Good morning and happy Wednesday!

Happening today:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City and has nothing public planned.

At 9 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will hold a rally announcing a new youth employment education bill. City Hall Steps, New York City.

At 10 a.m., the Progressive Caucus will hold a rally for a legislative package of HRA reforms, City Hall steps, New York City.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make an announcement. The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 1010 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Speaker Carl Heastie will be with Assemblywoman Monica Wallace for a walking tour of Lancaster, Lancaster Coffee Co., 24 Central Ave., Lancaster.

At 11:15 a.m., Heastie will visit the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., Heastie will join Assemblywoman Karen McMahon to visit the Donald Spoth Farm, 2715 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

At 2 p.m., Heastie will visit the Williamsville Public Library, 5571 Main Street, Williamsville.

At 2:30 p.m., Heastie will visit Sweet Jerry’s Ice Cream, 56 East Spring Street, Williamsville.


Many low-income legal immigrants in the United States may soon have to make a choice: if they want to prolong their stay, they might have to stop using Medicaid, to which they are entitled.

The victims’ advocacy group Safe Horizon is sponsoring public service announcements featuring four New York state lawmakers who were victims of abuse themselves.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of cases are expected to be filed today as the one-year look back window opens under the Child Victims Act.

A retired National Guard general is filing paperwork to run for the Republican nomination in the 19th congressional district against Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado.

Gov. Cuomo’s office said more than 128,000 workers last year were able to access paid family leave benefits as the new law took effect.

The head of the NYPD sergeants’ union sent members an overtly racist video in an email that complains about “Section 8 scam artists and welfare queens.”

A member of the “Proud Boys” said he felt justified to beat up counterprotest members of antifa during a Manhattan confrontation last year that left people injured.

A bill sponsored by state lawmakers would teach students the hateful meaning of racist symbols.

Reform advocates and family members of Eric Garner are making a renewed push for the NYPD to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

A report found New York City had the most “violent and disruptive” schools in the state last year.

Capital Region schools were also found to be above average in that category as well.

New York City lawmakers are calling for the creation of a patient advocate office that would handle complaints of health care facilities and providers.

In a rare admission of New York City’s homeless problem, Mayor de Blasio in an interview on Fox Business said there needs to be a better job of getting violent vagrants off the streets.

Overtime spending at the New York City Housing Authority has increased once again, hitting $95 million.

The Justice Department says two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in a Manhattan jail have been placed on administrative leave, and the facility’s warden has been temporarily reassigned.

An MTA official demonstrated the new tap-and-go fare payment system known as OMNY, short for One Metro New York, to mark a milestone: OMNY recorded its one millionth tap last Thursday night in the Fulton Center Station in lower Manhattan.

Since 1897, the Hudson River has surged through a hydro plant in Mechanicville. Though the plant is 122 years old, it can help solve a distinctly 21st century problem: Fighting climate change by shifting New York to renewable sources of energy in the coming decades.

In the coming years New York will have one of the longest bike and walking trails in the United States, a continuous 750 mile path forming a T across New York. Lawmakers like Assemblywoman Pat Fahy want to make the most of it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has a renewed plan to help taxpayers workaround the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.

Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday approved a three-bill package meant to strengthen safety for infants in New York.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie visited western New York as part of his annual trip to see parts of the state outside his New York City home.

Historic tax credits have sparked plenty of investment in Western New York. For years, the focus of this growth has been on downtown Buffalo. Rep. Brian Higgins spoke Tuesday afternoon in the city, saying now that revitalization is shifting into local neighborhoods.

ShoppingTown Mall NY LLC, the owner of ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt, has directed the mall to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

For the first time since the deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is speaking out. If there is anything hopeful that can come of the shootings, it’s what the authorities are learning and passing along to the public in an effort to prevent such future tragedies.

President Trump multiple times on Tuesday sounded off on Twitter about Chris Cuomo’s “Fredo” meltdown caught on video, including complaints that Republicans were backing up the CNN anchor.

In national news:

States, including New York and California, are suing the Trump administration over a rollback of power plant regulations.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to drop a $5 billion border wall request and redirect the money to be used to fight gun violence and white supremacy.

Following the shooting in El Paso, the “send her back” chants are taking on an even more ominous tone for some.

The United States is delaying the implementation of some tariffs in order to allow stores to stock up for the holidays.

The president during a visit to a chemical plant in Pennsylvania aired his usual grievances in a 67-minute speech: Former President Obama, the media and Hillary Clinton among them.

After a slow start in Iowa, Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign hopes to make inroads with voters there.

The New York Times has demoted an editor amid a series of controversial tweets and lashing out at critics.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes that the cost of health care in the United States is a sad status quo that should be considered intolerable.

The Daily News applauded the one-year look back window taking effect today as part of the Child Victims Act.

Newsday says there should be more support for police officers dealing with mental health issues amid a spate of suicides.

The New York Post assesses the water problems facing Newark, calling it New Jersey’s version of Flint, Michigan.

From the sports pages:

What the Yankees are doing to the Baltimore Orioles is now just mean.

It’s getting late for the Mets to keep up an August surge and still make the postseason after dropping two games in a row.