Good morning! TGIF!!!

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is yet to release a public schedule.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray are traveling to Iowa this weekend.

At 10:30 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie with Assemblyman John McDonald will tour Velan Studios, 5 Third Street, Troy. (This is closed press)

Also at 10:30 a.m., Major retail tenant announcement at The Knick and official leasing kick-off at the 1st phase of Redburn Development’s $80M investment in Downtown Albany. 16 Sheridan Avenue, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Albany’s LIGHT Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants will be honored. Bleecker Stadium, Clinton Avenue, between Manning Boulevard and Ontario Street, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will hold a news conference with the family of a man killed during an interaction with police. 1370 New York Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will attend the 180th Erie County Fair. 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.

At noon, Speaker Heastie visits The Placid Baker, 250 Broadway, Troy.


Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is calling for the fulfillment of a provision of the SAFE Act: An ammunition database that remains unfinished and was put on hold after a two-way deal with Senate Republicans.

Public housing residents from developments across the city boarded a bus to go to the farthest reaches of the five boroughs to pitch private management of developments.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program turned into big ratings.

Storms in parts of upstate New York left thousands of customers without power on Thursday.

The $1.3 billion Belmont Park arena project to bring the New York Islanders back to Nassau County has gotten the green light for approval.

The MTA wants to pull pensions from workers at the LIRR who are accused of abusing their overtime.

Assemblyman Phil Steck is a supporter of a state-level version of single-payer health care. He says the debate over how to pay for health care costs in the U.S. will have an impact on New York’s own debate over the proposed New York Health Act.

Stephen Ross, the billionaire real estate developer under scrutiny for his fundaiser for President Trump, is facing another headache: The Long Island Rail Road.

The one-year window for survivors and victims of sexual abuse will be opened on Wednesday for lawsuits to be filed as part of the Child Victims Act.

The repeal of a 90s-era policy and extend tuition assistance to inmates in prison could transform prison education in New York.

Giant tractors and massive saw-mills aren’t for all farmers as some are turning to drone technology.

Law enforcement in Suffolk County held active shooter drills with an eye toward a new video link with schools.

Both state and county health officials have just confirmed five cases of measles in Wyoming County.

Former state Republican Chairman Ed Cox insists he left the party in good financial shape when Erie County’s Nick Langworthy took over last month.

An audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer found New York City whitewashed the records for homeless youth shelters and covered up specific hazardous conditions and endangered the people living there.

A Brooklyn city councilman wants the MTA to begin offering free rides during major holidays.

Friends and family said goodbye to the Romulus native who died in the California festival shooting.

U.S. Navy veteran Tom Zurhellen is walking across the United States to raise awareness and money for issues facing veterans.

A Buffalo-based renewable energy company is creating and manufacturing a first-of-its kind lithium storage device to provide the needed energy.

Lead paint on playground equipment took center stage at a special Health and Human Services Committee Hearing in the Erie County legislature Thursday.

Last week, John A. Coleman Catholic High School in Hurley told families it planned to shut down at the end of August, after more than 50 years in Ulster County. Since, a GoFundMe has been started to support the faculty and staff of the school.

Teachers in 2019 are facing more challenges than ever before. Along with daily education, many are tasked with supporting their students through difficult times.

A plan to make the Village of Owego a more attractive community has been put in place.

Former Gov. David Paterson is getting remarried this week to the ex-wife of the founder of the Guardian Angels.

In national news:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed a willingness to consider expanded background checks as pressure mounts for new gun control legislation on the national level.

Does gun control present the president with a Nixon-to-China moment?

The latest mass shootings also has Democrats rethinking their reluctance to embrace a push for a renewed ban on assault-style weapons.

Donors to President Trump are being named and shamed and boycotted. But some on the right are considering it harassment.

President Trump has a new nominee for the director of national intelligence in a move that will shakeup the leadership of the U.S. intelligence community.

Somewhere out there, the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lurks. So wary House Democrats are amassing campaign war chests to scare off progressive upstarts from challenging them in primaries — or trounce them if they try.

Federal immigration enforcement officials are defending the secretive raids in Mississippi that rounded hundreds this week.

Former Vice President Joe Biden awkwardly on the campaign trail said “poor kids” are just as bright as “white kids.”

From the editorial pages:

The New York Times is supportive of the boycott on SoulCycle, whose founder threw a fundraiser for President Trump, writing that it’s important for Americans to know who is funding campaigns.

The Daily News largely agrees, writing that being pals with the president will come with a cost.

The New York Post chided the de Blasio administration’s Department of Homeless Services for its tardy payments to service providers.

The Times Union cheered the creation of a human trafficking court for the Capital Region by the end of the year.

From the sports pages:

The Giants defeated the Jets in the teams’ first pre-season game.

Bills fans, of course, were able to brave rough weather for the team’s pre-season game on Thursday.

Yanks have won nine in a row, thanks to a heavy reliance on their bullpen.