Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

Gov. Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned.

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

At 11 a.m., Rep. Joe Morelle will hold a news conference on vaccination awareness. 1 Manhattan Square Drive. Rochester.

At 11:30 a.m., Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Lunsford will kick off her campaign. 1150 University Ave., Bldg. 5, Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m., Attorney General Letitia James will announce plans to combat sweatshop labor. 28 Liberty St., New York City.

At 3:30 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will attend diversification panel, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC.

At 6 p.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will headline the Carmel Democratic Committee dinner. Mahopac Golf & Beach Club. 601 North Lake Blvd., Mahopac.


Liabilities arising in connection with New York’s Child Victims Act led the Catholic Diocese of Rochester to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, marking the first diocese in the state to file for bankruptcy after the act became law in August.

Insurance regulators in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Thursday issued a guidance to insurance companies facing potential financial exposure due to legal claims made under the Child Victims Act.

Federal prosecutors are monitoring a civil suit filed by Orthodox and Hasidic Jews in Airmont and weighing whether to get involved.

The Mario Cuomo Bridge is being lit in orange in recognition of Hunger Action Month.

New York’s upstate commercial casinos are facing struggles and have turned to sports betting to shore up revenue.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is introducing a bill to overturn the city’s ban on LGBT conversion therapy.

One in four of the luxury condos in New York City remain unsold.

Who is the CEO of MyPayroll HR, the company in Clifton Park that mysteriously closed and left businesses and workers in the lurch? It’s also not clear where he is.

More than 15 cases on Long Island alone have been reported related to vaping illnesses.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is ramping up its lobbying investigation of a rape survivor, planning to subpoena businesses that she used to buy billboards to support the passage of the Child Victims Act.

A new report commissioned by the MTA finds that split tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge would help reduce congestion.

A proposal to add tracking chips to New York City’s municipal identification cards is being slammed by officials as a bad idea.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is doing away with a clean water regulation that was put in place in 2015 by the Obama Administration.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York has empaneled a federal grand jury to look into the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation.

Courts in New York are turning against what has been a long-held power by police officers to search vehicles if they say they’ve smelled marijuana.

The county clerk in Ulster County is joining an effort to oppose the plan to pull blue and white license plates 10 years old or older, with a new design beginning next year.

A family of seven is trying to hold their landlord accountable after the family “escaped” a bedbug-infested building at 60 Van Buren Street, just next to a home that was the epicenter of a pest infestation three years ago.

The MTA plans to hire 500 additional police officers in order to address quality-of-life concerns.

After more than a half of a century teaching music and dance to children in East Harlem, a nonprofit cancelled its fall programming because of a tax bill and lien approaching $300,000.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on NY1 discussed his new report that recommends an end to court fees and surcharges that he says fall disproportionately on low-income New Yorkers.

Once complete, Build Promise Hall — a project by St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy — will be the newest year-round shelter solely for homeless men in Buffalo.

New York City plans to install chargers for electric vehicles in all five boroughs.

Students in New York City who want to attend a climate change protest will be allowed to have an excused absence from school.

Federal investigators say a SUNY Stony Brook professor stole $200,000 in funds earmarked for cancer research.

A judge has acquitted a former Oyster Bay commissioner of an official misconduct charge.

The NYPD is rolling out an app meant to help members of the public report a crime.

In national news:

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed over health care, immigration and President Barack Obama’s legacy on Thursday in a fierce debate that pitted an aggressive Joe Biden against liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

The debate laid bare divisions within the party over the issues, even as the candidates called for unity needed to oust President Trump.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was once again the subject of criticism at the debate, which also highlighted former President Obama’s legacy.

Perhaps the biggest distinction drawn in the third debate between the candidates was over health care.

As one analysis put it, the former vice president did not stand out in the debate, nor did he set himself back.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, still a presidential candidate, advertised a debate “watch party” outside of City Hall.

Here is a winners and losers list of the debate breakdown from The New York Post.

Thursday afternoon, before Congress broke for the weekend, the House Judiciary Committee took another step towards formal impeachment proceedings.

Juul, the leading brand in the vaping industry, is weighing how far to push back against proposed bans to flavored e-cigarettes.

The Trump administration’s plans to drill for oil in the arctic has cleared a key hurdle.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes the excelsior scholarship program meant to provide last-mile tuition aid to qualifying students is diminished by the credit requirements.

Newsday writes the federal government should provide support for refugees of Hurricane Dorian, not spurn them.

The Daily News writes that it’s “troubling” Mayor de Blasio may not be interested in tackling an overhaul of New York City’s property tax.

The New York Post says it’s good New York City officials are dealing with the rat problem, despite what animal rights activists say.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees swept the Tigers in a two-game doubleheader, but the wins were marred by injuries.

The Mets continue to show signs of life and remain in the postseason hunt.

If you’re a Jets fan, what can you do but laugh?