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A Year After Primaries, What’s Changed In Albany

From the Morning Memo:

It was a year ago on Friday voters returned a verdict in the September primaries: The former Independent Democratic Conference was officially dead and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election to a third term was virtually assured with the vanquishing of a progressive-advocacy uprising.

The September primaries a year ago proved to be something of watershed moment for politics in New York and the last year.

For the state Senate, the primaries ushered in a new class of progressive freshman who defeated lawmakers who had been in the IDC, a bloc of Democrats previously aligned with Republicans. The victories were the prologue to a Democratic landslide two months later, with the party capturing full control of the state Senate, leading to a gusher of long-sought progressive legislation for gun control, abortion rights and making it easier to vote.

Issues that gained little oxygen, like combatting sexual harassment, come to the forefront in Albany, with public hearings and new legislation signed into law.

The capstone to it all was a major rent control measure turning back a generation of regulations seen as favorable to landlords and a sweeping climate change measure.

For Cuomo, his victory over Cynthia Nixon was a re-enforcement: The formula of the last two terms continues to work. Cuomo is now the nation’s longest-serving in an era defined by constant political shifts. The Democratic Party of 2010, when the governor was first elected, is not the party of 2019.

Cuomo’s progressive critics contend he’s too moderate, adopting and co-opting their policies only when they suit him. But in this age, a static politician carries little shelf life. Cuomo has proven adept at emphasizing new issues the base of the party cares about, be it taking an aggressive posture on the Trump administration, to health care and, of course, gun control.

For Team Cuomo, the primary over Nixon, an actress and public education advocate with no elected experience, the experience of the 2018 primary was the coalition of black and Hispanic voters, suburbanites and labor union households was holding together.

The election was the enforcement of what has become a credo for the governor’s team: Twitter is not real life. Or, at least, not a reflection of the popular political reality at the moment. The social media site may exhibit a hive mind in criticizing the governor for a variety of infractions, but is not a mirror of the broader electorate. After all, most people aren’t on Twitter, following micro developments as they hatch.

Team Cuomo, broadly speaking, thinks Twitter led the press astray during the campaign, thinking Nixon’s depth of support was far greater than the 34 percent she ultimately generated. Turnout was high in the race, and Cuomo spent heavily in his victory compared to Nixon’s campaign.

The defeat of Joe Crowley to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw the New York political world for a loop in June. It was a House district-level result that wasn’t replicated in September, nor was it replicated statewide. Cuomo won the district three months later.

The 2018 result was virtually the same as when he faced the little-known Zephyr Teachout in 2014: Just over a third of the Democratic primary electorate does not like him, but that’s about it.

What does not reflect is scale, an increasingly difficult commodity to come by in a fractured world where smaller and smaller segments of the electorate at carved up and catered to.

It’s easy for a reporter to lose a sense of scale, what matters, with Twitter as the constant second screen all day with its parade of daily outrages, gaffes and constant breaking news.

Is that dynamic playing out again with the governor’s clear preference in the 2020 race, former Vice President Joe Biden? The Biden camp after all has adopted the Twitter isn’t real motto from the Cuomo campaign. It may be too soon to determine.

Twitter or not, campaigns can force us all to lose perspective: What matters, what doesn’t.

Reporters, candidates and staff can all fight the last war and not see each campaign for what it is: Experiments in human behavior and motivation. What gets someone to polling place every Election Day?

Bellone Rolls Out Digital Ad In Re-Election Bid

From the Morning Memo:

Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s third term bid is formally launching as his campaign on Monday will release a digital ad.

In the 2-minute ad, Bellone highlights his working class background and enlistment in the military as well as why he serves in elected office.

“I decided I wanted to be involved in making public policy and making the decisions to drive the community forward,” Bellone says in the ad.

The 2-minute spot highlights his conflict with former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, now facing corruption charges, and his call on him to resign.

“I did not come here to manage a broken status quo,” Bellone said in the ad.

Bellone is running for re-election in a county won by President Donald Trump in 2016. He faces Republican Comptroller John Kennedy this November.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Monday!

A quick programming note: Posting will be light this week as I’ll be taking a week off. The morning roundup and morning newsletter after today will return next Monday.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Albany.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has nothing public planned and is in New York City.

At 10 a.m., Speaker Carl Heastie with Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton to visit Suggett Park, 89 Madison Street, Cortland.

At 10:45 a.m., Speaker Heastie will visit Arthur Kuckes Childcare Center at Tompkins Cortland Community College, 170 North Street, Dryden.

At 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce the 2019 police officers of the year. Syracuse Police Department. 511 S State St., Syracuse.

At noon, Heastie will meet with EOP students at Cornell University, Cornell Computing and Communications Center, 235 Garden Avenue, Ithaca.

At 1:15 p.m., Heastie will visit Mahogany Grill (closed press), 112 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca.

At 2:15 p.m., Heastie will tour Ithaca Commons, 112 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca.

At 5 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will honor Rep. John Lewis at the FBA SDNY 2019 Presidential Rule of Law Ceremony. 500 Pearl St., New York City.

At 6:15 p.m., Hocul will announce top teams for Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition. Resurgence Brewing. 55 Chicago St., Buffalo.


Executive action announced Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ban flavored e-cigarettes sales in New York amid ongoing public health concerns stemming from vaping and associated illnesses.

Come January, nearly every elevator in New York City must have a door-lock monitoring system, something that is lacking in many NYCHA buildings.

The new boss at NYCHA spent more than $40,000 on travel and related expenses at his old job.

The Staten Island Ferry Terminal was evacuated over a suspicious package on Sunday.

New York state is dispatching emergency first responders over the last several weeks to respond to natural disasters across the country in Florida, North Carolina and California.

Jimmy Vielkind: A June legislative primary could scramble the state legislative calendar for the Senate and Assembly this year, leading to an early wrap-up.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has officially launched his bid for a third term.

As he runs for re-election, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz can tap into a host of perks available to an incumbent.

Republicans and Democrats who represent in New York are backing legislation stemming from border enforcement diversions in order to maintain staffing levels at crossings with Canada.

Dozens of ICE protesters were arrested this weekend at a demonstration in midtown Manhattan.

In Glens Falls, there has been a tense standoff between supporters and critics of President Donald Trump outside of Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office.

Members of the DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America, gathered at a church in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday night to screen candidates to run in local state Assembly and Senate races next year.

New York officials this week will hold question-and-answer sessions to discuss Long Island offshore wind.

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart is leading an effort to inform non-first responders they can also apply for benefits under the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund.

The U.S. Navy is opposing New York’s plan to cleanup groundwater pollution at a former Northrup Grunman site and Navy-owned land in Bethpage.

Child care providers in New York will have to comply with new food allergy requirements.

Two companies are under fire for offering do-it-yourself rape kits to survivors of sexual assault.

A plan to strengthen the state’s aquatic habitats will be included in the 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

After several months exploring his options, current Democratic Assemblyman Sean Ryan has decided to run for state Senate.

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney spoke with students, teachers and families Saturday afternoon about an issue at the forefront of national policy — gun violence.

Parishioners attended the first Sunday mass since the Catholic Diocese of Rochester filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following multiple lawsuits filed under the Child Victim’s Act.

Attorneys continue to see a dramatic uptick in the number of clergy abuse lawsuits.

A Buffalo Public School teacher accused of molesting a student was allowed to retire rather than face disciplinary charges, her victim alleged.

The town of Sweden is pushing forward with a project to document and recognize all veterans buried in the five cemeteries owned by the town.

Suffolk County is launching a new bike share program, starting with 1,000 bikes in several towns.

The New York Mets were barred from wearing NYPD hats as a tribute on Sept. 11 by Major League Baseball, upsetting a Brooklyn lawmaker.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is going through a strained divorce.

A firefighter in Yonkers suspended for a racist Facebook post has received a promotion.

A judge has determined the owner of the “Wandering Dago” food truck can go to trial in a suit against the DEC.

In national news:

New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pledged to ramp up pressure on Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill strengthening background checks for gun purchases.

The United Autoworkers union has voted to go on strike, affecting thousands of General Motors workers.

New allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh have led to calls for his resignation.

President Trump is measuring his public profile not against other presidents or leaders, but pop legend Elton John.

Crippling attacks against Saudia oil facilities have the U.S. weighing its response and Iran denying involvement.

Oil prices spiked as a result of the attacks.

OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy.

Moderate Democrats are warning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to not let the party be bogged down in an impeachment fight with President Trump.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is shaking up the leadership of his campaign in New Hampshire.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News writes the New York City Council should boost Industry City in Sunset City, calling the project a good thing.

The New York Post blasted a proposal that would restrict on-street parking in favor of electric vehicles.

The Times Union calls the conversion of an Albany County jail facility into housing for the homeless a “thoughtful” approach.

The Buffalo News cheered a Department of Transportation plan to post signs alerting motorists that children with autism live in certain areas.

From the sports pages:

The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 in New Jersey.

The Yankees dropped some games to the Blue Jays this weekend.

The Mets lost to the Dodgers in LA.

Cuomo To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes Through Executive Action

Executive action announced Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ban flavored e-cigarettes sales in New York amid ongoing public health concerns stemming from vaping and associated illnesses.

Cuomo at a news conference on Sunday morning said the move was to curtail the use of e-cigarettes among young people.

“These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said. “We will ban all flavors besides tobacco and menthol.”

Cuomo announced the ban several days after his administration signaled the Department of Health would investigate vaping companies and issue subpoenas. Cuomo also last week signed a bill expanding tobacco education programs to include e-cigarette usage.

The executive action announced Sunday banning flavored e-cigarettes will be enforced by the State Police and the Department of Health against retailers who sell products to underage customers.

Cuomo said there are number of items in the state’s “toolbox” to enforce the ban, including civil and criminal penalties and the loss of state licenses.

Meanwhile, Cuomo plans also plans to introduce a bill that will ban the marketing of e-cigarettes to young people.

Cuomo compared the issue to fighting opioid addiction. His administration last week announced a $2 billion lawsuit against drug makers and distributors over the increase in insurance costs as a result of the addiction crisis.

“In my mind I don’t think it’s an outrageous parallel to say look at the work we’re doing now with the opioid companies,” Cuomo said.

“They sold pain medication that they knew was highly addictive, that they circulated, they advertised, they distributed. It created hydrocodone, oxycontin, it created addictions in the users, which then provided their business relationship with more customers.”

President Donald Trump has endorsed a ban on flavored e-cigarette ban last week, but Cuomo said the federal government needs to do more.

“First, we heard signals that maybe the administration understood this and they were going to be responsive,” Cuomo said.

“Then we get a tweet suggesting the exact opposite. I’m not waiting for the federal government to come protect the people of the state of New York.”

Cuomo Plans Push For Aquatic Habitat Restoration

A plan to strengthen the state’s aquatic habitats will be included in the 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

The plan was unveiled at the Revive Mother Nature Initiative in New York City at Hudson River Park.

“Our new aquatic habitat restoration initiative which includes major fish and oyster restoration efforts will be outlined in full at the State of the State in January and it will be a national first in that it will be the most aggressive and the most progressive statewide program in the country,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“If we’re waiting for the federal government to lead the way it is a fool’s errand – New York is acting now to protect our environment and take care of our natural resources.”

The program is aimed at restoring and protecting wetlands and waterways in New York, which will include investments in the state’s 12 fish hatcheries in order to boost the populations of freshwater sportfish, including walleye, trout and salmon.

Another goal is to restore oysters in New York Harbor over the next decade and doubel the current shellfish restoration program on Long Island.

Signing Bill For Presidential Primary, Cuomo Nudges Lawmakers On Unified Date

A bill setting New York’s presidential primary for next April 28 was signed into law Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who used the measure’s approval as another occasion to push lawmakers to unify the state’s congressional and state primaries to the same date.

In a signing statement attached to the approval message, Cuomo urged lawmakers to take up primary consolidation legislation when the session reconvenes in January.

Cuomo wrote in a signing statement said consolidating the primaries is a matter of “good government” and could boost voter turnout.

New York’s primaries had been split by federal court order to comply with a law requiring timely access to ballots for military and overseas voters. The Legislature, divided between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and Assembly, could not reach a compromise to move the state primaries out of September.

Lawmakers earlier this year approved a measure consolidating the state and congressional primaries to June after Democrats gained control of the state Senate.

Cuomo in the statement wrote the “same logic drives” his push for consolidating the presidential primary with the state and congressional races.

“Having two primary elections, roughly eight weeks apart, will reduce voter participation and cost taxpayers an additional $20 million,” he said. “In addition, managing two separate elections will also burden an already troubled Board of Elections system. The State of New York is stronger when all New Yorkers participate in its democratic system, and a consolidation of all primaries is the only way to achieve that goal.”

Democratic lawmakers this year are once again expected to face primary challenges in 2020, with much of the focus placed on incumbents in the state Assembly.

For now, lawmakers have not embraced the proposal to consolidate the primaries.

State GOP Elects New Vice Chair For North Country

New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy on Friday announced Essex County GOP Chairman John Gereau has been elected the party’s vice chairman for the North Country.

“I’m pleased to announce Essex County Republican Chairman John Gereau has been elected as the NYGOP’s North Country Regional Vice-Chairman,” Langworthy said.

“The North Country is in John’s veins and there is no one more dedicated to seeing it thrive under strong Republican leadership. He understands the values and the needs of the people of this region and will be an important partner in ensuring that we elect the best Republican candidates up and down the ballot.”

The North Country, home to the state’s Adirondacks region, is also a key House seat for the GOP, held by Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Gereau is from the town of Tahawus and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. He has served as an infantryman with the New York Army National Guard’s 10th Mountain Division.

“I’m proud to serve in Chairman Langworthy’s Administration,” Gereau said.

“I was raised in the North Country and raised my own children here; I know how special this region is and how important it is that our elected leaders represent our interests. From ensuring our great Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is reelected to our important state and local elections, I look forward to working with our new Chairman Nick Langworthy to grow and strengthen the Republican Party here.”

Morelle Bills Seek To Boost Vaccination Rate

Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle announced support on Friday for a pair of bills designed to boost the vaccination rates for children across the country.

The legislation comes as anti-vaccination advocates in New York have challenged a law that ends the religious exemption for kids to be vaccinated before attending school.

“One of the greatest threats facing our families is the rapid and dangerous spread of misinformation around the safety of vaccines. The science is clear: vaccines are safe, and they are effective,” Morelle said.

“It is our responsibility as adults to foster a healthy environment for children to learn, play, and grow. That is why I am proud to co-sponsor these pieces of legislation to encourage every family to get vaccinated and prevent the spread of serious and entirely preventable diseases.”

One bill is meant to increase the public awareness of the health benefit of vaccinations. Another bill is aimed at ensuring kids attending public schools who are medically able receive needed immunizations.

The legal challenge to the New York law ending the vaccination exemption so far has faced a series of setbacks in the state-level courts. Opponents have pledged to appeal the case to the state Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.

Public health officials say health people should be vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of disease. Measles outbreaks in Brooklyn and Rockland County led to more than 1,000 reported cases earlier this year.

“As a Mom and as a Pediatrician, I have chosen to vaccinate myself and my children because I know it is the safest way to prevent these devastating diseases,” said Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Ensuring that all who can be vaccinated are vaccinated is critical for a healthy community.”

5 Takeaways From The Third Democratic Debate

From the Morning Memo:

The ten Democratic candidates on the debate stage Thursday evening sparred for three hours, exposing differences on key issues facing the country — from health care, to immigration and foreign policy. Here are five takeaways from the event.

1. Democrats disagree on health care.

The sharpest distinctions were drawn on this issue which, very broadly speaking, is a debate over how much to expand government-run in the United States to the rest of the country. The debate falls into several buckets: Candidates either want a single-payer system that eliminates private insurance, provide the option of people taking government-backed health insurance to compete with the private sector, or expanding benefits to people when they lose their job or have a qualifying income.

2. What’s the plan for gun control?

All the Democratic candidates agreed they want to do something on gun control in the United States following a series of mass shootings. Those proposals include banning assault-style weapons, strengthening background checks and a red flag law keeping guns away from those deemed to be a danger to themselves or others? But how does that get passed Republicans, who may or may not retain control of one house of Congress after 2020? How does that get through moderate Democratic lawmakers elected in Republican-leaning districts? Polls have shown voters increasingly favor some form of gun control to prevent mass shootings, but the issue remains an emotionally charged one for supporters of gun rights in the U.S.

The SAFE Act, a 2013 measure pushed through by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, required Republican support in the state Senate and was a collection of gun control measures, plus items favored by the Senate GOP. But it remained controversial for the Republicans who supported it at the time and still does.

3. No discussion on abortion.

Surprisingly there was no discussion about abortion and reproductive rights, an issue that once again became inflamed this year following laws restricting it in several states and a measure strengthening it in New York. For such a major issue for Democratic voters, especially women, the omission stood out.

4. Castro’s jab at Biden

Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro suggesting former Vice President Joe Biden had a faulty memory, leaping on him for contradicting himself during the debate, could be seen as a turnoff for many voters. It’s no secret that Biden, 76, is older (as is fellow front-runner, 78-year-old Bernie Sanders). And the concerns over Biden’s age is perhaps real for a party that wants to keep enthusiasm for younger voters. The party historically has done well in presidential races when it nominates a candidate under age 55.

But the Castro jab could also be viewed as an ugly and unfair one, especially by older Democratic voters who tend to turn out to caucuses and primaries.

5. Three hours is… long.

The debate on ABC is a long one. An hour-long debate alone with no breaks can feel like running a marathon. Three hours is a lot of time, but was likely needed in order to give all 10 candidates on the stage some semblance of time to discuss each issue. The supersized length felt a lot like a pre-cell phone, pre-TV age in which people had far better attention spans, helping candidates flesh out positions. But it was also a long debate.

Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

Gov. Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned.

At 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be live on WNYC.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Joe Morelle will hold a news conference on vaccination awareness. 1 Manhattan Square Drive. Rochester.

At 11:30 a.m., Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Lunsford will kick off her campaign. 1150 University Ave., Bldg. 5, Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m., Attorney General Letitia James will announce plans to combat sweatshop labor. 28 Liberty St., New York City.

At 3:30 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will attend diversification panel, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC.

At 6 p.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will headline the Carmel Democratic Committee dinner. Mahopac Golf & Beach Club. 601 North Lake Blvd., Mahopac.


Liabilities arising in connection with New York’s Child Victims Act led the Catholic Diocese of Rochester to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, marking the first diocese in the state to file for bankruptcy after the act became law in August.

Insurance regulators in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Thursday issued a guidance to insurance companies facing potential financial exposure due to legal claims made under the Child Victims Act.

Federal prosecutors are monitoring a civil suit filed by Orthodox and Hasidic Jews in Airmont and weighing whether to get involved.

The Mario Cuomo Bridge is being lit in orange in recognition of Hunger Action Month.

New York’s upstate commercial casinos are facing struggles and have turned to sports betting to shore up revenue.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is introducing a bill to overturn the city’s ban on LGBT conversion therapy.

One in four of the luxury condos in New York City remain unsold.

Who is the CEO of MyPayroll HR, the company in Clifton Park that mysteriously closed and left businesses and workers in the lurch? It’s also not clear where he is.

More than 15 cases on Long Island alone have been reported related to vaping illnesses.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is ramping up its lobbying investigation of a rape survivor, planning to subpoena businesses that she used to buy billboards to support the passage of the Child Victims Act.

A new report commissioned by the MTA finds that split tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge would help reduce congestion.

A proposal to add tracking chips to New York City’s municipal identification cards is being slammed by officials as a bad idea.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is doing away with a clean water regulation that was put in place in 2015 by the Obama Administration.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York has empaneled a federal grand jury to look into the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation.

Courts in New York are turning against what has been a long-held power by police officers to search vehicles if they say they’ve smelled marijuana.

The county clerk in Ulster County is joining an effort to oppose the plan to pull blue and white license plates 10 years old or older, with a new design beginning next year.

A family of seven is trying to hold their landlord accountable after the family “escaped” a bedbug-infested building at 60 Van Buren Street, just next to a home that was the epicenter of a pest infestation three years ago.

The MTA plans to hire 500 additional police officers in order to address quality-of-life concerns.

After more than a half of a century teaching music and dance to children in East Harlem, a nonprofit cancelled its fall programming because of a tax bill and lien approaching $300,000.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on NY1 discussed his new report that recommends an end to court fees and surcharges that he says fall disproportionately on low-income New Yorkers.

Once complete, Build Promise Hall — a project by St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy — will be the newest year-round shelter solely for homeless men in Buffalo.

New York City plans to install chargers for electric vehicles in all five boroughs.

Students in New York City who want to attend a climate change protest will be allowed to have an excused absence from school.

Federal investigators say a SUNY Stony Brook professor stole $200,000 in funds earmarked for cancer research.

A judge has acquitted a former Oyster Bay commissioner of an official misconduct charge.

The NYPD is rolling out an app meant to help members of the public report a crime.

In national news:

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed over health care, immigration and President Barack Obama’s legacy on Thursday in a fierce debate that pitted an aggressive Joe Biden against liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

The debate laid bare divisions within the party over the issues, even as the candidates called for unity needed to oust President Trump.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was once again the subject of criticism at the debate, which also highlighted former President Obama’s legacy.

Perhaps the biggest distinction drawn in the third debate between the candidates was over health care.

As one analysis put it, the former vice president did not stand out in the debate, nor did he set himself back.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, still a presidential candidate, advertised a debate “watch party” outside of City Hall.

Here is a winners and losers list of the debate breakdown from The New York Post.

Thursday afternoon, before Congress broke for the weekend, the House Judiciary Committee took another step towards formal impeachment proceedings.

Juul, the leading brand in the vaping industry, is weighing how far to push back against proposed bans to flavored e-cigarettes.

The Trump administration’s plans to drill for oil in the arctic has cleared a key hurdle.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes the excelsior scholarship program meant to provide last-mile tuition aid to qualifying students is diminished by the credit requirements.

Newsday writes the federal government should provide support for refugees of Hurricane Dorian, not spurn them.

The Daily News writes that it’s “troubling” Mayor de Blasio may not be interested in tackling an overhaul of New York City’s property tax.

The New York Post says it’s good New York City officials are dealing with the rat problem, despite what animal rights activists say.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees swept the Tigers in a two-game doubleheader, but the wins were marred by injuries.

The Mets continue to show signs of life and remain in the postseason hunt.

If you’re a Jets fan, what can you do but laugh?