U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a Senate panel he is reviewing whether federal authorities improperly spied on Donald Trump’s campaign during the early stages of its investigation into whether any of his aides participated in Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election in his favor.

“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal,” Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee, comparing the situation to the Vietnam war era, when the FBI spied on activists.

Trump’s support for shifting more power to states took a back seat to his affinity for oil and gas production as he aimed to make it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects due to environmental concerns.

Organized labor is still traumatized after the 2016 Democratic primary, when several unions endorsed Hillary Clinton early on, only to see the decision backfire when portions of their membership bolted for Bernie Sanders. And so they’re holding off endorsing a 2020 contender.

If Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is having a moment, so is his husband, 29-year-old Chasten Buttigieg.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, brother of the governor, put his Hamptons house on the market for $2.9 million recently after a fake shooting and hostage report brought cops to the home and “spooked” his wife.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lashed out today at Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, accusing him rather mundanely of a “lack of judiciousness,” and rather dramatically of “diarrhea of the mouth.”

The CDC has confirmed 587 cases of the fungus, Candida auris, in 12 states over the past few years, most of them in Chicago, New Jersey and the New York City area.

H. Carl McCall, the 83-year-old chairman of the SUNY board of trustees, has announced his retirement after nearly eight years in the appointed post.

New York’s free tuition program for its public colleges had a slight boost in enrollment in its second year. SUNY officials said they estimate between 22,000 to 25,000 students received the Excelsior Scholarship last fall at SUNY and CUNY.

A bill that would have provided free college to the children of veterans killed in action was blocked by a key Assembly committee this week, a move that effectively ends its chances of becoming law this year.

New York Housing Authority federal monitor Bart Schwartz said that Cuomo is on the verge of releasing $450 million in state funds for NYCHA boiler and elevator repairs, which Cuomo had been withholding due to concerns about management.

Hurricanes and other storm-related flooding are likely to cause $54 billion in economic damage annually, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Cuomo hasn’t even signed Buffalo’s speed camera bill into law, but city officials have already decided on the 20 speed zones where the cameras will be watching.

An effort to impose tougher drunken driving restrictions in New York is generating opposition from a national trade association representing restaurant chains and retailers.

MTA transit workers were booted from the Bedford Avenue subway station this morning as they warned commuters of potential dangers in Cuomo’s L train rehabilitation plan.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer can still get his favorite Vanilla Fribble at Friendly’s stores in Queensbury. But he’s upset and angry at the company’s unannounced closure of 14 other upstate locations, and is calling for an investigation into whether the company failed to give impacted employees adequate notice.

Nassau County plans to open a new Westbury crime lab in late June following more than a decade of critical errors that led to the closure of the old police forensic facility.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to better integrate the city’s specialized high schools next fall by admitting more students who miss the test score cutoff for entry made only small gains in adding black and Hispanic students.

A new front of disagreement between the state Senate Democrats and Cuomo has opened over for-profit colleges.

Former Suffolk Police Chief James Burke is scheduled tomorrow to finish his federal prison sentence for beating a man who stole a duffel bag from his sport utility vehicle and then taking part in an elaborate scheme to cover up the crime, records show.

The New York City Council announced its passage of legislation that will require the city Department of Correction to inform those behind bars and their lawyers when the person detained is there solely because they owe a $1 bail or some amount less than $10.

Staten Island’s district attorney and New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor (SNP) both say certain aspects of statewide bail reform could hinder drug prosecutions.

Health officials in Westchester County said measles has been confirmed in eight children who seem to have been exposed to the highly contagious disease during visits to Rockland County and Brooklyn.

This part Saturday, the centralized Global Positioning System that connects to devices and computer networks around the world underwent a long-anticipated calendar reset. Known as a rollover, the reset knocked out a major wireless communications network used by New York City agencies.