Good morning! Almost Friday, but not there just yet.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making announcements in Monroe and Tompkins counties.

The state Legislature is not in session.

At 8 a.m., the SUNY board of trustees and its committees meet throughout the day, Morrisville State College, 80 Eaton St., Student Activities Center, Morrisville.

Also at 8 a.m., Rep. Joseph Crowley, NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and others rally against the MTA for continued poor service on the No. 7 line and pushed back deadlines for signal upgrades, Queens Boulevard and 40th Street, Queens.

At 9:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the New York City Regional Economic Development Council, Brewster Building, 41-21 27th Street, Long Island City.

At 10 a.m., Gov. Cuomo makes an announcement, 61 Commercial Street, Suite 200, Rochester.

At 10:30 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds a land use public hearing, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a press conference to make an announcement about NYC Ferry service, American Veterans Memorial Pier Bay Ridge Avenue & Shore Road, Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney will visit local small businesses to highlight National Small Business Week and the vital impact these businesses have on our local economies, Lupos (a meat processing facility known for serving their famous chicken spiedies), 1219 Campville Rd., Endicott.

At 11 a.m., the Assembly Health Committee holds a public hearing on medical aid in dying, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Bill Larkin will be holding a press conference to announce his re-election intentions, Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 S. William St., Newburgh.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and Democratic state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos will join with local pre-school parents to make an announcement on the effects of late subways in Queens, A Child’s Place, 32-20 108th St., East Elmhurst, Queens.

At 11:45 a.m., Cuomo will make his second announcement of the day, Taughannock Aviation Corporation, 66 Brown Road, Ithaca.

At noon, the New York State Nurses Association will formally endorse Sen. Marisol Alcantara for re-election, in front of New York Presbyterian Hospital, 168th and Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Hunger Action of NYS, Citizen Action of NY, NYS Council of Churches and others hold a “pray in” outside Rep. John Faso’s Kingston office to protest his support of SNAP cuts, 721 Broadway.

At 12:30 p.m., Crowley, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, New York City Councilman Mark Gjonaj and others announce legislation to help student veterans find affordable housing, Bronx Victory Memorial, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx.

At 4 p.m., state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, state Sen. Luis Sepulveda, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and others hear testimony from CUNY students, Bronx Community College, Nichols Hall, Room 104, 2155 University Ave., Bronx.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Charter Revision Commission holds a public hearing soliciting input from New Yorkers on how best to improve the efficiency of local government and strengthen democracy, Queen Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will give remarks at the “Made in NYC” 15th Anniversary event, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 15th Floor, 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Assemblywoman Diana Richardson holds a Vital Brooklyn meeting, P.S. 92, 601 Parkside Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will discuss LGBTQ and women’s rights at the Spring Fever Annual Celebration Women’s Health Program at Callen-Lorde, Project Farmhouse, 76 E 13th Street, New York City.


President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer for $130,000 in hush money paid to a porn actress days before the 2016 presidential election, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, said Wednesday, appearing to contradict the president’s past claims that he didn’t know the source of the money.

The acknowledgement came within the friendly confines of an interview with Sean Hannity, veering off a script in which Giuliani was otherwise criticizing the Russian investigation.

Trump lawyer Ty Cobb is leaving the president’s legal team and is being replaced by Emmet Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

The various shakeups of Trump’s legal team suggest the gloves may be coming off in its dealings with Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation.

With the prospect of taking back the House of Representatives, many House Democrats are calling for a newer, younger, leadership team, though it appears Nancy Pelosi continues to have the support to remain Democratic leader.

The Iraqi artifacts that had been illegally purchased by Hobby Lobby are returning to their original location.

Citing security concerns, the U.S. is weighing new restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies.

A former lobbyist sought to organize a trip to Australia for the increasingly embattled EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt.

A barrier has been broken at the MTA: For the first time, a woman is in charge of the country’s largest subway system.

A new poll in the race for governor shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo holding a double-digit margin over rival Cynthia Nixon — but it’s the smallest margin he’s held so far in any survey this year.

Among “very liberal” voters Nixon is beating Cuomo by double-digit percentage points.

A national progressive group founded by Howard Dean after his presidential campaign has endorsed Nixon over Cuomo.

Prosecutors in the trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called a surprise witness in the case, leading to a series of objections from the defense.

The founders of a Manhattan law firm that paid Silver millions of dollars testified that they never expected the speaker to leverage his powerful position in the Assembly to refer clients.

In the heated Republican primary on Staten Island, Rep. Dan Donovan and ex-Rep. Michael Grimm are debating who did more to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is investing more than $5 million as the city fights sexual harassment in city schools.

After weeks of rumors, Long Island Republican Tom Croci made it official: He will be deploying with the U.S. Navy and will not seek a third term.

Croci is the fourth Senate Republican to announce in recent days he will not seek re-election to the Senate this year.

Longtime Republican Sen. Bill Larkin today is expected to announce he will not seek another two-year term in the Senate, making him the latest GOP lawmaker to announce his retirement plans.

Former Gov. George Pataki is on the guest list for a New York City goodbye party for Richard Grenell, who has been appointed the ambassador to Germany.

The Constitution Pipeline project has been dealt another blow — this time by the nation’s highest court.

As Gov. Cuomo joins the push to ban plastic bags in New York State, a local environmental advocate is moving forward with a cause of her own: taking on plastic straws.

This week, the Erie County Democratic Town Chairs Association adopted a resolution calling on the Western New York Delegation in the state Senate and Assembly to pass legislation invalidating the Wilson-Pakula Act of 1947.

Gun manufacturer Remington is expected to end its bankruptcy proceeding, emerging under new ownership.

Imagine taking Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Niagara Falls. Now imagine taking the same rail service up to Toronto.

Xerox officials announced late Tuesday night that Jeff Jacobson is out as CEO, and the pending deal to merge part of the business with Fujifilm will either be restructured, or dumped entirely.

Amazon has begun the hiring process for its first ever distribution center in the Rochester region.

Local farmers on Wednesday discussed their concerns with the direction of the dairy industry with Rep. Claudia Tenney.

The longstanding tradition of family farms being passed from generation to generation is changing, and despite what seems like an endless supply of farmland, young farmers don’t have an easy task.

The Boy Scouts of America organization is changing the name of their flagship program to make it more inclusive for girls. Starting next year, the boy scout program created for boys 11 to 17, will be called Scouts: BSA and girls will be allowed to join their troops.

Republicans in the state Senate are being urged to hold a hearing on the Child Victims Act, which passed the Democratic-controlled Assembly earlier this week.

The Assembly has approved legislation that delinks state-based examinations from teacher and principal performance reviews — a key issue for the state’s teachers union.

A shakeup in the front office of the Buffalo Bills could result in the team ending its summer training camp in Rochester.

Beekeepers in New York fret the impact of climate change on honeybees in the state and around the country and want something done about it.