Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed John Boehner as House speaker, apparently undone by the same conservative forces that drove Boehner to resign.

Lawmakers were reportedly in tears upon learning of McCarthy’s decision.

Meanwhile…Rep. Charlie Rangel made a smoothie in his office while enjoying the GOP meltdown from afar.

US Attorney Preet Bharara: “Somebody once made the mistake of asking me, ‘What again is your jurisdiction exactly?’ And I said, ‘Are you familiar with Earth?'”

Eva Moskowitz, the leader of a major chain of New York City charter schools and an outspoken critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio, ended months of speculation today by declaring she won’t run for mayor in 2017.

In response to Moskowitz’s news, de Blasio said: “Each person has to make their own choice on whether they want to run for office and I have said I welcome anyone who makes that choice and I’m ready to have a very spirited debate about New York City.”

Robert Capers, already a senior litigation counsel in the public integrity section, was nominated by the president to replace now-US AG Loretta Lynch as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force is set to meet for the first time next week in New York City. The executive session will be closed to the public, but members are expected to discuss and plan future public sessions that will be held around the state, the governor’s office said.

Government regulation may be needed to oversee daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel and DraftKings to ensure they are not “a rigged casino,” AG Eric Schneiderman warned.

The American Democracy Legal Fund, a liberal group, has filed a House ethics complaint against Reps. John Katko, Elise Stefanik and 21 other Republicans, alleging they violated House ethics rules in order to obtain financial support for the 2016 election.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan parked in a crosswalk outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan while on “official business” – (according to the placard in the window).

Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and a group of Irish-American legislators are on a trip to Northern Ireland this week; O’Donnell is scheduled tomorrow to discuss the effort to pass same-sex marriage in New York.

Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton detailed her plans to crack down on risky Wall Street behavior, delivering a sharp rebuke to the Obama administration’s weak enforcement against financial misconduct.

…Clinton’s approach stops short of the wholesale financial reform favored by her primary opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and also by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who some liberals have tried to draft into the race.

The private email server Clinton used as secretary of state was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating abroad, according to congressional investigators.

Robocalls and Internet messages have been flowing from Sanders’ New York supporters, advising those interested that they must register as Democrats by tomorrow if they wish to vote in the party’s New York primary in April.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito assembled a coalition of female activists today to launch the Young Women’s Initiative – a group she said would combat racial and gender inequality and be the first of its kind in a nation with many similar initiatives aimed at young men of color.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Commissioner of Department of Consumer Affairs Julie Menin addresses the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 1375 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Google and Assemblymembers Latoya Joyner and Marco Crespo will bring the “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program to New York City, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

Also at 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes a workforce development announcement at SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd., outside Building C (Regional Higher Education Center), Queensbury.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will deliver remarks at the NYPD Swearing-In Ceremony of 750 new police officers, Police Academy, 28-11 28 Ave., Queens. (A media availability will immediately follow).

At 10:30 a.m., the Assembly will hold a public hearing on the state’s Medicaid Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver Program and the issues relating to the transition of the program to managed care, Hearing Room C, LOB, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Sens. Joseph Griffo and Anthony Brindisi host a press conference at the Whitesboro Fire Department to urge the passage of legislation that would grant volunteer firefighters presumptive cancer coverage, outside the Whitesboro Fire Department, 171 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro.

At noon, Hochul addresses students and faculty at Marist College about the Enough is Enough effort to combat sexual assault on college campuses, Student Center, Room 30101, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie.

Also at noon, the AARP unveils its “High Anxiety” survey showing New York City Asian-American Generation X and Baby Boomer voters’ struggles with financial and retirement preparedness and security, The Library @ Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street/Astor Place, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., former Chief Judge Judith Kay, Assembly Education Chair Cathy Nolan, the Urban Youth Collaborative, Make The Road New York, Sistas and Brothas United, parent activists and youth leaders, AQE, and Citizen Action celebrate the introduction of Act 8396, legislation aimed at reducing classroom disruptions and making schools safer, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 12:45 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will make remarks at the National Summit of Human Trafficking and The State Courts, hosted by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, New York Marriott Downtown, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom, 85 West St., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul and state Division of Veterans’ Affairs Director Eric Hesse hold a veterans outreach event, Montrose Veteran Home, 2090 Albany Post Rd., Montrose.

At 2:30 a.m., Cuomo and former Vice President Al Gore make an announcement, Roone Arledge Auditorium
, Alfred Lerner Hall
, Columbia University
, 2920 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., a labor advocacy award will be presented to Vincent Pitta, managing member, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC, for his efforts as an advocate and mediator in the labor community, EmblemHealth, 55 Water St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts his annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception, 32BJ SEIU, 25 W. 18th St., Manhattan.

At 6:45 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at an at Italian Heritage ceremony, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., Manhattan.


East Ramapo school superintendent Joel Klein has resigned, effective on Halloween. The announcement drew strong applause and cheers from the several dozen people attending a special Board of Education meeting last night.

Klein will be succeeded by Deborah Wortham, an African-American woman who most recently served as superintendent in the Roosevelt school district on Long Island, which was under state control for a dozen years. Her interim appointment lasts until June 29, 2016.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has not been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors who are looking into the awarding of his administration’s Buffalo Billion contracts. The governor, however, did not clearly state that he has not been questioned by investigators from the offices of US Attorney Preet Bharara.

A Cuomo spokesman later clarified that neither Cuomo nor his staff have been either subpoenaed or questioned by Bharara’s office about the initiative.

Alain Kaloyeros, president of SUNY Poly and the man behind the Buffalo Billion, told the Gotham Gazette he faces “the threat of jail” if he discusses Bharara’s probe. He also invited the publication on a tour of his Albany campus, and then abruptly cancelled it with no explanation.

Calling it a day when “you can actually feel the energy change” for Western New York, Cuomo announced that a Massachusetts solar energy company plans to build a plant in Genesee County that is projected to employ at least 600 people within the next five years.

As the executive director of the JCOPE departed for a job in the Cuomo administration in July, she hired three former Cuomo aides to prominent positions within the commission. A majority of the 14 JCOPE board members yesterday approved a motion revoking the ability of the ethics and lobbying watchdog’s staff to make new hires without the commissioners’ consent.

The de Blasio administration is now offering more than $2 billion for the MTA five-year capital plan, ramping up its initial proposal of $657 million – as long as the state meets certain conditions – in an attempt to end a fight that has dragged on for months.

Eva Moskowitz, the outspoken charter school leader who galvanized critics of the de Blasio administration, has signaled to close allies that she is leaning against a bid for mayor of New York in 2017. She’s planning an announcement about her political future this morning.

Hours after a blast tore through a three-story Brooklyn building Saturday, killing two women, authorities said they suspected the removal of a high-end gas stove was to blame. Now investigators are less certain about that theory.

An NYPD officer used excessive force during an altercation with retired tennis star James Blake, and a second officer abused his authority in connection with the incident, the Civilian Complaint Review Board has found.

Attorneys for disgraced ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said they’re being “gamed” by prosecutors less than a month before the start of his corruption trial – an allegation the US attorney’s office, denies.

The ousted Columbia University doctor embroiled in Silver’s corruption scandal has gotten his job back — for now. But the school wants to make him pay for the privilege as it continues to seek his ouster.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s big economic development announcement today: A solar company plans to set up a manufacturing facility near Batavia and is expecting to create 700 to 1,000 jobs over five years.

Cuomo will reportedly be appearing tomorrow at a climate change event at Columbia University with former VP Al Gore.

Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton says she does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Former state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous’ sentencing for a felony conviction will wait until he completes another round of chemotherapy. US District Judge Vincent Briccetti on Wednesday pushed Libous’ sentencing date back to Nov. 24 from Oct. 30.

Democratic 2016 presidential candidate Larry Lessig launched a TV ad attacking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a GOP White House hopeful, in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

A state Supreme Court judge in Franklin County has denied Paul Smith’s College’s petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

US Attorney Preet Bharara trumps the governor as the most powerful person in Albany, according to The NY Observer’s list of the Capitol’s 40 top political players.

The state will put $7 million toward Cornell University’s food-research facility in Ontario County as part of an effort to boost New York’s wine and beer industries.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined charter school advocates and families to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio treat the privately-run schools “equitably,” and to swiftly find locations for 14 new Success Academy schools set to open next year.

Basil Seggos will take over the state DEC during a time of transition for the department, with a decisions on a number of high-profile issues – even now that fracking has been dealt with – awaiting his attention.

The mystery continues about who wants to transform a forlorn area in the heart of downtown Albany, New York, with a huge redevelopment project.

After more than a year of stops and starts, the Port Ambrose offshore gas project is entering its final review phase before Governors Cuomo and Chris Christie must decide its fate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott defended his “trade mission” to New York tomorrow after NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called it a “traveling circus” intended to “steal jobs” from the city and state.

Julio Iglesias — Latin music’s top selling artist — is the latest star to call out presidential hopeful Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant comments. He deemed the bombastic candidate an “a–hole” and said he will no longer perform in any Trump-owned casinos.

The partners who had announced their intention to buy The Ginger Man and Washington Tavern – two well-known Albany establishments – have filed a lawsuit for more than $3 million against the owners of the Albany restaurants, claiming breach of contract.

Legislation to strengthen and streamline airport access control measures co-sponsored by Republican Rep. John Katko and Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice passed in a bipartisan voice vote last night.

US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are suing the manufacturer of the exercise band that slipped or snapped, leading to the Nevada Democrat’s eye injury.

A street vendor hoping to legally sell her dumplings on New York City streets set up shop outside of 250 Broadway today in hopes of enticing NYC Council members’ stomachs and support.

Hempstead Republican Anthony Santino, a town board member who is running for Hempstead supervisor, says that former Oyster Bay supervisor Lewis Yevoli, a Democrat, has endorsed him.

DiNapoli Won’t Sign Off On WEP

womensequalityFrom the Morning Memo:

The current battle over control of the Women’s Equality Party, and subsequent lawsuit challenging the right of candidates around the state to run on the new party’s ballot line this fall, was born of the refusal by two top Democrats to sign off on creation of the new entity in the first place.

This past summer, neither state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli nor AG Eric Schneiderman agreed to put their names to paperwork filed to formally constitute the WEP, which was created by the governor for his 2014 re-election campaign, even though both of them also ran on the line.

State Election Law requires a “majority” of the candidates who ran on a new party’s line to agree on its rules, which means that in this case – at least according to some experts – it would take three signatures, not the existing two from the governor and LG Kathy Hochul – to officially create the WEP.

During a CapTon interview last night, DiNapoli was reluctant to discuss the issue, saying he won’t be putting his name to the WEP because he doesn’t want to get in the middle of “competing slates of leadership.”

“That’s just a fight I choose not to be engaged in,” he said.

When I pointed out that had he signed off in the first place, this whole mess might have been avoided, DiNapoli merely chuckled and reiterated that he has “no plans, nor no plans to make plans” to put his signature on any WEP documents any time soon.

The comptroller did not say whether he has been approached by the governor or his allies regarding this matter.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and Genesee counties.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo hosts the state’s third annual Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit, Hart Lounge, Egg Center for Performing Arts, Albany. (LG Kathy Hochul will also participate).

At 10:30 a.m., JCOPE meets, 540 Broadway, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes remarks at the annual FDNY Memorial Day ceremony, Fireman’s Monument, 100th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella and members of the Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services in New York City will hold a Public Forum titled, “The Current State of Homelessness in New York City,” 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the New York Ethics Review Commission holds public hearing, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave., Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will tour a home in Far Rockaway, Queens that was repaired through Neighborhood Revitalization New York City Home Repair Program after Hurricane Sandy, 322 Beach 28th St.

At 11:45 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. leads a press conference to call for an end to New York City’s “Tale of Two School Systems,” (expected to be a massive rally of charter school supporters), City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At noon, street vendors hand-deliver a new report revealing how NYC’s permit cap hurts the economy, across from 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will endorse former Yonkers City Councilman and Republican nominee for Mayor Bill Nuckel in front of Nuckel’s house, 41 Park Ave. Terrace, Yonkers.

At 1:30 p.m., de Blasio holds a public hearing on and signs into law Intros. 850-A, 643-A, 706-A, 753-A, 758-A, 766-A, 768-A, 784-A and 767-A, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Genesee Community College, Stuart Steiner Theater, 1 College Rd., Batavia.

At 5 p.m., Hochul tours the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 6:05 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James and Chris Widelo, associated state director of AARP for New York City, hold a telephone town hall to discuss financial security issues with AARP members.


The NRA’s resistance to background checks on gun sales is “absurd,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last night on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews as he continues to push for more gun control at the national level. “Their position now is ‘No conversation, no common sense, no cooperation,'” the governor said.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway announced it is close to an agreement to move stone from former mines in Tahawus, a development that would keep the line open and likely prevent storage of out-of-service oil tank cars on the little-used rail line north of North Creek.

Cuomo is expected to join area business leaders this afternoon in Batavia, Genesee County, for an announcement involving what the head of Greater Rochester Enterprise called “the largest project in our organization’s history.”

The governor Cuomo again criticized Democrats in Congress and those running for president for failing to make stricter gun control a top priority, but backed away from his own call a week ago to threaten a shut down of the federal government over the issue.

Cuomo insisted last night: “I don’t believe in shutting down the government.”

Many of Cuomo’s staunchest progressive critics appear to be convinced by his new push for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli pointed out that the federal investigation into Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic development program is coming four years after the governor and Legislature took away some of his oversight powers regarding State University of New York spending.

For tests given last spring under the new Common Core requirements, the description of the results come down to the different labels each state uses to describe the exact same scores on the same tests.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio met Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic 2016 hopeful, in Brooklyn (a borough they both once called home) last month as he continued to weigh an endorsement in the 2016 presidential contest and planned to host a candidates’ forum in Iowa later this year.

Sanders described de Blasio as “one of the leading progressives in America,” and said the two discussed progressive politics in America and the mayor’s accomplishments in NYC.

Hillary Clinton remains 12 percentage points ahead of the surging Sanders in California, according to a new Field Poll, but her support among likely Democratic voters in the state has plummeted.

Clinton got fed up with her Republican rivals criticizing her record as secretary of state, so she had a solution — send each of them a copy of her book, “Hard Choices”, along with a personalized letter.

Republican 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump pranked his perpetually sweating primary rival, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with a heat relief care package full of Trump “brand” spring water and “Make America Great Again” towels.

Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, who got rich making wagers, is now betting that former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg will run for president in 2016 — and win.

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According to multiple sources, it was VP Joe Biden himself who was responsible for the New York Times story of his dying son urging him to run for president in 2016.

A source on Hillary Clinton’s campaign says a team of opposition researchers working on behalf of the candidate is currently digging through the vice president’s long record in office to develop attack lines in case he runs.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio met US Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic 2016 contender, in New York last month as he continued to weigh an endorsement in the 2016 presidential contest and planned to host a candidates forum in Iowa later this year.

During a visit to NYC, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican 2016 candidate, said the US must provide a social safety net to help people “get back up” after losing their jobs in this rapidly shifting 21st century gig economy, but not the sort of social safety net we have now.

GlobalFoundries, the upstate New York success story that received more than $1 billion to build a chip plant near Saratoga, is facing cutbacks internationally, and the move has raised concerns about its status in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be one of the two guest speakers at The Business Council of Westchester’s annual dinner, on Oct. 27. The other speaker is Mark Halperin of NBC’s “Today” show and the author of “Game Change.”

The state Office of General Services is trying to find someone, hopefully not too far from Albany, willing to donate a Christmas spruce to grace the Empire State Plaza. Actually they are looking for two trees.

The Energy Information Administration says that a warmer winter and low energy prices will bring heating bills down for Americans, no matter their heating source, between October and March.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warned about the financial trouble that would follow if some upstate groups had their way to secede from downstate New York.

Republican congressional candidate Andrew Heaney, who is running for the NY-19 seat that will be vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson next year, raised $643,256 in his first quarter of fundraising, his campaign announced.

Even before a gas explosion in Brooklyn this past weekend, the state was planning to tighten its oversight of training programs for workers who maintain natural gas pipelines.

Staten Island hero Lt. Gordon (Matt) Ambelas was added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the Empire State Plaza today.

The infamous bronze sculpture of a zombie-eyed Lucille Ball that drew national attention earlier this year will join the ranks of the great Halloween villains this month, when an actor performs a scene inspired by the sculpture as part of an elaborate Chautauqua County haunted house.

The NYS Senate website has a new look.

A key federal approval will help a $64 million expansion project move forward at a notoriously congested international border crossing in Western New York.

In its biggest crackdown yet on rogue drone operators, the FAA ordered a $1.9 million civil penalty against a Chicago-based company that takes aerial photos – including 43 unauthorized flights in New York state airspace.

Republican County Executive candidate Jim O’Connor picked up his first formal endorsement last week from Rep. Lee Zeldin, but he has an uphill climb, as incumbent Democratic Executive Steve Bellone holds a 33 percentage point lead, according to this week’s Newsday/News12/Siena poll.

Singer Liza Minnelli is a fan of Uber.

Wall Street Posts Strongest First Half Since 2011

moneyProfits on Wall Street posted their strongest first six months of the year since 2011, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced in an earnings report released on Tuesday.

The state’s securities industry recorded profits of $11.3 billion, despite a recent string of economic uncertainties, especially from overseas markets.

“After a very strong first half of the year, the securities industry faces volatile financial markets and an unsteady global economy,” DiNapoli said. “After years of downsizing, the industry has been adding jobs in New York City, but it may curtail hiring to bolster profits. We’re hopeful that Wall Street’s robust first half will result in a good year. The securities industry continues to be a major contributor to the city’s economy and a large contributor to the state and city budgets.”

Profits on Wall Street have been considered relatively strong over the last two years, averaging $16.3 billion in spite of the continued uncertainty overseas, regulatory framework imposed since the 2008 financial crisis and a series of blockbuster settlements. More >

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 8:45 a.m., Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a 2016 GOP hopeful, discusses the “unique challenges facing businesses in the sharing economy that have resulted directly from outdated leaders in government”, followed by a discussion with New York Civic Hall Founder Andrew Rasej, Civic Hall, 156 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:15 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will be a guest on NPR’s “The Takeaway” discussing the multi-state investigation into Volkswagen.

At 10 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli releases annual report on profitability of securities industry on a conference call with media.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia joins state Sen. Martin J. Golden at a school assembly to kick-off an Anti-Litter Essay Contest for elementary school students, P.S. 127, 7805 7th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks on behalf of the governor at the 18th annual New York State fallen firefighters memorial ceremony, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner joins community leaders for a short parade marking formal opening of a new crosswalk along West St., 109 Otisco St., Syracuse.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio ill deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School for Cinema at Steiner Studios, 25 Washington Ave., 6th Floor, Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., the Assembly will hold a roundtable discussion on the interplay between child daycare and pre-kindergarten programs in the state, LOB, Room 711-A, Albany.

At noon, Queens elected officials, including Sens. Mike Gianaris and Toby Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim and NYC Councilman Peter Koo, and community members will call for improved safety and awareness in the vicinity of College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in the wake of Sunday morning’s fatal hit-and-run, Southeast corner of College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.

At 1 p.m., Hochul tours the New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNET), 405 Jordan Rd., Tory.

At 2 p.m., Sen. Jose Peralta and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides recognize the First Annual Organ Donor enrollment day and unveils bill to include assistance for kidney transplantation for undocumented New Yorkers, 78th St. and 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens.

At 4:30 p.m., Hochul tours Equinox, 95 Central Ave., Albany.

At approximately 5 p.m., de Blasio will appear on WCBS 880.

At 7 p.m., NY1’s “Inside City Hall” host Errol Louis moderates a live debate between the Staten Island DA candidates, College of Staten Island.

Also at 7 p.m., Cuomo and de Blasio attend a 48th birthday celebration for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, La Marina, 348 Dyckman St., Manhattan.


IDC Leader Jeff Klein’s alliance with Republicans has paid off. The Bronx state senator has been awarded $11.7 million in earmarks over the last three years — more than triple the amount of any other member of the chamber.

Nearly $8 million in new capital project money publicly itemized for the first time by the Senate GOP is tied to five men no longer serving in the chamber. The money, which critics decry as pork-barrel spending, makes up nearly 11 percent of the total $74.7 million unveiled by Senate Republicans.

New Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has an ambitious reform agenda, but is realistic about the many roadblocks in his path. Knowing how past superintendents have been treated, he has rented, not purchased a place to live in the Queen City.

Nearly one of every four workers on the SolarCity construction project during July were women or minorities, exceeding the workforce diversity targets set for the $900 million solar panel factory, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said.

Federal law-enforcement authorities are investigating an alleged bribery scheme involving payments to officials at the United Nations to gain support for real-estate development in Macau, people familiar with the matter said.

While promoting her new proposals to limit the availability of firearms, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested at a town hall in New Hampshire that “responsible gun owners” should join together to create an alternative to the NRA.

Clinton is lashing out at the special House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya. She said in a televised interview that the panel’s inquiry was a partisan political exercise designed to “exploit” the deaths of four Americans.

The Oneida Indian Nation blasted Donald Trump after the GOP presidential candidate said he knows Indians who are proud of the Washington Redskins football team name, and he sees no reason to change it.

A nonprofit group filed a lawsuit challenging the recent move by the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel north of New York City to annex land from the town of Monroe.

Advocates dressed up in fake pregnant bellies and wearing shackles rallied in front of Cuomo’s Manhattan office, pressing him to sign a bill that would strengthen a 2009 law that banned the shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth.

Federal prosecutors are turning over tens of thousands of pages of records, including those from 300 bank accounts, to attorneys for Harendra Singh, the prominent Long Island restaurateur, in preparation for his trial on bribery and other felony charges.

Ex-NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and former Department Chief Joseph Esposito made false and misleading statements about their email usage in sworn declarations they gave in a class-action lawsuit over department summonses, the plaintiffs’ lawyer alleges in court papers.

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Former Governor and former AG Eliot Spitzer tackles the prison brutality problem, saying the current AG, Eric Schneiderman, should be given power by the current governor, Andrew Cuomo, to investigate such cases, and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli should “conduct an audit to determine why the discipline of corrections officers has been so inadequate.”

A second body has been found at the site of Saturday’s gas explosion in Brooklyn, fire officials said.

Confidants of Vice President Joe Biden expect him to make a decision next weekend, or shortly thereafter, on whether to launch an epic battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, and several believe he’s leaning toward “yes.”

Harvard law Prof. Lawrence Lessig raised more than $1 million in one month for his insurgent presidential campaign – a haul that he is using to bolster his argument that he should be included in the Democratic debates.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has checked himself into an alcohol rehab facility and will not be able to pitch for the team this season.

After a six-year absence, legislative earmarks — and howls about “pork” spending — have returned to the Capitol.

Shortly after NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez called on his colleagues to pass a resolution supportive of congestion pricing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while he’s open to the idea, Albany – which must sign off on the idea – is not.

Punching back at a series of newspaper ads from the TWU blasting de Blasio, liberal allies of the mayor accused the union of doing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dirty work in his ongoing feud with City Hall.

The “Hunger Games” applications are due today.

New York’s first legal hemp seeds are one step closer to being grown by universities and local farmers after the state made a new round of revisions to the regulations.

New York residents are increasingly dependent on natural gas produced in other states to heat their homes, according to new federal data.

The New York Times now has more than one million digital-only subscribers, more than any other publication in the world.

Long Island’s largest labor group is taking a pass on endorsing either candidate in the hotly contested Nassau district attorney race between the acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

A $2.5 million federal grant will enable two South Buffalo public schools to address many of the outside learning obstacles that hurt their students.

A group of ministers and elected officials is calling on Cuomo to ensure that 30 percent of the $4 billion plan to rebuild LaGuardia Airport is handled by firms owned by minorities at the highest levels of the project.

PEF President Wayne Spence has announced that the union’s new lead negotiator for contract talks with the state will be Mark Richard, a Miami-based labor lawyer with long-time ties with the American Federation of Teachers.

NYC Public Advocate Tish James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and Assemblyman Keith Wright got into the spirit (and costumes) at MedievalFest.

A plane with 152 aboard and headed for Boston was diverted safely to Syracuse this morning after a pilot died.

Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., NYC Council Transportation Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez hosts a summit with leading transportation advocates, attendees include NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission Commissioner Meera Joshi, NYU Rudin Center, 295 Lafayette St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray deliver remarks at the groundbreaking of the Staten Island Family Justice Center, Grand Jury Room, 126 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island.

At 10:15 a.m., Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan joins state Sen. Martin Golden on a walking tour and media availability in Gerritsen Beach, starting in front of 3078 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will announce a major crackdown on distributors of synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs, Bronx County Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses students and faculty at Niagara University about Cuomo’s Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses, the Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room, 5795 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik visits and tours Applejack’s Orchard, 751 Brand Hollow Rd., Peru.

Also at 11 a.m., the New York National Guard will honor Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the US with a formal wreath laying on his grave at Albany Rural Cemetery this morning (Oct.5), which is the 186th anniversary of his birth, Cemetery Avenue, Menands.

At 11:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) will make a major announcement about its future healthcare delivery plans in the Hudson Valley, Main Lobby, SLCH Newburgh campus, 70 Dubois St., Newburgh.

At 1 p.m., Hochul and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster tour Walnut Avenue homes to showcase neighborhood revitalization efforts, Corner of 6th and Walnut Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Also at 1 p.m., the state Thruway Authority’s finance and audit committees meet, Thruway Authority, 200 Southern Blvd., Albany.

At 4 p.m., Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell attend a Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Kickoff event, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park.

At 6 p.m., Rep. Joe Crowley hosts an event to celebrate Italian Heritage Month with the Bronx-Queens Italian-American community, with state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. giving a keynote address, F & J Pine Restaurant, 1913 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio attends the Feminist Press annual Feminist Power awards ceremony, where McCray is scheduled to be honored, Tribecca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St., Manhattan.


On the heels of the nation’s latest mass shooting, Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton will issue proposals today in New Hampshire to curb gun violence, including holding out the potential of using executive actions.

Republicans – including Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove, a potential GOP AG candidate, are accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of using the Oregon community-college massacre to boost his own national image, and say if he’s serious about stopping gun crimes, he’ll seek tougher penalties here and not look to Washington.

The US Supreme Court’s new tern kicks off today, and the justices will consider cases that could gut public sector labor unions and roll back affirmative action at state universities, delivering potential wins to conservatives. However, uncertainty surrounds cases on abortion and immigration.

A concrete company co-owned by the head of the state Senate Labor Committee, Long Island Republican Jack Martins, has been sued numerous times for alleged labor violations.

As the clock ticks closer to Election Day and further past the usual date for finalizing ballots, two legal appeals have the potential to solidify Cuomo’s control of the Women’s Equality Party.

Two subway riders injured in last month’s G train derailment have filed notices to sue for damages, alleging they were victims of a feud between the city and the MTA over the funding of repairs to the system.

Representatives from more than 45 counties and multiple statewide organizations will be in Syracuse today to build support for legislation that would force the state to assume the cost of indigent legal services that local officials say are the state’s responsibility anyway.

A seminar that brings together homicide detectives and forensics experts from across North American and Europe is being held in Albany for the 28th year, and kicks off today.

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn is getting a $100 million contribution and will change its name today in recognition of the large gift.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted this weekend to sell wary churchgoers on his administration’s plan to rezone East New York.

The leadership of the Bronx Republican and Conservative parties nominated a local lawyer, Robert Siano, to run against former Democratic state Supreme Court Justice Darcel Clark for the borough’s district attorney spot.

Questions continue about economic development practices by Cuomo’s administration – including the proposed sale of valuable piece of land from NYSERDA to SUNY Poly for $1. Board member Kenneth Daley, who is the head of the utility company National Grid, said he’d like an independent legal opinion before signing off on the deal.

Top SUNY Buffalo State officials are urging heightened safety awareness and vigilance across campus after a string of five criminal incidents since the beginning of the school year in late August.

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