Good morning and TGIF. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has nothing public planned.

Your schedule:

At 7 a.m., New York City elected officials will hold day two of their tour of transit issues, starting at Queensboro Plaza, Queens.

At 9 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will tour the facilities at Johnson Lumber in Carthage, which has been an important contributor to the North Country economy for 40 years. 10972 State Route 26, Carthage.

At 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be live on WNYC.

At 11 a.m., Chirlane McCray will hold a news conference, City Hall Steps, New York City.

At noon, Erie County will hold a news conference regarding increased funding for summer youth programming. Steps of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo.

Headlines:

As the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, there are delays at one of the city’s biggest flood protection projects.

The NYPD city is on pace to have its safest year on record, which Mayor de Blasio credited to the neighboring policing policy.

The Port Authority introduced its new leadership team at a special meeting earlier Thursday. Pat Foye, who served as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive director, is leaving the agency to become the MTA’s president, just as that agency is reeling from the city’s subway crisis.

As the Trump Administration looks to roll back protections for transgender Americans, one city hospital is planning for the community’s future healthcare needs — by being the first in the nation to launch a program training the next generation of transgender doctors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will soon go head-to-head with fellow Democrats challenging his re-election. The mayor, in twp tweets Thursday morning, said he will take the debate stage before next month’s primary vote.

Meanwhile, candidates on both sides of the aisle are knocking de Blasio for pulling millions in public dollars into his campaign.

Days after filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, New York State’s attorney general has declared victory.

Millions of dollars of ivory was destroyed in Central Park on Thursday as the state fights for elephants and against illegal ivory trade.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly enlisted a grand jury to help investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Airbnb is pushing back against attacks in a new ad, accusing the hotel industry of protecting their ability to “price gouge.”

Niagara County legislators called for the resignation of the entire Niagara Falls Water Board Thursday.

If you’ve driven around Rochester recently, you already know — it’s construction season. City leaders say more federal funding is allowing for some much-needed road repair.

City planners in Rochester say 151 Mount Hope Avenue in the South Wedge is a prime spot for development, bat public meetings, neighbors said the lot must be part of a larger plan to redevelop the waterfront.

The Allegany County Industrial Development Agency is no longer at a ‘crossroads’ about what to do with the old truck stop along Route 19 in Belmont. After years of planning, the IDA announced Thursday it’s hired Rochester developers Hemisphere Management and Novat Corp to build Crossroads Development.

A number of issues have made transportation difficult for people living in and around New York City. The solution to those problems lies at a factory in Plattsburgh, at a company called Bombardier. But Bombardier has been slow to churn out the subway cars that are necessary to get downstate transportation back on track.

Marty Masterpole has survived a challenge and will be on primary ballot for Syracuse mayor next month.

Investigators are trying to figure out why almost three dozen train cars carrying hazardous materials derailed in southwest Pennsylvania. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy renewed his warnings about such derailments.

Newly appointed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is seen as imposing new discipline in the West Wing after a turbulent six months of the Trump administration.

President Donald Trump on Thursday held a rally in West Virginia with the state’s governor, who announced he is switching from the Democratic to Republican Party.

Mueller’s impaneled grand jury is starting to issue subpoenas seeking documents related to the business dealings of Michael Flynn, the former National Security advisor.

Flynn recently amended his financial disclosure statement to show more payments from Robert Mercer’s data science company during the campaign.

Unemployment in July is expected to have ticked down to 4.3 percent, the lowest in 16 years.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed a batch of new Trump administration officials, including former New York Senate candidate David Malpass.

The president is being pushed to send more troops to Afghanistan, but divisions are apparent on the National Security Council over the strategy.

In a tweet, Trump blamed Congress for the nation’s “all-time” poor relations with Russia (the Cuban Missile Crisis may rank up there, too).

Congress is back in summer recess and Republicans are returning to their home districts and states without any major legislative accomplishments.

The Secret Service is no longer using a command post at Trump Tower amid a disagreement with the president’s company over leasing the space.

Add actress and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon to the list of potential Democratic primary challengers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018.

And more less than a year away from determining whether he should receive their ballot line, some Working Families Party officials are debating whether Cuomo should receive their endorsement.

The troubles at Penn Station has thrusted the under utilized PATH system into the commuter spotlight.

A federal court has ruled that Shearith Israel in New York actually owns the Touro Synagogue building in Newport, the result of twists in a history spanning centuries.

Democrats in Rensselaer County had not planned to run a competitive race for county executive this year, but now hope to exploit Republican in-fighting during a heated primary.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy urged the Trump administration to fill slots at the Department of Transportation in order to bolster train safety.

A deadline to submit proposals for the development of the Frontier Town site has been pushed back by state officials.

An additional $400,000 in state funding is aimed at boosting how investigators handle child abuse cases in the Capital Region.

A federal court has delayed the retrial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pending the outcome of a Supreme Court case.

It was 40 years ago the Son of Sam terrorized the metropolitan area and was brought to justice during the wild summer of 1977.

Travel costs for state lawmakers has increased even amid tighter rules for how that money is supposed to be spent.

At times, Thursday’s event in Jamestown seemed more like an audition for the coinciding Lucille Ball Comedy Fest. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky traded perspectives on their ride at Watkins Glen race track earlier in the day.

Watkins Glen is receiving a $10 million downtown revitalization award from the state.

Cuomo announced Thursday the boating speed limit on the Lake Ontario shoreline will be extended.

Sorry, but apparently Sean Spicer is too busy to appear on “Dancing With The Stars.”