House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s “just not ready” to support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Trump’s response: “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”


Trump loves
taco bowls – and Hispanics!

The New York City Council voted 28-20 to require certain retailers to collect a fee on each carryout bag, paper or plastic, with some exceptions, with Mayor Bill de Blasio expressing support for the measure.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to name his former top aide Steven Cohen to vice-chair the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, once its existing occupant, Scott Rechler, departs.

Investigators looking into de Blasio’s fundraising practices are now scrutinizing his 2013 campaign for possible straw donors, checking to see if they were either reimbursed for their contributions or given cash to pass along to the campaign in order to skirt the city’s donation limits.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito expressed confidence that de Blasio followed legal fundraising guidelines during his 2013 campaign and while raising for a nonprofit to push his agenda.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan wasn’t impressed by de Blasio’s appearance at the mayoral control hearing at the state Capitol this week.

The Investigative Post: “Questionable dealings by officials managing the Buffalo Billion didn’t begin or end with the selection of a politically wired developer to oversee the construction of the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo.”

The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved the application of Gemini Trust Company, founded by investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, to trade digital currency ether on its bitcoin exchange.

Day-care centers in New York may soon have to pay higher fines for penalties if Cuomo has his way. Under the governor’s proposal released this week, the maximum fine for serious violations would increase from $500 to $5,000.

Hillary Clinton can’t recall doing any favors for Trump while she was in office.

Long Island Rep. Pete King, who briefly toyed with running for president himself, still has issues with Trump, but endorsed him anyway.

Lake Placid News: “With only one week left until USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy gives a presentation to his board of directors with a recommendation whether to move the organization’s headquarters from Lake Placid to Park City, Utah, we’re concerned about the silence from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.”

The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office has been ordered to rehire a worker who says she was fired for helping the victim of an abusive man with connections. The abuser was a son of the DA’s chief investigator.

New York state will file an amicus brief in support of overturning a North Carolina law that critics say violates the civil rights of LGBT people by prohibiting municipalities from issuing ordinances that allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

NY-19 Democratic candidate and Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout in the Washington Post: “We need to revive the traditional understanding of corruption, overturn Citizens United and continue the long American fight for freedom from powerful interests.”

Republicans brought Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips to meet GOP senators this week at the state Capitol, a sign, sources said, of her potential candidacy to run for a seat currently held by Sen. Jack Martins, who is running for Congress.

Betty Ann Canizio-Aqil, a Board of Elections chief clerk in Brooklyn, is expected to be suspended after a vote by the board’s commissioners – the second BOE official to be suspended over New York’s primary day snafu that led many voters to be turned away at the polls.

To mark Foster Care Awareness Month, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance is leading a coalition of New York-based advocates to reminding college age youth in care to apply for state funding to help pay for expenses such as tuition, housing and travel costs associated with college.

The Central New York corrections officer who was under investigation for a scam in which fellow COs billed their insurance for hearing aids but got high-end ear buds or noise suppressors has been arrested and pleaded guilty.

Overhauling New York’s criminal defense system for the poor should be a top priority for state lawmakers and Cuomo during the current legislative session, New York State Bar Association President David Miranda said.