Extras

Special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Donald Trump and Russia and sent his report to Attorney General Barr. No details of Mueller’s findings have been released, and it is not clear how soon the public will see them.

President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department by announcing (on Twitter) that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago.

Indonesia’s national airline has told Boeing that it wants to cancel an order of 737 Max 8 jets, the carrier’s spokesman said, adding that its passengers had lost confidence in the model after two deadly crashes in five months.

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, says the president’s legal team has prepared a “counter report” to possibly challenge elements of Mueller’s investigation, and he has no inside information on the delivery date for the long-awaited report.

“It’s like waiting for a baby, or maybe, it’s more like waiting for a jury,” Giuliani said of the Mueller report. “You make your case, then you have to wait days for that verdict.”

Giuliani condemned Somali-born freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar as the “future of the Democratic Party” in a retweet of a misleading video that’s been widely shared by conspiracy theorists.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit Fox News over its coverage of her, asking why so many “grown men” are “obsessed with this 29-year-old?”

Ocasio-Cortez called Trump a “nematode” during an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” (Nematodes are roundworms that are parasites in animals and plants).

In some of his most revealing comments on why he decided against running for president, moderate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg cited his age (79), but also took aim at the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

According to Staten Island Democratic Rep. Max Rose, “the media is acting as agents of the Republican Party right now.”

Roger Stone was his loquacious self during a radio interview in which he discussed everything from his refusal to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee, his growing legal defense fund and his favorite Brooklyn eatery’s jarred sauce.

While multiple reports have surfaced that Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli are planning to drop out of the University of Southern California amid the nationwide college admissions scandal, Lori Loughlin’s daughters are still technically enrolled at the school.

The DCCC warned political strategists and vendors that if they support candidates mounting primary challenges against incumbent House Democrats, the party will cut them off from business.

To apply to become a preferred vendor in the 2020 cycle, firms must agree to a set of standards that includes agreeing not to work with anyone challenging an incumbent.

Countries around the world, including Russia and U.S. allies such as France, Germany and Egypt, criticized Trump’s announcement this week that the U.S. would recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.

Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, penned an op-ed and appeared on national television this week to take on New York’s high state taxes, pointing to them as the reason this state has surpassed New York as the third-largest state by population.

Two Onondaga County officials would get 30 percent pay raises as part of a plan to restaff the county medical examiner’s office which has no doctors to perform autopsies.

Singer John Legend co-authored an OpEd with state Senate Minority Leader Mike Gianaris calling for bail reform in New York.

Groups representing doctors in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware released a rare joint statement opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in their states.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is soliciting signatures for a petition calling for the freeing of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipient currently being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The New York Times editorial board is praising New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her response to a mass shooting in her country, which killed 50 worshippers at two mosques.

Cuomo defended his administration’s decision to enforce a ban on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina, calling it a “statement of principle” New York residents support.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is “concerned” about a proposed rule to specifically ban the feeding of squirrels and birds in city parks.

Days after new statistics showed New York City’s elite high schools continue to admit few black and Hispanic students, de Blasio said the admissions system “has perpetuated massive segregation” – a term he used to avoid

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Cuomo Talks Of ‘Progress’ On Public Campaign Financing

Creating a system of publicly financed campaigns in New York remains up in the air in the budget talks as Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday spoke of potential “progress” on the provision in a final deal.

“The devil is in the details,” Cuomo said, who included a version of in his $175 billion budget plan. “I understand that. We have a few days, but that is something we’ve all said we support and it’s something that we should have in this budget progress on that front.”

Some in Albany have discussed a potential compromise that would state support for creating public campaign financing in a final budget deal, but without the funding or framework to create such a system.

The Democratic-led Senate included a public financing provision in its one-house budget resolution. But Assembly Democrats have been skittish on the measure, reflecting the concerns some lawmakers have with the effect super PACs have on political campaigns.

Supporters of changing the state’s campaign finance laws were buoyed by the Democratic takeover of the Senate this year. Republicans had opposed a statewide public financing program for campaigns, though the conference did approve a pilot program that failed to gain any traction in the comptroller’s race in 2014.

Cuomo acknowledged the Republican-controlled Senate led him to strike deals where he couldn’t get everything.

“We reached a compromise which is less than I wanted to,” he said. “But now we have a Democratic Senate, which is the moment of liberation, right?”

Cuomo Accuses, And Walks Back, Senate Dems Of ‘Government Corruption’ In Amazon Saga

Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again on Friday ripped into Senate Democrats over the failed deal to bring 25,000 Amazon jobs to Long Island City in Queens, accusing the conference of “government corruption” in nominating a critic of the project to a board with veto authority.

“I believe that tactic on Amazon violated the law and I believe it was a form of government corruption and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Cuomo said at a Capitol press conference Friday afternoon.

An advisor later walked the comment back.

But the Amazon saga remains a sore point for Cuomo and Senate Democrats and is resurfacing more than a month after the company pulled plug on the plan as the state budget is due to be approved about a week.

Senate Democrats nominated Sen. Mike Gianaris to a seat on the Public Authorities Control Board, which approval over incentives and benefits to companies bringing jobs into the state.

Cuomo, asked by reporters if he wanted an investigation, later dialed back the language, noting Gianaris was never actually approved to the board.

“If he was appointed to the board and actually took an action, then I believe he would have violated or exceeded the definition of the law,” he said.

Cuomo’s counsel Alphonso David at the press conference read a portion of the law creating the Public Authorities Control Board as part of a broader point Cuomo wanted to make: The entity is meant to consider whether financing is available for specific projects.

“The position is not ‘I don’t like it, my sister lives too close to the project, it’s politically not helpful.’ The PACB is the only financial sufficiency,” Cuomo said.

A full walk back of the comment came from senior Cuomo advisor Rich Azzopardi.

“To be clear, the Governor wasn’t accusing the Senate Democrats of corruption,” he said in an email statement. “He was making a point about how the process works and the statutory role of the PACB. We are working with the Senate Democratic Conference toward an on-time budget that works for all New Yorkers.”

Cuomo earlier this month signaled he was mounting an effort to woo Amazon back to New York, an effort that appears to have stalled.

“Forget Amazon,” Cuomo said. “Yesterday was but a memory.”

The comments came, however, at the height of the state budget talks with the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Cuomo in public settings over the last several weeks has tweaked Democratic lawmakers as the closed-door talks continued.

State lawmakers and Cuomo are negotiating a $175 billion spending proposal with major items left undone, including a permanent cap on property tax increases, a plan to shore up capital funding for mass transit in New York City, the legalization of marijuana and changes to the state’s criminal justice laws.

Cuomo insisted Amazon’s only effect in the budget negotiations is to recover from the state’s reputation as a good place to do business.

“It’s been an ongoing issue, right? Because, look, Amazon was the greatest economic loss to this state since I have been in this job. I don’t think we will ever see an economic potential like that again. I just want to make sure that we recognize the error and we correct it. If anything it makes it more urgent to get a good budget done because we just did a negative and we need a positive to correct it.”

Cuomo on Paladino: ‘I Don’t Know What’s In His Soul’

For a moment it felt like 2010 again.

During a press conference Friday, Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo about a questionable email sent out by Buffalo developer Carl Paladino.

Of course, Cuomo knows Paladino well. He ran against him in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

And he knows Paladino’s penchant for sending racy, and for many people, racist emails to his large list of contacts. The outspoken Republican came under fire during the campaign, nine years ago, for forwards that included pornographic images and a derogatory joke about Barack Obama.

As for the most recent controversial email, a purported story about a European traveler chronicling how Muslims and immigrants, almost exclusively black and brown, were destroying Paris, Cuomo said he’s not as familiar yet.

“I haven’t seen the emails but if anybody was shocked by anything that Carl Paladino says, I just think they don’t know who Carl Paladino is,” the governor said.

Paladino has insisted he’s not a racist and believes the media and some elected leaders, like Assembly Member Sean Ryan, are unfairly coming after him. Cuomo said he doesn’t know if Paladino is a racist.

“I don’t know what’s in his soul,” he said. “I’ve only read what has come out of his mouth.”

Ryan, during a Thursday press conference, called for Western New York businesses, banks and civic groups reconsider their relationships with Paladino and his business Ellicott Development. The assemblyman acknowledged lawmakers may also have to look at the business’ associations with different levels of government and government agencies.

It’s not clear how many various economic development awards or subsidies the developer has right now, although Paladino acknowledged Thursday the business has a wide reach. According to the State Comptroller’s Open Book website, Ellicott LLC has leased to a number of state agencies including the Office of Children and Family Services, the Workers’ Compensation Board, and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Cuomo was initially asked if the state should reconsider contracts with the company, but did not answer that portion of the question.

Good-Government Group Cheers LDC Transparency Decision

The good-government Reinvent Albany on Friday called a Court of Appeals decision this week requiring local development corporations to file disclosure requirements a step toward improving transparency of the entities.

The state’s highest court ruled Thursday that local development corporations should have to file the same reports that industrial development agencies file when it comes to budgeting, contracting and audits.

The reports were part of the 14-year-old Public Authorities Reform Act, which sought to drag the semi-public entities used to fund and finance local-level projects into the sunlight.

But the group said more work needs to be done to oversee public authorities, such as boosting the $1.9 million budget of the independent Authorities Budget Office by 50 percent as well as enhancing its powers by empowering it remove board members of authorities not complying with reporting laws.

All told, there are 578 state and local public authorities that spend $51 billion annually and have $270 billion in public debt.

Cuomo Condemns Latest Hate Crime In Kingston

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Kingston on Friday condemned an anti-Semitic hate crime in Ulster last week, drawing a broader lesson about what he said was an uptick in crimes against vulnerable communities.

“We see a virus of hate that is spreading across this country, that is spreading across this globe,” he said.

State Police officials said a woman in the town of Ulster at a store was confronted by a man who swore at her and made a reference to the Holocaust.

The man, 21-year-old William Sullivan, was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment.

But the governor saw a larger concern with the incident, noting the mass shooting in New Zealand that killed 49 people at a mosque.

Cuomo pointed on Friday to what he said has been an increase in the number of hate crimes aimed at Jews and Muslims, as well as drawing a line to Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico and the federal response.

“I believe there is no external threat that can defeat this nation, but the enemy within can defeat this nation,” Cuomo said. “And the enemy within is prejudice.”

Cuomo, who has Jewish brothers-in-law, said he takes anti-Semitic incidents personally.

And, echoing a refrain he made last year, said, “If you attack a Jewish person, you attack me. If you attack a Muslim person, you attack me. If you attack an LGBT person, you attack me.”

National Advocacy Groups Push For Public Campaign Financing In NY

From the Morning Memo:

A letter co-signed by a range of national advocacy organizations nudging state lawmakers in New York to pass a public campaign financing measure in the state budget due by the end of the month.

The letter was backed by groups including the NAACP, End Citizens United and MoveOn.

The Democratic-led Senate included the provision in its one-house budget resolution earlier this month. But in the Assembly, lawmakers have raised concerns about the effect a public financing system for campaigns would have on races in which super PACs or independent expenditure committees become involved.

Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week that lawmakers in his conference continue to have concerns with the legislation.

“Fair Elections for New York — with small-donor matching funds as the centerpiece — is a clear solution to the oversized influence that a small group of wealthy donors has over New York’s government,” the letter states.

“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included Fair Elections in his proposed budget, as did the Assembly and the Senate. Majorities in each house are on the record in support. With the power to now make it law, New York’s leaders must walk the walk. It’s time for you to pass Fair Elections in this year’s budget. We no longer can accept a nation or a state governed increasingly by a small group of the wealthy elite.”

Senate Democrats earlier this week held a public hearing on the issue in order to boost the provision in the budget talks.

Letter From National Organizations to NY Leadership in Support of Fair Elections for New York (2) by Nick Reisman on Scribd

Schumer Addresses Mueller, McCain, Gillibrand 2020 While In Buffalo

From the Morning Memo:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took questions on a number of national issues during a Thursday trip to Buffalo.

At the top of the list was President Donald Trump’s veto after Congress rejected his national emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border. If funding, is taken from the part of the budget that deals with building new military facilities, it could affect the Niagara Falls Airforce Base.

A project to build a new workout and recreational center for soldiers could be threatened. However, even though the two-thirds majority vote required for a veto override seems unlikely in the Senate, Schumer doesn’t seem worried at this point.

“I am quite confident that that will not happen because it won’t stand up in court,” he said. “The president doesn’t really have the power to do this. He’s attempting to. It will be challenged in court and unlikely to prevail.”

At the same time, Schumer criticized the president last week for posthumously attacking former GOP Senator John McCain. He said he thought the comments were awful.

The Minority Leader is planning to introduce legislation to re-name the Richard Russell Federal Building after McCain.

“He was one of my dearest friends. He was a great American. He was a hero who devoted himself to public life and there could be nothing more fitting than naming one of the three Senate office buildings after him, so I will be introducing legislation to rename the building and I hope it gets broad bipartisan support,” he said.

As for the special investigation into Russia’s interference and possible collusion during the 2016 election, which is expected to be submitted very soon, Schumer, like the president is calling for it to be made public. He said a small bit could be redacted if it reveals intelligence sources, but that’s it.

“I think there’s an imperative to make it public and I hope that the Attorney General will make it public,” Schumer said, “I was gratified to see that President Trump said he wanted it made public yesterday and so I hope the Attorney General will listen to both the Congress and what the president said. The public has the right to see this. When you’re talking about the interference in an election by a foreign power, whatever Mueller says about it, we should know about it.”

Finally the Democrat was asked if he plans to endorse his fellow New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as the nominee to challenge Trump in 2020. He was not ready to wade into those waters yet.

Instead, he said she’s a “very good senator” and they work well together buthe’s watching to see how things unfold right now.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t have a daily schedule out yet.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will join CBSN New York to discuss his views on specialized high school admissions and his vision for using his office to create change.

At 9:30 a.m., Assemblyman David Weprin delivers remarks on the one fair wage bill at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United’s discussion of the elimination of the subminimum wage, Bernstein Private Wealth Management, 1345 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Charles Lavine joins state Sen. Todd Kaminsky and other Long Island elected officials for a press conference and rally for funding early voting in the state budget, Rockville Centre Train Station, 40 Front St., Rockville Centre.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sens. Jen Metzger and James Skoufis hold a joint press conference to discuss initiatives in the state Senate’s one-house budget resolution, Chester Public Library, 1784 Kings Highway, Chester.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Event: “Running for Elected Office, On the Campaign Trail Then & Now,” The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Ct., Buffalo.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” and take questions from listeners.

At 11 a.m., survivors of solitary confinement and other advocates will hold a rally demanding Cuomo support the HALT Solitary Confinement Act, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko holds a press conference to call out Trump’s proposal that would gut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31 percent, LCA Pressroom, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone leads a tour of two affordable housing developments to showcase the progress on transit-oriented development and downtown revitalization on the East End, 41 N. Phillips Avenue, Speonk.

At noon, NYC Council members Mark Treyger, Vanessa Gibson and Donovan Richards rally to demand that Cuomo and the state pay the more than $1.2 billion owed to New York City schools, City Hall steps, Manhattan. (Williams also attends).

At 12:15 p.m., Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz hold a press conference calling for full restoration of proposed budget cuts to veterans programs, Fort Hamilton Army Base, Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st Street, Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., state Sens. Leroy Comrie and Timothy Kennedy and Assemblyman William Magnarelli take testimony on the state’s transit networks, Onondaga Community College, SRC Arena and Events Center, Otis Room, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. (This is the fifth of five hearings on this issue).

At 1:30 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the Muslim American Society Center, 1933 Bath Ave., Brooklyn.

At 2 p.m., Malliotakis leads U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton and several of her colleagues on a tour of two NYCHA facilities in her district, New Lane Area, 70 New Lane, Staten Island.

At 6 p.m., state Sen. Jessica Ramos holds her first community town hall meeting, P.S. 149, 93-11 34th Ave., Queens.

Headlines…

President Trump said that the United States should recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights, one of the world’s most disputed territories, reversing decades-long American policy and violating a United Nations resolution.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealed information that he said showed Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner used private messaging services for official White House business in a way that may have violated federal records laws.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton united on Twitter to point out some fresh hypocrisy inside the Trump administration.

Ocasio-Cortez mimicked a popular joke about 2016 presidential campaign controversy over Clinton’s private email use, saying “But his WhatsApp” when sharing an interview about the Kushner allegations.

Ocasio-cortez said people call her office “every day” making death threats, and she feels safest at home in the Bronx.

Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell said that former White House communications director Hope Hicks will “have to tell us who she lied for” as she cooperates with the House Intelligence Committee.

The White House is stonewalling a trio of powerful House Democrats who want to get their hands on any and all information about Trump’s private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump signed an executive order requiring that U.S. colleges seeking federal research funding must certify that their policies support free speech in order to receive it.

Vast areas of the United States are at risk of flooding this spring, even as Nebraska and other Midwestern states are already reeling from record-breaking late-winter floods, federal scientists said.

As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits. One reason: Boeing charged extra for them.

Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc tearfully apologized in court and pleaded guilty in the pipe bomb mailing spree that targeted prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump in late 2018.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston next month in a college admissions bribery case.

Even in her home state, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is less popular than most of her competitors for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a new Q poll.

Alexis Grenell: “There are four highly qualified women running in the Democratic primary—across a range of ideologies and experience—but an influx of men have entered the mix without offering a clear rationale for themselves beyond that they can and want to run.”

A group of Hollywood actresses waving the Time’s Up movement banner have been pressing Cuomo to apply New York’s minimum wage to workers who earn tips, arguing that it would make waitresses less vulnerable to sexual harassment. But waitresses say they don’t want this, and don’t need celebrities to speak for them.

With budget negotiations in full swing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many Republicans have pointed to the failed Amazon headquarters’ plan in Queens as evidence that the Senate’s young Democratic majority is unequipped to govern.

Two JetBlue flight attendants sued the airline and two of its pilots in federal court this week, alleging that the pilots drugged them both during a layover last year and that one of the pilots raped one of the women and another co-worker.

Assembly members Mary Beth Walsh and Carrie Woerner are leading a bipartisan push to pass legislation that would extend the time period for parents of children with intellectual disabilities to pursue child-support payments.

NYC will pay nearly $2 million to the family of an emotionally disturbed cabbie who police shot dead in his Harlem apartment in 2012, capping off a years-long court battle between the city and the man’s mother.

New Yorkers in jeopardy of losing their homes were dealt a blow as new state budget figures were released that appear to omit a critical funding request from providers of foreclosure prevention services.

State Senate GOP leader John Flanagan said that a poll showing 41 percent of New York City residents might be forced to flee because of high costs should be a “wake up” call to Democrats planning to increase state spending.

Cuomo won’t agree to a budget without bail reform, but advocates, opponents and those facing judges said they are concerned about just what criminal justice overhauls will appear in the final fiscal bill.

Another option to raise revenue for New York City’s ailing transit system is suddenly on the table: A major expansion of gambling in the five boroughs, an idea that could lead to a new casino somewhere in the five boroughs.

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President Donald Trump changed decades of U.S. Middle East policy with a tweet, announcing that “After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israeli’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams as his vice president.

Arbams’ spokesperson released the following statement: “(She) continues to keep all options on the table for 2020 and beyond. She has met with over half a dozen presidential contenders to discuss their commitment to voting rights and to investing in Georgia.”

Aware that concerns about his age could weigh on his candidacy if he runs for the White House, Biden has discussed two steps that could reassure voters about electing a 78-year-old president next year – including an early announcement of a running mate and a pledge to serve just one term.

Chris Cillizza: “(I)t’s not at all clear whether Biden would gain any real political benefit from such a move. In fact, the only consensus among Democrats I talked to for this story is that Biden would be taking a major leap if he picked his VP before winning the nomination himself.”

In an early look at possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, Biden leads among New York voters, with a 62 – 24 percent favorability rating – higher than any other leading Democrat – according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Felix Sater, a Russian-born former business adviser to Trump, will speak to two House committees next week as Democrats begin to gather information in multiple wide-ranging investigations of the president.

Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan and other community leaders denounced Carl Paladino for distributing an email suggesting that recent riots in Paris were not just about economic injustice but were the result of a city filled with nonwhite Muslim immigrants and refugees.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, who has been carrying the wine in grocery stores (or WIGS) bill for years, says the time might be right now to revisit the issue, albeit after the budget.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Laura Ingraham after the Fox News host and a guest mocked the freshman New York Democrat for the way in which she pronounces her name.

In her first three months in Congress, aides say, enough people have threatened to murder Ocasio-Cortez that Capitol Police trained her staff to perform risk assessments of her visitors.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, an avowed progressive, is continuing to support AIPAC amid calls for Democrats to skip this year’s policy conference in Washington, D.C. He will deliver remarks at the annual conference this weekend — another example of daylight between him the left flank of the Democratic Party on the issue of Israel.

Former President Jimmy Carter is now America’s longest-living president in history. He passed former President George H.W. Bush Thursday at 94 years and 172 days old — one day older than Bush was when he died last November.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Alcoa reached a seven-year agreement with the New York Power Authority to continue receiving low-cost hydroelectric power for its aluminum smelting operation in Massena, guaranteeing 450 jobs for that time period.

Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner used the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp as well as his personal email account to conduct official business, a top House Democrat charged.

Calls to 911 reporting what the NYPD calls “emotionally disturbed persons” have nearly doubled over the past decade, but less than one-third of the force has undergone training on how to better handle the mentally ill.

The SUNY board of trustees has approved renaming six buildings on the SUNY New Paltz campus that are named after slave owners who settled the region.

To win support for Cuomo’s congestion pricing proposal, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are offering sweeteners to equivocating outer-borough and suburban politicians.

Longtime Republican rainmaker and former Pataki administration official Charles Gargano settles some scores with Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Larry Silverstein in his new book.

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012.