Good morning! Some of us are back to work after a beautiful fall weekend. It’s Columbus Day and most government offices are closed for the day.

Happening today:

At 9:30 a.m., pro-public financing advocates will hold a news conference to push a state commission to adopt their version of a public financing system. The Gateway Center, Westcheser Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla.

At 10 a.m., the state’s public financing commission will meet. The Gateway Center, Westcheser Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla.

At 11:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will march in the Columbus Day Parade. 44th St. and 5 Ave., New York City.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., Gov. Cuomo will march in the Columbus Day Parade. 5th Ave. and W. 46th St., New York City.

At 7 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will be on NY1’s Inside City Hall.

Headlines:

Dice were thrown, cards were dealt and shots were fired inside a Brooklyn social club Saturday morning, leaving four dead and three others injured.

A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule from taking effect nationwide.

Impeachment could be an impediment when it comes to re-election in certain New York congressional districts.

An open question remains after former Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty in his insider trading case: Will he be pardoned by President Trump?

Gov. Cuomo pledged his support Saturday for a statue of Mother Frances Cabrini, an Italian-American who is the patron saint of immigrants and the first person in America to be canonized a saint.

Buffalo schools are determining whether to celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ day and are handing the decision to the students.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi, an upstate Democrat elected to a district the president easily carried in 2016, is walking a fine line on the impeachment question.

Gov. Cuomo is again delaying a Medicaid payment to avoid busting a spending cap, a move that some analysts warn is a mistake.

Striking autoworkers are calling on Gov. Cuomo to sign a bill that would allow earlier access to union members on the picket line.

General Electric Co. has frozen pensions, and observers say employees should consider their finances carefully as a result.

Meanwhile, the demolition of GE’s shuttered plant in Fort Edward is about to get underway.

Attorney General Letitia James won’t be appealing court decisions that overturned the outside income ban for New York lawmakers.

A little-noticed change in the law allowed Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs to serve on a panel that could determine the future of campaign finance laws in the state.

Sex offenders have formed a political action committee to gain a political voice as they argue they have not been protected enough in secure facilities.

Chelsea Clinton, receiving the Val-Kill Medal from her mother: “There’s no space to be anything but optimistic — even in this moment of horror and disappointment in our leaders, because we’ve had leaders like Eleanor Roosevelt before and we will again.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie at a recent fundraiser vowed to help incumbents in the Democratic conference withstand primary challenges next year.

Lyft is suing New York City less than a month after Uber filed suit for the same reason: New York City’s cap on cruising times.

State lawmakers are once again considering changes the school funding formula, one of the thorniest issues to tackle in New York state.

With just days left before the City Council takes a vote on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island, supporters of the proposal are turning up the pressure.

The head of New York City’s police sergeant’s union warned of a return to the bad days of crime in the city, blasting the commissioner’s and mayor’s policing policies.

Many of the most desperate people in New York have been caught up in “crimes of poverty” like petit larceny.

Part of Brooklyn’s waterfront is restricted to maritime use and New York City is losing out on billions of dollars as a result.

A new movie is taking a look back at the causes and legacy of the South Bronx fires.

Western Regional OTB still would have preferred not to release the names of people who it has given event tickets to.

Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia was given the key to the City of Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon.

The Niagara SPCA is celebrating a big milestone. It’s now saved more than 15,000 animals since it became a no-kill shelter back in 2012.

Some new changes went into effect this week at the DMV with an eye toward improving passenger safety in limos and other larger vehicles.

Dozens took part in the “Antiracist East-West Walk” in Downtown Rochester Saturday to help bring awareness about racism and inequities in the community.

The Albany community heard from an addiction recovery advocate this weekend, one many know from Major League Baseball.

In national news:

A violent video — showing a fake President Trump shooting and killing his critics in Congress and the media — was shown at a Miami conference of his supporters.

Hunter Biden is stepping down from a Chinese private equity board and is promising to not take any overseas jobs if his father is elected president.

As U.S. troops withdraw from Syria, ISIS detainees under Kurdish watch reportedly escaped.

President Trump is not second-guessing his decision to withdraw troops from the region, pointing to his campaign pledge to end Middle East wars.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff says the whistleblower may not testify in the impeachment probe, citing concerns for their safety.

The legal questions swirling around former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his associates have given Joe Biden a new punchline on the campaign trail.

The issues surrounding the Ukraine mess have led to difficult times for the nation’s foreign ambassadors.

The U.S. is moving to jumpstart peace talks with the Taliban.

Fox News has featured big boosters of the president, and yet he feels the network has not been sufficiently loyal to him.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News defends the legacy and meaning of the Christopher Columbus statute.

The Buffalo News says New York’s lawsuit over the International Joint Commission is more likely to make headlines than any actual progress against flooding at Lake Ontario.

The Times Union writes that a revival of a police review board will lead to more accountable policing in Troy.

The New York Post blasted the latest economic development news announced by Gov. Cuomo in Syracuse last week.

Chris Churchill in The Times Union writes about the intrigue surrounding the Troy mayoral race.

From the sports pages:

The ALCS is tied at a game a piece after the Yankees lost a heartbreaker in Houston.

The Jets notched their first win of the season with a healthy Sam Darnold.