NY Mag’s Chris Smith notes Gov. Cuomo could have saved himself a big headache if he’d just admitted all along the Moreland Commission was about leverage.

Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell used his public office to send out a news release for a political endorsement.

State and city officials are urging the federal government to grant temporary status to migrant Central American children.

Meanwhile, a State Island lawmaker objects to bringing any of the children at the border into New York City.

Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling on Republican AG candidate John Cahill to return a donation from an opponent of same-sex marriage.

Rep. Paul Tonko apologized for speeding after he was caught doing so on camera.

Gov. Cuomo approved new wheelchair accessibility signs.

Democratic Senate candidate Brian Howard is taking his time setting up a campaign committee.

A travel writer for The Washington Post says there’s a “new vitality” in Buffalo.

The de Blasio administration is setting up a task force to lower fines levied to small businesses.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew says his union’s $350,000 to de Blasio’s nonprofit came without any strings attached.

Here’s a ragtag group of college kids — with anger issues, apparently — who just happen to be organically concerned with Zephyr Teachout’s residency issues.

The residency issue is one the Cuomo campaign is challenging, but Teachout says she qualifies to run.

Republican allies of Sen. Jack Martins filed a complaint against Democratic candidate Adam Haber’s campaign contributions.

Matt Doheny’s decision to drop out of the NY-21 is seen as a boost for Republicans in recapturing the seat.