Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

After trading verbal barbs in their third and final debate last night, the two presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – will try to play nice at the Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan tonight, 301 Park Ave., Manhattan. (The dinner starts at 8 p.m.)

There’s a lot going on today. A full calendar of today’s events appears at the end of this post.


Trump stubbornly refused to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, instead floating the possibility – yet again – that the race could be “rigged” in Clinton’s favor.

Asked if he would accept the results of the Nov. 8 election, Trump replied: “I will keep you in suspense.” He accused the FBI and the media of conspiring in Clinton’s favor, and brushed off a reminder from Chris Wallace, the debate moderator, that the peaceful transfer of power is “one of the prides of this country.”

Clinton called Trump’s response “horrifying,” adding: “Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is, it is rigged against him.”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the most prominent Trump surrogates, is already calling for a recount if the presidential election is close – because only a big margin would assure the Clintons couldn’t “defraud” their way into the White House.

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who just days ago said the campaign would accept the outcome of the Nov. 8. election, after the debate told reporters: “If the vote is fair, I’m confident that we’ll accept it.”

More than two out of every three U.S. citizens in a recent poll say they are very or somewhat concerned about the security of the nation’s electoral system.

Flipping the script in the final debate, Clinton turned herself into Trump’s relentless tormentor, condescending to him repeatedly and deploying some of his own trademark tactics against him.

After Trump attacked Clinton, saying Putin had “no respect” for her or President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee shot back: “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” “No puppet. No puppet,” Trump insisted. “You’re the puppet. No, you’re the puppet.”

Trump branded Clinton a “nasty woman” after she took a shot at him for avoiding taxes, prompting her female supporters to adopt the label as their own.

Clinton won the debate, topping Trump by a 13-point margin according to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers, giving her a clean sweep across all three of this year’s presidential debates. But respondents were also closely divided on which candidate they trusted more on the issues most important to them.

The internet’s reaction to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s moderation was overwhelmingly positive even as he lost control of the candidates during the event’s second half. Even the NBC News crew said this was “the closest to a normal debate we’ve had.”

Given the anti-mainstream media rhetoric of the nominee, Trump’s campaign took matters into its own hands, hosting its own pre-debate coverage on Facebook Live.

A spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano called the news of the expected federal corruption charges the Long Island Republican will reportedly face as early as today “complete rumor mill and nonsense.”

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said: “County Executive Mangano has the highest integrity, has done nothing wrong, has not been contacted, and the accusations are preposterous.”

Oyster Bay was the “victim” of a loan guarantee scheme involving indicted concessionaire Harendra Singh, the town’s outside legal counsel said in a court filing.

The shooting death of a 66-year-old mentally ill Bronx woman by an NYPD sergeant was condemned in swift and striking terms by both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, who said the officer had failed to follow the department’s protocol for dealing with an emotionally disturbed person.

De Blasio sought to downplay his use of an NYPD helicopter to avoid rush-hour traffic between Brooklyn and Queens last Friday, saying his predecessors had used the travel method much more frequently. “I really don’t understand what this is all about,” he said.

De Blasio’s appointees to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have formed a three-person rebel faction, questioning some of the panel’s initiatives and pushing their own.

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn plans to criticize de Blasio’s record on homelessness during a speech this morning, marking her toughest critique of the mayor since he defeated her in the 2013 race for City Hall.

The number of homeless people in city shelters has exceeded 60,000 for the first time in history, official data revealed.

Rose Gill Hearn, chairwoman of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and a former federal prosecutor, plans to step down in December, leaving an opening at the helm of the nonpartisan agency ahead of next year’s city elections.

Thousands of parents and teachers descended on Foley Square to demand that de Blasio get behind charter school proponents’ plans to increase the number of charter seats across the city to 200,000 by 2020.

Linda Lacewell, a senior attorney for Gov. Andrew Cuomo who in 2014 offered her analysis on a set of political donations to the governor, was volunteering her time to his campaign, the administration said.

Jim Malatras, director of state operations for the Cuomo administration, has walled himself off from healthcare issues as he prepares to leave his post early next year to join the Healthcare Association of New York State as its new chief operating officer.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie agreed to appear in Bergen County court next month after receiving a criminal summons for his alleged role in the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has received approval from a federal judge to travel to Pennsylvania for a job interview.

A for-profit network of schools and the family behind it have agreed to pay the state more than $4.3 million in a settlement after having spent state funds, intended to pay for special education preschool, on credit card bills, maintenance of a boat and a son’s law school tuition, as well as claiming false tax deductions.

The Long Beach City Council passed a 5-cent fee on plastic bags at stores in the city, with members voted 5-0 to impose the fee, which will take effect on April 22 — Earth Day — next year.

Days after a Times Union report on Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s ramped up attempts to garner more financial contributions from the city’s large nonprofits amid tax-exempt institutions’ growth, Albany Medical Center Chief Officer James Barba renewed his effort to encourage other large entities to help.

Airbnb, looking to protect its lucrative business dealings in New York City, has offered several concessions to its critics, including a statewide initiative to collect taxes on consumers who use the home-sharing web service. If implemented, the offer would be worth an estimated $90 million annually to the state. The figure does not include local sales and special accommodation tax revenues.

The Syosset school board’s decision this week to recognize the Hindu festival of Diwali and two Muslim holy days as school holidays starting in the 2017-18 academic year is creating a groundswell in communities across Long Island, with similar movements in at least 10 districts and communities.

Some residents of Syracuse’s western suburbs said they fear any change to the Interstate 81 sending traffic around the city would ultimately increase truck traffic on roads that run through small villages and rural towns.

A new train station increasingly looks like it’s on Buffalo’s horizon. But there’s a long way to go before a decision on putting it at Canalside, in a restored portion of the East Side’s Central Terminal, or possibly other options.

Campers flocked to New York State Parks in record numbers for the fifth year in a row this year. Cuomo announced that campsites, cabins and cottages at state parks were occupied for more than 633,000 nights through Columbus Day, setting a new record.

Happening today…

At 7:10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on CNN’s New Day.

At 8:30 a.m., former NYC Council Speaker and Women in Need (Win) President and CEO Christine Quinn speaks at the ABNY breakfast, where she will present the findings of a white paper titled “The Forgotten Face of the Homeless,” Hilton New York, 1335 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., Assemblyman Steve Otis and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center are hosting a Small Business Forum to help small businesses improve their internet and e-commerce capabilities and expand their business, Larchmont Village Center, 119 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont.

Also at 8:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James hosts a “She Stands: A Call to Action, A Forum on Social and Economic Empowerment” event, Lipton Hall, NYU Law School, 108 W. 3rd St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., State Education Senior Deputy Commissioner Jhone Ebert, Assistant Commissioner for Student Support Services Renee Rider and more than 60 SED staff members will bite into a locally grown New York State apple to celebrate National Food Day and help promote New York State food and farms, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul cuts the ribbon on the Taste NY Long Island Welcome Center, LIE Exit 51, Dix Hills.

Also at 10 a.m., the New York City Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., funeral services take place for Joseph Suozzi, father of former Nassau County Executive and NY-3 congressional candidate Tom Suozzi, St. Patrick’s Church, 235 Glen St., Glen Cove, Long Island.

Also at 10 a.m., Community Voices Heard members and supporters call on the de Blasio administration to release the sites identified for infill development, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., a woman who accuses Trump of victimizing her with inappropriate sexual conduct will hold a press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred, London Hotel, Regent Room, 151 W. 54th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NY-18 Republican candidate Phil Oliva holds an event on new endorsements and to outline his plans to assist in the revitalization of urban areas in the district, Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh.

Also at 11 a.m., NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and de Blasio deliver remarks at a NYPD Memorial Ceremony, 385 South End Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, PEF professional caregivers rally to raise public awareness to the closing of the Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Services Office in March 2017, 236-02 Hillside Ave., Queens. (Sen. Tony Avella and PEF President Wayne Spence to attend).

Also at noon, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis calls on the Legislature to move Assembly bill A 9778 (“Officer Randolph Holder’s Law”) forward during the upcoming session, Richmond County Courthouse, Staten Island.

Also at noon, the Hedge Clippers campaign and supporters release new report on hedge fund donations to state campaigns races this election cycle, LCA Press Room, Legislative Office Building, Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization hold a community vigil and press conference outside the home Deborah Danner, the mentally ill woman shot and killed by an NYPD officer this week, 630 Puglsey Ave., Bronx.

At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio delivers brief remarks at the Port Authority Commissioners and Board Committee meeting in support of fair wages and benefits for airport workers, 4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich St., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., the Charter Schools Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees holds a public meeting, the SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., Boardroom, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul makes a funding announcement, SUNY Optometry, 33 West 42nd St., Room 222, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., “Women for Trump” hold a rally in support of the GOP nominee, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblymembers Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Sean Ryan and Robin Schimminger to make an announcement at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

At 3 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at the memorial ceremony and plaque unveiling for Detective Randolph Holder, PSA 5, East 123rd Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Manhattan.

At 3:30 p.m., Heastiue participates in the Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series at Daemen College, Wick Center Alumni Lounge, 4380 Main St., Amherst.

At 5:30 p.m., the Yates County Republican Committee holds their annual dinner with guests Rep. Tom Reed, state Sen. Thomas O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, Glenora Wine Cellars, 5435 State Route 14, Dundee.

At 6 p.m., AARP New York and Siena College release results of a new survey of NYC Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, The Benjamin Hotel, 125 East 50th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams holds a town hall focused on city issues and constituent issues, P.S. 109, 1001 E. 45th St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Columbia Law School and the Rockefeller Institute of Government hold forum on “Constitutional Convention Referendum 2017 and Home Rule within the Empire State,” Jerome Greene Hall, first floor, Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., U.S Attorney Preet Bharara hosts the first in a series of educational forums to learn more about the challenges with opioid addiction, New York University School of Law, Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Sq. S., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Hochul keynotes Long Island Business News Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Event, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, Long Island.

At 9 p.m., the three candidates vying to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Richard Hanna in NY-22 debate live on TWC News at Colgate University.