Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Suffolk County and New York City today. The state Legislature is not in session.

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


A former State Department IT specialist who was involved in setting up and maintaining Hillary Clinton’s private email server plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment at a deposition next week, refusing to answer “any and all questions that may be put to him.”

Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun violence prevention group with ties to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is endorsing Clinton for president today, arguing that she is the most likely candidate to take action to toughen the nation’s gun laws.

At a stop in California, Trump called Clinton’s foreign policy speech, in which she attacked his positions, “pathetic” and dismissed it as a stunt. Meanwhile, protestors outside his event, some brandishing Mexican flags, clashed violently with Trump’s supporters.

Despite a contentious fight over a package of revisions that stalled last year, the NYC Council is again proposing a half-dozen recommendations to simultaneously streamline and expand the landmarks process. This month, the Council expects to vote on a bill creating timelines for the approval process.

Cuomo continues to insist that Joe Percoco and Todd Howe are U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s main focus, though prosecutors issued subpoenas and requests for information to various state agencies, state officials and at least a couple of dozen individuals and companies in various private sectors.

The governor reiterated that Howe is not a close friend of his, despite multiple connections between them being reported by the media. He said he has known Howe for “many years,” and that fact is “irrelevant,” because “if anyone does anything improper, they will be punished to the full extent of the law – period.”

New York’s lobbying firms can somehow retroactively wipe the names of their employees from state records — an erasure that happened recently in the case of Howe and his former employer, the Albany law firm Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna. JCOPE says this isn’t actually allowed, and doesn’t have an explanation for why it occurred.

For a combative but contained 17 minutes, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday offered terse answers to an abundance of questions from reporters, mostly dealing with the fallout from overlapping federal and state investigations into his administration, in a performance that in recent weeks has become a kind of house style for his embattled mayoralty.

De Blasio said the apology Cuomo has called on his to give for accusing his administration of leaking a state Board of Elections memo on the mayor’s 2014 fundraising for Senate Democrats is “not going to happen,” despite an IG’s report that found that was not the case.

With a second kid heading off to college last year, the mayor took out a loan of between $5,000 and $48,000 from HSBC Bank, according to his financial disclosure forms for 2015. He’s also paying off three mortgages totaling more than $1.1 million.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, a Queens Democrat and former aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, won’t seek re-election this fall. He said he intends to finish out his third term, attributing his decision to the desire to spend more time with his growing family and less in Albany.

Vireo Health,the parent company of the White Plains medical marijuana dispensary, has been accused of illegally smuggling $500,000 of marijuana-based drugs from Minnesota to New York, court records show. Minnesota state officials are investigating the matter.

A senior NYPD official, Deputy Chief John Sprague, 45, was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty in connection with a broad federal inquiry into municipal corruption. He disciplined after he indicated that he would refuse to answer questions before a federal grand jury.

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott has blamed a “systemic breakdown of security” for last year’s Clinton Correctional Facility breakout, and her forthcoming report is expected to offer a damning assessment of what made the escape possible and call for systemwide reforms.

A federal investigation into corruption in Suffolk County law enforcement has expanded, as the Justice Department examines at least a half-dozen cases to determine whether political considerations influenced decisions made by the local district attorney’s office.

Hoosick Falls residents will soon learn the results of tests conducted to determine PFOA levels in their blood, which were conducted back in April. The state says the information will be mailed out today.

Lawyers for former Senate Majority Leader John Sampson say the ex-state senator deserves a sentencing break — because he’s not as bad as former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

In a matter of seconds and accompanied by a monstrous boom of sound, the bridge that connected Erie and Cattaraugus counties for six decades crumbled as part of a $16.9 million project that calls for a new multigirder bridge to be erected in the same spot.

The Poughkeepsie Journal says the jury is still out on whether START-UP NY is worthwhile, and the program remains “somewhat of a mystery,” due to the delay in the release of a report due out April 1.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his chamber is working on new legislation that would eliminate or significantly extend New York’s statute of limitations for child abuse cases.

With nearly $2.32 billion in state school aid increases on the line, Assembly Democrats are attempting to decouple the link between aid and implementation of the teacher and principal evaluation system, Heastie said.

A coalition of housing advocates says Cuomo and state lawmakers haven’t done enough to stem a rising tide of homelessness in New York.

One day after her organization scrapped its pre-K program due to a contract dispute with the de Blasio administration, Success Academy boss Eva Moskowitz accused the mayor of illegally denying charter schools classroom space.

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division rejected a claim by Assemblywoman’s Claudia Tenney’s NY-22 congressional campaign that GOP rival George Phillips committed election fraud. She had attempted to have him thrown off the ballot.

A Steuben County farmer and two of his overseers face felony charges for putting out poison that killed two bald eagles and a red-tailed hawk, though they were not the intended victims. “The alleged actions show a blatant disregard for the environment and local wildlife,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

Schneiderman, in a television interview, called Trump University a “straight-up fraud” and predicted he would prevail in his lawsuit against the defunct for-profit program affiliated with the presidential candidate.

As Uber and Lyft make a last-minute push to legalize upstate ride-hailing services as the state legislative session winds down, upstate taxi companies have formed a new coalition opposing them: The Upstate Transportation Association says it represents thousands of vehicles in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Ithaca and Binghamton.

Democratic congressional candidates David Calone and Anna Throne-Holst exchanged sharp attacks over environmental records and who was best positioned to beat Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin at a debate last night in Hampton Bays sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons.

While on his whirlwind L.A.-to-Buffalo publicity trip, actor Gary Anthony Williams said it’s the Ninja Turtles who are responsible for Buffalo’s revival.

After a two-year fight between the small group of residents at a Brooklyn senior citizens residence and the developer who owns the building, a $3.35 million settlement was reached this week, paying each of the holdouts — whose ages range from 91 to 101 — more than $500,000 but forcing them to leave their apartments by the end of the summer.

A NYC program for 560 low-level juvenile delinquents experienced “pervasive mismanagement” — even though it cost taxpayers $85,000 a year per child, a report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office says.

A ban on so-called “gravity” knives has sparked a legal battle in NYC.

It’s not yet known whether the U.S. Navy Blue Angels show in Syracuse will go on as planned next weekend, following the fatal crash of one of the team’s jets in Tennessee yesterday.

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix, Az. area with what two people familiar with his condition say may be more serious problems than his previous hospital stays.

Happening today…

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s the Brian Lehrer Show and NY1 to discuss increasing access to feminine hygiene products, crime statistics and the FDA’s voluntary sodium targets. He will also take questions from callers.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul keynotes the STRIVE Women’s Empowerment graduation, 240 E. 123rd St., 3rd Floor, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Long Island Association, 300 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, Long Island.

At 10:35 a.m., de Blasio will appear live on NY1.

At 11 a.m., Reps. Louise Slaughter and Paul Tonko will hold a press conference to discuss the importance of federal funding and legislation in combatting lead poisoning, Slaughter’s Rochester office, 3120 Federal Bldg., 100 State St.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, candidate in NY-22, will open her Southern Tier campaign headquarters in Binghamton, 1115 Upper Front St.

At 11:15 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will visit the Boat Washing facility at the Lake George Transfer Station in Lake George, 56 Transfer Rd.

At 11:30 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks during a SUNY ATTAIN Computer Lab ribbon-cutting ceremony, 1604 St. John’s Pl., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas will announce his public engagement plan to rebuild and revitalize Memorial Field, 469 Garden Ave., Mount Vernon.

At 2 p.m., key elected officials representing all levels of state government join reform advocates in calling on their colleagues to support efforts to end political corruption, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi will join advocates and supporters of the Remsen to Lack Placid Adirondack Rail Corridor at a “Rally for the Rails,” State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica.