Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

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

At 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will be live on WNYC.

At 10:45 a.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will participate in fishing at the 2019 Adirondack Challenge. 463 NY-3, Saranac Lake.

At 11 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks at the memorial service of an NYPD officer. Church of the Sacred Heart, 26 Still Road, Monroe.

At 2 p.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will deliver remarks at the Taste NY Oktoberfest reception and award ceremony. Whiteface Mount Ski Resort. 5021 Route 86, Wilmington.

Also at 2 p.m., Rep. Paul Tonko with Troy Mayor Patrick Madden will visit Troy factories. MMC Millwork, 18 Colleen Road, Troy.


An FBI investigation into the Cuomo administration has led to a $1.2 million legal contract for the executive chamber.

A state appellate court on Thursday delayed New York’s ban on flavored vaping products used in e-cigarettes, a day before it was set to take effect. The delay is a victory for an industry that has opposed state efforts to limit vaping products.

One vape shop owner in the Rochester area says, “Anybody in this industry right now has been wondering if we’re going to be in business anymore. And some people have put 12 years into this industry already, and our families are on the line.”

As the Schoharie and Amsterdam communities prepare to mark one year since a limousine crash claimed 20 lives, federal lawmakers announced legislation designed to prevent similar tragedies and to regulate the limousine industry on Thursday.

Schumer blamed “fatal loopholes” in the law for the limousine crash.

New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday against a loan servicer that handles a student loan forgiveness program for public service workers over how the program has been managed.

A recently hired aide to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was arrested in a mob-linked scheme to bribe college athletes.

Bronx and Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t want to spend a lot of time Thursday night on what most of The Hill was talking about: the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez on Friday will be taking to the stand to explain why she blocks people on Twitter.

Trump, meanwhile, taunted Ocasio-Cortez as a “wack job.”

The son of former congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty Thursday in an insider trading case.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said an April date for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Chris Collins earlier this week makes sense.

A coalition of good-government groups are celebrating a legal victory over Governor Cuomo that would have required them to reveal the identity of their donors.

New York City will create 20 new public schools and reinvent 20 more thanks in part to millions of dollars from the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says raising the age of criminal responsibility has had little effect on his office.

Friends and loved ones paid their respects at the wake for NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen Thursday.

A line of hundreds of mourners wrapped around the corner of the Smith Seaman and Quackenbush funeral home in Monroe on Thursday to honor the officer’s life.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio disputed police officer’s widow when she said her husband’s death was cause by “trigger-happy” cops.

An ex-Army officer is slamming the mayor’s claims made about making strides on homelessness in New York City during his presidential campaign.

New York State is closer than ever to ending the AIDS epidemic. Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that 2018 showed the largest decrease in HIV diagnoses yet.

Buffalo Police say the number of overall homicides to date sits at 37, down from 44 this time last year.

In the wake of all the clergy sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church, Bishop Malone is welcoming the apostolic visitation and review of the Diocese by another bishop.

Dozens of non-union white-collar Albany city employees are poised to receive pay raises of more than 1 percent.

Nassau County is forming a task force to look at the “root cause” of the opioid epidemic.

The Suffolk County district attorney’s office says there’s no need for a special prosecutor in a case in which a man is accused of driving drunk and killing a Boy Scout.

A grassroots breeding effort is underway to help preserve monarch butterflies.

Tessy Plastics is set to expand, creating 50 jobs at four central New York locations.

Developers are proposing a $32 million makeover of the former Xerox tower in Rochester.

Some exciting news for Capital Tonight fans.

In national news:

Texts at the State Department show President Trump wanted Ukrainian officials to launch an investigation of Joe Biden before a face-to-face meeting with the country’s president.

The president publicly called on China to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

No evidence has emerged that Biden sought to trade favors with China.

Biden allies are fuming the Democratic National Committee is not doing more to forcefully pushback against Trump’s attacks on the former vice president.

Manhattan’s top prosecutor pushed back against the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday in a legal battle over President Donald Trump’s tax returns, saying local efforts to investigate the president’s finances should be “free from federal interference.”

President Trump got a warm welcome in The Villages Thursday, where he signed an executive order on Medicare.

After months of pressure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to provide more funding for states and federal efforts to secure the 2020 election.

Legendary Washington Post editor Bob Woodward moderated a discussion with the authors of a new book about Harvey Weinstein and the MeToo movement. It quickly became awkward.

Weinstein, meanwhile, was denied a motion to move his sexual assault trial out of Manhattan.

From the editorial pages:

The Buffalo News writes the country is not “full” as President Trump claims, and much of western New York’s growth has been fueled by immigration.

Newsday called for the passage of new limousine safety legislation a year after a crash killed 20 people in Schoharie.

The Times Union writes those who are found to have committed sexual harassment should be fired, and the state needs to put better guidelines in place to ensure that.

Peter Kalikow writes in The New York Post that an MTA strike would hurt commuters as well as the union.

From the sports pages:

CC Sabathia has been left off the Yankees’ roster for the American League Division Series.