Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Onondaga County.

SUNY kicks off its two-day, fifth annual “Critical Issues in Higher Education” conference at The Times Center, 242 West 41st St., Manhattan.

LG Kathy Hochul is in her native Western New York. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the Big Apple. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie continues his tour of non-NYC member districts with multiple stops in the Hudson Valley. The governor’s Common Core review task force holds its first meeting in New Rochelle.

A full calendar of the day’s events appears at the end of this post.


Facing mounting criticism for mixing politics and the World Series, Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled plans to hold a $5,500 per person fundraiser during two games this weekend at Citi Field when the New York Mets return to Queens for the start of their home stand.

News of the governor’s decision to shut down his fundraiser, which his campaign said was due to an “overwhelming demand” for the tickets, came during Game 2 of the World Series, which the Mets lost to the Kansas City Royals.

A source close to the governor says he plans to endorse Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s re-election bid, returning a favor in which she twice crossed party lines to support his campaigns.

The MTA Board approved a five-year, $29 billion capital plan, saying it would benefit riders across the New York City region, and thanking both Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for increasing funding for the system.

The plan leaves many questions unanswered, containing unexplained “efficiencies” and unknown sources of funding.

Thousands of police officers from across the nation gathered in Queens to pay their respects to NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, who was shot and killed as he chased a fleeing gunman last week. It was the fourth time in a less than a year that New York City officers had come to mourn the killing of one of their own.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton posthumously promoted Holder to first-grade detective.

More than 100 prospective jurors filled out questionnaires yesterday, as prosecutors and defense lawyers sought to identify potential bias or conflicts that might disqualify people from serving next week in the corruption trial of ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

After meeting in Buffalo with Uber representatives, Mayor Byron Brown said he’d like to see the ride-sharing service legalized in New York State. I will let Gov. Cuomo and members of the State Legislature know I support it,” he said.

Cuomo’s recent comments that New York State should create a statewide system for regulating Uber and other digital ride-sharing companies is driving speculation that Uber could return to East Hampton Town – a prospect that doesn’t sit well with the locals.

Republican Fred Akshar holds a commanding 52 percentage point lead over his 52nd state Senate District special election opponent, Democrat Barbara Fiala, an exclusive TWCNews/Siena poll found.

An Albany County grand jury declined to indict three police officers in the April death of an unarmed, mentally ill black man — a decision District Attorney David Soares said should reignite talks of criminal justice reforms.

The chairman of the Port Authority said the agency hopes to fill its newly created chief executive position by December, even as Democratic lawmakers in Trenton remained unwilling to pass reform legislation approved in Albany earlier this year.

A five-year NYC Health Department blueprint to improve New Yorkers’ well-being will set “equity targets” for closing gaps between the most and least healthy communities.

Cuomo has asked the US Air Force for a long-term dedicated mission for the air base in Niagara Falls.

Superintendent Jere Hochman will leave the Bedford Central School District in Westchester County at the end of next week to take a job as Cuomo’s deputy secretary for education.

Republicans are lashing out at CNBC over last night’s GOP debate, with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus saying the network “should be ashamed” of how it was handled.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton live-tweeted the debate, (she was not impressed), and also texted supporters.

Clinton’s campaign aired four new TV ads focused on women in New Hampshire and Iowa during the debate.

During an appearance in New Hampshire, Clinton said she did not support abolishing the death penalty, but she did encourage the federal government to rethink it.

Democratic 2016 contender Bernie Sanders would remove marijuana from the most dangerous federal drug category if elected president, saying it should be regulated by states like alcohol and tobacco.

The House unanimously approved CNY Republican Rep. John Katko’s bill aimed at beefing up security along the U.S. border with Canada.

House Republicans also embraced a new leader and swiftly consented to a major budget-and-debt deal to avert a federal financial crisis, highlights of a day of dramatic fresh starts at the Capitol after years of division and disarray.

The state Department of Financial Services announced New York will receive $50 million from the financial powerhouse Goldman Sachs to settle an enforcement action brought after a Goldman employee “schemed to steal confidential regulatory and government information” for use in advising a client.

When VLTs arrived at harness tracks in New York more than a decade ago, the formula used to divvy up the tax revenue generated was supposed to be simple, with education getting 60 percent. Things have gotten more complicated: Establishments with fewer than 1,000 machines pay one tax rate, while those located close to other states operate under another. Operations in sparsely populated areas pay yet another.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said President Obama should go around Congress to find a way to aid debt-ridden Puerto Rico.

Queens Councilman Donovan Richards is proposing a bill that would ban smoking in apartments at all new city-financed affordable housing and existing NYCHA developments.

The ousted long-time district manager of Community Board 9 in Brooklyn says Borough President Eric Adams seemed to have schemed to have her canned because at 66 she was “too old” for the job, according to a $10 million lawsuit.

A highly regarded African-American Con Ed worker who was the first woman to become a line constructor — a worker who fixes utility poles — has sued the company, alleging an old boys club has kept her from being promoted.

Cheektowaga and state officials are at odds over how to stem the problem of sewage that fouls local creeks and lakes. Last month, the DEC rejected the town’s latest plan to reduce the amount of sewage it releases into area creeks and streams.

Buffalo’s Mid-Day Club’s 79-year-old story may be almost over. If it can’t raise $25,000 over the next two days, the dining room with sweeping city views at the top of the Liberty Building will close after lunch tomorrow.

Three contributions to the campaign of John Accardo, the Republican candidate for mayor of Niagara Falls, exceeded the limit set under state law, Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nicholas Forster said.

A 2.5-magnitude earthquake was measured at 4:42 p.m. yesterday northwest of Gloversville in the town of Johnstown, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

Happening today…

At 8:30 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman gives remarks on his office’s efforts to combat epidemic of heroin and opiod abuse at a National Association of Attorneys General Eastern Region meeting on the subject, 40 Washington Sq., Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., the Schuyler Center for a Breakfast Program features Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn at an event entitled A Path Appears: A Discussion of Social Interventions that Work, 90 State St., Albany.

Also at 8:30 a.m., the AARP unveils “High Anxiety” survey showing Long Island Generation X and baby boomer voters’ struggles with financial and retirement preparedness and security, Hofstra University Club, 225 Hofstra University, Hempstead.

Also at 8:30 a.m., EDC President Maria Torres speaks at the NY Building Congress Construction Industry breakfast forum where the annual forecast for NYC construction spending and employment will be released, New York Hilton, 1335 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will attend the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Press Conference with Grand Marshall Spike Lee, NYRR President and CEO Michael Capiraso, NYRR Media Center at the TCS NYC Marathon Pavilion, West 67 Street and Central Park West, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Sens. James Sanders Jr. and Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. , Queens BP Melinda Katz and NYC Councilman Donovan Richards observe the 3rd anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with an event filled with workshops and a memorial, Rockaway YMCA, 207 Beach 73rd St., Arverne, Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Washington Heights residents call attention to a string of recent vehicles having been vandalized, 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, CNY Hub for Emerging Nano Technologies, 24 Aspen Park Blvd., East Syracuse.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul joins the Niagara Global Tourism Institute to make an announcement, 225 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Jack Martins, other elected officials, and hundreds of union members and community leaders host a rally in support of the New York Cosmos proposed stadium plan in Elmont, south side of Belmont Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Westchester County Legislator & Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity and Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly and Galef’s office, 2 Church St., Ossining.

At 11:15 a.m., Heastie visits the location of the future Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum with Historic Hudson River Towns Inc., Friends of Museum Group representatives, president of the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, and Sing Sing Correctional Facility Superintendent Michael Capra, Historic Sing Sing PowerHouse, 354 Hunter St., Ossining.

At noon, NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres is joined by labor leaders and NYCHA residents to introduce new legislation concerning mold remediation work and licensing in public housing, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, NYC Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Daniel Dromm, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, and the Phys Ed 4 All Coalition call on the Council to pass legislation to “further ensure public school students get the physical education needed for overall good health and education,” Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Hochul and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster tour the Lasalle Senior Center, 9501 Colvin Blvd., Niagara Falls.

At 12:30 p.m., Heastie visits Ossining High School with the school board president and trustees, the superintendent, teachers, students, administrators and Open Door Family Medical Center School-Based representatives, 29 S. Highland Ave., Ossining.

At 1 p.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will make an endorsement in the race for Yonkers City Council in the 3rd District, in front of the Meyer residence, 64 Hughes Terrace, Yonkers.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a press conference outside a home in Staten Island to make an announcement on Sandy recovery, 13 Maple Terrace.

At 1:30 p.m., Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried speaks at the opening ceremony of the new Wellness Center, John Jay College, Suite L68, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Heastie visits the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, an artist’s loft, and tours downtown and the riverfront, Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber, 1 S. Division St., Peekskill.

At 3:45 p.m., members of the New York State Nurses Association will make a major political announcement about the Troy mayor’s race, 6 Brunswick Rd., Troy.

At 4 p.m., Cuomo’s Common Core review task force holds its first meeting, College of New Rochelle, Maura Hall Room, 29 Castle Pl., New Rochelle.

At 4:30 p.m., Deputy AG Sally Quillian Yates speaks at Columbia Law School on “The State of Criminal Justice”, discussing the administration’s priorities and policies relating to the criminal justice system, Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W 116th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio holds his 2017 campaign kick-off, Sheraton Times Square, 811 7th Ave., Manhattan. (The event will be protested by the Coalition to End Broken Windows, New Yorkers Against Bratton and others who call the mayor a “fake” progressive).

Also at 6 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks and presents a $1 million award at the 43North Business Idea Competition, Shea’s Theatre, 646 Main St., Buffalo.