Good morning! Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, as well as members of the cabinet, are in the Catksills today to promote upstate tourism. Mayor Bill de Blasio has nothing official scheduled

Happening today:

At 10:30 a.m., the Public Service Commission will hold its next regular session. Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will join Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson to tour Family Services’ Family Partnership Center. 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie.

At 11:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul hikes the Frick Pond Loop Trail, Mongaup Campground, 231 Mongaup Pond Road, Livingston Manor.

At 12:30 p.m., Heastie will visit Alex’s Restaurant, 1 Market Street, Poughkeepsie.

At 12:45 p.m., Hochul will cycle the Hurleyville Milk Rail Trail, 12 Railroad Ave., Hurleyville.

At 2 p.m., state lawmakers will urge Gov. Cuomo to sign a bill signed notifying parents when a camp is not regulated by the state. RCC’s Eugene Levy Fieldhouse, 145 College Rd, Suffern.

At 3 p.m., Gov. Cuomo will hold an awards luncheon ceremony for the Catskill Summer Challenge, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel.

Headlines:

A measure that would expand the definition of equal pay for equal work was approved Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who called the issue a matter of fairness.

Advocates and officials have been pushing for the closure of Rikers Island for years. That day, it appears, is getting closer.

As New York City paid tribute to the world champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Wednesday, there were repeated calls for equal pay, since members of the women’s team make less than their male counterparts.

With the eyes of the soccer world on City Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray were at the center of the celebration.

Rep. Gregory Meeks, the leader of the Queens County Democratic Party, joined Errol Louis to discuss the manual recount in the race for Queens district attorney as activists cast doubt on the process.

Some dogs may have joint and bone pain. Some may have heart and stomach problems. Others may have anxiety issues. Now a Brooklyn company called Pet-Ness has developed a line of cannabidiol products for dogs to help alleviate those symptoms.

A new report states Citi Bike is neglecting low-income neighborhoods while giving preference to the most privileged parts of New York City.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will be adding limited express train service on the F line for Brooklyn residents with the longest commutes.

State lawmakers from the Capital Region were upset that Gov. Cuomo did not appear to be aware of the issues surrounding pensions for former St. Clare’s hospital workers.

With flooding becoming all too common along the Lake Ontario shoreline, New York state is aiming to spend its money before the damage happens.

A lawsuit challenging the state’s end to the religious exemption for vaccinations was announced on Wednesday by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., along with longtime legal activist Michael Sussman.

Do-It-Yourself beekeeping may not be as dangerous as it sounds. Rachel Lagodka keeps two vertical honeybee hives on the second-floor porch of her home, just about 400 feet from the village hall.

State Attorney General Letitia James held a press conference in Utica Wednesday afternoon to announce $9 million in grants for 48 municipalities across New York.

The future of I-81 still remains a little confusing for many. The DOT has named the Community Grid as it’s preferred alternative to the viaduct and it wants to make sure people are clear on what that means.

The New York State Fair’s International Building is getting a new name this year.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz in a press release on Thursday questioned the constitutionality of allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses and stressing the “necessity of ensuring non-citizens are prevented from voting.”

In national news:

A group of bipartisan lawmakers from Florida first learned of election security breaches by Russian hackers from a single line tucked into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Now, they’re working together to ensure others don’t have to be informed of election system intrusions this way in the future.

On Wednesday President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed to reduce end stage kidney disease by 25% by 2030.

The third Democratic presidential debate will be held in Houston in September.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta defended his role in helping to broker a plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein and is rebuffing calls that he resign.

Federal immigration officials are preparing for a long-promised enforcement action against thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and is now scheduled to begin on Sunday.

The British ambassador to the United States has stepped down after criticism of President Trump in a private cable was made public.

The White House is pushing Congress to strike a deal on a spending bill now in order to avoid a possible fight over the debt ceiling in September.

A second federal judge has denied officials at the U.S. Department of Justice a bid to replace their lawyers in the case surrounding a citizenship question on the U.S. Census.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged the newly elected progressives in her Democratic caucus to keep their powder dry in public, which includes staying off Twitter.

Republican women, including Rep. Elise Stefanik, are urging their male colleagues to “step up” when it comes to electing more women to Congress.

From the editorial pages:

Newsday urges a new election law panel to review issues surrounding fusion voting, pointing to a Suffolk County race as a case study.

Newsday also urged Gov. Cuomo’s administration to back an outright ban on the chemical contaminate 1,4-dioxine.

The Times Union writes there have been a “host of false statements” by President Trump’s administration surrounding the census.

The New York Post blasted Mayor de Blasio’s push for pay equity at a celebration in support of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team, calling it a “grandstanding” effort for his presidential campaign.

The Daily News says pay inequity between men and women is more complicated than politicians suggest, with no single solution to the problem.

From the sports pages:

RIP Jim Bouton, a former Yankee pitcher who wrote a seminal memoir about the game.

The Atlantic League allowed a computer to call balls and strikes — a “robot umpire” if you will — at its all star game.