Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is also laying low, with no public events scheduled.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko will visit dental facilities service low-income residents. Ellis Dental Health Facility, 600 McClellan Street, Schenectady.

At 11 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will hold a promotion ceremony for Albany Fire Department members. Albany City Hall, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Shelley Mayer will host story time, New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle.

At noon, Assemblyman Ron Kim and local officials will announce a back-to-school supply giveaway, 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A, Flushing.

At 6 p.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at Cattaraugus County Democratic Committee’s Blue Chip Ball. Holimont, 6921 Route 242, Ellicotville.

At 7 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will attend the 2019 Grenada welcome reception, 157 St. Pauls Pl., Brooklyn.


Standardized test scores have inched up somewhat, and opt-outs from state testing have dropped, according to test results released by the State Education Department.

A medical marijuana company over the last year has expanded in the Capital Region amid a broader push to legalize marijuana for retail sale.

Protesters Thursday night in Troy called for accountability in the shooting death of Edson Thevenin.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association says NYPD Sergeant Kizzy Adonis did everything right the day now-fired officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in the chokehold that would lead to his death.

New York City police officers worry that after the firing of Pantaleo in the Garner case, no one has their backs.

The inquiry over Jeffrey Epstein’s death is expanding, with 15 workers at the federal jail subpoenaed.

The Diocese of Brooklyn has been hit with a wave of lawsuits under the state’s Child Victims Act.

Yeshiva University is being sued by 38 former students over alleged sexual abuse.

Despite a strong record and tons of campaign cash, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has struggled to gain traction and is now in serious danger of missing next month’s primary debate.

The George Washington Bridge was temporarily shutdown after a pipe bomb was reported, but was later determined to not be a threat.

Gov. Cuomo called into to NY1 to weigh in on a number of hot topics including the seized Brooklyn Pizzeria, the firing of NYPD Officer Pantaleo and the “Summer of Andrew.”

In the middle of a wage fight with an Albany restaurant, a cook was seized by federal immigration officers.

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola wants his case heard on blocking driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

DoorDash, the food home delivery service, is pledging to pay their workers more and allow them to keep their tips.

After Planned Parenthood announced on Monday they would withdraw from the Title X federal family planning program, local officials are stepping up to provide funding.

Binghamton University Professor Ken McLeod has found a link to low blood pressure to dementia. His research focuses on something called the “second heart.”

Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo donated 25 pairs of shoes to support a Syracuse police officer’s basketball challenge, after a video of him playing in the community went viral.

A new state law aimed at preventing local mass casualty shootings, takes effect Saturday.

For more than 25 years, the Crime Victims Assistance Program has been a champion for the most vulnerable on Buffalo’s East Side. It’s now being discontinued.

Some people are worried they won’t have a place to live after being given a letter at their apartment at St. John Tower in Buffalo.

The Erie County Democratic Committee delivered an update to county elections commissioners Thursday regarding the actions it’s taken to correct compliance issues with its campaign finance reports dating back to 2012.

In national news:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign unveiled a $16 trillion plan to fight climate change.

Democratic rivals of Sen. Kamala Harris are taking advantage of her recent stumbles and mixed message on health care policy.

President Trump over the last several days has pursued a contradictory path on the economy amid fears of an economic slowdown.

A proposed tax cut may still be on, according to a top economic advisor to the president.

The White House is considering under taking a project that would seek links between mental health and violent behavior.

Wayne LaPierre, the top official at the National Rifle Association, was able to survive an internal revolt over spending and his lavish lifestyle.

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to enjoy strong poll numbers, but those results mask an enthusiasm problem with his supporters.

Major telecom companies have struck a deal with states to combat those annoying robocalls.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News writes that after 100 days of a presidential campaign, it’s time for Mayor Bill de Blasio to pack it in.

The New York Post says the Trump administration should still be looking for ways to boost the economy, even if talk of a recession is wishful thinking on the part of Democrats.

The Times Union blasted the latest proposed rule change from the Trump administration that could detain migrant families indefinitely, calling it cruel.

Newsday wearily notes it’s been another week of the Trump reality show.

From the sports pages:

The Yankee pitching isn’t good, and that’s a real problem.

The surging Mets swept the Cleveland Indians.

Is the Giants’ Daniel Jones going to show Baker Mayfield he’s wrong?