Here and Now

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

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul visits 43North 2014 Business Plan winners and observes the student business concept presentation at D!G (Design Innovation Garage) Buffalo, 640 Ellicott St., Suite 108, Buffalo.

At 11:15 a.m., Hochul tours a new women-owned business at Canalside, Red Siren, 75 Main St., Buffalo.

At 11:30 a.m., the Riders Alliance presents Assemblywoman Nily Rozic with a “Bus Champion” award in recognition of her advocacy for better bus service, Main Street and Booth Memorial Avenue southbound Q44 bus stop, Queens.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul attends the Western New York Central Labor Council picnic, The Grove, entrance to Woodlawn Park, 3580 Lakeshore Blvd., Blasdell.

Also at 1:30 p.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will raise the Cuban flag over Brooklyn Borough Hall and hail the power of global goodwill, in advance of his second annual celebration of International Day of Friendship this Sunday, Columbus Park, downtown Brooklyn.


Disgraced ex-state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam will stand trial on corruption raps in November – the same month that former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s graft trial is scheduled to begin.

The Skeloses pleaded not guilty to new bribery and extortion charges laid out in a recent superseding indictment.

Former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala officially announced her campaign for the 52nd district state Senate seat formerly held by Tom Libous, who was found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI on July 22. “I’m here to announce the end of my retirement,” Fiala told her supporters.

Sen. John DeFrancisco was selected as the deputy majority leader of the state Senate, making him the second in command in the chamber. More here.

All 30,000 NYC employees who drive government vehicles are being required to take a 6-hour driving-safety course as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic deaths, officials said.

US Sen. Charles Schumer is facing some of the fiercest pressure of his career in his own backyard as pro-Israel elected officials and advocacy groups urge him to oppose the nuclear agreement President Barack Obama brokered with Iran.

Success Academy, the fast-growing network of sought-after charter schools, announced it had received an $8.5 million gift to add schools in New York City from the hedge fund manager John Paulson and his wife, Jenny.

De Blasio upset a longtime friend and ally, Bertha Lewis, a founding member of the Working Families Party, when his aides refused to let her attend a City Hall roundtable on her pet issue — the city’s use of minority and women-owned businesses.

The mayor’s summertime battle with Uber exposed vulnerabilities in his political operation and has given rise to resentment among many of the allies he will need to advance his agenda at City Hall.

Carl Paladino, a member of the Buffalo School Board overseeing a district that is 50 percent African-American, doubled down on his support of Joseph Mascia, defending his use of the “N-word” to describe several African-American politicians, including Mayor Byron Brown.

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Jeanine Pirro, the former Westchester district attorney and current Fox television star, is selling her custom-built Harrison home for $4.995 million.

Buffalo’s two vacant federal judgeships became a topic of debate on the Senate floor today, as US Sen. Chuck Schumer pressed Republican leaders about their slow pace in confirming new judges from New York and all across the country.

Terry Pegula says
a new football stadium is “nothing urgent right now,” expressed no desire to sell naming rights on Ralph Wilson Stadium and called the last two Buffalo Sabres seasons “two of the most successful seasons we’ve ever had.”

Two research chimpanzees at a state university on Long Island shouldn’t be considered legal persons and given the rights bestowed by so-called personhood, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled.

The de Blasio administration is launching a $30 million effort to help connect low-income residents with mental health services, one of the first steps in an overhaul of the city’s mental health system promised by Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray.

US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gave a scathing speech on the Senate floor today blasting Republicans who vow to use any and all measures to defund Planned Parenthood — even if it means a government shutdown.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge and reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport are “legacy” projects for Cuomo. Political analysts say the governor’s penchant for large-scale projects is unmatched among his recent predecessors.

When Schumer complained there had been too few Senate votes this year on the president’s judicial nominees, Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, defended the pace and said: “So put that in your pipe and smoke it, senator from New York.”

Hillary Clinton’s job application for president of the United States would have two reference numbers on it: Her husband’s and the White House.

Voters continue to find Clinton dishonest and untrustworthy, according to a new Q poll. (She and Donald Trump are almost tied).

Cinton called for a higher federal minimum wage, but stopped short of supporting the $15 minimum wage touted by some of her Democratic nomination opponents.

Trump’s campaign manager says his candidate has specific policy positions ready for release at a time and method of the campaign’s choosing.

National Guard personnel overpaid for fuel during post-Sandy cleanup efforts, according to an audit by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

New York City health officials are tracking an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in the South Bronx. (De Blasio insists there’s no reason for alarm).

In the first outside review of the NYPD’s use of body cameras, the inspector general overseeing the department recommended police use cameras more often, but work to limit exposing victims and witnesses.

Members of the Taxis for All Campaign, an advocacy group for blind and wheelchair-using passengers, hosted a “roll-in” outside Uber’s Chelsea headquarters to protest what it says is the company’s lack of accessible vehicles.

The Executive Committee of 1199 SEIU unanimously passed a resolution this week that urges Cuomo and the DEC to deny permission for storage of liquid propane gas in salt caverns next to Seneca Lake in Schuyler County.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Connecticut with no public schedule. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public schedule.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray speaks at the Black Girls Lead 2015 conference, 3009 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., members of the NYC Campaign Finance Board meet, 200 Church St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will announce a major investment by the Department of Homeland Security for the Newburgh Fire Department, 2 Washington St., Newburgh.

At 11 a.m., a pre-trial hearing will be held in the federal corruption case of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, 500 Pearl St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the Hedge Clippers campaign protests BlueMountain Capital in light of the Puerto Rico economic crisis, in front of the BlueMountain Capital offices, 280 Park Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Terrence Murphy will be hosting a Shed The Meds event at Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Mahopac.

At 11:15 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will be a guest on “Binghamton Now” with Bob Joseph, WBNF News Radio 1290, http://wnbf.com/.

At 11:30 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will unveil his plans to allocate close to $12 million in his Fiscal Year 2016 capital budget to overhaul parks across Brooklyn, including funding to help restore the Brooklyn War Memorial, Cadman Plaza Park, downtown Brooklyn.

At noon, Heastie meets with labor representatives, Little Venice Italian Restaurant, 111 Chenango St., Binghamton.

Also at noon, City & State holds its veterans BBQ, career and services fair and awards ceremony, with keynote remarks at 2 p.m. by Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton, Pace University, One Pace Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at noon, wheelchair users from the Taxis for All campaign and affiliated groups protest outside Uber’s Manhattan office against a lack of wheelchair accessible taxis, 636 W. 28th St., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul visits campers at Camp Good Days, 643 W. Lake Rd., Branchport.

Also at 1 p.m., McCray, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and others make an announcement, The Door, 121 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the Senate Committee on Social Services meets to identify gaps in delivery of social services, 80 Franklin Ave., Pearl River.

At 1:30 p.m., Heastie holds a media availability, Binghamton State Office Building, 18th Floor, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton.

At 2 p.m., Sen. Diane Savino, NYS Nurses Association’s Teresa Torsney, Staten Island Telco Retirees’ Dennis Constantino, United Federation of Teachers’ Patricia Talaszek and Joyce Magnus, and Metro New York Health Care for All’s Mark Hannay participate in a press conference calling on Congress to “protect, preserve and expand” Medicare, Staten Island Borough Hall, Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.

At 2:30 p.m., Heastie meets with with local officials and community leaders, Binghamton State Office Building, 18th Floor, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton.

At 3:15 p.m., Heastie tours the Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

At 4:15 p.m., Heastie tours BAE Systems, 8 Hayes Ave., Endicott.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul speaks at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 Main St., Canandaigua.

At 7 p.m., Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer and Sen. George Latimer hold a “Know Your Co-op Rights” informational event, Scotti Senior Center, 680 Bronx River Rd., Yonkers.


NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to require all city chain restaurants to label high-sodium foods on their menus has drawn criticism from opposing corners. Some public-health professionals described the measure as too weak, while the restaurant industry has denounced it as too onerous.

New York City is entering what could be the biggest building boom in a generation, census figures show, as work gets under way on hundreds of residential projects in neighborhoods across the city.

Former Clinton Correctional Facility worker Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty for her role in the escape of convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt, has been racked with despondency since her arrest and is “very remorseful” for what she did, according to her attorney.

Mitchell agreed to a term of 21/3 years to seven years, and a $6,000 fine, after pleading guilty in Clinton County Court in Plattsburgh to a single charge each of promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the financial resources the state and New York City will devote to closing the $11 billion deficit in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan will earn support from upstate lawmakers.

The governors of New York and New Jersey signaled that a deal to build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River would require billions of dollars from the federal government, which has called the plan one of the most important transportation projects in the country.

After nearly a month of studied silence, and careful avoidance of one another at parades and party functions, Cuomo and de Blasio revealed yesterday that they had finally spoken on the phone. The mayor offered a hint that their feud may not quite be over, saying: “I think it was an airing of concerns, and I wouldn’t say a resolution was reached.”

Meanwhile, de Blasio has forged a friendship with the mayor of Rome, Italy.

A grand jury has found that four officers acted lawfully when they shot and killed an armed man shortly after he robbed an Upper East Side pharmacy in May 2014, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

The public still can’t look at transcripts from the grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, a New York appeals court ruled.

AG Eric Schneiderman said investigators from his office have yet to determine whether they will intervene in Mount Vernon, where a mother of eight died in police custody earlier this week while awaiting arraignment.

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The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for New York City until tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t make a trade visit to Iran if the Obama administration-brokered peace deal passes and economic sanctions are dropped – a departure from the trip he took to Cuba in April after the United States renewed relations with the island nation.

Hillary Clinton will call for an end of the trade embargo with Cuba during a speech Friday in Miami, home to Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, two of her Republican rivals in the race for president who oppose to the diplomatic thaw under way.

The state Rifle & Pistol Association today criticized Senate Democratic candidate Barbara Fiala over her position on gun rights, saying she has been a supporter of stronger gun control.

Rep. Grace Meng today became the first House Democrat from New York to break with her party’s national leadership and come out against the Obama administration-brokered trade deal with Iran.

Rep. Lee Zeldin compared Secretary of State John Kerry and the Iran deal to curb its nuclear weapon program to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his 1938 nonaggression pact with Adolf Hitler.

Cuomo announced that New Yorkers now have the opportunity to print a temporary license from the DMV website when they renew or replace their driver licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification card online.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has been “refreshing”, predicting: “The debate you’re going to have next week is going to have three times the audience it would have had” without Trump.

Trump attacked former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg after his news service pegged The Donald’s worth at a mere $2.9 billion.

Carl Paladino is a Trump-for-president supporter.

The three state operated ski resorts at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Mountain have committed to using solar power to operate their ski lift and snowmaking operations.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been out of office for a year and a half, but his influence over New York schools is practically as strong as ever.

Giuliani says that if he were still a U.S. Attorney, former Secretary of State Clinton would be the subject of a criminal probe for five crimes.

After seven years of distant relations between President Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill, Clinton intends to forge a closer ties with Democratic lawmakers who do not feel particularly close to the Obama White House.

Pittsford, Monroe County, is home to the world’s top lumberjack.

NYC transit advocates are not impressed with Cuomo’s plan to overhaul LaGuardia Airport.

Assemblyman David DiPietro thinks the state wage board’s recent recommendation on raising the minimum wage for fast food employees to $15 will be damaging to teens, who he predicts will be competing for fewer jobs once the higher wages take effect.

The 43North business plan competition is down to 110 semifinalists.

TripAdvisor says Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn has the best pizza in America.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s upstate tour continues in Ithaca. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan kicks off his upstate tour in Otsego County. It’s National Chicken Wing Day.

At approximately 9:59 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul will be a guest on the Brian Lehrer show, WNYC.

At 11 a.m., Hochul, legislators and women’s advocacy organizations hold a press conference in support of Planned Parenthood on the eve of a federal defunding vote, SEIU Local 32BJ, 25 West 18th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City Councilman Rory Lancman call for and showcase collision avoidance technology, Broadway between Murray and Warren Sts., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie meets with Assemblymembers Barbara Lifton and Deborah Glick and Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett for a campus tour, 106 Statler Dr., Ithaca.

At 11:30 a.m., Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, joined by Sen. Jim Seward, holds a media availability during his stop in Cooperstown, The Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake St.

At noon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a press conference with Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor to discuss the heat wave and safety precautions New Yorkers should take in the extreme heat, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., Heastie visits Northeast Elementary School pre-K program, 425 Winthrop Drive, Ithaca.

At 1:30 p.m., Cuomo and AG Eric Schneiderman hold a briefing for over 100 clergy, legislators and community members on the new special prosecutor executive order, Sheraton New York, 811 7th Ave. at 53rd St., Manhattan.

At 1:40 p.m., Heastie meets with local officials, Heights Cafe, Community Corners, 903 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca.

At 3 p.m., Heastie tours Taitem Engineering, 109 S Albany St., Ithaca.

At 4:45 p.m., Heastie tours Weaver Wind, 7 Union St., Freeville.

At 5:30 p.m., Hillary Clinton attends a fundraiser for her 2016 presidential campaign, Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway E., Corning.

At 6 p.m., Heastie meets with local officials, Madeline’s on the Ithaca Commons, corner of State and Aurora, Ithaca.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Andy King holds a rally to opposing a proposed Close to Home Facility, 3030 Bruner Ave., Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., the New American Chamber of Commerce holds a seminar on getting rid of student loans, 26 Court St., suite 701, Brooklyn.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., public input is sought on the Madison Avenue Road Diet, a project that will transform Madison Avenue from South Allen Street to Lark Street, Touhey Forum in the Lally School of Education, College of St. Rose, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany.

At 7 p.m., Hochul and former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn appear on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with host Errol Louis.

At 7:30 p.m., Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz speaks to the Ansonia Independent Democrats about Inequality and his new book, Lincoln Square Synagogue, Amsterdam Ave. at W 68th St., Manhattan.


A mother of eight busted on a minor shoplifting charge was found dead in a cell at the Mount Vernon Police Department, and AG Eric Schneiderman’s office is investigating the mysterious circumstances.

According to several sources with direct knowledge of the project, a new LaGuardia could take more than 10 years to build and cost close to $8 billion. The Cuomo administration disagreed with that assessment and laid out their own cost assessment.

State lawmakers from the Capital Region crossed party lines to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to end state control of the board that runs the New York Racing Association because it threatens the future of Saratoga Race Course.

Cuomo scoffed at calls for a special session on ethics, saying it would be costly and pointless to try to force lawmakers to clean up their act even though two more are guilty in federal corruption cases.

The principal of a company bidding for a state medical marijuana license was found to have misspent funds and destroyed documents while running a taxpayer-backed authority in Kansas, according to an audit report.

Michael Goodwin: “In the middle of his second year, de Blasio has hit a wall. Trapped in a far-left ideological swamp, he can’t bring himself to put his duty to the city ahead of his narrow-minded petulance. He doesn’t even seem to be trying.”

The head of the MTA sent de Blasio a strongly worded letter urging him to finally cough up the $3.2 billion needed to close the agency’s capital budget deficit.

Former Clinton Correctional Facility supervisor Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell wept as she pleaded guilty to helping two convicted killers stage their dramatic escape from the prison in June.

Seized by an elaborate fantasy of a future with the two killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, Mitchell performed sexual favors for one of the men and gave them tools that aided in their escape, including hacksaw blades and a screwdriver bit, according to statements she made to investigators.

“I was caught up in the fantasy,” Mitchell said. “I enjoyed the attention, the feeling both of them gave me, and the thought of a different life.” She also said she is “really sorry” for her actions.

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Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be in Corning tomorrow – the one-year anniversary of her last visit there.

AG Eric Schneiderman’s office is examining whether the death Monday of a woman in a Mount Vernon holding cell requires further investigation by his investigators.

Assemblyman Charles Barron might run for the Brooklyn seat vacated by former Sen. John Sampson when he was convicted on felony corruption charges last week.

The libertarian consultant and old Nixon aide Roger Stone is a longtime friend of Donald Trump’s. Now, Stone is serving as a paid communications adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, appearing to earn $20,000 a month.

The organizers of Oswego Harborfest last weekend pulled off a feat that many in Washington believed to be impossible: They silenced US Sen. Charles Schumer.

Schumer today added his name to the Senate’s sweeping medical marijuana bill, the CARERS Act, which would end federal prohibition of medical marijuana, and remove barriers for research, veterans, and banking.

Broome County Republicans are not all on the same page about who should run for former Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous’ seat.

The state health department is scheduled to award licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana by the end of the week, but one of the bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, believes the process should be more transparent.

Just a day after allegations re-emerged that Trump raped his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, the billionaire’s former spouse played down the controversy. She also endorsed his presidential run.

Days after unveiling the first plank of her energy and climate platform, Hillary Clinton again refused to answer a set of questions here about how she would handle the controversial Keystone XL pipeline were she to win the White House.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie said it’s “probably likely” that he, Cuomo and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will meet some time in the next few weeks to discuss the construction of new Hudson River rail tunnels.

Taxpayers paid out $300,000 in June to lawyers in sexual harassment cases in the Assembly, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

George Marlin says Nassau County’s current financial mess is “the direct result of years of mismanagement, cowardice and cronyism — particularly when it comes to vendor contracts.”

Former Gov. George Pataki, a 2016 GOP hopeful, campaigned recently at a New Hampshire craft beer festival.

Neither candidate seeking to become Staten Island’s top prosecutor filed a New York City ethics report on time, the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board confirmed.

District Attorney David Foley has announced his intention to seek election as Judge of Chautauqua County Court following the retirement of current Judge John Ward.

UAlbany students weigh in on the “yes means yes” sexual assault policy, about which a number of them still need to be educated.

Commissioners at the New York State Board of Elections are asking their New York City counterparts to develop an explicit plan to combat the long lines that have plagued the city’s polling places in recent elections.

A seal made its way up the Hudson River over the weekend and was noticed Saturday afternoon in a lock in the Erie Canal outside Albany.

The Catskill Mountainkeeper is urging supporters to thank the governor for “enabling shared solar.”

Newsday has a handy chart on who’s participating in the START-UP NY program.

IG: Nothing But Mitchell’s “Full Cooperation Will be Tolerated”

The woman who helped Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from a Clinton County prison has agreed to cooperate in an investigation into the incident as part of her plea deal, the state’s Inspector General said today.

Joyce Mitchell, a former Clinton Correctional employee, plead guilty to promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation in Clinton County Court this morning. As part of the plea deal, she’ll serve a maximum of seven years in prison starting in September. She’ll also have to cooperate in an investigation by the state’s Inspector General, Catherine Leahy Scott.

Scott was charged with the investigation in June following the breakout, which would become a 21-day manhunt. Richard Matt was killed by authorities during the chase. David Sweat was injured, but recovered after spending time at a hospital in Albany.

In a statement following Mitchell’s plea this morning, the Inspector General said nothing but Mitchell’s “full cooperation will be tolerated.”

Today’s plea by Joyce Mitchell makes clear her culpability in the systemic breakdown that led to the escape of two cold-blooded killers. I thank District Attorney Wylie for ensuring at my request that the plea agreement include full cooperation by Mitchell with my ongoing investigation.  Nothing short of her full cooperation will be tolerated, and I am confident that when she fulfills this obligation, I will provide a thorough and complete accounting of all the factors contributing to this elaborate breakout, with an eye toward ensuring this never happens again.


Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul speaks At the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Board meeting about the governor’s economic development and tax relief measures, 665 Main St., Suite 200, Buffalo.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo attends the NYS Laborer’s meeting, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 10 a.m., Hochul joins state and local officials at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the extension of a Greenway nature trail, Buffalo Outer Harbor, corner of Michigan Avenue and Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams cohosts the eighth annual job fair at Brooklyn College.

At 11 a.m., Onondaga County GOP Chair Tom Dadey and DeWitt GOP Chair Matt Wells will introduce the Republican candidate for DeWitt Town Supervisor. The seat in currently held by Democrat Edward Michalenko, GOP HQ, 2910 Erie Blvd. East, Syracuse.

Also at 11 a.m., the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, created by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s attorney disciplinary system, 20 Eagle St., Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee holds a roundtable discussion on climate change, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At noon, Hochul meets with veterans and seniors, VFW Hendershott Manness Post, 550 Main St., Arcade.

Also at noon, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will advance his “Cut the Salt, Curb the Sugar” initiative, a preventative health program in partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, by distributing free copies of his new low-sodium, low-sugar cookbook, Columbus Park, downtown Brooklyn.

At 12:45 p.m., Hochul visits Jim Youngers Farm, 7004 East Arcade Rd., Arcade.

At 1:45 p.m., Hochul tours Drasgow’s Machine Shop, a recipient of a regional economic development award, 4150 Poplar Tree Rd., Gainesville.

At 2:45 p.m., Hochul tours Wyoming County Agricultural Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. (This event is closed to members of the press due to construction).

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul stops by Yummies Ice Cream to meet small business owners in recognition of National Ice Cream Month, 12 Center St., Warsaw.

At 6 p.m., Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel will host a town hall at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in East Flatbush to investigate cases of tenant harassment throughout Brooklyn, 395 Lenox Rd., East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., hundreds of citizens from Queens march the streets of Downtown Jamaica to demand development that includes real affordability in housing, good union jobs for the local residents and anti-displacement policies that protect residents, Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, 11031 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.


Eighteen months after calling LaGuardia Airport in Queens a “third-world facility,” Vice President Joe Biden was on hand at a Manhattan hotel as Gov. Andrew Cuomo map out a plan to replace the airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport in northern Queens, estimates the overhaul will cost about $4 billion, most of which will go toward tearing down the Central Terminal Building, rebuilding it in place and augmenting it with a grand entry way.

“Three cheers for the governor,” says the New York Post, which deems the overhaul of LaGuardia is “long overdue.”

Biden and Cuomo also announced that the Rochester area would house the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, a more-than-$600 million partnership between the federal government, New York and a coalition of universities, non-profits, major businesses like General Electric and 20 other states.

While in Rochester Biden declared Cuomo “just about the best governor in the whole United States of America.”

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, hoping to spur action on long-stalled plans for new Hudson River rail tunnels, sent a letter to the governors of New York and New Jersey urging them to meet with him in the next two weeks to map out a strategy for building new crossings.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito seemed to have moved past her public rebuke of the mayor, whom she accused of trying to “save face at the expense of this Council” after he backed away from placing a cap on the car-hailing service Uber, while failing to give the Council credit for the negotiations.

Fred Heller, the owner of a yellow-cab company who rounded up nearly $50,000 for de Blasio’s campaign in 2013, has landed on the board of the city’s key economic development agency.

Legal payouts by New York City are forecast to spike 17.5 percent by the 2018-19 fiscal year, even as de Blasio’s administration has pumped millions of dollars into a new war on so-called frivolous litigation.

US Sen. Charles Schumer declared he’s not going to decide on the Iran nuke deal until he gets clear answers on what the consequences of approving or scuttling it would be.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said last week’s conviction of state Sen. Tom Libous for lying to federal investigators was “tragic on so many levels.” She also hopes her conference can win the Republican’s Binghamton seat, as part of an overall push to re-take the majority.

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VP Joe Biden joked that he came to Rochester for “one reason…I thought Abby Wambach was going to be here.”

Former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout will take the reigns of the super-PAC meant to advocate for the destruction of all super-PACs. She’ll replace Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, who is an avowed supporter of campaign finance reform, as CEO of Mayday PAC.

The state Board of Elections will begin examining active campaign committees belonging to former office holders, Risa Sugarman, the board’s enforcement counsel, announced.

The state’s Fast Food Wage Board took one of its final steps today, approving a formal report recommending a $15-an-hour minimum wage for employees of the fast-food industry. In an apparent violation of the Open Meetings Law, the report was not made public.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins shares Cuomo’s trepidation about a special legislative session to address ethics reform.

Republicans are leading the effort to establish Billy Joel Boulevard in Hicksville, Long Island, but the fact that the singer is still alive has presented a stumbling block.

Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has added fuel to rumors that he will run for mayor of London by purchasing a £17 million, or $26 million, house in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says about 400,000 people have obtained New York City’s municipal ID card since the program was rolled out six months ago.

A plea deal is apparently in the works for former Dannemora prison worker Joyce Mitchell, who is accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of Clinton Correctional Facility last month.

The NYT’s public editor provides a tick-tock of how the paper botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation story.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner, called GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee’s remark about how President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran would send the Israelis “to the ovens” “offensive” and said it had gone too far.

Private sector employment around the state continued to rise between June 2014 and June 2015, with a 2.3 percent jump, nearly matching the nationwide growth rate of 2.4 percent, according to an analysis by the state Business Council’s research branch.

Republican 2016 candidate Donald Trump has a media handler.

Long Beach Democratic Party chairman Michael Zapson has filed nominating petitions for 120 Democratic committee slots along Nassau County’s South Shore in a power struggle with county Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs, who has called for Zapson to resign.

The deadline to submit project proposals to help the Albany, New York region win millions in state economic development money is days away.

Unionized Verizon employees from the Mid-Hudson Valley would be among the thousands to go on strike Saturday if a dispute over a new contract is not settled.

The Buffalo Bills have a new president.

Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid is over.

Awakening the Sleeping Giant

If aliens decided to attack earth, we would probably come the closest to world peace we have ever been on this plant. The materializing of a common enemy would likely force the entire globe to band together to fight that common enemy.

As frightened as I am of alien invasion – (I mean, let’s be honest…it’s terrifying, right? ) – in many ways it would be beautiful. At least in how it brought us all together here on earth. Picture us on a hill in Big Sur singing the 1971 “Buy-the-world-a-Coke” song recently featured in Mad Men, only instead of selling soft drinks we’d be preparing for a Battle Field Earth type smackdown with a bunch of flesh gnawing Extra Terrestrials who have NO IDEA just who they are messing with.

I realize that’s a far-fectched example (or is it???), but my point is the absence of a common enemy sometimes forces people to turn on each other. It’s not our best attribute as human beings, but let’s face it…this is who we are.

The fact that politics in New York is largely dominated by Democrats these days, more so than it has been in 20 years when you had Republican governors and mayors, does not mean all is well. In fact, Democrat-on-Democrat violence may be at an all-time high. The takeaway here is that one party rule doesn’t lead to a Pax Democrata. In fact quite the opposite. And the absence of a strong Republican Party to challenge any of this Democratic rule has resulted in the left sowing its own seeds of destruction.

The origins of the fight between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio really go back to before de Blasio was even elected. Insiders say things got off on the wrong foot when de Blasio kept insisting on taxing the wealthy to pay for universal pre-kindergarten. Sources say Cuomo actually called the mayor before the election and assured him that he would deliver the money. Whatever the mayor needed from the state, Cuomo would secure it to help the mayor fulfill his campaign promise.

The catch? De Blasio merely had to stop saying the word “tax.”

Cuomo was headed into re-election mode and he didn’t need a liberal New York City mayor already unpopular in those coveted suburbs blowing up his spot. The mayor didn’t listen. He kept banging the tax drum. Now, one could argue that if de Blasio hadn’t done that, he may not have gotten the full amount of pre-K cash he was seeking, since Albany is all about posturing and deal making. But the damage was done. The die had been cast. Things deteriorated from there, culminating with the governor making all kinds of promises to the mayor to help secure the Working Families Party endorsement in May 2014, only to face backlash from the left when he was accused of not fulfilling those promises.

That likely set the mayor off. And not getting much of his agenda fulfilled in Albany this year only worsened the situation. Although in fairness, once again the mayor was calling for a tax on the wealthy to fund his 421-a tax abatement plan for developers, and that was a non-starter as far as the Governor and Senate Republicans were concerned.

What’s noetworthy here is that since the popular narrative was established that Cuomo is feeling estranged from the left, something very different appears to be happening. While the mayor was off galavanting in Rome, the governor managed to win the week here at home with liberals – supposedly the mayor’s base. And not just with the Uber fight, but also by using his executive authority to accomplish what the mayor has been harping on but has no real power to deliver, which is raising the minimum wage for some workers to $15 an hour.

It’s ironic, dontcha think? (It’s like rain!!! on your wedding day!!!)

Cuomo also managed to drive a wedge between the Mayor and one of his closest allies, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The speaker and the governor spoke again recently, even after their conversation last Wednesday. Cuomo clearly sees opportunity to make inroads with those who once wrote him off as too conservative.

In the last few weeks Cuomo has signed the sex assault legislation, securing his support among women’s group; established a special prosecutor for cases of civilians who die at the hands of police; and spoke at the NAACP National Convention in Philadelphia. I think it’s fair to say that the battle to win the mantle of the true left is in full swing.

Back in March, the governor went to war with the teachers union over major reforms he wanted to enact in the state budget that greatly undermined teacher’s ability to achieve tenure, and avoid being fired. It was a tough fight, and while he won the battle, in some ways he lost the war. The backlash was intense. Teachers are organized and they fight with no mercy. The governor’s poll numbers began to sink. But supporters of the governor point out that whatever personal hit he took on this issue, it was worth it for the collective good. It was the right fight to wage, even if it cost him in popularity.

What’s curious with the Uber battle and de Blasio, is that the Mayor kinda picked the WRONG fight. Not only did he lose, but he ended up alienated from his base of white progressives, blacks and latinos and New Yorkers who reside in Brooklyn and Queens. At one point the mayor even tried to paint his battle with Uber as something akin to doing battle with oil companies.

One observer points out that may have been bad advice from Press Secretary Karen Hinton, who spent some time battling Chevron for their actions in Ecuador. Uber was not the same fight. Not even close.