Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his years of what he called “expressions of affection” and claimed he “not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.”

Stephanie Carter, whose husband is former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, rejected claims that a 2015 photo of her and Biden shows inappropriate behavior and said the image was “misleadingly extracted” from a video.

Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor who accused Biden of giving her an “awkward kiss” in 2014, said she decided to go public because she wanted to force Democrats to confront his inappropriate behavior as the former vice president decides to run for the White House.

Biden’s spokesman Bill Russo said in a new statement that some of the photos being circulated on the internet that allegedly depict Biden inappropriately touching women and children have been mischaracterized and photoshopped, calling them “smears and forgeries.”

Magician David Blaine is being investigated by the New York Police Department for sexual assault allegations brought by two women, dating back to 1998.

The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee said it will vote on Wednesday on whether to authorize subpoenas to obtain Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, a Manhattan Democrat, wrote in the NYT: “(W)e require the report because one day, one way or another, the country will move on from President Trump. We must make it harder for future presidents to behave this way. We need a full accounting of the president’s actions to do that work.”

As he was deliberating last year over replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump told confidants he had big plans for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, saying he is “saving” her for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.

Trump is claiming the 2020 census will be “meaningless” if it doesn’t include a citizenship question.

A group of U.S. Senate Democrats will introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College this week – the latest sign that idea is picking up mainstream support in the Democratic Party.

A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, such as concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct.

Pete Buttigieg announced that his presidential campaign had raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019 – a significant sum for a mayor who was little known outside of South Bend, Ind., only a few months ago.

Democrat firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is amping up her call for the White House to address climate change – comparing the nation’s swift response to terror attacks with its slow reaction to natural disasters.

Ocasio-Cortez incorrectly asserted that Republicans amended the Constitution to stop former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt from being re-elected — even though he died in office.

“Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this morning. “Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??”

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz seized upon Ocasio-Cortez’s croissant message, but he seemed to miss her point, tweeting: “Oh the humanity! Here’s the answer: government-mandated FREE CROISSANTS FOR ALL. And we’ll just force the bakers to give all of their time for free. #SocialistLogic #AprilFools.”

Thanks to the new budget, New York law now allows voters to take up to three hours off from work to go to the polls – but there are caveats and restrictions.

Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return in the Rochester Housing Authority corruption case. He could face up to 20 years behind bars, but may face less under the plea.

Despite the state Legislature not finishing up the passage of budget bills until this morning, when the new fiscal year had begun, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is crediting them with hitting their deadline, meaning they’ll get a $10,00 pay raise next year

Cuomo will become the nation’s highest paid governor, thanks to a pay raise approved by lawmakers as part of the new state budget, with his salary raising from the current $179,000 to $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021.

The higher compensation for Cuomo – as well as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul – comes after state lawmakers and top state agencies heads were awarded hikes following the binding recommendations last year by a state-created pay study commission.

A wild rumor flying around the TV industry is that CNN chief Jeff Zucker is eyeing a run for mayor of New York City in 2021.

A federal judge has upheld the crux of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a female attorney who was fired from her job at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for her testimony in a sexual harassment investigation.

Fired Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will stand trial this week before Syracuse-based judge Gordon Cuffy after her case was deemed too hot to handle in Rochester. An appellate court agreed that Astacio’s transgressions were so widely known that she couldn’t get a fair trial in her hometown.

The plastic bag ban is coming, whether you like it or not. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he’s “very happy” that New York State banned the single-use plastic bags at grocery stores but isn’t committing yet to the idea of implementing a five-cent fee for paper bag use.

New York liberals who saw last year’s state elections as a sign that a new progressive golden age was at hand were delivered a gut punch by the passage of a budget that fell far short of their expectations.

No personal information about city of Albany workers or residents was taken during the ransomware attack that disabled some city government computers over the weekend, Mayor Kathy Sheehan said.

The first trailer has dropped for a zombie comedy filmed in the Catskills.