Good morning and TGIF! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

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

At 11 a.m., Sen. Jim Tedisco will tour flood damage in Hamilton County. Hope Town Barn, Route 30, Hope.

At noon, Westchester County Executive George Latimer will present the 2020 operating budget proposals. 148 Martine Ave., 9th Floor, White Plains.

At 12:30 p.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will deliver remarks and receive an award at the WNY STEM Hub recognition program. Pearl Street Grill. 76 Pearl St., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will highlight New York’s efforts to support veterans. Freedom Hall. Room 301, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.

At 7:45 p.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will address the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s fall gala, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.


Eight months after saying he would not join the race for president, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering joining the crowded field after all.

Even though Michael Bloomberg is thinking of running for president as a Democrat, he never ran on the party’s line in his three campaigns as mayor — which could be a reason that not every elected official was urging him to join the already-crowded campaign.

New York state is writing down the value of the Buffalo Tesla Plant by $1 billion.

The New York attorney general’s office is dropping part of its case against Exxon over disclosing what it knew about climate change.

Cash bail will no longer be required for many criminal charges in New York at the start of the year. But victim advocates, law enforcement and Republican lawmakers are concerned the measure goes too far — especially when it comes for those accused of domestic violence.

A special council is set to review overcrowding issues in the high peaks region of the Adirondacks after Gov. Cuomo called the issue a problem.

The MTA and the transit workers union president are at odds over the state of the negotiations surrounding a new contract.

There were some Election Day problems state officials said were related to the first day of early voting.

New Jersey is a solidly Democratic state, but there’s been a conservative backlash to immigration.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was too busy running for president to accept NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill’s resignation.

Seven police officers were added to a “blacklist” by the Brooklyn district attorney for a variety of transgressions.

New York City is $12 million to entice defendants back to court, using gift cards, cell phones and Mets tickets.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he and his daughters will spend Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico.

New York City officials are launching a new inspection plan for homes with lead-based paint.

Mayor Byron Brown says he has not been given any information on the raid that took place at Buffalo City Hall on Wednesday.

Brown also said he has confidence in the planning chief whose home was also raided by federal agents.

Elected officials and coaches will hold a rally in support of tackle football amid a proposed ban.

A judge in Brooklyn has been sanctioned after being accused of making a racist remark.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has delayed the start of a major change in a flood insurance program that would affect coastal homeowners on Long Island.

New York City’s largest food distribution center does not have any anti-flood protections.

Adam Bello is the first Democrat to win the Monroe County Executive seat in decades. On Wednesday morning he spoke with Spectrum News about his big win and his plans moving forward.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is proposing a 12 percent salary raise for his top aide and political operative.

The final Sears location is closing in western New York.

One Orange County woman planted a tree in her yard more than five decades ago, and now it will be seen by millions in the city that never sleeps.

In national news:

Impeachment investigators have subpoenaed Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.

A top official in the Department of State complained President Trump was politicizing policy in Ukraine.

House Republicans are giving the president cover in part by appearing to blame the situation on his deputies in the administration.

The impeachment inquiry against President Trump is also straining the relationship he’s forged with his attorney general, Bill Barr.

Aides to President Trump weighed a mass resignation, according to a new book written by an anonymous White House staffer.

The book describes the president has cruel and incompetent as well as a danger to the country.

A group is calling on Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanagh to recuse themselves from weighing in on LGBT cases.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, making a populist pitch by playing up her Oklahoma roots, is gilding over her time spent at Harvard.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News calls President Trump’s tweets about bail reform a “hypocritical tantrum.”

The New York Post criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for complaining about “hipsters” and “tourists” who visit the Bronx and Queens.

The Buffalo News called this week’s raid on City Hall by federal investigators disturbing, especially if it was enough for a judge to approve a search warrant.

The Times Union says the problem caused by flooding need something more than the band-aids of monetary support from the state and federal governments.

Newsday criticized Attorney General Letitia James for not appealing a court case that struck down an cap on lawmakers’ ability to earn outside income.

From the sports pages:

The New York Rangers topped the Hurricanes 4-2.