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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released a public schedule for the day, if he has one.

President Donald Trump hosts a cabinet meeting this morning, and then has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. In the afternoon, Trump meets with the homeland security secretary.

At 6:20 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro discusses the governor “America isn’t that great” comments, Fox and Friends with Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade Ainsey Earhardt.

At 7 a.m., state Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes will be joined by NYC Councilmen Justin Brannan and Mark Treyger, Assemblyman Peter Abbate, and former Councilmen Vincent Gentile and Dave Yassky for a “Day of Action” to discuss his plan to fix the MTA, subway stations throughout Brooklyn.

At 8:30 a.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and Assemblyman Harvey Epstein will cross endorse one another, 14th Street and 1st Avenue (northeast corner), Manhattan.

At 8:40 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on The Answer 970 with Joe Piscopo.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Donovan Richards holds a rally to tell the Department of Transportation that the 656 percent rate increase at the Rosedale municipal lot is unreasonable, Rosedale Long Island Rail Road station, Francis Lewis Boulevard and North Conduit Avenue, Queens.

Also at 9:30 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on New Radio 1290 WNBF with Bob Joseph.

At noon, Tenants Rising Up for Universal Rent Control hold an event with Nixon, Democratic LG candidate Jumaane Williams, and state Senate candidate Zellnor Myrie, Ebbets Field Houses, 1700 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at noon, a coalition of community, environmental, and social justice groups rally outside the governor’s NYC office and over 10,000 petitions demanding an immediate halt to the buildout of oil and gas projects, and a true commitment to shift to 100 percent renewable energy, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Molinaro will be a guest on 77 WABC with Curtis and Rita Cosby.

At 12:30 p.m., Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, state Sens. John Brooks and Todd Kaminsky, Assembly members Charles Lavine and Anthony D’Urso, and state attorney general candidate Letitia James make an announcement, RWDSU Local 338, 1505 Kellum Place, Mineola.

At 1 p.m., state Sen. Terrence Murphy will partner with the Village of Mount Kisco, the Westchester County Police Department, and the Mount Kisco Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council to bring his successful the “Shed the Meds” program to Mount Kisco, Fox Senior Center, 198 Carpenter Ave.

At 2 p.m., NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Council Speaker Corey Johnson join Mayor Bill de Blasio for the signing of Intro. 157, the Waste Equity bill, Williamsburg Community Center, 195 Graham Ave., Brooklyn.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will attend the first-ever Spanish-language Specialized High School Resource Fair and deliver brief remarks, Bronx High School of Science, 75 W. 205th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Regent Catherine Collins will be the recipient of the 2018 Minority Bar Foundation Education Award, The Mansion on Delaware, 414 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

At 7:30 p.m., James attends a meeting of the Huntington Town Democratic Committee, the Oyster Bay Democratic Club, and the Smithtown Democratic Club, American Legion Huntington Post 360, 1 Mill Dam Rd., Huntington, Long Island.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted President Donald Trump during a bill-signing ceremony, twisting the president’s signature slogan as he made a point about the need for greater women’s equality and saying: “We’re not going to make America great again — it was never that great.”

Cuomo’s remarks quickly became fodder for his political rivals and made national news. Several hours after he uttered them, his spokeswoman issued a statement clarifying: “The governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality.”

The governor’s dislike of “retrospective” slogans is relatively new. When he ran for governor in 2010, Cuomo said in his announcement video, “Together, we can make New York great again.”

Trump mocked Cuomo in a tweet, saying: “‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT.’ Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!”

Cuomo tweeted back: “What you say would be ‘great again’ would not be great at all. We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK. Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior – Ever Upward (not backward).”

Trump drew a direct connection between the special counsel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan and review the clearances of several other former officials.

The president threatened to do the same to other former national security officials who have antagonized him.

The nation’s newsrooms are pushing back against Trump with a coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks on “fake news” and suggestion that journalists are the enemy.

Lawyers for Paul Manafort painted his turncoat ex-business partner Rick Gates as a liar as they tried to convince jurors during closing arguments that prosecutors failed to prove their case.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lead lawyer for the ongoing Russia probe, said he is still awaiting a response from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the latest terms for a presidential interview, which were made last week in a letter that argued against Trump having to answer questions about his possible obstruction of justice.

Sean Spicer hasn’t been the White House’s press secretary for nearly a year. Yet yesterday, after a signing copies of his biography in Saratoga Springs, Spicer was still defending Trump against attacks, mainly those lobbed by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman who wrote her own book.

Fentanyl is a big culprit in new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control that indicate over 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, an increase of around 10 percent.

“Feminism’s grand resurgence this past year…seems to have had little effect on heightening the sensitivities of male politicians to the optics of dismissing their female opponents.”

A park in the shadow of Yale’s Old Campus became the scene of a mass overdose yesterday as ambulance crews rushed from person to person, desperately treating dozens of semiconscious and disoriented drug users in New Haven.

Cuomo signed legislation that eliminates a loophole in state law that required prosecutors to prove victims of child sex trafficking weren’t willing participants.

Cuomo plans to sign a bill that creates a watchdog commission over prosecutors, the first such panel in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter. There have also been chapter amendments on the measure sent to his desk.

Former NYC jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery — less than a year after his first trial ended in a hung jury. Seabrook, 58, faces up to 40 years in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30.

The case cast a shadow over NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fund-raising efforts and touched on corruption in the New York Police Department.

During a day of complicated courtroom wrangling, the jury first announced its bribery verdict and said it was deadlocked on conspiracy. While the judge and lawyers met in a side room to discuss continuing deliberations, Seabrook sat awkwardly feet away staring at the jurors.

Seabrook told his wife and family members to “stop crying,” turned to a reporter with a grin and declared, “I’m still smiling.” Later, outside court, he shook hands with U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman and pledged an appeal. “I will be vindicated because God is still on his throne,” he said.

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Trump revoked security clearance of former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan, and said he continues to review the clearances of other officials from his predecessor’s tenure.

Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he believes former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would instantly become a serious challenger to Trump if he ran as a Democrat.

Trump is heading to Southampton on Friday for a campaign fundraiser expected to generate $3 million, according to the Republican National Committee.

For the first time in more than a decade, Democrats have a more positive view of socialism than they do of capitalism, a new Gallup poll found.

Federal securities regulators have served Tesla with a subpoena, according to a person familiar with the investigation, increasing pressure on the electric car company as it deals with the fallout from several recent actions by its chief executive, Elon Musk.

Musk will likely need clearance from national security officials to take Tesla private with financing from Saudi Arabia, just as the Trump administration steps up scrutiny of foreign investment in U.S. technology.

CPV has sued the DEC, claiming that its denial of an air quality permit for its Waywayanda power plant will cause irreparable harm to the project.

Joe Biden, the former vice president who’s seen as a possible challenger to Trump in 2020, canceled plans to attend a political rally in Illinois “under doctor’s orders.”

A federal jury in Manhattan has found former NYC union leader Norman Seabrook guilty on charges that he took a $20,000 kickback in 2014 for investing $20 million in members’ pension money with a hedge fund.

The jury at first had remained deadlocked on a second count of conspiracy. After the panel returned its partial verdict at 3:15 p.m., the judge told the jury to continue deliberating, saying: “Your job is not done yet. You have another count to consider.”

Western New York Democratic party leaders are claiming that any attempt by Republicans to replace Rep. Chris Collins on the ballot this fall would be illegitimate and a “fraud against the voters” in NY-27.

The Hollywood Reporter has read “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” and found 20 more allegations worth highlighting.

A black subway conductor who is running for the head of the city’s transit union called some of his co-workers “slaves” on a public forum for campaigning for Cuomo.

Still reeling from a law New York City enacted last week that cracks down on Airbnb, the home-sharing website now has its sights set on Albany, where it hopes state lawmakers will pass legislation the company favors.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced a plan to increase school safety and the response rate of emergency personnel in the coming academic year.

A union-backed group trying to win better pay for fast food workers urged two of Trump’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board to bow out of a dispute over whether McDonald’s franchise workers were fired for supporting the “Fight for $15” movement.

For two decades, Tuscarora businessman Joseph “Smokin’ Joe” Anderson tried to place his stamp on downtown Niagara Falls, buying dozens of pieces of real estate for never realized projects. That ended today, when the state agreed to buy all 32 of his downtown properties for $25.7 million.

The last four people who died at Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskills were taking or posing for pictures, according to a New York forest ranger. Now the state is taking steps to make the site safer.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released a schedule for today.

President Donald Trump receives his intelligence briefing in the late morning and has no public events scheduled.

Vice President Mike Pence travels form Washington to Ankeny, Iowa for a David Young for Congress event, and will also deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event, before returning to D.C.

At 8:05 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s Mornings on 1 to discuss NYC Ferry’s new Soundview service. (He’ll repeat this performance at 8:15 a.m. on Fox 5, and 8:25 a.m. on PIX11).

Later in the day, de Blasio will tour Governor’s Island – a closed-press event.

At 8:35 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will be a guest on News 1450 WKIP Radio with Tom Sipos.

At 9 a.m., Democratic primary candidate for state AG Leecia Eve joins the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for its Attorney General Race Roundtable Series, 575 Fifth Ave., 14th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., GOP LG candidate Julie Killian hosts “Java with Julie,” Wired Coffee Roasters, 2443 U.S. 9. Sitwell Plaza, Malta.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will deliver brief remarks and attend an Implicit Bias Awareness training for DOE educators, Brooklyn Law School, 4th Fl., 250 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Adriano Espaillat unveils a report of the United States Postal Service facilities operating within New York’s 13th Congressional District, Inwood Post Office, 90 Vermilyea Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Robert Holden, Rep. Grace Meng, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and others attend a street co-naming dedication ceremony for FDNY Paramedic Lt. Mario Bastidas, who died of a 9/11-related illness, Third Place, between 57th Avenue and Queens Midtown Expressway, Queens.

At 10:35 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on Talk 1300 AM & 98.7 Focus on the State Capitol with Fred Dicker Radio.

At 11 a.m., members of the de Blasio administration will hold a technical briefing on plans to replace facilities on Rikers Island with four modern, community-based jails, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., a coalition of law enforcement, school district and transportation officials conduct the first of three regional flashing lights summits aimed at reducing the incidents of vehicles passing school buses while they are stopped, Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd., Colonie.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins community gardeners and urban farming advocates to unveil new legislation to promote urban agriculture in New York City, Ashford Street Abundant Garden, Brooklyn.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Killian attends Jasper Nolan Day at the Race, The Lodge, 1 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs.

At noon, NYCLASS and dozens of horse carriage safety advocates hold rally to show alleged evidence of abuse, Central Park South at Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis holds a rally with Q104.3’s Jim Kerr and fellow Beatles fans to call on the state parole board to deny parole to John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, West 72nd Street, Manhattan.

Also at 12:30 p.m., state Sen. Joe Peralta receives the endorsement of Queens clergy members, 32-33A Junction Blvd., East Elmhurst.

At 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez chairs a Committee on Transportation oversight hearing on the state Senate’s failure to reauthorize speed cameras at NYC schools, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan. (A press conference with NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and advocates will precede the hearing on the City Hall steps).

Also at 1 p.m., state Sen. Jesse Hamilton announces 911 Anti-Discrimination legislation, Prospect Park B/Q/S station entrance, 486 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

At 2:30 p.m., Molinaro holds a meet-and-greet at the Parkway Senior Center, 220 Memorial Pkwy., Utica.

Also at 2:30 p.m., Killian tours the Saratoga Racetrack, 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs.

At 3 p.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney joins the Job Creators Network to discuss how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has helped local businesses and employees, Lok N Logs Homes, 7898 NY-12, Sherburne.

At 3:30 p.m., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, state Senator Jamaal Bailey and others kick off a signature drive for subway accessibility improvements, Mosholu Parkway 4 Train station, Bronx.

At 5 p.m., Assemblywoman Ari Espinal and her campaign hosts a Dreamers Day of Action, 46-20 104th St., Queens.

At 5:30 p.m., former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer headlines the state GOP’s annual Capital Region Rising Star Celebration, 85 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. (Killian attends).

At 6 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosts a celebration of India’s 72nd Independence Day, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks and participate in YogaNoir, a free yoga event hosted by Brothers and Sisters Thrive to promote mental health through mindfulness and exercise, the Great Hill, Central Park, 106th Street and Central Park West, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries hosts a community town hall meeting featuring representatives from the MTA and other local elected officials, Canarsie Ascend Charter School, 9719 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., Molinaro hosts a tele-town hall.

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The Trump campaign filed for arbitration against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, claiming she broke a 2016 nondisclosure agreement, contracting with Charles Harder – best known for representing wrestler Hulk Hogan in his sex-tape lawsuit against since-defunct news site Gawker – to litigate the claim.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani dared special counsel Robert Mueller to have Manigault Newman testify in the Russia investigation, claiming it would become an “even bigger joke” if she does.

Trump added Manigault Newman to to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” after her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism.

“For me, that was the last straw,” former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant said after holding a news conference where she denounced Trump for denigrating Manigault Newman. ““For two years, we have made excuses and gave him the benefit of the doubt, but with this action he proves that he is not fit for the job.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during a combative press briefing, was asked whether she could personally guarantee that the American people will never hear Trump utter the “N-word” on a recording, and replied: “I can’t guarantee anything.” (The president claims the word is not in his vocabulary).

Fewer than one in three American voters like Trump as a person — while 59 percent dislike him, a new Quinnipiac University poll found.

Democrats tested the strength of their “blue wave” againstTrump’s grip on America’s white, working class yesterday as the 2018 primary season lurched closer to an end in two Midwestern battlegrounds.

Christine Hallquist, a former energy company executive, easily won the Democratic primary in Vermont, making her the first transgender person nominated for governor by a major political party.

Karin Housley, the wife of Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley, won the Republican primary for the special Senate election to fill out the rest of Al Franken’s term.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court could advance efforts to make publicly funded vouchers available to students attending religious schools, advocates say.

Investigators are investigating one of the U.S. Defense Department’s top civilian advisers – Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White – for allegedly retaliating against staffers who complained after she ordered them to run personal errands for her on the taxpayers’ dime.

Tesla’s board of directors has hired multiple outside law firms, and a number of board members and Tesla employees have urged the company’s co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, to stop posting on Twitter.

Trump got some things wrong during his speeches at Fort Drum and Utica.

Hundreds of pedophile priests – including some with New York ties – abused and terrorized Pennsylvania children for decades, while complicit Catholic Church officials covered up their offenses or turned a blind eye, according to a damning new grand jury report.

The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign has received a single contribution of more than $45,000 from John Petry, a major supporter of charter schools, in the lead-up to the Democratic primary, and also got a surprise contribution from a convicted stock swindler – shoe designer Steve Madden.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon defended forwarding complaints from her famous friends about helicopters buzzing performances of Shakespeare in Central Park to City Hall, blaming rich chopper passengers for ruining the city’s free theater tradition.

They may have raised around the same amount in the last month, but Cuomo continues to have vastly more cash on hand than Nixon — even as he ramps up spending in the run-up to the primary.

Cuomo’s re-election campaign spent more than twice as much money in the last four weeks fending off a primary challenge from Nixon than he did during the same period in 2014, when a similar left-flank challenger, Zephyr Teachout, emerged.

Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, called on Cuomo to replace MTA chairman Joe Lhota after warning the transit system is in a “death spiral.”

The owner of the state’s largest new casinos – built to help boost the Catskills economy – lost $58 million in its first five months, and $37.2 million of that in the second quarter alone.

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An infuriated Trump continued his counter-offensive against ousted aide Omarosa Manigault Newman by praising chief of staff John Kelly for “quickly firing that dog!”

The tweet reprised Trump’s repeated use of the term “dog” as a way of dehumanizing critics. It was the latest reminder that the president is more than willing to question the looks and intelligence of African-Americans who challenge him.

Manigault Newman reportedly told friends she secretly recorded private conversations with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

Team Trump says Manigault Newman violated a nondisclosure agreement by calling the president a racist and dishing other West Wing dirt, and wants her to be fined millions of dollars for the supposed breach.

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by hundreds of priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and police officers not to investigate it, according to a report issued by a grand jury.

Paul Manafort’s lawyers declined to call any witnesses to defend him against charges of bank and tax fraud. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, also told the judge he didn’t want to testify, clearing the way for closing arguments from both sides and the start of jury deliberations tomorrow.

Richard Gere, the popular actor and Westchester County resident, is not interested in running for Congress, and speculation to the contrary is “not true,” his publicist Alan Nierob said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo denied Trump’s claim that he told the president that he would not challenge him in 2020, telling reporters that while the two speak about policy, they don’t have any “personal, political conversations.”

Cynthia Nixon raised almost as much as Cuomo over the last month, but only has $441,000 left in her campaign account heading into the Sept. 13 Democratic primary, records show. Cuomo, by comparison, has $24.46 million left.

A Manhattan federal judge has OK’d a lawsuit filed by aspiring British actress Kadian Noble that accuses disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of being a sex trafficker.

Developer Carl Paladino, one of the most high-profile Republicans seeking to replace indicted Rep. Chris Collins, is lashing out at another high-profile contender, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, though he was one of Mychajliw’s biggest campaign contributors in the past.

AG Barbara Underwood filed against Perdue Pharma, the maligned maker of OxyContin, charging that for decades it hid the dangers of the pills while fueling New York’s opioid epidemic.

Dozens of people were trapped in their homes by fast-rising water from flash floods caused by heavy pre-dawn downpours that drenched the Finger Lakes region, inundating roads and sweeping tons of trees, debris and a camper with a woman trapped inside into one of the lakes, authorities said.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed changes to local law that govern taxis and for-hire vehicles. Two of these changes will take effect today – a pause on new for-hire vehicle licenses at 5 p.m., and a WAV license fee waiver.

De Blasio held a private meeting at City Hall with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. No word on what they discussed.

As the other three Democratic AG candidates have tried to distance themselves from Cuomo, NYC Public Advocate Tish James has fully embraced him. The strategy has been one of high rewards, but also some risk.

Albany County’s airport is getting a $92 million makeover – including $72 million in state grants – that will upgrade the terminal, increase parking and reshape the way commuters arrive at the Albany International Airport.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro called for Cuomo to dispense with MTA Chief Joe Lhota, who, though technically the MTA’s chairman and CEO, has delegated his CEO responsibilities to other staff.

New York’s highest-paid employee – Dr. Carlos N. Pato, who earned $748,680 in 2017 – is stepping down as dean of SUNY Downstate Medical Center as of Aug. 31.

Opponents of a gas-burning power plant proposed in the Finger Lakes region gathered at the state Capitol today and called on Cuomo to kill the project.

In a move described by Buffalo Zoo leaders as “bittersweet,” officials announced that its two Asian elephants will be relocated to New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo this fall. The move will leave the zoo without elephants for the first time since 1900, and there are no plans to replace them.

Nixon Courts Muslim Vote

It’s probably conventional wisdom at this point that if Cynthia Nixon were to have any chance of defeating Governor Andrew Cuomo next month it would be through bringing new voters to the polls on September 13th. Groups and individuals that either hadn’t previously been registered, or simply chose not to exercise their right to vote. One of those groups being courted by Nixon is Muslim New Yorkers, who number close to a million in the greater New York City area, and several hundred thousand more when you look at the totality of New York State.

Last night Nixon held a Roundtable with the Muslim Democratic Club of New York at the Islamic Cultural Center on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. For some ( Godforsaken and completely inexplicable ) reason, the event was closed press. But according participants, they discussed a range of issues of interest to the community including universal healthcare, how to greater engage the Muslim community in New York, unwarranted surveillance, racial and religious profiling and issues related to immigration including the need to abolish ICE and allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in New York State. On the latter issue, Cuomo says he needs legislation, activists claim he can initiate through Executive Order.

In a statement, Tahanie Aboushi, President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York says,

Cynthia is no stranger to New York’s Muslim community. From standing with us at JFK protesting the Muslim Ban to visiting our places of worship, Cynthia is committed to engaging the Muslim Community and learning about issues that are of concern to us. She is dedicated to inclusivity and realizes the importance of the Muslim Community. We look forward to building and working with her as Governor.

In his nearly 8 years as Governor, Cuomo has never actually visited a Mosque. A source close to the Governor points out that during the controversy surrounding the Lower Manhattan Mosque that was to be located near the World Trade Center in the mid aughts, Cuomo came out in favor. He later took heat from Republican Rick Lazio over that issue when they both ran for Governor in 2010. Lazio was running in the Republican primary where he ultimately lost to Carl Paladino.

 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released his public schedule for the day – if he has one.

President Donald Trump receives his intelligence briefing, and then has lunch with the secretary of state.

Vice President Mike Pence travels to Cincinnati, OH, where he participates in a Mike DeWine for governor event, and also delivers the keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.

Pence then heads to Toledo, OH, where he participates in a Jim Renacci for Senate event before returning to D.C.

At 9 a.m., Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a state AG candidate, joins the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for its Attorney General Race Roundtable Series, 575 Fifth Ave., 14th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., state Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon keynotes Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Brooklyn Bridge to Employment Career Expo., Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the aMadison Square Boys & Girls Columbus Clubhouse of the Bronx 5K Walk, 543 E. 189th St., the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter to tour Onondaga Creek, 611 South Ave., Syracuse.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and the Amsterdam Police Department launch the “Take Me Home” program, designed to help find missing children and adults with autism and related conditions that may impair communication skills, Amsterdam Police Department, 1 Guy Park Ext., Amsterdam.

Also at 11 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro holds a press conference, Grand Central Station, Track 40, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m., state Sen. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides join advocates and local businesses to urge the goal of 1 million New York solar households, Long Island City Landing, next to Hunters Point South Ferry Landing, Queens.

At noon, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Community Council co-host a celebration of Pakistani Independence Day, Bronx County Building, Veterans Memorial Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

Also at noon, Molinaro stops by OANN studios, 1350 6th Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Heastie joins Assemblyman Al Stirpe to visit ICM Controls and Air Innovations in Hancock AirPark, 7313 William Barry Blvd., North Syracuse.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold public hearings for five pieces of legislation related to online ride sharing services like Uber and Left before signing them into law, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., GOP LG candidate Julie Killian tours Bovina Valley Farms, 77 Huff Rd., Delhi.

At 2 p.m., Killian stops by the Delaware County Fair, 10 Fair St., Walton.

At 6:30 p.m., City & State hosts its Albany 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 reunion and networking reception, Battery Gardens, 1 Battery Place, Manhattan. (Molinaro will be speaking).

At 7 p.m., Killian marches in the Delaware County Fair Hero’s Parade, 10 Fair St., Walton.

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London police say that a car has crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament and that there are a number of injured. The driver of car, a man, was arrested at scene after the incident which took place at 7:37 a.m. this morning.

None of the pedestrians injured is believed to be in a life-threatening condition, police said

In “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House,” former reality-TV star-turned-White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman says the president’s mental and physical decline in the most powerful office in the world is because he likes the soda a little too much, drinking up to eight cans of Diet Coke a day.

Trump pushed back against allegations by Manigault Newman that he used the “n-word” on the set of “The Apprentice,” tweeting: “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up.”

Speaking at a campaign event in Utica for Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, Trump slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo on guns, high taxes and dared the Democrat to challenge him for the White House in 2020.

Trump gave supporters who spent up to $15,000 to see him in Utica more time than they expected at the Tenney fundraiser, but the room was very hot, according to one attendee.

The president talked mostly about himself and his Democratic rivals, and didn’t say much about Tenney, though he did called her “incredible” and say she has “helped us so much” in Congress, without offering any specifics.

Hundreds of people flooded the streets of Utica as Trump made his first visit to Upstate New York as president, turning the city into a roiling political battleground for more than three hours.

Cuomo returned the favor, criticizing Trump in a statement: “Despite being a native New Yorker, since you took office, you have attacked our healthcare, passed a tax law that punished New York in order to fund corporate tax cuts, ripped immigrant New Yorkers from their families, launched an assault on our environment, and undermined the basic values on which this state and this nation were built.”

Trump told supporters that Cuomo had called him and promised he would never challenge his fellow former Queens resident in a presidential election. (Cuomo’s office had no comment about this claim).

The governor also hit the president on gun rights, saying in a tweet: “Donald Trump & the NRA – bankrupt bedfellows: literally and morally,” he tweeted. “Unlike Trump, I’m not afraid to take on the NRA.”

Trump also targeted U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is also thought to harbor White House ambitions in 2020.

During a visit to Fort Drum, Trump signed a $716 billion defense measure named after Arizona Sen. John McCain, but didn’t once mention the cancer-stricken senator’s name in a speech lauding congressional cooperation.

Trump promised a new day for the U.S. military, telling soldiers from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division that they deserve better pay and equipment as he signed the bill authorizing $716 billion in defense spending.

Trump publicly praised Fort Drum’s soldier of the year Michael Lima, asking him: “Want to work for me?”

Former Vice President Al Gore said Trump has not damaged the environment during his first 18 months in office as badly as he feared.

GOP operative Roger Stone said that he may be willing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, but vowed he would never testify against Trump.

Cuomo will face off against Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in a debate at Hofstra University on Aug. 29.

Nixon says she wasn’t included in the negotiations for the faceoff, which was pre-negotiated by the governor and presented to her team as a “take-it-or-leave-it” option. She had previously and publicly accepted a debate invitation from rival networks NY1 and WABC.

It’s a dramatic reversal for Cuomo, who refused to debate his 2014 opponent in the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout, and hasn’t debated a major opponent one-on-one in at least a decade. Debate always included minor party candidates.

Cuomo has mounted a massive advertising blitz on New York City’s airways as he seeks re-election, spending at least $3.8 million in advertising on local television stations and cable systems since late June, filings with the FEC show.

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Celebrating the signing of the 2019 military authorization funding bill at Fort Drum in Watertown, President Donald Trump made no mention of the man whose name is attached to the legislation: Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The bill weakens a bid to clamp down on Chinese telecom company ZTE. It allows Trump to waive sanctions against countries that bought Russian weapons and now want to buy U.S. military equipment.

The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts.

Trump blamed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for a tight special congressional election last week — and Kasich fired back by tweeting a GIF of a laughing Vladimir Putin.

Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to Trump who has been widely denounced for masterminding some of the administration’s cruelest immigration policies, was taken to the mat in a Politico Magazine article penned by his own uncle.

Trump broke his silence about former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman, blasting her as “wacky,” claiming she “begged” him for a job and adding that she was “hated” by her colleagues in the West Wing.

A bill that would create a state commission to investigate claims of misconduct by prosecutors may have significant constitutional flaws, the counsel to Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a memo to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Zephyr Teachout, who wants to become New York’s next attorney general, planned to leave a personally inscribed copy of her 2014 book, “Corruption in America,” in Utica today for the president to peruse while she participated in anti-Trump demonstrations.

Cuomo has signed anti-hazing legislation that was prompted by the death of a New York City college student fatally injured while pledging a fraternity.

Cuomo is expected to announce a multi-million dollar state grant for Albany International Airport tomorrow, at an event where he will also reveal the state’s plans to upgrade Exit 4 of the Northway, according to two people briefed on the plan.

Several of the prominent people who bought stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics after Rep. Chris Collins touted it to them – from former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff to local businessmen to two members of Congress – still hold shares of a company that traded at 22 cents a share Friday, down from a peak last year of about $11.61.

A group aligned with House Democrats is giving visitors to the 2018 New York State Fair a reminder about their taxes and politics – specifically targeting Republican Rep. John Katko of NY-24 – on the way to the fair this year.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to help his fellow Democrats take back the state Senate, launching a federal leadership PAC and raising money to spend in competitive races around the state. There’s just one problem: Almost nobody wants his assistance.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time ever has green-lighted a birth control app to be marketed as a method of contraception.

Outgoing Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco won’t return campaign donations from Cor Development and its executives after convictions in two corruption trials this year.

A federal judge deemed actions by the state Department of Financial Services over risk adjustment payments as constitutional, and dismissed a lawsuit from UnitedHealthCare against the state agency.

This is fun if you have some time on your hands: the story of Four Loko in New York.

An ode to Buffalo pizza.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule as yet announced.

President Donald Trump is making his first trip to upstate New York since taking office in January 2017.

Trump will depart his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ en route to Fort Drum just before 1 p.m., and is expected to arrive at Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field just after 2 p.m.

The president will deliver remarks and participate in a signing ceremony for H.R. 5515, the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019” at Fort Drum’s Hanger 2060, before departing for Utica, where he will participate in separate roundtables with reporters and supporters at the Doubletree Hilton.

Trump’s fundraising reception to benefit Rep. Claudia Tenney will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica, according to two sources who plan to attend the private event. (Neither the White House nor the congresswoman’s office has confirmed this).

The anti-Trump group Indivisible Mohawk Valley is organizing a protest from 4 to 7 p.m. at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica.

There will be another anti-Trump rally in Watertown at 11 a.m., 101 Public Square.

Trump will then headline a joint fundraising committee reception at an undisclosed location in Utica before departing for D.C.

Closing arguments take place today in the retrial of former NYC union leader Norman Seabrook in lower Manhattan.

At 8:25 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will be a guest on the 77 WABC Bernie and Sid Radio Show.

At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Mike Miller sponsors a mobile legal help center with New York Legal Assistance Group, District Office, 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd., Woodhaven.

At 11 a.m., wrongfully convicted New Yorkers, who served a combined 278 years incarcerated due to prosecutorial misconduct; Assemblyman Nick Perry and others call for Cuomo to sign legislation to establish a state Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct, Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, 40 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz unveils a statue dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn.

At 12:30 p.m., LG Katy Hochul visits a senior center with Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, 250 W. 65th Street, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., state Senate Standing committees on Labor and Economic Development hold a public hearing to examine the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program, Symposium Hall, Binghamton University, Center of Excellence Building, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

At 1:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer provides an update on the airport, announcing the findings and action steps that will be taken as a result of public hearings, Westchester County Airport, Airport Terminal Building, 1st Floor, Ticket Lobby, 240 Airport Rd., White Plains.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Democratic NY-22 candidate, will host “an open people-powered fundraiser,” Chesterfield Restaurant, 1713 Bleecker St., Utica.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Headlines…

Seven months after Omarosa Manigault Newman departed the Trump administration under a cloud, the White House struggled to identify any African-American serving in a senior role in the West Wing.

The White House hit back at former aide Manigault Newman after she revealed that she secretly taped her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room last year, saying it shows her “lack of character and integrity.”

The administration reportedly wants to block Manigault Newman from releasing any more tapes and punish her for the recording she revealed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in which was taped during Kelly’s firing of her back in December.

Trump called U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions “scared stiff and Missing in Action” in his latest broadside on Twitter against the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

A restaurant in Texas had to scrub its social media accounts and issue a public apology over the weekend after publicizing that it had served Sessions a meal.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general.

Trump continued to rev up his feud with Harley-Davidson by encouraging customers to boycott the motorcycle company because it plans to move production for the European Union from the U.S. to overseas.

Protected by a large phalanx of police officers, about two dozen participants in a white supremacist rally walked from the Foggy Bottom Metro station to Lafayette Park across the street from the White House yesterday afternoon ahead of their rally for “white civil rights.”

A similar dynamic to the one in Washington played out in Charlottesville, VA, where few if any far-right demonstrators could be found, and where the most palpable tensions developed between left-wing protesters and the police, whose presence in the city was heavy and, some argued, heavy-handed.

Filmmaker Spike Lee believes racists in America have been given the “green light” from the White House.

The U.S. Senate will begin the confirmation hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 4.

A flurry of Democratic candidates are refusing to take contributions from groups sponsored by corporations, unions or even other politicians, relying instead on individual donors. And voters are responding.

A new rule in the works from the Trump administration would make it difficult, if not impossible, for immigrants who use public benefits like Medicaid to obtain green cards, potentially impacting at least a million people in New York alone.

A Cuomo spokesman said the governor was unaware of a federal law that prohibits non-Native Americans from disturbing, taking or possessing eagle parts, eggs or nests — including feathers – and said the governor will either put the feather he has said is over his fireplace back in Saranac Lake or donate it to a US Fish and Wildlife repository.

In a highly unusual move, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has directed hundreds of thousands of dollars in Assembly pork money to help Nassau County Sen. John Brooks, who is considered the most vulnerable of the incumbent Democrats in the upper house as they try to in back the majority.

Karen Smythe, a Democrat challenging incumbent Republican state Sen. Sue Serino in Dutchess County, is the sister-in-law of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign chairman and former top aide, Bill Mulrow, though she insists that has nothing to do with why she’s running.

Expressing frustration that urban issues are not being sufficiently addressed in New York, members of the hip hop community are looking to form their own party line for the coming state elections.

Akeem Browder, whose brother committed suicide after spending three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial on charges he stole a backpack when he was 16, is backing actress Cynthia Nixon in the coming Democratic primary, claiming Cuomo has failed to deliver on promised criminal justice reforms to honor his late brother, Kalief.

Republicans in NY-27 scrambling to find a replacement for Rep. Chris Collins after he suspended his campaign due to insider trading charges have a deep bench of potential candidates from which to choose.

Democrat Nate McMurray, who earlier this year launched an underdog challenge to the well-funded incumbent Collins, said his approach won’t change, no matter who Republicans find to replace the congressman on the ballot.

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The Weekend That Was

The North Country and Mohawk Valley are preparing for the arrival of President Donald Trump tomorrow – his first visit to upstate New York since taking office last year.

In a reversal from an approach used during the Obama administration, 18 months into Trump’s term, the U.S. Justice Department has launched no new efforts to roll back state restrictions on the ability to vote, and instead often sides with them.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that if the president sits down for questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump will say he never discussed easing up on a probe of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn with former FBI Director James Comey.

Giuliani said that if he were attorney general, he would appoint a special counsel to “appropriately prosecute” Comey for allegedly leaking documents.

Giuliani called New York Times reporter Nick Confessore an “idiot” during an interview on Fox News’ “Media Buzz,” saying it should be apparent that even honest clients run a major risk of falling into a so-called perjury trap if they agree to meet with federal investigators.

Trump denounced “all types of racism and acts of violence” in a tweet marking the anniversary of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which a 32-year-old woman was killed.

A year after a deadly gathering of far-right extremists in Charlottesville, a few dozen white nationalists marched across from the White House, their numbers dwarfed by thousands of counterprotesters, while the mother of a woman killed at last summer’s protest said the country continues to face unhealed racial wounds.

Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly taped John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, as he fired her in December in the Situation Room, a breach of security protocols, but one that revealed him suggesting that she could face damage to her reputation if she did not leave quietly.

The president called former White House aide and fellow reality TV star Manigault Newman a “lowlife,” in response to a question about a series of explosive claims in her forthcoming book about her time in the Trump administration.

Trump raged against the FBI and rehashed his grievances against fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe during a Saturday morning Twitter tantrum, but the focus ended up being on his typo of “massages” instead of “messages,” which took him (or someone) half an hour to correct.

In an about-face, Western New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after he was charged with insider trading.

Collins, who was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump for president in 2016, had initially vowed to stay on the ballot this fall but said Saturday that he had decided it was “in the best interests” of his district, “the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda” to suspend his race.

“I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda,” Collins said. “…I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing.”

Republicans in the district now face the complicated question of how to remove Collins from the ballot. Under New York law, a candidate’s name can be stricken from the ballot only if he or she dies, runs for another office or possibly if he or she moves out of state.

“Most likely, there will be an interview and screening process,” said Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy, who believes Collins made the “right” decision in suspending his campaign. “And we’ve got to have consensus – all eight counties working together.”

Langworthy, who commands the biggest weighted vote among the eight county organizations in the district, vows he and the other party leaders will find a way to wriggle through some tight loopholes in state election law to get Collins off the ballot and someone else on it, and will meet early in the week to begin the process.

The list of Republican names being floated to replace Collins – more than fifteen have expressed interest – on the ballot include: Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who has announced his candidacy; state Sens. Patrick Gallivan, Chris Jacobs, Rob Ortt and Mike Ranzenhofer; Assemblymen Ray Walter and Steve Hawley; Iraq War veteran and radio commentator David Bellavia, among nothers.

Also, former Buffalo School Board member and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says he’s “all in,” adding: “I felt this need to make sure that Donald Trump has the New York 27th District on his side.”

Democrats called on Collins to resign ASAP, and not wait until GOP leaders figure out what to do next in terms of replacing him on the ballot.

Democrats are also calling for other New York Republican members of Congress to return donations received from Collins.

While the other congressmen who invested in Innate were not implicated in the indictment, the allegations against Collins have revived calls for stricter rules about financial investments or corporate board seats held by members of Congress while they are sitting on committees with oversight into those businesses.

Spaulding Lake, where Collins lives, is one of the most well-known addresses in Western New York, a neighborhood where homes have sold for more than $1 million. Comeuppance and sympathy were among the reactions expressed by the congressman’s neighbors since his arrest last week on insider trading charges.

A controversial, but common practice of paying Executive Chamber staff from the budgets of agencies and authorities was used when two Democratic state Senate candidates – Aaron Gladd, who’s running for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Kathy Marchinone, and Alessandra Biaggi, who is primarying ex-IDC Leader Jeff Klein – briefly worked for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Nixon’s wife banded together with a bunch of City Hall aides in an effort to stop singing star Jennifer Hudson from performing at a Success Academy rally — by feeding her negative information about the charter network.

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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claims she was offered hush money by President Donald Trump’s campaign after she was fired earlier this year.

The president is escalating his tough talk with Turkey, threatening to double metals tariffs amid a dispute over a detained American.

Republican governors in otherwise heavily blue states are finding ways of compromising with Democratic lawmakers.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort received a $16 million loan from a bank whose CEO sought a job in the administration.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office continues its fight against opioids. Inmates inside the Monroe County Corrections Facility will soon be trained and educated on the opioid reversal drug known as Narcan. Those enrolled in the facilities drug and alcohol program will be provided with the drug upon release.

A strain of Legionella bacteria is linked to the pool and spa at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, leading to an alert from the State Health Department.

The Great New York State Fair is just 12 days away, and organizers and vendors are working hard to prepare everything in time.

As demand for air travel in the grows, so does the need for pilots, but industry experts say the U.S. will face a shortage of pilots in the coming years.

The city Department of Transportation is preparing to implement rate increases at parking meters citywide.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to Randy Credico, the activist, comedian and New York political gadfly, in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Democrats are taking a renewed look at the viability of Rep. Chris Collins’s opponent, Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray.

A report finds that stringent credit requirements for the Excelsior scholarship program have hindered its growth.