Good morning and happy Wednesday! It’s almost the end of the week. We’re almost there.

It’s going to be hot, steamy and rainy today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Albany today.

Happening today:

At 8 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will appear on Democracy Now!

At 9:25 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will appear live on HOT 97.

At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will represent New York at the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association’s annual meeting, Hotel DuPont, 42 W. 11th St., Wilmington, DE.

At 10:30 a.m., Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement, 4 New York Plaza, New York City.

At 11 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a news conference on the extreme heat, New York City Emergency Management, 165 Cadman Plaza E, Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., Riders, advocates and elected officials will rally for an MTA capital plan, Pershing Square Plaza in front of Grand Central Terminal E, New York City.

At noon, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will deliver remarks at the NYSED Early Learning Summer Institute, 432 Western Ave., Albany.

At 4 p.m., Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak at the We Are Eric Garner Rally, Foley Square, New York City.

At 6 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will hold a public hearing on the East Coastal Resilience project, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel’s Pavilion, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place, New York City.

At 8 p.m., Bronx Democrats will hold their county dinner, 1 Marina Drive, the Bronx.


After a day full of partisan bickering, the House of Representatives condemned the president for making racist remarks against four of its members.

A new study from a Queens College professor found housing policy has further segregated communities.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is adding additional staff to his presidential campaign. The move comes after what he called a successful fundraising effort.

Although he’s not up for re-election until 2022, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing to rake in big money after spending more than $25 million last year to defeat progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in a primary and Republican Marc Molinaro in the general election.

The fundraising comes as a commission is considering a radical alteration of how campaign money is raised and spent in New York

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Staten Island Council Member Debi Rose joined Errol Louis to weigh in on the Justice Department’s decision not to file charges in the Eric Garner case and the growing calls for Mayor de Blasio to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

When it comes to the sanctuary city debate, many residents in Troy have an opinion. But soon residents could have not only a voice, but also a vote on this issue.

Legislation to temporarily halt schools from purchasing or implementing biometric security technology, like facial recognition software, overwhelmingly passed the state Assembly this legislative session, but it’s not expected to become law.

The legal age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes in New York will soon be raised from 18 to 21 as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure on Tuesday into law.

The town of Vernon Planning Board has denied the appeal of Woodstock 50 to host the festival at Vernon Downs.

Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano confirms ICE agents were in Middletown Monday. He says the federal agency notified police they were looking for an individual who was not wanted on a criminal or judicial warrant.

It’s a vital highway that links the north to the south, from Canada to Tenessee. But the current plan to rebuild Interstate-81 isn’t sitting well with local leaders.

Oneida Shores Beach is now closed to swimming due to high levels of E. coli, according to the Onondaga County Department of Health.

The death of the toddler at the University Avenue Tim Hortons is raising a lot questions about the relatively unsecured nature of the grease trap.

If you’ve ever had a boot put on your car and didn’t understand why: you’re not alone. Buffalo Common Council members discussed “predatory booting” Tuesday.

The Dean of Science at RPI was 13 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The historic mission turned Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.

In national news:

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99.

Facebook’s cryptocurrency was pitched to federal government regulators, who are taking an increased interest in the social media giant’s plans, stunned they were not preparing more to combat laundering.

Newly released federal data shows the scale of the opioid addiction crisis and how U.S. drug companies flooded the market.

President Trump’s comments criticizing members of Congress and telling them to “go back” could be used against him in court challenges.

President Trump’s battles with “the squad” and efforts to link them to Democrats is being seen as setting the tone for the 2020 election.

Republican officeholders have very little wiggle room: Back Trump or face his wrath.

Planned Parenthood has ousted its president amid a disagreement over the future direction of the group as the abortion debate moves to statehouses around the country.

Iran has rejected the prospect raised by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo it is wiling to negotiate over its missile program.

Twenty Democratic candidates will appear on stage the party’s CNN debate in Detroit.

From the editorial pages:

The New York Times calls for the firing of Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who will not face federal charges in the death of Eric Garner.

The New York Post says federal prosecutors were right not to charge Pantaleo in the case, a decision the editorial board believes should have been reached years ago.

The Daily News takes issue with the NYPD’s “endless blackbox” disciplinary process that has delayed the resolution of the Garner case.

The Times Union writes Congress should “stand firm” on efforts to ban PFAS from firefighting chemicals on military bases.

From the sports pages:

The Mets edged the Twins, 3-2.

The Yanks beat the Rays, 8-3, thanks to some timely homers.