Good morning and happy Thursday to all.

Happening today:

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

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

At 9:15 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will convene the New York City Regional Economic Development Council meeting, Syracuse University NYC, Fisher Center, 19 E 31 St., New York City.

At 10 a.m., Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Sen. Shelley Mayer and other officials will celebrate the commencement of the I-684 repaving project. Katonah Train Station, 70 Katonah Ave. Katonah.

At 10:45 a.m., Hochul will announce the opening of the Nantronics Manufacturing Hub, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 20, 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn.

At 2 p.m., Hochul will announce the completion of shoreline improvements on Long Island. 13 Cloverfield Road 3, Valley Stream.

At 2:30 p.m., the EPA will make a water-related announcement. 187 Wolf Road, Suite 303, Albany.

At 7 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will attend the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership reception honoring Rep. Karen Bass. 801 Mt. Vernon Place, Washington.


Thousands of people gathered in lower Manhattan on Wednesday to mark 18 years since the September 11th terror attacks, still raw in the minds of countless New Yorkers and other Americans.

A bill meant to make it easier for state workers who volunteered at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 to file claims for sick leave was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

New York City firefighters traveled to the Pentagon for a Sept. 11 memorial.

After 18 years, the pain still feels fresh for those who lost loved ones on 9/11.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the sudden shutdown of a Clifton Park payroll company which affected thousands of small business employees in the Capital Region and nationwide.

Pioneer Bank says it has millions of dollars in exposure due to the company’s collapse.

Ronnie Hakim, a top official at the MTA, is set to depart.

The union that represents New York’s state troopers would not oppose efforts to require their members to wear body cameras.

Republican Rep. Chris Collins has been denied an appeal in federal court after his indictment last year on insider trading charges.

Testimony in an Oyster Bay corruption case shows the girlfriend of a former commissioner wore a wire at prosecutors’ behest.

Attorneys for former Suffolk County District Attorneys Thomas Spota insist he did not commit any crimes in a case stemming from the beating of a prisoner.

Attorneys for Suffolk Legal Aid on Long Island have voted to unionize.

Instructors at YogaWorks in New York City are attempting to unionize, in what is likely to be a first for the U.S.

New York City’s income gap hasn’t changed under Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had promised to fight inequality.

The owners of a building in the East Village contend de Blasio blocked renovations in order to aid a donor.

The New York City Council is working to overturn a ban on so-called conversion therapy for gay people in order to avoid a court challenge that could set a national precedent.

A new gun control law is set to go into effect that is meant to strengthen background checks and was approved in response to a shooting at a church in South Carolina.

Horse riders are not thrilled with the skimpy offerings at the revamped version of Frontier Town in the North Country.

A registry of animal abusers is coming to Oneida County. The Board of Legislators passed a resolution Wednesday to create the registry, while also prohibiting offenders from owning animals.

A Niagara County judge has set the schedule for proceedings in two lawsuits challenging the authority of new state commission – more than a month after the lawsuits were filed.

Many Syracuse parents are breathing a sigh of relief after a new policy will provide transportation to more than 1,000 students.

Eleven hotels, dozens of restaurants and a handful of gas stations sit near I-81 in Salina. They all rely on business from the highway, but with the community grid, much of that traffic will be carried onto what’s now 481 instead.

The Brighton Police Department is hoping to capitalize on the next generation of home security by working with a growing home security company.

Seneca Falls residents are getting ready to welcome the newest members of the National Women’s Hall of Fame for their historic achievements.

Teachers in Buffalo are applauding the proposal that would allow New York school students to take mental health days.

There are nearly 60,000 mold complaints that the New York City Housing Authority failed to fix.

A plan by the utility NYSEG to raise rates has upset customers in the Hudson Valley.

In national news:

Ten Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage on Thursday in the next round of debates of the 2020 campaign.

Before the debate, former Vice President Joe Biden took a tumble in a poll as Sen. Elizabeth Warren starts to gain.

Biden’s campaign sees a disconnect between its base of older, more moderate Democratic voters and the young, online-savvy reporters who cover him.

The Supreme Court determined the Trump administration can bar asylum seekers, but a legal fight will continue.

President Trump proposed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, siting a public health concerns over illnesses believed to be related to vaping.

The EPA is scaling back its regulations of clean water rules to standards put in place in 1986.

Democrats are urging Rep. Joe Kennedy to hold off on a challenge to Sen. Ed Markey for a Massachusetts Senate seat.

California officials are taking aim at the NCAA’s ban against college athletes being compensated.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes groups like Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposed a legalization effort, should be required to release the names of their donors.

Newsday is backing restrictions on vaping.

The New York Post decried the “stonewalling” of the Empire Center by the campaign finance commission in an open records case.

The Daily News criticized the federal opportunity zones tax break and says Congress needs to fix it.

From the sports pages:

Triple Crown winner Justify failed a drug test prior to winning a race that qualified him for the Kentucky Derby.

The NFL faces an unprecedented problem in the form of the rape allegation against wide receiver Antonio Brown in a civil suit.

The Mets are hanging in there to stay in postseason contention.