Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events or interviews yet scheduled.

The state Legislature is in session.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin joins Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to rally supporters before a hearing regarding the lawsuit Brewer and Chin filed against the City and the developers of the site, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the SUNY Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum “Building the Empire State Trail,” University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning, 3435 Main St., Buffalo.

At 10 a.m., the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering and the Senate Standing Committee on Domestic Animal Welfare hold a public hearing to Examine the Health of Racehorses while Training and Racing, and Resources for Aftercare, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Fl., Albany.

Also at 10 a.m. – Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and Sen. James Sanders, Jr. join members of the de Blasio administration and members of the MWBE community to advocate for the reauthorization of Article 15-A and other proposed MWBE items to increase economic opportunities for the MWBE community, LOB, 3rd Fl., Terrace, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will support Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, alongside a coalition of police reform advocates as the disciplinary trial for Daniel Pantaleo resumes, and join them for a media availability to discuss the case, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York leads a rally with concerned parents, medical professionals and addiction treatment specialists to call on lawmakers to reject the sale of commercial marijuana, Assembly staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Nigro will deliver remarks at the FDNY 150th Annual Medal Day Ceremony, City Hall Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan and members of his conference will highlight “significant problems” with legislation that would provide illegal immigrants with New York driver’s licenses, Room 315, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., 10 school leaders who have been denied the opportunity to open a new NYC charter school will be joined by NYC Charter School Center CEO James Merriman, parents, and supporters from across the five boroughs to call for a lift in the arbitrary cap on charter schools, Million Dollar Staircase, Capitol, Albany.

At noon, state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and others hold a March of Dimes Lobby Day and demand passage of a bill that would eliminate non-medical exemptions to immunization, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., state Assembly members Andrew Hevesi, Harvey Epstein, and Marcos Crespo join state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi and Brian Benjamin for a press conference on a bill relating to providing support and services for unaccompanied minors with no lawful immigration status, Million Dollar Staircase, Albany.

At 1 p.m., state Assembly members Richard Gottfried, Ellen Jaffee, and other legislators are joined by advocates to call for immediate action to protect New York’s drinking water, Outside of Senate Gallery, 4th Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., state Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal is joined by students, parents and anti-vaping advocates from across the state, to call for passage of her legislation (A.47A/S.428A) to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York, Assembly staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., parents, pastors, and community leaders travel from NYC to Albany for a day of advocacy, calling on state lawmakers to increase diversity in NYC’s specialized high schools by improving educational opportunities in every community across the five boroughs, 3rd Fl., staircase across from state Senate chamber, Capitol.

At 2 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer announces new noise and flight pattern analysis program, and installation of noise monitoring device at a Chappaqua home, 17 Hamilton Dr., Chappaqua.

Also at 2 p.m., Williams will join criminal justice advocates and elected officials to discuss the Central Park Five case, and call for DA Cy Vance to investigate misconduct by the prosecution, former DA Linda Fairstein, and for Fairstein to be disbarred, 1 Centre St. Plaza, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 3 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will honor Brooklyn’s latest “Heroes of the Month,” Brooklyn Borough Hall, Rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul addresses the Women@Work Summit, Hearst Media Center, 645 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville.

At 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts the borough’s annual LGBTQ & Allies Pride Awards Ceremony, Billy’s, 856 River Ave., the Bronx.


The White House has directed two former senior West Wing officials not to cooperate with House Judiciary Committee subpoenas for documents in the panel’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, according to a letter the White House counsel sent to the committee chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler.

Republican senators sent the White House a sharp message, warning that they were opposed to President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, just hours after the president said lawmakers would be “foolish” to try to stop him.

Trump blasted U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior senator, as a “creep” in an early morning tweet after Schumer said that he believed the president was bluffing about proposed immigration-related tariffs on Mexican imports.

Trump also blasted actress Bette Midler as a “washed up psycho” in an early morning tweet after the actress shared a false quote and attributed it to the president.

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a rare interview that the meeting he had with his brother-in-law and campaign leadership in June 2016 with a Russian attorney was a “clown show.”

Trunp in a new interview sought to explain his previous remarks about Meghan Markle, saying he didn’t think the Duchess of Sussex was “nasty” but that the comments she made about him were.

Trump has said he refused a request to meet with the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, despite a request to do so from the avowed socialist, calling him “somewhat of a negative force.”

Michael Cohen, the convicted former personal lawyer to Trump, says he is making new friends in prison and enjoying time away from the spotlight, according to a person familiar with Cohen’s first few weeks there. he is not, however, too thrilled with the food behind bars.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is setting up a commission at the State Department to redefine human rights as based on what the department is describing as “natural law and natural rights.”

The Trump administration approved two nuclear technology transfers to Saudi Arabia after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Democratic lawmakers who oppose the deals.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, is expected to be transferred within the next few weeks to the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, where he will most likely be held in isolation while facing state fraud charges.

Two 2020 Democratic contenders- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former VP Joe Biden – released competing plans to combat climate change.

If you want to be a member of the national finance committee for Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, be prepared to raise up to $100,000.

Trump’s newly revealed prenuptial agreement with his second wife Marla Maples contains rules regarding their daughter Tiffany Trump — specifically on circumstances under which his child support payments for her would end early.

A former sheriff’s deputy was arrested in connection with the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the latest in a series of actions to hold police accountable for their response to an attack that left 17 people dead.

Citing the shooting in Virginia Beach in which 12 people were killed, “as well as the tragedies that happen every day across Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the General Assembly to vote on gun control bills.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has chosen a winner among the White House candidates who have proposed a climate policy proposal so far: Jay Inslee.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his endorsement of Melinda Katz for Queens District Attorney in a proxy battle with Ocasio-Cortez, who is backing an insurgent Democratic socialist candidate, Tiffany Caban, and in doing so, incorrectly referred to “Melinda” as “Melissa.”

When asked by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer to respond to a Gothamist report that NYC Transit president Andy Byford might quit in frustration, Cuomo downplayed Byford as a mere “division head” and instead used the opportunity to pivot to his own pet project: Re-jigging the MTA board.

New York lawmakers and Cuomo last year tapped their favorite slush funds for more than $500 million in pork barrel spending, and before the current session ends, the Legislature could once again jack up its favorite pork appropriations.

Hundreds of protesters frustrated by the slow movement of proposals to strengthen tenant protections in New York state yesterday blocked access to the Senate and Assembly chambers.

Sixty-one protesters pushing for an overhaul of rent laws that expire June 15 – including NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a former tenant organizer – were arrested by State Police officers for aggressively blocking the entrances, clogging the hallways and disorderly conduct.

Two of the people arrested were also charged with third-degree assault for striking the Assembly sergeant-at-arms, Wyane Jackson, according to a spokesman for the state troopers.

Assembly leaders have said they support eight of the nine rent-related bills the protestors want. The Senate leadership had stayed mostly mum until yesterday, issuing a statement backing “all nine priority housing bills” almost immediately after the protests wound down. Activists remain concerned the bills would be watered down.

The state Legislature voted to make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing.

The Assembly sponsor, Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat who owns two cats (with claws), said declawing is for pet owners who “think their furniture is more important than their cat,” adding: “It’s unnecessary, it’s painful, and it causes the cat problems. It’s just brutal.”

New York State joins several cities in banning declawing, including Los Angeles and Denver; several other states, including California, New Jersey and Massachusetts, are also considering bans, according to the Humane Society of United States, which hailed the New York bill.

The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the operation, now heads to the desk of Cuomo, (a dog owner), whose representatives said he will review the bill before deciding if he will sign it.

Time is running out for state lawmakers to act on a bill that would end non-medical exemptions to the state’s vaccine requirements for children to attend school.

With just nine days left in the legislative session, dozens of environmental activists are calling on state lawmakers to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act — a sweeping piece of state legislation aimed at addressing climate change by achieving zero carbon emissions and revamping the energy economy.

A showdown between county clerks and the governor appears likely if New York moves to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that anti-Semitism is a “right-wing movement,” while rejecting a claim that the left plays any role in discriminating against Jews.

De Blasio has tapped a former official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to head the city’s Office of Emergency Management – replacing Joseph Esposito, who was bizarrely fired in December only to show up to work the next day.

Former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein resigned from several nonprofit boards in the wake of controversy triggered by a new TV series about the infamous “Central Park Five” case.

The Manhattan borough president has asked prosecutors to investigate a new 30-story condo tower that is nearly finished, which she said was taller and larger than allowed.

A Brooklyn councilman is demanding the MTA look west and rip a page out of the Golden Gate Bridge’s playbook to stop a sudden surge of people leaping to death off the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.

One ThriveNYC program that secures jobs for developmentally disabled New Yorkers is underfunded — despite the city’s own determination that the needs of that population are increasing, according to critics.

The city’s second highest ranking elected official criticized the Syracuse police officers involved in a recent traffic stop that turned violent, calling them “angry” and saying they used excessive force.

The state’s highest court heard arguments this week on whether a coalition of tenants are owed rent reimbursement because the building owner received certain tax abatements more than a decade ago in exchange for converting the property to residential use.

A bill that would increase the rate of wages paid for construction projects receiving government incentives has a chance of being adopted before the state legislative session ends.

Owners of any kind of boat that has a motor attached will be required to take a boating safety course in New York under legislation given final approval by the Assembly. The Senate passed the measure several weeks ago, and it will now go to Cuomo for his expected approval.

New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing on whether to give landmark status to six sites important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-people movement.

More than a hundred public housing tenants demanded answers from NYC’s embattled Housing Authority over a controversial plan to knock down a portion of a Manhattan’s Fulton Houses to make room for private apartment towers.

The state Senate confirmed Erie County’s Mark J.F. Schroeder as state DMV commissioner. Schroeder, who most recently served as Buffalo’s comptroller and before that as a Democratic member of the Assembly, has been serving in an acting capacity since he was nominated in January by Cuomo.

The number of polling sites open for the nine days leading up to Election Day on Nov. 5 will vary based on the county, with Schenectady County providing the most sites per voter in the Capital Region and Saratoga and Rensselaer counties offering the minimum required by state law.

Looks like Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has flip-flopped again on Mayor Byron W. Brown’s budget.

Mayor Shawn Morse, who is facing federal indictment and is in the middle of a competitive primary, tried to discredit former Cohoes mayor and current state Assemblyman John McDonald on Facebook, and then left a voicemail message for one of the assemblyman’s brothers in which he referred to McDonald as a “scumbag,” “liar” and “piece of sh@#.”

A Syracuse man has been accused of threatening to kill St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center employees in an advertisement on Craigslist, according to New York State Police.

Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra has a new job as chief operations officer of Liberty Cab Co., a $15 million a year company based in Buffalo.

The woman who got into a fender bender in Manhattan with comedian Tracy Morgan in his $2 million Bugatti said she was “traumatized” by his yelling at her after the wreck — and she didn’t even know who he was until people told her.

Actor Jussie Smollett will not return for the sixth season of TV’s “Empire” after a high-profile case this year involving Smollett and an alleged hate crime attack, the show’s co-creator Lee Daniels said.

Former President Barack Obama was meeting with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg on Monday night, months after Obama’s production company with wife, Michelle, unveiled a slate of films with Netflix.