Good morning —

Today is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Take some time today to pause and reflect and thank the first responders who put themselves in harm’s way for the rest of us.

Happening today:

There are numerous Sept. 11 observances today, and this won’t be an exhaustive list.

At 7:30 a.m., riders will depart Albany for a motorcycle memorial ride, New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.

Also at 7:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the town of Hempstead’s Sept. 11 memorial service. Town Park Point Lookout. 1300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach.

At 8:30 a.m., state and New York City officials, including Gov. Cuomo, will attend the Sept. 11 Commemoration Ceremony.

At 10 a.m., riders depart from the Modena Travel Plaza, Milepost 66 Southbound. Modena.

Also at 10 a.m., Hochul will deliver remarks at the Jones Beach Sept. 11 memorial motorcycle ride, 895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh.

At 12:30 p.m., Gov. Cuomo will deliver remarks at the Sept. 11 memorial ride lunch and ceremony, Jacob Javits Center, 655 W. 34 St. New York City.

At 2 p.m. Hochul will deliver remarks at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s annual remembrance ceremony, St. Peter’s Church, 22 Barclay St., New York City.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will attend the Staten Island Sept. 11 memorial ceremony. St. George Esplanade, 300 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.

Headlines:

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will use his considerable fortune to fight flavored e-cigarettes and vaping amid public health concerns over their use.

Gov. Cuomo at a news conference called out the MTA over the need to address quality-of-life issues for commuters, including basic physical protections.

The MTA is set to roll out the first M9 train on the Long Island Rail Road today.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants a crackdown on the costumed actors in Times Square after one was alleged to have groped a child.

Pensioners at the former St. Clare’s Hospital have filed a lawsuit after the fund dried up.

A new bill would extend health benefits to sanitation workers who were affected by 9/11-related illnesses, and have not been previously be eligible.

The kids born to widows of the terrorist attacks are now in their late teens, about to enter adulthood.

Ongoing leaks at the Oculus will prevent it from being opened during a 9/11 tribute, the Port Authority said.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday her office had filed a motion to block President Donald Trump’s administration from a rule change that would deny green cards and visas to immigrants who are seeking social services and other welfare programs.

A video by the Rockland County Republicans widely decried as anti-Semitic will be back up soon, GOP officials said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said at a hearing she made a payment on her student loans while on the dais, bringing the balance below $20,000.

The Cuomo administration on Tuesday announced plans to file a sweeping $2 billion lawsuit against opioid makers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers.

The lawyer of a rape survivor being investigated by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics pushed back against the agency’s pursuit of the case and criticized the panel at a meeting.

The commission on public financing held its first public meeting in Manhattan on Tuesday to consider not only getting big money out of politics, but whether to also eliminate fusion voting, which allows candidates to run on multiple party lines.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy is trying a new tactic to combat guns: Going after banks and retailers.

What happens when students get to hit the snooze button and start class later in the day? The New York City Education Department and the City Council want to find out.

Being a repo man can be hazardous, but it landed Jose Rodriguez in jail, after he tried to repossess an NYPD detective’s car in May.

New York officials are going to take another run at a comprehensive gambling and gaming review, a study that could determine the outcome of new legislation shaping the industry.

As the school year begins, there’s a shortage of bus drivers in the Amsterdam school district, putting trips to and from school in doubt for kids.

Protestors were on the march in downtown Syracuse Tuesday, demanding local representatives vote to defund hate. Demonstrators added their voices to the immigration debate.

The Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday unanimously passed a new law that looks to secure restaurant grease traps after a toddler’s tragic death in July.

On Tuesday, a member of the New York City Board of Correction, the panel overseeing New York City’s jails, alleged the department was using inmates to search human waste for contraband.

With court cases settled, there will be a Republican and Democratic candidate on the ballot for Oneida County Executive.

A Clifton Park-based payroll company that folded and left businesses across the country in the lurch insists it’s the victim in the story.

Meet the new chief, same as the current chief. The man leading the Ithaca Police Department for the last three months will soon take on the role, permanently.

The City of Buffalo’s newly revised tax foreclosure process is drawing criticism from Erie County leaders who would no longer get their piece of the pie.

Under current New York state law, a driver could lose his or her license for failing to pay the fees associated with traffic or parking tickets. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Tim Kennedy wants to change that.

A sign of progress Tuesday as doctors, nurses and administrators at the Erie County Medical Center signed a steel beam, completing the outside structure of what will soon be a brand new emergency and trauma department.

After asking the community what it wants in the former YMCA space in Poughkeepsie, four proposals have been submitted.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are heading back to Broadway.

In national news:

Voters in North Carolina took to the polls Tuesday in several races, with Republican Dan Bishop narrowly winning an open seat in the House of Representatives.

Bishop’s victory doesn’t reflect the weakened position for Republicans heading into 2020, including among suburban voters.

President Trump fired his national security advisor, John Bolton, who disputed the White House’s version of what happened.

Bolton was the president’s third national security advisor, and had been deeply at odds with him over foreign policy.

For the first time in a decade, the number of Americans without health insurance is on the rise.

A bill expanding labor rights for “independent contractors” was approved in California — a measure in response to the rise of “gig economy” businesses like Uber and Lyft.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News reflects on how to observe the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Times Union writes preparations need to be made now to aid the homeless of Saratoga Springs as winter approaches.

Newsday says Congress should investigate reports of how President Trump’s businesses are profiting from his presidency.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees belted six home runs in a single game, but still lost to the lowly Detroit Tigers.

Antonio Brown, a volatile wide receiver recently added to the New England Patriots, has been accused of rape in a federal lawsuit.