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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency, a stunning turn of events after a contentious primary filled with nasty personal attacks and a dramatic snub at the Republican National Convention.

Top members of the state Senate Republican Majority and Democratic Minority predicted the latest state government scandal won’t affect the battle for the control of the Senate, though the drumbeat of reform won’t die down through Election Day.

The attorney for two Cor Development executives charged in an alleged bribery and bid-rigging scheme said the case is based on lies by Todd Howe, the government’s main witness against them.

As expected, President Obama vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress.

Trump Hotel Collection agreed to pay $50,000 in fines and strengthen security measures after data breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit-card numbers and other personal information, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

With just days until the first presidential debate, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine lead Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence by 7 points among likely voters nationally including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, a new Marist poll found.

Clinton will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday in the wake of a fatal police shooting of an African-American man that has sparked protests in the city.

The special commission charged with proposing pay raises for state lawmakers appeared yesterday to be headed toward potential deadlock.

Former Gov. David Paterson agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to the SEC in connection with a failed project to build the largest movie studio in North America at a suburban location outside Savannah, Georgia.

A special election to fill the legislative seat of the late Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs of Woodbury will be held on Election Day, Nov. 8, County Executive Edward Mangano announced.

An organization calling itself ImpeachCuomo.net dropped off a complimentary tray of ziti with red sauce and cheese at the LCA.

The NY GOP is having fun capitalizing on the Cuomo administration scandal.

AG Eric Schneiderman opposes two bills critics say would weaken the landmark I-STOP law that makes it difficult to obtain multiple opioid prescriptions and makes it easier for authorities to investigate the misuse of the highly addictive painkillers.

Officials in Madison County are urging Cuomo to sign a law that would allow the state to share gaming revenue from the Yellow Brick Road Casino with the county.

Airlines are pressing once again to weaken the pilot experience requirements imposed after the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3047 in Clarence in 2009, and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is once again pressing back against the airlines.

Twenty-two percent of public school teachers and administrators in New York school districts outside New York City – including about half in the city’s suburbs – were paid more than $100,000 during the 2015-16 school year, according to data added today to The Empire Center’s transparency website SeeThroughNY.

David Howard King is leaving the Gotham Gazette to become the first editor of The Alt – the Capital Region’s new weekly publication.

Kucinich Calls for Scrapping Of Power Plant After Scandal Bombshell (Updated)

Former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has been outspoken in his opposition to a gas power plant under construction in Orange County, says the project should be scrapped altogether in the wake of the corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, which showed the company behind it, Competitive Power Ventures, allegedly bribed a former top aide to the governor, Joe Percoco, seeking favorable treatment from the administration.

Kucinich has previously called for the $900 million plant in Wawayanda to at least be put on hold while a detailed investigation into the permitting process for the CPV Valley Energy Center that allowed the project to move forward, in light of reports that it was being looked at by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as part of a wider probe into the administration’s upstate economic development efforts.

But now that charges have been formally lodged against Percoco (AKA “Herb”) and CPV executive Peter Galbraith (AKA “Braith”), Kucinich said he believes there’s more than enough evidence that the “whole endeavor is corrupt and ought to be stopped.”

“The whole permitting process was corrupted by payoffs, Kucinich said in a brief telephone interview yesterday. (The former congressman reached out via email shortly after Bharara’s press conference). It’s kind of like fruit from the poisoned tree. Why the heck should that thing be allowed to move forward if it was permitted by corrupt means?”

Kucinich said he believes the governor’s “credibility is on the line,” adding: “He can just shut it down, and let (Bharara’s charges) be the mitigating factor.”

“If you build a fence without permission, the city can make you take it down,” Kucinich explained. “If the permit for this was granted through subterfuge, then it should be cancelled. Nobody’s going to fight it in a court of law. This plant wasn’t allowed, it was bought.”

Of course, Bharara’s case has not yet been proven in a court of law, though one of the 10 men charged – former lobbyist Todd Howe, who did work for CPV – has already pleaded guilty for his role in the bribery scheme that involved paying tens of thousands of dollars to Percoco through the former gubernatorial aide’s wife.

The 650-megawatt CPV plant in Orange County has already received a series of approvals from the Cuomo administration over the years, and is viewed by officials as key if the governor is to realize his long-term goal of shutting down the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County and replacing the energy it generates with other sources.

CPV has spent more than $140,000 lobbying the Cuomo administration and lawmakers in recent years. Also, the company, along with a host of connected LLCs, also donated at least $80,000 to the governor’s campaign committee.

Though other elected officials have begun to announce that they’ll return campaign cash received from individuals and/or entities involved in this corruption case, Cuomo has yet to do so. A Cuomo spokesman yesterday did not respond to a question as to what the governor plans to do with that money.

UPDATE: The Cuomo administration rightfully notes that it severed communications with CPV this past spring when allegations of potential wrongdoing first arose. AT the time, Cuomo’s counsel, Alphonso David, sent letters to the heads of the PSC, the DEC and NYPA ordering they “immediately suspend or discontinue all communications with CPV or CPV Valley.”

That order ended any activities in support of regulatory approvals, regulatory proceedings and any other discussions with CPV – including lobbying. Most of the approvals the plant needed were already in place, though NYPA had not yet approved a vital interconnection and also refused to grant a long-term contract to buy the power it would be generating.

Kucinich, it should be noted, is asking the Cuomo administration scrap this plant altogether – basically rescind all approvals and tank the whole project. At this point, the plug has not yet officially been pulled, though from the state’s point of view, the project is on life support.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Erie County today – in Buffalo, specifically, home to the economic development project that was the focus of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation, which resulted in corruption charges lodged against nine men with connections to the governor, including Joe Percoco, Cuomo’s former top aide.

Cuomo will be making an announcement at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., at 1 p.m.

However, the big moment will come after the formal part of his event, when the governor faces members of the press for the first time since the dual press conferences yesterday by Bharara and state AG Eric Schneiderman, who announced another set of charges against one of the men accused by the U.S. attorney, former SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros, along with Capital Region developer Joseph Nicolla.

Both Bharara and Schneiderman said the governor himself does not have any exposure in their respective investigations…yet.

But as the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon writes in the NY Post this morning: “(M)ake no mistake: the cloud of corruption now surrounding billions of dollars in state economic development investments is an outgrowth of Cuomo’s highly secretive and centralized management style.”

To put it less delicately, fish rots from the head.

The governor may not be formally charged with anything – not this week, and perhaps not ever – but he did establish a culture and preside over an administration in which that sort of behavior that the U.S. attorney and AG allege occurred was possible.

Bob McCarthy notes that the Buffalo Billion was not only Cuomo’s signature upstate economic development program, but also a potential vehicle for him to ride to higher office, arguing that he is capable of restoring struggling Rust Belt cities to their former glory.

But, as political operative Michael Caputo, (who worked for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and Cuomo’s 2010 GOP opponent Carl Paladino), put it: “They may not bring down the king, but they will bring down his court. And this makes him unelectable.”

Tom Precious writes: “Bharara’s case alleges bribery, extortion and tax evasion. It also muddies a picture of ethical cleanliness that Cuomo has sought to portray of his administration since taking office in 2011.”

The criminal charges against three top executives at construction company LPCiminelli as part of Bharara’s case could dent the prominent company somewhat in the short term while the news is absorbed, but shouldn’t affect it in the future because of the firm’s solid work and charitable reputation, WNY real estate professionals said.

Todd Howe, a Troy native, lobbyist and wheeler-dealer with a shaky past and vast political connections in Albany and Washington, pleaded guilty to eight felony charges, including bribery, extortion, wire fraud and five years of tax evasion. He has been cooperating with the feds since June.

Almost immediately after Howe took his guilty plea in New York City, defense attorneys for Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli began an intense investigation into his background, including his business dealings, a past bankruptcy and a previous criminal case where he also pleaded guilty.

Kaloyeros’ attorney, Michael Miller, says his client “has always sought to make sure the right company was doing the right job on the right project. He committed no crimes along the way.”

Percoco’s wife, Lisa Toscano-Percoco, and the governor’s former director of state operations, Howard Glaser, both feature prominently in the feds’ latest corruption case — even though neither has been charged.

Parts of the 80-page federal complaint unsealed yesterday read like a James Bond novel – with code names (“Herb” for Percoco, “Dr. K” for Kaloyeros) and code words (“ziti” – a term allegedly caged from the hit HBO show “The Sporano” for the bribes Percoco took).

The charges mark the second major inquiry of the Cuomo administration by Bharara. Eight months ago, after investigating Cuomo’s handling of an anticorruption panel that he had created and abruptly shut down, the U.S. attorney said there was “insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime.”

For Kaloyeros, the rewards he sought beyond money in this bid rigging scheme appeared to be power, prestige and, perhaps most of all, the fulfillment of a long-held dream: reinventing upstate New York as a Rust Belt Silicon Valley.

Adam Cohen, special agent in charge of the Buffalo office of the FBI, said careless email exchanges provided ample evidence for the criminal complaint related to the Buffalo Billion probe.

Also among those charges were two executives with COR Development, a Fayetteville-based development company that has been awarded lucrative state contracts and is among the governor’s top donors.

The two executives, Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, lied to law enforcement agents about a bribery and bid-rigging scheme despite being offered partial immunity if they told the truth.

Assemblyman Al Stirpe became the second elected official to reject campaign donations he received from executives of COR Development Co. after Bharara’s press conference. (The first was Rep. John Katko).

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Ken Lovett: “In 2010, as he stood in front of the Tweed Courthouse announcing his run for governor, Andrew Cuomo declared ‘enough is enough’ while promising to clean up Albany once and for all. He has failed.”

Louis P. Ciminelli, wearing a Park City, Utah, Harley Davidson T-shirt, jeans and flip-flops appeared in court to face allegations of bid rigging and bribery. He and two other Ciminelli executives who are charged in the case – Michael Laipple and Kevin Schuler all pleaded not guilty.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said she was “surprised” to hear news of indictments against top COR officials, who are accused of bribing former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco.

Rep. John Katko’s office says the Republican Congressman will be returning contributions sent to his campaign by one of the COR Development executives currently facing corruption charges.

Albany’s corruption timeline: 12 major scandals over the past three decades.

NYPD Special Victims and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office are reportedly “looking into” the latest allegations against former Rep. Anthony Weiner, though Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance declined comment on the matter.

Prosecutors in the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara have issued a subpoena for Weiner’s cell phone and other records, according to law enforcement officials.

A spokeswoman for the US attorney in North Carolina, Jill Westmoreland Rose, tells NY1 she is “reviewing all materials relevant to the matter,” regarding sexts that Weiner exchanged with a 15-year-old girl who lives in that state.

The wife of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man charged with detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey, has returned to the U.S. days after she voluntarily went to federal agents in the United Arab Emirates and gave them a statement, law-enforcement officials said.

Hillary Clinton chatted with Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns,” and received at least one rave review.

Progressive groups and labor unions are assembling a list of vetted candidates for top posts in a potential Clinton administration, vowing at the same time to block any they consider too close to industry or Wall Street.

The maker of Suboxone, a blockbuster drug that helps people control their opioid addiction, engaged in anti-competitive business practices, coercing patients to use an oral strip because the tablets were set to face generic competition, according to a federal lawsuit filed by AG Eric Schneiderman and 35 other attorneys general.

Ex-NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said she’s “not closing the door on running for office again,” as she recalled the crushing 2013 defeat that left her feeling she “had so profoundly let everyone down.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio referred to the NY Post as a “propaganda rag,” apparently miffed by its coverage of his Brooklyn YMCA habit.

Yahoo, in the midst of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.8 billion, was hacked and experienced a major data breech that exposed several hundred million user accounts.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer laid out a handful of policy proposals in an ABNY address, criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to expand affordable housing and offering a competing agenda for the city that could serve as a prelude to a mayoral run in 2017.

The Adirondack Park Agency has scheduled tentative dates for hearings on the controversial classification of Boreas Ponds.

The U.S. Navy has selected Saab Defense and Security in DeWitt for a $38 million contract to provide the next generation of air traffic control radars for aircraft carriers and amphibious ships, the company said.

Bharara: ‘Systemic’ Corruption in Albany, Cuomo Not Implicated ‘At This Moment’

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara this afternoon outlined what he called a “network” of wrongdoers – both inside and out of state government – involved in two complex public corruption schemes that involved individuals close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including his former top aide, Joe Percoco.

Unlike in past press conferences, Bharara was careful not to go overboard in his excoriation of Albany. (He has been admonished by a judge in the past for saying too much, too soon).

He repeatedly stressed that the charges in the complaint unsealed this morning are “allegations,” though he also said that he hopes the eight remaining defendants – Todd Howe has already pleaded guilty, and is cooperating with investigators – end up going to trial, so New Yorkers “can see in gory detail what their state government has been up to.”

Bharara said the complaint outlines what he believes is a “systemic problem” in Albany – and he was also quick to note that when he uses the term “Albany,” he means the state government that is located there, and not the city itself, which he called a “wonderful town,” as Mayor Kathy Sheehan has told him “multiple times.”

Bharara was asked if Cuomo himself has any involvement in the case by a reporter who noted that he had once issued a statement absolving the governor of wrongdoing in connection with the early demise of the corruption-busting Moreland Commission. His reply:

“What I can say at this moment is that there are no allegations of any wrongdoing or misconduct by the governor anywhere in this complaint. That’s all I’m going to say.”

When pressed on whether it’s “realistic” to believe that the governor, who has a reputation of being something of a micromanager, did not know what his top aide was up to, Bharara said simply: “It’s not my job to comment on what is realistic or unrealistic.”

Bharara also said that this investigation, “as a general matter,” remains open.

The U.S. attorney was also asked if he believes that the corruption problem in Albany is getting better as a result of all the cases he has brought in recent years – including the successful prosecution of two men who were once among the state’s most powerful political players, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

“I presume some people have gotten the message and abstained from engaging in criminal activity,” Bharara said. “But we’re as busy as we ever were, in some ways busier…if that’s the metric you use then the assessment is not a positive one.”

Kaloyeros Suspended Without Pay, SUNY Cooperating With Feds, State

SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher confirmed the announcement made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in HIS statement that SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros has been suspended without pay in light of the charges brought against him by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office.

“It is imperative that any charges brought against SUNY Poly President Alain E. Kaloyeros today do not distract from the educational mission, ground-breaking research, and academic operation of SUNY Polytechnic Institute or negatively impact the thousands of students, faculty, researchers, and staff that the campus serves,” McCall and Zimpher said.

“Effective immediately and until this matter is resolved, Dr. Kaloyeros has been suspended without pay. SUNY will review the charges against Dr. Kaloyeros and cooperate fully with prosecutors on any further action as state and federal investigations continue.”

“In order to ensure a seamless leadership transition for the entire campus community, we are directing executive staff at SUNY System Administration, under the leadership of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, to collectively serve in an officer-in-charge capacity for the campus until an individual can be appointed.”

Former Cuomo Top Aide, Eight Others Facing Federal Charges (Updated)

____pictureA former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing federal corruption and bribery charges in connection with two companies that were trying to do business with the state.

In a federal complaint released this morning, US Attorney Preet Bharara announced that Joe Percoco and eight others are facing a wide array of criminal charges. Percoco, who served as the governor’s executive secretary, is accused of taking more than $600,000 in bribes from an energy company that needed state approval to build a power plant in the Hudson Valley and an upstate developer that received several state contracts.

In addition, Percoco is accused of getting a job at the energy company for his wife, a former school teacher.
Percoco spent decades as one of the closest friends and aides to the governor, who referred to Percoco as the late Mario Cuomo’s third son.

Time Warner Cable News has reached out to both Percoco and Governor Cuomo for comment.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is also bringing charges against Alain Kaloyeros and Columbia Development head Joseph Niccola. Charges against Kaloyeros will focus on bid rigging.

Bharara will announce the charges at noon, Schneiderman will hold his news conference at 2:30. Tune in to Time Warner Cable News for complete coverage.

UPDATE: Here’s the complaint from the U.S. attorney against Percoco (AKA “Herb”), Kaloyeros (AKA “Dr. K”), Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli and and five others.

And here’s the complaint against former lobbyist Todd Howe, who has also been a central figure in Bharara’s Buffalo Billion investigation.

Also, Percoco’s attorney issued a statement, saying his client will not plead guilty and calling the case an “overreach.” He also says the prosecution is based on information provided by someone who is “of utterly unreliable credibility” – does he mean Howe?

Sen. O’Mara Gets the Lead Out

Southern Tier Republican Sen. Tom O’Mara has launched the second TV ad of his re-election campaign, which focuses on his success in getting a bill passed through the Legislature and signed into law that mandates the testing of public school water for lead.

It’s a pretty straightforward spot, featuring reproductions of multiple news stories on the issue. Here’s the script:

“When the news broke about lead contamination in the drinking water in some of our schools, Senator Tom O’Mara went to work. He won bipartisan approval of a law setting testing and safety standards for drinking water in every public school – the first law of its kind in the United States. Keeping our kids safe, one more example of Tom O’Mara working for us, and getting results.”

The ad doesn’t mention that O’Mara worked across the aisle with his Democratic colleague, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, with whom he has a close working relationship. But the senator hasn’t been stingy with his praise of Lupardo, readily admitting in multiple interviews (including on Capital Tonight) that she played a key role in pushing this bill through her house.

The duo has also said that this measure is merely a first step, recognizing that it leaves a lot of ground untouched – like, for example, the question of private schools and other buildings where children (who are particularly vulnerable when it comes to lead exposure) are likely to be present, like libraries and daycare centers.

O’Mara, who is seeking a third term, is facing a challenge in November from Democrat Leslie Danks Burke, an attorney from Ithaca who lost a 2012 primary to challenge Republican Rep. Tom Reed.

Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., the New York Housing Conference holds a policy symposium to discuss how NYCHA can apply affordable housing strategies, CUNY Grad Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks to the members of the Association for a Better New York, Hilton Hotel, 1335 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul launches the state’s first Green Cities Commuter Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Schols Chancellor Carmen Fariña will attend a naming and inauguration ceremony for the new Gabriela Mistral Campus, 98-11 44th Ave., Corona, Queens.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte will officially open the Bronx District Attorney’s Office Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau on Rikers Island.

Also at 11 a.m., the Commission on Legislative Compensation holds its final public hearing on a potential pay raise for executive chamber employees and state lawmakers, New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Standing Committee on Social Services holds a public meeting on “Food Pantries – Identifying Best Practices to Address Food Insecurity,” Meals on Wheels Headquarters, 121 West Nyack Rd., Nanuet.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, FAICP, UNIQLO USA CEO Hiroshi Taki, UNIQLO Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Jean Shein, NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, artist Alexandre Arrechea and community members announce a partnership project that will bring more public art to city parks, Fort Greene Park Plaza, corner of Washington Park and Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn.

At noon, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. will be honored during the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Heritage Luncheon, Tosca Marquee, 4034 East Tremont Ave., the Bronx.

At 12:30 p.m., members of NOW and Feminist Majority protest labor exploitation at Trump Model Management, and demand immediate shutdown of the modeling agency, Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 12:30 p.m., immigrant New Yorkers rally in support of Martin Batalla Vidal, the plaintiff in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit demanding the implementation of the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration relief initiatives, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Farina joins de Blasio for a classroom visit and press conference, M.S. 223- The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, 360 East 145th St., the Bronx.

Also at 1 p.m., recovering heroin addicts and elected officials hold a press conference to highlight the importance of medically assisted recovery, LCA Room, LOB, Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., Hochul addresses the Queens Chamber of Commerce, North Hills Country Club, 200 LIE North Service Rd., Manhasset.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle hold a fundraiser to benefit DACC, W. New York Times Square, 1567 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Councilman Alan Maisel will participate in a town hall meeting with Brooklyn residents to discuss Equity and Excellence For All, Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7:30 p.m., Democratic NY-3 candidate Tom Suozzi hosts a substance abuse and mental health policy town hall, Hicksville VFW, Post 3211, 320 S. Broadway, Hicksville.

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Federal authorities plan to unseal charges against Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as early as today in connection with an alleged bribery and kickback scheme involving the governor’s signature economic-development program, according to people familiar with the matter.

Federal agents yesterday interviewed two members of the Erie County Democratic Committee as part of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s probe of money spent in the 60th District race in 2014 won by outgoing Democrat Sen. Marc Panepinto, according to a source familiar with the situation.

New York terror suspect Ahmad Rahami assembled much of his bomb-making material in plain view, ordering components on eBay, having them delivered to a New Jersey business where he worked, and even testing some of the material in his family’s backyard, according to authorities.

When Rahami returned in March 2014 from a nearly yearlong trip to Pakistan, he was flagged by customs officials, who pulled him out for a secondary screening. Still concerned about his travel, they notified the National Targeting Center, a federal agency that assesses potential threats, two law enforcement officials said.

Though he has weathered some criticism for his measured response to the Chelsea bombing, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was also praised by a number of prominent officials with experience in counterterrorism – including several involved in the city’s 9/11 response under former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is among the critics in this instance.

Cuomo said he reached an agreement with legislative leaders to help businesses and residents affected by Saturday’s bombing in Manhattan cover damages and injuries with insurance.

Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye, a Cuomo appointee, admitted during his Bridgegate testimony that he repeatedly authorized false statements about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal to the press.

On the day Foye ordered access the lanes reopened to local traffic, he said he got two visits from his New Jersey counterpart, Bill Baroni, who told him the lanes should be closed again even though they had caused huge traffic jams in Fort Lee, N.J., because they were “important to Trenton.”

Cuomo called the latest allegations against former Rep. Anthony Weiner – that he exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a 15-year-old girl – “sick” and “possibly criminal.”

Legal experts said if the story is true, than Weiner could be exposed to a slew of state and federal charges — including one that carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.

Weiner acknowledged he communicated online with the underage girl, but said he’s also been the subject of a hoax. The former congressman issued a statement apologizing but not directly addressing the issue of whether he had engaged in chats with the girl.

Weiner gave The Associated Press an email, written by the girl to her teacher, in which she recanted her story. The girl told the Daily Mail she wrote the email at Weiner’s request but never sent it to the teacher.

Hillary Clinton is maintaining her edge over Republican rival Donald Trump despite recent campaign setbacks, but the 2016 presidential race continues to tighten going into the homestretch, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.

Even as newly released financial disclosures reveal that Clinton enjoys a substantial fund-raising advantage over Trump, she is struggling to replicate the sort of small-dollar juggernaut that President Obama enjoyed in his campaigns and Sen. Bernie Sanders relied on in this year’s Democratic primaries.

In a seeming disconnect during his courting of black voters, Trump called for the broad use of the contentious stop-and-frisk policing strategy in America’s cities, embracing an aggressive tactic whose legality has been challenged and whose enforcement has been abandoned in New York.

Trump paid his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski $20,000 in August for “strategy consulting,” two months after Lewandowski left the team and was hired by CNN as a commentator.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state Department of Financial Services will assist business and home owners in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood with filing expedited insurance claims for damages sustained to their properties during Saturday night’s bombing on West 23rd Street.

Hillary Clinton penned a NYT OpEd about her plan to address poverty in the U.S., saying she wants to expand Low Income Housing Tax Credits in high-cost areas to increase our affordable housing supply, and fuel broader community development.

Introducing Donald Trump to a group of pastors in Cleveland, boxing promoter Don King called the GOP nominee “the only gladiator” who can take on a system that King said is “rigged” and “racist” and “sexist.”

Writing in USA Today, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani assailed Clinton and President Obama for their responses to the New York and New Jersey bombings, accusing them of “dereliction of duty,” and said Trump is better equipped to address the threat of terrorism.

Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, testified in the Bridgegate trial that he was told by an appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that closing bridge lanes was “important to Trenton.”

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson got into a testy exchange with a journalist during a Facebook Live interview, saying that rumors his running mate Bill Weld will drop out of the race are “bullshit.”

Assemblyman John McDonald, a pharmacist, wants AG Eric Schneiderman to expand his EpiPen probe.

With his fist in the air, Buffalo Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. silently protested the killing of unarmed black people by police in the country during the Pledge of Allegiance prior to yesterday’s council meeting.

Rep. John Katko’s campaign is once again using Democratic candidate Colleen Deacon’s own words against her in a television commercial – this time with a focus on foreign police and fighting ISIS.

A student who was expelled from UAlbany this spring for her role in what was initially thought to be a racially charged bus attack is suing the university, alleging the process it used to expel her was unfair and unconstitutional.

Dan Janison: “The three broad categories released as topics for the Hofstra presidential debate on Monday describe little — and may be stretched to encompass anything.”

Some 10,000 demonstrators are expected to converge on the university for the debate, and Nassau County officials estimate security will cost taxpayers up to $2 million, officials said.

Ivanka Trump’s Secret Service codename has been revealed as “Marvel.” Her father’s is “Mogul,” and Melania’s is “Muse.”

CNN denied a report that it has suspended Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager.

According to the Daily Mail, former Rep. Anthony Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl during which she claims he asked her to dress up in “school-girl” outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in “rape fantasies.”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has asked Cuomo to veto two bills he said would weaken the state’s three-year-old electronic prescription monitoring system.

During an event for Empire State Building owners on Monday night, former Gov. David Paterson moved to squash a report earlier this month that implied the iconic tower was on the block for upwards of $5 billion.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his latest cash report, noting that tax collections through August are down 3 percent compared to the year before. The main reduction is in personal income taxes collected so far.

Three New York State corrections officers were arrested by FBI agents this morning on conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with the beating of an inmate who sustained numerous broken bones and a collapsed lung, and had his dreadlocks ripped out.

The state Education Department announced proposed revisions to the controversial Common Core learning standards after two committees made up educators and parents recommended changing more than 55 percent of the standards

The Clinton Global Initiative reportedly has alerted dozens of employees that their jobs will be eliminated at year’s end, even as it plans to retain some staff to continue working with donors.

The federal government will provide almost $10 million to extend the Onondaga Creekwalk in Syracuse and build a new section of the recreation trail looping around Onondaga Lake.