Happy Passover/Easter weekend, friends.

President Trump lashed out at certain associates who spoke to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia investigation, calling some of the claims made about him in the report “total bull—t.”

The president spent the day playing golf at his West Palm Beach, FL resort with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and several other friends.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued a subpoena demanding the Justice Department give Congress an unredacted version of the special counsel report, including summaries of witness interviews and classified intelligence.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the president’s legal team’s counter-report to Mueller’s report will detail Attorney General William Barr’s conclusion on obstruction of justice.

A group of five former ambassadors who served under former President Obama are lining up behind Pete Buttigieg, giving the South Bend, Ind., mayor a jolt of institutional fundraising support amid his meteoric rise in the Democratic presidential primary.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has begun accepting financial donations for a 2020 presidential campaign, an unambiguous sign that he intends to begin his challenge to Trump within days.

Two Yonkers families were nearly wiped out this morning when they were poisoned by a carbon monoxide leak, authorities said.

Mohawk Networks has brought Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Broadband for All program in Lewis County to a halt, citing the “financial burden” of constructing the 36 fixed-wireless projects involved.

Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will officially be appearing on the ballot in an upcoming City Council race after surviving a challenge to her petition signatures.

All three hosts of the Triple Crown – including Saratoga – were among several major tracks that agreed to phase out the use of a common anti-bleeding medication starting next year, sparked by the deaths of 23 horses in three months at Santa Anita.

Notre Dame’s rector said that a “computer glitch” was one of the possible causes of the devastating fire that severely damaged the cathedral this week.

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency gave $350,000 in termination payments to its staff of five people in January 2018 while all were still working for the agency, and two remain on the payroll to this day, officials said.

Rapper Cardi B, in courtroom couture, rejected a plea deal over her alleged involvement in a Queens gentlemen’s club melee last fall.

NYC Transit President Andy Byford has had growing tensions with Cuomo over management of the foundering subway system – including disagreeing over the plan to fix the L train – and several of Byford’s colleagues fear he might quit.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s fight against the measles took another hit in court today, as a state appellate panel refused to reinstate his order barring unvaccinated children from schools and other public places.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s defunct nonprofit fundraising group, The Campaign for One New York, which raised millions from individuals doing business with de Blasio’s administration, is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the state’s ethics watchdog, JCOPE.

A U.S. appeals court is forcing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make a final decision on whether it will ban the use of a common pesticide linked to developmental disorders in children.

Amazon and Walmart this week kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time.

The MTA’s board, frustrated with the installation of federally mandated crash prevention technology for its railroads, threatened to fire its contractor if its CEO doesn’t show up at its next board meeting.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker plans to introduce legislation or a resolution that would prevent the sale of Pennsylvania-produced gas in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Saratoga County supervisors this week approved a resolution opposing state legislation that could allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.

Charter Communications and the state Public Service Commission may be on the verge of coming to a deal that would keep the company from having to sell off its Spectrum cable TV network.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events or interviews yet announced.

At 8 a.m., the Regional Plan Association brings together more than 1,200 civic and business leaders from around the New York metro area to discuss major issues affecting the region, Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin unveils a donation closet at the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services Administration Building, 127 Bloomingrove Dr., Troy.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show,” and will take questions from callers.

11:30 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and state Sens. John Brooks and Monica Martinez join with multiple veterans organizations to announce funding has been restored for the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Project, VFW Post 2912, 19 Colonial Springs Rd., Wyandanch.

At 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Peter Koo joins U.S. Small Business Administration leaders for an Asian American Pacific Islander Queens town hall meeting, Flushing Library, Ground Level, Room C/D, 41-17 Main St., Queens.


After two years, a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released, showing investigators did not find proof of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

But the report did reveal an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction probe, and did not fully exonerate him of wrongdoing.

The special counsel’s office made no conclusion on the matter of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, U.S. Attorney William Barr noted, but the attorney general himself determined that the evidence against Trump did not amount to a crime.

The report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump or any of his associates and the Russian government, but it firmly underlined alleged Russian efforts to meddle in US politics.

The report is some 400 pages long, you can reach and search it yourself here.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, says the report “outlines disturbing evidence” that Trump engaged in misconduct, and he’ll be issuing a subpoena for the full document and the underlying materials.

House Democrats, facing some of the most striking evidence yet from Mueller that Trump attempted to thwart his investigation, edged closer to confronting a question they have long tried to avoid: whether the president’s behavior warrants impeachment.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vowed to sign onto an impeachment resolution after the Mueller report’s release.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the report “displays the fact that this is over,” but the Democrats “don’t know it yet.”

Trump trolled his critics following the release of the Mueller report, joking that he was going to be in office for the next 10 to 14 years. (He’s limited by the U.S. Constitution to two four-year terms).

East Aurora’s Michael Caputo emerged as a bit player in the Mueller report, which retells a previously reported story about the local Republican consultant’s encounter with a Russian who claimed to have dirt on the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

A new lawsuit accuses Caputo of serving as a public mouthpiece for indicted Republican politico Roger Stone, who is under a federal gag order barring him from discussing the criminal case against him.

Michael Goodwin: “Trump is now free to be president without the cloud that hovered over him since his election. No president ever faced, let alone survived, a probe as fierce and determined as this one.”

Authorities are investigating after a suspect was killed and an NYPD officer was shot in the arm in Washington Heights yesterday afternoon.

The money-losing National Enquirer, Trump’s favorite supermarket tabloid, is about to have a new owner: James Cohen, a son of the founder of the Hudson News franchise. American Media Inc., The Enquirer’s publisher, announced the deal yesterday.

An Albany Supreme Court judge has struck down — at least temporarily — an attempt by the state Education Department to strengthen its authority over private and religious schools.

New York City’s health department said it has issued three civil summonses to parents who failed to comply with a vaccine mandate and that the number of confirmed measles cases has jumped from 329 to 359.

There’s an “attitude against charter schools” in the Democratic-controlled state Assembly despite a waiting list of more than 52,000 students, according to a top legislator who’s a member of the party – Education Committee Chair Michel Benedetto.

The fate of legislative pork in Albany is unclear.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a faster commute for 600,000 New Yorkers who ride buses by adding new dedicated lanes that will increase average travel speeds from 7.5 to 9 mph.

Shoppers switching to paper bags after a statewide plastic bag ban takes effect next year will have to shell out 5 cents for each one under legislation approved by the NYC Council.

A Brooklyn judge shot down a lawsuit by a group of parents who were protesting the city Health Department’s emergency order requiring people who live in certain parts of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to get vaccinated amid a measles.

A landmark bill passed by the NYC Council sets emission caps for many different types of buildings, with the goal of achieving a 40 percent overall reduction of emissions by 2030. Buildings that do not meet the caps could face steep fines.

All told, the NYC Council passed nine bills and two non-binding resolutions intended to combat climate change, with the most far-reaching aimed at cutting emissions from buildings 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

A video of Alexander McNab, a black Columbia University student, being pinned down by security officers is adding to a broader conversation about how students of color are treated at one of the nation’s most prominent universities.

NYC officials disputed the Census Bureau’s findings that the five boroughs lost population, calling them “tenuous” at best and suggetsing the numbers may be skewed, in part, because of a change in the survey’s methodology.

Netflix, the video-streaming company, said that it would spend up to $100 million to expand its presence in New York City by creating a production hub in Brooklyn that would include six soundstages.

Mighty St. Patrick’s Cathedral is built to withstand a massive inferno like the one that ravaged Notre Dame in Paris, because fire-proofing was “one of the prime objectives” of the $177 million restoration of the iconic building, completed in 2015.

Legislation needed to construct a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River stumbled in Albany and Trenton this month as lawmakers push for more public oversight of the entity that will build it.

The state’s plan to toll drivers entering a busy commercial district in Manhattan will likely impact upstate New York farmers and businesses that deliver products to that area of the city. They are seeking an exemption.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asked during a radio interview about a shouting match between two lawmakers during a closed-door meeting of state Senate Democrats, indicated one of the electeds may still face an inquiry over his past behavior.

The Fair Elections for New York campaign is focused on the composition and procedures of the commission lawmakers and Cuomo authorized to set up a matching system for the 2022 elections, saying it should be filled with reform-minded experts, not political loyalists, and operate openly with input from the public.

While state officials and environmentalists were disappointed at last week’s federal decision not to require General Electric Co. to resume PCB dredging of the Hudson River, there is another shoe to drop that could lead to court.

Stamford, Conn.-based Centerplate, which has provided food, beverage and merchandising services for NYRA for a quarter century, will continue that relationship through the summer at Saratoga Race Course, and at least through autumn, during the Belmont Fall Championship Meet.

Legislation moving through the Capitol would make state prison inmates, regardless of their crimes, eligible for parole on their 55th birthday if they’ve served 15 consecutive years in prison – an issue highlighted by the case of Brinks getaway driver Judith Clark, who was granted parole at the age of 69.

The former finance director for the Olympic Regional Development Authority recently pleaded guilty to a violation and agreed to pay $8,026 in restitution to settle allegations by the state inspector general’s office that he stole money from the public authority.

While the state’s workforce has steadily declined over the past decade, the level of overtime pay has surged during that period, increasing to nearly $787 million last year and marking the highest level in a decade, according to a state comptroller’s report.

New York is second only to California in the number of international students attending its colleges and universities. While that is unlikely to change in the near term, Capital Region college presidents are casting a wary eye on Washington and the Trump administration, which has proposed tightening student visas.

State officials are preparing to mount their first comprehensive review in more than a decade of the prevalence of problem gambling in New York.

The University at Buffalo freshman who died following a suspected hazing incident was remembered by his roommates as a dedicated student who was passionate about soccer, according to the UB Spectrum, the student-run newspaper at the university.

Police are investigating rapper Remy Ma for an alleged assault after a “Love & Hip Hop” star claimed hip hop star slugged her during an event at Irving Plaza, police sources told The NY Post.

Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law enforcement officials said.


So much is being said about the Mueller report, and no doubt so much more will be said. You can read it for yourself – redacted and searchable version – here.

Among the information revealed in the report is this: Mueller considered President Donald Trump’s written responses “inadequate” and sought an interview with him, but ultimately decided not to issue a subpoena for the interview.

The report reviewed Trump’s attempts to muddy the investigation, including efforts to tamper with witnesses, but decided not to charge the president with obstruction because there was no underlying crime and many of the attempts were carried out in plain view.

Trump, the 448-page report reveals, was panicked when he first found out about Mueller’s appointment, saying: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f@#$ed,” citing testimony from then Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff.

“How could you let this happen, Jeff?” Trump continued, telling Sessions something to the effect of, “You were supposed to protect me…This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

After Trump publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails at a July 2016 press conference, he privately and repeatedly “asked individuals affiliated with his campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails,” the report says.

The release of a “counter report” by Team Trump no longer seems guaranteed, as one of the president’s attorneys, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, maintains there’s not enough new information to merit a response.

Trump’s response to the report: “They’re having a good day. I’m having a good day, too. It was called no collusion. No obstruction. There never was by the way and there never will be. And we do have to get to the bottom of these things I will say. This should’ve never happened…this should never happen to another president again. This hoax – it should never happen again. Thank you.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to the special counsel’s investigators that she misled the media about why Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez renewed her call for Congress to impeach Trump following the release of the Mueller report.

Just as the highly-anticipated Mueller report was made public, Facebook updated a month-old blog post to note that actually a security incident impacted “millions” of Instagram users and not “tens of thousands” as they said at first.

The fire that ravaged Paris’ centuries-old Notre Dame cathedral on Monday was “likely caused” by an electrical short-circuit, an anonymous French judicial police official told the Associated Press.

The bees that made their home inside three hives atop the Notre Dame cathedral have survived this week’s massive blaze — even though the roof was almost completely destroyed.

The nephew of a cop killed in the 1981 Brink’s heist in Rockland County says he’s made his peace with the parole of Judith Clark, but can’t forgive Gov. Andrew Cuomo for ignoring the families of the victims.

A New York Supreme Court Judge has struck down recent state guidelines meant to improve the quality of secular education in yeshivas and other private schools.

New York state agencies paid out $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who says last year’s total overtime cost was at the highest level within the past decade.

For the 10-year anniversary of the state Senate coup crisis, the Capitol Confidential podcast is doing a deep dive into the players and politics that shaped this historic struggle for power in Albany.

Some people who have defected from NXIVM have said the same leaders who preach humanitarianism are also master intimidators who will wring out opponents with years of litigation, use private investigators to bully and urge the government to pursue charges against those they believe have crossed them.

Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law enforcement officials said.

The MTA’s latest round of fare hikes go into effect Sunday – the first since Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the agency during 2017′s “summer of hell.”

The NYC Health Department issued summonses “subject to $1,000 fines” to the parents of three children in Brooklyn who were not vaccinated.

Cuomo today announced that Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, will expand its presence in New York with a production HUB in New York City, bringing hundreds of jobs and up to $100 million in investments.

NYC has yanked its threat of criminal charges and even jail for people who don’t vaccinate their children against measles, it was revealed in court today.

An arsenal of high-powered firearms — including three assault rifles and enough ammo to start a small war — were found in a pick-up truck heading across the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan, authorities said.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public appearances or interviews yet announced.

The much-anticipated (though likely heavily redacted) Mueller report will be released this morning by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who will be holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.

At 9 a.m., New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa will join a panel discussion moderated by AFT President Randi Weingarten entitled “Educational Policymakers: Moving Teacher Professionalism from Rhetoric to Reality,” National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Boardroom, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Assemblyman Steve Englebright and other officials announce the passage of legislation in the state budget that will divert food waste from landfills, Island Harvest Food Bank Warehouse, 875 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the PSC holds its next regular session, Board Room, 19th Fl., Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will deliver remarks at the NYPD Graduation Ceremony, Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Councilman Costa Constantinides and others rally prior to historic City Council’s vote on legislation to fight climate change, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At noon, NYC Council members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson join the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition for a press conference announcing the introduction of legislation that would require the city to work with trusted tenant organizing groups to engage and educate tenants about their rights, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos reviews highlights of the 2019-20 state budget, Plattsburgh Town Hall, 151 Banker Rd., Plattsburgh.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., de Blasio will make an announcement on reducing traffic and improving bus service on city streets, 92nd Street Y, 2nd F., Room S297, 1395 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., NYC Councilman Francisco Moya, Assemblymember Marcos Crespo, Building Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera, Mason Tenders, NYCOSH, and others rally for a bill that would create felony charges for developers whose negligence causes the death of a worker, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., “Driving Forces,” hosted by Celeste Katz and Jeff Simmons, features NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal, WBAI, 99.5 FM.

At 5:30 p.m., New York Communities for Change, Food & Water Watch, and 350 Brooklyn march across the Brooklyn Bridge to urge Cuomo to stop the Williams natural gas pipeline before Earth Day, City Hall Park, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., New York State Bar Association President-elect Henry M. Greenberg will deliver the 55th Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Lecture, New York County Lawyers Association Home of Law, 14 Vesey St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will address a coalition of advocacy groups and national environmental leaders in opposition to the Williams Pipeline, calling on Cuomo to stop it before Earth Day, followed by a march over the Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall Park, Manhattan.


White House lawyers and Department of Justice officials have already discussed details from special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions as Washington awaits the release of his redacted report, which aided the president’s legal team as it prepared rebuttals.

A group of House Democrats called for Attorney General William Barr to cancel his planned press conference this morning ahead of the release of a r3edacted version of Mueller’s report, in part because it won’t include Mueller himself.

A limited number of members of Congress will get to see a “less redacted” version of the report, U.S. prosecutors told a federal judge in Washington.

The Democrats’ demands for a full, unredacted version of Mueller’s report are likely to prompt a political and legal battle that could last for months, if not much longer.

Pete Buttigieg’s increasingly popular presidential run has drawn the support of more than two dozen top Democratic fundraisers, including people who bundled big-dollar donations for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their White House bids.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he will not join the crowded field vying to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to leave the Trump administration and is finalizing the terms and timing of his departure.

North Korea said it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” in what appeared to be a warning from Kim Jong-un to Trump that unless once-promising negotiations with Washington resume, the two countries could again be on a collision course.

When trying to convince reluctant parents to vaccinate their children, the argument “because science” doesn’t work.

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who has been accused of paying bribes to get his daughters into USC, may have misrepresented his own college education to his parents.

Back in the 1980s, Giannulli convinced his dad that he was a college student by making bogus report cards and got his pop to fork over cash with fake tuition bills, according to a recently resurfaced 2016 profile on the fashion blog “The Hundreds.”

Former 1960s radical Judith Clark has been granted parole after serving almost 38 years for her role in the 1981 robbery and murders of two Nyack police officers and a Brinks armored car guard.

Clark, 69, presented statements of support from more than 2,000 people at her parole hearing on April 3, including former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, 11 members of New York’s congressional delegation and Elaine Lord, a former superintendent of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, where Clark is incarcerated.

The New York Post does not approve: “The decision Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Parole Board to set free onetime domestic terrorist Judith Clark decades ahead of schedule makes it painfully clear: There’s just no limit to who it’ll let out of prison.”

Boeing Co. is wrapping up flight testing for a redesign of anti-stall software that’s linked to two fatal 737 Max crashes, as the U.S. planemaker works to lift a global grounding of its best-selling jetliner.

Two days after a massive fire tore through Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, a man carrying two gas cans, lighter fluid and lighters tried to enter New York City’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but was stopped by a security officer and taken into custody, an NYPD official said.

“Nothing happened inside the cathedral,” the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement.

The spectacle of billionaires trying to one-up one another with pledges of cash to rebuild Notre-Dame quickly intensified resentments over inequality that have flared during the Yellow Vest movement, just as President Emmanuel Macron was looking to transform the calamity into a new era of national unity.

The flames that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris make clear the difficulties that fire officials and religious leaders face in addressing vulnerabilities at some of New York’s most iconic buildings.

A crowdfunding page for 3 historically black Louisiana churches devastated by arson exceeded its target of raising $1.8 million after experiencing a spike in donations since Monday’s Notre Dame fire, with former Secretary of State Clinton among those highlighting the fundraiser.

New York City is about to embark on an ambitious plan to fight climate change that would force thousands of large buildings, like the Empire State Building and Trump Tower, to sharply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The congestion charge being slapped on Manhattan motorists will make it cheaper to drive to and from The Bronx, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz bragged — a development that left transit advocates fuming.

New Jersey Reps. Bill Pascrell and Josh Gottheimer will introduce legislation to stop the congestion pricing plan passed by Albany. “The Anti-Congestion Tax Act – or, as I like to also call it, the Manhattan Moocher Prevention Act, takes two concrete actions to stop New York in their tracks,” Gottheimer said.

ICE can no longer arrest undocumented immigrants inside New York courthouses unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) announced its new rule change yesterday, making New York the first state to do so.

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Individuals, companies and institutions have so far donated or pledged 845 million euros, about $950 million, to rebuild the damaged Notre-Dame cathedral, which has stood for more than eight centuries.

The Walt Disney Co., produced an animated musical loosely adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 1996, will donate $5 million to the restoration cause.

French officials announced an international competition to replace the 300-foot spire that once crowned Notre-Dame but was lost the fire.

White House adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she wanted to lead the World Bank, but she told him no. She wouldn’t reveal whether he’d approached her about any other jobs in his administration.

Trump’s lawyers are putting the finishing touches on a rebuttal to the forthcoming report by special counsel Robert Mueller, and according to Rudy Giuliani, the document will be dozens of pages long.

As more states legalize recreational marijuana, there’s at least one place where the rules haven’t changed: the military. Active service members are strictly forbidden to use marijuana, whether it’s recreational or medicinal.

House Democrats distrustful of Attorney General William Barr are prepared to subpoena Robert Mueller’s full Russia probe report immediately after the Justice Department releases a redacted version tomorrow.

Cuomo may have signed an executive order that gives voting rights to registered sex offenders, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be showing up and voting at Jamestown Public Schools anytime soon.

Gov. Phil Murphy has requested the resignations of all the gubernatorial appointees to the troubled New Jersey Economic Development Authority, effective immediately.

PolitiFactNY finds Cuomo has been overstating the negative impact the federal cap on SALT deductions.

Time magazine’s 2019 list of 100 most influential people is out. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the cut, with her profile written by Democratic 2020 contender and Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.

Time’s inclusion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh along with the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, drew criticism from those who believed her allegations.

Monique Chandler-Waterman, a longtime ally of new NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams who’s running for his old Council seat, swore and screamed at NYPD officers while protesting her husbands’ suspension from the Department of Education last fall.

Asylum seekers held in local immigration detention and those who cross into New York from Canada illegally could be held indefinitely under a new federal ruling.

A new study finds 60 percent of pot users in states where recreational use of the drug has been legalized say they’ve driven while under the influence.

The University at Buffalo student who suffered cardiac arrest following a suspected hazing incident has died, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said.

The NYC Department of Transportation must examine the safety of Citi Bike’s electric-assist cycles — and the City Council may hold special hearings to do just that, Brooklyn Councilman Justin Brennan said.

Instructors at an Albany County corrections academy provided 21 jail officers from around the region with the questions and answers to a state-required exam during a training session last week.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio raised the rent on his two Park Slope, Brooklyn homes by $4,450 last year, even as his expenses went down by more than $7,000, according to a copy of his tax returns.

The Citizens Budget Commission has come out in support of legislation that would impose a 5-cent fee on most paper carryout bags.

A key municipal union says it is unhappy with Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, will disregard its past support for him, and turn instead to Republican-endorsed Lynne Dixon in this year’s election.

Republican Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello formally announced his candidacy for the state Senate seat vacated by Cathy Young.

Delivery apps would have to tell customers if businesses palm the tips meant for workers under NYC Council legislation in the works.

Uber and Lyft are notching record levels of robust ridership across the five boroughs – for-hire vehicles made a record-high average of 720,000 daily trips in February, when a new surcharge and driver minimum wage rules went into effect.

The town of Root, which is about 50 miles from Albany, must pay $25,000 to a gay couple who were denied marriage licenses by the town clerk.

Lawmakers, Working Group Rally For More Sexual Harassment Hearings

It’s been two months since state lawmakers in Albany took testimony from survivors of sexual misconduct while working in state government as well as experts working in the field.

On Wednesday, state and New York City lawmakers, as well as the Sexual Harassment Working Group, called for at least two more hearings on the issue.

The group, which is composed of former legislative staffers who are victims and survivors of harassment, assault and misconduct, have for the last several weeks pushed for another public hearing in Albany and another in New York City.

Lawmakers have said they want the hearings to address wider concerns surrounding sexual harassment and how to address the issue for different fields and income levels.

“Every day that the Legislature does not announce dates for additional hearings is another day the voices of workers and survivors are silenced,” the group said in a joint statement.

“The hearing held in February shined a bright light on some of the barriers victims face, such as demonstrating the urgent need to eradicate the ‘severe or pervasive’ standard. But we cannot eradicate every hurdle until our elected officials hear from workers across all industries.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul have endorsed holding more public hearings on the issue, but a date is yet to be announced.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in NYC with no public events or interviews yet announced.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

Vice President Mike Pence heads to Dallas, TX, where he will deliver remarks at a Trump Victory event. He will then continue on to Midland, TX, where he will tour the Permian Basin Oil field and Diamondback Oil rig and deliver remarks at a second Trip Victory event before returning home to D.C.

At 8:15 a.m., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries appears on Pix Morning News, Pix 11.

At 8:45 a.m., state Sen. Rachel May of Syracuse will join AARP for a free and open-to-the-public document shredding event – and kick it off by shredding some of her own sensitive documents – as part of AARP’s 2019 “Operation: Stop Scams,” Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Dr., Liverpool.

At 9 a.m., at the April meeting of the MTA board of directors, bus riders and transit advocates will testify during the public session that transit leaders must do more to publicize nuanced current and future changes to bus service that stem from the agency’s bold Bus Plan kicked off one year ago, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th Fl., Manhattan.

At 9:45 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin joins AARP for an “Operation Stop Scams” event, Rutgers Houses and LaGuardia Houses, 38-48 Rutgers St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Charter School Center CEO James Merriman will be joined by over 100 NYC parents, charter leaders and supporters from across the five boroughs to speak out against a proposed measure to undercut educational transparency, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sens. John Liu and Toby Ann Stavisky, CUNY faculty and staff hold a public hearing on the future of CUNY, Queens College campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. and senior leaders from the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) make an announcement about bringing OATH’s neighborhood pop-up court to East New York, Brooklyn, District Office of Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. 1945 Broadway, East New York, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Land Use meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., state Attorney General Letitia James makes an important announcement regarding a first-of-its-kind program to address environmental concerns in New York, New York City Terminal Market Entrance, 772 Edgewater Rd., the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Councilmen Mark Levine and Antonio Reynoso attend the kickoff for the “Flavors Hook Kids” campaign to keep kids from getting hooked on tobacco products, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen calls for an immediate municipal hiring freeze due to the rampant and continuous abuse of the public payroll with unwarranted pay raises, promotions and hires, many of whom are politically connected, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

At 11:15 a.m., Brooklyn Borough Adams and members of the Green Light NY coalition rally local support behind the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, a bill that would expand access to drivers’ licenses for all state residents, regardless of their immigration status, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn.

At 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights accomplishments in the 2019-20 state budget, John H. Hazlett Building, Legislative Chambers, 5th Fl., 203 Lake St., Elmira.

At noon, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at Molloy College, Advanced of Commerce, Industry and Technology annual Monsignor Hartman Memorial luncheon, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

Also at noon, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will be joined by city and state elected officials and community organizations during a press conference to endorse a candidate to fill his previous seat in the New York City Council’s 45th District, 2900 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Committee on Transportation meets jointly with the Committee on Governmental Operations and the Committee on Economic Development, 250 Broadway, 16th Fl. Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Hochul highlights accomplishments in the 2019-20 state budget, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

At 5 p.m., Williams will deliver the keynote speech at the Laborers’ Local 79 apprenticeship graduation, lower level of 630 2nd Ave., near E. 35th St., St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman David Weprin attends the Hate Crime Forum co-hosted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is an honoree at the Homeless Services United Gala, The Prince George Ballroom, 15 E. 27th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., City & State hosts its Higher Education Power 50 reception, celebrating New York’s dedicated educators, Battery Gardens, 1 Battery Park Pl., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivers his State of the County address, Suffolk County Community College – Grant Campus, Van Nostrand Theatre, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood.

Also at 7 p.m., Williams will attend Girl Be Heard’s annual Mainstage show, “2030: The Future is Ours,” which addresses human rights and social justice issues through performance, and present a proclamation to the organization, 15 W. 28th St., Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., Rep. Jeffries appears at Cornell University’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, hosted by Richard Ravitch, with Reps. Nadler, Demings, Deutch and Dean on how Judiciary Committee Democrats will move forward after Mueller Report, The Lewis Davis Pavilion, Manhattan.

At 8 p.m., Diaz Jr. is an honoree at the Latino Social Work Scholarship Fund Annual Gala, Copacabana, 268 W 47th St., Manhattan.

Also at 8 p.m., Spectrum News NY1 hosts a special 30-minute roundtable analysis show on congestion pricing in New York City, Spectrum News NY1.

At 8:30 p.m., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins veterans and registered nurses for a town hall discussion on protecting the VA health care system from the threat of privatization, P.S. 83, 950 Rhinelander Ave., the Bronx.


President Emmanuel Macron asked French citizens to come together in the aftermath of the calamitous fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral and to move beyond the divisions that have wrenched the country during months of violent street protests.

Notre Dame cathedral was “15 to 30 minutes” away from complete destruction when firefighters managed to put out the blaze, French authorities revealed.

The investigation into the blaze will take a long time, but it is already emerging that Notre-Dame, irreplaceable as it is to France’s heritage, lacked the fundamental fire-prevention safeguards that are required in more modern structures and have been grafted onto other ancient cathedrals elsewhere in Europe.

President Donald Trump vetoed a bill calling for the U.S. to withdraw support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House said.

The veto, only the second time Trump has used his power to block legislation passed by both houses of Congress, strikes down a resolution that invoked the War Powers Act to distance the United States from a four-year conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and resulted in a widespread famine.

A California couple charged in the college admissions cheating scandal says the government’s “single mass conspiracy” theory doesn’t add up, so their indictments should be dropped.

Prosecutors argued that the Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman should get a prison sentence between four and 10 months for paying a college consultant to arrange for cheating on her daughter’s SAT, court documents show. The prosecutors plan to push for the low end of that range.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already raising big bucks for her reelection bid. The Bronx-born progressive raked in more than $726,000 in the first quarter of this year, making her the New York congressional delegation’s second best fundraiser for the period.

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called on Hudson Yards to stop business practices he says are geared toward the wealthy and cease taking advantage of low-income New Yorkers through the controversial E-B Five Visa program.

Self-styled progressive NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’ll go to court to stop Trump from shipping asylum seekers to the five boroughs — but other sanctuary city mayors across the US are putting out the welcome mat for the migrants.

The Long Island Rail Road reported that 94.6 percent of its trains ran on time in March, which is above the agency’s monthly goal of 94 percent, and the best of any month since ‎May 2016.

A measles-infected Hasidic man traveled from Brooklyn to Michigan, unknowingly becoming Patient Zero in the Midwest by spreading the disease to 39 people before frantic health officials tracked him down, a report said.

Merryl Tisch, vice chancellor of the SUNY Board, which licenses charter schools, said the Legislature should lift the cap blocking more of the popular privately run, publicly financed institutions from opening in New York City.

New York’s top education leaders want more evidence of academic progress at two Buffalo charter schools before they renew their charters.

The US Department of Education has awarded charter school operator Success Academy nearly $10 million to establish six new schools in the Big Apple, the network announced.

New York voters strongly support the new statewide ban on plastic bags and a permanent cap on property tax increases included in the state budget, according to a Siena College poll of registered voters.

…But voters oppose the moves by state lawmakers to give Gov. Andrew Cuomo a pay raise, approve public financing of political campaigns, and enact a ban on the public release of police mug shots, the poll found.

In addition, the polls shows neither the governror nor the NYC have improved their receptive standings with voters, and they’re not happy with the raise Cuomo is receiving, either.

In the wake of a series of disturbing reports about Facebook and similar social media sites accessing private data, the governor launched a survey to gauge how New Yorkers feel about data privacy issues.

Weight-loss laxatives peddled by Cardi B and the Kardashians are a “dangerous scam” that pose a serious health risk to New York’s self-conscious teens, according to a local lawmaker, Manhattan Councilman Mark Levine, who is proposing a ban on their sale to minors.

De Blasio’s combined tax rate this year was nearly identical to last, despite his complaints that the federal tax overhaul was rigged for the rich.

The mayor and his wife Chirlane McCray paid $44,246 in federal income tax after de Blasio got a raise last year, according to their tax returns.

Four years ago, de Blasio unveiled a plan to spend more than $325 million on a fleet of custom-built ferryboats and docks so more of the city’s neighborhoods would have a better transit connection. But the costs of starting up a ferry service that links all five boroughs have almost doubled from the original commitment.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign sent out a fundraising request citing a report from The New York Times that establishment Democrats are “agonizing” over momentum behind his bid for the Democratic nomination.

Trump will hold a rally in Wisconsin on April 27 – the day the White House Correspondents’ Association will gather for its annual dinner in Washington.

Trump said he has no second thoughts about blasting “very disrespectful” Rep. Ilhan Omar for her controversial comments about the 9/11 terror attacks while on a swing through the Democratic lawmaker’s home state of Minnesota.

Paris was still reeling over the devastating Notre Dame cathedral fire — as new photos gave a heartbreaking glimpse at the damage left behind.

Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade who helped the wounded in the Bataclan terror attack on Paris and survived an ambush in Afghanistan, also emerged as a hero of the Notre Dame fire, rushing to save two relics – the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns – from the blaze.

“There is no indication that this was a deliberate act,” Paris prosecutor Rémi Heitz said of the Notre Dame fire this morning, adding that investigators considered an accident the most likely cause.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised national address to his country that he wants to see the 13th century basilica rebuilt “even more beautiful” within five years. It won’t be open to the public for at least three years – basically, until a new roof is built.

About 1,600 donors have given more than $200 to multiple Democratic presidential candidates this year, with the largest overlap existing among donors who gave to both California Sen. Kamala Harris and at least one other campaign.

Entergy will sell Indian Point to the New Jersey subsidiary of a company that has promised to cut decades off the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant, the company announced.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the biggest mistake she’s made in her first four months as a freshman congresswoman was how the rollout of the so-called Green New Deal — her ambitious environmental plan to combat climate change — was handled.

Kentucky Republican Rep. James Comer is warning his colleagues that if they mess with Ocasio-Cortez, they could be inviting trouble.

Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank AG and other banks to obtain long-sought documents indicating whether foreign nations tried to influence U.S. politics, signaling an escalation of their probes into Trump’s finances and any dealings with Russians.

A case of illegal dumping on Long Island has led to an overhaul of rules for construction and demolition debris disposal.

As local governments have taken measures to stop the spread of measles, the small fraction of the ultra-Orthodox community that opposes vaccines haa ramped up efforts too, with support from the national anti-vaccination movement. The man at the center of it all is TV-producer-turned-YouTube host Del Bigtree.

Rockland County officials this morning announced a “Communicable Disease and Exposure Exclusion Order” that mandates anyone with measles to stay home, and those exposed stay out of public spaces throughout the county. Those who do not comply face a $2,000-a-day fine.

Five women candidates looking to break the all-male hold on the Buffalo Common Council charged that challenges to their designating petitions stem from “the Erie County political machine” practicing “sexist politics at its worst.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering classifying the opioid drug fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction “when certain criteria are met.”

WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins, who is facing federal securities fraud charges, brought in just $5,000 in the first quarter of the year, and not a penny of that came from an individual donor.

Three New Jersey men have been charged in a $2.3 million “dark web” phony Xanax and money laundering scam, the Manhattan District Attorney said.

New Jersey wants a cut of New York City’s congestion pricing action.

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was appointed to the board of directors of gold mining company – the second post he had landed since leaving the Trump administration in January.

NY-24 Republican Rep. John Katko raised more than $207,000 in the first quarter of the year, gaining an edge over his potential 2020 election opponents as he reloaded on campaign cash, new records show.

Even before Rensselaer County became Ground Zero for drinking water contamination from PFOA, the chemical industry developed what it insisted were safer compounds to replace Teflon and others found in common “nonstick” consumer items. But scientists, environmental advocates and lawmakers argue that it’s the industry’s claims that don’t stick.

A state Supreme Court Justice gave the state Attorney General’s Charities Bureau until April 30 to pose its questions over the St. Clare’s pension collapse.

M&T Bank’s push to more rapidly develop and deploy technology will have a big payoff for Buffalo: More than 1,000 new employees who will be hired to work downtown.

Tech:NYC – an industry advocacy group whose membership includes Amazon, Google, and Facebook – announced a new political action committee called FUTURE NY, which plans to spend roughly $250,000 in the 2020 statewide and 2021 citywide elections.

Charter School Critics: Raising Cap DOA

From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the cap on charter schools.

But going through the briar patch that is the opposition to any effort to do so would be difficult.

“It’s not something we are considering,” said Michael Whyland, a spokesman for the Assembly Democratic conference.

The New York State United Teachers union was similarly opposed.

“Handing money over to charter schools takes money away from public schools,” said NYSUT spokesman Matt Hamilton.

“Rather than talking about lifting the charter cap yet again — resulting in more public spending on privately run schools — the conversation should center on legislative reforms that mandate greater transparency and public accountability for the charter school industry. New York educators will be watching closely throughout the rest of this legislative session to see who aligns themselves with greedy corporate charter interests and who stands with public school children who deserve better from Albany.”

It’s not clear why Cuomo is now seeking to raise the cap, though the student limit was reached just last month in New York City.

And it’s not clear where leverage could be applied: Lawmakers in the state budget agreed to extend mayoral control of New York City schools, albeit with some changes.

Cuomo’s campaigns over the years have received the support from the wealthy backers of charter school networks as the state’s teachers union has been supportive of Democratic candidates in the state Legislature.

But fights over charter schools, protracted battles over co-location, and teacher evaluation criteria, have faded in recent years from the discussion at the Capitol.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events or interviews yet announced.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Principal for a Day Business Leaders Reception in Manhattan. This event is not open to reporters.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have their weekly lunch at the White House, and later Pence participates in Trump’s ceremonial swearing-in of the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

At 9 a.m., state Sen. Pete Harckham will hold a press conference to highlight the application this week of an innovative treatment for Lake Mohegan, 3098 Oak St., Mohegan Lake.

At 9:30 a.m., state Sen. Brian Benjamin, Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal join AARP to launch “Operation Stop Scams,” a statewide series of over 20 free and open-to-the-public document shredding events to help New Yorkers fight identity theft and fraud, Goddard Riverside Community Center, West 88th Street and Columbus Avenue), Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Mark Treyger, public housing residents and community leaders rally in Coney Island to demand that the New York City Housing Authority re-open a critical community center that has been closed since Superstorm Sandy, 2497 W. 28th St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., County Executive Latimer gives The New York Streets and their owners, Corey and Tamara Galloway, a Westchester welcome as they arrive at their new home at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus and local elected officials announce legislation to provide Brooklyn residents who, in one month, make at least 10 trips across the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge using an E-Z Pass account, the same discount currently provided to Staten Island residents, Cannon Ball Park/John Paul Jones Park.

Also at 10 a.m., community-based organizations, policy advocates and NYC Council members from the Progressive Caucus call for land use and planning reforms in the city’s charter, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will be joined by Sheriff Robert Maciol, CAC Chief Deputy Derrick O’Meara and other county and advocacy officials to raise awareness of child abuse as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, 930 York St., Utica.

At 10:30 a.m., SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany Law School, and the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) announce new collaborative experiential learning program, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany NanoTech Complex, NanoFab South, 255 Fuller Rd., Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert and County Attorney Thomas Humbach provide an update on combatting the measles outbreak, media room, county executive’s office, 11 New Hempstead Rd., New City.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will hold a press conference tomorrow in front of Hudson Yards to denounce the facility’s wealthy-focused business practices, which includes many cashless businesses and the use of the EB-5 program to claim funds intended for economically distressed areas.

At noon, NY-22 candidate George Phillips kicks off an eight-county tour that will stretch into May, Stanley Theatre, 261 Genesee St., Utica.

At 1 p.m., Westchester County attorney John Nonna provides an update on water-related environmental efforts at the local airport, county attorney’s office, Michaelean Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., 6th Fl., White Plains.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Parks and Recreation meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Contracts meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., NYSERDA, officials from the American Institute of Architects New York State and David Bruns Realty to announce the grand opening of the first phase of Solara Apartments, a multi-family development being built to net zero construction standards, 291 North Thompson St., Rotterdam.

At 5 p.m., state Ag and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball delivers a review of the 2019-20 state budget, Mohawk Valley Community College Utica Campus, Room AC 116, 1101 Sherman Dr., Utica.

At 5:30 p.m., a rally in support of Julian Assange, against his arrest and the attempt by the United States to extradite him from the U.K., will be held outside the Leo O’Brien Federal Building, Albany. (Organized by the Upper Hudson Green Party).

Also at 6 p.m., Assemblyman Charles Lavine and state Sens. John Brooks, Jim Gaughran, Kevin Thomas and Anna Kaplan hold a public forum on the need for the appointment of a fiscal monitor for Oyster Bay, Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview.

At 6 p.m., the NYGOP gala is held at the Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan. State Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan, Republican Governor’s Association Chairman and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and others will speak.

At 6:30 p.m., Karim Camara, head of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services, delivers a review of the 2019-20 state budget, Community Board 11, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at an Immigrant Heritage Week Celebration, Gracie Mansion, East 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.


Notre-Dame cathedral, the symbol of the beauty and history of Paris, was scarred by an extensive fire that caused its delicate spire to collapse, bruised the Parisian skies with smoke and further disheartened a city already back on its heels after weeks of violent protests.

The fire caused the cathedral’s roof to collapse, destroyed a spire and spread to one of the building’s two rectangular towers, but officials said the structure of the building remains in tact.

Investigators have begun their probe into what caused the blaze and questioned workers on the building.

The cathedral was undergoing a $12 million renovation, which could be linked to the fire.

The fire at Notre-Dame happened on the day that the country’s troubled president, Emmanuel Macron, was supposed to explain how he intended to address the demands of the “Yellow Vest” movement.

Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral after it was ravaged in the fire, calling for donations and saying he would draw on the world’s best talents for the task. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo suggested an international donors office.

François-Henri Pinault — chairman and CEO of Kering, the French-based luxury group behind Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and other world-renowned brands — has pledged over $110 million towards the rebuilding of the Notre Dame cathedral.

Sen. Bernie Sanders released a decade of tax returns, providing new insight into how the Democratic socialist senator from Vermont became a millionaire over his two presidential runs.

Shortly after he disclosed his tax returns, Sanders at a Fox News town hall event rejected the idea that his newfound millionaire status was a testament to capitalism and the “American dream,” saying: “If anybody thinks I should apologize for writing a best-selling book. I’m not going to do it.”

The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency’s newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to lock down the 2020 House election a year in advance, stressing the importance of recruiting candidates who can unseat GOP incumbents in swing districts.

Trump has been dubbed the “Twitter President” by some for his favorite form of communication. But Pelosi said his use of the platform has “cheapened the presidency.”

Pelosi characterized the more progressive wing of House Democrats led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, as “like, five people” that do not represent all progressives, including herself – adding that freshmen Democrats “know that we have to hold the center.”

Ocasio-Cortez believes the US should consider cutting military and economic aid to Israel — and Jewish Democrats are blasting her for it.

Ocasio-Cortez reportedly has rebuffed overtures to meet with officials from some of Gotham’s largest banks since taking office in January.

The New York freshman congresswoman is not animated by the looming possibility of a campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination from former Vice President Joe Biden.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld announced he is officially entering the race for president, becoming the first Republican to challenge Trump in the 2020 race.

Trump’s 2020 campaign announced it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of this year, blowing his Democratic challengers out of the water.

A bill that would permanently extend the expiring 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has just surpassed the number of backers it needs to pass in the House of Representatives, according to an announcement by the bill’s three lead sponsors.

With 19 months until the 2020 election, Trump is seeking to rally his base by sounding a familiar theme from his 2016 campaign. And this time, he has a specific target: Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

A spokesperson for Melania Trump responded to Anna Wintour broadly seeming to suggest that she would not be putting the current first lady on the cover of Vogue in a recent interview.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to stand by his embattled technology commissioner as the city’s internal wireless network remained hobbled by a bug that the feds had warned was coming a year ago.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s adjusted gross income last year was just over $211,000, mostly from his $179,000 salary plus investments. He paid more than $51,000 in federal and state taxes, compared to nearly $55,000 in 2017. His 2018 income was taxed at a federal rate of 18.5 percent, compared to 19.6 percent the previous year.

Cuomo, who has spent most of the last two years railing against Trump’s tax cut law, will save $2,627 in federal taxes in 2018 compared to his 2017 tax bill, according to the governor’s income tax return.

NYC shuttered a Williamsburg, Brooklyn child care center located within the measles outbreak zone for failing to turn over medical and attendance records.

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