A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by LGJustin Fairfax of Virginia, intensifying the weeklong political crisis in the state and leading top fellow Democrats to call for him to resign.

Fairfax has denied both accusations and vowed he would not resign. “I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations,” he said. “Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth.”

Coalescing scandals have engulfed Virginia’s leaders, plunging the state into political free fall. If the governor, LG and AG are all forced from office, Kirk Cox, the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, would become governor. “I have never been in blackface, unequivocal,” Cox has said.

Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general, told Congress on Friday that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation” into Russia’s 2016 election-manipulation operation since Trump installed him atop the Justice Department.

Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, the acting AG repeatedly clashed with Dems who wanted him to tell them what assurances he may have given Trump before he was handpicked to replace Jeff Sessions and what role he has played while overseeing Mueller’s inquiry.

Rudy Giuliani said Trump’s legal team should be given the chance to “correct” Mueller’s investigation before it’s released to Congress or the public.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the owner of The Washington Post, has risked significant personal embarrassment in taking on American Media Inc., the company that owns The National Enquirer, which last month devoted 11 pages to the tale of his extramarital affair, but is willing to get dirty in the pursuit of victory.

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders would begin a 2020 presidential bid with 2.1 million online donors, a massive lead among low-dollar contributors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts formally announced her 2020 presidential bid Saturday, calling for “fundamental change” on behalf of working people and arguing that Trump is “just the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America.”

Hours after Warren’s announcement, Trump weighed in on his newest campaign opponent, appearing to make a joke with reference to the Trail of Tears.

New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took her 2020 presidential campaign to South Carolina, where she touted her roots in “red” upstate, saying: “People there feel left behind. They don’t feel like anyone had their back.”

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg assailed Trump as “xenophobic” and called his family separation policy “un-American” during a Friday night Miami speech that sounded like a warmup for a 2020 presidential bid.

Also joining the 2020 field: Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview Friday that she was assaulted in a Maryland restaurant last year by a woman while Conway’s middle school-age daughter looked on and videotaped the altercation.

Several politicians and community leaders who oppose the deal say they’re skeptical that Amazon and its political supporters — chiefly, Cuomo and de Blasio — are floating the threat of Amazon leaving as a tactic to pressure opponents into backing down.

Company executives did not share their reported concerns with the Democratic majority leader of the state Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, when they met with her on Tuesday. The executives gave no indication that they were changing their plans to come to New York City, according to a person who was briefed on the meeting.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to celebrate the potential demise of the Amazon deal, saying: “Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations? Yes, they can.”

Now that Amazon has an uncertain future in Queens, the other cities in contention for the coveted HQ2 facility are primed to jump back into action. But, it appears Broome County isn’t going down without a fight.

A city council member from a Dallas suburb took aim at Ocasio-Cortez on his personal Twitter account, calling her a “bimbo,” before quickly backtracking and apologizing.

Ocasio-Cortez is prepared for the possibility that Democrats in New York could redraw her district after the 2020 election, she told The Intercept in an interview.

The freshman congresswoman and her aides are rushing to clarify details of her recently proposed Green New Deal (GND) after an FAQ sheet it released sparked an uproar.

Cuomo claims the state Senate is pushing to pass a new tax on millionaires — an assertion immediately denounced as “fake news” by the Democrats who control the legislative body.

The NY Daily News sides with Cuomo in the Amazon fight, saying: “Political opportunists are ready to sacrifice opportunity for the next generation to curry favor with the far left of their party. Shame on them.”

Bronx Democratic NYC Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. said he was treated as an outsider by the chamber because it’s “controlled by the homosexual community.” Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is gay, called on Diaz to apologize to his colleagues and the “entire LGBTQ community.”

Diaz Sr. is refusing to apologize for his comments, even as his own son, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., joined the call for him to do so, insisting: “I am speaking the truth and the victim here is me.”

This is a fight that goes back years over Senate Democratic claims that Cuomo helped Republicans keep control of the Senate until last year when it served his own political interests to have the Democrats take over the 63-member chamber.

Prosecutors initially included a charge of abortion against the Queens man arrested Friday in his pregnant girlfriend’s murder — but rescinded it because of Cuomo’s new Reproductive Health Act.

A hedge fund billionaire with an estimated net worth of $10 billion, bought a $238 million apartment on Central Park South – a record purchase that has reignited the push for a so-called pied-à-terre tax in New York has languished in the state Legislature for five years.

A record number of New Yorkers obtained health coverage through the state-based health exchange during the most recent open enrollment period, defying a national trend of enrollment declines on the Obamacare marketplace.

Former top gubernatorial aide Joe Percoco and Syracuse developer Steven Aiello must report to federal prison in less than three weeks to begin serving sentences for their roles in pay-to-play corruption schemes.

Disgraced NYC labor leader Norman Seabrook was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for funneling $20 million in union funds into a bad investment in exchange for bribes.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said he’ll propose keeping the county property tax flat for two years if the state OKs a 1 percent hike local sales taxes.

State police arrested 139 people and issued 7,891 tickets during a statewide impaired driving crackdown over Super Bowl weekend.

The NYT takes a deep dive into the fire and subsequent power outage at the Brooklyn jail, where electricity and heat had been faltering for weeks, but complaints were ignored until a crisis trapped inmates in cold, dark cells.

Negotiations to create a fund to compensate women who accused Harvey Weinstein of unwanted sexual conduct reached an impasse when lawyers representing alleged victims of the former Hollywood producer withdrew from the talks.

If Cuomo is serious about congestion pricing, the NYT says, his plan “needs to guarantee that legislation would explicitly dedicate an overwhelming majority of the revenue to the subway system.”

The average monthly Long Island Rail Road ticket will have doubled in price over 20 years under the MTA’s latest proposed fare hike — far outpacing inflation and income growth in Nassau and Suffolk counties over the same period, according to a Newsday analysis.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio made his fifth trip to the tiny town of Eastport, Maine, home of his 92-year-old aunt Jean Wilhelm, since he took office.

De Blasio made a $100 million promise to give health care to all of New York’s uninsured — but his plan leaves the entire borough of Staten Island out in the cold, critics say.

The mayor’s assertion that he was unaware of the shady history of two landlords doing business with the city for “cluster-site” homeless units strains the truth, critics tell the Daily News.

Labor leaders and advocates in New York are optimistic that a bill punishing companies for shipping call-center jobs overseas is on track to become law.

The overwhelming majority of 911 calls to the FDNY in 2018 fell squarely on the backs of the department’s Emergency Medical Services units, according to new data obtained by the Daily News.

Federal security officers caught 14 handguns last year at checkpoints in four upstate New York airports. That’s a decrease of two from the previous year.

Staffers at the NYC Council were asked to fill out a questionnaire about whether they experienced or witnessed harassment or discrimination on the job — made using a free online survey website.

A horse carriage driver fighting de Blasio’s plans to corral the animals inside Central Park took an odd tack in court Friday — calling as a witness a Cheyenne Nation chief in full Native American regalia.

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo of the Bronx will co-chair historic sexual harassment hearings scheduled to be held in Albany next week, despite a socially conservative voting record that has caught the attention of some critics.

Cuomo wants to spend an additional $40 million for pedestrian bridges and a medical research center at the Nassau Hub, giving momentum to the latest redevelopment plan for the parking lots that surround the Coliseum.

The dean of CUNY’s School of Medicine has quit over a funding dispute that he contends jeopardizes the longterm health of the program.

Tough-talking attorney Joseph Tacopina was busted at JFK when he tried to pass through security with brass knuckles — and he later claimed to The NY Post it was merely a “paperweight.”

A Post analysis of DOH data reveals that nearly 2,500 day-care centers, preschools and camps in New York City have been cited for dangerous violations in the last three years — some dozens of times.

Buffalo businessman Louis P. Ciminelli stands to lose $7.6 million in proceeds from the Buffalo Billion project that led to his fraud and conspiracy conviction.

Bob McCarthy writes about how the voting reform measures passed in Albany have accelerated the local political calendar in WNY.

Fifty lives ended a decade ago Tuesday when the exhausted, under-trained pilots of Continental Connection Flight 3407 blundered their way through an emergency and crashed their plane into a home in Clarence. But on that very same day – Feb. 12, 2009 – a new era of aviation safety began.

The Buffalo-Niagara region came in third to last in a new study that measures the economic freedom of major metropolitan areas across the country.

When Ulster County Executive Michael Hein takes his new position in state government on Monday, the countdown clock will begin ticking for a special election for voters to elect his replacement. There seems to be some confusion, however, about who is responsible to set the date for that election.

In a groundbreaking agreement Friday, the commercial producers who finance Broadway’s big hits have agreed to give a percentage of profits to performers who help develop successful shows.

The city has issued tens of thousands of tickets for drivers running red lights throughout Albany, with businesses that maintain large vehicle fleets racking up the most since cameras were installed at various intersections in 2016.

Democrat Adam Bello officially announced his candidacy for Monroe County Executive in front of a packed audience at Workers United Hall in Rochester. He has been Monroe County Clerk since 2016 when Cuomo chose him to fill the seat vacated by the current executive, Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, after she won the election.

State wildlife officials again took to the air to find moose living in the wilds of the snowbound Adirondacks.

What can be done to improve snowmobiling in Herkimer County? That’s the question the Ilion Snowdrifters Club hopes to answer by creating a comprehensive plan for the local trail system.

Buckingham Palace says 97-year-old Prince Philip has decided to stop driving, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured.