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The Weekend That Was

President Trump, in a series of angry and defiant tweets this morning, sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia’s virtual war to meddle in the 2016 election, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference and denying that he had ever suggested that Moscow might not have been involved.

“I never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” Trump tweeted. “I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!”

Trump lashed out at the FBI on Twitter, saying the agency “missed all of the many signals” sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”

In the wake of another wrenching shooting rampage, and in the absence of any federal action, gun-control advocates, Democratic politicians and others are pointing to the success of states like Connecticut in addressing the spiraling toll of gun violence.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump visited Broward Health North Hospital in Pompano Beach on Friday. In addition to meeting victims, the Trumps thanked doctors, nurses and medical professionals for their response to the mass shooting.

The F.B.I. received a tip last month from someone close to Nikolas Cruz that he owned a gun, displayed “erratic behavior” and a “desire to kill people,” and had talked of committing a school shooting, the bureau revealed, but it acknowledged that it had failed to investigate.

Before Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school last week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents.

Cruz had a disturbing way of introducing himself. “Hi, I’m Nick,” he used to say, according to an acquaintance interviewed by CNN. “I’m a school shooter.”

Cruz was immature, quirky and depressed when James and Kimberly Snead took him into their Parkland home. But he was pleasant and seemed to be growing happier, they said. How the 19-year-old turned into a killer still baffles them.

“You killed my kid! the father of Florida school shooting victim Meadow Jade Pollack, 18, railed during her funeral. Her mother was too distraught to attend.

Cruz, who informed investigators that “demons” told him how to unleash the massacre, reportedly says he’ll plead guilty — so long as prosecutors promise not to seek the death penalty.

“This certainly is the type of case the death penalty was designed for,” Broward County State Attorney Mike Satz said in a statement. “This was a highly calculated and premeditated murder of 17 people and the attempted murder of everyone in that school. Our office will announce our formal position at the appropriate time.”

Officials across the country — including New Yorkreported a wave of threats, some copycat, others not, in recent days that kept both students and administrators on edge after the Parkland massacre.

Authorities removed Cruz’s younger brother from the home of Rocxanne Deschamps, a longtime family friend of the Cruz brothers who took them in after their adoptive mother died of pneumonia in November, and committed him to a mental health facility.

The strong message of a student who survived the mass shooting at a Florida high school this week, Emma Gonzalez, reverberated across social media Saturday after a passionate speech at an anti-gun rally.

Student survivors of the Florida high school massacre have channeled their pain into political activism. The group of Parkland teens has announced a demonstration in Washington, D.C., for March 24 called “March For Our Lives.”

Hillary Clinton urged political action in response to the Parkland shooting, pushing her Twitter followers to “remember these feelings in November, and VOTE.”

While 22 states and the District of Columbia ban rifle sales to minors, New York — outside New York City — is among those that let kids 16 and older with a hunting permit possess the weapons, according to information compiled by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Here are examples of the social media posts allegedly used in the Russians’ influence campaign of the 2016 election, which resulted in the Department of Justice’s indictment of 13 individuals and three companies on Friday. More here.

While Clinton remained silent on news of the indictment against the 13 Russian nationals, her spokesperson lashed out on Trump on Twitter, calling him “un-American.”

A top Russian official dismissed the latest round of indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as “just blabber” while U.S. officials said the charges made it clear the nation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed State Police to increase patrols around schools statewide after officials fielded threats of copycat violence at three western New York schools two days after the Florida shooting.

A picture of what Plainview-Old Bethpage school officials called a disturbing social media post, sent anonymously to high school administrators, resulted in a female student being questioned by police Friday and released to the custody of her parents, Superintendent Lorna Lewis said.

A Westchester school is imploring six high schools on Long Island to abandon their plans to skip a Model Congress event for students in New Rochelle out of fear stemming from a recent classroom stabbing.

Trump had an affair with former Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal — whom he met at a party for “The Apprentice” in 2006 while married to his current wife, Melania, according to a report that details the great lengths to which Trump went to conceal his alleged indiscretions from the press.

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, ordered an overhaul of the process for granting security clearances that will revoke top-secret access for some aides and could affect Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency’s chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation found she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin’s wife accompanying him on a European trip at taxpayer expense.

The Disney-Marvel movie “Black Panther,” which finds the superheroic T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returning to his remote African kingdom to assume the throne, roared into theaters over the weekend as a full-blown cultural event, breaking box office records and shattering a myth about the overseas viability of movies rooted in black culture.

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The Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel has formally charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities with interfering in the U.S. elections.

It was a relatively flat day for stocks after the news of the indictments.

President Trump had repeatedly insisted the assertion that Russian sought to interfere in the election was a hoax.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the politically-charged, revolving conversation about guns in America must be taken on, and also says New York state and its SAFE ACT can prove an effective example.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was contacted about suspected Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz in January but that its “established protocols” weren’t followed.

Mental illness has been a big focus in the wake of the shooting. Many health officials estimate it’s something that affects one in four families.

Members of a local company that provides active shooter training are headed to Florida to meet with the families of victims impacted by the recent school shooting.

The trial of Joe Percoco has yielded the release of the longtime aide’s vetting documents for the executive chamber.

For decades the Brooklyn Navy Yard sat dormant. Once a mecca for wartime ship building, it’s on a voyage to become a billion dollar technology hub.

A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed two breach of contract claims against developer LPCiminelli.

Ogden Police are on location at Spencerport High School Thursday morning following posts on social media.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events scheduled.

President Donald Trump receives a briefing this morning on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. He will then sign H.R. 582, Kari’s Law.

This afternoon, the president and First Lady Melania Trump will depart D.C. en route to West Palm Beach, Florida and their residence, Mar-a-Lago.

Vice President Mike Pence travels with his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, to San Antonio, Texas this morning. Shortly after they arrive, the Vice President delivers keynote remarks at a Republic National Committee event.

The Pences will then depart for McAllen, Texas, where they will participate in a walking tour of the Hidalgo Texas Port of Entry, a roundtable discussion on immigration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a boat tour of the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande, and another walking tour along a bollard wall.

The Pences will then fly to Dallas, Texas, where they will spend the night.

At 8 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts the 11th annual Emerging Manager and MWBE Conference, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany.

At 9:15 a.m., Regent Judith Johnson and Regent Nan Mead will participate in a discussion on legislative policies and proposals affecting schools and students at the first-ever Scarsdale Public Schools Parent Teacher Council Legislative Advocacy Breakfast, Quaker Ridge School, 125 Weaver St., Scarsdale.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and take calls from listeners.

At 10 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci and the state Psychological Association’s President-Elect, Alan Hack, PhD will be holding a press conference calling on state lawmakers to amend the mental health law to keep the public safe from a harmful attack, like a mass shooting, 20 South Main St., New City.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul visits the manufacturer of the U.S. Olympic Team’s opening ceremony gloves, Sunderland Leather, 233 Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville.

Also at 10:30 a.m., former NYC Mayor David Dinkins reads the Gettysburg Address as part of his performance in the Chinese New Year Spectacular IV, Harvard Club of New York, 35 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer makes an announcement with Republican County Legislator Jim Maisano regarding the Department of Consumer Protection, Westchester County Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., 9th Floor, White Plains.

Also at 11 a.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, joined by a coalition of local and state elected officials, community leaders, organizers, activists and supporters, makes his LG run official, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At noon, Rep. Nita Lowey holds a press conference on the cuts to public health investments in President Donald Trump’s budget, Hudson River Healthcare Haverstraw, 31 West Broad St., third floor, Haverstraw.

At 12:45 p.m., there will be a special business meeting of the state Democratic Committee tomorrow to officially nominate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election, at which LG Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks, Labor Temple, 890 3rd St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., state Sen. Tony Avella announces the results of a constituent survey regarding how unsafe residents feel about the condition of New York City trees in front of their homes, District Office, 38-50 Bell Blvd., Suite C, Queens.

At 2 p.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney holds a press conference to express her opposition to the elimination of community services block grants funding in Trump’s proposed budget, Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, 9882 River Road, Utica.

At 3 p.m., Hochul highlights the anniversary of the first cider licensed in New York, Nine Pin Cider, 929 Broadway, Albany.

At 4 p.m., Hochul tours the pre-renovation phase of the Palace Theater – a REDC supported project – 19 Clinton Ave., Albany.

At 9 p.m., City & State holds its Caucus Weekend Kickoff Event, Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany.

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Before he was hauled into a jailhouse hearing room yesterday, head bowed and shackled at the wrists and ankles, the Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had been causing trouble as long as anyone here could remember.

Cruz confessed to carrying out one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings and concealing extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff’s department report released yesterday. He told investigators that he shot students in the school’s hallways and on its grounds.

Lori Alhadeff, the mother of one of the victims, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, said she had a message for the White House: “President Trump, we need action, we need change,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “Get these guns out of the hands of these young kids and get these guns off the streets.”

As officials identified 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., some of the victims, like teacher Scott Beigel, 35, were remembered for having tried to spare others in the moments of chaos that unfolded inside the school.

Rep. John Katko, a Syracuse Republican, called for Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work together to address a wave of mass shootings, and said it’s not acceptable for Congress to ignore the issue.

A tough 2014 gun control law enacted in New York, the SAFE Act, has resulted in 75,000 mentally ill people being dubbed by the state as too dangerous to own a firearm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, urging the rest of the nation to follow the state’s lead.

The U.S. Senate summarily blocked three measures — including one backed by Trump — to resolve the fate of the so-called Dreamers, leaving hundreds of thousands of them facing an uncertain future.

The secretary of veterans affairs, David Shulkin, the only holdover from the Obama administration, for a year enjoyed rare bipartisan support in Washington as he reformed his department, but now officials in the Trump administration are trying to replace him.

A former Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates, is reportedly working on a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller and could be cooperating in the Russia investigation.

James Dashner, the author of “The Maze Runner,” a top-selling dystopian science fiction series that was turned into a film trilogy, has been dropped by his publisher, Random House, due to his inclusion on a list of authors who allegedly engaged in harassment. He admitted “I didn’t honor and fully understand boundaries and power dynamics.”

A investigation into the conduct of Peter Martins, former chief of NYC Ballet and its school, did not corroborate any allegations of sexual harassment or physical abuse that several former dancers and others made against him. Still, the ballet and school announced new policies to assure dancers “feel safe, respected and able to voice their opinions and concerns freely.”

A former teacher at a charter high school and his twin brother were arrested on federal bomb-making charges, stockpiling more than 32 pounds of ingredients for explosives in a closet in their apartment in the Bronx, law enforcement officials said.

The prosecution’s star witness at the Joseph Percoco corruption trial, disgraced ex-lobbyist Todd Howe, got a humiliating send-off from the judge — who momentarily forgot he’s been jailed in Manhattan’s notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center since incriminating himself on the stand last week.

During his last day on the stand, Howe recounted a 2014 meeting in which the governor yelled at him, blaming him for the failure of a Syracuse sports complex project.

Asked if he thought the treatment was fair, Howe said: “I know the governor well enough to know what’s fair and unfair doesn’t really matter in a situation like this.”

Attorney Milt Williams asked Howe whether he told government representatives that “Andrew Cuomo deserves attention and scrutiny and is a bully.” At first, Howe had no recollection of those words, but then, after being showed an investigator’s notes, replied: “Yes, I do.”

The head of the state Republican Party, Chairman Ed Cox, has filed a complaint alleging that Cuomo and his former closest aide, Percoco, broke laws meant to prevent government offices from being used to run political campaigns.

The state Education Department said it would not take control of Hempstead School District on Long Island, which has been troubled for decades by abysmal graduation rates, crumbling school buildings, violence and corruption.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia gave the district a Feb. 2 deadline to come up with an improvement plan, and she has accepted it, but also ordered the acting chief of the troubled Hempstead school district to send her monthly progress reports on efforts to turn the system around, declaring that local authorities have not yet “adequately addressed” festering problems.

The company JPay expects to make close to $9 million off the tablets it provides to New York prison inmates over the next five years.

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“Yesterday a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil,” President Donald Trump said from the White House in his first public comments on the country’s latest school shooting, the 18th so far this year.

Trump’s comments focused on mental health; he did not mention guns.

A little less than a year ago, on Feb. 28, 2017, Trump signed a measure nixing a regulation aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of some severely mentally ill people.

Following the shooting that left more than a dozen dead, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that Congress should hold hearings on school shootings.

The leader of a white nationalist militia says the shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

Cruz, 19, faces 17 counts of premeditated murder — one for each of the people he is accused of killing with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Cruz reportedly had been adopted by a couple originally from Long Island, who relocated to Florida years ago. Lynda Cruz died Nov. 1 at 68 and Nikolas and his brother had been living with a family friend since. Her husband died years in 2004.

The U.S. Senate rejected consideration of a bipartisan immigration plan that would have bolstered border security, funded a wall on the southern frontier and resolved the fate of the so-called Dreamers, after Trump and administration officials waged a fierce, daylong campaign to discredit the measure.

Sgt. Hugh Barry, a police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill woman named Deborah Danner in her New York apartment in 2016 after she brandished scissors and a bat, was acquitted by a judge.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s comment about how then-President Clinton should have resigned during the Lewinsky scandal caused so much agitation in Democratic circles that Allida Black, co-founder of the Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary, who was married by Gillibrand, canceled a fundraiser for the senator.

Disgraced lobbyist Todd Howe testified today that he’ll never forget the wrath he incurred from Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the failed Syracuse stadium project.

“Only if that other thing happens.” Six simple words in a 2014 email, but jurors at the Percoco trial learned today about a number of ways they can be interpreted.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering declaring a state of emergency at the New York City Housing Authority over what his counsel, Alphonso David, called “intolerable” conditions in public housing.

Not everyone in the restaurant industry – servers, in particular – is supportive of the governor’s proposal to eliminate the tipped wage credit.

Trump’s inaugural committee paid nearly $26 million to an event planning firm started by an adviser to the first lady, Melania Trump, while donating $5 million — less than expected — to charity, according to tax filings released today.

The amount of civil penalties charged to polluters by the Environmental Protection Agency dropped by nearly half under Trump, according to a new study.

Advocates from the Riders Alliance launched a weekly contest to determine which New Yorker has the absolute worst subway commute

New York’s top court dismissed an indictment against a man who spent six years detained at Rikers Island jail without a trial, saying prosecutors violated his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

The Erie County Legislature unanimously passed a law banning utilizing gay conversion therapy practices on minors in Erie County.

A federal appeals court upheld a New York law requiring nonprofits to report identifying information about their largest donors to the state Attorney General’s office, rejecting arguments that donors would fear “public backlash, financial harm and worse.

Cuomo today announced New York’s system of state parks, historic sites, campgrounds, and trails welcomed 71.5 million estimated visitors in 2017. This milestone marks seven years of steady visitor growth and represents an overall increase of 23 percent, or 13.6 million visitors, since January 2011.

Preliminary estimates by the federal CDC show this year’s version of the flu vaccine is 36 percent effective against all strains of the flu, but just 25 percent effective against the H3N2 strain causing most flu cases this winter. It works better for children.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press office has not yet released his schedule for the day.

The Joe Percoco federal corruption trial continues in Manhattan.

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

President Donald Trump this morning receives his intelligence briefing, and then meets with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in the afternoon.

Vice President Mike Pence has no scheduled public events.

At 9 a.m., the state Department of Health’s Drug Utilization Review Board meets, Empire State Plaza, concourse level, Meeting Room 6, Albany.

At 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. and NYC Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Chaim Deutsch announce the introduction in the City Council of a package of fire safety legislation, 2363 Prospect Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC Councilman Mark Levine call for affordable housing to be built at a building currently owned by the city Department of Transportation, 654 W. 158th St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sens. Elaine Phillips and John Brooks and Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso hold a press conference to discuss emergency medical services cost recovery for fire departments, Port Washington Fire Department, 65 Harbor Road, Port Washington.

At 10:30 a.m., the state Bureau of Tobacco Control and the state Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board hold a meeting, ESP Corning Tower Building, 2876A Conference Room, 100 South Mall Arterial, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., chair of NYC Council Housing and Buildings Committee, Robert Cornegy, Jr., will hold a press conference to call on Cuomo to declare a “State of Emergency” on all NYCHA facilities city-wide, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:45 a.m., the Riders Alliance announces its Worst Commute of the Week competition for transit riders, northeast corner of Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will join Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Jaime Williams to issues facing Brooklyn seniors, Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn.

At noon, Hochul will appear with Borough President Melinda Katz and Community Leaders to Discuss Priorities for Queens Seniors, Queens Elmcor Senior Center, 98-19 Astoria Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY.

At noon, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board of commissioners and board committees meet, 4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich St., Manhattan.

At 12:45 p.m., airport workers will speak at Port Authority Meeting to demand commissioners stop delaying and set a standard for family-sustaining wages and benefits, 4 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., state GOP Chair Ed Cox will discuss the recent complaints filed with JCOPE and the Manhattan DA’s Office on information that has come out in the Percoco trial that he believes implicates Cuomo in a violation of the Public Officer’s Law, steps of the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, 40 Foley Sq., Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Hochul Announces Expansion of REDC Supported Advanced Manufacturer, Boyce Technologies, 47-22 Pearson Place, Long Island City.

Also at 1 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer joins County Legislator Catherine Borgia, local elected officials, Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester and vice president of the Westchester County Association Amy Allen for a tour of the Sing Sing Prison Museum Site, 190-194 Westerly Rd., Ossining.

At 1:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina makes an announcement, Queens Vocational and Technical High School, 37-02 47th Ave., Queens.

At 3:30 p.m., the East Midtown Public Realm Improvement Fund Governing Group holds a meeting to discuss potential public realm improvement projects that could be eligible to receive funding, 120 Broadway, concourse level, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., elected officials, environmental activists and renewable energy and clean water advocates rally in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed program for offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration, outside the Albany Hilton Hotel, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus hosts a reception celebrating Black History Month, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.

At 6:15, Hochul Headlines Discussion on Women in Politics at the League of Women Voters Speaker Series, New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York

At 6:30 p.m., the state Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction holds a public meeting to gather information and testimony regarding sober homes and existing regulations, Pace University, Willcox Hall, Stephen J. Friedman Room, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville.

Also at 6:30 p.m. Farina attends a town hall meeting of District 1’s Community Education Council, Marta Valle High School, 145 Stanton St., Manhattan.

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After a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at a school in Parkland, FL., leaving 17 people dead, Florida Gov. Rick Scott punted on questions about whether policymakers should take a stand on mental health and gun control, saying that “there’s a time” to have such conversations.

The dead included students and adults, some of whom were shot outside the school and others inside the sprawling three-story building.

The shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, previously attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland but was expelled after getting into trouble. He was enrolled at another Broward County school, officials said.

Cruz posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates.

The FBI was warned about a school shooting threat posted online by Cruz last fall.

The White House’s public schedule of events for today does not include a press briefing or any public events for President Trump a day after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who survived a 2011 shooting, urged Americans to “imagine a country where these massacres do not occur” in a moving thread on Twitter.

One week after Rob Porter, his staff secretary, resigned amid spousal abuse allegations, Trump said that he was “totally opposed to domestic violence,” his first condemnation of the alleged conduct behind a scandal that has engulfed the White House.

The admission by the president’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen,that he sent $130,000 to a pornographic film actress, who once claimed to have had an affair with Trump, has raised potential legal questions ranging from breach of contract to ethics violations.

Republicans on the House Budget Committee are pushing forward with a new budget resolution this year designed largely to rein in spending on entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, according to the panel’s chairman.

A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement aimed at balancing Democrats’ fight to offer citizenship to young “Dreamer” immigrants with Trump’s demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico, lawmakers said.

Trump endorsed Republican legislation that embodies his framework for tightening immigration laws and resolving the status of Dreamers — and threatened to veto other bipartisan and narrower bills.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

Although NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio last March laid out a timeline of up to 10 years for closing the Rikers Island jail, the state Commission of Correction, called the schedule unreasonable, given the rise in “violent incidents and degrading conditions” at the complex.

The city wants to build an entirely new jail on the site of the NYPD’s Bronx tow pound in Mott Haven, reopen the shuttered Queens Detention Center in Kew Gardens and expand still-operating Manhattan and Brooklyn detention centers.

“Given the city’s inaction and protracted 10-year proposal, it is now time for the commission to examine steps to expeditiously close Rikers and to ensure that the constitutional rights of inmates and staff are protected,” a 70-page report from the Commission on Correction said.

In addition to Rikers Island, the report listed other “worst offender” facilities, including the Greene County Jail in Catskill, the Buffalo area’s Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility, the Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie, and the Syracuse area’s Onondaga County Justice Center and Penitentiary.

Hoping to accelerate the closing of the Rikers Island jail complex, NYC officials announced that they have now chosen sites for four new jails, one in each borough except Staten Island.

Two months after de Blasio announced that NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña would retire, the spot remains unfilled.

During Joe Percoco’s federal corruption trial, prosecutors have shown how power players like Percoco navigated “the Albany game,” as one witness put it, and also how minor players in the game – like two developers from Syracuse – could get caught up in it.

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At least two people are dead after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The suspect, a former student, was taken into custody “after he committed this horrific, homicidal, detestable act,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

A senior official on the National Economic Council says he resigned yesterday after being informed that he would not receive a permanent security clearance, as the White House faces increasing scrutiny over the number of high-ranking officials allowed to work on interim clearances.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels reportedly believes recent comments by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, open the way for her to discuss publicly her alleged affair with Trump.

The Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, said the panel has launched an investigation into the Trump administration’s handling of the domestic abuse allegations that forced White House aide Rob Porter to resign last week.

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department for FBI documents regarding the FISA warrant application submitted to – and responses from – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to alleged collusion between Russia and Trump campaign associates.

Joseph Holland, a Republican who served as co-chairman of former Gov. George Pataki’s successful 1994 campaign, said he is formally running for governor, making his intentions clear in an email to Republican county chairmen.

The State Commission of Correction today delivered a letter and report to Cuomo and legislative leaders identifying the most problematic local correctional facilities of New York.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an agreement with the City Council to open or expand jails in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx as part of a plan to phase out the troubled island-based jail in the East River.

A defense lawyer in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial accused the main witness, Todd Howe, of making up a key detail regarding a dinner meeting to bolster the prosecution’s theory of a bribery scheme.

The head of the state’s Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the state’s public ethics commission, alleging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his former top aide — Percoco, now on trial for bribery — broke the state’s public officers law.

Famed character actor James Cromwell and about 50 other environmental activists staged a Valentine’s Day-themed rally against Cuomo outside the Manhattan courthouse where the Percoco trial is taking place.

Peter Galbraith Kelly, the power executive accused of getting Percoco’s wife a low-show teaching job at Competitive Power Ventures, helped Percoco because they were close friends – not to get favors from the state, their lawyers said.

Public Advocate Tish James has told people in recent days that she intends to run for New York City mayor in 2021, though her potentially running wouldn’t be a shocking development in New York City politics.

Cuomo announced that there are now 400 breweries in New York, eclipsing the previous high set in 1876, when there were 393 breweries.

The Investigative Post reports Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, who died during a training dive last October in the Niagara River, was likely ill-prepared and not sufficiently equipped to handle the situation when he found himself in distress.

Democrats are looking to embrace the #MeToo moment and rally women to push back on Trump in the midterms – and they don’t want Bill Clinton anywhere near it.

Democratic candidates in New York City’s primaries this year are energized and growing in numbers. Their targets aren’t Republican adversaries, they’re veteran Democratic incumbents.

The state Legislature has approved a bill that will extend relief measures to residents of a Plattsburgh mobile home park hit by flooding last month.

Four regional summits will be held over the next month to talk about toxic algae blooms, as part of the state’s $65 million effort to help control the blooms, found in 150 water bodies in New York in 2017.

New York State Police are asking for the public’s help to try to piece together the six days a skier from Toronto was missing after he disappeared in the Adirondacks.

Amanda Renteria, a longtime Democratic operative and the national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, has filed paperwork to run for California governor.

Two Troy Police Department leaders were promoted at a ceremony with local elected officials, as well as family and friends, on Wednesday afternoon at Franklin Terrace in Troy.

Here and Now

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

The Joe Percoco federal corruption trial continues in Manhattan.

President Donald Trump this morning receives his daily intelligence briefing and then meets with bipartisan members of Congress on infrastructure.

In the afternoon, Trump participates in a working session regarding the Opportunity Zones provided by tax reform. He will also sign H.R. 4708, the DHS Blue Campaign Authorization Act and S. 534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Assault and Safe Sport Authorization Act.

At 10 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, representatives from The Strong National Museum of Play and representatives from the state DOT announce a collaboration and future interactive play zones at the Greater Rochester International Airport, International Arrivals Hall, 1200 Brooks Ave., Rochester.

At 10:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul participates in an announcement at the Explore & More Children’s Museum, Lexus Club at KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Pl., Buffalo.

At 10:30 a.m., Quinnipiac University releases the results of a new state poll on Cuomo, a 2020 White House run by Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, state Capitol, LCA Room, third floor, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Assembly will hold a public hearing to examine the impact of the proposed federal offshore natural gas and oil lease authorization on the state’s environment, Legislative Auditorium, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, Long Island.

At 11 a.m., groups committed to improving the health of New Yorkers call on the state Legislature to reject the proposed consolidation of public health funding, and the 20 percent cut in funding, state Capitol, third floor, outside state Senate lobby, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson will hold a press conference to make an announcement, City Hall rotunda, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Health Network hold a press conference to announce its support of compassion and choices campaign to the Medical Aid in Dying Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. co-hosts the 11th Annual Bronx Sweetheart Luncheon, honoring couples who have been married for 50 years or more, Villa Barone Manor, 737 Throgs Neck Expressway, the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. call on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to rescind its new courthouse policy, New York State Supreme Court, 60 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Rockland County Executive Ed Day will present the 2018 Buffalo Soldier Award to a local veteran during a special ceremony, Rockland Fire Training Center, 35 Firemens Memorial Dr., Pomona.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky joins Assembly members Marcos Crespo, Ron Kim and Nily Rozic to speak on the importance of preparing for the 2020 census, outside Paris Baguette at Queens Crossing Mall, 136-17 39th Ave., Queens.

At noon, Make the Road NY, the state’s top immigrant advocacy group, calls on Cuomo and state lawmakers to advance policies that resist Trump’s assault on immigrants and working class communities of color, 92-10 Roosevelt Ave., Queens.

Also at noon, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the Apollo Theater for “Dining with the Divas,” an annual luncheon advancing women’s leadership through arts education, 253 West 125th St., Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul highlights Cuomo’s Democracy Agenda at the Susan B. Anthony Lunch, Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m., actor James Cromwell, filmmaker Josh Fox, candidate for governor and ex-Sen. Terry Gipson, Protect Orange County Chair, Pramilla Malick and others protect the Orange County CPV plant outside the Percoco trial, 40 Foley Sq., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Assemblyman and congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi will ask New York’s congressional delegation to reject the proposed 2019 federal budget plan that could effectively end long-distance rail travel in the northeast, inside Union Station, 321 Main St., Utica.

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

At 2:30 p.m., state Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson hold a press conference and rally for black history in New York schools and against recent inflammatory incidents, P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz School, 85 Watkins St., Brooklyn.

At 4 p.m., Rep. Eliot Engel, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey and NYC Councilman Andy King host a “Valentine’s Day Senior Dance,” Dreiser Loop Community Center Auditorium, 177 Dreiser Loop, Bronx.

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Trump, but was not reimbursed for the payment.

Cohen did not explain what the money was for, or whether Trump knew about the payment.

The Trump administration stuck to its story that no senior officials knew of accusations of wife beating lodged against ex-aide Rob Porter until last week — despite sworn testimony from the FBI director that the bureau had sent a final report to the White House last summer.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying entitlement reform is essential to limiting budget deficits, criticized Sen. John McCain for voting last year against the repeal of Obamacare.

What promises to be a lengthy and sleep-inducing Senate debate over legal status for “Dreamers” got off to a rocky start, as Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer clashed with his Republican counterpart over the unrelated topic of sanctuary cities.

Trump’s proposal to cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 90 percent could hurt wildlife, water quality and people, environmental leaders say.

Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget plan would slash funding for interstate highways, jeopardizing New York’s plan to transform a stretch of Interstate 81 in Syracuse in the next decade, Schumer said.

A federal court judge in Brooklyn put a stop, at least for now, to Trump’s plan to wind down a program that shielded nearly 800,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation.

Yet another courtroom battle promises to pull the White House into the legal spotlight today as crucial arguments are heard in New York in a sweeping lawsuit that is challenging the administration’s marijuana policy by seeking to legalize pot under federal law.

Russia is already meddling in the midterm elections this year, the top American intelligence officials said, warning that Moscow is using a digital strategy to worsen the country’s political and social divisions.

Israeli police recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to resign.

Todd Howe, the star witness at the bribery trial of a longtime top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, returned to the witness stand and faced an aggressive cross-examination about his surprise arrest last week for allegedly violating his bail conditions.

Wearing a dark suit, and with a U.S. Marshal in tow, a subdued Howe endured a third day of tough defense questions at the corruption trial of former Cuomo “right-hand man” Joe Percoco and three businessman.

Howe told jurors he spent the weekend in jail and woke up there yesterday morning, but that it was “uncertain” how long he’d have to remain behind bars. “It was my understanding that the government thought I might have ​broken my bail agreement,” he said.

Howe recognizes he’s in a “boatload of trouble.”

Howe said he wasn’t denying he had stayed at the Waldorf Astoria when he called his credit card company to try to get his money back from the luxury hotel, he was merely “disputing it.”

In an effort to substantially increase voter turnout and civic engagement in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out a comprehensive 10-point agenda that includes the city’s first-ever Chief Democracy Officer and a half-million dollar investment to fight election hacking.

De Blasio got a Bronx cheer from protesters holding “NYCHA is Freezing” signs as he walked into a theater in Brooklyn to deliver his State of the City address.

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A second federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Weighing trade sanctions, Trump said he’s “considering all options” to address an influx of cheap aluminum and steel imports into the United States.

Since July 27, 2016, when, as a candidate, he mocked opponent Hillary Clinton for having gone 235 days without holding a news conference, Trump has held precisely two additional solo news conferences: one in January 2017 during the transition and one in February 2017, less than a month into his presidency.

Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is writing a book about his life and relationship with the president.

Trump’s search for deeply conservative federal judges appears to have eliminated most African Americans and Hispanics from the running. Among his first 87 judicial nominees, only one is African American and one is Hispanic. Five are Asian Americans. Eighty are white.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make civic engagement a centerpiece of his State of the City speech this evening, calling on all New Yorkers to vote and get counted in the 2020 census, investing $4.3 million to achieve higher levels of participation.

Adults who knowingly allow minors to consume opioids and other controlled substances in their home could face jail time under an amendment to Nassau’s social host law proposed by lawmakers in the county’s Republican legislative majority.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan called for eliminating state-paid advertising for the “Start-Up NY” program, a business-incentive initiative he says has “failed” and should be dissolved.

Cuomo’s amended budget proposal didn’t include the much-needed $12.5 million in state aid for the city of Albany on which Mayor Kathy Sheehan is relying to balance her own spending plan.

New York’s top court ruled that portions of a person’s private Facebook profile can be accessed by opponents in a civil lawsuit.

The IOC reportedly threatened the U.S. women’s hockey team with a ban of the patriotic image during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison for setting off a shrapnel-packed explosive that injured 30 people.

Cuomo is focusing on keeping convicted sex offenders away from kids in a pair of new budget amendments – both bills backed by IDC Leader Jeff Klein.

The New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association approved a 10-run mercy rule for baseball that will start this spring. Suffolk County will adopt the new rule while Nassau County has yet to make a decision.

The state Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association slammed Cuomo’s plan to make it easier to fire state corrections officers, criticizing its announcement less than two days after the savage beating of a New York City correction officer.

After six days of searching, State Police said the Toronto firefighter assumed missing on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks was found alive and well in California.

There have been four New York governors who went on to serve as president of the United States, and all but one kept a dog in the White House.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with a new puppy and no public schedule.

The Joe Percoco corruption trial resumes this afternoon in federal court in Manhattan, with disgraced ex-lobbyist Todd Howe, who has been spending his night in jail since late last week, appearing in a business suit – not prison garb – as per the judge’s orders.

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

President Donald Trump this morning hosts a meeting with Members of Congress on trade. This afternoon, he hosts a roundtable with the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Later this afternoon, Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump host a National African History Month reception.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning delivers remarks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and then tours the museum.

At 12:45 p.m., Pence participates in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch.

At 6:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul cuts the ribbon celebrating OneJet’s first direct flight between Buffalo and Albany, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 4200 Genesee St., Buffalo.

At 8:30 a.m., the New York Immigration Coalition hosts its 2018 New York City legislative breakfast with elected officials and policymakers, Tribeca Grill, 375 Greenwich St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., members of the #bFair2DirectCare campaign rally in support of people with developmental disabilities and the professionals who support them, Legislative Office Building, outside of Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Legislature holds a joint committee hearing on the 2018-2019 executive budget proposal in regard to mental hygiene, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. joins Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. to launch the South Bronx Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, Via Verde Community Room, 700 Brook Ave., 20th floor, the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Republicans unveil a 2018 “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda” that would provide significant tax cuts for businesses, cut red tape, reduce regulatory burdens, invest in workforce development, and strengthen New York’s economic development programs, Room 124, state Capitol, State Street, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez announce Car Free Day 2018, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the charter schools committee of the State University of New York board of trustees meet, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., Global Classroom, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state lawmakers join members of members of the #bFair2DirectCare campaign for a press conference regarding the joint hearing on mental hygiene, Legislative Office Building, outside Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 10:45 a.m., VOCAL-NY and criminal justice reform organizations call on Cuomo to strengthen and revise his criminal justice platform, state Capitol, War Room, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Sen. Kemp Hannon will be joined by survivors of sexual assault, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislative colleagues from both sides of the aisle for a press conference focused on on three measures currently before the houses that advance state protections and rights of sexual assault survivors, Room 124, state Capitol, State Street, Albany.

At noon, activists launch a new “toxic tour” campaign against state senators who have received large donations from Wall Street, 159 State St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., state Senate Democrats announce legislation to reform the state’s criminal justice system, Senate Democratic Conference Room, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., AG Eri Schneiderman will announce the takedown of a major Hudson Valley organized crime ring, 44 South Broadway, White Plains.

Also at 1:30 p.m., the state Legislature will begin the bi-partisan interview process of the New York State Board of Regents, Assembly Parlor, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 3 p.m., 50 Long Island advocates travel to educate legislators and collaboratively combat the opioid epidemic, LCA Press Room 130, Albany.

At 5 p.m., state Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer host a community budget forum, Riverfront Library, second floor, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds a public meeting, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Albany.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address, Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

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President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which makes significant cuts to some federal agencies and projects as part of an effort to slash the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years.

The proposal, worth $4.4 trillion overall, outlines steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and a ballooning federal deficit that illustrates how far Republicans have strayed from their longtime embrace of balanced budgets.

The White House is seeking to cut more than $2.5 billion from the annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency – an overall reduction of more than 23 percent.

More than a year into his administration, Trump is presiding over a staff in turmoil, one with a 34 percent turnover rate, higher than any White House in decades.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new member in his administration: His puppy, Captain. The governor said in a video posted to his Twitter page that getting the 14-week-old dog was his daughters’ idea, and the puppy is now working on “mansion training.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a rumored 2020 presidential candidate along with Cuomo, also got a dog named Maple last year.

Cuomo unveiled several amendments to the budget he proposed in January that are intended to offset the impact of the new federal tax law on New Yorkers by, among other things, implementing a new, optional, payroll tax system and creating new charitable foundations.

Some business leaders have criticized the payroll tax idea, including Mike Durant, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, who said his members view the proposal as “a solution in search of a problem.”

The Cuomo administration is also proposing $7 million in the upcoming budget so that every New York county can have at least one poll site open 12 days before an election.

The governor announced that he will advance legislation that would give the head of the state prison system more power to crack down on ill-behaved correctional officers.

Trump’s daughter-in-law Vanessa was taken to a hospital after she opened a piece of mail addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jr., that contained an unknown white powder.

The substance was in an envelope with a Boston postmark and was most likely corn starch, which is not hazardous.

Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan will do little to address Long Island’s road, bridge and transportation needs, in part because it relies on already-stretched local governments to kick in substantially more money for projects than they do already, experts said.

The plan upends the criteria that have long been used to pick ambitious federal projects, putting little emphasis on how much an infrastructure proposal benefits the public and more on finding private investors and other outside sources of money.

An ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter lashed out at the Trump administration for their reaction to the fallout over the assault allegations that led to Porter’s dismissal.

Former President Barack Obama went gaga for Michelle Obama’s official portrait, thanking the artist for capturing the former first lady’s “hotness.”

The Trump administration is abandoning a decade-long plan to build a new FBI headquarters in Maryland or Virginia, and has instead decided to demolish the current building and replace it with a brand new one — on the exact same site.

Rep. John Katko defended the FBI and the Justice Department from attacks by some of his Republican colleagues over the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot has slipped over the last few weeks. But Republicans have gradually lost advantages of their own.

The flu epidemic is hitting the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.

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The U.S. Senate was to begin a major, free-for-all immigration debate, its first in nearly five years, this evening that could decide the fate of 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants, young people brought into the country illegally years ago as children.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is throwing his support behind a GOP proposal that lines up with President Trump’s immigration framework, as the chamber turns to a battle over the controversial issue.

Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and — unlike the plan he released last year – never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.

Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan calls for selling off federal government interests in the two major Washington, DC, area airports.

The plan’s funding and feasibility and ability to pass in Congress are all in doubt. It also would not necessarily benefit Trump’s home state of New York as much as one expect – despite the state’s dire need of investment in repairing crumbling roads and a sclerotic subway system.

Trump’s daughter-in-law, Vanessa, was taken to a hospital Monday morning after she opened a piece of mail addressed to her husband that contained an unknown white powder, polices sources said.

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama painted by, respectively, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

In the first electoral season since the stunning loss that extinguished her years-long drive for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, 70, has begun a discreet and low-profile reentry into the political fray.

Despite having an even lower favorability rating from the American people than Trump, Clinton will selectively campaign for Democratic congressional hopefuls for the decisive 2018 midterm elections.

Remington, the gunmaker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Prosecutor Janis Echenberg said she wants a jury to be told only that Todd Howe was arrested because he might have violated his bail conditions. Federal Judge Valerie Caproni said she did not plan to instruct the jury.

Howe will be allowed to wear a suit instead of a prison jumpsuit when his testimony resumes in Manhattan federal court.

A Sackets Harbor man has found success in selling bags for dog feces with a caricature of Trump’s face on them.

As part of the 30-day amendment to his executive budget proposal, Cuomo announced that he will advance legislation that would give the head of the state prison system more power to crack down on ill-behaved correctional officers

The New York City Health Department has confirmed the fourth pediatric flu death this season.

Transit activists were flanked by multiple state lawmakers at the Capitol this afternoon as they called on Cuomo and the Legislature to provide more funding to fix New York’s ailing subway and bus transit systems.

A movie director is filming a mock trial of NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner.

A Hempstead Village police detective has filed a complaint with the state’s Division of Human Rights, alleging that racism and discrimination within the department and village government keep him and other black officers from being promoted.

The new mental health awareness custom NYS license plates were unveiled and are available for ordering here.