A high-ranking member of the Islamic State, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, who lived in Brooklyn has been charged with providing material support to the terrorist organization.

The Health Department is evaluating the water system at a public housing complex in Manhattan after two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease were diagnosed within the past year.

This weekend’s forecasted heat could be particularly difficult for residents of a Public Housing building on the Upper West Side. The one elevator in the seven-story building on West 84th Street has been out of service for two weeks.

National Grid is preparing for possible outages with this extreme heat. Air conditioners will be on around the clock in peoples’ homes and the company plans to monitor the usage on the system statewide.

Saratoga philanthropist and Saratoga Race Course mainstay Marylou Whitney has died, according to the New York Racing Association. Whitney was 93.

Rensselaer County officials say they will share voter roll information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Audit: Mental Health Facilities Need To Strengthen Abuse Reporting

Mental health facilities have failed to ensure parents and guardians are properly notified of abuse and neglect, an audit released Friday by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found.

A 2007 law named for Jonathan Carey, who died while in the care of a state facility, required the expansion of access to records relating to abuse and neglect incidents for parents, including physical, sexual or psychological.

“Vulnerable patients are at greater risk when their parents and family members are kept in the dark,” said DiNapoli. “Jonathan’s Law can only help prevent tragedies if abuse and mistreatment in mental health facilities is properly reported and actions are taken. State officials must do more to ensure facilities are meeting requirements.”

The audit, which covered a period of April 2015 through Jan. 9, 2019, reviewed eight of the 24 mental health facilities managed by the Office of Mental Health. Four were operated by the state and four facilities were under the operation of licensed providers.

The audit found the Office of Mental Health did not implement processes that effectively monitor whether the state or privately run facilities are complying the law’s requirements.

Facilities do have established practices for notifying parents or guardians within 24 hours, but 20 percent of the incidents reviewed showed a lack of support showing that the required notification had been made.

And the facilities do not provide all records to parents or guardians when requested on a consistent basis.

DiNapoli’s office recommended the OMH add reporting actions to comply with Jonathan’s Law and have the office track efforts to meet the requirements. The audit also recommended the office provide updated guidance to their facilities to remind them of what is required under the law.

Cuomo: ‘Super Heated’ Rhetoric On Both Right And Left

The heat wave isn’t just the temperature.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Friday decried what he said is “super heated” rhetoric on both political extremes. That places a burden on officeholders to achieve tangible accomplishments to satisfy a restive electorate, he said.

“It’s a real function of this political environment,” Cuomo said in an interview on WXXI in Rochester. “I understand it. People are angry, they’re anxious, they’re frightened.”

Cuomo was responding in part to a question about the climate change bill he signed into law on Thursday that includes benchmark reductions in carbon emissions and a shift to renewable energies in the coming decades.

On the right, Cuomo pointed to President Donald Trump’s ongoing rhetoric surrounding immigration.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he keeps coming back to these hot-button topics like immigration,” he said. “It panders and plays to his base.”

But he declined to identify those on the “super heated” left, saying it goes beyond “the squad” of four Democratic freshman lawmakers who have been singled out by the president this week in tweets the House of Representatives condemned as racist. Trump tweeted the women should “go back” to their ancestral countries to fix them. Three of the four were born in the United States; Rep. Ilhan Omar is a naturalized citizen.

Cuomo has been wrestling publicly with the idea of being a progressive, which he has repeatedly defined as someone who can get things done.

“What does it mean to be a progressive?” Cuomo said. “I was with Al Gore yesterday. Al Gore is a progressive. Mario Cuomo was a progressive. Robert Kennedy was a progressive. You know what they did? Positive things.”

Rockefeller Institute: Don’t Celebrate Opioid Death Declines Just Yet

Deaths from opioids in the United States dropped by 5 percent between 2017 and 2018, but an analysis released Friday by the Rockefeller Institute says a celebration may be premature.

The analysis found there are reasons to be optimistic about the decrease, but the results from the Centers for Disease Control may be provisional.

At the same time, research is only one data point and it’s unclear if the decline will continue. Overdose deaths leveled off in 2012, for example, only to increase the following year.

And opioid-related deaths may be underreported due to flawed data collection, such as incomplete death certificates.

“These new data from the CDC offer hope,” said Rockefeller Institute Interim Executive Director Patricia Strach. “While acknowledging these successes is important, it is also important to remember that the fight isn’t over. Federal and state officials must continue their efforts to maintain these results in the future.”

State Police Investigators Union Ratify Contract

The New York State Police Investigators have ratified a five-year contract with the state, the union announced Friday morning.

The 2018-2023 collective bargaining agreement was approved 816 to 144 on Thursday, said President Christopher Quick.

“NYSPIA looks forward to continuing to represent the unique needs of the state’s investigators by ensuring their safety on and off duty, and supporting every member as they protect the well-being of families across the Empire State,” Quick said.

Stewart-Cousins Gets A Warren Shoutout

From the Morning Memo:

The new national Democratic post for Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has gotten the attention of presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The Massachusetts senator in a tweet praised Stewart-Cousins, who this week was named the chairwoman of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a group that seeks to elect more Democrats to state legislatures around the country.

In a tweet, Warren praised Stewart-Cousins’s posting to the job.

“We’ll need her trailblazing leadership heading into 2020 as we work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” she said.

Stewart-Cousins is the first women to lead a legislative conference in Albany and the first black woman to lead the state Senate majority.

Democrats in the state Senate gained a majority in last November’s elections for the first time in a decade.

NRCC Survey Finds Voters In NY-18 Oppose Trump Impeachment, Socialism

From the Morning Memo:

A poll conducted by the campaign arm of the House Republicans released this week found most voters in the Hudson Valley’s 18th congressional district oppose impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and have a dim view of socialism.

The poll, conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee in the district of Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, comes as both parties are road testing key issues ahead of the 2020 elections.

Republicans are expected to tie Democrats to the more progressive wing of the party as lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gain prominence nationally.

Maloney, first elected in 2012, is seeking a fourth term in a district that has been viewed as a battleground seat over the years.

The survey found 61 percent of voters in the district have an unfavorable opinion of socialism, including 59 percent of unregistered independent voters.

More than half, 51 percent, said they would back a candidate who supports the president’s agenda in Congress over a candidate supporting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s platform.

And 60 percent oppose impeaching the president, including 61 percent of independents — numbers that line up with a national trend. An effort to approve an impeachment resolution failed in the House of Representatives this week. Thirty-two percent of voters in the district support impeachment, the poll found.

Pelosi has been leery of the impeachment question in her chamber given the opposition to the move among voters, especially in potential swing districts amid a concern it could hurt vulnerable Democratic lawmakers next year.

Reed, Problem Solvers Visiting Southern Border

From the Morning Memo:

A bipartisan group of Congress members called the Problem Solvers Caucus is leading a visit to the Southern border today.

Among them is caucus co-chair and Southern Tier Republican Tom Reed. He said members will be sitting together and continuing discussions about potential solutions Democrats and Republicans can both consider a win.

“I believe it will be the largest bipartisan contingency of Democrats in the House of Representatives traveling together to the border to see first hand the crisis that is there,” Reed said. “I think the best policy you can develop is by experiencing the situation firsthand when you can and so this is an opportunity I wanted to seize.”

Late last month, Congress approved about $4.5 billion dollars in emergency border money aimed at alleviating overcrowded migrant detention centers.

“I’m looking forward to talking to folks on the front line about what could be done to alleviate the immediate crisis even more so than the humanitarian aid that we shepherded through the system here two weeks ago and then also, what can we do long-term to fix our broken immigration policy in America so that we don’t have these crises continuing at the border,” Reed said.

“Even when they’re taken care of in the short-term, if we don’t fix the root cause of the problem, our broken immigration policy, we’re going to be right back into this situation again.”

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, including Reed, are holding media availability in Texas Friday evening.

Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF. It’s going to be very hot today and tomorrow. Drink water accordingly.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is yet to release a public schedule.

At 9:30 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will appear on Ebro In The Morning to call for the firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

At 10 a.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio will be live on WNYC.

At 12:30 p.m., Williams will hold a news conference criticizing ConEd, W. 64th St. and West End Ave., New York City.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio will hold a news conference on the extreme heat, NYC Emergency Management, 165 Cadman Plaza E, Brooklyn.

At 2:15 p.m., Williams and Rep. Yvette Clarke will hold a news conference to condemn ICE immigration raids, Foley Square, New York City.


Utilities from around the state, including RG&E and National Grid, say they are prepared for the next few days of extreme heat.

And the FDNY is calling on volunteer ambulances to help with heat-related illness and distress calls.

The U.S. Senate will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to ensure the 9/11 Victim Compensation fund never runs out of money.

Watch Washington bureau reporter Jeevan Vittal attempt to get some answers from Sen. Rand Paul about why he’s blocking the bill — and being told to watch Fox News.

A protest gets heated as supporters of Eric Garner staged a sit-in outside Gracie Mansion and five people were arrested.

A trove of text messages between the governor of Puerto Rico and his inner circle were the last straw for tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who had already lost patience with their governor.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer in a letter Thursday called for an investigation of FaceApp, which has spawned a viral social media craze of people showing their faces aged 30 years.

A sweeping climate change fighting measure was approved Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the legislation one of the most important in the eight years he’s been in office.

In May, the Erie County Legislature allocated $600,000 for body cameras for sheriff’s deputies, however the Division of Information and Support Services was given control of the funds.

Woodstock 50 organizers are hoping maybe the third time is the charm. After two applications have been rejected by Vernon town officials to hold an event commemorating the 1969 music festival, organizers have filed a third application to try to hold the event at Vernon Downs.

Local officials say new laws in Dutchess County will help keep our four-legged friends from getting into the wrong hands.

Horsemen say the New York Racing Association made the right choice to call off Saturday’s card due to the expected triple-digit heat index.

The Rensselaer County Board of Elections plans to give voter information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to determine if anyone is registered to vote in the United States illegally.

In the final days of Ed Cox’s chairmanship at the state Republican Committee, its coffers were drained and distributed to his allies.

The acting mayor in Mount Vernon is attempting to clean house by hiring a new police commissioner, but some officials are refusing to step aside and recognize his authority.

The New York Times has a good primer on the dysfunctional mess that has descended on Mount Vernon city government, with one mayor refusing to step aside.

Airbnb is facing head currents in New Jersey and trying to enlist the help of voters there to achieve more favorable regulation.

The New York Post reports Sen. Julia Salazar has a trust fund worth at least $400,000 that she dipped into in the past year.

In national news:

President Trump says the U.S. Navy downed an Iranian drone in the Straight of Hormuz.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump disavowed the “send her back” chant by supporters at a rally this week aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar.

A dispute over pay has engulfed the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders as workers call for a $15 minimum wage he backs as a campaign pledge.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved a $15 minimum wage measure, which is not expected to be taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate.

The president is expected to nominate Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, for labor secretary.

Former Vice President and Sen. Kamala Harris will once again share the debate stage in the next Democratic debate on CNN after their testy exchange over his busing record last month.

Trump says he plans to review the $10 billion contract the Pentagon has with Amazon, a company that he has criticized.

Court filings on Thursday show Trump and his now-former advisor Michael Cohen were in regular contact while hush money payments were being made to two women.

From the editorial pages:

Newsday writes there is “plenty to cheer” with the climate change bill Cuomo signed into law on Thursday.

The Times Union writes the state should end the practice of “opportunity to ballot” which allows the two major parties to essentially steal the ballot lines of minor parties.

The Daily News writes gains made in combating opioid addiction are imperiled by a new Trump administration policy.

The New York Post writes that political games in the U.S. Senate surrounding the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund need to stop.

The Buffalo News writes that toxic algae issues demand a broad-based response to the problem.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees beat the Rays twice at the stadium to extend their AL East lead to eight games.

The Mets lost in classic Mets fashion to the Giants.

Tiger Woods is feeling his age at the Masters.


The 199th and 200th members of the FDNY have died of September 11th-related illnesses.

Hundreds of jobs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could be cut to save money if the agency adopts a major reorganization plan.

A judge denied bail Thursday for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges after prosecutors argued the jet-setting defendant is a danger to the public and might flee the country.

The New York Racing Association has canceled its Saturday slate of races at Saratoga Race Course due to expected hot weather at the track and in the region.

A representative from the State Board of Elections said questions about whether the Erie County executive’s campaign should pay for the use of a security detail at parades should be decided locally.

People from the Town of Wawayanda are fired up over the pending air permits for the CPV Power plant. The plant is applying for new permits after their previous ones expired.

Writing for The Nation, Alexis Grenell takes a look at whether blocking people on Twitter is good for the well-being of some politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Gannett is in advanced talks for a merger with GateHouse Media.