Have a happy, healthy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember to keep in mind those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We’ll be off on Monday, but will post here if and when news breaks.

New York Magazine is out with the first major profile of Hillary Clinton post-election.

While giving the commencement address at Wellesly, Clinton lambasted Trump’s budget plan as “cruel.”

Former House Speaker John Boehner on why he’s not running for president: “I drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. I golf. I cut my own grass. I iron my own clothes. And I’m not willing to give all that up to be president.”

The Democratic members of New York’s delegation to the House of Representatives joined the push to have the Independent Democratic Conference re-join the mainline conference.

Read the full letter here.

Gov. Cuomo’s office confirmed he will not attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade amid plans to honor a controversial figure.

The Yankees may be in first place and out-performing expectations, but ticket sales are not exactly red hot in the Bronx.

Albany County has approved a new zero-tolerance policy for those who caught driving drunk more than once.

Residents are calling out Tonawanda Coke again. This time they say the plant will begin to process more toxic materials next month and they’re concerned about their health and safety.

Even as it appears his re-election is a guarantee, Mayor de Blasio remains his own worst enemy, displaying some of those traits during a week-long tour of the Bronx.

About two weeks after the Democratic committee picked their candidate for Syracuse mayor another Democrat suspends his campaign.

Got a good idea for Frontier Town? The state has set a July 28 deadline for requests for proposals for the site.

The National Transportation Safety Board says inadequate manning and crewmember fatigue caused the sinking of the Specialist, following a crash with the TappanZee Bridge construction site.

Suffolk Shift

With the surprise victory of Christine Pellegrino in the special election for Assembly District 9 on Strong Island earlier this week, the pundits are already pointing to it as an example of dissatisfaction with the presidency of Donald Trump. While there is likely a lot of truth to that, there is also a local backstory than enabled a serious Democratic candidate to emerge in a district where Republicans outnumber registered Democrats by more than 10,000 voters.

Insiders say earlier this year, all eyes were on who Nassau County Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs and Sufflok County Democratic Chair Richard Schaffer would choose to run for the seat previously held by Republican Assemblyman Joe Saladino, who left to become Oyster Bay Town Supervisor. The district straddles both counties, so both chairs get to play kingmaker. Initially Dems didn’t hold out too much hope for this race, and that didn’t necessarily matter too much to Democratic party leaders, one of whom sniped “there is nothing less powerful than a Republican Assemblyman.”

Jacobs and Schaffer chose Ben Lavender, who was 24 years old and lived with his parents. But according to sources Schaffer was busy behind the scenes working on a deal with Conservative and Republican Party Leaders for various patronage appointments. One of those involved installing Thomas Gargiullo as Tax Receiver for the town of Babylon. Gargiulo was serving as Vice Chair for the Conservative Party of Babylon. The problem was, the town already had a Tax Receiver, Corinne DiSomma, who had been out of the office temporarily caring for a sick relative. Gargiulo, according to sources, walked into the local government office in January and declared himself the new Tax Receiver in front of those who worked there. People familiar with the situation say Schaffer had promised Gargiulo the job behind closed doors, and Gargiulo “wasn’t aware of the fact” that he wasn’t supposed to make it public yet. DiSomma meanwhile, was very unhappy and fired off emails to Schaffer declaring what happened was “criminal” among other things. Needless to say, she had no plans to resign.

With the possible deal falling apart, Gargiulo was approached about running for the open Assembly seat. Sensing opportunity Jacobs, along with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, decided Pellegrino, a lifelong teacher and activist, should get the nod to run instead of Lavender. She was a much better candidate. NYSUT and Working Families quickly came on board and they were able to tap into suburban voter fear over the unsteady leadership in Washington.

But here is the funny thing. Schaffer did nothing. Wouldn’t even endorse Pellegrino. Explained that he couldn’t get involved due to the investigation into the 2014 Senate races that put Mayor Bill de Blasio briefly in the crosshairs. No charges were ever filed in that case by either the Manhattan DA or the US Attorney, and clearance letters were sent out by both offices. But even after that, Schaffer maintained he still couldn’t get involved because the matter was still under investigation by the enforcement division of the State Board of Elections.

This is the same argument the Schaffer camp continues to make, calling any accusation he endorsed Gargiulo “false.” Schaffer doesn’t mince words when he begins, “I’ll say it for the 124th time..” that he is a witness in the Risa Sugarman inquiry and has been instructed by his Attorney not to speak to NYSUT or involve himself in any way with state races. Schaffer maintains he is “thrilled” Pellegrino won, although he acknowledges having a longstanding relationship with Gargiulo, whom he has known for 30 years.

By the same reasoning, Schaffer also failed to endorse John Brooks, the only Democrat to win a new seat on Long Island last Fall after years of promises by State Democrats that Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket would usher in a new era of Democratic dominance in the suburbs that would hold for a generation or more ( in case you missed it, that actually didn’t happen ).

So did Schaffer do more than just sit on his hands in Pellegrino race or was he actively supporting his old friend Gargiulo, the Republican? Hard to say. But one story I was told seems to speak volumes. When NYSUT did screening interviews with both Assembly candidates about a possible endorsement, Gargiulo is alleged to have blurted out to his interviewers, “Schaffer is endorsing me.”

I mean, c’mon, Tom. Didn’t you learn the first time?

I wasn’t in the room where it happened, so I cannot guarantee you it went down exactly like that ( and it was NYSUT, so the fix was likely in for the Democrat anyway ) but you gotta admit; that’s kind of hilarious.


Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF. Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent a rare night out of state and heads to Providence, presumably for another of his daughters’ college graduations today. He has nothing public on his schedule.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is wrapping up his week in the Bronx.

Your schedule:

At 11:30 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks, Bronx House Weinberg Neighborhood Senior Center, 990 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx.

At noon, a memorial service will be held for the late NY Court of Appeals Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be among those attending. Cathedral of St. John the Devine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.

At 1 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at Orchard Beach, Bronx.

At 2 p.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and local elected officials will hold a flag ceremony for a 100 year-old World War II veteran to recognize his service and celebrate his 100th birthday, Chester Volunteer Fire Department at 81 Main Street, Chester.

At 7 p.m., Hochul will attend the re-opening of the Village of Hamburg Playground 107 Prospect Avenue, Hamburg.

At 7:30 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks, Riverdale Jewish Center, 3700 Independence Avenue, the Bronx.


Facing a misdemeanor assault charge after an incident with a reporter, Republican Greg Ginaforte won a special election last night to fill the at-large Montana House seat.

While Republicans sweated the race, President Trump actually turned out to be an asset in the race, and not a drag on the GOP candidate.

The “body slam” incident in the race is met with shrug from some conservatives as they seek an apology not from Ginaforte, but the media.

Trump’s son-in-law and White House aide Jared Kushner is said to be the focus of the Russia investigation by the FBI, with officials reviewing his contacts during the campaign.

The meetings with two key Russians Kushner held has drawn the interests of investigators, and he plans to cooperate with the inquiry.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn faces legal problems that stem in part from his business dealings with foreign entities and how he’s interacted with congressional investigators during the process.

Democrats are frustrated with Trump’s budget proposal, saying the plan offers little clarity and the math does not necessarily add up.

An appeals court declined to reinstate Trump’s travel ban in a party-line ruling, but administration officials insisted the order will eventually be sustained by the courts.

The ruling by the court likely means the fate of the travel ban will likely rest with the U.S. Supreme Court, where Trump has vowed to appeal.

With Congress on a week-long recess, senators will grapple with the details of the health-care bill, though little consensus is yet to emerge as they’ll almost certainly get input from constituents back home.

The FBI is waiting to hand over James Comey’s memos to Congress, with officials saying they need to assess the special counsel’s impact on the investigation.

During his visit to NATO, Trump projected a tough image to allies abroad after he questioned the alliance during the campaign.

A Brooklyn prosecutor has scrapped seven murder convictions stemming from investigations that now-retired Det. Louis Scarcella played a role in, but the DA insisted no laws were actually broken.

Supervisors who had worked with inmates at a Brooklyn prison on efforts to reduce rape have themselves been charged with sexual assault.

An upstate New York developer pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in a voter-fraud scheme designed to elect public officials who would support his real-estate project.

A Muslim group has filed a lawsuit after a zoning ruling denied a permit for the construction of a Mosque in Bayonne.

In a debate over city lawmakers being undercut, state lawmakers are proceeding with their own plan to give letter grades to food carts even though the City Council already passed that legislation Wednesday.

The New York City health department is launching a new campaign to inform New Yorkers about the risks of the Zika Virus as the department says 32 babies in the city tested positive for Zika, half of whom have neurological disorders as a result of the virus.

This year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade loses another sponsor as Univision announces it will drop out, the station announced Thursday night.

In his new role as a civilian, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has not shied from criticizing the Trump administration. But in a law school commencement address Thursday, he also went out of his way to praise ousted FBI Director James Comey.

A rally that included conservative provocateur Pam Geller, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos opposing Linda Sasour plans to speak at a CUNY commence became violent on Thursday.

New York City has opened five homeless shelters as Mayor de Blasio’s proposal calls to add an additional 85 facilities in the coming years.

Canada has sunk Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to “Buy American” with help from a lobbying firm with links to a Cuomo aide.

As investigators reviewed questionable campaign donations to de Blasio, the mayor’s aide linked to those contributions received a pay increase.

A controversial former corrections official from Washington may be put at the helm of overseeing New York City’s jails.

A judge ruled long-shot mayoral candidate Bo Dietl has failed to properly register for a party, locking him out of participating in a primary this September.

Despite the controversy surrounding the Puerto Rican Day Parade’s plans to honor a controversial independence figure, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz plans to march.

Curtis Silwa’s Guardian Angels organization is getting involved in the fight to combat the growing influence of gangs on Long Island.

Protestors held a ‘Walk of Atonement’ at Rep. John Faso’s office in Kinderhook Thursday, a day after the Congress Budget office released its report on the American Health Care Act.

Despite some dealing with the effects of Lake Ontario flooding for well over a month, it’s still much too early to start the cleanup.

One Oneida County village is on its way to dissolving. Officials from Barneveld held an informational session Thursday to discuss the potential impacts.

Despite his controversies in the past several months, Rep. Chris Collins is yet to draw an official challenger as House races start early in other districts.

The Tonawanda Housing Authority was rapped by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in an audit released Thursday for having bad management and high vaccines.

Another round of rain Thursday didn’t quite bring the waves many in Sodus Point feared, but thanks to teams of reservists and municipal employees, walls of sandbags now surround the saturated village.

Rochester’s AIM Photonics project is one step closer to becoming a reality as the Empire State Development Board approved the $81 million operating budget for the institute’s ‘Testing, Assembly and Packaging Facility’ or TAP, Thursday.

The Newfane Town Board passed a resolution Wednesday asking the Niagara County Legislature to pursue litigation against the International Joint Committee to repeal Plan 2014.

WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal held a meeting highlighting the bridges’ environmental impacts.

Queers for Racial Justice members stormed the lawn in front of Assemblyman David DiPietro’s office Thursday afternoon to dance as a form of protest.

Officials in western New York want the state to pass a tree removal tax credit aimed at combatting the Emerald Ash Borer.

The Higher Education Services Corp. has approved the details for the state’s Excelsior Scholarship program which will eventually provide free SUNY/CUNY tuition to families earning up to $125,000 per year.

A shakeup in the leadership of the Tuesday Group, a moderate collection of House Republicans, has helped elevate Rep. Elise Stefanik’s role.

Surprisingly low grades for Buffalo’s city parks when compared to large cities.


A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries on Thursday, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims.

The British government will stop sharing information with the U.S. after intelligence officials cast blame on American agencies for leaking details of the Manchester bombing to The New York Times.

Following complaints from Britain, Trump ordered an investigation into the leaks.

President Trump and the newly elected president of France shared an awkward handshake while meeting at NATO.

House Republicans are trying to chart a path to avoiding a federal government shutdown in the fall amid struggles over approving a spending plan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top economic development czar at a meeting Thursday continued to criticize the state comptroller’s office after a series of negative audits, telling Tom DiNapoli to “up the professionalism” and play down politics.

In the Syracuse School District, one in 10 students alone were homeless in 2016 — more than any other school in the state, save for New York City.

Cuomo’s office has released a guide for both citizens and public officials explaining the ins and outs of the shared services agreement approved in the budget last month.

Rep. Paul Tonko once again has introduced an updated version of a bill in Congress that would create a uniform anti-doping policy for the thoroughbred horse racing industry.

A Bronx street has renamed for the man who took his own life after spending years on Rikers Island without ever being tried.

This year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade loses another sponsor as the Daily News announces it’s dropping out.

City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, meanwhile, still plans to attend the event and defended the Puerto Rican separatist at the center of the controversy.

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins has settled a hit-and-run lawsuit filed against him by a bicycle deliveryman.

The town of Hempstead on Long Island wants to evict the operator of its golf course amid a dispute over a $2 million repair bill.

Kodak has launched its new Ektra smartphone camera in the American market. This $400 smartphone is a reawakening for a passion of photography, according to company officials.

AAA is projecting more Americans will travel this holiday weekend than any Memorial Day Weekend in the last 12 years.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Glens Falls on Thursday to announce the “winning projects” that are part of the $9.7 million final plan the state has approved.

In Schenectady: if you’re wondering how long till you can grab dinner and a drink at Mohawk Harbor — it’s not going to be much longer.

Here And Now

Good morning! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany, but heads to Boston later today with nothing public planned (He’s likely attending the graduation ceremony of one his daughters).

Mayor Bill de Blasio continues his tour of the Bronx this week.

Your schedule:

At 9 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at City & State’s State of NY Women Forum, NY Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue, New York City.

At 10:15 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joins Walgreens and the Children’s Health Fund in honor of Red Nose Day and to raise awareness for child poverty, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens.

At noon, state and city officials will attend the Hope Awards Luncheon, Metropolitan College, 1st Floor, 60 West Street, New York.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul will make Plattsburgh Downtown Revitalization Initiative announcements, Plattsburgh City Hall, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will make an announcement, P.S. 119, The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School, 1075 Pugsley Avenue, Bronx.

At 1 p.m., Comptroller Tom will hold a press conference to discuss his audit of the Tonawanda Housing Authority. Tonawanda Housing Authority, Administrative Offices, Hinds Street and Proy Avenue, Tonawanda.

At 2 p.m., will make a Glens Falls announcement for downtown revitalization, Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls.

At 3 p.m., Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Nick Perry will be pushing a bill that would enact automatic enrollment for all eligible members into the Board of Education retirement System, City Hall Steps, New York City.


After presenting a budget that cuts Medicaid, food stamps and other safety net programs by billions of dollars, the White House went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to defend its proposal.

The report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finding the American Health Care Act will remove 23 million people from insurance rolls will complicate the already delicate talks in the Senate over a revised bill.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been advised to not disclose meetings with Russian officials on government forms ahead of his confirmation.

A shared hotline used by American and Russian officials designed to prevent conflicts involving air operations over Syria is still in use, despite the U.S.’s bombing of an airfield last month leading to fears the calls would stop.

A Republican congressional candidate running in a Montana House special election has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he was accused of “body slamming” a reporter before an invent.

The incident occurred a day before voters head to the polls in the hotly contested race for the at-large House seat.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has caused a stir when he suggested poverty is a “state of mind.”

Republican officials are leading efforts to pass measures designed to strengthen free speech after a series of confrontations on college campuses between conservative speakers and protesters.

The governor of Vermont has vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first to legalize marijuana through legislation rather than a ballot referendum.

Remember congestion pricing? Trump’s budget proposal could revive the controversial proposal that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to get Albany to back.

The fate of a bill allowing the use of body scanners at Rikers Island jail is now uncertain, with the Democratic-led Assembly deeply divided on the issue.

On day three of his extended visit to the Bronx, Mayor de Blasio announced a crackdown on parking placard abuse, cleaned up graffiti and fielded questions at a town hall meeting. But the Red Sox fan has steered clear of Yankee Stadium.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the same message Wednesday in Buffalo, just a different setting. He toured the city’s waterfront on a two-hour boat ride, and the city and shoreline seemed to the camera’s eye to rotate behind him as he spoke.

Negotiations continue between New York State and the Seneca Nation over casino revenue after the Nation stated it was no longer obligated to pay the state money.

Cuomo confirmed Wednesday that the State Fair board is currently looking for a fair director as Dan Queri is the heavy favorite to take the job.

Summer homes are considered unlivable after flooding has made for trouble in the Jefferson County Marina.

Some North Country officials fear Fort Drum could once again be on the chopping block for closure as the Trump budget proposals backs military base closures.

Democrats are heartened by the victory in the 9th Assembly district special election, saying it bodes well for broader down-ballot gains next year.

Newsday: Some of Democrat Christine Pellegrino’s supporters, including her union backers, are pointing to more local factors for her upset victory in the Republican friendly district.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is moderating her image as she runs for mayor of New York City, saying that she’s her own candidate in an era of controversy surrounding the party’s White House occupant.

Rather than focusing on dismal subway service, the MTA board on Wednesday backed projects that seen as priorities for the governor.

All told, the MTA board backed a $2.9 billion increase for capital spending, though there were warnings of the agency’s rising debt level.

Sen. Simcha Felder threw the state Senate into a new level of uncertainty on Wednesday when he sent a letter to IDC Leader Jeff Klein urging him to return to the mainline fold in the chamber.

Meanwhile, Rep. Keith Ellison is getting into the fray of battle for control for the state Senate, urging the Independent Democratic Conference to unite with their fellow party members.

De Blasio vowed to launch an effort that’s designed to put an end to abuse of official city parking placards.

The Suffolk County police chief on Wednesday called for strengthened screening of immigrant minors amid rising gang violence from groups like MS-13.

BNP Paribas will pay the state $350 million after the firm was accused of currency manipulation.

Suffolk County Republicans backed Sen. Phil Boyle in his bid for sheriff, potentially creating an opening in the Senate later this year.

A federal judge has scheduled pre-trial dates in the corruption case of Republican Ed Mangano, the outgoing Nassau County executive.

Assemblyman Chuck Lavine exited the race for Nassau County executive and endorsed fellow Democrat Laura Curran for the job.

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, will also skip the Puerto Rican Day Parade amid plans to honor a controversial figure.

Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley helped push through $10 million in funding for a Bronx merchants association that was represented by his brother’s lobbying firm.

Following years of hold ups, Mayor de Blasio says he’s ready to support the ice rink being backed by Rangers legend Mark Messier at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

Hope you are sitting down for this one: It’s getting expensive to own a home in New York, a report found.

A city lawmaker wants to triple the penalties for building violations at apartment complexes that include units for the homeless to tackle the 13,727 violations in such facilities that were outstanding as of April 30.

After pushing a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich, advertisers are starting to leave Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.

A Queens state lawmaker wants to make it a felony for removing a condom without consent during sex — an act known as “stealthing.”

Environmental groups are launching an effort to have a right to clean environment enshrined in the state’s constitution through a constitutional amendment.

After a partial repeal of the controversial HB2 measure in North Carolina, the NBA has agreed to hold the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte.

In Oswego County, Cuomo announced the state’s plan to purchase 6,000 acres in and around the Salmon River.

Two dozen elected officials in Onondaga County say they are running out of time to complete a program backed by Cuomo in the budget that would require efforts to share and consolidate services.

Rochester is renewing a controversial effort to cover the Highland Park reservoir.

Rep. Chris Collins is one of the biggest holders of stock in health care companies in Congress, and he’s pushing measures designed to help the industry.

Key lawmakers, along with the Roswell Park Institute, are launching an all-out effort to limit vaping or electronic cigarettes in public places.

Former Vice President Al Gore received a standing ovation at Cannes after a screening of his climate change documentary.


An estimate released by the Congressional Budget Office found the American Health Care Act would throw 23 million people off insurance and cut $119 million out of the deficit should it be approved.

The estimated $119 million in savings is less than the initial estimate for the bill that had been projected in March.

Russian officials discussed how to influence top advisors to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign last year, eyeing both Paul Manafort and retired Gen. Michael Flynn.

The House Intelligence Committee has signaled plans it will subpoena Flynn in its ongoing inquiry into Russian collusion.

President Trump huddled with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and the Pontiff gifted the president with some rather pointed gifts.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has asked Congress to approve an increase in the debt limit before they recess without any strings attached.

Trump is widening his search for an FBI director after a number of potential candidates have fallen off the table, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman.

While Fox News has retracted its reporting that touched on a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich, opinion show anchor Sean Hannity has not been told by the network to stop discussing it.

Two state government scholars have called for the approval of a constitutional convention, which voters can decided in a referendum this fall.

A longtime and familiar face at the Capitol is retiring: League of Women Voters Legislative Director Barbara Bartoletti says she’s hanging it up.

Following a terrorist attack in Manchester, the Bronx Republican Committee has thrown its support to Republican Paul Massey’s bid for mayor.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito defended her plans to attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade amid plans to honor a controversial figure that has led to a series of boycotts.

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that Trump’s budget if enacted would “kill children.”

Ken Kurson is stepping down as the editor of The New York Observer.

Here And Now

Good morning! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in western New York today as well as Oswego County before heading to Albany County. A pair of special elections in the Senate and Assembly went to Democrats last night.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is back in the Bronx today.

Your schedule:

At 10 a.m., Cuomo will be joined by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for a Buffalo waterfront boat tour. Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo. Note from the governor’s office: “Press must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather. The boat trip will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, returning at 11:20 a.m. You will be with us for the duration of the trip. Press are also advised that satellite trucks will not be accommodated.”

Also at 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a photo spray, Bronx County Courthouse – Room 123 Conference Room, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Also starting at 10 a.m., the New York Bicycling Coalition, in partnership with national groups PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association will hold an electric bike demonstration, Capital Plaza, State Street, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., a coalition of good-government and environmental groups as well as state lawmakers will push for the Senate to pass New York’s Environmental Bill of Rights. LCA Pressroom 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks, Concourse Village Elementary School, 750 Concourse Village West, Bronx.

At 1 p.m., Cuomo will make an announcement, Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar.

At 2 p.m., First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks, R.A.I.N. Boston Secor Neighborhood Senior Center, 3540 Bivona Street, Bronx.

At 3 p.m., the Senate’s task force on heroin and opioid addiction will hold a public forum, Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Room U104 of the Union Building (the Large Lounge), 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown.

At 5:30 p.m., de Blasio will hold a graffiti cleaning session, 1741 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.

At 6 p.m., Sen. Liz Krueger will host a conversation with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, discussing his work to challenge Trump Administration policies on a host of issues from immigration to the environment to civil and voting rights. CUNY Graduate Center, Porshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio will hold a town hall event, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 1980 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.


The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombing in Manchester at a pop concert as the British government goes on high alert amid concerns another attack is eminent.

President Trump during a call with Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte praised his government’s efforts to violently crackdown on drug dealers those suspected of working with them.

In the same call according to a transcript obtained first by the Washington Post, Trump also called the leader of North Korea “a madman with nuclear weapons.”

House Republicans did not fully embrace Trump’s budget proposals with its deep cuts in social services spending, but find alternatives amid their long-standing push to enact new tax cuts.

The House GOP is also pushing to keep a border-adjusted tax alive amid opposition from the Trump White House.

The budget as backed by Trump could lead to balanced spending in the coming years, but the administration failed to include a cost for its deep cuts in taxes.

As he left Israel, Trump insisted the United States is committed to bringing a peace deal to the region, but avoided saying how an agreement might be struck.

Trump continued his first international trip with a meeting at Vatican City with Pope Francis, who has been critical of the president’s policies.

Trump’s budget also includes plans for one-time revenues from oil and gas while making cuts to programs that would lead to the development of long-term energies.

As possible talks loom for revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico and Canada both are calling for three-way discussions on overhauling the deal.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas for businesses tied to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who is the focal point of an investigation into possible collusion between Russian agents and the Trump presidential campaign.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner had been in line for getting book deal, but that’s been scuttled following his guilty plea in a case involving lewd material sent to a minor, leading to possible jail time.

Democrat Brian Benjamin has won an open state Senate seat in Harlem, filling a vacancy left by Bill Perkins and giving his party 32 enrolled members in the chamber once again.

Despite Benjamin’s victory, Democrats do not have a working majority in the Senate, a sore point as the war between the IDC and mainline conference intensifies.

IDC Leader Jeff Klein remains at odds with mainline Democrats as the riff deepens amid a controversy over the use of paid stipends for non-committee chairs.

Democrats scored an upset win on Tuesday in a special election to fill a Long Island Assembly seat that had been held by Republican Joseph Saladino.

State lawmakers only have a few weeks to act before Mayor Bill de Blasio will lose his legal authority to run the city’s school system. But Republicans in the State Senate are hardly riding in to the mayor’s rescue.

The Assembly backs a plan in an omnibus bill passed this week that explicitly links an extension of mayoral control to tax extensions for local governments outside of New York City, pressuring Senate Republicans to act.

The Port Authority says Concourse C at LaGuardia Airport Terminal B was evacuated Tuesday evening due to a security concern.

The potential impact of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which was unveiled Tuesday, set Mayor Bill de Blasio off and had him once again denouncing the New Yorker in the White House.

Democrats who represent upstate New York congressional districts also blasted the proposal from the Trump administration as detrimental.

Cuomo on Tuesday laid out his plan to get Penn Station and the MTA back on track.

A tourist from India visiting New York State carried measles along with them, potentially exposing others at four locations, according to the state Department of Health.

After the bombing in Manchester, New York officials are issuing assurances that concert venues are safe to attend.

The recent rain has certainly had a major impact on areas around Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Police in the city of Albany began rolling out their body camera program with a discussion about it during a public forum.

Keep this in mind next time you want a hot dog: A report finds food trucks that have set up shop in Manhattan are the dirtiest in New York City.

The state Senate has approved a bill that bans circuses and carnivals from using elephants, just as the Ringling Bros. circus closes down its tent.

Whoopi Goldberg is throwing her support behind legislation in the Legislature that would expand New York’s medical marijuana program to include those suffering from painful menstrual cramps.

Retail giant Target is set to pay a $18.5 million settlement with 47 states following a 2013 data breach.

An error that underpaid Uber drivers over the last 2-1/2 years will lead to the company paying out millions of dollars in lost wages.

Though it has a reputation for producing star prosecutors, the offices for the Southern District of New York is something of a shabby dump and smells bad due to an “outrageous amount of mold.”

Broadway, meanwhile, is going strong in New York City, recording a new high $1.45 billion in ticket sales thanks to high prices.

Amid plans to honor a controversial figure in the Puerto Rican independence movement, more corporate sponsors are backing out of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Among Cuomo’s plans for bolstering subway service in New York City: Awarding $1 million “Genius” grants for those with the best idea at fixing problems along the transit lines.

Bill Hammond in The New York Post: “Albany Democrats never got the memo that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. They’re peddling a universal health-care plan they claim would not only cost nothing more, but leave the state $45 billion richer.”

A half-dozen African-American police officers in Buffalo say they were “blackballed” by their union after accepting provisional promotions from the police commissioner.


The British government has raised its threat level to critical, indicating concerns from officials that another terrorist attack may be eminent after a concert bombing killed 22 people.

The bomber, who died in the blast, was identified as a 22-year-old British man.

The former director of the CIA testified to Congress that Russian agents sought to manipulate the U.S. election and may have tried to enlist help from Americans.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said he had raised concerns last year that Russians had sought to recruit Trump campaign officials in an effort to influence the election, providing the most expansive public remarks to date from an official involved at the time.

The New Jersey Republican who had co-chaired the moderate Tuesday Group has resigned from the post after his roll in passing the American Health Care Act in the House caused an uproar within the bloc of lawmakers.

Good news for Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Voters in Hillside Lake have elected to dissolve a taxing district.

The FCC won’t be taking any action against Stephen Colbert for making a lewd joke about President Trump in a monologue.

A settlement reached between lobbying regulators and a non-profit entity Pledged 2 Protect won’t result in a fine, but it is likely to show real-estate firm Glenwood Management funded it to the tune of $690,000.

The Republican-led Senate approved legislation on Tuesday that allows Hoosick Falls to bond up to $1.5 million to pay for cleanup costs related to the PFOA water contamination in the village.

State lawmakers are once again eyeing bills considered to be “pension sweeteners” that benefit retirees backed by politically key labor unions.

A tourist from India visiting New York state carried measles along with them, potentially exposing others at four locations, according to the state Department of Health.

Democrats hope to win a vacant Senate seat in Harlem today that would bring their numbers to 32 in the Senate, but achieving a working majority is a bit more complicated than that.

On Long Island, voters there will get to fill an Assembly seat that opened up with Republican Joe Saladino was appoint Oyster Bay town supervisor.

Westcherster County may hesitant in allowing ride hailing apps to operate there because of the loss of revenue.

Fox News, rocked by series of scandals for nearly a year now, has fallen out of first place in primetime among cable news channels, being beat by MSNBC.

The CFO of Soupman, Inc., which licenses the “Soup Nazi” brand famous for an episode of Seinfeld, is in trouble with his federal taxes.

Billy Bush has reached out to the woman he and Trump were talking about in the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape and apologized.

Here And Now

Good morning — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, with plans to make an announcement at midday. Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing his tour of the Bronx. President Trump’s overseas trip continues.

Your schedule:

At 8 a.m., Democratic state Senate candidate Brian Benjamin will vote in his special election, P.S. 175 with Congressman Charlie Rangel and Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, New York City.

At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold constituent office hours, Bronx Supreme Courthouse Rotunda, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will attend the annual memorial for fallen EMS workers, Empire State Plaza, NYS EMS Memorial Site, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., First Lady Chirlane McCray will tour the Jericho Project Kingsbridge Terrace, 2701 Kingsbridge Terrace, the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., advocates will hold a press conference urging State Senate and Governor to take action on “Kalief’s Law.” Outside the Senate chambers, third floor Capitol, Albany.

At noon, Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement, The Graduate Center, CUNY Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, 365 5th Avenue, New York City.

At 12:30 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will join Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and Small Business Service for a tour, 186th St. & Arthur Avenue, the Bronx.

At 1 p.m., state parks officials will hold a preview of the new cabins at Moreau State Park, Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort.

At 5 p.m., the Department for the Aging will join de Blasio for the Northeast Bronx Senior Center Gala, Villa Barone Manor, 737 Throggs Neck Expressway, the Bronx.


At least 22 people are dead following an explosion at a concert in Manchester for the American singer Ariana Grande.

Police consider the explosion to be a terrorist attack, which set off a chain reaction of panic in the arena.

Cell phone video taken moments after the explosion shows a chaotic scene in which people fled from the concert.

In New York City, law enforcement is stepping up its presence at key areas in the wake of the explosion.

The president this morning called the perpetrators of the bombing “evil losers in life.”

President Trump’s proposed budget seeks to make large cuts to social welfare programs and provide for a package of tax cuts aimed primarily at the rich.

Overall, the plan would reduce spending $4.5 trillion over the coming years, taking a scalpel to programs like Medicaid and food stamps.

Much of the budget’s impact would be felt in the states that supported Trump in his electoral victory this past November.

Though the Trump administration has rejected House Speaker Paul Ryan’s own tax plan, the Wisconsin Republican is sticking by the proposal, setting up a clash with the White House.

While his overseas trip could turn the page on his list of controversies back home, Trump has been compelled to bring them up with foreign dignitaries and the traveling press.

In Israel, Trump pushed for peace with the Palestinians, calling it a top priority and the greatest deal of all time if it could be achieved.

A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to Pentagon investigators over his income from companies linked to Russia and his contacts with officials.

Flynn plans to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights when asked to testify before Congress.

In March, Trump asked top intelligence officials at the NSA and the director of National Intelligence to declare publicly there was no collusion by Russians agents in the 2016 presidential campaign, which they both refused to do.

Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to the governor, is seeking to have his corruption case separated from that of the bid-rigging charges against his co-defendants, a half-dozen development executives.

Members of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference are coming under increasing pressure from the left to rejoin with the mainline conference, though the bloc of eight lawmakers showed little signs on Monday they will do so.

The calls include a new push from the Working Families Party, which released a resistance manifesto on Monday in an effort to move forward with a progressive agenda in the Trump era.

Members of New York’s House delegation joined with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday to call for federal emergency funding for Penn Station amid ongoing delays caused by track upgrades by Amtrak.

Cuomo in a radio interview on Monday declared Penn Station was at a “tipping point” and in dire need of help.

The White House was non-committal in its response to the request for an aid package, saying the administration looks forward to an ongoing conversation on the issue.

Amtrak, meanwhile, is refusing to cede control of its operations at Penn to the Port Authority.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly and Republican-led state Senate are at odds over a plan to extend control of New York City for Mayor Bill de Blasio, which is due to expire next month.

Senate Republicans are nudging de Blasio to release more information on how the city spends its education money; the Assembly on Monday passed an omnibus bill that packages a two-year extender with a continuation of local government tax measures.

Cuomo’s twin daughters this weekend will graduate from Harvard and Brown — a development that make the governor, he says, feel old.

A campaign promoting medical marijuana has popped up in New York City subway ads, the first promotion of its kind.

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill will not attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade amid plans to honor a controversial figure this year.

O’Neill’s decision to no attend the parade comes amid growing backlash to honor the recently freed Oscar Lopez Rivera, a militant who had advocated for resistance against U.S. rule of the island.

National Guard units on Monday continued to assist homeowners amid ongoing flooding at Lake Ontario as residents continue to struggle with rising water levels.

Flooded communities in the area are set to receive $10 million aid as state officials continue to press for more help.

The aid package is meant to bolster shoreline communities and help with infrastructure ranging from water and sewer as well as sidewalks and walls damaged by the flooding.

Despite committing $100 billion in capital expenses over the next five years for the MTA, the money was spread around to the various transit agencies and is not considered enough to alleviate the current slowdowns and overcrowding on the subway system.

Amid ongoing concerns with staffing at New York City’s jails, the system is employing nearly 200 fewer civilians.

The New York City Police Department is refusing to comply with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara weighed in with his first official endorsement in a political campaign since his firing in March, backing a former assistant federal prosecutor who is running for Suffolk County district attorney.

A hearing for ex-Conservative Party leader Edward Walsh has been postponed as he may face new charges.

A mailer sent by the office of the Oyster Bay town supervisor is being criticized for appearing too much like a political mailer usually seen around election time.

New York officials will help with naturalization services for up to 1,500 immigrants, Cuomo’s office announced on Monday.

A bill in the Assembly seeks to clarify who can officiate marriages in New York and offer one-day officiant licenses for those who register online.

State lawmakers and New York regulators are increasingly wary of the operations of online lenders, saying the industry’s methods “sound deceptive at best.”

Senate Democrats met with officials last week at the Albany County district attorney’s office amid calls for an investigation into the Republican arrangement of giving stipends to committee vice chairs.

Longtime Albany activist Charlene Benton, who fought for clean air and against the crude oil trains running through city, has died.

Western New York Rep. Brian Higgins is increasingly taking on a national profile on key issues for Democrats like health care and taxes.

The University of Buffalo is conducting a new search for a vice president of fundraising to raise money for the state college campus.

Robert Kennedy III is dating the ex-wife of the CEO of Starz, one of the highest paid media moguls.


Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall as part of a two-day swing through Israel.

While there, Trump is working to revive the peace process in speaking with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Stymied by institutional rules in Congress, Republican lawmakers are seeking to rewrite how the chambers function amid concerns over long-term damage to its comity.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who headed Trump’s transition until he unceremoniously replaced soon after the election, said he would not have picked Michael Flynn for National Security advisor.

Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.

Buffalo-area political operative Michael Caputo has been asked to testify before a House panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted on Monday he’s not “shirking” his responsibility in overseeing the transit woes stemming from the MTA.

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson has reported to prison where he will serve five years after he was found guilty of corruption charges.

Mayor Bill de Blasio — an avowed Red Sox — refused to don a Yankees hat during the first day of his week-long tour of the Bronx.

Sen. Jose Peralta, a recent addition to the Independent Democratic Conference, has drawn his first primary challenger: A high school student.

Rep. Claudia Tenney was greeted by protesters at Trump’s DC hotel while holding a campaign fundraiser.

Sources tell our colleagues at Spectrum News in Syracuse the State Fair will soon have a new director.

Newburgh residents are rallying to prevent drug abuse among young people.

The city of Rochester’s nascent bike sharing program is gaining ground.

In case you need an explanation on the weird orb photo featuring Trump.

Not The Onion: Operation “Git-Meow” is aimed at saving the feral cat population around Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.