate Division judges.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was AWOL from last week’s county Democratic dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook that attracted 500 and brought in $350,000, even though Cuomo was the keynote speaker.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed himself “confused” by his former deputy mayor of Health and Human Services’ attacks on him and his administration’s plans to combat the city’s homelessness crisis—plans he says she helped shape.

Going into the closing days of the campaign in NY-3, former Democratic Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi has an edge in fundraising over his Republican opponent, state Sen. Jack Martins.

A top staffer at the state Thruway Authority has retired after insiders say she pushed back against criticism from the Cuomo administration about the pace of a project.

It was the last of the four upstate casinos to get a license, but Tioga Downs, located west of Binghamton, is on track to open later in November, making it the first to open, according to its owner Jeff Gural.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a conservative Democrat and Orthodox Jew who often votes Republican, says he can’t support Trump, and will be backing House Speaker Paul Ryan instead.

Ryan revealed he has already voted for Trump despite their long, highly publicized rivalry.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw accused Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz of misleading taxpayers and “cooking the books” by relabeling certain sewer taxes as “fees” in the 2016 budget and proposed 2017 budget.

More than 4,600 deals across New York state granted more than $1 billion in sales – and property-tax exemptions in 2014 for projects by industrial development agencies, or IDAs — projects that one state agency says fail to deliver the jobs that helped get them the exemptions in the first place.

In recent weeks, The Wall Street Journal has been as close to tumult as it has since the days of Rupert Murdoch’s Napoleonic takeover nearly 10 years ago.

There are 32 official write-in candidates for president whose names will appear on the ballot in New York next Tuesday.

Is James DePasquale, who’s running on the Green Party line in the 60th Senate District race, a stalking horse intending to assist the Republican candidate, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs?

As of today, it is illegal to speed past garbage trucks in New York State. The law requires motorists to slow down when approaching and driving around trucks that have stopped to collect garbage or recycling.

Amid a proposed raise for the position, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s chief of staff, Shalyn Morrison Ranellone, has left for a post with state Assemblyman John McDonald.

New York’s off-Broadway scene has long balanced art and commerce. Now its actors are seeking a little more commerce. On Sunday, the contract governing select off-Broadway wages is set to expire.

The drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band broke an Adirondack price record last week as he bought a building lot on Lake Placid – the same spot a family had been forced to tear down an unpermitted boathouse.

Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., City & State hosts the Queens Borough 50 event featuring Rep. Joe Crowley and a power panel with 32BJ’s Héctor J. Figueroa, Queens Public Library’s Dennis Walcott and others, Penthouse808 Rooftop at Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza S., Queens.

At 8:40 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers the keynote address at Crain’s NYC Summit, “Getting Ready for 9 Million New Yorkers,” The Sheraton New York Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 8:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses the 2016 Strategic Implementation Assessment Team before members review REDC progress reports and Round VI proposals, Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Hillary for New York and Professionals for Hillary will host a phone bank with supporters, Brooklyn Field Office, 335 Adams St., Fl 24, Brooklyn.

At 9:15 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks before leaders from NY, NJ, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico at the Region II Head Start Conference, The Desmond Hotel, Scrimshaw Room, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

At 10 a.m., Sens. Michael Gianaris and Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker propose a full “clean up” of Roosevelt Avenue to eliminate future violence and irresponsible establishments, 65th Street & Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., a child advocate organization and Democratic state Senate candidate Ali Boak host “Ten Percent Isn’t Enough” – a public awareness campaign about Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy’s “flawed Child Safety Zone policy and neglect for sexual assault victims,” Mahopac Library, 668 US-6, Mahopac.

At 10:30 a.m., Sen. Tim Kennedy and Kaleida health executives launch #WarmUpWNY, a new community campaign designed to bring the comforts of home to our region’s youngest patients during hospital stays, Women & Children’s Hospital, Buffalo.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Hillary for New York, Millennials for Hillary, and college students will host a phone bank with supporters, Queens Democrats, 7250 Austin St., Forest Hills, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Timothy Cardinal Dolan holds a blessing of the animals as they arrive for their first day of rehearsals with the Radio City Rockettes for the annual Christmas Spectacular, 44 West 51st St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts a media preview for the 6th annual “Savor the Bronx” restaurant week, 1776 Eastchester Rd., the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Murphy outlines influence peddling by de Blasio’s “agents of the city” in state Senate races, Brewster Station, 4 Main St., Brewster. (A second press conference will be held at 1 p.m. at Thornwood Town Center, 1018 Broadway, Thornwood).

Also at 11 a.m., elected officials, tenants and Airbnb hosts call on the company to drop its lawsuit against the state that would keep the latest legislation curing the online home sharing business from moving forward, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Republican state Senate candidate Julie Killian and parents od developmentally disabled New Yorkers blast the state for “inaction on myriad issues” facing that community, 587 East Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck.

At noon, de Blasio hosts a press conference, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., the New York State Gaming Commission meets, ESDC, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Sen. Tony Avella will stand with homeowner Jeanette Romano to demand that the City reimburse her for construction fees after they ripped up her recently renovated sidewalk to install a bioswale, 6221 60th Dr., Maspeth, Queens.

At 2 p.m., Assemblyman Ron Castorina, Jr. partners with local pharmacies to give out Naloxone kits, Superfresh Supermarket, 6400 Amboy Rd., Staten Island.

At 2:15 p.m., Crowley hosts Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, the 19th US Surgeon General, for a walking tour and town hall on Obamacare open enrollment, Duane Reade, 7301 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens.

At 2:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivers keynote address at the NYS Forum’s 30th annual meeting, Radisson Hotel, 205 Wolf Rd., Albany.

At 3 p.m., Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, the Republican candidate in NY-22, holds a press conference at her Binghamton Campaign Office, 1115 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

At 3:30 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveils over a half million in new investments from his annual budget proposal to advance public safety and community-police relations, 211 Union Ave., Brooklyn.

At 5:30 p.m., the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds a public meeting, NYC Campaign Finance Board, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams sits on the “New Approaches Toward Public Safety: A Conversation on Community Policing” panel hosted by ABNY and Tech:NYC, New York Law School, 185 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends a town hall meeting of District 23’s Community Education Council, 2021 Bergen St., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., NY-1 Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin’s campaign holds a volunteer appreciation event, Portuguese Hall, 1216 Portion Rd., Farmingville, Long Island.

Also at 7 p.m., League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, The American Association of University Women of Jamestown, the Jamestown Post-Journal, and the Dunkirk Observer are co-hosting a debate between Democratic NY-23 candidate John Plumb and incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Reed, Chautauqua Lake School, 100 N Erie St., Mayville.

Also at 7 p.m., NY-24 Democratic candidate Colleen Deacon will join Wayne Action for Racial Equality for a forum on issues important to Wayne County residents, Ohmann Theater, 65 Williams St., Lyons.

Headlines…

The Hillary Clinton campaign escalated its efforts to discredit FBI Director James Comey’s disclosure of a revived e-mail investigation, accusing him of applying a double standard for refusing to publicly discuss investigations of Russian meddling in the presidential election.

“I think this is sort of a flashback to the days of J. Edgar Hoover,” said Sanford J. Ungar, a Georgetown scholar, former journalist and author who has written about the F.B.I.’s history. “I don’t mean to smear Comey, and it may be an unfair comparison. But Hoover would weigh in on issues without warning or expectation. I just wonder how Comey sees his role.”

While top Democrats are attacking Comey, President Obama’s spokesman described the FBI director as a man of “integrity” and “good character” and said he is not trying to tilt the election. “I’ll neither defend nor criticize Director Comey,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Clinton’s campaign expressed confidence that she would weather the political turbulence and assembly an electoral college victory, but acknowledged that optimism about gaining ground in places like Ohio and Iowa, where the demographics favor her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, was fading.

Newly obtained documents show that in the early 1990s, as he scrambled to stave off financial ruin, Trump avoided reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable income by using a tax avoidance maneuver so legally dubious his own lawyers advised him the IRS would most likely declare it improper if he were audited.

Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, privately mused over the weekend that gun owners may want to put a “bullseye” on Clinton, according to audio obtained by CNN. He later apologized, saying his remarks were “inappropriate.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has remained staunchly opposed to his erstwhile GOP primary opponent Trump, followed through on his promise to not vote for him, instead casting his ballot yesterday for Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The feds had to lay out evidence of a crime to get a judge to sign off on a search warrant application for a laptop belonging to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her disgraced former congressman husband Anthony Weiner on Sunday night.

Clinton may have lit the fuse for her victory celebration a little too soon by planning an Election Night explosion of fireworks over the Hudson River.

The unveiling of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s third annual report on city procurement with minority-owned businesses, in which he issued a second straight D-plus for agencies citywide, followed a string of recent efforts by Stringer to highlight what he says are deficiencies in NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

Airbnb Inc. is in talks with New York City and New York state to settle a lawsuit over a new state law designed to curtail short-term apartment rentals. The potential settlementwould protect Airbnb against fines from the city for short-term apartment rentals that violate the new law, though it might still leave hosts liable for those penalties.

As spending on their battle for the NY-24 seat nears the $7 million mark, Republican Rep. John Katko and Democrat Colleen Deacon agreed that it’s time to take the influence of big money out of politics.

The Buffalo News praises AG Eric Schneiderman’s latest report on how New York’s gun laws are being undercut by less retractive measures in other states, saying: “Anything the state can constitutionally do to limit gun violence, it should.”

New York City is spending about $30 million a year on immigrant services. In the past several months, officials have scheduled town halls to find illegal immigrants to help them get government services.

A pair of hotly contested races in Nassau County on Long Island could help decide which party controls the New York state Senate, where Republicans wield control even though the Democrats hold a razor-thin majority.

Democrats in the State Assembly have an opportunity on Election Day to expand their 63-seat margin by winning a vacant seat on Nassau’s South Shore, while Republicans are trying to expand their Long Island delegation by picking off an open seat on the North Shore.

Community activist Tony Herbert has a new plan for helping New Yorkers in need — he’s running for the city’s Public Advocate in 2017.

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Extras

FBI agents argued — based at least in part on news accounts — earlier this year that the Clinton Foundation should be investigated for potentially giving donors special political access and favors. The Justice Department’s public integrity unit said they did not have enough evidence to move forward.

FBI Director James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election and ultimately ensured that the FBI’s name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former FBI official tells CNBC.

The FBI today began loading a trove of emails belonging to Huma Abein, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, into a special computer program that would allow bureau analysts to determine whether they contain classified information, law enforcement officials said.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the FBI’s announcement that it would review additional emails related to Clinton’s use of a private email server is “much ado about nothing,” adding he was “shocked” by Comey’s actions.

De Blasio still has a high opinion of Abedin, the estranged wife of his 2013 Democratic primary rival, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, saying “I’ve known very well and think the world of” the woman at the center of the renewed scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Long Island Republican Rep. Pete King: “We can’t get rid of Anthony Weiner. I mean, he’s just a bad nightmare that keeps on coming. The country as a, as a whole, who needs Anthony Weiner?”

In a signal of its resource priorities in the closing days before the Nov. 8 elections, the chief fund-raising apparatus for Democrats in the state Senate has allocated zero dollars for Democrat Amber Small in her bid against Republican Chris Jacobs in the Senate 60th District contest in the Buffalo area.

Clinton’s campaign has turned to the young girl featured in the iconic 1964 “Daisy” ad in order to question Trump’s ability to handle nuclear weapons.

DNC Chair Donna Bazile resigned from her post as a CNN commentator after a Wikileaks email revealed she had shared a debate question in advance with the Clinton campaign, despite her persistent claims to the contrary.

The Trump campaign’s latest FEC report shows that it is disputing nearly $767,000 that Tony Fabrizio’s firm says it is still owed for polling.

Police sources said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, received a letter over the weekend that contained threats that he would be assassinated “very soon, maybe as early as this week.”

The daughter of Timothy Pratt, a New York state trooper killed in the line of duty, eulogized her father as “the hero of heroes” during his funeral service.

A judge has dismissed a legal challenge against a group that usurped control of the Reform Party in New York State in September.

A federal judge has rejected the settlement of a lawsuit stemming from the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims, saying the proposed deal does not provide enough oversight of an agency that he said had shown a “systemic inclination” to ignore rules protecting free speech and religion.

A grand jury has indicted a reputed Russian escort for extorting nearly $400,000 from ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and targeting another unnamed victim in a housing scheme, according to newly filed court papers.

Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown has been named New York’s superintendent of the year.

Fox News is reportedly offering more than $20 million per year to star anchor Megyn Kelly, in an effort to keep her at the channel after her contract expires next year.

The state’s Teachers’ Retirement System said school districts will again have their pension bills drop, this time by as much as 19 percent, which will be the third year in a row that pension costs will decline from historical highs several years ago.

If you want to win votes in the city of Syracuse, you’d better speak to the hearts and minds of the Democratic woman. Overall, Democrats far outnumber Republicans and non-enrolled voters in the city of 67,000 registered voters, according to records at the Onondaga County Board of Elections.

Supervisors in three of Erie County’s larger towns will be voting on pay raises for themselves for next year. One supervisor’s salary would go up $30,000, another would jump nearly 27 percent. Another would see a 2 percent increase.

Here and Now

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

At 8:05 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on 710 WOR.

At 9 a.m., NYC Council members Ritchie Torres, Dan Garodnick, Jumaane Williams, Ben Kallos and others urge action in combatting tenant harassment and preserving affordable housing by stopping predatory equity landlords, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul and Sen. Todd Kaminsky recognize National Women’s Small Business Month during a tour of downtown Lynbrook businesses, Doughology, 45 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, Long Island.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo attends the funeral of New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt, St. Michael the Archangel Church, 80 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls.

Also at 11 a.m., Republican NY-18 candidate Phil Oliva will outline key questions and concerns with the recent report that a Syrian refugee resettlement office will soon be opening up in the City of Poughkeepsie, front steps of U.S. Post Office, 55 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Council members Margaret Chin and Daniel Dromm join Arab American, Asian Pacific Islander, Indo-Caribbean, Latino, and LGBTQ community leaders to celebrate data equity legislation, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Republican and Libertarian candidates advocate for term limits for all state elected officials, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., Hochul launches a community college council meeting, Suffolk County Community College, Brookhaven Gym​, Alumni Room, 533 College Rd., Selden., Long Island.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio will hold public hearings for, and sign, ten pieces of legislation, Blue Room, City Hall.

From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host youth of all ages as they enjoy an evening of fun, music, candy and haunted festivities at his annual Pumpkinfest & Halloween Spooktacular, Claremont Neighborhood Center, 489 East 169th St., the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will march in the Park Slope Halloween Parade, 7th Ave & 14th St. to 344 5th Ave (J.J. Bryne Playground), Brooklyn.

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

Headlines…

Federal investigators have obtained a warrant to begin searching a large cache of emails belonging to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, law enforcement officials, as prosecutors and FBI agents scrambled under intense public pressure to assess their significance before Election Day.

Abedin spent the weekend holed up at her luxury New York apartment amid speculation that Clinton will finally be forced to sever her relationship with the woman she has long seen as her surrogate daughter.

“We of course stand by her,” her campaign chairman, John Podesta, said on Saturday when asked whether Abedin would step down from the campaign.

Clinton hasn’t asked Abedin what was on​ the computer that the FBI seized in its investigation of ​estranged hubby, ex-Rep. ​Anthony Weiner, according to the candidate’s campaign manager Robby Mook.

“Weiner.” The name became almost a curse word among senior Democrats over the past two days, as the disgraced congressman unexpectedly surfaced in the final stretch of the presidential contest. The news resurrected memories of previous Weiner scandals.

During a TWC News/NY1 debate last night between U.S. Sen Chuck Schumer and his GOP opponent, Wendy Long, Schumer pronounced himself “appalled” — at least four times — that the FBI director had disclosed that he was again looking into the matter of Clinton’s emails without yet knowing the significance of a newly discovered batch.

Long also criticized the FBI director, but also took things one step further by describing Weiner as Schumer’s “old protégé and friend.”

“I think it comes down to money,” Long told reporters after the debate of her still-unknown status before cracking a smile. “I wish if Chuck Schumer really hated money in politics that much and thought it was unfair, he could just write me a check for half of that $28 million and make it perfectly fair and we’d have a great race.”

Here’s a link to the full debate, which was held at Union College in Schenectady.

FBI agents investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state knew early this month that messages recovered in a separate probe might be germane to their case, but they reportedly waited weeks before briefing the FBI director.

Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate whom Schumer is in line to replace, accused the FBI director of violating federal law by showing favoritism to “one political party over another” by publicly stating that he had been made aware of new evidence in the Clinton email investigation.

Schumer is so confident of re-election that he is steering millions from his campaign coffers to shore up other Democrats so he can become the Senate majority leader, so far spending about $8 million from his campaign and joint fundraising accounts to assist various candidates.

Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the FBI. At least 21 million people have voted so far across the country.

Voters who haven’t yet settled on a candidate in the presidential election are more Republican-leaning as a group than Democratic, suggesting that Trump can make last-minute gains if he can persuade those voters to return to their home party.

Trump, the candidate at the top of the GOP ticket, may be hurting some other GOP candidates across the country, he appears to be helping NY-23 Rep. Tom Reed and other Republicans in his native New York. And that fact further narrows the Democrats’ already slim chance of winning the 30 or more seats they need to reclaim control of the House.

The NY Post profiles the NY-19 battle between Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso, saying it could determine which party controls the House next year.

The monumental traffic jam at the foot of the George Washington Bridge was never supposed to be Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s problem. As the federal trial of two of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s allies in the bridge scandal churns toward a verdict, however, the Hudson River has not proven to be an especially effective moat.

In the run-up to the Nov. 8 election that will determine party control of the New York State Senate, some influential and deep-pocketed companies, unions and trade groups are hedging their bets like gamblers nervous about the odds, giving money to both sides of the fight.

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The Weekend That Was

Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has plummeted to just a 2-point margin, according to a new national poll out Saturday conducted even before the FBI director said in a letter to Congress that new evidence had been discovered concerning Clinton’s improper use of a personal email server while secretary of state.

Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey’s decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Clinton’s private email server was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

Comey’s announcement raises an important legal question: Does expanding the FBI’s investigation from the unrelated case to the Clinton case violate the Fourth Amendment?

Clinton lashed out Saturday at the FBI’s handling of a new email review, leading a chorus of Democratic leaders who declared the bureau’s actions just days before the election “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.” Trump, meanwhile, seized on the reignited email controversy, hoping to raise new doubts about Clinton’s trustworthiness.

Trump surrogate and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the FBI “prematurely” wrapped up its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, arguing it’s “outrageous” that new emails linked to the probe have emerged.

This is the sentence, published in September by the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, that led to Clinton’s new FBI woes: “Anthony Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl during which she claims he asked her to dress up in ‘school-girl’ outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in ‘rape fantasies.'”

As Hillary Clinton presses for a return to the White House, so, too, does the Clinton inner circle — the family of aides and confidants that have at times strained the loyalty, patience and political judgment of the figures at its center.

With Clinton seemingly on the cusp of winning the White House, Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who once described himself as “a perpetually horny middle-aged man,” has pulled the candidate into another drama and tested her close relationship with Abedin herself.

Weiner is cooperating with feds investigating his sexting scandal — turning over his laptop to the FBI — even as Clinton has not bothered to ask Abedin what’s on the device she shared with him.

VP Joe Biden said he was “not a big fan” of Weiner even before his whole sexting scandal blew up, forcing him to resign from Congress.

At a rally in Ohio, Queens Rep. Greg Meeks vented his distress over Comey’s “unbelievable letter,” and darkly insinuated that the missive might have had political motivations.

Trump told a donor that his presidential bid diminished his net worth by a staggering $800 million — a figure he claimed he’ll recoup in mere months after the election.

Trump initially offered the vice-presidential running-mate slot to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie but then withdrew it, sources told the NY Post.

Richard Yuengling Jr., the owner of the Pennsylvania-based Yuengling & Son beer company, announced his support for Trump to please one of the GOP nominee’s sons. The state’s first openly gay state lawmaker subsequently called for gay bars to boycott of the company.

The Clintons ordered renovation work on a house next to their Westchester County home without acquiring the proper permits. The former first couple bought the ranch-style home next door to their own Chappaqua residence in August as a getaway for their daughter Chelsea and her family.

A year after Paul Ryan was elected House Speaker, Republicans are asking whether the party will need to hit the reset button on Nov. 9.

Saying Trump is “absolutely crazy,” former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, a Democrat turned Republican, is heading a list of New Yorkers called “Republicans for Hillary.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he isn’t choosing sides, but he gets Donald, saying the GOP nominee “behaves extravagantly of course, we see this, but I think there’s a reason for this. He represents part of U.S. society that’s tired of having the elite in power for decades.”

The New York Times endorsed in a number of House races, including: NY-1 (Anna Throne-Holst, Democrat); NY-3 (Tom Suozzi, Democrat); NY-19 (Zephyr Teachout, Democrat); and NY-24 (Rep. John Katko, a Republican). The paper also backed U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s re-election bid.

NY-21 Democratic candidate Mike Derrick released a new TV ad slamming his GOP opponent, Rep. Elise Stefanik, for supporting Trump when other Republican elected officials abandoned him.

More than $1.5 billion in funding has been awarded to New York State home and business owners since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city’s shorelines four years ago, Cuomo announced.

The de Blasio administration, reeling from the beating death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins, unveiled a joint effort with city schools to track abused kids. The Administration for Children’s Services will coordinate with the Department of Education and the NYPD to close some gaps that left kids at risk.

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who made sleek designs a centerpiece of his Tesla Motors electric cars, picked the Hollywood set of the “Desperate Housewives” television series to unveil SolarCity’s new solar roofs, which will be manufactured in Buffalo.

Assemblyman Charles Lavine, 69, of Glen Cove, said he has “some interest” in running for Nassau County executive next year, but will not make a decision until after the November general election, in which he is seeking a seventh term representing the 13th District.

The number of completely untaxed properties owned by government and non-profits has increased in New York — from 179,420 in 1999 to 219,602 last year, a 22 percent jump – which means those who are paying taxes are shouldering a bigger burden.

With a school bus strike looming, NYC Mayor de Blasio moved Saturday to allay the fears of parents and said a plan to deal with a walkout was in place. The city will offer students along the affected routes MetroCards and reimburse parents for the cost of car travel or car fare.

The NY Daily News takes a deep dive into the long and troubled relationship between de Blasio and Cuomo.

The mom of Sean Bell has penned a new book about her son, who was shot 50 times and killed by NYPD officers in 2006. Valerie Bell worked on writing “Just 23: Thoughts From a Mother” starting in 2007.

Niagara County Coroner Kenneth V. Lederhouse, one of four elected coroners in the county, said Friday he is resigning, effective at the end of the day Monday.

A commuter says a political message to support red light camera opponent Stephen Ruth was broadcast over Huntington’s Long Island Rail Road public address system last week — and the LIRR is investigating a similar complaint.

An audience member at the Metropolitan Opera sprinkled a powdery substance — what the police said may have been the ashes of his mentor — into the orchestra pit during an intermission of a performance on Saturday, setting off a police investigation and the cancellation of the rest of that opera and a production that evening.

Onondaga County’s plan to cut spending with retirement incentives saved about $7.7 million, but it wasn’t enough to avoid layoffs. The county will lay off 13 employees by Jan. 1, County Executive Joanie Mahoney said.

Tod “Doc” Mishler, an 80-year-old Bible-quoting horseman from Central New York, recently filed a legal claim demanding $50 million from New York City for his two horses, which were seized in June after Mishler rode one across the Outerbridge Crossing while pulling along the second one. The bridge connects Staten Island to New Jersey.

A Republican candidate to fill the job of Onondaga County elections commissioner – Danny Fitzpatrick, son of Onondaga County DA Bill Fitzpatrick – has released campaign videos in which he ridicules Democrats and suggests Syracuse is prone to Democratic voter fraud.

A former Syracuse priest, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, on Saturday became the first black woman to be elected to serve as a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.

Extras

The FBI will re-open its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, bureau director James Comey said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Comey said new emails have surfaced related to the closed investigation into whether Clinton or her aides had mishandled classified information – potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed heavily on the presidential campaign.

Federal law enforcement officials said the new emails uncovered were discovered after the FBI seized electronic devices belonging to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Trump is still refusing to donate a lot more money to his campaign, putting him at an overwhelming cash disadvantage to Clinton with less than two weeks to go before Election Day. Despite frequent promises to contribute $100 million to his campaign by Election Day, he gave just $31,000 in early October.

Noticeably absent from the list of contributors to Trump’s campaign is basically anyone with the last name Trump, many of the surrogates who represent the candidate on national television, and members of his own campaign staff.

Ryan Ng, a 17-year-old Staten Island high school student, has become a major behind-the-scenes influence on the presidential election by posting more than 100 edits on Clinton and Trump’s Wikipedia page.

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, a Hudson Valley Democrat, admitted he double-billed the state and his political campaign for thousands of dollars in travel expenses to conferences across the country, but blamed it on a bookkeeping mix-up while denying anything illegal occurred.

Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, who is married to a Mexican citizen, is using her union’s vast campaign machine to wage a personal fight against Trump.

FEC filings show NY-19 Democrat Zephyr Teachout has outraised her Republican opponent John Faso by relying largely on small donations from her activist base.

Sen. Marty Golden, a retired NYPD officer, declared that public sympathies have turned toward police officers and away from the headline-dominating protest movement, and also says he supports an effort in Albany to extend hate crime protections to cops.

NY-3 Democrat Tom Suozzi’s campaign is raising questions about who has paid for the campaign consultant and attorneys used by his Republican opponent, Sen. Jack Martins.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Sen. Brad Hoylman plan to introduce legislation that would legalize ballot selfies, which the state maintains are forbidden. The ban has sparked a lawsuit by voters.

EJ McMahon: “The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) will reduce its taxpayer-funded pension contribution rates for a third consecutive year in 2017-18, even though the pension fund’s investment returns came in well below its target rate in fiscal 2016.”

NY-21 Democratic candidate Mike Derrick has just $29.081 on hand heading into the final days of his congressional campaign.

Sales of units in high-end buildings owned by Trump have fallen off as a result of his presidential run.

The three candidates vying to replace retiring 54th Senate District Republican Mike Nozzoli exchanged barbs over campaign tactics during a forum last night.

Thirty-nine early-stage companies, including two on Long Island, have been welcomed into the Start-Up NY program. The companies will either launch in or relocate to “tax-free zones” at or near New York colleges and universities.

The bosses of the NYC police unions spent an hour behind closed doors with Police Commissioner James O’Neill this morning, where they reportedly roundly criticized his “rush to judgment” condemnation of the NYPD sergeant who fatally shot Deborah Danner in her Bronx apartment.

Here’s a photo of the moment Rep. Elise Stefanik’s now-fiancé, Matt Manda, popped the question in Lake Placid.

Bloomberg Tradebook hosted its fifth annual charity day yesterday with former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and celebrities taking to the phones to drum up trading commissions for charity.

Here and Now

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

At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul talks to students bout drug and alcohol abuse and presents a proclamation during a Red Ribbon Week pep rally, Waterfront Elementary, 95 4th St., Buffalo.

Also at 9 a.m., Pace University hosts former Inspector General and Senior Counsel for the National Security Agency Joel Brenner for a conversation on emerging threats to elections, financial markets and essential infrastructures, Schimmel Center, One Pace Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and NYC Public Advocate Tish James deliver keynote addresses at the CUNY annual Women’s Leadership Conference, themed “Attributes of Leadership: Pathways to Success,” Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Platter’s Chocolates expansion, Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.

Also at 10 a.m., Sens. Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman and Assembly Assistant Speaker Feliz Ortz present “In or Out: A Roundtable On Fossil Fuel Divestment,” a moderated discussion on the financial and fiduciary implications of divesting New York State’s pension fund from fossil fuels, Baruch College, 151 East 25th St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and NYC Councilman Andy King symbolically present The New York Public Library with funding to renovate the Wakefield Library, 4100 Lowerre Pl., the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on The Brian Lehrer Show at The Green Space at WNYC, and will be taking questions from listeners and audience members.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Brighton Fire Company and the 65th Emergency Response Regiment, New York Guard, will host a NY Prepare course and Opioid Overdose class, Brrighton Fire Company, 50 Jamaica Rd., Tonawanda.

Also at 10 a.m., the MTA board meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will release his annual report on the profitability of New York City’s securities industry during a conference call.

At noon, de Blasio will visit and thank firefighters at Engine 53 and Ladder 43, 1836 3rd Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon visits Chelsea Market to complete his annual carving of a giant pumpkin, this year carving 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary in pumpkin form, 75 9th Ave., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Sen. Tim Kennedy and IDC Leader Jeff Klein hold a roundtable discussion about the “child care subsidy crisis” in Erie County, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, 742 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Also at 12:30 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends the Sponge Park ribbon cutting, 150 2nd St., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Assemblyman Michael Blake, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Director Liz Glazer and others release new report: Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety, Harvard Club of New York City, 35 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., Sen. James Sanders Jr., hosts his Annual Hurricane Sandy Remembrance and Recovery Walk, Rockaway Beach at Beach 67th St., Queens.

At 5 p.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray host a “spooky Halloween party” at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., the second part of a two-part interview de Blasio conducted with Univision 41 airs.

Headlines…

A plane carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off a runway last night as it landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York in heavy rain. There were no reported injuries in the rough landing.

For months, reporters traveling aboard Pence’s campaign plane have joked about the hard, bone-shaking landings from small Iowa airports to major metropolitan hubs as the Republican vice presidential candidate has crisscrossed the country.

Pence, the governor of Indiana, could be seen shaking hands with first responders shortly after the incident. “So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!” he tweeted later.

Campaign spokesman Marc Loetter later told reporters that Pence had missed his fundraiser in New York City and was headed to his hotel for the night. Pence later called into his fundraiser being held at Trump Tower from the car in the motorcade as he drove into Manhattan.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for their first joint campaign appearance – an early-voting rally in Winston-Salem, NC at the Joel coliseum.

Having set aside the hard feelings of the 2008 primary between Clinton and her husband, Michelle Obama now sees the former secretary of State as the vessel for her husband’s legacy.

Vice President Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, a source familiar with the planning. The nominee’s team hasn’t yet told Biden this news, and they’re reportedly strategizing about how to approach him.

Clinton has more cash in the bank than Trump heading into the final days of the campaign, giving her a significant advantage for mobilizing voters and getting her message out.

Erica Garner took to Twitter yesterday morning to bash the Clinton campaign over the latest Wikileaks release that has an apparent email between Clinton staffers that mentions her and her father.

The leaked emails have painted an unexpectedly detailed portrait of the Clintons’ guarded and private daughter, Chelsea, as she set about her goal, as she explained in one email, of “protecting my father and the nonprofit status of the foundation.”

A woman has come forward to allege that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her 17 years ago at a Washington dinner party

President Barack Obama’s four-day golf trip with Tiger Woods in 2013 cost taxpayers more than $3.6 million, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Americans in the health insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.

Trump says he hand-picked only the best to teach success at Trump University. But dozens of those hired by the company had checkered pasts — including serious financial problems and even convictions for cocaine trafficking or child molestation, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Returning to his native Queens last night for a county Democratic dinner, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ripped into another politician born in the borough — Trump – saying “you can’t be from Queens and spew the venom that the man spews.”

For U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Nov. 8 election carries extra weight because he is poised to become the Senate’s top Democrat next year. If the Democrats win control of the Senate, he would become majority leader, one of the most powerful figures in Washington, D.C.

The teenage son of Schumer’s opponent, Wendy Long, was expelled from a tony Manhattan private school for chanting a rap lyric that included a racial slur and directing that chant to an African-American student. Long said her son wasn’t treated fairly, and his expulsion demonstrated the county “is being subsumed by political correctness.”

A company contracted by Amazon that failed to deliver on pay day must pony up $100,000 to more than 100 workers, according to a settlement announced by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Extras

New York economic development officials agreed to spend $1.1 million on the production of “Asher,” a low-budget movie Ron Perlman’s company plans to make in the coming months, even though it is not required to create even one permanent job.

The idea of starting a Donald Trump TV network was reportedly first suggested during the Republican presidential primary by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for Clinton in critical battleground states, as well as signs of strength in traditionally Republican territory.

Internal campaign emails published by WikiLeaks show Hillary Clinton’s campaign staffers discussed whether to address the death of Eric Garner in an op-ed about gun violence, while also noting there may be “issues” with Garner’s daughter, Erica.

An anonymous senior adviser to the Trump campaign says the GOP nominee’s operation has three “voter suppression” drives intended to lower the vote for and provide a path to victory for the GOP nominee.

Closing arguments in the case of two former Chris Christie aides who shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were delayed today because of a mysterious “legal issue” that puzzled reporters and spectators who have followed the federal trial. More here.

Cuomo’s chief of staff Melissa DeRosa and her husband, Matthew Wing, a former Cuomo spokesman, just bought a Brooklyn Heights co-op for $2.2 million.

With just one vote short of being unanimous, the Public Employees Federation’s executive board today approved the contract offer with the state which carries three years worth of 2 percent raises and no give-backs.

Cuomo’s plan to eliminate toll booths is not getting an easy pass. MTA board members, including the NYC DOT commissioner, have raised concerns over funding sources and implementation of the plan to automate tolling at all agency bridges and tunnels.

Hempstead’s town supervisor moved to fire all seven members of the town’s IDA over tax breaks the board granted to Green Acres Mall that have contributed to hundreds of dollars in tax increases for Valley Stream residents.

A new emotion is taking hold among some Trump supporters as they grapple with reports predicting that he will lose the election: a dark fear about what will happen if their candidate is denied the White House.

Clinton said her endorsement from Adele “meant a lot to me.”

After losing a legislative battle last week, Airbnb is going after an upstate Republican senator – Sue Serino – who voted to make illegal short-term apartment rental advertisements in New York City.

The sodium warning now dotting menu boards across NYC can’t accomplish what the health department hopes and be constitutional at the same time, according to the latest brief filed by the National Restaurant Association, which is seeking to have the new regulations revoked.

The surge of record-breaking rain last week broke a sewer pipe near Onondaga Lake, spilling at least 7 million gallons of raw sewage into the lake.

RIP Robert Maurer, a former executive deputy commissioner for the state Education Department, who died Sunday. He was 73.

RIP Maggi Peyton, who for more than 40 years was the very model of the quintessential and indispensable behind-the-scenes New York City political aide. She died at her Manhattan home yesterday at the age of 82.

A massive fire destroyed an Upper East Side apartment building, killing one and injuring five early this morning.

A supreme court judge is suing the Kings County Democratic Party for defamation.

Congratulations to Rep. Elise Stefanik and her now-finance, Matt Manda, on their engagement.