Voters across the state will be casting their ballots in primaries today. Top contests include: Democratic battles for governor, state attorney general and a handful of state Senate seats.

Due to the anniversary of 9/11 and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, state lawmakers moved the primary date from Tuesday to today. It’s only the third time since the terrorist attacks that primary voting has been rescheduled to avoid coinciding with the anniversary date.

It’s expected that turnout, which historically has already been low in so-called “off” year primaries (not presidential years), will be further skewed downward due to the change. But insurgent candidates are hoping they have motivated a new wave of voters to go to the polls.

A few reminders:

These primaries are closed, with the except of the Reform Party contests, at the decision of party leaders. As a result, you must be an enrolled party member to participate.

The polls open at 6 a.m. if you live in New York City, on Long Island or in the following counties: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange or Erie.

The polls open at noon if you live in one of the 49 other counties in the state.

The primary elections are only for state and local offices. The congressional primaries were in June, thanks to the fact that the state Legislature has been unable to agree on a date on which both state and federal contests would be held simultaneously.

Polls show Gov. Andrew Cuomo with a solid lead over his challenger, actress/activist Cynthia Nixon, but veteran political observers note that primary surveys often prove unreliable due to unpredictable turnout – this year complicated by an unfamiliar election date.

As a result, both candidates burned up the campaign trail yesterday during final appearances in the New York City area, where the vast majority of Democratic primary votes are expected to be cast.

Cuomo has not yet released his schedule for the day. And, given yesterday’s approach of holding GOTV rallies about which reporters were not informed, it’s unclear whether his office will be informing us until the very last minute – if then – of his plans.

It’s pretty unusual not to know where a candidate, especially a high-profile statewide candidate, will be delivering his acceptance and/or concession speech.

We do know that LG Kathy Hochul will be home in WNY, campaigning throughout the day and watching the returns come in.

Here are some – but hardly all – of the events scheduled today…I generally did not include information about where and when all the candidates are voting, (there are simply too many of them), and their many, many last-minute campaign stops planned as voters head to the polls.

At 8 a.m., New York Nonprofit Media holds its Nonprofit Checkup conference to discuss good management, efficient operations, fundraising and effective programs, systems and technology, Hebrew Union College, 1 W. Fourth St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Félix W. Ortiz escorts a delegation of German legislators for a tour of Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board meets, Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Board Room, 12th Floor, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., after voting this morning with his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at at the launch of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus “Come Together NYC” Residency, City Hall Plaza, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., the executive committee of the SUNY board of trustees meets, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W. 27th St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer will make an announcement on pension fund investments, 31 Chambers St., 6th Floor, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio greets residents, 96th Street & Broadway subway station, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., local faith leaders and climate activists hold a “Calling on Cuomo” climate protest, Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, 605 Milltown Road, Mount Kisco.

At 8 p.m., the state Democratic Committee hosts its primary night party, The Ainsworth, 45 E. 33rd St., Manhattan.

At 9 p.m., Cynthia Nixon, Jumaane Williams, Zephyr Teachout and the Working Families Party host an election night watch party, Cafe Omar, 1744 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.


Hurricane Florence weakened on its course to the U.S. East Coast, but is still big enough to deliver a rainy punch and threaten a huge swath of the Carolinas coastline.

If responding to the destruction from Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico was especially challenging, Florence presents more manageable logistics for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The foreign-born population in the United States has reached its highest share since 1910, according to 2017 Census data, and the new arrivals are more likely to come from Asia and to have college degrees than those who arrived in past decades.

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded.

In a recent notice sent to Congress, the Trump administration said it intended to take $20 million in foreign assistance funds and use it to help Mexico pay plane and bus fare to deport as many as 17,000 people who are in that country illegally.

The FDA declared that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached “an epidemic proportion,” and it put makers of the most popular devices on notice that they have just 60 days to prove they can keep their devices away from minors.

Presidential son Eric Trump, though unsure how many firefighters died on 9/11, is certain that invoking the terrorist attacks is politically incorrect.

Eric Trump accused Bob Woodward of writing a sensational book to “make three extra shekels,” prompting the Watergate journalist to say “talk like that…it sets us back.”

After CBS fired “60 Minutes” producer Jeff Fager, he claimed that it was for sending a “harsh” text to a CBS reporter who was covering the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. The reporter who received the message has revealed its contents.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has finally given an explanation as to why he “turned his back” on the father of a dead Parkland student during his confirmation hearing last week, saying he “unfortunately” assumed the man was a protestor.

With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet today with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians.

The long and often bitter battle between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his untested challenger, Cynthia Nixon, staggered toward today’s finish line, with each side emptying its arsenal of attack lines amid a fusillade of bad press for the governor.

Nixon tried to wrap herself in the mantle of political sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the eve of the primary, while Cuomo struggled to institute a media blackout following days of bad press, holding a series of rallies that were closed to reporters.

Hundreds attended a rally in Manhattan night in support of candidates Nixon, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is challenging LG Kathy Hochul, and Zephyr Teachout, one of four Democratic state AG candidates.

The state Democratic Party mailer that sought to link Nixon to anti-Semitism was drafted and approved by Cuomo’s closest advisers – though the governor has insisted he knew nothing about it – including former top aide Larry Schwartz, sources told The NY Post.

Schwartz, the former secretary to the governor, inadvertently signed off on the flier after its language was drafted by David Lobl, a former special assistant to the governor who was volunteering with the re-election campaign, the Cuomo campaign said.

Schwartz told the NYT he was very upset about the mailer, noting he himself is Jewish, and saying: “I would have never approved that mailer to go out had I seen it in its totality. It was totally inappropriate.”

“Larry Schwartz who serves on our campaign in a volunteer capacity was reviewing mail pieces in an ad hoc fashion, but he only saw the positive section of the mailer and never saw the negative section,” said Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith. “Had he seen it, it would have never gone out.”

Nixon’s campaign spokeswoman responded: “That would mean Larry Schwartz is smart enough to rise to the most senior post in New York State government, but not smart enough to turn over a piece of paper. It’s a lie. It’s incredible. They just can’t stop lying.”

“Heads need to roll,” NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who has endorsed Cuomo, said during a rally at which Jewish elected officials denounced the mailer. “It’s unacceptable, despicable. It’s pitting communities against one another. (It’s) lying about an individual. This is the dark underbelly and worst side of politics.”

According to a spokesman, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand thinks the mailer was “disgraceful and there’s no excuse for it.” This was the response to a statement released hours earlier by Nixon political consultant Rebecca Katz, who called on prominent Democrats backing Cuomo to condemn the campaign literature.

A top official at one of the state’s biggest unions will file a complaint with the state’s ethics watchdog after the political consulting firm running Nixon’s campaign failed to report it lobbied for a Koch-brothers-backed company.

Queens-born rap star Nicki Minaj tweeted to her 20 million followers that voters in New York, especially NYCHA residents, should cast their vote for the incumbent governor today.

Teachout made a thinly-veiled request on Twitter for support to rapper Cardi B, who is the midst of a bitter feud with Minaj.

LG Kathy Hochul closed out her primary bid with an online ad of support from Hillary Clinton.

At least two candidates for state office – Queens state Senate insurgent Democrat Jessica Ramos and Long Island Assembly candidate Taylor Raynor – have been smeared by last-minute dirty tricks.

Local Republicans, facing a looming deadline to act, increasingly are focusing on a post in Clarence as the electoral landing spot for WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins, sources told The Buffalo News.

New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female will be able to change their birth certificates and select a third option — X — under a bill passed by the NYC Council and expected to be signed into law by de Blasio.

The de Blasio administration filed a lawsuit against the owners of seven buildings it claims are preying on tourists by operating unsafe, illegal hotels through Airbnb and other online services.

Cuomo’s administration is pushing back against reports that federal prosecutors have asked state officials — who met with Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, on Tuesday — to avoid interfering with ongoing federal investigations.

The brother of one-time Cuomo aide Carey Gabay confronted the men tried for his kin’s 2015 killing with personal childhood photographs during their sentencing, saying: “I want you to see what you took.”

As NYC’s yellow school bus delays and no-shows dragged on, parents complained of difficulty reaching school officials or bus company staffers who could help.

A number of NYPD cops have been busted for their alleged involvement in a prostitution and gambling ring.

The number of visitors to New York City has broken records every year since 2010, and the economy is steaming ahead. But business is not thriving at the four concessions in New York City operated by the Trump Organization: a golf course, a carousel and two ice skating rinks.

A judge presiding over sex assault lawsuits against Harvey Weinstein took a rather flippant view in summing up the disgraced former Hollywood producer’s practices in court.

A brick retaining wall at a construction site in Brooklyn collapsed, and one worker is feared dead, the police said.

An attorney for the helicopter company whose “doors off” tourist flight crashed into the East River last spring, killing all four passengers, says one of the victims was responsible for his own death.

The Queens principal removed from his post after costing taxpayers $830,000 in lawsuit settlements is suing for reinstatement — saying the city made “nuisance” payouts to quickly dispense with the claims before even verifying if they were true.

Republican NY-19 Rep. John Faso is in a tough fight with Democrat Antonio Delgado to secure a second term, according to a new poll.

In New York state, it often costs more to buy something using a credit card than it does using cash or check — though you might not know it. Depending on the outcome of a case that went before the state’s highest court yesterday, that could change.

The city of Syracuse is one of the 10 poorest places in the United States, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Its estimated 2017 poverty rate tied for 9th place with Bloomington, Indiana and Dearborn, Michigan.

In preparing to open their 46th season in Orchard Park this weekend, the Buffalo Bills are setting their sights on longer-term plans in determining whether to renovate their existing facility or build a new one. Discussions won’t begin until after the governor’s race is settled in the November general election.

Charter Spectrum received an extension from regulators to come up with a plan to exit New York amid an ongoing fight over its ability to expand internet services across the state.

Watertown-based manufacturer Car-Freshner is suing Bob Ross Inc. after the late TV show host and painter’s namesake company began selling its own “Little Tree” air fresheners.

Buffalo Police Department officials believe an officer had no choice early yesterday but to shoot a man carrying a gun and refusing commands to drop the weapon. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the state AG’s has declined to get involved in the case, leaving it to the locals to investigate.

An architect at the University at Buffalo has been charged with six felony counts for allegedly claiming he was at his job when he was working somewhere else, state Inspector General Catherine Leahy-Scott and Flynn announced.

A senior buildings and grounds employee for the Town of Hamburg who has extensive political and community connections is accused of stealing town property for personal use, months after he avoided losing his job over charges of workplace misconduct, Town Supervisor James Shaw said.

A former CNY school bus dispatcher is suing the district, alleging she was discriminated against at work because she is disabled and transgender, according to a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court.

A Buffalo Diocese priest who serves as the bishop’s secretary told parishioners at a Mass this past weekend that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, according to one worshiper.

A University at Buffalo student was one of the victims in what the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office described as a double homicide Sunday night in the hamlet of Hamlin.

Four days after Troy police officer Dominick Comitale was charged with hitting a man on a Little League field, another entry in a long string of complaints about his behavior came to light.

Stung by what they perceive as a lack of institutional support for the chair umpire who gave Serena Williams a game penalty late in the U.S. Open women’s final, which set off a firestorm of criticism, other umpires are reportedly discussing the possibility of boycotting her matches.

A Renoir painting of two women in a garden — plundered from its Jewish owner in 1941, during the Nazi occupation of Paris — was returned to the French woman who is the owner’s last living heir.