Good Wednesday morning! There are 489 days until the November 2020 election.

It’s the day before Independence Day and the schedule, unsurprisingly, is a bit skimpy.

Drink lots of water, it’s going to be hot and humid today in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has nothing public planned.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Iowa with no public events announced.


Family, friends, and colleagues mourned the death of 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez at his wake Tuesday, remembering a center figure in the fight to permanently the fund the Victim Compensation Fund.

The Justice Department says the 2020 Census is moving ahead without a question about citizenship.

Hundreds of people filled the streets of the East Village, demanding President Donald Trump close the detention centers holding migrant families and children.

New York Federal Housing Administrator Lynne Patton sat down with Errol Louis to discuss incoming NYCHA Chair Gregory Russ and why he wasn’t her first choice.

Patton also spoke about what she thinks can be done to improve the city’s housing stock, and what she makes of fears of the privatization of public housing.

State Assemblyman Pat Burke has been involved in numerous campaigns, but he’s making his first foray into presidential politics.

Progressive advocates here in New York have been gaining momentum over the last year – and now they want to bring their success statewide.

The Western New York Land Conservancy calls the 131-acre Kenneglenn Nature Preserve the crown jewel of its protected lands. The conservancy has an agreement in place to purchase a neighboring piece of land called “Mossy Point” that dwarfs Kenneglenn in size.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi has another challenger for his seat next year. Republican Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell is making a bid for congress.

More than $1 million is headed for Binghamton’s police and fire departments.

The City Council in Troy has re-written its sanctuary city resolution to make it more acceptable to Mayor Patrick Madden.

Gov. Cuomo on Long Island opened a new zip line at Jones Beach. Yes, he was the first to ride it.

In national news:

President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $105 million in the second quarter — an indication he will have far more money than in 2016.

Democrats in the House of Representatives have filed a lawsuit seeking the disclosure of the president’s taxes.

An inspector general’s report found squalid and overcrowded conditions are more widespread than initially believed at migrant detention centers near the southern border.

The Iranian leadership, already in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, has said they will take the next step in uranium enrichment this weekend.

The U.S. Parks Service has diverted $2.5 million in fees for President Trump’s July 4 parade in Washington.

The show the president is planning for Thursday is troubling some former military leaders.

The border crisis has collided with the politics of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest, becoming a key issue for candidates and an emotional debate over migrant policy.

Nike’s flag shoe flap has led the governor of Arizona to revoke the incentive package the state was giving the company to open a factory in Phoenix.

Automaker Lee Iacocca has died at 94.

From the editorial pages:

The New York Post derided Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s trip to the border as “theater.”

The Times Union called for more independence from executive meddling for the Adirondack Park Agency.

The Democratic and Chronicle writes there should be a new way of thinking about how a state takeover of the Rochester City School District would be beneficial to students.

From the sports pages:

The Mets beat the Yankees, ending their homer run streak in the process.