President Trump reportedly last week urged Kevin McAleenan, whom he was about to name as acting secretary of homeland security, to close the southwestern border despite having just said that he was delaying a decision on the step for a year.

Trump today said that his administration was “strongly” considering releasing migrants detained at the border into mostly Democratic “sanctuary cities,” suggesting that the idea should make liberals “very happy” because of their immigration policies.

Taxpayers are scrambling to make last-minute payments due to the IRS in just four days, but many of the country’s largest publicly-held corporations are doing better: They’ve reported they owe absolutely nothing on the billions of dollars in profits they earned last year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that more than 5.6 million people have enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry as organ donors, and issued a proclamation recognizing April as “donate life” month.

Niagara County will not place an additional tax on paper bags after a unanimous vote by lawmakers earlier this week.

The New Yorker takes a look at U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s stalled 2020 Democratic presidential bid through the lens of local Rensselaer County and Troy politics.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi didn’t waste any time reloading on campaign cash this year after winning New York’s most expensive race for Congress in 2018. He raised more than $450,000 for his campaign in the first quarter of 2019 – a healthy total for a House freshman who refuses to accept donations from corporate interests.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said New Yorkers are being penalized because Cuomo is out of sync with the rest of the country by blocking the implementation of natural gas pipelines that would help lower the cost of natural energy for their citizens.

A program that uses public funds to pay for unarmed security guards at private schools – including some of New York City’s most elite institutions – is on pace to cost taxpayers $22.3 million over the last three years.

St. Bonaventure University President Dennis DePerro says Bishop Richard Malone needs to step aside so the Diocese of Buffalo can begin to heal after a year of scandals related to the handling of sexual abuse.

The New York Times editorial board endorsed legalizing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

The Chinese woman arrested for illegally entering Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, was indicted on one count of lying to a federal agent and another of entering restricted property without permission — but has so far avoided an espionage charge in the case.

Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr., who recently drew fire for his inflammatory remarks about gay people, says he will run for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano to give conservatives and moderates a voice in Washington.

HUD Regional Administrator Lynne Patton was again accused of breaking the Hatch Act by displaying Trump 2020 campaign merchandise in her government office.

DePerro released a statement saying that Malone “hasn’t been transparent enough along the way for Catholics in Western New York to continue to have confidence in his leadership.”

The Buffalo Police Department is looking into what may have been fraternity hazing after a UB student was taken to the hospital overnight “with a serious medical condition,” the department reported on Twitter.

British rugby league clubs, who accepted a Canadian team in 2017, voted this week to approve new teams in New York and Ottawa beginning in 2020.

Con Edison says that it may have to limit new natural gas service in New York City if a controversial pipeline is not built, potentially expanding a moratorium in Westchester that is drawing harsh criticism.