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Standing on the steps of the Alabama state capitol building, Kayla Moore, the wife of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, defended her husband at a “Women For Moore” event from multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and said he will not quit the race.

TED, the non-profit famous for turning short speeches by leading figures into viral videos, has been grappling with complaints of sexual harassment at its trademark conference.

Philippe Reins, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, blasted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for saying that Bill Clinton should’ve resigned after his relationship with an intern was revealed during his presidency.

“It’s difficult to overstate the potential significance of Gillibrand’s response to the question about the former president…it could reverberate for years for Gillibrand and possibly for longer for the Clintons.”

TV and radio host Leeann Tweeden has now received three apologies from Sen. Al Franken, two public and one private. She says she has accepted his apologizes, and she’s not calling on him to resign.

As Democratic and Republican senators alike condemn Franken and call for an ethics committee investigation into his behavior, several women who have worked for the Minnesota Democrat are defending him.

Republican political operative Roger Stone knew that a news anchor would accuse Franken of sexual assault. “Let’s just say Sen. Franken’s time in the barrel is about to come,” Stone, a longtime Trump associate, told The Daily Caller over text early Thursday morning, hours before Tweeden came out with her claims.

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, 76, disclosed publicly that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

Democratic women are running for office with increasing frequency and also contributing more campaign cash.

A mayoral panel debating the future of New York City’s controversial monuments like the statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan heard public testimony today about which should stay, which should go, and how to grapple with the divisive legacy of historical figures.

Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave POLITICO an epic exit interview.

A former campaign aide to Trump, Sam Nunberg, says he made up a story about Christie fetching the billionaire McDonald’s to embarrass him.

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci and County Executive Joanie Mahoney appear to be using a federal discrimination lawsuit – in which they are ostensibly on the same side – to divulge embarrassing information about each other. At least, that’s what their lawyers told the court.

An at-large voting system for electing members to the East Ramapo school board — long dominated by Orthodox Jews whose children attend private yeshivas — has prevented public school parents who are largely black and Latino from electing candidates of their choice, according to a lawsuit filed by NYCLU.

Senators said that Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, had failed to turn over some documents Congress sought as it investigates Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.

In a joint appearance, Reps. Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat, and Peter King, a Republican, two opponents to the GOP tax bill that passed the House Thursday, said the Senate is unlikely to restore state and local tax deductions, which could cost Long Islanders $2.5 billion annually.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan went on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson to defend the decision to declare Albany a sanctuary city, saying the addition of immigrants injects vibrancy and money into the city.

For the first time in New York State, a defendant has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing someone by selling him drugs.

The Thruway Authority launched a free app that features an interactive map that tracks your position on the 570-mile superhighway and provides traffic alerts, links to traffic cameras, and the location of exits, park-and-ride lots and service areas.

Swedish researchers found that people with dogs, especially the unmarried, have fewer heart problems than those who don’t.

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

President Donald Trump will host NCAA National Championship teams from around the country, and then have lunch with VP Mike Pence. In the afternoon, the president will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Pence will participate this morning in a meeting with Gov. Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pence will then meet with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan, followed by a meeting with Vice President Oscar Naranjo of Colombia.

In the afternoon, the VP will have lunch with Trump.

At 8 a.m., the Queens College Business Forum Breakfast features a panel of health care industry leaders to discuss the state of the industry, including President and CEO of Public Health Solutions Lisa David, President and CEO of EmblemHealth Karen Ignagni, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera and New York-Presbyterian Hospital Vice President Kate Spaziani, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

At 8:15 a.m., Reps. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, and Pete King, a Republican, will speak about the tax reform legislation that passed the House, and eliminated the state and local tax deduction, Long Island Association breakfast, 300 Broadhollow Rd., Melville.

At 8:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, United Nations, Delegate Room, 4th Floor, Manhattan.

At 9:45 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and representatives from Allegiant will be at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) for the inaugural flight to Punta Gorda, Florida,

At 10 a.m., the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers will hold its first public hearing, Queens Borough Hall, Atrium, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Hochul, the Girl Scouts of Greater NY and local elected officials call for the passage of a federal Equal Rights Amendment, Fearless Girl statue, Bowling Green, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Assemblymember Phil Steck will be participating in a discussion hosted by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on single payer healthcare in New York, 106 New Scotland Ave., Albany.

At noon, the Doe Fund is joined by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the city Housing Authority, the city Human Resources Administration and development partners for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of an affordable housing development, 1420 Crotona Park E., Bronx.

At 1 p.m., NYC Helmets to Hardhats hosts its Fifth Annual 2017 Awards Luncheon, Sheraton Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul accepts the “Pioneer of the Year” Award from the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY during its anniversary gala, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., Manhattan.

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Central New York’s two members of Congress – Reps. Claudia Tenney and John Katko – faced immediate backlash after their votes for the Republican tax bill that passed the House. They, along with Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed were two of just four New York members to vote “yes.”

“This bill is poison for New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “For any New York representative to vote for this bill that they know is targeted at New York violates their oath. It really does. It’s treasonous. It’s modern day Benedict Arnold.”

Three of the four New York Republicans who voted for the measure said they had not spoken to Cuomo, despite the fact he said he had spoken to “all” of the state’s GOP members. The one who had, Reed, said the governor was “outright lying” about their conversation.

Cuomo’s spokesman, Richard Azzopardi, acknowledged that the governor had not spoken to Collins or Tenney about the so-called SALT deduction, saying: “The governor’s point was the Republican Congress members he spoke to said they were under pressure from their political leadership to vote yes.”

The bill passed with 227 Republican votes. Thirteen GOP members and all the Democrats voted “no.”

Thanks to a compromise engineered in part by Reed, the House bill limits the so-called SALT deduction to the first $10,000 of property taxes instead of ending the deduction entirely, as the Senate measure would do. Reed vowed to try to preserve what’s left of the SALT deduction if the Senate passes its tax legislation and a conference committee tries to hammer out a final deal.

Tenney said she made her decision to vote “yes” after weeks of intense lobbying by House Republican leaders, culminating with a 14-minute phone call Wednesday afternoon from Vice President Mike Pence.

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved its $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal late last night after four days of markup. The vote was 14-12, along party lines. The full Senate is expected to take action on the measure after the Thanksgiving break.

President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct himself by numerous women, blasted Al Franken on Twitter over allegations the former SNL comic groped and forcibly kissed a woman during a USO tour in 2006, calling the senator “Al Frankenstein.”

Leeann Tweeden, a former Playboy Playmate-turned-radio host, nicknamed Franken “Fish Lips” after he forcibly mashed his “wet and slimy” lips on her face, then stuck his tongue down her throat during a 2006 USO tour, she revealed.

Franken apologized and faced a likely Senate ethics investigation – supported by both his fellow Democrats and Republicans – for his actions during the USO tour.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, said President Bill Clinton should have resigned from the Oval Office after news broke of his infamous affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Gillibrand’s spokesman later clarified that the senator was trying to express that if the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal had happened now, Bill Clinton would’ve felt more pressure to resign.

Of the accusations about Franken, Gillibrand said she believes his accuser, adding: “It’s very disturbing. I was very disappointed. But it’s important that survivors are coming out and speaking truth to power and telling their stories.”

Gillibrand is one of several Democratic elected officials who have said they will donate campaign cash they received from Franken’s PAC to charity.

Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore’s campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring “let the battle begin,” while women’s advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled U.S. Senate bid alive.

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Michael Imperioli, known for his roles on The Sopranos and Goodfellas, will play Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an upcoming Showtime dramatization of the Dannemora prison break.

The House of Representatives approved a $1.5 trillion tax plan, but the package has key differences with one that’s backed by Senate Republicans.

This year’s Christmas tree for the Empire State Plaza was delivered on Thursday, making a short trip from Latham.

A mistrial has been declared in a corruption case involving the former head of the city’s correction officers’ union.

Ditto in the corruption trial for New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez.

Tenants in a Brooklyn Heights apartment building are suing the family of President Trump’s son in law.

Queens City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley on Thursday conceded defeat in her re-election to a third term.

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that police will now need to secure an eavesdropping warrant to track cell phones of criminal suspects.

A fifth person faces murder charges in the death of an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

There’s a whole lot of construction happening in New York City. The Department of Buildings issued almost 89,000 construction permits over the last two quarters, a record high.

More than 350 college professors from across the country have signed an open letter encouraging students to avoid attending the University of Rochester in the wake of sexual harassment claims against a U of R professor.

Utility companies Rochester Gas and Electric and NYSEG face millions of dollars in fines for their response to the March 2017 windstorm that left 171,000 of their customers without power.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back in New York after a rare, overnight trip to California, fundraising with Hollywood executives whose industry has benefited from New York’s $420 million film tax credit program.

In January, former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo will go on trial for corruption. The federal case against nine defendants was so complex it was split into two separate trials.

Come January, 51 members of the city council will vote on its new leader. Four years ago, the mayor played a crucial role in that process. What is his plan this time?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released a public schedule for the day, but sources say he might be traveling to WNY.

President Donald Trump this morning will give remarks to the House Republican Conference at the Capitol, and then return to the White House.

A vote is expected today in the House on that chamber’s version of a tax reform bill.

At 8 a.m., City & State and the Daily News host the 2017 Politics of Food conference, New York Institute of Technology, 1871 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 8 a.m., Crain’s New York Business hosts its Health Care Summit on diabetes, Sheraton New York Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., the Manhattan Borough Board holds its November meeting, 1 Centre St., 19th floor S., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., state Sen. James Sanders Jr. and the state Senate MWBE Task Force host a public forum on minority- and women-owned business enterprises, 250 Broadway, 19th floor, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Health Department’s Community Services Board holds its quarterly full board meeting, 42-09 28th St., Queens.

At 9:45 a.m., Reps. Lee Zeldin, Pete King, John Faso and Dan Donovan will speak about their opposition to the proposed tax plan, House Gallery Studio B, Washington, D.C.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Board Room, 12th floor, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Lynne Patton, regional administrator for HUD, the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the NYC Housing Development Corp., NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and others join Project Renewal at a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on Bedford Green House, 2880 Jerome Ave., Bronx.

At 10:30 a.m., the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey meets, 4 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the NYC Commission on Human Rights is joined by New Yorkers with criminal histories to announce enforcement actions against local and national employers for violations of the city’s Fair Chance Act, 2976 Northern Blvd., Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mark Levine will be joined by several of his colleagues and members of the Bus Turnaround Coalition to further call attention to New York City’s other transit crisis -the bus system, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., the board of directors of the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp. conducts its monthly meeting, The Brisbane Building, 403 Main St., Buffalo.

At 11:30 a.m., the WNY Women’s Foundation’s press conference with LG Kathy Hochul, Mount Mercy Academy, 88 Red Jacket Pkwy., Buffalo.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the 2017 New York Journalism Hall of Fame honors journalists who will receive Hall of Fame medals and speak about their careers during the luncheon ceremony, Sardi’s Restaurant, 234 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., local residents and leaders of Crown Heights hold a press conference in opposition of the Bedford Union Armory plan before the NYC Council hearing, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy, ally organizations and local residents will gather at the site of two new proposed fracked gas turbines to call on Cuomo to halt the proposal and reissue a request for proposals for renewable energy solutions, 79 Sheridan Ave., Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, victim advocates, law enforcement and a “revenge porn” survivor hold a press conference to tout passage of a bill that will criminalize revenge porn in New York City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets and supporters rally to demand New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito allow a vote on a bill regarding the city’s carriage horses, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will announce the takedown of an organized crime ring, AG’s Buffalo Regional Office, Main Place Tower, Suite 300A, 350 Main St., Buffalo.

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

At 2 p.m., the Public Service Commission holds its next regular session, 19th Floor Board Room, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 3:30 p.m., Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council host the inaugural alumni gathering of former City Council members, City Hall, Red Room, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., the national Association for Hispanic Healthcare Executives holds its 2017 Annual Healthcare Forum Panel, Northwell Health/Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital, Corwin Hall, 210 E. 64th St., Manhattan.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts his annual Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration, Bronx Community College, 2155 University Ave., the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., Mark-Viverito and the New York City Department of Education host a panel discussion for parents on cyberbullying and school bullying, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m. , the New York Building Congress hosts its 2017 Industry Recognition Gala, Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez gives a keynote address and the EPA presents an overview and timeline at a town hall on the Gowanus Superfund site, Wyckoff Gardens Community Center, 272 Wyckoff St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6:30 p.m., New America NYC and NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research host a panel on the Trump administration, featuring WIN President and CEO Christine Quinn, MoveOn.org senior adviser Karine Jean-Pierre and Salamishah Tillet, associate professor at UPenn, 35 E. 21st St., Manhattan.

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Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party’s tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders.

Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee and John McCain of Arizona also voiced concerns, but refused to say whether they would ultimately vote for the bill.

Passage of a similar package seems certain today in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they expected to be steamrolled by a GOP frantic to claim its first major legislative victory of the year.

Reps. John Faso and Claudia Tenney announced their positions on the bill yesterday – he’s a “no,” while she’s “leaning yes.”

Hillary Clinton warned that if Trump directs his Justice Department to investigate her role in a 2010 sale of a uranium company, it would be “such an abuse of power” and “a disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department.”

Ivanka Trump believes “there’s a special place in hell” for people who do the things that GOP U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore is accused of, and she has “no reason to doubt” the women who say they’ve his victims.

Alabama’s increasingly bizarre Senate race was convulsed again as four more women came forward to describe encounters with Moore, and the candidate’s campaign sharply questioned the credibility of another accuser.

Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier, who testified that two sitting members of Congress have engaged in sexual harassment, said she isn’t identifying them because the victims don’t want the lawmakers named publicly.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office has been in touch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s people about getting a hold of “The Creep List” – a word-of-mouth roster of lawmakers who act inappropriatiely – if such a thing actually exists.

The Trump administration announced it will allow the trophies of legally hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported to the U.S., reversing an Obama-era ban.

Trump got his wish when the three UCLA basketball players busted in China for shoplifting thanked him for his help in getting them home.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has reversed itself and is allowing DACA applicants whose renewal permits were rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their paperwork.

State and local officials had plenty of warning that the West Side bike path was vulnerable to a terror attack like the one that left eight people dead on Halloween, sources told The NY Post.

The MTA is poised to adopt a $16.1 billion budget for 2018 that continues an infusion of resources into NYC’s delay-plagued subway system. Fares and tolls, which rose in March, will remain stable, but are still scheduled to increase an average of 4 percent in 2019 and 2021.

Facing declining ridership and rising costs, the MTA will need new revenue sources to avoid its planned fare and toll hike in 2019 and to fight widening budget gaps, officials said.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota was caught on a hot mic dropping an F-bomb during a board meeting.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, introduced legislation that aims to overhaul the way sexual harassment is treated on Capitol Hill, as fresh stories of misconduct involving sitting members of Congress have rocked Washington this week.

Former White House advisor Steve Bannon is still in Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s corner.

Richard Cordray, a target of the banking industry and Republicans in Congress, announced that he would step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of the month.

Rep. John Katko said he intends to vote for a sweeping Republican tax overhaul bill tomorrow, rejecting pleas from Cuomo to vote for the interests of New York over his party.

Rep. Lee Zeldin said “that creepy Roy Moore dude” should quit a crucial U.S. Senate race in Alabama in favor of someone “who doesn’t prey upon young teenage girls.”

House Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Adriano Espaillat, of the Bronx, announced a new impeachment push against Trump, citing “definite violations” of the U.S. Constitution and “threats” to democracy.

Three longtime colleagues of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross filed a lawsuit against him and his old private equity shop WL Ross & Co., accusing Ross and the firm of charging millions in improper fees and taking the money for themselves.

MTA chairman Joe Lhota defended his continuing position as a registered lobbyist, but said he has not lobbied since he was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to head the mass transit system.

The MTA and the city’s transit union inked a deal that will create hundreds of “customer service ambassador” posts throughout Big Apple subway stations.

Common Cause New York sent a letter to New York State Authorities Budget Office, asking it to probe Lhota, who is registered to lobby on behalf of NYU Hospitals Center.

Cuomo won’t appoint an interim Suffolk County District Attorney to finish former DA Tom Spota’s term through the end of the year. Instead, he will allow Chief Assistant DA Emily Constant to run the office until Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini takes over on January 1.

“(I)t is clear that efforts to dismantle the so-called Independent Democratic Conference — either forcing its eight members to rejoin the mainline Democrats, or attempting to defeat them in primaries next year — are building, and with them pressure on the governor.”

Growth in New York manufacturing activity slowed by more than anticipated in the month of November, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The Empire Center today released its annual “Benchmarking New York” report, comparing and ranking government tax, spending and debt levels for hundreds of counties, towns, cities and villages throughout the state.

New York has found a way to tax you even after you die.

The weather has been cooperating and the snow guns have been blasting, which means there will be skiing in New York, and elsewhere before the traditional Thanksgiving starting time this year (there is already some skiing in neighboring Vermont).

Legoland opponents, seeking to block the sale of town-owned lands for the proposed $500 million theme park in the Town of Goshen, won a round in court this week, with an appellate court granting a restraining order on the sale of the nine acres for the park.

When Jimmy Kimmel’s team hit the streets of Los Angeles, they found an alarming number of people who wanted to impeach Hillary Clinton – even though she is not president.

PSLA at Fowler High School on Friday will begin testing students and staff who were exposed to a person in the school with an active case of tuberculosis.

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, but Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says that half are bound for bankruptcy in the next few decades.

My Dad, Gerald Benjamin, talks about life after losing the con-con vote, whether you were with him or against him, you’ve got to admit: The man worked his butt off for a cause he believed in wholeheartedly. I am beyond proud.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back from his California fundraising trip and in New York City with no public schedule.

President Donald Trump is in D.C. with no public schedule.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Austin, Texas, where the VP, joined by Gov. Greg Abbott, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and FEMA Administrator Brock Long, will participate in a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts at the FEMA Joint Field Office.

Pence will then deliver remarks at the 2017 Republican Governors Association Annual Conference before the couple returns to D.C. in the evening.

At 8 a.m., the board of trustees of the State University of New York and its committees meet, 116 E. 55th St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilman Mark Treyger, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and other elected officials unveil new legislation that would make it explicitly illegal for law enforcement officials to have any sexual contact with someone in their custody, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., the executive committee of the board of trustees of the NYC Board of Education Retirement System participates in a common investment meeting of the New York City pension systems, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Tax Equity Now New York will hold a media availability immediately following a hearing at the New York State Supreme Courthouse, 60 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes a jobs announcement, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, 161 Wilson Laboratory, Synchrotron Dr., Ithaca.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sens. Marty Golden and Terrence Murphy hold a hearing to investigate NYC Employees’ Retirement System’s high rate of accidental disability retirement denials for claimants who have 9/11 related illnesses, 250 Broadway, 19th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the southeast corner of 32nd Street and Third Avenue is co-named Ms. Magazine Way on the 45th anniversary of the publication’s existence, featuring NYC Councilwomen Rosie Mendez and Helen Rosenthal, Gloria Steinem, state Sen. Liz Krueger and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the de Blasio administration releases the Housing New York 2.0 plan, laying out new tools and programs to build and preserve affordable homes for 300,000 New York families, up from the previously announced goal of 200,000 homes, 1561 Walton Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, state Sen. Marisol Alcantara and Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa hold a press conference to announce that the council’s Transportation Committee will be voting on the Hit and Run Alert System bill in honor of all the victims that have lost their lives by reckless drivers, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul highlights NYS investment and upstate job creation during a tour of Chicone Cabinet Makers, 302 West South St., Montour Falls.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul participates in a Finger Lakes Economic Development Roundtable, Hampton Inn, Empire Room, 110 Mace St., Penn Yan.

At 4:30 p.m., the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding holds its sixth annual Innovation Exchange, focusing on Trump’s first year in office, and immigration, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

At 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. gives opening remarks at the NYPD Hispanic Federation and the New York State Shields’ event to raise money to buy new equipment for Puerto Rico’s first responders following Hurricane Maria, Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back on the immediate need for a second special counsel to investigate former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Sessions testified during a marathon appearance before the House Judiciary Committee that he recalls a meeting with a Trump campaign adviser at which the adviser spoke about contacts with Russians, after testifying earlier this year he knew of no such contacts.

House Republicans’ tax reform bill is set to reach the floor with no amendments, despite a push from some conservatives to include a repeal of the individual mandate. A debate is expected to begin today, with a vote to follow tomorrow.

U.S. Senate Republicans have decided to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people have health insurance into the sprawling tax rewrite, merging the fight over health care with the high-stakes effort to cut taxes.

Rep. John Faso said in a telephone town hall last night that he remains undecided about how he’ll vote on Republican tax overhaul legislation, with the House expected to take up its version of the later this week.

Rep. Peter King said the New Yorkers’ proposed SALT compromise — retain the deduction for four years for everyone, keep it after that for those who earn $400,000 or less annually — didn’t fly with GOP leaders. “They think they have the votes,” King said. “So there was no hint of compromise.”

Steve Louro, a Republican donor who hosted an event for Trump at his Long Island home last year, abruptly quit his post as regional finance chairman for the state’s Republican Party over objections to the Republican-led tax bill advancing through Congress, which he called a “disgrace.”

Trump declared the devastation brought this year by Lake Ontario flooding a major disaster, enabling FEMA to work with New York State to help provide aid to municipalities that have been affected by the flooding.

Monroe and Cayuga counties were omitted from a part of the disaster declaration that reimburses local governments for the money spent to address the flooding. Neither county met the spending threshold needed to qualify for public assistance, a FEMA spokesperson said.

California Rep. Jackie Speier, who testified that current members of Congress are known sex harassers, said during a subsequent TV interview that $15 million in hush money has been paid to accusers over the past 10 to 15 years.

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore railed against the media as the Alabama Republican finds himself under increasing pressure due to a spate of sexual misconduct allegations.

Taking the pulpit at a Baptist revival at a south Alabama church, Moore quoted lengthy Bible passages and made only passing reference to the allegations against him of sexual misconduct with teenagers.

A pastor in Alabama said he received a voice mail from an individual falsely claimed to be a reporter with The Washington Post and seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Moore in exchange for money.

The White House is considering economist Mohamed El-Erian as one of several candidates to potentially to serve as the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman.

Trump is expected to spend next week’s Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is shopping a new book on his (very brief) time in politics.

Many New York private colleges and universities that enroll mostly in-state students saw their numbers of undergraduates drop this fall, in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s scholarship push at public institutions.

Some private colleges are taking or considering dramatic steps to better compete with the powerful allure of free tuition.

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US AG Jeff Sessions said there was “not enough basis” to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, a day after reports surfaced that the attorney general had authorized senior prosecutors at the Department of Justice to evaluate an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation.

Sessions also angrily denounced accusations that he had intentionally misled members of Congress about any Russian interference in the presidential campaign.

Contrary to his previous statements, Sessions said he told George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, not to talk to Russia or other foreign governments at a 2016 meeting.

U.S. Senate Republican leaders are changing their tax bill to include a repeal of a key plank of the Affordable Care Act, a major alteration as they now try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation.

House Republicans will vote on their tax reform bill on Thursday, aiming to take the most concrete step yet toward overhauling the American tax system.

Rep. Elise Stefanik says she intends to vote “no” this week on a GOP bill to overhaul the tax code, becoming the latest New York Republican to split with their party on the measure. Still undecided (or, at least, unannounced): Reps. Claudia Tenney, John Faso and John Katko.

Trump’s Budget Director balked at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s argument that Republican tax reform plans could drive wealthy New Yorkers out of the state, leaving the remaining less-wealthy residents to pay a greater share of state taxes.

Authorities say a series of shootings in rural Northern California left five people dead, including the shooter, and that two children were among the wounded.

The sexual harassment spotlight reached Capitol Hill today as the House held a hearing to discuss how it handles misconduct, and Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier discussed just how prevalent cases are in Congress.

As a result of the hearing, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan said the chamber will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and staff.

A Manhattan federal jury said it is deadlocked in the bribery trial of ex-​jail guards union boss Norman Seabrook after four days of deliberations.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg said London will remain Europe’s financial center for the foreseeable future and keep its position alongside New York as one of the world’s dominant trading capitals, even though Brexit – which he deemed “dumb” – will reduce its growth.

The online petition to change the name of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is being derided as a partisan effort by the governor’s office.

An application for a second charter middle school in Mount Vernon was rejected today by the Board of Regents, while five new charters were approved for NYC.

New York City Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann and eight other senior DOC officials were fined for misusing their city-owned cars, six months after an investigation into misuse of vehicles forced then-Commissioner Joseph Ponte to resign.

Tenants of a second building owned by the company of Jared Kushner’s family filed a lawsuit over rent that they say is inflated illegally.

The new head of the New York State Democratic Party — a former staffer for former President Barack Obama — plans to build on recent Democratic victories across the country by winning Republican seats and uniting two rival Democratic caucuses in the state Senate.

Cuomo’s decision to allow New Yorkers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to use medical was intended to help veterans, but advocates say the shift could be life-changing for many more people in the state.

Nassau Legislator Laura Curran has more than a month to go before she is sworn in as Nassau’s new county executive, but the Baldwin Democrat already has police detectives driving her to and from county offices and providing security at her house.

Jimmy Fallon has returned to “The Tonight Show” after taking a week off to grieve the death of his mother, former Saugerties resident Gloria Fallon.

A popular snowmobiling route located in one of the prime snowmobiling areas upstate was slated to be closed this winter, due in part to hard feelings between the property owner and the town of Redfield in Oswego County. But things have changed, thanks to the intervention of local state lawmakers.

A Syracuse couple is accused of tricking vulnerable homeowners into signing over deeds to their homes while leaving victims stuck with the mortgage, according to a lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Some Rochester-area residents say they were issued traffic and parking tickets from Nassau County, though they’ve never been here.

Multiple SUNY New Paltz police officers allegedly slept on the job and falsified timesheets, according to a complaint received by the state Inspector General’s office in April.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California for a political fundraising trip. He’ll return to NYC tomorrow evening.

President Donald Trump has concluded his 12-day, five-country Asia trip and is back in the US.

Vice President Mike Pence will meet this morning with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green.

Later in the day, Pence will deliver remarks at the Wall Street Journal’s 10th Annual CEO Council Meeting.

Jury deliberations continue in the federal corruption trial of ex-NYC corrections officers union boss Norman Seabrook.

At 8 a.m., the Queens College Business Forum Breakfast features a panel of health care industry leaders to discuss the state of the industry, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

At 9 a.m., the Partnership for the Public Good will release a report highlighting marijuana prohibition enforcement practices in Buffalo and their disparate impact on communities of color, Overflow Cafeteria at ECMC, 462 Grider St., Buffalo.

At 10 a.m., the MTA Board meets, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sen. Tony Avella co-sponsors a forum with the CUNY School of Law and the Center for Urban Environmental Reform on the Climate and Community Protection Act, 2 Court Square W., Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Andy King joins NYC Public Advocate Letitia James for the unveiling of her annual Worst Landlords List, Foley Square, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Highland School Apartments Ribbon Cutting, 105 Highland Ave., Tonawanda.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Board of Regents meets, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 1 p.m., state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Assemblyman Walter Mosley, Public Advocate James and NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo object to NYC Department of Education imposed changes planned for Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, DOE headquarters, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., the board of trustees of the State University of New York and its committees meet, 116 E. 55th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., nearly 350 business, technology, real estate and civic leaders participate in the 30th annual Long Island City Awards Gala, hosted by the Long Island City Partnership, Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., state Sen. Liz Krueger holds a public forum on the Reproductive Health Act, featuring Assemblywoman Deborah Glick as a panelist, CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 6:40 p.m., Hochul addresses women in leadership at Take the Lead Day: Powertopia Symposium Reception, Helen Mills Theater, 137 West 26th St., Manhattan.

At 6:55 p.m., Rep. John Faso will host a live meeting on the current tax reform proposal, registered participants will be receiving a call at the time of the event with instructions about how to log in.

At 7 p.m., Assemblyman William Colton hosts a Veterans’ Night along with NYC Councilman Mark Treyger, 29 Bay 25th St., Brooklyn.

At 7:30 p.m., Hochul recognizes local businesses at the Long Island City Partnership 30th Annual Awards Gala, Melrose Ballroom, 30-08 33rd St., Long Island City, Queens.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering naming a special counsel to lead an investigation into a list of matters involving Hillary Clinton, according to a letter the Justice Department sent to the House Judiciary Committee.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he had no clue that the head of the Democratic National Committee had considered recruiting him to replace Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

Clinton hit Midtown to support the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program at an adolescent mental health summit. The funding for the program ran out in September after Congress failed to reauthorize it.

Donald Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, and the presidential son appears to have acted on requests made by the Kremlin-connected transparency organization, according to a new report.

Local mayors from across New York are the latest to join a chorus of opposition to federal Republican tax plans that call for elimination of state and local tax deductions.

Reps. Tom Reed and Brian Higgins, a Republican and Democrat, respectively, from WNY, have found themselves at the center of the tax reform debate in D.C.

Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the U.S. Senate Republican tax overhaul actually would increase taxes for some 13.8 million moderate-income American households, a bipartisan analysis showed.

Embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore regularly hung out at an Alabama shopping mall, flirting with teenaged girls and much younger women, local residents said.

Moore grabbed the neck of a 16-year-old girl and tried to force her head into his crotch after offering her a ride home from work in the 1970s, the tearful victim said yesterday.

Senate Republicans are now openly discussing not seating Moore or expelling him if he wins the Dec. 12 special election.

As the nation at large deals with lurid stories of sexual harassment, Congress is only beginning to grapple with tales of sexual aggression that have long been fixtures of work life on Capitol Hill. A hearing on the subject is scheduled to take place today.

The rush to get tax reform done in D.C. – particularly on the business side, where the most sweeping changes are planned — is alarming tax specialists who warn that new and unforeseen complexity, loopholes and glitches could come back to haunt tax collectors and taxpayers.

The New York State Police will take over the investigation of a domestic violence incident in which the wife of Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse called 911 last week and reported that her husband grabbed her neck and threw her to the ground.

Republican WNY Assemblyman Ray Walter tangled at length with the state’s economic development czar, Howard Zemsky, over the level of credit taken by Cuomo in the Buffalo area’s employment health.

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Former VP Joe Biden says he hasn’t made up his mind about White House bid in 2020, but when Megyn Kelly noted “the blue-collar Rust Belt-ers you need to win already love (Trump),” Biden shot back: “They love me more.”

Biden has insisted that under no circumstances would he have agreed to replace Hillary Clinton last year as the Democratic presidential nominee running against Trump.

One of Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees – Brett J. Talley – did not disclose on publicly available congressional documents that he is married to a senior lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office.

Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of three UCLA men’s basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament last week.

Some conservatives are destroying their Keurig coffee machines in protest of the company pulling ads from Sean Hannity’s show over his coverage of the sexual misconduct allegations levied at Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Keurig CEO Bob Gamgort said the company didn’t intend to take sides in an “emotionally charged debate,” and criticized his company’s decision to tweet about withdrawing the ads.

Moore responded to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for Moore to “step aside,” by saying that McConnell is the one who should do so.

A fifth Moore accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, says he sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and 16. She held a news conference today with attorney Gloria Allred.

Moore’s wife, Kayla, said that the women accusing her husband of initiating inappropriate relationships with them as children have been paid by his critics to come forward.

DNC Chair Tom Perez is pledging to make the party’s primary process fairer and more transparent in the wake of the deeply divisive 2016 nominating contest between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders pledged to vigorously oppose Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, denouncing his ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

General Electric Co. CEO John Flannery plans to cut $1 billion in costs out of its GE Power business as part of a plan to slash costs and narrow the company’s focus.

An illegal immigrant from Guatemala was charged with second-degree murder in the bludgeoning of a Westchester socialite whose playboy son helped break up Gov. Cuomo’s marriage to Kerry Kennedy.

At $25 million and counting, Cuomo sits atop the largest tower of campaign contributions of any Democratic politician in America, but one of his greatest vulnerabilities, especially if he harbors presidential ambitions, is the fact that he has virtually no small donors.

Reducing federal tax deductions for state and local taxes could “derail the economic expansion” in New York, Cuomo’s economic development czar, Howard Zemsky, said.

The NYC Department of Education has been trying to recruit and retain teachers of color, bilingual teachers and male teachers in an effort to have the adults in the classroom look more like the students, who are overwhelmingly students of color with many speaking a language other than English at home.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray says she can’t rule out someday running for public office, since she is encouraging other women to run.

Advocates for the Brooklyn Queens Connector, the waterfront streetcar project initially proposed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, unveiled a prototype for the project today — even as virtually everything about the project, including if it will happen at all, remain up in the air.

Amtrak is planning another infrastructure renewal project at Penn Station that will take three tracks out of service for five months beginning in January, Long Island Rail Road president Patrick Nowakowski said.

Radhika Jones will succeed 25-year veteran Graydon Carter as editor in chief of Vanity Fair, becoming the magazine’s sixth editor since its founding in 1913 and the fifth since it was revived in the early 1980s.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and San Francisco, California, where he is traveling to raise campaign cash.

President Donald Trump is in the Philippines, where he will attend the 5th U.S.-ASEAN Summit which commemorates the 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations, and meet with various officials, including Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia.

Back in D.C., Vice President Mike Pence will participate this morning in a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

Pence later will participate in a swearing-in ceremony for Kenneth Juster as U.S. Ambassador to India, and will then participate in a campaign event for Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray are leaving today for Connecticut for a family vacation. They have no public events scheduled, and will return to the city on Friday evening.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is headed to Bonn, Germany today to take part in a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

At 7 a.m., former Vice-President Joe Biden holds a Town Hall on NBC’s, “TODAY” show, 30 Rockefeller Center, Manhattan.

At 8:45 a.m., U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue attends an Agriculture Listening Session at King Brothers Dairy with Republican Reps. John Faso, Elise Stefanik, and Claudia Tenney, 311 King Rd., Schuylerville.

At 9 a.m., jury deliberations in the federal corruption trial of Normal Seabrook continue, Judge Carter, Room 1306, Foley Square, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., the Board of Regents kicks off a two-day meeting in Albany, state Education Department, 89 Washington Ave.

Also at 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will visit a new AP class, a Career and Technical Education class, and a recording studio at a transfer school in the Bronx, Mott Haven Community High School, 455 Southern Blvd.

At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Democratic congressional candidate; Republican Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, and other local officials and community members will discuss the impact of the House GOP tax reform plan on Mohawk Valley middle class residents, state Office Building, first floor, 207 Genesee St., Utica.

Also at 10 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Councilman Corey Johnson, and members of the National Supermarket Association will rally to end the “unfair and regressive” Commercial Rent Tax for supermarkets in much of Manhattan, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the NYU Veterans Incubator, Veterans Future Lab, 87 35th St., Suite 2DS1, Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., mayors from across the state will call on New York’s congressional delegation to vote “no” on the House tax reform proposal that eliminates the SALT deduction and the historic tax credit, Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle Street, 1st floor atrium, Albany.

At 11:15 a.m., Perdue will join Faso, Tenney and Stefanik for a tour of WestWind Ag, 141 Verbeck Ave., Schaghticoke.

At noon, Crain’s holds its 2017 Hall of Fame Luncheon where business leaders who have positively impacted the city with their professional and philanthropic actives will be honored, Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Sen. Jim Tedisco will announce new infrastructure funding he has secured for Fulton County for the Vail Mills Development Area to bring residential, retail and commercial development to the area, Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chamber, Fulton County Office Building, 223 W. Main St., Johnstown.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul congratulates inductees at the inaugural Business First WNY Hall of Fame Ceremony, Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo.

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President Trump told reporters during a summit in Manila that he would make a trade announcement following his return from a 13-day tour of Asia later this week. He disclosed no details.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands. All that went unmentioned in public by Trump when the leaders held talks today in the Philippines.

Trump said he has had a “great relationship” with Duterte, who called reporters present to cover the leaders’ bilateral meeting “spies.”

Two former top intelligence officials said Trump is getting “played” by Russian President Vladimir Putin with his denials of interference in the 2016 election.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s tweet calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “short and fat” on the grounds that the dictator “insulted him first.”

Alabama U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore faced a growing chorus of calls from his fellow Republicans to quit the race over accusations he pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls.

Moore trails his Democratic opponent for the first time in polling for the Alabama Senate race, days after accusations surfaced that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl almost four decades ago.

The​ powerful ​Republican ​leader of the ​House ​tax​-​writing committee, Kevin Brady, of Texas, said​ ​​he won’t accept the Senate’s plan to fully eliminate the state and local tax deduction that’s vital to states like New York and New Jersey.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren touted the Democratic Party’s growing unity against Trump amid signs of discord among the party’s leadership.

Ken Lovett: Republicans fear the state Senate is at risk if Congress fails to accomplish tax reform.

As former Vice President Joe Biden kicks off his book tour, he told Oprah Winfrey that he’s keeping his options open and is keeping the possibility of a 2020 presidential bid on the table.

Biden harshly criticized Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, saying he knew the Democrats would lose the White House last year, even though he believed she would be a “great president.”

This week, the families of the Newtown shooting victims plan to be in Hartford, listening as lawyers lay out in state Supreme Court their case that the companies that manufactured and sold the military-style assault rifle used by the gunman bear responsibility for the attack in which 26 people, including 20 children, were killed.

Hundreds of people – including one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers – took to the streets of Hollywood yesterday afternoon to march against sexual assault, as the worlds of politics and media continue to be rocked by a flood of allegations.

There may be a truce in what New York political watchers consider a cold war between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his fellow Democrat, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Part of the relationship between a governor and a mayor is sometimes you agree,” Cuomo said. “Sometimes you agree. Sometimes you disagree.”

In the face of high-profile losses last Tuesday, a defiant state GOP Party Chairman Ed Cox still insists the party is poised for big wins in 2018. “If I was a Democrat thinking about running for statewide office, I’d be very nervous,” Cox said.

Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda plans to run for state Senate if Cuomo calls a special election to fill the seat of Sen. Ruben Diaz, a Democrat resigning at the end of the year to become a NYC councilman.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, a Republican-turned-Democrat former assemblyman, is contemplating seeking the Democratic nomination if Cuomo calls a special election to fill the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat George Latimer, who won his race for Westchester county executive last week.

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