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

President Donald Trump this afternoon will make an announcement on his administration’s commitment to equipping the American workforce for jobs of the future.

In the evening, the president will have dinner with grassroots leaders.

Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama tonight before the Republican primary in the election to replace U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Pence will speak at a rally for Strange at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Before he departs D.C., Pence will lunch with the president. He will then travel to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

At NASA, Pence will visit with officials and employees, and tour the center including the science mission bridge to the International Space Station and the testing facility of the SLS – the largest and most powerful rocket on earth.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced today (at 10 a.m., 500 Pearl St., Manhattan) in his latest sexting scandal. Prosecutors are asking that he spend two years in prison.

At 8 a.m., Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services kicks off the DACA Day of Action to help eligible DACA recipients renew their applications before the Oct. 5 deadline, 80 Maiden Lane, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the Board of New York City School Support Services will hold a public meeting at 321 West 44th St., Manhattan.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will begin “City Hall in Your Borough Manhattan” week with three public events, starting with a live appearance at 9:15 a.m. on The Danny Jones Show on 580 AM.

At 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will deliver a keynote address at the state School Board Association Leadership Summit, Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul launches the first-ever cross-country drive using hands-free technology, Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., de Blasio will hold a photo spray before a cabinet meeting, The American Negro Theater at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Brad Lander and Riders Alliance call on the city to integrate real-time bus arrival technology into its LinkNYC program, Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street, Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at the at Business Council of New York State’s annual meeting, The Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 11 a.m., Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, NYC Councilman Corey Johnson and other elected officials gather to condemn the latest U.S. Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa announce bilingual Access to Justice event, the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave., Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., Hochul and Sen. George Latimer, the Democratic Westchester County executive candidate, will host a meet-and-greet at Bronxville Diner, 112 Kraft Ave.

At 1 p.m., de Blasio will make an announcement regarding the NYC parks system, Joseph Sauer Park, 532 East 12th St., Manhattan.

At 4:50 p.m., Hochul tours downtown economic development projects in Hudson Falls with Mayor Barton, Courthouse Complex, corner of Main & Maple streets, Hudson Falls.

At 5:15 p.m., the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosts the C3 International cocktail reception, The Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., NYSERDA hosts NextGen CleanTech, a startup showcase and pitch event, 7 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Farina will attend a receivership hearing at August Martin High School, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo speak, New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Citizens Union and New York Law School host “The New York State Constitutional Convention: Process and Possibilities” panel discussion, New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., the RNLA New York Chapter holds a reception, Liederkranz Club, 6 E. 87th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Hochul attends the Business Council of NYS reception, The Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 7 p.m., the Ernest Skinner Political Association and NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams host a forum to discuss the pros and cons of a possible state constitutional convention, Clarendon Road Church, 3304 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn.

Also at 7 p.m., legislators will try to override Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the the Immigrant Protection Act, 48 Martine Ave., 8th Floor, White Plains.

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President Donald Trump issued a new proclamation restricting citizens of eight countries from entering the U.S., replacing the expiring ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations.

The new ban, which will take effect on Oct. 18, will continue to impact citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria, but will now also include travelers from Chad, North Korea and certain individuals from Venezuela.

After players from nearly every NFL team demonstrated on the field over Trump’s feud with the franchise, Trump fired back in the afternoon with a tweet diminishing their dissent, writing: “Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!”

The round of demonstrations at NFL games around the country even included some of the president’s supporters in the league, but it drew a mixed reception from fans.

As players across the NFL took a knee, locked arms and protested during the Star Spangled Banner, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva, a former Fort Drum soldier, remained standing ahead of the game against the Chicago Bears.

No members of the Mets or the Nationals followed the lead of A’s rookie Bruce Maxwell or the dozens of players across the NFL to take a knee this weekend during the national anthem before yesterday’s game at Citi Field.

Amid President Trump’s escalating war on NFL players, photos of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. kneeling in prayer – and protest – resurfaced online over the weekend.

Republican New York City mayoral hopeful Nicole Malliotakis sided with Trump, saying he was justified in calling on the NFL to “fire or fine” football players who have protested the national anthem during games.

In a move that deviates from the choice most other sports franchise owners and professional leagues have made, multiple NASCAR team owners have also sided with Trump and made it clear they will not tolerate any kind of national anthem protests at events.

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.

With time running short, the authors of the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act shifted money in the bill to Alaska and Maine, which are represented by Republican senators who appear reluctant to support it.

Trump said he “didn’t think” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a government jet from New York to Washington, DC, even though federal investigators are investing the flight that cost taxpayers $25,000.

Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.

Arizona Sen. John McCain insists​ ​​his vote against a GOP plan ​to repeal​ ObamaCare ​is not payback for ​Trump ​demeaning​ the former POW’s heroism during the Vietnam War​​ when the president remarked: “I like ​people who weren’t captured.” (The senator also says the president never apologized for this comment).

Concerned state business leaders are closely monitoring two potential major threats out of Washington, D.C., they say could significantly hurt New York.

Laura Curran, the Democrat running for Nassau County executive against Republican Jack Martins, has hired the same team behind NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign operation: consulting firm BerlinRosen and ad company AKPD Message + Media.

MTA managers today plan to show the agency’s board new statistics to measure service and a flashy digital dashboard that’ll give everyday riders a better sense of how bad their ride is and where it needs to improve.

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said that Hurricane Maria’s destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.

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The Weekend That Was

President Trump continued his beef early this morning with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, suggesting fans boycott the games to bring an end to the protests and said the “League should back U.S.” by firing the athletes.

N.F.L. players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem today in a show of solidarity against Trump. With the support of team owners, players knelt, while others, like Tom Brady, opted to stand and lock arms in a show of solidarity.

Trump said Stephen Curry is no longer invited to Washington to celebrate the Warrior’s NBA title hours after the athlete announced he did not want to visit the White House.

NBA superstar LeBron James slam dunked Trump on Twitter, branding the commander-in-chief a “bum” for rescinding the White House invitation to Curry.

The Golden State Warriors issued a statement accepting Trump’s dis-invitation, saying: “While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the latest Stanley Cup Champions, will accept the invitation extended by the Trump White House, the team said in a statement.

During a speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump took aim at the NFL, U.S. Sen. John McCain and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The NFL and players’ union may have finally found some common ground. Both organizations released statements Saturday morning after Trump took aim at the league in an anti-NFL rant as part of a rambling speech during a campaign-style rally in Alabama Friday night.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Trump’s crude call for NFL owners to fire protesting players completely misses the point of why they’re taking a knee in the first place.

Also not happy with Trump’s latest attack on the NFL: Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, who was a big supporter of Trump during his 2016 White House run. He called the president’s comments “appalling.”

Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula issued a statement, that said in part: “President Trump’s remarks were divisive and disrespectful to the entire NFL community, but we tried to use them as an opportunity to further unify our team and our organization.”

Trump also told the Alabama crowd that if “Crooked Hillary” Clinton had won the 2016 election, “you would not have a Second Amendment.”

Clinton was in her hometown library in Chappaqua Saturday to sign copies of her new book.

Stan Greenberg, the man who served as the lead pollster for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign (and Al Gore’s 2000 campaign) has written a long essay titled “How She Lost” that slams Clinton (and her campaign) for a series of messaging, tactical and broader strategic errors.

Hollywood superstar George Clooney, an avid supporter and major campaign donor for Clinton, had some stinging words for the former presidential candidate. Clooney said while he thought she was qualified for the job, the way she ran her campaign infuriated him.

Clinton is urging Trump to send the Navy and other resources to stem an emergent humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico.

Clinton says Trump’s job performance has exceeded her expectations — in a bad way. “He’s been even worse than I thought he would be,” she said in an interview on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Saturday.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins hinted that she’s unlikely to back the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, but admitted she hasn’t yet made a final decision. “It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” she said.

In another sign of the difficult task confronting party leaders, Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, said that he and another Republican senator, Mike Lee of Utah, were seeking changes to the repeal bill in an effort to drive down health insurance premiums.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged congressional Republicans to drop their support for the latest GOP-led Obamacare replacement plan, saying the proposal will have “devastating” effects on thousands of U.S. veterans covered by Medicaid.

Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires today – 90 days after it went into effect.

Western New York Reps. Brian Higgins and Tom Reed will head to the White House on Tuesday to talk about tax reform with Trump, with Higgins saying he will push for a plan that removes corporate loopholes, pays for itself and does not favor the rich.

Today’s record-setting heat is expected to continue into tomorrow.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, has conceded defeat in Germany’s election.

The state’s three licensed casinos are hundreds of millions of dollars behind what they projected they would make in their first year of operation, and tax revenues are a fraction of what was promised.

Schenectady leaders are still hopeful their local casino will pay off in the long run.

The federal government told election officials in 21 states – not New York – that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.

Cuomo after returning from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico: “The devastation of the island is really breathtaking. There are parts of the island that had as much as seven to eight feet of water in homes.”

Speaking at a press conference with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello, Cuomo pledged New York’s support and said a “silver lining”
to the storm would be the flood of federal recovery dollars and the chance to build back the infrastructure better than it was before.

A Puerto Rico dam damaged by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing, posing a risk to communities downstream, as people across the U.S. territory sought to dig out from the deadly storm.

The 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam women’s basketball tournament is looking for a new home. That competition, which included Syracuse University, was scheduled to be held on St. Thomas but massive damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria, will force a relocation.

Melania Trump took her first solo foreign trip as first lady. She traveled to Toronto at the head of a seven-person US delegation to the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded veterans organized by Britain’s Prince Harry.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is under investigation over a pricey third request for government travel, according to officials. Department investigators are reviewing Mnuchin’s flight from New York City to Washington D.C., which cost taxpayers at least $25,000.

Andrew Card, a former White House chief of staff under ex-President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the Amherst Republicans’ annual dinner next week.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Trump’s behavior “paints a picture of potential obstruction,” and he believes the president would have asked him to do something inappropriate if he had stayed on the job.

Members of the New York County Democratic Committee, upset about a backroom deal their chair, Keith Wright, cut to choose a candidate for a vacant state Senate seat, will push a resolution at a meeting tomorrow night that would prohibit county party officials from also working for firms that lobby.

Republican NYC mayoral contender Nicole Malliotakis says her longshot campaign has opened “a whole new chapter” by qualifying for matching funds.

While Malliotakis is running an uphill campaign for mayor, a Democratic challenger, Adam Baumel, has emerged to run for her Assembly seat when the Republican’s term is up next year.

By most measures, June 2017 was the worst month in modern MTA history, performance-wise.

Prominent women’s rights activists and elected officials are urging the Manhattan Democratic Party to rescind a sitting judge’s nomination to a prestigious post, because she allowed evidence of an abortion to be presented in a child custody case.

New York City’s sprawling municipal work force is driving more than it used to, city statistics reveal. City vehicles logged 102 million miles on the road in the last fiscal year, which ended in June, 25 percent more miles than in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office.

Lawyers for the son of Rachel Noerdlinger, a former top de Blasio administration aide, doubled down on accusations that both a prosecutor and a detective “lynched” their client, lying to make manslaughter charges stick with a grand jury.

The NYC Council is poised to criminalize “revenge porn” locally following years of inaction by state lawmakers — who have let a similar bill languish in Albany since 2014.

State AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating corporate governance at amfAR, a New York-based charity that works to cure AIDS, after it allowed proceeds from an auction to be used for a staging of “Finding Neverland,” produced by Harvey Weinstein.

Nearly two dozen teachers at Brooklyn’s New American Academy took pay cuts of up to $50,000 — or more — after Education Department officials killed an experimental pay program at the school.

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations that it lied to the federal government by submitting inflated claims through a solar energy stimulus program, the Justice Department said.

Rep. Louise Slaughter wrote a letter last week to the House Ethics Committee – which is investigating Rep. Chris Collins’ involvement with Innate Immunotherapeutics – criticizing Collins for not reporting his position in a separate joint venture involving the Australian biotech firm.

The long-awaited trial of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz on three felony election law violations, slated to begin in Albany County Court on Monday, has been delayed until Feb. 5.

Controversial state Supreme Court Judge Noach Dear managed to give himself a demotion — returning to a lower court two days a week where lawyers say he routinely allows deadbeats to cheat debt.

The mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and agreed to resign from office for using city employees to perform renovations on his family’s property.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who will be sentenced Monday for sexting with a minor, has an “average” risk of reoffending, according to a newly unsealed document released late Friday.

In a bold political move, and so early before the 2018 election, Democratic candidate hopeful Gareth Rhodes, from Esopus, held a campaign fundraiser in the hometown of his possible Republican target, NY-19 incumbent Rep. John Faso.

The mother of a man who died in NYPD custody while high on angel dust has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with NYC for $1.25 million.

An unarmed man was trying to escape a pistol whipping when he was fatally shot in the back by Buffalo police last May after being dragged from his car, according to a new lawsuit filed by his mother seeking unspecified damages.

So far this year, the lawyer Douglas Wigdor, a conservative Republican, has filed 11 suits against Fox News for defamation, sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Educators and advocates will gather at the Independent Charter School Symposium to refocus on the original purpose of charters and counter negative publicity drawn by bigger networks.

An audit found “significant overbilling” – approximately $900,000 – by Verizon for telephone voice and data services provided to Erie County government. A portion of the amount has already been refunded to Erie County, with the remainder to follow.

Medical marijuana experts say that home deliveries are growing across the state, helping to sustain a budding industry of suppliers, some of whom have struggled financially after the drug was approved for use in January.

The state should investigate a Republican town justice’s resignation as a potential case of political coercion, Andrea Smyth, the Democratic candidate for Rensselaer County executive said.

The candidates for Colonie town clerk will head to court next week after one of them raised concerns about a surge in the number of absentee ballots cast in the Independence Party primary.

Sixty-five New York lakes and ponds now have toxic algae blooms, up from 56 last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

Substance abusers or those who care for them in the Chemung County area soon will be able to open a phone app to seek treatment and resources.

A youth detention center that was shuttered six years ago in Cayuga County will reopen after receiving $12 million worth of upgrades.

A single ticket sold in Central New York (Cortland County) has won the $104 million Mega Millions jackpot in Friday’s drawing, lottery officials announced.

Cuomo announced that an application period is open to participate in the state’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program

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Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain announced he cannot “in good conscience” vote for Cassidy-Graham, all but dashing GOP leaders’ chances of pushing through an eleventh-hour Obamacare reform measure.

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” McCain said.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has said he’ll oppose the bill and Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she’s leaning against it. Since Republicans control the Senate 52-48, and Democrats oppose the bill, three GOP “no” votes would doom it.

Paul, a definitive “no” on Cassidy_Graham, said after being singled out by the president on Twitter that he won’t be “bribed or bullied” into supporting it.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office provided “technical guidance” and information about Cassidy-Graham to late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

Investigators have determined that pilot violations of several basic landing safeguards that ended with opposing commands from the captain and co-pilot caused then-VP candidate Mike Pence’s chartered jet to roll off the end of a wet New York runway last October.

North Korea has long cultivated an image of defiant belligerence, punctuating its propaganda and diplomacy with colorful threats, insults and bluster. But by addressing President Trump in a personal statement, the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has pushed his government’s brinkmanship to a new, potentially more perilous level

Trump’s appointees to jobs at Agriculture Department headquarters include a long-haul truck driver, a country club cabana attendant and the owner of a scented-candle company.

Trump may replace his controversial travel ban with a more targeted list of restrictions on visitors to the U.S., administration officials said.

Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, 94, has been hospitalized since last week due to low blood pressure, his spokeswoman said.

A state judge in Westchester County will decide County Executive Rob Astorino’s legal challenge to a deal brokered by the state of New York that will shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant by 2021.

Tom Precious tweets: “A court trifecta for 2018: Percoco trial in Jan, Buffalo Billion in June and, w/ his looming trial postponed today, Maziarz starting 2/5/18.”

Asked if she had anything to say about conspiracy rumors that the teen involved in former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal was part of a plot by the Russians or Republicans to derail her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton replied: “I really don’t have any comment on any of that.”

Clinton did give a glowing review to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ran her first U.S. Senate run in 2000, particularly singling out his efforts to expand pre-K

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is still conducting an investigation prompted by complaints of “exorbitant” ticket prices for this tomorrow’s Paul McCartney show at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a potential primary challenger to Cuomo in 2018, doesn’t think he has done enough during his time in office to help upstate cities.

An experiment to control Staten Island’s booming deer population through mass vasectomies is said to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition endorsed a slate of candidates – including NY-22 contender, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi – in Republican-leaning districts, as they look to put their mark on the party’s 2018 midterm push.

Hillary Clinton insists she has no plans to contest the 2016 election results.

Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato explains his about face on medical marijuana.

The middle of a downtown Syracuse street has become a massive canvas for local artists.

New York taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $700,000 in legal fees after the case against the late state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous was officially thrown out earlier this week.

Republican county legislators and political candidates are pushing for suspension of Suffolk County’s red light camera program, saying safety data is skewed because it doesn’t include pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

Beleaguered TRochester city court judge Leticia Astacio has stopped showing up to work, according to an administrative judge.

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency approved a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for Legoland parent Merlin Entertainments.

Testing by pest control experts has determined that three insects found Thursday in Henninger High School were bed bugs.

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“Following Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s official Governor to Governor request, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and a delegation of emergency management officials will travel to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies and assist with recovery efforts. Governor Cuomo will return to New York in the evening.”

Cuomo holds a press briefing at 7:15 a.m. before departing from JFK Airport, Building 145, Sheltair Terminal, Jamaica, Queens.

More on the governor’s trip here, here, and here.

Late this afternoon, President Donald Trump will travel from his golf club in Bedminster, NJ to Huntsville, AL to participate in a U.S. Senate Rally for Luther Strange, after which he’ll return to New Jersey for the night.

This morning, Vice President Mike Pence participates in a meeting with Maine Gov. Paul LePage to discuss health care and tax reform.

Later in the day, Pence, joined by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Sen. Joe Donnelly, and Reps. Susan Brooks, Luke Messer, and Todd Rokita, will visit Anderson, Indiana to meet with local business leaders and Hoosier families to discuss health care and tax reform.

Pence will conclude his Indiana visit with formal remarks to the community at the Wylam Center of Flagship East.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remains in NYC for the UN General Assembly.

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

At 7 a.m., and through Saturday, the Puerto Rican Family Institute is taking donations for families impacted by the Mexico earthquake and the PR hurricanes, 145 West 15th Street, 7th Floor, Manhattan.

Also at 7:15 a.m., Mayor Richard Thomas will kick of the Lincoln Avenue Road repaving project at the cross-streets of Lincoln Avenue and Magnolia Avenue in Mount Vernon.

At 11 a.m., Make the Road New York and other activists host a press conference followed by a march to call on de Blasio to end discriminatory school policing policies by eliminating the use of arrests and summons for misdemeanors and non-criminal violations in schools, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul will join Citizen Action of New York, 1199SEIU, SEIU Local 200 United, New York Immigration Coalition and VOCAL-NY to rally against the federal health care repeal bill, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 1 Clinton Sq., Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Brightpoint Health celebrates the renaming of their renovated clinic to be called the Matilda Raffa Cuomo Health Center in honor of New York’s former first lady and her long history of charitable and humanitarian efforts, 105-04 Sutphin Blvd., Queens.

At 3:45 p.m., members of the Culinary Craft Association, along with members of the SEIU Local 200United, rally in response to the Culinary Institute of America’s latest effort to slash workers’ wages and benefits, The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump “deranged” and said he will “pay dearly” for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.

North Korea’s foreign minister said his country may be planning to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill Kim Jong Un’s vow to take the “highest-level” action against the U.S.

Trump ordered a widening of American sanctions on North Korea to further choke off its trade with the outside world, in what some experts described as perhaps the most sweeping set of punitive economic measures enacted by the United States in many years.

The Trump administration is preparing to dismantle key Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields, laying the groundwork for possible counterterrorism missions in countries where Islamic militants are active but the U.S. has not previously tried to kill or capture them.

A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.

Bronx native and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she’s incredibly worried about loved ones – who she hasn’t been able to reach – in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Empire State Building put on a rotating light display last night to honor the countries affected by both Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in Mexico.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking phone records connected to Donald Trump Jr.’s statement – which his father dictated aboard Air Force One – defending his meeting with a Russian lawyer in the summer of 2016.

Under growing pressure from lawmakers and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said it’s turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Violence broke out at a New York hotel yesterday afternoon when protesters disrupted a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

CVS pharmacy is battling the opioid epidemic with a new prescription plan that limits new patients to a seven-day supply, the company announced. The drug store chain will also reach out to doctors about prescriptions that seem to be excessive, and put a cap on daily dosages.

Eight months ago, Rudy Giuliani was named a top adviser to Trump on cybersecurity matters. Yet, former and current U.S. officials say since that declaration, the ex-NYC mayor has contributed little to the administration and the advisory role has yet to bear anything worthwhile.

New York state would take a $52 billion beating under the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare — the second-largest amount lost in the US, according to a new study released yesterday.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors spoke out against the GOP-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Newsweek headline: “Will New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Become President One Day? Not if NYC’s Subway Crisis Continues.”

About 250 Dreamers who attend CUNY campuses and face an Oct. 5 deadline to reapply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protection will have the $495 fee covered under a program paid for by a non-profit, the university announced.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said she hasn’t decided yet if she’ll challenge Cuomo in a primary next year, but if she does enter the 2018 race, she would not run as a conventional candidate.

Cuomo is planning an aggressive fundraising schedule through the end of the year as potential gubernatorial candidates like Miner mull challenges to him.

Federal investigators have determined that the engineers in two recent, high-profile derailments involving the LIRR and NJ Transit suffered from a sleep disorder, according to newly released public documents.

A federal panel’s findings, made public for the first time, said that the NYPD promotions process systematically stymied black detectives in the elite Intelligence Division. But the Justice Department declined to sue.

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Facebook is turning over information regarding ad purchases by Russian-linked sources during the campaign to investigators.

President Trump backed an executive order on Thursday that expanded his authority to sanction North Korea amid continuing tensions.

New York City officials on Thursday outlined plans to help provide immediate relief to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Hundreds of miles away, Hurricane Maria is still hitting close to home for some western New York residents.

With hurricanes raging and global warming on their minds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined forces with former Secretary of State John Kerry and California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to discuss how some states are breaking from the Trump Administration and going it alone on global warming.

The Second Avenue Subway met its mark for opening on New Year’s Day, but it reportedly did so with thousands of outstanding problems.

A jammed subway car door and signal problems brought the morning commute to a grinding halt for thousands of straphangers Thursday morning.

Federal officials said the same medical condition caused two major train accidents in and around the city.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo received the OK from the top lobbying and ethics regulators at the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to take a billionaire donor’s plane to the Virgin Islands to survey hurricane damage.

Speaking of aircraft, federal officials signed off on the use of a government plane by the treasury secretary and his wife last month to Kentucky.

Sen. Tony Avella is pushing legislation that would prohibit the implantation of employer-sponsored microchips.

A construction worker fell 27 stories to his death Thursday morning while on the job in Lower Manhattan.

There’s an update on the future of photonics, the sometimes difficult-to-understand, high tech industry of generating and harnessing light.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is trying to reassure people in the city that the water is absolutely safe and potable.

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Happy Rosh Hashanah, if it applies to you. Have a sweet new year.

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

At 7 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to appear on CBS This Morning and Fox News’ Fox and Friends.

Pence and President Donald Trump will then participate in expanded meetings with the president of Afghanistan, the President of Ukraine, and the President of the Republic of Korea at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel.

The VP and the president will then have a working lunch with the Prime Minister of Japan and the president of the Republic of Korea.

Later in the day, Pence and Trump will participate in an expanded meeting with the prime minister of Japan, after which Pence will return to Washington, D.C., and Trump will head to his New Jersey golf club.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also in NYC for the UN General Assembly, where he’s scheduled to participate in a Security Council session on nuclear non-proliferation and host an “EU Partners Dinner” at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel.

At 10:15 a.m., Rep. Dan Donovan conducts site visits with the new Department of Housing and Urban Development Region II Administrator Lynne Patton in Staten Island.

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

Also at 11 a.m., members of the Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women, Western New York Women’s Foundation and the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women hold a press conference to reveal newly released census data that shows women are still at a workplace compensation disadvantage, Bak USA, 425 Michigan Ave., Buffalo.

At noon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will discuss the city’s assistance to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., NYCHA Residents and workers gather outside of NYCHA headquarters to rally for the preservation of funds and existing programs, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Compassion & Choices New York is sponsoring two screenings of the award-winning documentary “How To Die In Oregon” at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca, 101 E. Green St. The movie will be followed by a discussion.

At 3:30 p.m., NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and others unveil American Nobel Prize winners’ names inscribed on the NYC Parks laureate monument, Theodore Roosevelt Park, Columbus Avenue and West 81st Street, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel Jr., a 45-year veteran of the Albany Fire Department whose family has been central to the department’s history for four generations, will be speaking about the history of AFD, Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St.

At 6 p.m., Defend Puerto Rico alongside two local PR organizations Nuestra Escuela and Taller Salud, host a night of arts and auction to fundraise for Puerto Rico after the Hurricane Maria devastation, Julia de Burgos Art Center, 1680 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Uplift Syracuse, a progressive advocacy group, hosts a launch party and fundraiser, Munjed’s Middle Eastern Cafe, 505 Westcott St., Syracuse.

Also at 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts his annual Ecuadorian Heritage event, 851 Grand Concourse at East 161st Street, the Bronx.

At 7 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul celebrates the Girl Scouts of Western NY Women of Distinction at their annual dinner, Kleinhans Music Hall, Mary Seaton Room, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

Headlines…

Trump took to Twitter to slam “Crooked Hillary” Clinton over her criticism of his hard line on North Korea and to retweet other posts hailing his speech at the United Nations.

Hillary Clinton’s new book debuted to higher sales than any nonfiction hardcover since 2012, selling over 300,000 copies (including digital sales) in its first week, though that’s not quite as high as her first book.

Clinton believes First Lady Melania Trump has not kept her word about doing more to prevent cyberbullying, questioning whether she’s really “serious” about her commitment to the cause since she has yet to release a formal plan for her efforts after vowing.

Melania Trump condemned bullying during a speech at a UN luncheon, saying it was up to adults to teach young people how to live by “the golden rule.”

When Clinton took the guest’s seat on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” she was in a mood to put Russian President Vladimir Putin on the psychiatrist’s couch. She mocked him for “man spreading” at a meeting.

Former President Barack Obama didn’t mention his successor or congressional Republicans by name in a speech before a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conference, but his message about their attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act was clear.

A move by the Trump administration to make it simpler to sell small arms abroad may provide some relief to gun makers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger & Company in an industry grappling with a deep sales slump since the president’s election.

Trump is seeking to revisit the nuclear agreement with Iran to toughen its provisions rather than scrap it right away as he has threatened, enlisting allies to pressure Tehran to return to the negotiating table, administration officials said.

Six months after being fired by Trump, Preet Bharara has a new gig at CNN. The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York has been hired as a senior legal analyst.

Bharara — whose office rocked state government with cases against ex-top legislative leaders and people with ties to the governor — recounted his interactions with Trump in his inaugural “Stay Tuned with Preet” podcast, released yesterday. He also told the tale to the New York Times in April.

Hackers have been hiding inside Equifax’s computer network since March — far longer than previously thought, a report says.

Equifax said investigators had determined that an online dispute website at the heart of the theft of some 143 million consumer records was initially compromised by hackers on March 10 – four months before the company noticed any suspicious activity.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked the Trump administration for documents pertaining to 13 areas from which he wants information.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, said Paul Manafort and the president’s other associates should “go to jail for the rest of their lives” if they colluded with Russian officials during the elections.

Manafort was hired to promote an upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq that the U.S. fears could destabilize the region.

Less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, Manafort offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin.

NBC anchor Megyn Kelly said Trump’s election was her final push to leave Fox News after 12 years.

Governors and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are championing a 15-state coalition that’s tackling environmental issues, announcing they’re on track to reach the goals of the Paris agreement from which the president plans to withdraw.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Trump administration is the most ignorant in history about the environment and climate change.

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All of Puerto Rico has lost power as Hurricane Maria has left at least nine people dead in the Caribbean.

The Republican National Committee spent over $230,000 last month to cover President Donald Trump’s legal fees related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Iran vowed not to be the first nation to violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, while Trump said he had made up his mind whether to abandon the accord but declined to disclose his decision.

Former President Barack Obama attacked congressional Republicans for their renewed efforts to repeal his signature law, the Affordable Care Act, better know as Obamacare.

In the race for New York City mayor, Democratic incumbent Bill de Blasio leads his Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis by 47 points, comparable to his 2013 margin of victory, among likely voters citywide including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, a new poll finds.

De Blasio wants to be seen as a leader in fighting global warming, and he says that everyone needs to do their part. But when it comes to two buildings he owns in Brooklyn, it’s not clear that he’s following his own advice.

The committee tasked with helping to price tolls on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has never met since it was created in November 2015, and the seven-member group has never sought public input and its findings are more than a year late.

Billboards touting language classes at a school in Croatia that used a photo of first lady Melania Trump have been removed after a lawsuit threat.

Brown University has launched a campaign to eliminate loans from its undergraduate financial aid packages.

In a rush to finish the long-awaited Second Avenue subway by a New Year’s Day deadline imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the MTA failed to finish its final safety testing before opening, leading one inspection report to note, “quality was compromised for schedule acceleration.”

A Manhattan judge has yanked a confidentiality caption that was shielding former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s divorce case with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, from the public.

Weiner repeatedly convinced an underage girl to get naked and fondle herself while he watched over the internet, federal prosecutors revealed in a court filing today.

Weiner has asked not to serve any prison time for his sexting conviction. But his request for probation was “simply inadequate,” federal prosecutors said, adding that “his crime deserves time in prison.”

A federal grand jury has returned a second superseding indictment in a major corruption case involving Joe Percoco, a former top aide to the governor who was snared in a state economic development scandal.

The Syracuse Post-Standard ranked the Upstate New York colleges where students were least likely to get a degree, and had the highest rates of default on their federal loans.

The big five news organizations have passed on offering former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a job as an exclusive paid contributor.

Trump jabbed back at the Emmy Awards’ “bad” ratings on Twitter last night, after the show featured a string of derisive jokes aimed at the White House.

The state Tax and Finance Department has a new website that show New Yorkers whether their STAR property tax rebate check has mailed.

Former state Assemblyman Richard Brodsky today released a “A Constitutional Agenda For The Protection And Expansion Of The Rights And Liberties Of The People of New York.”

Fresh off of its nine Emmy Award wins, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” will be live across the country when it returns for its new season Sept. 30.

A coroner and medical examiner say a 28-year-old New Jersey hiker, whose body was found near Wallface Mountain Monday afternoon, died from bronchial pneumonia resulting from a lack of food, a constant wet environment and the cold.

The loss of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino is taking a toll on the City of Niagara Falls. The latest audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Office projects the city’s fund balance will run dry by the end of the year.

Bring water to Paul McCartney’s concert. That’s the biggest piece of advice Carrier Dome officials want to pass along for anyone attending the show on Saturday, because the sold-out event is taking place on a very hot day.

Martins Slams Curran for Heastie Fundraiser, Lands Flanagan Backing (Updated)

Republican Nassau County executive Jack Martins’ campaign issued a statement today slamming his Democratic opponent, Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, for her fundraiser last night that was headlined by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

Martins campaign spokeswoman Mollie Fullington, (a Pataki administration veteran), accused Curran of being “bought and paid for by the New York City politicians who have continually abused Long Island taxpayers and don’t share our values.”

“Heastie led the effort in the state Assembly to make New York a Sanctuary State for violent felon illegal immigrants, and has been anything but a friend to Long Island as speaker of the state Assembly,” Fullington said.

“…Nassau County cannot afford to have a County Executive who is indebted to New York City politicians like Speaker Heastie,” she continued. “Nassau County needs an independent, experienced leader who will protect county taxpayers and stop the New York City special interests that want to impose their radical agenda on Long Island taxpayers and families.”

Martins is himself a product of Albany, having served in the state Senate for six years, and declining to seek re-election in 2016 when he opted to run for the House seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Steve Israel. Martins lost that race to Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, who, in an ironic twist, used to hold the county executive post that Martins is now seeking.

It’s interesting that Martins’ campaign is using that “violent felon illegal immigrants” line, which is a page straight out of the Senate GOP playbook. The Senate Republicans, who have steadfastly refused to approve the DREAM Act in their chamber, employed that same approach in the last election cycle with considerable success – especially in upstate and Long Island districts.

As for Martins’ Senate tenure, Fullington said he “successfully fought against Assemblyman Heastie and the New York politicians who redirected Long Island’s state school aid to New York City<" adding:

“Jack Martins rolled back the unfair MTA payroll tax Heastie supported to require Long Islanders to subsidize New York City’s subway system and he restored the state property tax rebate program that Heastie and the New York City politicians eliminated when they had total control over state government.”

And since we’re on the subject of the Senate GOP, it’s worth noting that Martins landed the endorsement today of his former colleague, and fellow Long Islander, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who called Martins “right leader at the right time.”

Expect another round of attacks along these same lines from the Martins campaign when Gov. Andrew Cuomo headlines a fundraiser for Curran on Oct. 5. Cuomo has long been an ally of the departing Republican Nassau County executive, Ed Mangano, who declined to seek re-election after being hit with federal corruption charges.

UPDATE: Philip Shulman, Curran’s campaign spokesman, emailed the following response:

“Let’s cut the hypocrisy. Laura is indebted to no one. And Jack Martins would know about indebtedness. Martins took more than $275,000 from Dean Skelos’ corrupt political machine to fund his campaigns for state Senate. So it’s no wonder he blocked efforts to remove Skelos from power after his indictment on federal corruption charges.”

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump is still in NYC for the UN General Assembly.

This morning, he’ll travel from Trump Tower to the Lotte New York Palace Hotel where he will participate in an expanded meeting with the King of Jordan.

Trump will then participate in an expanded meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority.

In the afternoon, the president will attend a working lunch with African leaders, participate in an expanded meeting with the prime minister of the United Kingdom, and articipate in an expanded meeting with the president of Egypt, before returning to Trump Tower for the night.

In the morning, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks at a UN Security Council high-level debate on reform of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

Later in the day, Pence will join Trump for the expanded meetings with the prime minister of the United Kingdom, and the president of Egypt.

Former President Bill Clinton is also in NYC. She’ll be the inaugural speaker at NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Global Business forum at the Plaza Hotel.

At 8:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul headlines the CORE breakfast series for women entrepreneurs, Core Club, 66 East 55th St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., members of the Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP Campaign hold a press conference followed by a 10 a.m. NYC Council Hearing in support of The CARE Act, which establishes an interagency task force to examine the needs of older adults returning from incarceration, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks at the ceremony renaming the Morris Heights Post Office for Dr. Roscoe Brown, 2024 Jerome Ave., the Bronx.

At 9:30 a.m., Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas releases the State of Workers’ Rights report, followed by a roundtable discussion with advocacy groups, worker organizations and labor unions, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl holds a press conference with the Reform Party’s Curtis Sliwa and Frank Morano to discuss the campaign’s focus and real reform platform, outside City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Democratic Westchester County lawmakers, union leaders and women’s rights advocates introduce a bill to help ensure salaries will be based on job qualifications and the value of the job they are being hired to do, not what prospective employees made in the past, 148 Martine Ave., 8th Floor, White Plains.

At 11 a.m., Toxics Targeting Inc. holds a news conference releasing photos of algal blooms threatening the sources of public drinking water for residents of Syracuse, Auburn, Rochester, Ithaca and other communities across New York, state Capitol, third floor, adjoining to the LCA Press Room, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Brian Higgins announces federal funding for the Buffalo Community Food Hub Project, MAP Farmhouse, 389 Massachusetts Ave., Buffalo.

At 12:30 p.m., U.S. Climate Alliance Co-Chairs Cuomo, California Gov. Ed Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee make an announcement,
governor’s press room, 633 3rd Ave., 38th Fl., Manhattan.

Also at 12:30 p.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis attends a press conference with Elmhurst United on the de Blasio administration’s housing of the homeless in hotels, Pan Am Hotel, 7900 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 1:30 p.m., Binghamton mayoral candidate Tarik Abdelazim hosts a press conference to discuss the incumbent’s “inaction in the face of one of the greatest threats to neighborhood safety, housing values, and the local property tax base,” corner of Gaylord and Court streets, Binghamton.

At 2 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement about expanding electric vehicle accessibility, Whole Foods Market parking lot, 214 3rd St., Brooklyn.

Also at 2 p.m., the NYC Department of Transportation holds a public hearing, 55 Water St., ninth floor, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 3 p.m., Malliotakis meets with CCBA members, Chinese Consolidated Benevolence Association, 62 Mott St., Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Commission on Human Rights hosts a panel to highlight the work of public servants of Afro-Caribbean descent, featuring Deputy Commissioner Brittny Saunders, state Sen. Roxanne Persaud and other city officials, Medgar Evers College’s Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

At 6:15 p.m., Hochul and Sen. Velmanette Montgomery host the state Women’s Suffrage Commission’s #TheNext100 film series featuring “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, Celebrating the Legacy of Shirley Chisholm,” BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., City Limits hosts its 2017 Gala, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Malliotakis attends The Developers Forum, Keens Steakhouse, 72 West 36th St., Manhattan.

Headlines…

In his first address to the UN General Assembly, President Trump brought his confrontational style of leadership to the world’s most prominent stage, vowing to “totally destroy North Korea” if it threatened the U.S., and denouncing the nuclear agreement with Iran as “an embarrassment” that he may abandon.

Trump also urged world leaders to help restore “democracy and political freedoms” in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the U.S. president “the new Hitler” of international politics.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s UN address as a “bold and courageous” speech while, like the president, throwing barbs at an adversary and threatening to meet its provocations with maximum force.

NATO’s secretary-general welcomed Trump’s new strategy for the 16-year Afghan war and said the U.S. leader’s insistence that NATO members increase their defense spending is achieving positive results.

U.S. Senate Republicans, abandoning a key fiscal doctrine, agreed to move forward on a budget that would add to the federal deficit in order to pave the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut over the next 10 years.

Senate Republicans and the White House pressed ahead with their suddenly resurgent effort to undo Obamacare, even as their attempt was dealt a setback when a bipartisan group of governors and several influential interest groups came out against the proposal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York faces a potentially devastating loss of $2.5 billion worth of Medicaid funding on Oct. 1. if Congress does not intervene, which could grow significantly if the latest Obamacare repeal effort is successful.

After Bill and Hillary Clinton announced the end of their signature Clinton Global Initiative conference during last year’s presidential campaign, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has stepped unto the breach, hosting today a reorganized and rebranded Bloomberg Global Business Forum at the Plaza Hotel.

The former New York mayor is inheriting not a conference, but a platform for an alternative American diplomacy.

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir is No. 1 on Amazon’s best seller’s list beating out New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance,” (No. 2), and two novels from 1986: Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Stephen King’s “It: A Novel.”

Clinton returned to late night TV for the first time since the election last night, telling “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that Trump’s speech to the United Nations was “very dark” and “dangerous.”

An email from Trump’s campaign operation is advertising a chance for donors to win tickets to a “Trump Victory Dinner in New York City” next Tuesday.

FBI agents reportedly took an unusually tough approach in executing a search warrant, dealing with potential financial crimes by Trump’s former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, busting into his home – armed with guns – while he was asleep in bed.

U.S. Hecretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price took private jets on at least five separate flights last week in a stark departure from his predecessors under the Obama administration.

A former “Apprentice” contestant who claims Trump groped her has enlisted three attorneys who cleared a path for former President Clinton’s impeachment.

Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado.

Hurricane José churned up the East Coast, creating dangerous rip currents and causing flooding along New Jersey and Long Island.

Based on what he’s hearing from riders, Cuomo asserted that NYC is already seeing the benefits of the MTA’s “emergency plan” to improve subway service, but statistics to prove his claim are still unavailable.

An expected visit later this week by Cuomo was postponed just hours after it was announced.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis could emerge from the NYC mayoral race as a contender for governor or other statewide office in 2018, GOP state Chairman Ed Cox said.

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If the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump said in his address to the General Assembly.

Michael Cohen, a longtime attorney for the Trump Organization, is forcefully denying unverified allegations contained in a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer about the president’s activities and connections in Russia.

The Senate Intelligence Committee unexpectedly cancelled a session to interview Cohen, citing public statements he made prior to his scheduled testimony, despite requests that he not make any comments.

Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson blasted Trump for refusing to address climate change amid a string of powerful hurricanes that have lashed the United States, Caribbean and Virgin Islands in recent weeks.

Melania Trump’s choice for U.S. ambassador to her home country of Slovenia, Kelly Roberts, has reportedly withdrawn her name from consideration.

New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush has chosen to leave his Twitter account dormant as of midnight this morning, and said the social media platform is “too much of a distraction.”

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and three members of Congress were arrested protesting outside Trump Tower for protections for young immigrants threatened by an order from the president.

This was to be a year of celebration for New York’s booming gambling industry, but like casinos themselves — where glitter often hides the grime — the reality has been far less glamorous, with underwhelming returns, evidence of industry cannibalization and a new, sharp-edged conflict between the state and a major tribal gambling operation.

The chairman of the Onondaga County Conservative Party abruptly resigned Friday, a week after he shocked fellow party leaders by working to defeat a Conservative candidate endorsed by the party.

The Rockefeller Institute of Government released its latest state and local governments fiscal report showing relatively strong growth in tax revenues in the first quarter of 2017, which is largely attributable to income tax growth in California and New York.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s real estate arm will get a $38.5 million grant from the state to help pay for its $324 million NanoFabX computer chip manufacturing research facility, after the aid package, was approved by the board of Empire State Development.

NY1’s Grace Rauh was a guest on the NY Slant podcast, where she talked about how NYC mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t seem to be enjoying the job – or, at the very least, isn’t having very much fun.

Only one Long Islander – Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs – appears to be included in Hillary Clinton’s more-than-a-page of single-spaced acknowledgments and “thank yous” in her new memoir, “What Happened.”

A University of Rochester student has been on a hunger strike since Thursday morning in protest of a tenured professor who has been accused of sexual harassment.

Drawing on data from the Budget Function Analysis and Mayor’s Management Report, the CBC’s new NYC Money Meter allows you to track spending by service line for 15 New York City agencies

After months of speculation and delays, the last parts of the old Kosciuszko Bridge that linked Maspeth and Greenpoint is set to be demolished this month.

The bank with the green flag is teaming up with Gang Green. M&T Bank announced a multiyear partnership with the New York Jets, making M&T the official community bank of the team. The dollar value and specific number of years of the deal were not disclosed.

Six months after being fired from Fox News, Bill O’Reilly returned to the small screen to deny the sexual harassment allegations that led to his departure from the network.

As of today, the new 838 area code has taken effect within the existing 518 area code

A former juvenile justice center in Cayuga County is one of four sites New York plans to repurpose and reuse existing facilities to house youth offenders.

Happy 10th anniversary Morning Joe.