Good morning and TGIF! It’s Day 21 of the federal government shutdown.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Albany with nothing public planned.

At 8:30 a.m., state Attorney General Tish James, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone headline the annual Long Island Association State of the Region Report, Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, Long Island.

At 10:30 a.m., Assemblyman Charles Lavine and state Sen. James Gaughran announce a drive to gather food and supplies to benefit federal employees affected by the government shutdown, Sagamore Hill Historic Site, 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay.

At 11 a.m., Bellone joins with law enforcement officials to announce a program to help human and sex trafficking victims by offering tattoo removals at no cost to the victim, H. Lee Dennison Building, Media Room, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge.

At 1:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer and NuEnergen announce a “demand response” sustainability program, Yonkers Waste Water Treatment Plant, 1 Fernbrook St., Yonkers.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Council members Diana Ayala, Margaret Chin and Mark Levine, as well as Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, attend a fundraiser for public advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito, Ulysses, 95 Pearl St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli attends a reception for state Attorney General Letitia James, Nassau Community College, 1 Education Drive, Garden City.


The White House is considering diverting disaster aid to build the wall at the southern border as the federal government shutdown drags on.

President Trump at a visit to Texas continued to press the case there is a “crisis” on the border that needs to be addressed.

The president falsely claimed he never said Mexico would pay for the wall.

The Trump administration is trying to find ways of minimizing the impact of the shutdown by seeking to open some public agencies without the funding from Congress in place.

Federal workers, meanwhile, are bracing for their first missed paycheck since the government shutdown began.

Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen will testify before a House Oversight Committee panel.

The U.S. has a vulnerable electrical grid that made it an easy target for Russian hacking, The Wall Street Journal found.

Multiple people tell The Associated Press that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking at Troy as a potential headquarters for a 2020 presidential bid.

This week the executive director for the State Association of County Health Officials had an op ed published. In it she warned that while there appears to be broad support for legalization of marijuana, voters are overwhelmingly also concerned about their health. And there are a lot of health issues to consider when discussing cannabis and marijuana.

Gov. Cuomo continued to explain his #MeToo joke on Thursday as former staffers seek changes to how sexual harassment complaints are handled.

The now fully-Democratic state legislature is not dawdling when it comes to passing new legislation. In a radio interview, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he wants to make it easier for New Yorkers to cast their ballots.

Voting reform bills will kickoff what’s expected to be a busy first few weeks of the new legislative session as long-stalled proposals will get a vote.

In his sixth State of the City speech on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio returned to his ideological roots, railing against the concentration of wealth in the hands of the very few. He introduced a slew of initiatives he said will help New Yorkers catch their breath and catch a break as they struggle to live in our modern world.

Rochester’s mayor is asking for unity and empathy several days after publicly calling for a local weatherman to be fired for saying a racial slur on air.

Moody’s Investor Services has downgraded ratings for Del Lago Casino in the Finger Lakes region for the second straight year.

In Buffalo’s Theater District, you have two options for parking: pay the meter and park on the street, or choose one of several privately-owned surface parking lots — that’s where some lawmakers say you’re taking a big gamble.

Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek joined other leaders on Thursday to open a new opioid court.

It seemed like it popped up overnight: a new 12-story tower on the northern edge of downtown Buffalo. But after three years of work, 500 Pearl is almost a finished product.

The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined by the state for not carrying workers compensation insurance.

Gov. Cuomo on Thursday said he would back new ethics reforms for the Legislature, including an expansion of the state Freedom of Information Act to include the Senate and Assembly.

Cuomo will roll out his state budget proposal on Tuesday, several weeks ahead of the deadline.

Federal officials and the Schoharie district attorney are moving toward an agreement for access to the site of a limo crash last year that killed 19 people.

The Nassau County executive announced a task force will be formed to address the issue of adult-use marijuana, which is likely to be legalized this year.

Rep. Tom Suozzi will hold a seat on the key House Ways and Means Committee.

Demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge set for this weekend was postponed by weather.

This was a bit of a bummer for local restaurants that had planned specials around the demolition.