Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule, and then in Nassau and Suffolk counties, where he will be making political appearances/announcements.

Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, is due in court today in New York City for an appearance related to federal corruption charges.

This evening, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane will host a reception with business, non-profit and philanthropic leaders who participated in the Ladders For Leaders program to celebrate a record-breaking year for the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Gracie Mansion, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network’s Kirsten John Foy, the NYCLU’s Donna Lieberman, NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Blake and Marisol Alcantara call on de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill to hold a community summit on policing after the shooting of Deborah Danner, NAN’s “House of Justice,” 106 W. 145th St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights Cuomo’s “Get Screened, No Excuses” campaign during a breast cancer awareness campaign kickoff, Jordan Health Center, 82 Holland St., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella holds event with Bayside residents to ask the state DOT to extend the sound barrier on the Clearview Expressway, 18-66 Corporal Kennedy St., Queens.

At 11 a.m., McCray and American Psychiatric Association President Maria Oquendo will be joined by elected officials, advocates and health leaders to announce a major investment in the health of NYC’s communities, Elmcor, 107-20 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Clifford Crouch and advocates hold press conference to highlight the #bFair2DirectCare “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign calling for a funding increase in the New York State budget for wages for staff, Crouch’s district office, Blarney Room, 1 Kattelville Rd., Binghamton.

Also at 11 a.m., the Coalition for Asthma-Free Housing, NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and supporters hold a press conference to call for passage of the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2016 (Intro 385B), 225 E. 14th St., Manhattan.

At noon, Hochul announces the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge​ winner, Village Elementary School, 100 School Ln., Hilton.

At 1 p.m., the EPA holds a media availability session at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, one of the nation’s most contaminated bodies of water.

Also at 1 p.m., Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Lancman and members of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council rally to
“protect the right to vote against intimidation efforts in this fall’s election,” City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., elected officials will issue proclamations to mark National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 23-29, joined by representatives of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Lead-Free MV Coalition, Oneida County Executive’s Office, County Office Building, 800 Park Ave., Utica.

At 4:45 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, VFW Post 5253, 155 Searingtown Rd., Albertson, Long Island. (The governor is headlining a rally on behalf of two Senate Democratic candidates in Nassau County — incumbent Todd Kaminsky and Adam Haber, who is seeking an open seat).

At 6 p.m., AARP unveils the results of a Siena College survey of Erie County Gen Xers’ and Boomers’ financial condition and retirement prospects, including their preferences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Social Security and retirement issues, with opening remarks by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo.

Also at 6 p.m., former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, former Rep. Nan Hayworth, Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino headline a fundraiser for Republican 94th AD candidate Kevin Byrne, Le Fontane, 137 Route 100, Katonah.

At 6:30 p.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at the Suffolk County Democratic Committee Fall Dinner, Villa Lombardi’s, 877 Main St., Holbrook, Long Island.

At 7 p.m., NY-3 candidates Sen. Jack Martins (Republican) and former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi (Democrat) debate in forum sponsored by AARP NY and The Viscardi Center at The Viscardi Center, 201 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson

At 7:30 p.m., Hochul receives the Woman of Distinction Award from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Adam’s Mark, 120 Church St., Buffalo.


Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway acknowledged the Republican presidential candidate was lagging behind rival Hillary Clinton, as the Democratic nominee pressed a strategy of encouraging early voting in key battleground states.

Newt Gingrich lauded Trump’s ability to campaign despite opposition from “the elite news media.” Speaking in a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, the former House Speaker claimed the Republican presidential nominee is coming up in the polls because of his staunch grassroots support.

Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday will campaign together for the first time, in North Carolina, a state that Clinton’s top aides view as a must-win for Donald Trump.

Trump will accept the Nov. 8 election results “100 percent if it’s fair,” according to his son Eric.

Newsday endorsed Clinton for president, deeming her “steady, mature, tough, intelligent and deeply knowledgeable about policy and government.”

Hacked emails from the personal account of Clinton’s top campaign official show her aides considered inserting jokes about her private email server into her speeches at several events — and at least one joke made it into her remarks.

Porn star Jessica Drake became the 12th woman to come forward with a tale of The Donald’s inappropriate behavior. His campaign called her story “totally false and ridiculous.”

In just a 21-day period this month, seven of the top super PACs – legally known as independent expenditure committees – spent an average of $341,000 a day on 11 separate state Senate races. The top spender was New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, which is tied to a pro-charter school organization.

Embattled Republicans are banking on an old foe — NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — to help them in this year’s state Senate races.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ramping up his efforts to help the Senate Democrats re-take the majority. A source close to Cuomo said he recognizes the Republicans have worked well with him since he took office in 2011 to get some big ticket items through, but “has been unable to get the ethics package he wants with the current composition of the Senate.”

Gary Greenberg, an upstate investor and child sexual abuse survivor who created the Fighting For Children PAC, spoke with Cuomo at a recent fund-raiser for state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, and came away convinced the governor will make passing the Child Victims Act a priority in 2017.

Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever has been promoted to press secretary, the first woman to serve in that role under Cuomo. Lever, 29, is replacing John Kelly, who left the administration last Friday for the private sector.

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna has been telling people he’s been approached by some of his fellow Republicans about the possibility of running for governor in 2018. Hanna says he’s considering the idea, even though he’s having a house built outside the state.

Social Security beneficiaries should get a one-time $581 payment to compensate for an anemic cost-of-living increase in 2017, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. He’s backing a bill introduced last year by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren that would provide the one-time payment to the more than 65 million recipients of Social Security benefits.

De Blasio solicits the opinions of many confidants before making decisions. Then he often disregards their counsel, forging ahead in ways that his inner circle sometimes describes as politically imprudent.

Police union leaders slammed de Blasio during an appearance on Catsimatidis’ talk show, fuming that the mayor has “neutered” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill in the aftermath of the police-involved shooting in the Bronx last Tuesday.

Heading into his 2017 re-election effort, de Blasio has a problem with a number of labor unions.

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The Weekend That Was

Hillary Clinton has jumped into a double-digit lead against rival Donald Trump, pushed largely by disapproval of the Republican candidate, according to ABC News’s inaugural 2016 election tracking poll.

President Obama, who has endured gridlock in Washington as Republicans in the states took direct aim at his vision and legacy, is stepping in to assist more than 150 state legislative candidates, by far his biggest effort to bolster local Democrats since he took office.

Trump pledged post-election lawsuits against every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior, and he charged Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party with orchestrating the allegations.

Preliminary analysis has found that a white substance that prompted the evacuation of Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn was not harmful, police said.

The telecom-media giant that would be formed if federal regulators approve AT&T $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner raises antitrust issues, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and several other lawmakers said.

A new state-mandated testing program has found lead in some of the drinking water in at least 11 school districts – Lackawanna, Williamsville, Clarence, Depew, North Collins, Orchard Park, Lockport, Hamburg, Cleveland Hill, Fredonia and Silver Creek.

Representing Trump at a national education conference in Florida, Carl Paladino referred to the “corrupted, incompetent urban school systems we have in this country” and suggested they exist exclusively to fuel a liberal voting base for the Democratic Party.

VP Joe Biden on Trump: “The press always asks me: Don’t I wish I were debating him?” he said. “No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”

The New Yorker magazine, which backed President Obama in the last election cycle, is supporting Clinton.

Clinton is very excited that the Chicago Cubs made the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo soon may be flying above the skies of New York in a state-of-the art helicopter that is faster, larger and quieter than his current State Police-supplied helicopter. The State Police is working on a final contract to purchase a slightly used Sikorsky S76-D for $12.5 million, which also includes training for five agency pilots.

Cuomo made a cameo appearance in the Wikileaks emails reportedly hacked from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s account.

Wendy Long, the Republican challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, called for a full pardon of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, for the release of hacked emails that have “served a far greater good of truth and transparency” than Assange’s alleged crimes.

The Syracuse Media Group editorial board endorsed Schumer “based on his tangibles – real results for Central New York, New York state and the nation – and his intangibles – his tireless work ethic, ability to work with Republicans, accessibility to constituents and ‘I’m still-the-kid-from-Brooklyn’ humility.”

Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, repeatedly begged Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin not to endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination last spring — since her husband was just about to kick off his own campaign, an email obtained by WikiLeaks shows.

It’s no secret Steven Casey, the former deputy mayor of Buffalo, is talking to the FBI. But is he also talking to the Cleveland developer suing his former boss over allegations of a pay-to-play scheme at City Hall? The developer’s lawyers say he is.

The NYPD’s sergeants union is taking out a full-page ad in the New York Post and other publications to condemn Commissioner James O’Neill’s criticisms of the officer who fatally shot Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old, bat-swinging, mentally ill woman.

Instructors in the New York Police Academy teach would-be cops to use deadly force “if the suspect is threatening deadly physical force” with a bat or any other type of weapon, similar to the alleged circumstances in Danner’s death.

O’Neill will attend a “summit on policing” organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Danner in the Bronx last week, according to a top aide to the civil rights leader.

The Erie County Holding Center’s top staff concealed details about the treatment of inmate Richard Metcalf Jr. when a state agency began to inquire about his grave medical condition.

Oilman and Allegany County resident Charlie Joyce is a major contributor to the national Republican Party. Personally or through his family and business, Joyce has contributed more than $1 million over the past four years, mostly to GOP causes, and sits on the RNC.

Seven Midtown firefighters have been disciplined for violating the FDNY’s “zero tolerance” hazing policy,” allegedly ridiculing an African-American member.

A defiant Edward Mangano returned to work Friday — a day after the Nassau county executive and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arraigned on federal corruption charges.

Experts say Mangano’s effort to hold onto his public post while battling corruption charges isn’t unusual, but it is risky.

“I don’t think there is a mean bone in that man’s body,” Desmond Ryan, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, said of Mangano. “We are a little taken aback from these indictments.”

With no deputy supervisor formerly in line to succeed indicted Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto if he resigns, the position would go the most senior town board member, according to the town code.

The Buffalo News has learned that former Buffalo University VP Dennis Black is at the center of an investigation into hundreds of thousands of dollars of questionable expenditures at UB.

Investigators in recent weeks have intensified their interest in a Queens restaurant owner and his dealings with de Blasio’s administration, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newburgh residents have experienced a lifetime of fear and uncertainty in the five months since City Manager Michael Ciaravino declared a state of emergency and announced the closure of the city’s primary water supply – Washington Lake – over alarming levels of a chemical that is raising fears worldwide.

Onondaga County Legislator Kathy Rapp will take a $10,000 county buyout to leave her elected position a year early. The move takes advantage of a retirement incentive program intended to save the county money on salaries, but Rapp’s exit will do the opposite.

The program created to help homeowners in New York recover from Hurricane Sandy will not meet its year-end deadline, officials said this week, the latest setback for the yearslong effort to rebuild thousands of homes in the city that were damaged in the storm.

A planned debate among the three candidates running for the 22nd Congressional District was cancelled Friday morning after one candidate – independent Martin Babinec – failed to arrive.

Conservative and some liberal students at New York University were dismayed last week after school officials, citing security concerns, canceled an event headlining controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos.

Islip Town’s former parks commissioner and his aide were sentenced to conditional discharges for their roles in the illegal dumping at Roberto Clemente Park that left more than 40,000 tons of contaminated construction debris at the site.

While lampooning the latest presidential debate, Alec Baldwin name-checked his brother and fellow actor Stephen Baldwin as he yet again impersonated Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”


Judy Smith, the woman who inspired the political drama “Scandal” will speak at SUNY Polytechnic, which has been dealing with, well, a scandal.

At the Al Smith Dinner last night, Hillary Clinton took a jab at the feud between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The U.S. Department of State posted to its website 112 documents recovered by the FBI during its investigation into Clinton’s private email server. In one email, the department censored several paragraphs that it determined contained foreign government information and deemed “confidential” — the lowest level of classification.

Newsday, which endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, joins the very long list of editorial boards that have backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

De Blasio is defending shaking Trump’s hand at the Smith dinner last night.

“Sometimes a lady needs to be told when she’s being nasty,” says Texas Congressmen Brian Babin.

A former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in court the governor knew of the plan to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge well in advance. He also once threw a water bottle at her and cursed.

Queens elected officials are blasting Mayor de Blasio’s handling of New York City’s homelessness problem.

Tests of water in schools are showing high levels of lead.

In the 21st congressional district, Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is sparring with Republican Elise Stefanik over the environment while a PAC that takes a “free market” approach to the issue is releasing a mail piece in the race.

Money that belongs to developmentally disabled people under the care of the state have been frequent targets for theft by workers overseeing the system, a report found.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill isn’t backing down after he said a police officer “failed” when he fatally shot to death a mentally ill woman who was swinging a bat.

Onondaga County Legislator Kathy Rapp will take a $10,000 county buyout to leave her elected position a year early.

There are allegations the election has been rigged … at the Seneca Nation in western New York.

ICYMI — 3 Candidates Square Off In NY-22 Debate On TWC News

The three candidates in the 22nd congressional district squared off Thursday night in a televised debate on Time Warner Cable News at Colgate University.

Martin Babinec, an independent candidate, along with Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers sparred on issues ranging from the economy, national security and economic development, as well as climate change, water quality and gun control.

The full, hour-long debate can be watched here.

The candidates are vying to replace Republican Rep. Richard Hanna who is retiring this year.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Providence, RI, where once of his three daughters attends Brown University. He has no public schedule.

At 8:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce awards breakfast, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Trpk., Woodbury, Long Island.

At 8:45 a.m., state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will address the Fall Conference of NYSATE/NYACTE, and speak about the need to prepare and support teachers and school leaders, Gideon Putnam Hotel, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs.

At 9:30 a.m., Hochul addresses Sen. Todd Kaminsky’s Senior Health Fair, Rockville Centre Recreation Center, 111 North Oceanside Rd., Rockville Centre, Long Island.

Also at 9:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melisa Mark-Viverito speaks at the National Conversation on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on WNYC radio.

Also at 10 a.m., Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich, a Republican who is mulling a 2017 mayoral run, holds public demonstration to protest de Blasio’s homeless policies, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will release a new report on state farm-to-school initiatives at the Gov. George Clinton Elementary School, 100 Montgomery St., Poughkeepsie.

At 10:15 a.m., ederal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at Columbia Law School Conference on the New Pedagogy of Financial Regulation, 435 W 116th St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., advocates for people with developmental disabilities will hold a rally in front of the #bFair2DirectCare electronic billboard in Times Square to highlight the need to for the state to cover the cost of paying direct service providers a living wage, Manhattan.

At at 11 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Heights Association, National Parks Service, Landmarks Preservation Commission and community members host event to celebrate fifty years of Brooklyn Heights’ designation as a National Historic Landmark and as New York City’s first Historic District, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino endorses Julie Killian for the 37th state Senate seat, Killian’s Yonkers campaign headquarters, 1043 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers.

At 1 p.m., state GOP Chair Ed Cox will be in Erie County in support of the GOP ticket and will hold a joint media availability with Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy to discuss the remaining weeks of the 2016 election, Erie County GOP Headquarters, 715 Main St., Suite 102, Buffalo.

Also at 1 p.m., Sen. Jesse Hamilton and supporters hold press conference for kickoff and tour of “the Campus,” the first technology and wellness hub at a public housing site in the United States, P.S. 298/Brownsville Collaborative Middle School, Auditorium, 85 Watkins St., Brooklyn.

At 7:15 p.m., Hochul presents a Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation at Kathleen Mary House “Taste of New Beginnings” event
Lucarelli’s, 1830 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna.


Some of Donald Trump’s remarks at the Al Smith Dinner were biting, as he took the opportunity to poke fun at his opponent, Hillary Clinton. That effort largely fell flat, though the crowd laughed at his other jokes.

Clinton joked that she “took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here,” and got big laughs when she channeled Trump by saying he “looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a four, maybe a five, if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”

Also booed at the dinner: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Trump said he’ll accept the election results of Nov. 8, but only if he’s on his way to the White House. “I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” he said at an Ohio rally.

The final debate between Clinton and Trump, which took place in Las Vegas earlier this week, drew 71.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That’s less than their record-breaking first debate, but more than the second.

Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife surrendered to the FBI to face corruption charges in Long Island Federal Court. The 13-count indictment charges Mangano with selling out his position to a wealthy businessman in exchange for free vacations, meals and other gifts, and his wife with having a $450,000 little-to-no-show job at the businessman’s restaurant.

Asked about the charges against him, Mangano told reporters: “It’s ridiculous, but I can’t say any more. I’m going to continue to govern. I’m going to go to work. America’s the greatest country in the world. And you’ll have an opportunity to hear everything and decide for yourselves.”

The political ramifications of Mangano’s arrest could start with next month’s competitive state Senate elections and stretch into next year’s races for nearly all county and Oyster Bay town offices.

Newsday says while the charges brought against Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto by U.S. Attorney preet Bharara have not yet been proven, “the behavior alleged in the indictment is reprehensible and a betrayal of their oaths as public servants,” and said they should resign.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeatedly called his New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, as the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal unfolded, complaining that New York officials were too aggressive in their efforts to uncover the purpose of the scheme. Both previously denied a report of one such conversation.

Rep. Chris Collins and Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy – normally among the region’s strongest supporters of Trump – said the nominee was wrong to raise the possibility that he won’t respect the results of the Nov. 8 election. It as a rare point of agreement for them with WNY Democrats.

Clinton solicited a $12 million donation from a government her State Department considered corrupt, then realized the “mess” it would cause to her presidential run, a newly leaked ­e-mail reveals.

NYC Council members are asking for an NYPD inspector general probe of how cops deal with the mentally ill after the fatal shooting of 66-year-old Deborah Danner in the Bronx.

AG Eric Schneiderman said his office doesn’t have the jurisdiction to investigate Danner’s death under an executive order issued by the governor last year.

While the statement from Schneiderman did not detail evidence in the case, his office’s decision not to pursue it suggested that investigators had found evidence that Danner was armed before she was shot in the bedroom of her home in the Castle Hill neighborhood.

De Blasio is still navigating the divide between officers who are skeptical of his leadership and a community angered by killings by the police.

Former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in her first major speech since leaving office three years ago, offered some suggestions for her erstwhile primary rival de Blasio to combat homelessness and refused to rule out a run for office again.

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Calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” may have been the best thing Donald Trump has ever done for her campaign.

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred revealed the identity of another woman accusing Trump of “inappropriate sexual conduct”: Karena Virginia, a yoga teacher and “inspirational speaker” who says the nominee groped her during a chance encounter at the US Open in 1998.

NYC Mayor and Clinton supporter Bill De Blasio took aim at Rudy Giuliani in a CNN interview this morning, saying that his predecessor was growing “increasingly delusional.”

The Bronx District Attorney will investigate the fatal NYPD shooting of a mentally ill woman after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman determined he has no jurisdiction over the case because the woman was armed with a bat when she was shot dead.

Melania Trump again sported a pussy-bow neckline at last night’s debate, sparking commentary and speculation about a potential message in her fashion choices.

There were two Trumps at the debate: The presidential candidate, and the possible future media mogul.

Republican congressional and state Senate candidates called on Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto to immediately resign — a move that came only hours after the two GOP officials were arrested on federal corruption charges.

Mangano reportedly does not plan to resign after being arrested on federal corruption charges this morning, and absent a guilty plea or conviction, he can’t be forced to do so.

The state has made one payment for manufacturing equipment at the SolarCity plant in Buffalo that’s been pending for months, but another payment had yet to be made as of Monday, according to a progress report on the construction.

Scott Rechler, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top Port Authority Board appointee, testified in the Bridgegate trial today that NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Cuomo talked about about a month after the Fort Lee lane closures – a claim that contradicts public comments both governors have made denying they ever discussed the issue.

President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act while also admitting it’s not perfect, insisting: “No law is.”

State IG Catherine Leahy Scott today released a report of an investigation into the systemic mismanagement and thefts of personal cash accounts for the developmentally disabled by state employees entrusted with their care.

A federal appeals court has affirmed the convictions of former state Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith and Queens GOP official Vincent Tabone for scheming to get Smith’s name on the 2013 New York City Republican mayoral primary ballot.

Onondaga County officials were vague today on whether they would seek to recoup money paid to legislators under raises that were today deemed illegal but a judge’s ruling.

Syracuse University has named S.P. Raj the interim dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He replaces former Dean Kenneth Kavajecz, who was dismissed last month after he was arrested for patronizing a prostitute in the town of Salina.

Sen. John DeFrancisco is hoping state engineers reconsider an option for the reconstruction of the deteriorating Interstate 81 overpass, saying he thinks the extra money might be well worth a tunnel to siphon at least some of the traffic heading through the city.

As of late yesterday afternoon, independent expenditure committees had spent $5.42 million on this year’s State Senate general elections. Candidates of both parties have been supported at fairly similar rates: $2.44 million of this money has gone to Democrats, and $2.98 has backed Republicans.

The Court of Appeals has accepted a determination by the Commission on Judicial Conduct that Alan Simon, a judge in Ramapo, Spring Valley and Hillburn, should be removed from the bench for violations of judicial ethics.

Though his days in office are numbered, Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. said he is considering whether to conduct a criminal investigation into the 2012 death of Richard Metcalf Jr. – as the state agency that regulates local jails urges him to do.

Donna Fernandes, who has guided the Buffalo Zoo to unprecedented growth since arriving in 2000, is retiring. She will step down as president and chief executive officer in the spring of 2017.

Midwood High School alumni – including former NY First Lady Matilda Cuomo – packed the Grand Prospect Hall on Saturday to celebrate the school’s 75th year as one of Brooklyn’s top-ranked public high schools. The governor’s mother, class of ’49, was honored at the event.

A prize-winning llama named Snow has gone missing during training exercises in Western New York, and now her owner is seeking help locating her from the public.

Here and Now

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

After trading verbal barbs in their third and final debate last night, the two presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – will try to play nice at the Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan tonight, 301 Park Ave., Manhattan. (The dinner starts at 8 p.m.)

There’s a lot going on today. A full calendar of today’s events appears at the end of this post.


Trump stubbornly refused to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, instead floating the possibility – yet again – that the race could be “rigged” in Clinton’s favor.

Asked if he would accept the results of the Nov. 8 election, Trump replied: “I will keep you in suspense.” He accused the FBI and the media of conspiring in Clinton’s favor, and brushed off a reminder from Chris Wallace, the debate moderator, that the peaceful transfer of power is “one of the prides of this country.”

Clinton called Trump’s response “horrifying,” adding: “Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is, it is rigged against him.”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the most prominent Trump surrogates, is already calling for a recount if the presidential election is close – because only a big margin would assure the Clintons couldn’t “defraud” their way into the White House.

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who just days ago said the campaign would accept the outcome of the Nov. 8. election, after the debate told reporters: “If the vote is fair, I’m confident that we’ll accept it.”

More than two out of every three U.S. citizens in a recent poll say they are very or somewhat concerned about the security of the nation’s electoral system.

Flipping the script in the final debate, Clinton turned herself into Trump’s relentless tormentor, condescending to him repeatedly and deploying some of his own trademark tactics against him.

After Trump attacked Clinton, saying Putin had “no respect” for her or President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee shot back: “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” “No puppet. No puppet,” Trump insisted. “You’re the puppet. No, you’re the puppet.”

Trump branded Clinton a “nasty woman” after she took a shot at him for avoiding taxes, prompting her female supporters to adopt the label as their own.

Clinton won the debate, topping Trump by a 13-point margin according to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers, giving her a clean sweep across all three of this year’s presidential debates. But respondents were also closely divided on which candidate they trusted more on the issues most important to them.

The internet’s reaction to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s moderation was overwhelmingly positive even as he lost control of the candidates during the event’s second half. Even the NBC News crew said this was “the closest to a normal debate we’ve had.”

Given the anti-mainstream media rhetoric of the nominee, Trump’s campaign took matters into its own hands, hosting its own pre-debate coverage on Facebook Live.

A spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano called the news of the expected federal corruption charges the Long Island Republican will reportedly face as early as today “complete rumor mill and nonsense.”

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said: “County Executive Mangano has the highest integrity, has done nothing wrong, has not been contacted, and the accusations are preposterous.”

Oyster Bay was the “victim” of a loan guarantee scheme involving indicted concessionaire Harendra Singh, the town’s outside legal counsel said in a court filing.

The shooting death of a 66-year-old mentally ill Bronx woman by an NYPD sergeant was condemned in swift and striking terms by both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, who said the officer had failed to follow the department’s protocol for dealing with an emotionally disturbed person.

De Blasio sought to downplay his use of an NYPD helicopter to avoid rush-hour traffic between Brooklyn and Queens last Friday, saying his predecessors had used the travel method much more frequently. “I really don’t understand what this is all about,” he said.

De Blasio’s appointees to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have formed a three-person rebel faction, questioning some of the panel’s initiatives and pushing their own.

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn plans to criticize de Blasio’s record on homelessness during a speech this morning, marking her toughest critique of the mayor since he defeated her in the 2013 race for City Hall.

The number of homeless people in city shelters has exceeded 60,000 for the first time in history, official data revealed.

Rose Gill Hearn, chairwoman of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and a former federal prosecutor, plans to step down in December, leaving an opening at the helm of the nonpartisan agency ahead of next year’s city elections.

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Live Blogging The Final President Debate


Donald Trump is bringing President Obama’s Kenyan-born half-brother, Malik, to tonight’s third and final presidential debate, while Hillary Clinton will be joined by two well-known billionaires who are backing her campaign, in what may be an attempt to rattle Republican nominee by subtly questioning his own net worth.

Clinton is performing well in a couple Republican strongholds where a Democrat is not traditionally expected to have a chance: Arizona and Texas. The Clinton campaign is going on the offensive in these states, buying ads and sending surrogates.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Trump’s foundation is “responding professionally” to his requests to cease and desist fundraising activities in the state, and said calls for a similar investigation into the family foundation of his fellow Democrat, Clinton, are without merit.

A SUNY professor continues to project Trump as the likely winner of this year’s election and he’s critiquing polls that predict the opposite in a new opinion piece.

In defending her husband against allegations of sexual misconduct, Melania Trump is parroting the arguments Clinton used decades ago to defend her own cheating and lying spouse.

In an 2008 interview with NY1, Trump praised Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for their time in elected office. “I think she is going to go down at a minimum as a great senator,” he said. “I think she is a great wife to a president. And I think Bill Clinton was a great president.”

Police should not have shot and killed a 66-year-old emotionally disturbed Bronx woman who charged a sergeant with a baseball bat, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a City Hall press conference today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee chatted with singers – and romantic partners – Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton at the Obamas’ last state dinner at the White House last night.

Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who crossed party lines to endorse Cuomo in 2014, is reportedly expected to be charged as early as Thursday on federal corruption-related matters.

A collection of energy companies and trade associations have filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse a decision by the Cuomo administration to subsidize several struggling upstate nuclear plants.

Judge Henry Pitma granted a request to allow Alain Kaloyeros , the former SUNY Poly head facing corruption charges, to travel to Pennsylvania for a job interview. It is not clear at this time what job Kaloyeros is interviewing for.

The Public Employees Federation and the Cuomo administration announced a tentative three-year labor agreement that calls for workers to receive a 2 percent increase in the current fiscal year and the next two.

EJ McMahon says if the PEF deal is ultimately extended to all state workers, it could add nearly $1.5 billion in salary costs to New York’s budget by fiscal 2019.

The embattled hedge fund holding a $20 million investment from New York City’s correction officers’ union that is the subject of the arrest of the union’s former president Norman Seabrook has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection.

Clinton and Trump answered questions on climate change, income inequality and gun violence posed by New York Times readers and put to them by the paper’s editorial board.

The largest suburban school district in Western New York – Williamsville – is considering joining the national trend of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

J.H.S. 162 in the Bronx – the only public school threatened with a state takeover since the establishment of the receivership program – is caught in a power struggle between the governor and the state Education Department.

Even though the city and state (via the MTA) have traditionally shared the cost of free student MetroCards, the current push for a similar program with half-price cards for low-income NYC residents has focused on the mayor, not the governor.

The New York Times brought a new generation of the Sulzberger family into its top ranks today, naming Arthur Gregg Sulzberger the deputy publisher. The appointment positions him to succeed his father as publisher and chairman of The New York Times Company.

The obituary of 85-year-old Rochester attorney John J. Considine Jr. has drawn national attention for noting that he passed away on Oct. 16, “narrowly escaping the 2016 election.”

Drinking water samples taken earlier this year in 152 Buffalo homes showed either no detectable levels of lead or levels that met EPA standards, city officials said, though they working with homeowners and residents of seven homes where the amount of lead in drinking water exceeded a new local standard that’s tougher than federal requirements.

NY-22: Babinec Campaign Rolls Out Documentary Series

From the Morning Memo:

The congressional campaign of Martin Babinec on Wednesday is rolling out the first episode of a documentary series chronicling his bid for the open House seat.

The 5-minute first episode of the series “Running Independent” portrays the beginnings of the campaign for Babinec, who is running an independent bid for the 22nd congressional district.

“My goal is to bring voters on the road with the campaign and experience a process that is stacked against average citizens running for office – we can make a difference here,” said Babinec.

The series is being produced by Floating Hope Films.

Babinec’s campaign says the series is aimed at giving “an inside look” at an independent bid for Congress. An independent candidate has not been elected to Congress in 26 years.

Babinec, who would caucus with House Republicans if elected, faces Democrat Kim Myers and Republican Claudia Tenney. Incumbent Republican Richard Hanna is retiring at the end of the term.

All three candidates will square off in a TWC News debate on Thursday at 9 p.m.