Former VP Joe Biden is officially in the race for president. His long-awaited answer to the biggest political question in the country the past few months ended today, making him one of 20 Democrats vying to become the party’s 2020 presidential nominee.

In a three-and-a-half minute video laying out his reasons for running, Biden chose not to talk about policy issues or his biography but instead began by recalling the white supremacist march through Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 and a counter-protest, and Trump’s comment that there were “very fine people on both sides.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has raised millions of dollars during his campaigns over the years, has indicated to associates in recent days that he will be opening his vast and powerful fundraising network exclusively to Biden.

Biden pondered running for president in 2016, but then-President Barack Obama talked his own VP out of it, having already decided he preferred Hillary Clinton as his would-be successor.

Obama does not plan to endorse in the 2020 race, and Biden insists he actually asked the former president not to pick a favorite, because “whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”

Biden called Anita Hill earlier this month to express his regret over “what she endured” testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings that put a spotlight on sexual harassment of women. But she said she left the conversation feeling deeply unsatisfied and declined to characterize his words to her as an apology.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leaped headfirst into the contentious debate about whether prison inmates — including murderous terrorists — should have the right to vote.

Two months after Amazon — the world’s largest bookseller — announced it was bailing on a lease in Queens’ tallest skyscraper, a local library branch in the same building could be facing its final chapter.

New York City’s bill for charter school rent is expected to jump significantly this year, education department officials confirmed. The total cost is projected to reach $80 million this fiscal year, up from $52 million last year — a 54 percent increase.

A scaffolding firm that has worked on the roof of Notre-Dame said some of its workers had smoked on the site, but ruled out that a cigarette butt might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral’s oak-framed roof last week.

The salad chain Sweetgreen said that it would start accepting legal tender, amid a growing backlash to “cashless” stores around the country. The move came on the heels of Amazon Go’s confirmation this month that it, too, would begin taking cash.

New York is backing California’s stricter auto emission standards as that state sues the Trump administration to block its roll-back of tighter standards for the coming decade.

A Massachusetts judge and a former court officer are facing federal charges for allegedly helping a defendant in a Newton, Mass., courtroom avoid arrest by an immigration officer last year.

Con Edison announced an agreement with a pipeline operator to provide additional natural gas to the utility’s Westchester County service area that could end Westchester’s natural-gas moratorium, but not for four years.

Noah D. Genel, the acting head of the NYC Business Integrity Commission, has landed the job on a permanent basis.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year capital budget is near a record-breaking $117 billion, up from a projection of $104 billion when he released a preliminary plan in February.

Nauman Hussain first thought he was the victim of a crank call when State Police Investigator Erika Hock called his cell phone on Oct. 6 to tell him one of his limousines had just been involved in a crash.

New York would become one of just a small handful of states that require gun owners with a minor in the house to lock up their weapons if the governor signs into law a bill passed by the state Legislature. It has not yet been delivered to him, and his office says he’ll review it.

Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the world, according to Gallup’s annual Global Emotions report.

Long Island Republican Rep. Peter King said he is prepared to fight a possible free speech lawsuit threatened by a civil liberties group on behalf of about 70 Facebook users who have been blocked from posting on the congressman’s campaign page.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office maintains a database of information, such as instances of police misconduct and false statements, that could taint an NYPD officer’s credibility and jeopardize a prosecutor’s case. Three Queens DA candidates say it’s time to make that database public.

Woodstock co-founder and 50th anniversary festival organizer Michael Lang says tickets for Woodstock 50 will cost $450, which appears to be for three-day passes, as he said earlier this month that no single-day tickets will be available.

Half of all pregnant women who experience depression do not get any treatment, and some may turn to alcohol, marijuana, and opioids to self-medicate, a study of national data found.