Good morning and TGIF! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has nothing public planned.

At 9 a.m., VOCAL New York and other advocates will rally in Queens for charges against Peggy Herrera to be dropped. Queens Criminal Court. 125-01 Queens Blvd. Queens.

At 9:30 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak at the In My Mind conference, 63 5th Ave., New York City.

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

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will hold a town hall event. Malone AMVETS Post 8, 1474 Co HWY 25, Malone.

At 11 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will be delivering remarks. Battery Park Police Memorial Wall. 385 South End Ave., New York City.

At 3 p.m., Rep. Stefanik will host a town hall event, Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Company, 3715 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls.

At 5:15 p.m., Public Advocate Williams will speak at the Black Girl Takeover Weekend screening. 1000 5th Ave., New York City.

At 6 p.m., state and city lawmakers and officials will hold a workshop for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. The Bridge Multicultural Project. 1894 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.


A special session in December? Assembly Democrats will meet in December in Albany as a recommendations from the public financing commission will be released.

Gov. Cuomo is yet to sign a bill that would limit President Trump’s ability to pardon people accused of crimes by New York prosecutors.

Attorney General Letitia James’s office will not be challenging court decisions that struck down outside income restrictions for state lawmakers.

With 11 votes in favor and 2 opposed, the City Council’s Land Use Committee took a rare step Thursday to block the construction of any future correctional facility on the land in the East River between Queens and the Bronx that is now home to the city’s most notorious jail complex.

Transportation officials are putting the brakes on a major stretch of the West Side Highway.

Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey on Thursday announced she will not seek re-election to the congressional seat she has held for the last 31 years.

Speculation is now being stoked that Chelsea Clinton would run for the seat Lowey vacating.

Sen. Gillibrand returned home to the Capital Region to help further a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act.”

President Donald Trump’s call to have foreign governments investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense, said Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik on Thursday to reporters before a town hall-style event in Johnstown.

A Stefanik town hall event today is expected to be heavily staffed by law enforcement amid expectations supporters and opponents of President Trump will be there.

Residents at a town hall held by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat who has not embraced the impeachment call, questioned the lawmaker about his support.

People with disabilities earn about 20 percent less in New York City, according to a new report.

Corrections officers in New York City have been ordered to stop calling inmates “perps.”

G/O Media has closed down the website Splinter, a vestige of the Gawker-era of websites.

Newsday has sold its free commuter newspaper am New York, and the paper’s staff penned its final editorial as the sale became official.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has revived a call for staggered start times for state workers to ease congestion in the Albany area.

Rotterdam courts could be getting a pay raise and a third judgeship under a new proposal.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2020 budget proposal on Thursday, which included a 3.4 percent tax increase.

After allegations against Mavis Discount Tire surfaced this week that it did no perform safety work on a limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people, mechanics say trust is everything in their business.

A Schenectady-based software company is opening another international office.

The Rochester City Council’s Finance Committee called on members of the Rochester City School District to answer questions regarding the deficit crisis at a special meeting Thursday night.

Western Regional Off-Track Betting has reluctantly released a list of people it’s given luxury suite tickets for various events in the area.

The new cashless bail system will be going into effect in New York state in just a few months, but in Erie County, the practice was adopted a year and half ago.

Democratic congressional candidate Nate McMurray is asking the judge on Collins’ insider trading case to force Collins to return his congressional salary and forfeit his pension as part of his sentencing.

The trial of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., accused of groping, has been delayed.

In national news:

Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the Ukraine investigation were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection.

The men were arrested as they were preparing to board an international flight.

Allies of President Trump’s are worried they can’t count on Senate Republicans in the upcoming impeachment fight.

The president’s frustration with Washington boiled over during a rally on Thursday evening.

Multiple national security officials raised alarms about the president’s policy toward Ukraine before and after the call with the country’s president now at the center of the impeachment controversy.

More subpoenas to Trump allies were issued.

The whistleblower who has raised concerns with President Trump’s Ukraine phone call may have worked with Joe Biden during his time as vice president.

A judge found the National Rifle Association does not have to pay the legal bills of its former president, Oliver North.

The estate of the late pop icon Prince wants President Trump’s campaign to stop playing “Purple Rain” at his rallies.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union is worried about bees dying at an alarming rate, a concern being addressed by Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in legislation.

The New York Post slammed Senate Democrats for not adhering to a sexual harassment law the Legislature approved.

Margaret Sullivan writes the smear against Sen. Elizabeth Warren over whether she was fired for being pregnant is a sign of how poisoned the media world is.

From the sports pages:

The Astros overwhelmed the Rays to advance to the ALCS.

Believe it or not, but home runs are actually down in the MLB postseason.