Good morning and happy Wednesday. Here’s what’s in the news:

Happening today:

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City with no public events scheduled.

At 8:30 a.m., Sen. Pat Gallivan’s office will host a small business summit. 1133 Lehigh State Rd, Henrietta.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will make an announcement. The Main Place. 251 Main St., Hornell.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated on Tuesday his push for the federal government to act on curtailing the use of vaping products. The move follows the first death in New York of a 17-year-old resident in the Bronx believed to be linked to e-cigarette usage.

At an afternoon event in the Hudson Valley, Senator Charles Schumer proposed a two-pronged approach to curbing vape use. In addition to launching an educational campaign, Schumer is supporting a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The New York attorney general office’s long-winding case against ExxonMobile over concealing the causes of climate change is finally heading to court.

The state Board of Regents officially ended the use of “growth” scores to evaluate teachers, handing more control to school districts and unions over how teachers are reviewed.

Census experts are worried New York’s Complete Count commission is punting on the needed preparations New York needs to participate in the once-a-decade head count of the country.

The City has a breakdown of how the MTA plans to spend billions of dollars to upgrade the subway.

Hate crimes in New York City remain on the rise even as crime overall has declined compared to last year, the NYPD says.

New York City is cracking down on fake tour operators after Alec Baldwin was scammed at the Statue of Liberty with his family.

New York City’s Times Square-style floating billboards will be a thing of the past following a court settlement.

The MTA is going full throttle when it comes to running trains faster. And Gov. Cuomo is backing it, full speed ahead.

The comments MTA workers began gathering from bus riders Tuesday will help shape the future of service in Brooklyn.

The CEO of a New York City charter school network says schools should focus on achievement of students.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was not pleased with The New York Post’s coverage of the ThriveNYC mental health program.

Video shows a New York City worked dispatched to help homeless people after several killings in Chinatown completely ignore a man sleeping on a bench.

The campaign fundraising haul of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is far outpacing her Republican rivals.

A New Jersey man has been accused of scouting New York City bridges as part of planning for terrorist attacks.

The death of a 41-year-old Hudson Valley man was not the result of criminal culpability on the part of a New York State trooper, Attorney General Letitia James’s office said in a statement released Tuesday.

On Gov. Cuomo’s desk is a bill creating a pilot program for the five-hour driver’s education course to be taken online.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro met his counterpart, Democratic Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, at the half-way point of the Walkway Over The Hudson to announce bipartisan action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Glens Falls Common Council is moving forward with a set of ground rules when it comes to protests on public streets. It comes after some tense moments during recent political demonstrations.

In a letter to friends and acquaintances over the weekend, convicted former Rep. Chris Collins said he is now a Florida resident.

Every time someone stays at a hotel in Onondaga County, there is a 5 percent room occupancy tax. That money is invested in the convention center district, but a trio of hotel owners is behind in its bills.

The chief financial officer for the Rochester City School District has handed in his resignation.

As the Rochester City School District audit committee prepares to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening over a looming $30 million budget deficit, two new developments surfaced regarding what entities should control the city schools.

Nearly 200 officers and colleagues of Rochester Police Officer Denny Wright were in court on Tuesday for the arraignent of the man who is accused of attacking and seriously injuring him.

A shortage in early intervention care providers in Monroe County has created a long waitlist of families needing help for their children, and parents are demanding action.

After months of parishioners voicing mistrust toward the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo over the handling of the clergy abuse crisis, Pope Francis has sent Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio to Buffalo.

Buffalo’s largest health insurance company is being sued for overcharging hospitals, schools and municipalities for 16 years to the tune of millions of dollars.

Rep. Brian Higgins told Spectrum News on Tuesday the best redevelopment plan regarding the Skyway is to tear it down.

A new book by Ronan Farrow claims former NBC personality Matt Later raped a former colleague of his at the network.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore is praising courts in Nassau and Suffolk counties for cutting case backlogs.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing an LGBT discrimination case that originated on Long Island.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the federal Environmental Protection Agency of not doing enough to stop toxic arsenic seeping into the soil and water in Carmel.

The mayors of Schenectady and Saratoga Springs are taking a MidEast trade mission to learn about “smart cities.”

In national news:

The White House pushed backed against impeachment in a forceful letter, declaring the Trump administration would not cooperate with Democrats in the effort.

The stance by the White House presents a challenge and a threat to the impeachment drive by House Democrats.

The whistleblower has said the president’s call with Ukraine was both “crazy” and “frightening.”

The Ukraine saga has ensnared the relatively low-profile Energy Secretary Rick Perry and his focus on a gas company in the country.

For now, former Vice President Joe Biden’s numbers remain stable in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, despite the focus on his son’s work on Ukraine.

A poll found a majority support of voters support the impeachment push, but do not back removing President Trump from office.

The decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria began with a light-night phone call between President Trump and the Turkish leader.

Western companies are seeing the ability of China to cut support for the NBA as a warning to not step out of line over political issues like the Hong Kong protests.

Trump nominees on the Supreme Court could play a pivotal role with cases on LGBT rights in the workplace now before them.

From the editorial pages:

The Buffalo News raises concerns with how Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised Medicaid reimbursement rates just as a major donation came from the hospital industry.

Chris Churchill writes in The Times Union that Democrats like Rep. Antonio Delgado are “playing with fire” when it comes to backing impeachment.

Mental health advocate DJ Jaffe writes in The Daily News there should be an expansion of Kendra’s Law to help avert future tragedies involving the homeless.

The New York Post writes the NBA went too far in kowtowing to Chinese officials over the Hong Kong protests.

From the sports pages:

Jets QB Sam Darnold has been cleared to return after battling mono and is ready to start against the Cowboys.

Good news for the Yankees after the Rays roughed up Astros starter Justin Verlander to force a game 5.