Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

At 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be on WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., Assembly Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair Amy Paulin and Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee Chair Michael DenDekker will take testimony to examine new technologies and potential legislation that would help decrease the number of robocalls and spoofed calls. Assembly Hearing Room, 1923, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York City.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko will visit an early-childhood education at Schenectady Community Action Program. 913 Albany St, Schenectady.

At noon, local resistance organizers will continue their monthly demonstrations to heighten public awareness about foreign and domestic threats to election security. 516 Broadway (Between Prince and Dederick), Kingston516 Broadway (Between Prince and Dederick), Kingston.

At 2 p.m., Assemblywoman Monica Wallace will hold a news conference to discuss how state funding was used to increase the safety, efficiency, and comfort of popular Village of Lancaster splash pad and unveiling of signage dedicating the park as “Ronald L. Hadsall Memorial Park” in honor of former Lancaster Mayor Ron Hadsall. Richmond Avenue and 2nd Avenue, Lancaster.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to upend the presidential primary calendar, making New York jump close to the head of the line by having voters head to the polls in February instead of late April, sources tell NY1.

New York officials are warning against the use of vape products as an illness spreads around the country among users.

Lawyers for Nauman Hussain filed a motion to dismiss the 2018 Schoharie limo crash charges. Hussain is the operator of Prestige Limousine facing manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges.

A longtime aide to the late former Queens district attorney is entitled to a pension of more than $319,000.

A judge is considering a “mini-trial” in the lawsuit by former Assemblyman Dov Hikind over his being blocked on Twitter by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Assembly Democrats are making a push for statewide full-day pre-Kindergarten, which is still lacking in some school districts.

Gov. Cuomo is holding an annual staff retreat at an upscale hotel in central New York. The trip was paid for with his campaign funds.

St. Clare’s Corporation allegedly failed to purchase insurance that could have saved the St. Clare’s pension fund from collapse.

As families prepare for outdoor fun this fall, state forest rangers are renewing their call for increased staffing. The DEC says staffing levels are adequate but some rangers say a shortage puts hikers at risk.

A group opposed to the legalization of marijuana wants to keep its donors a secret from state lobbying regulators.

High rents are driving millennials out of Long Island, a study found.

The former campaign manager for the disgraced ex-town supervisor of Oyster Bay pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says funds are being raised to help repair a memorial to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

New York City Councilman Andy King is continuing his bad behavior despite being indicted by an Ethics Committee over retaliation and sexual harassment.

Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman was booed at a hearing over the closure of Rikers Island jail.

More than 200 groups have formed a coalition to push the campaign finance commission to create a system of public funding campaigns, where every six dollars donated results in one dollar of public funds.

In the last two weeks, there have been three incidents involving illegal dirtbikes and ATVs. That resulted in two arrests and several tickets issued. Some Albany Common Council members are hoping a new rewards program approved 9-3 Thursday night will help tackle this issue.

Rats run rampant in the city. But a study detemined that Brooklyn has the most rat complaints in the five boroughs. So local lawmakers stepped up efforts to take care of the issue.

A state lawmaker is introducing a bill that would allow students to miss school for mental health reasons as well as physical ones.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign may be on life support, but he’s still rolling out new policy plans. His latest? A tax on robots.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign has never taken off since he launched his bid in May, but he’s only just now admitting that his run for the White House could soon be over.

The mayor distributed $3.6 million in raises to his staff in the last year.

New numbers show city police officers have been making fewer arrests in the weeks since NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired for his role in Eric Garner’s death.

T-Mobile stores in New York City are being accused of ripping off customers.

The film studio Lionsgate is building a $100 million production facility in Yonkers.

The supermarket chain Wegmans is asking customers not to carry guns in their stores.

Members of the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association voice concerns again after a shooting in the city. Their main issue is a smaller staff working without a contract.

A warning for boaters on the Erie Canal in Oneida County after a bridge collapsed on Thursday.

The Movement to Restore Trust, an independent Catholic organization, has called on Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone to resign.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said the blame lies with the Department of Homeland Security over minimum staffing levels at the Canadian border.

In national news:

Residents in the coastal areas of North Carolina hunkered down for a long night and morning as Hurricane Dorian continued to make its move.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is under fire for holding a fundraiser hosted by a natural gas magnate.

Biden is betting heavily on black voters being able to carry him through the primaries.

President Trump’s administration is set to move mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back to the private sector.

Border wall status: Still unbuilt.

A new jobs report is being released today amid anxiety over a slowing economy.

State governments are set to launch anti-trust investigations of Google and Facebook.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes the Trump administration’s push to rollback methane gas regulations puts the planet at greater risk.

Newsday says the U.S. needs to pitch in and help the Bahamas recover from a devastating hurricane.

The New York Post urged President Trump to take the lead for stronger background checks legislation.

From the sports pages:

The NFL season kicked off on Thursday (with a very boring game between the Packers and Bears).

The Syracuse football team showed flashes of the potential many seem to think it has in its 24-0 shutout win over Liberty University last weekend. But according to the Orange themselves, there is also plenty of room for improvement. And there will clearly need to be some improvement for the early season success to continue.