Good morning and happy Thursday! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with nothing public planned.

At 10 a.m., Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried will take testimony regarding the New York Health Act. Memorial Art Gallery Ballroom. University of Rochester, 500 University Ave., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks. Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. New York City.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will host “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” VFW Post 6912, 7744 W State St, Lowville.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce statewide funding for a farm-to-school program. Waterfront Elementary School. 4th St., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., Assemblyman Colin Schmitt will host a press conference to announce that he has been named a member of the New York State Assembly Minority Task Force on Water Quality and is bringing a public hearing to his district later this month to address the water quality issues facing the Hudson Valley. Blooming Grove Town Hall (Court Room), 6 Horton Road, Blooming Grove.

At 11:30 a.m., NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy and Dutchess GOP Chairman Mike McCormack will be joined by supporters in front of Poughkeepsie City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

At 11:45 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking of Mandela Market’s expansion. 272 E Ferry St., Buffalo.

At noon, de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Firemen’s Monument. West 100th St. and Riverside Drive. New York City.

At 2:30 pm., U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will stand with union leaders and advocates at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 9, Local 201 in Menands to announce her legislation, the Build Local, Hire Local Act. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 9, Local 201. 191 Broadway, Menands.

At 3 p.m., Stefanik will host a second “Coffee With Your Congresswoman.” Johnstown Senior Center, 109 E Main St, Johnstown.

At 4 p.m., NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy and Republican candidate for NY-18 Chele Farley will be joined by supporters and local officials in front of Rep. Maloney’s District Office, 123 Grand Street, Newburgh

Headlines:

Ahead of a vote this month on the approval of a plan to close Rikers Island, the City Council is submitting a new proposal to ban the future construction of new jails on the facility’s land, sources confirmed to NY1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Mavis Discount Tire falsified its records of brake work allegedly done on the limo that crashed and killed 20 people in Schoharie last October, according to new court documents filed by the Schoharie County district attorney.

The bombshell development in the limousine crash investigation, first reported by The Times Union, comes as the owner of the limousine is facing criminally negligent homicide charges.

Ronan Farrow’s new book, which alleges former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer raped a co-worker, has NBC executives worried.

Fiscal watchdog groups say New York’s increasing Medicaid costs are due to poor budgeting.

WBAI workers are planning to tape protest shows about the efforts of its parent company to shut the left-wing radio station down.

Lindsay Boylan, who is challenging Rep. Jerry Nadler in a Democratic primary, says she has raised nearly a half-million dollars for the campaign.

The ThriveNYC program, a project by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, is being accused of dodging questions surrounding the Chinatown murders of several homeless people.

Implementing raise the age juvenile justice law changes in New York City is off to a rough start.

As some tenants endure long waits from state bureaucrats to determine if they’ve been overcharged by their landlords, they are turning to hiring outside contractors to check their math.

There was outrage last spring when just seven black students were offered admission to Stuyvesant High School. But as middle schoolers prepare to take the entry exam for Stuyvesant and seven other elite public high schools, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza warns little is likely to change.

Mayor de Blasio’s administration is pushing a rule that would require new hotels in Union Square to hire unionized workers.

New York City is suing e-cigarette vendors, accusing them of marketing their products to kids.

Nassau County Executive Laura Gillen is calling for an investigation after secret recordings show sanitation workers alleging they offer bribes for better routes.

Rep. Kathleen Rice says she wants tougher gun control laws meant to make it harder for domestic abusers to buy firearms.

Gov. Cuomo says the State of New York is suing the International Joint Commission over its regulation of the level of Lake Ontario.

In a visit to Rochester Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo called for legal action to address the fiscal health of Rochester City Schools.

On Wednesday in Albany, about a dozen poll workers gathered at the county board of elections to learn about how voting is changing in New York.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and GOP operatives worked to pressure Republican Troy mayoral candidate Tom Reale into dropping his bid.

New legislation by Sen. Alessandra Biaggi would work to preserve beehives in New York.

Parents in Saratoga County who work nights and need to sleep during the day may soon be eligible for childcare subsidies.

New York businesses that have filed to complete sexual harassment training are out of compliance with a new state law.

More than 400 jobs will be available in Syracuse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Thanks to a health care group– and a tech group.

Ahead of the November election, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and her opponent Adam Bello discussed an issue that many are calling a crisis in the county: Early childhood intervention.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says the biggest challenge the department currently faces is staffing. The department is budgeted for 342 officers, and currently they are short 47.

Police officers are in Kingston are working to adapt to the city’s growing Spanish-language population.

A small group, mostly unknown to each other, all came for a singular purpose: To provide a dignified farewell to a stranger who recently died alone — former Army Specialist Ambrose Jacob.

In New York’s 27th Congressional District, current Republican state Senator Chris Jacobs is leading the way in fundraising. Although the latest federal reports aren’t out yet, Jacobs said he’s raised more than $1 million and has $850,000 cash on hand.

Former Rochester City Councilmember Adam McFadden has pleaded guilty to one count of federal wire fraud.

A federal judge has denied several parties attempts to get involved in ongoing litigation regarding the legality of New York’s new Green Light Law.

Cost overruns at the George Washington Bridge bus terminal are putting retail space up for grabs.

M. Stanley Whittingham, a Binghamton University professor, is a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the lithium-ion battery.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will begin his trial in a New York court for allegedly groping a woman at a bar.

In national news:

Former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time backed an impeachment drive against President Donald Trump.

Planned Parenthood has amassed a $45 million war chest as part of an effort to flip the Senate and oust President Trump in 2020.

An anti-Trump group is launching $1 million in pro-impeachment ads that will appear in swing states.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy is joining President Trump’s legal defense team. He led investigations of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, while in office.

Turkey is now in its second day of an offensive in Syria, a development the president called a “bad idea” after he backed the withdrawal of U.S. troops there.

Trump also downplayed the U.S.’s longstanding alliance with the Kurds, saying they didn’t help us win World War II.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted the U.S. did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria.

Northern California is facing massive power outages as the utility PG&E tries to stem wildfire risks.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News writes there are deadly gasp in mental health services that led to the deaths of four homeless men in a murder spree.

The New York Post criticized both Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray for not accepting criticism of the ThriveNYC program.

The Times Union says the return of brook trout to the Adirondacks is a case study in why a carbon tax should be introduced.

Newsday writes President Trump should cooperate with an impeachment probe being launched by House Democrats.

From the sports pages:

The Buffalo Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, in overtime.

The Nats shocked the Dodgers.

The Cards blew out the Braves.