Cuomo Reacts To Percoco Verdict

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement on Tuesday afternoon reacted to the corruption conviction of his former close aide Joe Percoco, calling the jury’s decision painful for him personally, but also for Percoco’s family.

“The jury has reached a verdict and I respect that decision. While I am sad for Joe Percoco’s young daughters who will have to deal with this pain, I echo the message of the verdict – there is no tolerance for any violation of the public trust,” Cuomo said.

“There is no higher calling than public service and integrity is paramount – principles that have guided my work during the last 40 years.”

This is the most extensive comment Cuomo has made on the case since the trial began earlier this year. He has refrained from publicly discussing the details of the case as well as the questions that have arisen from the testimony.

Cuomo added in the comment the case is something that must be learned from and made a call for “additional safeguards” but did not specify what should be done.

“The verdict demonstrated that these ideals have been violated by someone I knew for a long time. That is personally painful; however, we must learn from what happened and put additional safeguards in place to secure the public trust,” Cuomo said. “Anything less is unacceptable.”

Cuomo Critics Pounce In Wake Of Percoco Verdict

Critics of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — including his Republican gubernatorial opponents and a GOP-aligned super PAC — pounce on the news Tuesday of the guilty verdict in the corruption case of his close former aide.

The all have some stake in seeing Cuomo be weakened politically as a result of the trial’s outcome and the outcomes of the future trials to come this year. But Cuomo himself has largely stayed silent on the trial as it unfolded, saying he has not wanted to impact the judicial process.

Cuomo was not accused of any wrongdoing, but the trial also raised questions — left unanswered by Cuomo himself — as how his office was run while Percoco seemingly had free reign.

“With or without the conviction, this is a pretty good indication that we need a change at the top,” said Sen. John DeFrancisco, one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates. “Also, we need changes in the laws as well.”

DeFrancsico added: “You know he should be able to explain fully what Percoco was doing in the governor’s office. And more importantly, there should be an investigation.”

Chief among the questions raised by the trial was Percoco’s appearances in Cuomo’s office in 2014 while he was ostensibly running the governor’s re-election campaign and not on the government payroll.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who is also seeking the GOP nomination, said Cuomo should submit himself to some questioning.

“Our government is of the people and New Yorkers need and deserve an honest government working for them, working in their best interest,” Molinaro said.

“Finally, while the verdict is in, the trial raises as many disturbing questions as were answered and the Governor should subject his administration to an independent investigation by the Attorney General. Otherwise, the Attorney General should immediately begin one.”

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faced a barrage of questions after his former aides were accused of shutting down lanes of the George Washington Bridge out of political retaliation. Christie answered the questions, but saw his popularity plummet and his presidential campaign never got off the ground.

The trial also raised questions about the structure of Albany and what some good-government advocates see as a culture of corruption at the Capitol.

“There’s too much power in too few hands,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. “When you’re talking about budget negotiations, you don’t have every legislative leader in the room talking about the largest piece of cash that you dole out every year. There’s no turn over, there’s no change over.”

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was less confident legislative changes will be made in the wake of the trial. Good-government reformers have called for strengthened transparency measures when it comes to contracting and other economic development spending.

“There seems to always be a thirst for a new bill when something like this happens,” Heastie said. “But from the verdict that came back, those are clearly already against the law. I don’t know what’s the legislative remedy for something that a jury has decided is against the law.”

Heastie called any corruption news tough for Albany, but said the broad brush should not be applied to all public officials.

“These events always are tough,” he said. “When there’s a verdict that says there’s a violation of the public trust, it’s a tough day. I still maintain that the overwhelming number of people who take on public service do the right thing.”

Accuser Of Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Claims Negligence Led To Rape

The woman who accused the now-former commissioner for the Erie County Department of Social Services of raping her at an Albany hotel has filed court documents claiming the county’s negligence led to the alleged sexual assault. In the Notice of Claim, the attorney for the woman, identified as Jane Doe, said the county, among other things, was aware of prior incidents of sexual harassment and/or abuse of employees by Al Dirschberger and allowed the conduct to continue.

In January, Dirschberger pleaded not guilty to felony counts of third-degree rape and third-degree committing a criminal sexual act. He is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse and oral sex with a female subordinate without her consent while the two were traveling for a conference in Albany in early December.

The commissioner resigned later that month at the request of the county executive as details about the allegations began to emerge. The court document, however, claimed the county did have “actual or constructive notice of prior actions” of Dirschberger sexually harassing or abusing county employees and failed to take necessary action, nor did it properly alert the claimant.

The attorney also said the claimant sustained serious injuries including bruising, lacerations and possible transmission of sexual disease, as well as depression and anxiety. The Notice of Claim was dated January 30, 2018.

The accuser intended to bring a lawsuit against Erie County if damages were not paid within a “reasonable time.” Spectrum News has reached out to the woman’s attorney regarding the status of the litigation.

A spokesperson for the county executive’s office said it does not comment on pending litigation but did say neither the county executive nor the office were aware of any claims of sexual harassment or abuse alleged to have been committed by Dirschberger.

Percoco, Former Close Cuomo Aide, Guilty On 3 Counts

A former close aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was found guilty on three counts of federal corruption charges related to a bribery and bid rigging scheme.

The guilty verdict in the case of Joe Percoco was coupled with not guilty results for two prominent upstate developers who had also been accused of corruption and bribery by federal prosecutors.

Percoco was found guilty of three counts of public corruption, namely conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud, conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud and solicitation of bribes and gratuities. But the jury returned a split guilty and not guilty verdict on the charges of bribery and extortion.

The split verdict is nevertheless a blow to Cuomo, who had took office in 2011 on a pledge to rid Albany of corruption and change the culture of pay to play at the Capitol.

Cuomo has refrained from commenting on the case over the last several weeks, saying he would not want to interfere with the judicial process. Cuomo was not accused of any wrongdoing.

Percoco was portrayed as a mere scheduler or advance man in Albany by his attorneys. But to Cuomo he was much more, appearing as a fixer as well as the governor’s eyes and ears at the Capitol. Cuomo referred to Percoco as a veritable brother, calling him his father’s third son in a 2014 memoir.

The trial revealed some embarrassing anecdotes about the functioning of the governor’s office, including the effort to prevent staffers from leaving the administration and Percoco’s appearance in the governor’s government office during the 2014 re-election campaign when he was working as campaign manager.

Percoco was accused of accepting bribes from COR development executive Steve Aiello and Joseph Gerardi and Peter Galbraith Kelly from Competitive Power Ventures, and using his position in state government and his relationship with the governor to move projects forward.

The jury came back deadlocked on the charges against Kelly.

COR development is a real estate company that’s worked on several high profile-projects in Syracuse, and CPV is an energy company that owns a power plant in the Hudson Valley.

This was a lengthy trial, with the proceedings stretching over 23 days.

Jurors heard from almost 30 witnesses, and listened to about 14 hours of closing arguments. The four defendants each face several charges, and the jury had to debate each count.

The prosecution’s star witness, lobbyist Todd Howe, had plead guilty to charges related to the scheme the others are accused of running.

Then halfway through his testimony he admitted to committing fraud on the stand and was taken back into government custody- meaning he went to jail each day after court.
And there were a lot of pop culture references: the defendants regularly used the term “ziti” in emails in reference to The Sopranos, where it was a code word for money.

The impact of the case also stretches beyond this trial.

Aiello and Gerardi will be on trial again later this spring along with four other defendents accused of another bribery scheme, this one centered around SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the “Buffalo Billion” economic development projects.
And then there’s the governor’s race.

One issue that came up was the Percoco used the governor’s state offices while he was working on the campaign, which would be a misuse of state resources.

Elected officials are not allowed to use their positions for political purposes. Republicans are already trying to make an issue of that, and so we’ll be watching to see whether this changes voter’s opinion of the governor.

A Campaign Ad Shoot for Cynthia?

Over the weekend, The Daily Mail had an article about Cynthia Nixon shooting something in the city. It looked an awful lot like a campaign ad, but some have insisted it cannot possibly be that because she hasn’t officially opened up a campaign account to challenge Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary for Governor. Well, it turns out it doesn’t always work that way. Money gets dumped into races all the time. Committees can get setup after the election is over and vendors can be told to hold the receipts. As one campaign veteran put it to me, “it’s frustrating but permitted.”

Well, here is some further evidence it was a campaign ad. Take a look at this photo.


The guy all the way on screen right with his face partially obscured looks a lot like this guy, Matt McLaughlin.



Matt McLaughlin is partners with Bill Hyers at WIN Strategies.

And Bill Hyers is advising Cynthia Nixon on a run for Governor. And as my Producer Extraordinaire Maggie Margolis at NY1 shows me, this video tells us even more.

By the way, this isn’t just me sleuthing. I was told by a source it is him.

Looks like Nixon is running, folks.


Assembly Budget Would Add Surcharge For Ride Hailing, Cabs In NYC

From the Morning Memo:

Assembly Democrats on Monday evening released their one-house budget proposal, a $170 billion spending plan that would fund transportation in New York City through fees on ride hailing services and cabs in Manhattan and add more money for education than what was proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Taxes on the rich would also be increased under the Assembly plan, a move that would likely be opposed by Senate Republicans.

The resolution is non-binding, but provides a roadmap for where lawmakers want to see the budget talks go this month. Senate Republicans are expected to release their own proposal this week.

“The Assembly majority is dedicated to making New York State a better place to live and to raise your family,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “Our budget reflects that, making important investments in education, so from pre-k to college, our students have the resources they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.”

The budget would draw $500 million in new revenue from a proposed Transportation Sustainability Program that would create a $2.75 charge for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft as well as black cars and limousines in Manhattan below 96th Street.

A $1 charge would added to trips outside of the zone. Taxis and other street hailed green cabs hailed below 96th Street would subject to a 50-cent per trip fee.

At the same time, the Assembly wants progressive tax rates for the real estate transfer tax for both residential and commercial properties valued at $5 million and higher.

Finding ways of funding mass transit has been a key issue for lawmakers this legislative session amid ongoing problems with the New York City subway system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a congestion pricing plan that would create a system of tolls to help the MTA — a move that has historically been met with bipartisan resistance by lawmakers from the boroughs outside of Manhattan and suburbs.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a tax increase to help bolster transit, which is considered dead on arrival with both the governor and Senate Republicans.

The Assembly’s one-house budget would also spend $10.5 billion on transportation overall, including adding $490 million to the MTA.

Meanwhile, the Assembly wants to increase education spending by $1.5 billion, putting school aid at $27.1 billion. Cuomo’s budget would increase education spending by $770 million.

The foundation aid increase backed by the Assembly stands at $1.2 billion, a figure backed by public education advocates who say the state is not spending enough on poor and high-needs school districts.

On taxes, the Assembly wants to make permanent a top rate of 8.82 percent and increase taxes for those who make more than $5 million. The hike on the personal income tax for the rich would increase state revenues by $232 million and eventually grow to $4 billion by 2022.

Rates of 9.32 percent for those earning between $5 million and $10 million would be applied, along with 9.82 percent for those who make between $10 million and $100 million. For those earning more than $100 million, the rate would reach 10.32 percent.

WNY School Districts Plan For Walkouts

From the Morning Memo:

Across the country, students plan to participate in tomorrow’s national school walkout to call for additional gun control measures in the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting.

The planned 17-minute protest – one minute for each person who died in the massacre – at 10 a.m. has districts wrestling with how to avoid disruption while also supporting their students’ right to protest.

In Niagara Falls, officials are asking students to register if they intend to participate in the walkout. In return, they’ll receive two hearts. One is a pass to participate, the second a place for them on which to write how they plan to make the world a better place.

“I believe school is more than just sitting and learning and taking tests; it’s really about helping kids come together and helping kids deal with certain situations in their lives,” superintendent Mark Laurie said.

The Buffalo Public School District, meanwhile, said it is organizing alternative activities for its student body at 10 a.m. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said it’s good that the administration is working with students to give them a voice.

“Young people have always been change agents in this country,” Brown said. “Young people have always been involved in movements to bring change to different issues that have been of concern to them.”

At Lancaster High School, the administration said it will not let students leave the campus, but they will be able to walk the halls for 17 minutes.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is returning to the city from Washington, D.C.this morning, but has no public events scheduled.

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

The jury enters its eighth day of deliberations in the Joe Percoco federal corruption trial, after announcing yesterday it was deadlocked for the second time.

President Donald Trump is traveling to San Diego, California today, where he will review border wall prototypes, after which he will deliver remarks to members of the military at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

This evening, Trump will participate in a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters at a private residence in Santa Monica, CA.

At 9 a.m., the state Board of Regents and its committees hold a daylong series of meetings, state Department of Education, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the NYC Board of Corrections meets, 125 Worth St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., nembers of the state Legislature, including state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, meet with lobbyists and activists, The Egg, 1 Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and 16 other people who were arrested protesting the deportation of immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir will appear before a judge, 100 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Board of Health holds a meeting, Health Department’s Long Island City headquarters, 42-09 28th St., third floor, Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., New York State Planned Parenthood advocates rally and lobby New York legislators to support the inclusion in the governor’s women’s agenda in the state budget, Convention Center, Concourse, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York hosts a press conference with members of the state Legislature calling on the state to increase funding for wages in nonprofit contracts, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Palacio will make an announcement about New York City’s assistance to Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery efforts, Hispanic Federation, 55 Exchange Pl., Suite 501, Manhattan.

Also ar 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses the NYS Planned Parenthood day of action with outgoing national organization President Cecile Richards, Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sens. George Amedore and Robert Ortt join Assemblywomen Linda Rosenthal and Aileen Gunther to urge state leaders to fund substance use disorder treatment and transition services in county jails, Legislative Office Building, LCA Press Room 130, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO and other labor organizations hold a press conference to close the prevailing wage loophole in state budget, outside state Senate lobby, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., state Sen. James Sanders Jr. and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte hold a press conference for MWBE Coalition Lobby Day, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., the New York Immigration Coalition urges Haitian and Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status recipients to renew their status before the March 19 deadline, 131 W. 33rd St., Suite 610, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Queens Rep. Joe Crowley hosts a press conference with students and activists to demand congressional action on gun safety, Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st St., Queens.

At 4:15 p.m., Hochul speaks at the at the Orthodox Union student rally, Hart Theater, the Egg, Albany.

At 7 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle attend a fundraising event for Assemblyman David Weprin, Dawn’s Victory Sports Café, 10 Sheridan Ave., Albany.

Also at 7 p.m., Queens Community Board 4 holds its monthly meeting, Elmhurst Hospital, Room A-22, 79-01 Broadway, Queens.


The third major nor’easter in two weeks started to slam the storm-battered Northeast this morning with blizzard conditions expected in some areas.

President Trump visits California today where he will appear at the U.S-Mexico border to promote the prototypes of the border wall he has promised to build in his fight against illegal immigration.

Trump celebrated a GOP intelligence report that showed “no collusion” with Russia by issuing a rare all-caps tweet.

Trump blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd.’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc. on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry’s biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.

The president abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the NRA, bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the background check system.

White House officials were reportedly alarmed by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ struggle to answer basic questions about the nation’s schools and failure to defend the administration’s newly proposed school safety measures during a tour of television interviews Sunday and yesterday.

A judge ordered the release of video footage expected to shine another spotlight on the Broward Sheriff’s Office response in the initial minutes of the Parkland, FL school shooting that killed 17 people.

First daughter Ivanka Trump will pocket more than $1 million a year from her family’s business while also serving as a senior adviser to her father, the president.

Donald Trump has long claimed that residential towers and condominium hotels bearing his name were more valuable than those of his competitors. But new analyses of Trump-branded buildings in Manhattan by two separate real estate companies show that far from leading the market, the president’s aging buildings are lagging behind.

The pilot of the helicopter that plunged into the East River told cops he believes that a loose tether on one of his passengers’ harnesses cut off the fuel switch, law-enforcement sources said, but one expert questioned that scenario, calling it “highly implausible.”

Liberty Helicopters has a spotty safety record that includes four earlier accidents — including a deadly midair collision with a private plane over the Hudson River.

The crash — the deadliest involving a helicopter in New York City since 2009 — exposed what aviation experts called startling safety gaps in the fast-growing industry of doors-off photo flights, once reserved for professional photographers but increasingly marketed to tourists.

Passengers’ best hope for survival in this sort of crash is to free a small blade from a shoulder strap and slash their way out of a complicated harness system designed to keep them safe in an airborne flying machine with no doors.

The five victims who died in this chartered helicopter crash included a Dallas firefighter, a video journalist and an Argentine tourist.

Kids and adults marched in Park Slope, Brooklyn last night to urge the city to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians, after a horror car crash killed two toddlers there.

Jurors at the bribery trial of a former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco finished another day of deliberations after a second deadlock, writing in a note to the judge that they’d struck out after considering “the facts and the evidence with open minds.”

After discussing the note with prosecutors and defense lawyers, Judge Valerie Caproni ordered the jurors to keep trying. But If the jury reports a deadlock once more, Caproni said she will not consider instructing the panel to keep deliberating.

New York state lost a jurisdiction dispute with the FERC, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit declined to review whether the federal energy regulator had big-footed the state when it gave the green light to a controversial natural gas pipeline project in Orange County.

Six men and six women were selected to serve on the jury in the corruption case involving former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.

Voting 56-2, the state Senate passed a new sex harassment measure that makes it easier for victims to file complaints and harder for employers to silence accusers. Democratic Manhattan senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman were the only “no” voters.

Assembly Democrats unveiled a one-house budget plan that pushes a modified congestion pricing plan to send needed funds to the MTA. It would not charge regular vehicles to enter into the central business zone in Manhattan or impose bridge tolls, but add a $2.75-per-trip charge on for-hire vehicles like Uber, Lyft, black cars and limousines for any trips that originate or terminate below 96th St. in Manhattan.

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Cuomo Meets With Clergy As Part Of School Equality Funding Push

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is pushing for local school districts to disclose how and where they are spending money — suggesting funding inequalities on the local level will be revealed in the process.

“Once we give the money to the school district, we have no sense as to where that money is going,” said Robert Mujica, the director of the Division of Budget, an arm of the Cuomo administration. “So in order to really provide money to the schools, the buildings that actually need it, we need the transparency, we need to understand where the money is going.”

Cuomo and his top advisors on Monday met for several hours with black clergy and community leaders tied to charter schools. Emerging from the meeting, the clergy members noted charter schools have their own disclosure requirements that traditional public schools do not have.

“We have a right to know what districts are receiving and to how many dollars each student is receiving,” said C. Nathan Edwers, a pastor with the Friendship Worship Center in Mount Vernon.

In a subsequent statement, Cuomo said he wanted to inject the issue as a top issue in the budget talks.

“I believe the funds should follow student need, and poorer schools have greater needs,” he said. “I proposed 75 percent of the increased State funding go to poorer school districts. This year’s budget must demand local districts disclose their funding formulas so we know what the rich schools receive and the poor schools receive.”

Cuomo’s emphasis on education funding inequity comes as the Senate and Assembly this week prepare their own budget proposals. At the same time, Cuomo may face a primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, an actress and public education advocated who has worked with the Alliance For Quality Education. The group has pushed Cuomo to spend more on high-needs schools.

“This is just another excuse from Gov. Andrew Cuomo for why it is he absolutely refusing to fairly and adequately fund high need schools in the state,” said Billy Easton, the executive director of the AQE, a group that has gotten under Cuomo’s skin over the years by pushing him to hike school aid under the terms of a lawsuit over funding.

For school districts, the fight is a tricky one.

“What are you going to do? Move money from under performing school A to under performing school B?” asked Tim Kremer of the state School Boards Association. “That doesn’t seem to be a good solution.”

The new push could stem from Cuomo’s feud with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his education policies. At the same time, the move appears to be a speeding up of a school district spending disclosure law that’s being phased in over several years.

“We have locally elected school officials who have forever been responsible for seeing to it that the monies received into the district from the state and federal level are brought into a budget that allocates resources where they are needed most,” Kremer said.

Cuomo’s budget hikes education aid by $769 million. Lawmakers are expected to call for more.


The Metropolitan Opera fired James Levine this evening, ending its association with a conductor who defined the company for more than four decades after an investigation found what the Met called credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in “sexually abusive and harassing conduct.”

Under pressure from gun rights groups, President Donald Trump backed away from raising the minimum age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, one of several measures he had supported after the latest U.S. school shooting.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Russia was “highly likely” behind last week’s poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with a military-grade nerve agent.

Porn star Stormy Daniels is offering to return the $130,000 she received in hush money so she can detail her alleged affair with Trump.

The jury in the corruption trial of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo top aide Joseph Percoco announced for the second time that it was deadlocked, dimming the prospects once again for a verdict in the trial.

Mayor Richard Thomas, a 35-year-old Democrat, was arraigned on criminal charges this morning as part of a corruption probe by the state attorney general’s office into campaign finance irregularities.

During a brief press conference outside Mount Vernon City Hall, Thomas denied any allegations after being accused of misappropriating thousands of dollars in funds from his campaign committee.

After touring a NYCHA complex in the Bronx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called what he saw shameful and “disgusting,” and insisted the situation isn’t his fault.

A poll paid for by former Rep. Michael Grimm’s campaign shows he’s ahead in his primary challenge to the man who replaced him, Staten Island Republican Rep. Dan Donovan.

The helicopter that plunged into the East River, killing all five passengers aboard, may have gone down because of an errant strap on a bag, a high-ranking police source told The NY Post.

The crash revived calls for helicopter tours to be restricted over Manhattan and raised questions about the safety of amateurs being allowed on so-called photo flights, in which people are strapped in to helicopters with their doors off and given only knives to escape in an emergency.

The state Senate is opening an investigation into the de Blasio administration’s exporting of New York City homeless families to other parts of the state.

The federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife Linda and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto kicked off today with jury selection and Mangano voicing confidence that he would be exonerated.

Erin Collier, a fifth-generation farmer and nationally ranked triathlete from NY-19 who worked for the Obama administration as an agricultural economist, is running against six men for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso this fall.

“The balancing act plays out every day in restaurants across America: Servers who rely on tips decide where to draw the line when a customer goes too far.”

The New York Times editorial board supports doing away with the tipped worker sub-minimum wage.

Change is coming to embattled Vice Media, where cable giant Nancy Dubuc is expected to assume the CEO role from co-founder Shane Smith.

Over the weekend in Mumbai at India Today’s Conclave, 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said America “did not deserve” Trump as president.

Snow. Snow.