Happy summer solstice.

The 2018 legislative session is over, with the Assembly gaveling out and departing before midnight last night, and the Senate sticking around a while longer (into this morning), without getting much done.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events announced as of yet.

President Donald Trump this morning holds a cabinet meeting, and then participates in a working lunch with governors. In the afternoon, Trump will meet separately with the secretary of state and the secretary of defense.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Tornillo, Texas, where he is scheduled to visit the Tornillo Migrant Children’s Facility and then hold media availability with the United States Conference of Mayors. He is scheduled to return to NYC this evening.

At 8:30 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will be a guest on 1480 WLEA News.

At 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza delivers remarks at 3-K stepping-up ceremony and makes an announcement, PS 277, 519 St Ann’s Ave., the Bronx.

At 9:30 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on WNBF News Radio 1290.

At 10 a.m., Regent Catherine Collins will address the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2018 from the Westminster Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave., Buffalo.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights state investment in the life sciences at the grand opening of the JLABS@NYC Incubator, New York Genome Center, 101 6th Ave., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., leaders announce the launch of the Our Jobs Our Future campaign to push de Blasio to pursue a more equitable approach to job creation and economic development that prioritizes the needs of low-income New Yorkers, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Mark Dunlea, the Green Party candidate for state comptroller, announces his candidacy, Buffalo Freedom Wall, corner of Ferry Street and Michigan Avenue, Buffalo.

At 11:45 a.m., Hochul recognizes nontraditional employment for women at their Equity Leadership Awards Luncheon, Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal and others rally in support of Intro. 936, legislation introduced to ban plastic straws and stirrers in New York City’s eating and drinking establishments, City Hall Park, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host his annual Caribbean Heritage Celebration at R & J Banquet Hall, recognizing the vibrant history and culture of the Caribbean and Caribbean-American community, 1554 Minford Pl., the Bronx.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Charter Revision Commission holds a civic engagement and independent redistricting meeting, New York University, D’Agostino Hall, 108 W. Third St., Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Hochul makes a clean energy announcement, Queens College, James Muyskens Conference Room, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

Also at 1 p.m., NYSERDA and other state officials will make a major clean energy announcement in support of Cuomo’s clean energy goal of 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewables by 2030, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

At 4 p.m., NYC Councilman Andy King is the keynote speaker at the commencement exercises of the North Bronx School of Empowerment, Lehman High School, 3000 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx.

Also at 4 p.m., state Sen. Martin Golden hosts his annual teacher of the year ceremony, Fort Hamilton High School, 8301 Shore Front Road, Brooklyn.

At 5 p.m., the NYC Rent Guidelines Board holds a public hearing, Oberia D. Dempsey Service Center, 127 W. 127th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio and local leaders join the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Brooklyn to cut the ribbon for Il Centro, the first Italian community and cultural center in the city, 8711 18th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., Carranza attends a school diversity advisory group town hall meeting, Frederick Douglass Academy, 2581 7th Ave., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the LGBTQ Pride Month Reception at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., NYC Councilman Chaim Deutsch inducts officers and holds a panel discussion on finding community activists at a Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association meeting, Carmine Carro Community Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn.


State lawmakers departed for the summer without getting deals on: Sports betting, revenge porn, gun control (the governor’s red flag bill), decoupling student test scores from teacher performance evaluations, reauthorizing the NYC speed cameras program, the Child Victims Act, ethics reform and much more.

Just shy of 10 p.m., lawmakers said they threw in the towel on the bigger issues, agreed to approve a series of local jurisdiction and tax-renewal bills and call it a year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not appear in the halls of the state Capitol, or even hold an end-of-session Red Room press conference with reporters, preferring instead to sit for a series of TV interviews on the Trump administration’s zero tolerance border policy that separated children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

One bill approved by both houses last night: A measure to permit Buffalo to go after slumlords who fail to keep up their properties or fix safety violations.

Lawmakers also gave final approval to a bill that renews and bolsters the state’s expiring ticket-scalping law, another to allow the Cuomo administration to begin work on a rail link to LaGuardia Airport and a third that expands New York’s paid family leave program to cover bereavement.

Also approved: Allowing medical marijuana to be used as an alternative to opioid-based pain medication and creation of a commission to investigate prosecutorial misconduct.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie delivered a tearful goodbye to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who is the frontrunner in the race for the late Rep. Louise Slaughter’s House seat, and presumably won’t be returning to the Capitol.

New York state sued 3M Co. and five other companies to recover the cost of cleaning up environmental contamination caused by toxic chemicals in firefighting foam that they manufactured.

President Trump caved to enormous political pressure and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and children together for an indefinite period, but the order does nothing to reunite the more than 2,300 kids who have already been removed from their parents’ care.

Since the administration has concluded that it can detain families together for up to 20 days under the existing rules, the start of the revised policy may turn on how much family-style detention space is available and how many new families are apprehended.

Shortly after signing the executive order, Trump pledged at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota that his administration would be “just as tough” on immigration as before. He said of other countries: “They’re not sending their finest. We’re sending them the hell back. That’s what we’re doing.”

Migrant children, traumatized from being detained under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, are being forcibly injected with powerful psychotropic drugs that can lead to movement disorders, cause obesity, and have other long-lasting, harmful effects, according to new legal filings.

Immigrant children locked up at a Virginia center say they were beaten, left naked in cells and strapped to chairs by guards. Around 30 unaccompanied minors are being held at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center and have suffered from an abusive atmosphere, according to a federal court case filed on behalf of an unidentified undocumented 17-year-old boy from Mexico.

More than 450 child immigrants who arrived in New York as unaccompanied minors after crossing the border have been detained by ICE between last October and March — many for no reason other than they turned 18.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the federal government would not tell city officials exactly how many children were sent to New York or where they were being housed. The office of Cuomo said the state also did not know the exact number.

Dozens of seemingly scared and confused kids were seen yesterday afternoon being hustled out of the Harlem foster care agency that’s looking after migrant children who’ve been separated from their parents.

Cuomo maintains New York’s facilities where immigrant children are being housed “are a testament to the love and compassion of our residents, providing high-quality care and homelike settings that contrast with the terrifying tent city and refurbished Walmart being used to house detainees along the border.” But he also says kids should not be separated from their parents in the first place.

Dozens gathered last night at LaGuardia Airport to support separated immigrant children. Activists urged supporters via social media to come witness the arrival of children, whom they believed had been separated from their families, though that it was not immediately clear that was true.

The protesters held signs at security gates that read “Bienvenidos a New York,” and “Te amamos.” And they sang protest songs like “We Shall Overcome,” in English and Spanish, that reverberated through the otherwise largely empty airport.

A group of seven boys, who appeared to be unaccompanied migrant children, arrived at the airport from Texas.

Cuomo said the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that has separated thousands of kids from their parents on the southern border “has been one of the really ugly stains in American history.”

In the wake of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy that is splitting up families at the southern border, actress and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called for the dismantling of ICE. (Cuomo did not go that far, but has said the agency has been turned into a “political apparatus”).

The revelation this week that immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border are being held 2,000 miles away in Westchester County follows a long-standing practice, immigration advocates said.

Attorneys for the Trump administration and California’s attorney general jousted in a Sacramento courtroom over a trio of laws designed to limit the state’s involvement in enforcing federal immigration policy.

Bruce Springsteen, who has focused on his life in his hit Broadway show, turned outward last night to blast the Trump administration’s “inhumane” zero tolerance policy.

Joseph Whitehouse Hagin, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, worked in Libya with key backers of the alleged “sex cult,” NXIVM.

Trump tossed Starburst candy at German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit, according to a witness.

A federal judge issued an order formally rejecting NXIVM founder Keith Raniere’s request to be released from custody while his criminal case is pending.

The white supremacist behind last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. has applied for a permit to host a similar event – a “white civil rights” rally – across from the White House.

The White House plans to propose merging the Departments of Labor and Education as part of a broader reorganization of the federal government.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg explains why, despite the fact that he does not believe in partisanship, he has decided to spend millions of dollars to support the Democrats’ effort to re-take the House.

By siding so emphatically with one party, Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, has the potential to upend the financial dynamics of the midterm campaign, which have appeared to favor Republicans up to this point.

Cor Development’s Steven Aiello, accused of conspiring to defraud a non-profit associated with SUNY, praised the now-disgraced lobbyist Todd Howe for his work “behind the curtain.”

Former Cuomo staffer Gareth Rhodes is gaining momentum in the crowded NY-19 Democratic primary.

Michael McKee, a NYC tenant advocate, is facing a $20 million defamation lawsuit after accusing a leading real estate lobbying group, the Rent Stabilization Association, of bribing Democratic lawmakers.

Nixon has blamed Cuomo for stalling progress on transgender rights and for failing to ban gay “conversion” therapy for minors.

Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him.

Officials launched a push to put up a monument marking women’s contributions to NYC, and are asking the public to nominate women they’d like to see honored.

Prosecutors called the once-powerful former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ adult son, Adam, his “partner in crime” on the first day of their retrial on corruption charges.

The U.S. attorney’s office faces a challenge this time: a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that narrowed the definition of corruption and led judges to overturn the convictions of Skelos and another entrenched Albany figure, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Facing major funding challenges, including the need for $43 billion to modernize the city’s subway and bus systems over the next 15 years, MTA commissioners laid out plans to speed up construction and procurement methods and cut costs.

Advocates and students say they’re filing a class-action suit today against NYC over alleged discrimination against black and Latino athletes in the public school system.

New York City will provide six weeks of parental leave at full salary for all of its public school teachers under a deal announced by de Blasio, and union and school officials.

New York City is moving ahead with a desegregation plan for middle schools that has drawn an outcry from some Upper West Side parents and heightened tensions over race and equity in one of the city’s most diverse and highly segregated school districts.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office found no grounds to charge a Diocese of Buffalo priest, following a complaint from a girl that the priest had touched her inappropriately this past January. “While his conduct wasn’t criminal, I would say, to me, his conduct was creepy,” District Attorney John J. Flynn said.

A woman was injured when a chunk of the ceiling collapsed at the Borough Hall subway station in Brooklyn.

Voters in East Ramapo again rejected a 2018-19 school budget, which places a number of items, including athletics, extracurricular programs, electives and staff in jeopardy of being cut.

Duanesburg Town Justice Deanna Siegel has agreed to resign later this month after she failed to report court funds to the state Comptroller’s office and send them to the town in a timely way after repeatedly being reminded to do so, according to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

News of the resignation of the Utica fire chief, whose name is John Kelly – the same as Trump’s chief of staff – briefly sent the White House press corps into a tail spin.

One of the highest-profile Catholic cardinals in America – Theodore McCarrick, formerly a priest in New York, a bishop in New Jersey – has been found to have abused a teen decades ago and has been removed from public ministry, the Archdiocese of New York.

Spectrum Cable has rolled out a new two-part streaming service that will allow customers to cut the cable cord, getting rid of their set-top cable boxes and giving them more control over their viewing choices. But if you think this is a chance to save significant money on your Spectrum bill, you may want to think again.