Good morning! It’s the day before Thanksgiving and many people are already off for the holiday. We have a lot to be thankful for here, especially to everyone who comes to us for their state politics news, even amid the constant change over the last year.

These are polarizing times in our country and every Thanksgiving I like to re-read the 1863 proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln setting the fourth Thursday of every November as a national day of thanks. It’s a little verbose by Lincoln’s standards (and probably written by Secretary of State and former New York governor and senator William Seward), but the spirit of unity, grace and gratitude still stands over the century and a half.

If you can, take some time to rest, eat well, and be safe.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Puerto Rico with his family and is spending the Thanksgiving holiday there. He returns Sunday morning.

At 7:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is a guest on Long Island News Radio discussing Small Business Saturday events.

At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Sen. George Amedore will unveil a highway named in honor of State Police Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand. State Police Barracks. 3003 Route 5S, Fultonville.

At 10:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a public hearing and sign legislation. Blue Room, City Hall, New York City.

At 5 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks. West 77th St. and Columbus Ave., New York City.


Gov. Cuomo for the first time addressed an investigation into a leak at an ethics body surrounding an investigation of his former close aide, Joe Percoco.

A bill to ban flavored e-cigarettes was approved by the New York City Council on Tuesday. It passed the council by a vote of 49 to 2.

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg was on the stump in Arizona on Day Three of his presidential campaign. He was filing paperwork to get on the ballot in this southwestern state. It becomes the eighth state where he will appear on the ballot.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the new vote threshold for ballot status in remarks Tuesday after a pre-holiday turkey giveaway.

There’s long been an intersection of money and public policy in New York, leading to concerns that Albany has a corruption problem. But now a system of publicly financed elections could change that.

Both the Conservative and Working Families parties have filed lawsuits challenging the commission’s authority. The recommendations become law if the Legislature doesn’t return to Albany and vote them down before the end of the year. There’s been little indication so far lawmakers will.

The three commissioners appointed by Gov. Cuomo to the campaign finance board said they were “likely” to vote down the reforms if issues addressing minor parties weren’t discussed.

New York is appealing the decision that tossed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.

The appeal includes other Democratic, high-tax states that were affected by the deduction limit.

State Attorney General Letitia James sat down with Errol Louis on NY1’s Inside City Hall to discuss her legal fights against the Trump Administration, the e-cigarette maker Juul, and more.

The wall is coming. Questions about plans to build a 5.3 mile sea wall on Staten Island’s east shore drew dozens of borough residents to Staten Island technical high school Monday night for a town hall on the pending project.

The public charge rule, which if it goes into effect, would test people applying for permanent legal status, to see if they would require Medicaid or SNAP benefits. This means people looking to extend their student or employment visas or green cards could be turned away if they rely on these benefits.

Supporters of the now-failed effort to bring Amazon to Queens urged the governor to back a primary challenge against Sen. Michael Gianaris.

New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the country and these towns pay the most compared to home values.

New York City lawmakers have approved new parking placard regulations.

Some changes will be in effect at Syracuse University when students come back from Thanksgiving break following weeks of racist and hateful incidents on campus that has garnered national attention.

The cost of reforming the New York City Housing Authority won’t come cheap — and it will cost $600-an-hour for the authority’s monitor.

Rep. Kathleen Rice has endorsed Democrat Pete Buttigieg for president.

Despite a suspension for sexual harassment, New York City Councilman Andy King still continued to make public appearances around his district with fellow elected officials.

A letter backed by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi raises concerns with the implementation of new criminal justice law changes that end cash bail for many charges.

The iconic Utica Tower will soon be no more. The Utica Landmark Tower Corporation’s board of directors has decided to decommission and turn off the tower and the seven-foot red letters spelling “Utica” will be removed.

Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating probation.

Buffalo’s school board elections have been moved from May to November after the approval of a new state law.

The count of absentee ballots in the Ulster County district attorney’s race was completed Tuesday. But even after weeks of waiting by the community, there is still no declared winner.

The big balloons, icons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, may not fly this year due to high winds.

Many people are filling up their shopping carts to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast later this week. The good news is they’ll probably spend less than last year.

In national news:

A new United Nations report paints a bleak picture on climate change amid coming climate talks.

Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation of opioid makers and distributors.

President Trump at a “homecoming” rally in Florida on Tuesday used the event to pushback against the building impeachment effort against him back in Washington.

Budget officials in the Trump administration resigned amid frustration with the frozen military aid for Ukraine.

The president knew of the whistleblower complaint when he signed off on the aid to Ukraine following the freeze.

A filing shows the National Rifle Association increased the pay of executives while also cutting funding for programs.

The Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives is suing Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for documents related to a census investigation.

What’s the story behind the presidential turkey pardon? You’d be surprised; it’s a relatively young tradition.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union says the delay in enacting a ban on vaping products has proven costly when it comes to curbing teenage addiction.

The Daily News decried the deep budget hole the state’s Medicaid program is facing.

The New York Post says “cynical insiders” exploited a commission recommending changes to the state’s campaign finance laws.

Political consultant Bill O’Reilly writes in Newsday that the campaign finance law changes endorsed by the panel will make politics worse in the state.

From the sports pages:

Why Colin Kaepernick’s sudden workout for the NFL was doomed.

The case for the Giants drafting a highly touted defensive end, assuming they get a good draft position.