Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray are heading to South Carolina. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is holding multiple events across New Hampshire, including events on gun violence and health care.

At 10 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil a new bike and pedestrian bypass. Near 374 Greenbush Rd., Blauvelt.

At 7 p.m., Lights for Liberty vigils will take place across the world in support of immigrants and refugees, including in New York. Foley Square, New York City.

Headlines:

President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to inject a citizenship question into next year’s census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are expected to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants for deportation starting this weekend.

New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement on Thursday blasted the expected enforcement action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials as “deplorable” and pledged to aid undocumented immigrant families who are arrested.

Mayor Bill de Blasio railed against trade agreements at a labor rally, but did not lay out any specific proposals that would help many of the workers who stood beside him during this rally, many of them belonging to key manufacturing sector jobs, that could technically be affected by trade.

Errol Louis and Police Commissioner James O’Neill tour through Crown Heights for a wide-ranging discussion about the department’s response to a rise in shootings in parts of Brooklyn.

A judge has given Harvey Weinstein the green light to shake up his defense team yet again.

New York City officially launches its expanded school zone speed camera program Thursday. A state law passed earlier this year allows the city to install hundreds more speed cameras and extend their hours of operation.

The state Conservative Party plans to file a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Erie County later this month.

Council members in Troy on Thursday evening approved legislation that would provide for constitutional protections for undocumented immigrants living in the city.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative that aims to bring more people to the Catskills. This announcement comes after officials from all over NYS came to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for the 2019 Catskills Challenge.

Beginning the formal effort to oust President Donald Trump through impeachment, at the moment, remains a politically heavy lift, especially for some New York Democrats.

Another roadblock for Woodstock 50 as the Vernon Codes Enforcement Office denied another application just hours after it was submitted.

Wegmans is alerting shoppers to beware of a scam that’s going around Facebook.

The state’s new REDI program to help communities along the Lake Ontario shore develop new infrastructure and economic projects would seem ready-made for the battered region.

An ongoing fiery debate between Rochester city leaders and the Rochester firefighters union is over dynamic staffing for the Rochester Fire Department.

Dozens of protesters shut down a busy intersection in downtown Buffalo Thursday afternoon, calling for justice for migrant families.

Over the last 48 hours, 15 Buffalo firefighters have been hurt.

In national news:

Papers from when former Vice President Joe Biden was in the U.S. Senate could explain the decisions he made then — but they remain under seal.

The Washington Post Magazine profiled Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

President Trump held a summit with social media pundits and supporters on Thursday, and he explained his love-hate relationship with his primary communication platform, Twitter.

The president’s push to require prescription drug companies to reveal their true costs in their TV ads is facing setbacks.

In pushing to save that proposal, Trump is borrowing from Bernie Sanders’s playbook.

Trump’s policies faced a number of hurdles on Thursday, but he also signaled to his base ahead of 2020 he’ll continue to punch forward.

Democrats in the House of Representatives approved a slate of subpoenas — a veritable who’s who from the president’s orbit and Mueller investigation — to testify before lawmakers.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has denied a request by a coalition of more than 30 groups to shut down a state database designed to track warning signs in students that might lead to another school shooting.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes about the uneven playing field for women in the workforce when it comes to pay equity, saying it’s a problem that needs to be fixed.

Newsday writes that a new LIRR station at Elmont near the Belmont race track is a “good bet.”

The New York Times writes that Congress should leave the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case to the courts, and not make a political martyr out of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.

The New York Post’s editorial boards says immigration raids like the coming roundup this weekend are supposed to be routine — for administrations of both parties.

From the sports pages:

Forward Marcus Morris is heading to the Knicks after backing out of a deal to go with the San Antonio Spurs.