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President Donald Trump said that he intends to fight “all the subpoenas” issued by the House, setting up a drawn-out battle between the White House and congressional Democrats.

J.W. Verret, a George Mason University law professor who briefly worked on Trump’s transition team, is calling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against the president following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Trump tweeted about a former CIA analyst’s comment suggesting the United Kingdom spied on his campaign during the 2016 election.

If former Vice President Joe Biden takes the leap and enters the 2020 presidential race, a new report indicates that the late U.S. Sen. John McCain’s family will be among the first Republicans to endorse him.

…Although Cindy McCain has tweeted that while Biden is a “wonderful man,” she has “no intention of getting involved in presidential politics.”

New York state Democrats looking to throw their political weight around in the upcoming 2020 presidential race have set a late date for the state primary April 28, 2020.

A judge in Indiana ruled that the so-called South Bend tapes case – which has received newfound scrutiny amid Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential run – can continue to trial, ensuring that the issue will drag on at the same time that the Indiana Democrat runs for president.

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy has struck a “deal in principle” with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to use electronic tracking to toll drivers crossing the GWB in the same way that drivers using the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels would be treated, preventing Jersey drivers from getting “double-taxed” by congestion pricing.

Michael Caputo and his family met with Trump in the White House, where the East Aurora political consultant found the commander-in-chief in great spirits even as the two men groused about the special prosecutor’s investigation that ensnared them both.

The number of measles cases in the Big Apple shot up to 390 today from 374 just two days earlier — and now includes two pregnant women, according to the city Department of Health.

The commander in charge of the Albany County corrections academy has been stripped of his title following an internal probe into allegations instructors provided jail officers with questions and answers to a state-require exam during a recent training session.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s top earner last year raked in a budget-busting $344,147 in overtime — on top of his $117,499 salary, according to data released by the Empire Center fiscal-watchdog group.

Trump’s failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills keeps coming back to haunt him. In fact, it now stands at the center of three separate Democratic investigations aimed at getting to the bottom of the president’s finances.

A Brooklyn rabbi is alleging his synagogue is the victim of a “hostile takeover.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed mandatory composting during his Earth Day announcement, but in September, he temporarily shelved expansion of a pilot project to recycle food scraps due to low use, and hasn’t dedicated any new funds to the program for fiscal year 2020.

John Paul Farmer, a longtime innovation leader who also served under the Obama administration, has been chosen as New York City’s new chief technology officer.

New York residents will soon need a REAL ID or an enhanced driver’s license if they want to use it to get on a domestic flight, enter certain federal buildings or enter military base, according to the TSA.

A Bedford town justice has been suspended after being arrested early Monday morning in Mount Kisco. Police said they had to use a Taser on him in order to get him to comply with a request to get out of the car.

The most active Twitter users are responsible for the vast majority of content posted on the platform while the median Tweeter rarely posts anything, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center.

The Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump said in a letter to a federal judge that attending a Trump rally “became like a new found drug,” according to documents released this week.

New York’s former nano czar, Alain Kaloyeros, has an extra month to prepare an argument for why his conviction should be overturned.

Some 72 percent of graduates of American Bar Association accredited law schools who took the exam in New York in February for the first time passed, an increase of 3 percentage points and the highest for the group in five years, the New York State Board of Law Examiners announced.

After Clark Parole, PBA Highlights Letters Opposed

More than 800,000 letters opposing the release of convicted cop killers were deliver to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision — a show of opposition after last week’s parole of Judith Clark.

The letters writing effort, highlighted by the New York City PBA, arrived at DOCCS in more than 360 boxes.

“We have learned that DOCCS’ Parole Board is staffed primarily by pro-criminal advocates whose main mission is to spring prisoners, regardless of the severity of their crimes, from state-funded jails,” said PBA President Pat Lynch.

“To accomplish this misguided and despicable goal, Parole Commissioners have ignored the recommendations of sentencing judges, who would have handed down a no-parole sentence if the law at the time allowed them to do so. In other instances, Parole Commissioners have pre-judged parole requests prior to hearing the victim’s impact statements of the survivors of these cold-blooded cop killings.”

The Parole Board in a 2-to-1 vote last week backed the release of Clark, who participated as the getaway driver in a deadly armored car robbery that left two police officers and a Brinks guard dead.

Supporters of Clark’s release pointed to her 38 years in prison as one of rehabilitation, working with AIDS patients and helping to turn bomb-detecting dogs.

Clark could be released from prison as early as next month.

Republicans, Demonstrators Clash Over Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

When state lawmakers return next Monday to the Capitol, a debate over extending access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants will heat up at the state Capitol.

Republican elected officials, flanked by law enforcement on Wednesday at the Rensselaer County DMV blasted the proposal that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for and receive driver’s licenses.

“Why should any immigrant from any nation go through the arduous process, the process my grandparents went through, of becoming a legal citizen of the United States if they can attain the legal benefits of being a citizen without doing so,” said Sen. Daphne Jordan, a Republican who represents a suburban Albany district.

But at the event — a counter demonstration of supporters for the legislation appeared — interrupting with songs and pushing back against claims made by the officials. At one point, the demonstrators sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

“I may just get a banner put across the front of the building that we will have ICE on speed dial so if I deem you’re here illegally,” said Frank Merola, the Rensselaer County clerk.

If approved, New York would be among 13 states that allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licences. Supporters argue that would reduce insurance costs and boost revenue for the state.

“We have a number of commitments from individuals in both the Assembly and Senate to vote yes on this legislation,” said Bryan MacCormack, the executive director of the Columbia County Sanctuaty Movement. “Just because they have not co-sponsored it, we do not believe that commitment is any less valid. So we do believe we have the support and we are eager to bring this to the floor for a vote.”

The issue for the last decade has simmered after Gov. Eliot Spitzer proposed driver’s licenses access to undocumented immigrants, only to pull the idea amid opposition.

Among those Democrats on the fence is Assemblyman John McDonald.

“States are having this discussion because of failed federal policies, Republican and Democrat,” McDonald said. “It’s not one party versus the other.”

McDonald’s office this month launched a survey to determine where his constituents stand on the issue of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

“This Green Light Bill came out of nowhere. And that’s one of the main reasons why we said let’s put the survey out there because it’s really hard to tell where the sentiment is of the public that I represent,” McDonald said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would sign the bill if approved.

Budget Watchdog Tracks Economic Development Spending

The Citizens Budget Commission on Wednesday released its scorecard tracking economic development spending in the approved $175.5 billion spending plan.

The budget did include measures meant to increase transparency around the at-times opaque world of economic development efforts in the state, including provisions that create a database of deals and changes to the contracting process.

Separately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to restore oversight powers to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office for contracting at the State University of New York.

“Together these reforms can improve economic development transparency and accountability, but how they are implemented will determine whether they are effective tools,” the group found in its report. “Before expanding current programs or creating new ones, State leaders should strengthen and codify the specifics of these reforms as described and fully implement the remaining recommendations in the Blueprint for Economic Development Reform—specifically by creating a unified economic development budget, standardizing metrics across all programs, and requiring that all benefits be pay-for-performance.”

All told, the Citizens Budget Commission tracked 61 bills, including 21 that expand existing programs and 20 creating broad new economic development programs. Twenty create targeted programs.

The full scorecard can be found here.

DiNapoli: Budget Picture Improves

New York’s $175.5 billion spending plan deposits the first rainy day payment of $250 million in four years, but also increases the practice of “off-budget” spending, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found in a report released on Wednesday.

The annual report assessing the state budget determined the budget will generate an additional $1 billion in revenue and helps bolster the state’s finances for health care and education.

But at the same time, the state remains vulnerable to shifts in the financial markets and the broader economy.

“New York is beginning the new fiscal year in a better position than projected,” DiNapoli said. “However, continuing concerns regarding revenue volatility, the forecast for a slowing economy and detrimental federal fiscal policies leave open questions going forward. The recent addition to the Rainy Day Fund is a good first step toward building more robust reserves before the next economic downturn.”

DiNapoli had backed using additional revenue in March to deposit into the state’s rainy day fund to guard against a recession, which some economists believe could begin as early as next year.

But the budget also expands the use of “off-budget” expenses, such as a shift of MTA-related state resources of about $547.5 million in the current year. The move, along with other measures in the budget, has the effect of limiting or bypassing current law to ensure oversight over state procurement.

Here is the full report.

New York Pushes Back Against Census Question

From the Morning Memo:

New York is among those leading a legal challenge to a new question on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census that asks whether a person is a citizen.

Immigration advocates, as well as New York elected officials, fear the question will have a chilling effect on residents, documented or otherwise, leading them to not participate in the survey and resulting in an undercount.

The question is being challenged at the U.S Supreme Court.

“This case should be decided on the merits of the arguments and according to the letter of the law,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.

“I strongly believe that the facts and the record support our claims and am hopeful that the Honorable Justices will agree. At the same time, we cannot fail to recognize that—at the heart of this matter—there is more at issue here than just surveys and statistics. It is about how our government is organized, how power is equally divided, and how aid is distributed equitably.”

New York is already likely due to lose at least one seat in the House of Representatives, whose membership is determined by a state’s population, amid slow population growth over the last decade. The state lost two states after the 2010 Census.

But New York City especially has seen its population grow amid a surge in immigration in recent years. Nearly half of the workforce in New York City alone is composed of immigrant workers.

“Fundamentally, the decennial census is a measure we use to deliver on fairness, one of our nation’s core tenets. Fairness requires that assistance reaches those who need it the most,” James said in the statement. “It requires that communities have equal representation in government and that no group, or neighborhood, or individual is marginalized. Adding a question about citizenship to the census would lead to undercounting communities across America—particularly in immigrant and Hispanic communities.”

The state government is leading it a separate effort meant to ensure a fair count through the New York Department of State, with a task force holding meetings around the state on the issue.

Overtime Continues To Grow At The MTA

From the Morning Memo:

Overtime at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority increased 16 percent last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Empire Center.

Payroll costs at the transit authority last year totaled $418 million, an $82 million increase in what the MTA had expected to raise from the most recent round of increases in fares, tickets and tolls.

The average total pay for transit workers grew from $79,916 in 2017 to $84,265 last year.

Overtime pay at the MTA has been part of a five-year trend, part of an 87 percent hike to $404 million.

State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the budget agreed to a plan meant to raise capital funding for mass transit improvements, including a congestion pricing plan, collecting sales tax revenue on out-of-state internet purchases and a property tax surcharge on real estate transfers.

The money raised by the plan will be put toward improvements, such as upgrading the L train line damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Hoylman Wants Trump Tax Return Assist For Federal Lawmakers

From the Morning Memo:

A deadline set by Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee to turnover President Donald Trump’s tax returns was blown by the Treasury Department on Tuesday.

Sen. Brad Hoylman in a statement said that’s a sign New York elected officials should provide some assistance.

Hoylman is the sponsor of a bill that would enable the state Department of Taxation and Finance to provide the president’s state tax returns to federal lawmakers as part of their inquiring into Trump’s personal finances.

“By refusing to comply with the second request by the House Ways & Means Committee to turn over six years of his tax returns, Donald Trump is defying federal law,” Hoylman said. “This is nothing short of a constitutional crisis—but it is one that New York State can help avert. Washington has failed to give the American people the accountability they deserve. Now it’s time for New York to take the lead.”

Hoylman is the sponsor of several proposals meant to pry open the president’s tax returns. Trump has broken with the modern political tradition of releasing his tax returns to the public for review claiming he is under audit, though that does not prevent him from releasing them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said state lawmakers should also be willing to make their tax returns public in order to make the provision as broad as possible should it be challenged by Trump.

Here and Now

Good morning! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City, but also has nothing public planned.

At 9 a.m., City & State hosts the Healthy New York Summit to inform health care decision-makers and policy experts on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health care, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at a groundbreaking for the Onondaga Lake Boat Launch and announces state funding for cleanup of contaminated sites. Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way, Syracuse.

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. Daphne Jordan, Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, Assemblyman Jake Ashby, Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and a representative from the Saratoga County sheriff’s office outline their opposition to providing illegal immigrants with driver’s licenses, Rensselaer County DMV, 1600 7th Ave., Troy.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams promotes a new state-of-the-art recreational vehicle that has been retrofitted to bring produce to food deserts across Brooklyn, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, 585 Schenectady Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., state Sens. Kevin Thomas, John Brooks, Todd Kaminsky and Anna Kaplan, as well as Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, announce a major six-figure grant designed to study and address the town’s affordable housing crisis, 68 Webb Ave., Hempstead.

At 11 a.m., tenant activists hold a rally in support of legislation proposed by state Sen. Brian Benjamin and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal to “save rent control,” Verdi Square, 72nd Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Ben Kallos, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and others attend the ribbon-cutting and press conference marking the completion of $15 million in renovations to the East River Esplanade, East River Esplanade between East 64th Street and East 65th Street, Manhattan.

At noon, more than 360 boxes containing 800,000 letters opposing the parole of incarcerated cop-killers will be delivered to the Albany offices of the NYS Parole Board by hundreds of NYC police officers and several dozen widows of police officers killed in the line of duty, 1220 Washington Ave., Bldg. 9.

Also at noon, NYC Councilman Donovan Richards and other city representatives break ground on a $72 million project to upgrade infrastructure, improve street conditions and alleviate flooding, 230th Street and 147th Avenue, Queens.

Also at noon, Hochul will discuss central New York economic development at CenterStage Corporation for Economic Opportunity’s annual meeting, The Oncenter, 800 S State St., Syracuse.

At 6 p.m., the Rensselaer County Heroin Coalition is hosting No More Shame… Ending the Stigma of Addiction event that will feature former Fox and CNN newscaster Laurie Dhue, Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick St., Troy.

At 6:30 p.m., Community Board 9 holds a public hearing on a proposed jail in Kew Gardens, Queens, with presentations by representatives from the de Blasio administration, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Helen Marshall Cultural Center, Queens.

Headlines…

According to the USDA’s latest agriculture census, the number of farms in New York State dropped by more than 2,100 since 2012, marking the sharpest decline in 20 years.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t taking any steps toward running for president, but increasingly he’s been supportive of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to enter the race this week.

It’s somewhat ironic that Governor Cuomo attacked the state of political reporting in a column that could only be read online. In a biting Op-Ed that appeared on the Washington Post’s website, the governor posed 35 rhetorical questions about the state of politics, and took particular aim at the social media site Twitter, about which the Governor asks, “When did political debate become reduced to 280 characters on Twitter?”

A list of Boy Scout leaders accused of child sex abuse claims was released Tuesday morning, including a dozen men from Western New York. Dubbed the “Perversion Files” by a Manhattan-based law firm, the list contains more than 7,000 names, with 130 coming from across New York State.

Business owners on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls say they’re fed up with crime in the city. They joined Niagara Falls Councilman Bill Kennedy in calling for change Tuesday.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called for big changes in the Rochester City School District during her 2019 State of the City address.

Executives from a Rochester pharmaceutical company were named in an indictment released Tuesday. The indictment includes the first-ever criminal charges against drug company executives for the diversion of opioids.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said if he had to sum up the state report favoring the community grid option to replace Interstate 81 in Syracuse, it would be “excited.”

While the mayor of Syracuse may support the community grid option, not everyone is on board. Local business owners say for hotels and restaurants, there has to be a better option.

If one thing is certain with Woodstock 50 this summer, it’s that the weekend festival is sure to bring a big crowd.

Restaurants are feeling the pinch amid a minimum wage increase and say they are being forced to cut back on staff.

No more glittering glass skyline — that’s if a proposal spearheaded by Mayor Bill de Blasio is signed into the law.

Congestion pricing is coming to Manhattan after state lawamkers approved the new tolling fees as part of the state budget earlier this month. But to win enough votes, side deals were reached some lawmakers in exchange for projects in their districts.

President Donald Trump proposed a new rule that could lead to a purge from public housing of thousands of families that contain a family member not in the US legally.

There was a small crowd gathered in front of the city’s Board of Elections Monday morning. They were slamming board officials including its leader, Mike Ryan, and a touchscreen voting machine called the ExpressVote XL.

A bill allowing teachers to be armed has been approved by the state Senate in Florida.

President Trump says he would oppose his aides testifying to Congress in the wake of the release of the Mueller report.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appears ready to allow the next census in 2020 to ask respondents if they are Americans citizens — a question that has never been asked of all the nation’s residents in the census’s 230-year history.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as the government there raised the number of people killed to 321. The group’s Amaq news agency called the bombers “Islamic State fighters.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to tamp down speculation that her caucus is fractured over the question of impeaching Trump and pushed back on reports that support for such a move is increasing.

Rep. Elijah Cummings threatened to hold former White House adviser Carl Kline in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena ordering him to testify about his role allegedly covering up wrongdoing in the Trump administration’s White House security clearance process.

Hillary Clinton said that Russian meddling “certainly had an impact” on the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

A U.S. government watchdog agency has launched an investigation in the wake of an Associated Press report revealing complaints about how immigration authorities treated hunger strikers at a detention center in Texas.

For the first time, federal authorities are bringing the same kind of felony drug-trafficking charges usually reserved for street dealers and cartel kingpins against a major pharmaceutical distributor and two of its former executives for their role in fanning the crisis.

Trump and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met yesterday in the Oval Office, hours after the commander-in-chief accused the platform of censoring him and other Republicans.

Law enforcement discovered a cache of ammunition and illegal guns in the New York home of a man arrested after threatening to shoot Minnesota Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, federal prosecutors say.

For thousands of women, working at the nation’s largest jewelry retailer meant unequal pay, harassment or worse.

A conservative group with the single aim of unseating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent $32,000 on a single day this week to convince New York City voters that she doesn’t represent their interests.

Cuomo doesn’t want to make it easy for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to do its job in New York.

As more and more public officials face scrutiny for expressing views that some perceive as racist, homophobic, sexist or hateful, the effort to deal with them in a way that satisfies the public’s desire for justice while upholding the free-speech rights of the offenders has become increasingly complex.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tossed Bernie Sanders under the bus, saying it would be “very hard” for the Vermont senator to become president because Americans are leery of electing a socialist.

Lawyers for dozens of sexually-abused children released the names of 130 Boy Scout leaders in New York who’ve been accused of molesting boys in their care.

As the state Legislature seeks to meaningfully examine and address sexual harassment in the workplace, a 1993 report released by a task force on sexual harassment convened by the New York’s late former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo may provide a template.

After 15 Friendly’s closed in New York this month, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans to try and close a loophole in the labor law which limits how much notice employers need to give employees before a large-scale layoff.

Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” may have been pulled from Yankee Stadium, but you can still catch it on the Wildwood, NJ boardwalk this summer.

A former chair of the town of Milton’s Ethics Board, who was passed over for reappointment, is running for Town Board.

The president of Hertz rental car will headline the University at Albany’s 175th commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 19 in the Entry Plaza.

The Times Union and the Museum of Political Corruption are partnering on a symposium examining some of the public policy changes that might reduce the incidence of unethical behavior.

Extras

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready to allow the Trump administration to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, which critics say would undermine its accuracy by discouraging both legal and unauthorized immigrants from filling out the forms.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, dismissed Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign as a “couple of Facebook ads” and said the investigation of it was far more damaging to the country than the intrusion itself.

Stephen Moore, the economic adviser Trump plans to nominate to the Fed, wrote in a 2000 column that “radical feminists” had turned white men into an “oppressed minority” on college campuses, warning parents against sending their daughters to schools that devote resources to women’s studies and black history programs.

A new 2020 Democratic presidential caucus poll of Iowa voters found Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tied for first place with former VP Joe Biden, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in close behind the two well-known Democrats.

Biden reportedly will announce his presidential bid on Thursday with an online video, finally answering one of the lingering questions hanging over the 2020 Democratic race.

Sexual harassment complaints against municipal workers filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights are often taking years to investigate, with eight ongoing cases that were filed more than two years ago.

Federal prosecutors charged pharmaceutical company Rochester Drug Cooperative and two of its former executives – the first criminal charges for a drug distributor and executives in the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis.

An engineer who had worked for General Electric Co. was indicted on federal criminal charges in an alleged theft-of-trade-secrets case that has also implicated a Chinese citizen.

Three-quarters of Americans said the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian election interference did not change their opinions of Trump, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey.

Queens jogger Karina Vetrano’s killer was slammed wit life without parole at his sentencing, after the victim’s mom held up a pair of her daughter’s sneakers during a heartbreaking statement.

The fight over the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse isn’t over yet, despite the release of a long-awaited state DOT report recommending building a street-level grid.

An alliance of 11 environmental groups lauded Cuomo for “nation-leading clean energy goals,” but criticized what has been a slow siting process for large-scale solar and wind projects, urging the state to “eliminate delays.”

The names of close to 200 Boy Scout leaders in New York and New Jersey accused of sexually abusing kids were released today.

Cuomo doesn’t have any “specific” environmental goals for the final eight weeks of the legislative session.

Raked choice voting could be coming to NYC.

Cuomo insists the reason he hasn’t talked in months to subways chief Andy Byford is because he deals with higher-ups, not a “division chief.”

A Niagara Falls councilman and the president of a business group demanded “saturation patrols” to combat crime, which they said has ranked the Falls as upstate New York’s most dangerous city. But Police Superintendent Thomas Licata said the statistics the speakers relied upon were exaggerated because of property crime against tourists, especially thefts from vehicles.

People from across the Capital Region and beyond attended today’s funeral for local civic leader, educator and businesswoman Jane Golub, who died last week after a brief illness.

Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson, the panel of TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” devoted a segment to Dyngus Day, which has its biggest celebrations in Buffalo.

Cuomo this week announced the release of the first report from the New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force.