Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, effective at the end of today, a White House spokeswoman announced.

U.S. stocks rebounded in a volatile session, while the dollar cut losses and bond yields rose to session highs, as reports emerged about Bannon’s departure.

A number of conservatives are not at all happy that the president decided to part ways with Bannon.

After declaring “WAR” following news of Bannon’s ouster, Breitbart News’ senior editor-at-large wrote that Trump risked becoming “Schwarzenegger 2.0.”

Also out: Carl Icahn.

A day after the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Trump said radical Islamists “must be stopped by whatever means necessary” and urged U.S. courts to give him the right “to be tough.”

The mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed in Charlottesville, said she refuses to speak with Trump after watching his remarks Tuesday about the violence there, during which the president said there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protests.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced a push to bring more minorities into the State Department, denouncing racism and hate speech as “antithetical to the American idea” while stopping short of singling out Trump’s comments on Charlottesville.

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, has excoriated Trump for his equivocating response to the violence in Charlottesville, posting a call on Facebook for the president to apologize for causing racists to “rejoice.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler, who long ago earned a permanent place on Trump’s enemies list, has launched a new crusade to censure the president for boosting white supremacists.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he has no plans to become Trump’s Energy Secretary – an idea that was floated as a way to let the state’s Republican governor name a successor and advance the president’s stalled agenda in Congress.

A federal appeals court has upheld New York State’s denial of water permits for the proposed Constitution Pipeline which would run through Central New York to Schoharie County.

A “modest” celebration will be held to mark the opening of the first span of the new Tappan Zee (AKA Mario Cuomo) Bridge.

Chelsea Clinton weighed in on the controversy surrounding the re-emergence of Confederate statues as a political debate and compared those remembered in the statues to “Lucifer.”

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is asking a Manhattan federal judge to delay the sentencing date in the case against him for texting a minor sexually inappropriate messages.

Public Citizen is the fourth government watchdog group to sue the Trump administration over White House visitor logs. The group sent requests, spanning from April to July, seeking to obtain visitor records for four key offices, which the Secret Service either denied outright or didn’t bother to respond.

Spurred by fear of Trump’s immigration policies, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking asylum and crossing illegally from upstate New York into Canada. There were 800 asylum seekers in June, 3,000 in July and 4,000 so far this month.

Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has joined the pro-Trump super PAC America First, making him the latest campaign veteran to join an outside group aimed at boosting the president’s agenda.

The already short-staffed Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office is losing another forensic pathologist at a time when its caseload of autopsies fueled by the opioid drug overdose epidemic is soaring, and plans to use more contract pathologists from New York City.

The two alligators that were recently captured in the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point will make their “media debut” Monday morning at the Animal Adventure Park.

Cosmopolitan magazine deemed Cornell in Ithaca one of the most 30 beautiful college campuses in the world.

A fully functional 18-karat gold toilet, designed by the puckish Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and installed in a single-occupancy restroom at the Guggenheim Museum will be removed next month.

According to Tina Fey, sheetcaking is a thing.

Heastie Hedges on Hate Crimes Expansion

From the Morning Memo:

During a CapTon interview in his Capitol office yesterday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie declined to immediately sign off on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s so-called “Charlotteville provisions” that would change the state’s hate crimes law in response to the violence in Virginia last weekend.

Cuomo announced this week that he wants to add new offenses of rioting and inciting to riot when the actions target protected classes to the existing statute. The penalties for engaging in rioting that’s deemed a hate crime would carry tougher felony sanctions under the governor’s proposal.

Heastie said his office has received proposed bill language from the governor, and it is currently being reviewed by staffers. But, no doubt aware of the fact that most proposals calling for increased criminal penalties tend to be a tough sell with his Democratic conference, the speaker is treading cautiously on this one.

“We always want to try to weed out hate, and we don’t ever want to look like we’re sympathetic to people who incite hate,” Heastie said. “But we just have to go through the bill and make sure there’s no unintended consequences.”

“Hate crimes is something that we’ve always looked seriously at, but the increasing of penalties for certain classes, we’ve started to have problems with that, because we don’t want to make it seem like one person’s life or the crime that happens to them should have a stiffer penalty than say you or I. So, those have been some of the challenges that we’ve had. I told the governor that we would look at the bill.”

Heastie also weighed in on the push in New York and elsewhere to remove Confederate-related statutes, street names and other references, saying he supports removing busts of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from the CUNY Hall of Heroes in the Bronx, perhaps re-installing them in a museum. But he worries about the effort to “wipe out” history, even if the memory of certain difficult or unsavory moments is painful.

The speaker shied away from commenting on the racial divide in the Senate Democratic conference, which was making headlines prior to the Charlottesville riot. He reiterated that he would prefer to see Democrats united in that chamber, and suggested his colleagues across the Capitol should focus on what unites them, rather than what divides them.

On the subject of whether those who have befitted from campaign contributions from hedge fund manager Dan Loeb, who was forced to apologize after making remarks on Facebook that compared Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who, like Heastie, is African American, to the KKK, the speaker said that is an individual decision that should be made by the recipients – whoever they may be.

Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, but has nothing public planned. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is making an appearance in western New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio is out of town and on vacation.

Your schedule:

At 9:45 a.m., Speaker Carl Heastie with Assemblyman John McDonald will tour the Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney will hold a listening session on flood concerns in the Mohawk Valley. MVCC Utica, Schafer Theatre, Utica.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci will announce funding for 2 new accessible vehicles through a grant funded by the New York State Department of Transportation. BRiDGES, 873 Route 45, New City.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Rob Ortt will join Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Senator Chris Jacobs, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and several community representatives and agencies tomorrow in a community-wide effort to raise awareness and promote social acceptance of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Clet Hall Dining Commons, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.

At 3:30 p.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addresses “Suffrage in NYS: The Next 100 Years” as Part of Heritage Lecture Series. Chautauqua Institution, Hall of Philosophy, 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua.


Thirteen people were killed in Barcelona when a van plowed through a popular pedestrian walkway, which authorities are calling a terrorist attack.

The NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit is increasing security at locations in the city that are affiliated with Spain after a terror attack in Barcelona left at least 12 people dead and wounded at least 80.

James Murdoch, the son of media titan Rupert Murdoch, blasted President Trump in an email to friends and pledged to give $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

Trump on Thursday defiantly opposed the removal of Confederate memorials and revived a debunked story about a World War I era general.

In Maryland, workers began the removal of a statue honoring Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, who presided over the Dred Scott decision.

After Trump’s controversial reaction to Charlottesville, a top economic advisor in the White House is said to be deeply upset, but it’s unclear if he’ll depart the administration.

Instead of galvanizing lawmakers into action, the president’s criticism directed senators has caused members of his own party to circle the wagons.

The leader of the city’s largest charter school network sent a blistering letter to parents and staff members, saying she no longer supports President Trump.

The Office of the Inspector General released a scathing report on the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

Mayor Bill de Blasio may be on vacation, but he cannot get away from criticism that he does not pay his fair share when it comes to the MTA.

Thursday was a big day for the future Moynihan Station, as ground was broken to transform the landmark Farley Post Office in Midtown into a new transit hub.

The project is part of a $1.6 billion plan to convert the building into a new train and transit center on the west side.

With the first Democratic primary debate for mayor less than a week away, candidate Sal Albanese is attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio for his ties to a prominent lobbyist.

Plans to locate shelters across the city have faced some stiff opposition, but a new shelter in the Bronx for gay and lesbian young adults has opened without controversy.

The Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public hearing on plans to remove radioactive waste in Queens.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will conduct a 90-day review of “symbols of hate” on city property following violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

After the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, there is now an increased effort across the country to remove Confederate statues. But one place that won’t see those statues go away anytime soon is the U.S. Capitol.

Carl Paladino, now removed from his elected position on the Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education, said “it’s not over ’til it’s over” when reached by phone.

More than 500 patients at the Buffalo Veterans Affair Medical Center may have received procedures with unsanitary instruments.

A former counsel to Gov. Mario Cuomo is suing the state Board of Elections to require the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention be placed on the front of the ballot this November.

It’s back to school in a little more than three weeks and Irondequoit is making some changes to try to slow down traffic in school zones.

Cornell University officials said Thursday that they could confirm all of their students in Barcelona are safe and accounted for following a terrorist attack.

A pro-Trump rally planned for Syracuse on September 9 is in limbo after the mayor’s office confirmed the permit for the gathering was denied.

It might not be complete yet, but in the course of about a year and a half, a site on West Street in Utica looks completely different due to a state-funded project with a price tag of nearly $14 million; an affordable housing complex for the Rescue Mission of Utica.

The coyote suspected of attacking a woman in Washington County has been caught.

The Glens Falls Civic Center plaza is now known as “Bill Dineen Way” in honor of the late hockey coach and his contributions to the area.

The United States attorney announced that nearly three dozen gang members in the city have been arrested after a major bust in Poughkeepsie.

A man in prison for molesting hundreds of people was denied parole, but sexual assault survivors fear he will be released soon.

A section of a Long Island highway will officially be re-named after the late NYPD Det. Steve McDonald, who died earlier this year.

Pharma company Mylan will pay out nearly $500 million in settlement claims for shorting the federal government and states for EpiPen rebates.

Despite President Trump’s opposition on the campaign trail, a proposed merger between telecom AT&T and Time Warner achieved a major milestone this week.

After supporting white supremacist groups speaking in Virginia, the ACLU is wrestling with its long-standing support for free speeches versus the racial violence unleashed by the groups this weekend.

Plans were unveiled on Long Island for LGBT-friendly senior housing with a 75-unit affordable housing complex.

An audit released by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos found there was questionable oversight of Sandy recovery contracts.

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski is calling on state officials to block what he says is an illegal tax refund plan by the village of Spring Valley.

Democratic mayoral candidates in a debate Thursday evening squared off on the city’s finances and youth programs.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie continued his summer tour of upstate New York on Thursday, this time with a swing through the Capital District.

The Justice Center has charged someone with abuse, but the charges themselves remain largely vague.

The state Board of Elections says New Yorkers must register by the end of the day Friday to vote for the Sept. 12 primaries for state and local offices. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by midnight.

Falafel tots, salt potato pizza and apple cheesecake eggrolls are among the offerings of 40 food trucks competing at the New York State Fair next month.


Under fire for defending racist activist groups, President Trump said on Twitter that he was “sad” to see United States’ history torn apart by the removal of “our beautiful statues and monuments,” echoing a popular refrain of white supremacist groups that oppose the removal of Confederate monuments.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for the statues of Confederate leaders be removed from the US Capitol following the violence in Charlottesville.

Taking down statues of Confederate figures is “just like” removing a monument to victims of the 9/11 attacks, said Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, adding that the white nationalist and far-left protesters in Charlottesville over the weekend were “equally as bad” and “disgusting.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, both Democrats, say the Lee Barracks at West Point should no longer bear the Civil War general’s name.

The rabbi who oversaw Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism has released a letter to the congregation of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s longtime synagogue condemning the persident’s widely criticized statements about the violent protests in Charlottesville.

The city of Syracuse has denied a permit requested by ACT for America to hold a rally next month to support Trump’s immigration, refugee and border policies, according to a spokesman for the mayor’s office.

Trump is headed back to the rustic presidential retreat Camp David, the site of many historic discussions and private meetings between presidents and foreign dignitaries.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took direct aim at the president for his Charlottesville remarks, name checking him in a Daily News OpEd, and writing: “No, President Trump, there can be no moral equivalence between white nationalists and activists who protest against racism.”

The NYPD said it was “closely monitoring” a terror incident in Barcelona that caused multiple deaths and serious injuries.

Mylan and federal investigators finalized a $465 million settlement of charges the drugmaker overcharged the government for the injection allergy medication EpiPen, resolving an issue that fueled nationwide debate over soaring drug costs.

Republican NYC Councilman Joe Borelli pens an OpEd dismissing the idea of a Cuomo presidential run in 2020, writing of his lack of popularity among liberals: “It’s hard to buy a coffee in Manhattan without bumping into a Bernie bro, but other than Chris, you won’t meet a ‘Cuomo bro.'”

Republicans trail Democrats by 10 points on a generic House ballot, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today.

Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz, who had aligned herself with Trump due to his pro-charter stance, emailed parents and staff to denounce the president’s response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the New York courts system who earned $172,000 last year, was abruptly fired after he accidentally called a reporter and was heard telling others that “I barely show up to work.”

After 25 years of talk about turning the main post office in Manhattan into an extension of Pennsylvania Station, construction toward that ambitious and expensive goal is about to get underway.

The New York State Police, facing questions over a plan to divert troopers to New York City from upstate counties, have sought to restrict the release of information that would show staffing changes across the state.

Eastman Kodak is laying off a couple dozen non-union employees in Rochester, according to a filing with the NYS Department of Labor. Kodak spokesperson Nick Rangel said 35 employees will be let go by Nov. 7.

Twitter has suspended The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news website, from their platforms, joining a list of technology companies that have refused to host the site.

The Citizens Budget Commission today issued a report on overtime spending in NYC government, finding it grew 62 percent from $1 billion to $1.7 billion from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2016.

Nearly two-thirds (264) of the 420 firefighters and fire officers who retired from the FDNY during 2016 are eligible to collect pensions of at least $100,000, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

President Donald Trump is back at his New Jersey golf course, where he is scheduled to have lunch with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (at 1 p.m.) and meet with the head of the Small Business Administration (at 3 p.m.)

At 9 a.m., the NYC Employment Practices Commission holds a public hearing, 253 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Assembly members Nicole Malliotakis (also the GOP candidate for NYC mayor) and Ron Castorina hold a press conference to call for placing stop signs at schools and clearing sidewalks of overgrown vegetation, Greencroft Playground, intersection of Redgrave Avenue and Greencroft Avenue, Staten Island.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public hearing, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Board Room, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., advocates, social service providers and people with a history of drug use protest at Cuomo’s NYC office, to raise visibility on the epidemic and demand “bolder political action,” 633 3rd Ave., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Moynihan Train Hall, 33rd Street and 8th Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYCs Progressive Caucus holds a press conference and rally to announce their legal filing urging the court to reject the NYPD’s denial of all of FOIL request for records regarding the killing of Ramarley Graham, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

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

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Commission on Human Rights holds a public hearing on a proposal to amend its rules to establish certain definitions and procedures applying Local Law No. 37 of 2015, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act, Spector Hall, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

At noon, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Assemblywoman Latrice Walker and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America host a sexual education and HIV prevention training for senior New Yorkers, Tilden Senior Center, 630 Mother Gaston Blvd., Brooklyn.

Also at noon, NYC mayoral candidate Sal Albanese makes an announcement, Brothers Playground, East 96th Street and 2nd Avenue, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, Rep. Nydia Velasquez, Assembly members Felix Ortiz, JoAnne Simon and Diana Richardson, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams, historic preservation advocates and community leaders call on the state to fully investigate a possible African burial ground site, 193 Ninth St., Brooklyn.

Also at 1 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie tours 845 Commons with Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, 845 Broadway, Schenectady.

At 2:30 p.m., state Sen. John Brooks, Assembly members Christine Pellegrino and Kimberly Jean-Pierre, along with local elected officials, call for the installation of elevators in Long Island Rail Road stations, Amityville Long Island Rail Road Station, John Street, Amityville.

At 3 p.m., Heastie visits the town of Colonie’s Fire Training Facility with Assemblyman Phil Steck, 108 Wade Road, Latham.

At 4:45 p.m., Heastie attends a walking tour of downtown Saratoga Springs with Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Adirondack Trust, 473 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

At 5:30 p.m., the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee holds its Gathering at the Glen, Watkins Glen International racetrack, 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen.

At 6 p.m., the African-American International Chamber of Commerce celebrates Harlem Week with a networking event, 24 E. 125th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., the NYPD Muslim Officers Society holds its 9th Annual Scholarship Dinner, with Commissioner James O’Neill awarded Man of the Year, Terrace On the Park, 52-11 111th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins and Steve Labriola, candidate for Nassau County comptroller, with Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, hold a Town Hall with voters, American Legion Post 303, 197 Maple Ave., Rockville Centre, Long Island.


President Donald Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making yesterday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

Trump’s embrace of the country’s racially charged past has thrown the Republican Party into crisis, dividing his core supporters who have urged him on from the political leaders who fear that he is leading them down a perilous and shortsighted path.

One after another, the nation’s most powerful Republicans responded to Trump’s extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president.

John Dowd, Trump’s personal lawyer, forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda, praising General Robert E. Lee, and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the Army to reconsider its recent decision not to rename two streets in Brooklyn honoring Civil War Confederate generals.

A reminder: The Army on Aug. 7 denied requests from New York congressional members to change the names of Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue on the Fort Hamilton Army Base, the city’s only active military post.

Also, the president of the Bronx Community College said the school would remove the bronze busts of those two same Southern generals from its Hall of Fame for Great Americans, a century-old outdoor sculpture gallery on the campus.

Cuomo also said he will see to it that the busts of Lee and Jackson are indeed removed from the CUNY Hall of Fame for Great Americans.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city will conduct a 90-day review of “all symbols of hate on city property” after Charlottesville.

Here’s a guide to the dozens of statues, markers and other monuments of the Confederacy across the country that have, or may, come down.

Three House Democrats, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler of Manhattan, are leading a charge to censure Trump for saying “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

House Democrats may push for federal funding to groups combatting neo-Nazis and white supremacists in response to Charlottesville.

Hundreds of people marched with lit candles across the University of Virginia campus last night in a contrasting demonstration from the torchlight white nationalist parade last Friday night.

Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback yesterday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

The hatred and bigotry that descended on Charlottesville when a coalition of white supremacist groups clashed with anti-racist and anti-fascist protestors will not be allowed to happen in WNY, leaders vowed during a prayer vigil at Buffalo’s Durham Memorial AME Zion Church.

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news source that critics say is the nation’s top hate website, found itself virtually kicked out of the country earlier this week, as both GoDaddy and Google refused to host the site anymore after its incendiary coverage of protests in Charlottesville. But it found a new home – in Russia.

The mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed while protesting in Charlottesville, urged mourners at a memorial service to “make my daughter’s death worthwhile” by confronting injustice and channeling “anger into righteous action.”

The mayor of Phoenix scolded Trump for planning a rally there, suggesting the president is aiming to “inflame emotions” following a deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia by pardoning a controversial Phoenix sheriff.

Trump’s short-lived communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has made a donation to a similarly colorful character — Bo Dietl, the former NYPD detective mounting an unlikely independent NYC mayoral bid.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon claimed he wants to “crush” the far-right — calling them “losers” and “a collection of clowns” during a surprisingly candid interview with a liberal magazine.

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Trump disbanded two of his economic councils after a wave of defections from high-profile CEOs, announcing on Twitter: “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”

Also on Twitter, Trump criticized Amazon.com over taxes and jobs and accused the global retailer, without offering evidence, of hurting U.S. localities and causing job losses

Jewish members of Trump’s administration remained largely silent after the president came to the defense of nationalist and right-wing protesters in Charlottesville, Va., who had chanted anti-Semitic slogans and demeaned the president’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Vice President Pence will end his visit to South America early and fly home tomorrow, after Trump sparked enormous controversy for his comments following the deadly violence in Charlottesville.

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions on Charlottesville: “It very well could be a civil rights violation or a hate crime, and there might be other charges that could be brought.”

Trump’s longtime aide Hope Hicks will serve as the interim White House director of communications and will help the president find a permanent person for the job, the administration said.

The federal government will make crucial Obamacare-related subsidy payments to health insurers in August despite threats by Trump, a White House spokesman said.

In response to widespread criticism of a racial comment made by Success Academy’s chairman, Dan Loeb, the leader of the charter network, Eva Moskowitz, sent a letter to parents, teachers and staff that both defended Loeb and strongly condemned his remarks.

A flash grenade accidentially exploded in the parking garage of 26 Federal Plaza, injuring an FBI agent, law enforcement officials said.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino held true to his word this morning when he vetoed a bill that its supporters said would have protected undocumented immigrants in the area.

The top dentist for New York’s youth prisons has pleaded guilty to official misconduct stemming from his arrest in November on charges that he said he was working on state time while he was actually treating patients at his private practices in Amsterdam and Saratoga Springs.

Democratic Nassau Legislator and county executive candidate Laura Curran called on County Executive Edward Mangano to increase the hiring of police cadets to help combat the county’s heroin and opioid epidemic and to clamp down on gang violence.

Not surprisingly, the views on racial equality and whether it’ actually achievable in this country vary widely among blacks and whites, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he’s “doing well” after undergoing emergency knee surgery following a fall over the weekend – still in the hospital but, already up and walking around.

Louis DiMarco Jr., a common councilor from Rome, was convicted of stealing nearly $20,000 in unemployment insurance benefits and has resigned from his post, the AG’s office said.

In the early days of the de Blasio administration, commissioners and employees across city agencies solicited the advice of the firm Capalino + Company to shape policy, raise funds for events and answer technical questions on myriad aspects of municipal government, according to thousands of pages of emails reviewed by POLITICO New York.

State health inspectors found nearly 100 critical violations by food vendors at the New York State Fair last year. No one got sick, they said.

The funeral service for Wayne Bennett, Schenectady’s public safety commissioner and the former State Police superintendent, will be held on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Albany.

Bill and Hillary Clinton are reportedly enjoying their family vacation in Canada.

Cuomo Responds To Trump

From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a brief response to President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again blaming “both sides” for the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

In a tweet, Cuomo criticized Trump’s assertion at a Trump Tower news conference that some of the people who marched in opposition to taking down a statue honoring Robert E. Lee were good people.

“There are no ‘very fine’ white supremacists, Mr. Trump,” the governor posted to Twitter.

Trump at the news conference once again condemned bigotry and violence in Virginia, but added members of the “alt life” were also to blame for instigating violence in Virginia.

Cuomo has come under fire for the comments made late last week by Dan Loeb, a prolific political donor and supporter of charter schools who wrote on Facebook that Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins had been worse for people of color than the Ku Klux Klan.

Loeb has apologized and Cuomo has condemned the remarks. Activist groups are calling on the governor and others to return the money Loeb has donated to their campaigns.

Felder Responds To Flanagan

From the Morning Memo:

Sen. Simcha Felder, the Democratic Brooklyn lawmaker who conferences with the Senate Republicans, said in a statement he disagreed with Majority Leader John Flanagan’s “statements about me” in an op/ed Flanagan released on Tuesday.

In the op/ed, the Republican majority leader had written the Senate GOP retain control of the chamber because of Felder’s presence in the conference, making the debate over Democratic control and reunification between the mainline conference and the Independent Democratic Conference a “moot point.”

“We have 32 members in our conference who caucus together and work together to improve the lives of the citizens of this state,” he wrote.

“That includes 31 Republicans and Senator Felder, a conservative Democrat who ran on the Republican and Conservative lines in his last election and has conferenced with us since he was first elected to the Senate.”

But Felder, in a statement released to State of Politics on Tuesday afternoon, noted unity among Democrats “will hurt the Republicans.”

“I read Senator Flanagan’s Op-Ed today and I don’t agree with his statements about me,” Felder said. “He is the leader of the Republicans in the New York State Senate and his opinion on future political matters are newsworthy. All I can say is that if Senator Flanagan believes that Democratic in-fighting will help Senate Republicans, then the reverse must also be true — Democratic unity will hurt the Republicans.”

Felder said he has no plans, at the moment, to change conferences.

Felder has been locked in a “you first” exchange with IDC Leader Jeff Klein since the spring. In essence, Felder won’t leave the GOP conference without the IDC backing some sort of a unification effort with the mainline conference.

It’s not clear what it would take for these dominoes to fall, however, and in what order for Democrats to assume a working majority in the Senate.

The IDC is being pressured by left-leaning advocacy groups to form a new alliance with the mainline conference of Democrats in the chamber, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo also coming under scrutiny to broker a deal with members of his own party.

Here and Now

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is on a family vacation in Rhode Island.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to depart Trump Tower this afternoon to return to his golf club in New Jersey, where he will sign the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act.

Vice President Mike Pence departs Argentina for Chile, where he will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Michelle Bachelet, followed by a joint press conference and lunch. Pence will then meet with U.S. Embassy staff and their families in Chile.

In the evening, Pence will deliver keynote remarks at a dinner on Advancing Prosperity & Economic Growth Throughout the Western Hemisphere honoring AACCLA’s 50th Anniversary & AmCham Chile’s 100th Anniversary.

At 8 a.m., City & State hosts the 2017 On Education conference featuring NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, state Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, CUNY Chancellor James Milliken, SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and others, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., Manhattan.

At 8:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul hosts a roundtable discussion with women leaders, Parkview Restaurant, 145 Front St., Owego.

At 9 a.m., Assemblyman Walter Mosley announces the “Love Yourself” Brooklyn Peace Concert, in partnership with Sen. Jesse Hamilton, District Leader Geoffrey Davis, and other community members, as a response to tragedies at Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert Parade in past years, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., Hochul, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and members of the Broome-Tioga Suffrage Anniversary Committee announce upcoming events, Tioga County Courthouse, 20 Court St., Owego.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Department of Environmental Protection holds a public hearing, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney tours Family Health Network for National Health Center Week and receives an award, 17 Main St., Suite 302, Cortland.

Also at 10 a.m., Republican Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins and Curtis Sliwa will hold a press conference discussing issues in the race, Mineola Village Hall, 55 Washington Ave., Mineola, Long Island.

At 11 a.m., Hochul announces the winners of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, Double Tree by Hilton, 225 Water St., Binghamton.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC mayoral candidate Sal Albanese holds a press conference on the increase in homeless students and outlines a plan for “truly affordable housing” and a pied-a-terre tax, outside City Hall gates, Broadway and Murray Street, Manhattan.

At noon, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie makes an announcement regarding mass transit and transportation infrastructure in Westchester County, White Plains Train Station, 16 Ferris Ave., White Plains.

Also at noon, Democratic Nassau County executive candidate Laura Curran pledges to uphold the Pre-Trump Rule ensuring taxpayer funded infrastructure projects are built to accommodate effects of climate change if she’s elected, the Boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Corning Community College Health Education Center, Corning Community College, 132 Denison Parkway East, Corning.

At 2:30 p.m., enney tours the Greater Binghamton Airport and announces a federal grant, Greater Binghamton Airport, 2534 Airport Road, Johnson City.

At 4 p.m., the Black Institute President and Founder Bertha Lewis calls on the NYC Parks Department to “stop discriminatory practices toward minority business owners,” with members of Wallball World, U.S. Wallball Association, current No. 1 worldwide wallball professional athlete Timbo Gonzales and others, Macombs Dam Park, E. 157 Street and W. 161 Street, the Bronx.

At 5 p.m., Hochul joins WNY clergy and community leaders at a prayer vigil in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, 174 E Eagle St., Buffalo.

Also at 5 p.m., a “Fighting for Our Local Jobs!” rally, organized by Rep. Adriano Espaillat, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Sen. Marisol Alcantra and Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa is held, corner of 179th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Sen. Catharine Young host the Saratoga Salute, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs.

At 6 p.m., the Suffolk County Republican Committee hosts the Chairman Club’s Fundraising Reception, featuring Reps. Peter King and Lee Zeldin, Tellers American Chophouse, 605 Main St., Islip.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Rodriguez hosts a rally against the developer SJM Partners, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Workforce 1 and Marshall’s, corner of 179th Street and Broadway, Bronx.


President Donald Trump abandoned his measured tone and reverted to blaming both sides for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., at one point questioning whether the movement to pull down Confederate statues would lead to the desecration of memorials to George Washington.

In so doing, Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville.

Members of Trump’s own party quickly condemned his statements, calling on him to stand up to the hate groups instead of encouraging them.

The chief executive of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, criticized Trump in front of his 1.5 million American employees, widening a rift between the White House and the business community that has been growing since the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.

Trump was asked whether the attack on Heather Heyer in Charlottesville was “terrorism.” His response may make it more difficult for Virginia to prosecute James Fields for murder (already charged) or the United States to prosecute him for federal crimes, experts said.

Trump left Steve Bannon twisting in the wind, saying “we’ll see what happens” when asked whether his top strategist will remain in the White House, though he did call Bannon a “friend of mine…not a racist, I can tell you that.”

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said.

In the wake of the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in numerous injuries and the death of one anti-racist protester, Cuomo called for higher penalties for New Yorkers who incite, or participate in, a riot.

The president announced that he had signed a sweeping executive order to eliminate and streamline some permitting regulations and to speed construction of roads, bridges and pipelines, declaring this would fix a “badly broken” infrastructure system in America and bring manufacturing jobs back to the country.

Former President Barack Obama’s three-part tweet of a Nelson Mandela quote in the wake of the Charlottesville rally that left one counter-protester dead is the most liked tweet ever.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was the keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Freedom Tower, and was feeling pretty proud of all that is America…then came Trump’s latest press conference.

Neighbors of Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski say he threatened to use his “political clout” to make their lives “a nightmare” over an ongoing land dispute, according to a new lawsuit.

Jared Kushner’s real estate company systematically screwed some Brooklyn tenants out of rent-stabilized leases, a new lawsuit charged.

Health-insurance rates for individuals in New York will increase next year on average by about 15 percent, as well as 9 percent for small group plans, which is lower than the 17 percent and 11.5 percent sought by the industry.

The state’s rate decision, made by DFS, will not affect the vast majority of New York residents, who get their health insurance through a big employer, Medicare, Medicaid or the state’s Essential Plan.

Diocese officials announced they would be removing a plaque honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee that has long been affixed to a tree outside a Brooklyn church following the events in Charlottesville last weekend and renewed concerns over Confederate symbols and statues.

One person was arrested during a second wave of protests at Trump Tower yesterday, police said.

The FDA has filed court papers in support of an effort to overturn a New York City law requiring calorie counts to be posted by certain establishments — at least the second time the Trump administration has inserted itself into a local case.

A federal district court judge has ordered Costco to pay Tiffany more than $19 million for selling generic diamond engagement rings that were marketed using Tiffany’s name.

Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, 85, said that on Sept. 5 he will resign the seat he’s held the past 42 years, citing age, health, and the demands of the job as chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee as key reasons for his decision.

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President Donald Trump delivered an unusual and fiery press conference at Trump Tower in which he reverted to blaming both sides for racially charged violence in Virginia.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh sent a strong message that hate groups will not be welcome in his city ahead of a planned “Free Speech Rally” that will reportedly take place on Boston Common next week.

The NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County called for Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco to apologize for remarks he made in a radio interview about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Given the fractious tenure of outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the candidates vying to replace her have been trying to outdo one another in how collaborative they can be, which is keeping the race pretty tame so far.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has a new re-election ad out.

The DMV has not done enough to prevent automotive repair shops and inspection stations from operating without valid registrations, putting consumers at an increased risk to be scammed by dishonest businesses, according to an audit issued by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.

Congestion pricing is a heavy lift at the Capitol, political observers say, and it will be impossible to fully assess the proposal’s prospects until more is known about Cuomo’s actual plan and the extent to which he’ll embrace his own trial balloon.

Democrats for Education Reform President Shavar Jeffries, one of the charter school sector’s most prominent black leaders, resigned from the Success Academy Charter Schools’ board of directors earlier this summer after criticizing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

A new Ron Perlman movie is filming in Syracuse this week; crews set up scenes for filming “Asher,” starring Perlman as an aging hitman who seeks redemption, last night and early this morning.

Mark Elliott is suing White Plains Democratic City Committee leaders for striking his name from a petition supporting a Democratic challenger for mayor because he put his address down as being in “WP” instead of spelling out White Plains.

RIP Milton Mollen, who led a commission that found that the New York City Police Department had been “willfully blind” to drug-related corruption by organized bands of rogue officers in the 1980s and early ’90s. He died yesterday at his home in Manhattan at the age of 97.

RIP Wayne Bennett, the retired State Police superintendent who went on to lead the city’s police and fire departments for a decade, who died today at the age of 71.

The financial troubles for Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, which is veering toward bankruptcy, come at a time when the state is mired in its own problems, including going weeks without a budget.

Charter Communications is asking state regulators to effectively freeze administrative complaints that it filed against Verizon and other utilities in the state after not being able to get their cable wires attached to poles.

Factory activity in New York surged this month to the highest level in nearly three years.

The latest addition to the State Fair food roundup: The milky bun.

Prince is being honored with a custom color. The Prince Estate and the Pantone Color Institute teamed up to create the hue called “Love Symbol #2.”