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Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

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

At 7:40 a.m., Mayor de Blasio is live on MSNBC.

At 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio is live on WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly Transportation Committee will meet for a public hearing. Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 198 State St., Albany.

Headlines:

If you have ever ordered an Uber or a Lyft on your phone, or had someone deliver you food through an app, you have participated in what’s known as the gig economy. Now, state lawmakers want to bolster labor rights for those workers.

Republican Sen. Betty Little will not seek re-election in 2020 and will retire after serving more than two decades in Albany.

Before the Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to get licenses, officially takes effect later this month, Erie County Clerk Kearns said he will post signs with the ICE tip line number on every customer service window of every local bureau.

Rep. Tom Reed says he does not back the debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine sought to interfere in the 2016 election as spread by Republican allies of President Trump.

Farmers are begging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to block New York City from banning foie gras.

New York City is owed millions of dollars in parking fees by diplomats and other out-of-town drivers.

The state Department of Health reported the flu is now prevalent in New York.

A report found a racial and socioeconomic divide in access to early intervention services.

The New York Times profiles the rise and fall of the “taxi king” of New York.

Military suicides have surged to a five-year record according to a report by the Department of Defense. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday called a Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee hearing on the growing problem.

The leadership of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formally approved a new labor contract for its nearly 37,000 members at the MTA after months of often tense talks.

Mayor de Blasio said he backed the hiring by NYCHA of a police officer convicted in the infamous brutality case.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has been a progressive ally of Mayor de Blasio but it seems their relationship has soured. Earlier this week, Baraka filed a federal lawsuit over an assistance program that’s placed more than a thousand homeless New Yorkers in rentals in Newark. Thursday, de Blasio hit back.

A review of a New York City-run homeless program found vermin and no heat in the facilities.

Sideshow “freaks” at Coney Island were at City Hall on Thursday to protest rising rents in the amusement park neighborhood.

A Brooklyn city councilman is calling for protective barriers at every bus stop.

The director of the mental health program ThriveNYC is downplaying the poor retention rate of its staff.

Mike Bloomberg was sent to City Hall through Staten Island — voters in the borough helped him get his start. So not even two weeks into his presidential campaign, the mayor came back Wednesday night.

Jay Kriegel died Thursday after a lifetime of making an impact in media, politics and real estate here in the city.

In Queens, parents are bristling at the proposed diversity plan for the school district.

Amazon is closing in on a deal for a new delivery hub in Queens.

Dozens rallied to protest proposed layoffs in the Rochester City School District, ahead of Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

Bishop Scharfenberger was introduced Wednesday as the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Buffalo, and held a conference call with area priests.

In national news:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking House Democrats to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

In an address on Thursday morning, Pelosi said Democrats have “no choice” but to move forward with impeachment.

An impeachment vote by the House of Representatives could come as early as just before Christmas.

Records show President Trump is often on the phone on an unsecured line that is vulnerable to eavesdropping.

As they push back against impeachment, the Trump administration is disputing the details of call logs from Rudy Giuliani.

Both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are dropping in a new 2020 poll.

Biden got into an angry exchange with a voter in Iowa over his son being employed by a gas company in Ukraine.

Rival campaigns are seeing an opportunity in the failed presidential bid of Sen. Kamala Harris when it comes to picking up key support in the primary.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union says it’s time for a federal paid family leave law.

The Buffalo News points to a bill in the state Legislature providing reimbursement to school districts for transportation safety costs as a worthy idea.

The New York Post raises concerns with New York City’s juvenile justice reform program.

The Daily News says the new contract with the transport workers union with the MTA falls short for straphangers.

From the sports pages:

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the disaster that is the Knicks season.

NY-22: Scalise Endorses Tenney

Republican former Rep. Claudia Tenney on Thursday announced the endorsement of a top member of the House GOP’s leadership team in her comeback bid for Congress.

Tenney was endorsed by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise as she seeks the Republican nomination for the 22nd congressional district.

“I am excited to endorse my friend Claudia Tenney for Congress in 2020. Having had the privilege of working alongside Claudia last cycle, I witnessed just how much she genuinely cares for the people of NY-22,” Scalise said.

“This district is her home; it’s where she spent her life, raised her Marine son as a single mom, and I know she’ll go to bat for each and every one of her constituents as their Congresswoman. Claudia has been a tireless advocate for families, veterans, farmers, and small business owners. Now, more than ever, Upstate New York needs a fighter like Claudia back in Congress, that is why I am proud to endorse her.”

Tenney was unseated last year by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi. She is expected to face a Republican primary in June. So far, Republicans Steve Cornwell, George Phillips and Franklin Sager have filed to run for the nomination.

“I am humbled to earn the endorsement of my friend House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise in our run for Congress in NY-22,” Tenney said.

“Upstate New York has always been my home. It is where I raised my son, and it is where our family business was founded 73 years ago. Just like everyone here, I have a stake in our future. It’s why I have chosen to stand up for our community in both Albany and Washington. Once again, we need a representative who will advocate for our values and deliver real results for our community, not someone who succumbs to resistance, accomplishing nothing and pedaling non-stop impeachment. I will continue to fight to save our community and our nation, every single day.”

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Thursday to one and all. Here’s the news.

Happening today:

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

At 9:30 a.m., Sen. Betty Little will reveal her plans for seeking another term, City Hall, Glens Falls.

At 10 a.m., First Lady Chirlane McCray will make an announcement. Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., a joint legislative hearing will be held on gig economy workers. Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability. New Settlement Community Center. 1501 Jerome Ave., the Bronx.

At 7 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak at the PUSH Buffalo climate justice summit. 429 Plymouth Ave., Buffalo.

Headlines:

The MTA has reached a deal on a new contract with TWU Local 100, the MTA’s largest workers’ union, representatives from both sides confirmed on Wednesday.

Once created as a home for the non-partisan voter, New York’s Independence Party may soon have to be fighting for its life.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he spoke with the chamber’s other appointee on JCOPE after a January meeting that considered investigating Joe Percoco, but did not discuss matters related to the commission.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has dropped its lobbying investigation against rape survivor Kat Sullivan, but she says she’ll keep fighting.

The last time hate crime statistics were officially reported by the state was in 2016 and some lawmakers are pushing for an update.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is backing a $15 minimum wage for small business workers in New York City.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is backing legislation in Congress meant to reduce the number of suicides in the military.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are both backing a measure that would allow parents to borrow for paid leave and child care.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi said he was “troubled” by the allegations against President Trump raised by his fellow House Democrats in a 300-page impeachment report.

The U.S. Senate has backed the federal judicial nomination of John Sinatra for the bench in western New York.

Congress is backing $75 million in funding for the cleanup of West Valley through 2026.

New York lawmakers are considering how to revise foundation aid for schools in next year’s state budget.

Various brands of children’s toys, clothes, and car seats that are available for purchase at local and national retail chains contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, arsenic, and asbestos. A bill to address the issue that environmental advocates have been working on for 10 years, called the Child Safe Products Act, was finally passed in Albany last April.

ACCO brands is moving 54 manufacturing jobs from upstate New York to a facility in Mississippi.

A review of how cops in New York City use Tasers has found discrepancies in their deployment.

The NYPD has named its first black officer to become chief of detectives.

With a little more than two years left in Mayor de Blasio’s administration, housing activists, former allies and even those setting their sights on City Hall are railing against his affordable housing agenda.

Richard Malone is no longer bishop of Buffalo’s Catholic diocese, and Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will take over as administrator of the diocese until a permanent replacement is found.

Buffalo Democrats Assemblyman Pat Burke and Rep. Brian Higgins were among the first lawmakers to call for Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation in August 2018.

Western New York Catholics have a new, if only temporary, spiritual leader.

It’s one of the holiest times of the year for the Catholic Church. But it’s also the close of a difficult year for dioceses across New York state — one filled with scandal, shortcomings and subtraction.

Catholics in the Rochester-area are reacting to the news of Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation from the Diocese of Buffalo.

A member of the New York City Council is facing backlash after criticizing a parental advisory board member for calling Asians “yellow folks.”

New York City Councilman Andy King is yet to pay his $15,000 fine after his return from a sexual harassment suspension.

Congestion on New York City streets, particularly in Manhattan, is worse than ever. And primary culprits are delivery vehicles. But what if you could replace them with cargo bikes like these?

A bill approved by Mayor de Blasio is meant to increase access to Hart Island and overhaul the city’s management of it.

After weeks of protest from Syracuse University students, the administration is promoting peace.

Oneida County’s opioid task force is undergoing a restructuring.

The leaders of some Monroe County enforcement agencies are saying their departments will not make arrests for violations to the controversial harassment law that was passed last week.

Records show Suffolk County police unions spent $830,000 backing the re-election bid of County Executive Steve Bellone.

National Grid says the agreement with New York regulators to end the natural gas moratorium won’t lead to significant rate hikes.

Unless delayed by a court challenge, New York’s law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses is soon to go into effect.

Yonkers, the city of hills, is ranked as the second safest city in America.

In national news:

The Trump administration is considering an additional 14,000 troops for deployment in the Mideast.

It was the House Judiciary Committee’s turn in the impeachment inquiry, complete with all the expected lawmaker theatrics.

The White House signaled it plans to mount a vigorous defense of the president.

President Trump is back in the United States after a bumpy European trip amid the impeachment drive.

Amid scrutiny for his role in the mess, Rudy Giuliani is traveling to Europe to interview Ukrainians.

A handpicked prosecutor of Attorney General Bill Barr can’t back the debunked claim that Ukraine sought to interfere in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.

Democrats, meanwhile, are signaling the impeachment of the president could go beyond the allegations raised against him stemming from pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

From the editorial pages:

The Buffalo News calls the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone a “welcome transition” for the diocese.

The Times Union says a plan to turn the Central Warehouse — an enduring eyesore for the city — seems to have stalled.

The New York Post criticized the call for raising revenue by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in order to close a $6.1 billion budget gap.

The Daily News writes a ban by Catholic schools on natural black hairstyles a relic from another time that should go.

From the sports pages:

The Mets’s Zack Wheeler is joining the Phillies in a five-year, $118 million deal.

Steve Cohen is in the midst of finalizing a deal to gain majority control of the New York Mets that could make the team competitive with the Yankees’s spending.

The Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-118.

Here And Now

Good morning! It’s Wednesday and the week is already half over. Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City, he has a fundraiser later today in Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Sen. Brian Benjamin will host a roundtable discussion on taxing properties in New York City. 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, Senate Hearing Room, New York City.

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

At 11 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will appear at a rally in support of racial impact study legislation. City Hall steps, New York City.

At 3:30 p.m., Sen. Shelley Mayer and local officials will highlight state funding for local youth programming. 11 Amherst Place, White Plains.

At 9:45 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will participate in the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza. 610 Fifth Ave., New York City.

Headlines:

After meeting at the Capitol for several hours on Tuesday, Assembly Democrats indicated they had little interest in overturning the public campaign financing recommendations of a commission made public this week.

Heastie indicated he would be taking a wait-and-see approach on the issue.

New York faces a $6.1 billion budget gap and Assembly Democrats are discussing ways of closing that gap with new revenue sources — potentially a tax increase.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has ordered a review of a staffer who had contacted a commissioner at the state’s ethics watchdog after she complained Gov. Cuomo got wind of her closed-door vote.

Protesters this evening plan to demonstrate at the governor’s birthday fundraiser to call for a tax increase on the rich.

Assemblyman Michael Blake, a Democrat running for Congress, used Giving Tuesday as a way to raise campaign cash.

More correction officers are accusing New York’s prison agency of discriminating when it comes to religious beards.

The State Police will absorb the state park police in a move that is being backed by the union.

As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too.

A state-backed study is reviewing whether to expand the bottle bill.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says community health centers that provide services to the poor are in danger.

The MTA wants to crackdown on people who subway surf.

An MTA investigation found lax background checks have led to risky transit worker hires.

An effort to bolster flood prevention post-Sandy has been left adrift after a Brooklyn lawmaker’s corruption scandal.

New York is one of the last states to require their state Troopers to wear body cameras. But a bill just introduced this fall could change that.

Major changes are coming to New York’s elections and how people vote in 2020.

Starting Jan. 1, New York will begin requiring insurers to include IVF coverage.

The New York City Council is not expected to take up a bill mandating two weeks paid vacation for workers despite Mayor de Blasio’s assurances.

Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday was again in the South, in a city where the vast majority of residents are African American. He once again was talking about stop-and-frisk.

Bloomberg is backing an end to cash bail for many non-violent crimes, similar to what is coming into effect statewide in New York.

A coalition of business groups and firms, including Uber and Lyft, are launching a campaign to oppose efforts to provide benefits and labor protections to workers in the so-called “gig” economy. The groups say it could hurt the flexibility of the work.

New York lawmakers may seek to ban a so-called “virginity test” that was highlighted by hip hop artist T.I.

A guard at Rikers Island purportedly stood by for seven minutes while an inmate there tried to hang himself.

Rikers Island correction officers have started arrested visitors who come in with books allegedly used to hide drugs — and the arrests are now the subject of a lawsuit.

The cop convicted in the notorious Abner Louima police brutality case is back on the public payroll as a carpenter for the New York City Housing Authority.

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation is expected to be announced Wednesday.

Gov. Cuomo, jokingly, suggested Republicans upset with the likely April 28th special election for the 27th congressional district can pay for an earlier vote themselves.

For over a decade, a Hudson Valley farm has participated in Trees for Troops, a nationwide program that provides free, farm grown Christmas trees to active duty military and their families.

The packages ordered on Cyber Monday will start arriving this week, which means the so-called porch pirates may also be out and about.

In national news:

The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee released a report finding President trump abused his office when seeking an investigation of is political rivals by a foreign government.

In a sweeping impeachment report, the House on Tuesday outlined evidence of “significant misconduct” by President Donald Trump toward Ukraine, findings that will now underscore a debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office.

Here is a rundown of the key takeaways from the report.

Republican lawmakers have embraced a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election when defending President Trump.

After a highly anticipate start to her campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris has pulled the plug on her presidential bid.

President Trump indicated a trade deal with China would wait until after the election next year.

A witness with ties to President Trump in Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election has been charged with illegally funneling money to Hillary Clinton.

From the editorial pages:

Newsday writes the House Intelligence Committee report outlines a “disturbing defiance” of the Constitution by President Trump.

The New York Post writes the controversy surrounding the leaking of a closed-door vote by the state’s ethics commission is another “pathetic” example of how the watchdog doesn’t work.

The Buffalo News decried the budget gimmickry that led to a $6.1 billion budget gap fueled by problems with the Medicaid program.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees are meeting with two of Major League Baseball’s top aces to bolster their pitching staff.

Elected Officials To Honor Tenant Advocate McKee

From the Morning Memo:

Elected officials from the state and city level this evening will fete the 80th birthday of longtime tenants advocate Mike McKee, a celebration that comes after arguably the most successful legislative session for his issue in Albany in decades.

Set to attend this evening’s event at The Cutting Room in New York City: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Attorney General Letitia James and Sen. Mike Gianaris, the deputy majority leader in the state Senate.

The party for McKee comes six months after lawmakers agreed to a package of sweeping rent regulations that turned back a generation of housing policy in the state seen by advocates as tilted in favor of real estate interests.

It’s a sign of where power is flowing these days among state and city elected officials as real estate groups are, among many Democrats now in power in both chambers, on the outs and tenant advocates like McKee honored by top officials.

McKee has been credited with helping grow and mature the coalition of housing rights advocates and progressive groups that have backed the cause, including DSA and Housing Justice for All.

Here And Now

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Hopefully you aren’t still digging out. Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Cuomo is yet to release a public schedule. Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City, he has no public events scheduled.

At 10 a.m., the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Budget and Revenues committee will hold a public hearing to examine the foundation aid formula. 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., The New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice System will meet. Council Chamber. City Hall.

At 11 a.m., foster parents and advocates will call on New York prioritize placing foster youth in kin and family-based care. LCA Pressroom, Third Floor, Albany.

At noon, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will attend the Iron Workers District Council holiday celebration. 409 Greenwich St., New York City.

At 3:30 p.m., Williams will attend a community shooting response after recent gun violence in the Bronx. 335 E 152nd St, the Bronx.

Headlines:

The snow from Sunday and into Monday created a travel headache and emergency declarations across parts of upstate New York.

Non-essential state workers stayed home on Monday. Who, exactly, is non-essential?

Michael Bloomberg’s team has trumpeted his role in helping Democrats win control of the House of Representatives last year. He poured tens of millions of dollars into 24 House races; Democrats won all but three of them. But that doesn’t tell the full story.

Bloomberg is vaulting ahead of California Sen. Kamala Harris in a new poll of the Democratic field.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long-standing ties to the state official who dismissed allegations the governor was illegally tipped off to the closed-door actions of the ethics commission.

Democrats in the state Senate are engaging in an end-of-year fundraising blitz.

New York is expanding its syringe exchange programs in rural areas.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a gun control case stemming from a New York City law and whether its currently moot.

A bill meant to crack down on telemarketing calls was approved on Monday by Gov. Cuomo. It takes effect in 90 days.

New York state lawmakers have 20 days to accept or reject the recommendations contained in a 144-page report that the Public Finance Commission released Sunday night, but some believe they don’t have to act right away.

The Working Families Party continued to slam the governor over the recommendations of the commission that will make it harder for them to qualify for the ballot.

The state Board of Elections is gaining new oversight powers under the pubic campaign finance recommendations — a development concerning advocates.

Since Gov. Cuomo’s “Ending the Epidemic” Initiative began in 2014, the number of new HIV infections has dropped 40 percent.

Attorney General Letitia James is urging people who have faced housing bias on Long Island to report it to her office.

Syracuse University students are returning to campus after two weeks of racist graffiti and bias incidents.

Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, New York 27th Congressional District candidate Melodie Baker didn’t lack for support Monday in Clarence.

Sources tell Spectrum News Bishop Richard Malone is planning to seek early retirement, and the Buffalo Catholic Diocese says it has no comment.

Albany Bishop Scharfenberger may be headed to Buffalo to replace Malone.

Bribery charges against former Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, accused of helping of a corrupt doctor run a pill mill, have been dismissed.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has endorsed Ritchie Torres’s bid for Congress.

A mechanics’ union leader says New York City is not ready for the next big storm due to scattered and broken down snow removal equipment.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is urging Cummings Corp. to avoid layoffs at its facility in Jamestown.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo signed the First Responders Harassment Bill late Monday afternoon, amid protest from some community groups.

Newark is suing New York City over relocating homeless people to New Jersey.

Mayor de Blasio joined Errol Louis to discuss Newark taking New York City to court over a program for the homeless, the massive sewage flood in Queens and more.

Mayor de Blasio says he won’t be joining other mayors quizzing the Democratic presidential nominees in Iowa this week.

The sentencing in the corruption case of political consultant Steve Pigeon has once again been delayed.

Jeremy Reichberg, a former de Blasio fundraiser who was convicted in a massive NYPD corruption scandal, is appealing his sentence.

Dermot Shea was publicaly sworn in Monday as New York City’s police commissioner during a ceremony presided over by Mayor de Balsio at NYPD headquarters.

Some parent teacher associations are raking in big bucks, while hundreds of others collect nothing at all. New York City’s Education Department has for the first time compiled and released data on the financial standing of PTAs around the city.

In national news:

Federal lawmakers are in talks to avoid a government shutdown before the end of the year.

The Republican-led U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee found no evidence Ukraine sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election as alleged by some GOP lawmakers and President Trump.

Attorney General Bill Barr has told associates he disagrees with the key finding of an inspector general report that found the FBI was justified in its launching of an investigation of members of President Trump’s campaign.

Democrats, meanwhile, are expanding their debate over impeachment articles beyond Ukraine.

Republicans are set to argue in the coming impeachment vote that the president did nothing wrong in pursuing investigations of his political rivals by a foreign government.

New charges are likely in the campaign finance case against associates of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

A key Republican group in charge of winning and holding state legislatures for the GOP is in turmoil just as redistricting is about to take centerstage.

The Trump administration has signaled it is opening new trade war fronts in France and in South America.

From the editorial pages:

The New York Times says the Supreme Court should drop its case against a New York gun control law.

The New York Post says Gov. Cuomo must start explaining how he plans to close a $4 billion Medicaid gap.

Newsday writes efforts to ban e-cigarette and vaping devices should focus on science, not politics.

The Times Union faulted Albany County Executive Dan McCoy for blocking an audit of the county comptroller over allegations of political work being done on county time.

The Buffalo News says upstate and western New York businesses should bid for parts of the MTA’s major capital spending plan.

From the sports pages:

An absolutely pathetic showing by the Knicks against the Bucks.

Democrat Declares For SD-51

From the Morning Memo:

Democrat Jim Barber on Monday is set to announce his bid for the 51st Senate district in central New York.

Barber is running for the seat currently held by Republican Sen. James Seward, which includes Cortland, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties and parts of Cayuga, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Tompkins, and Ulster Counties.

Barber, a fifth generation farmer, has worked for both the federal and state governments, including seven years as the state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency and for two years as the state Department of Agriculture and Markets special assistant to the commissioner.

“For generations, my family has been proud to live in this region, to run our family farm, and to invest in our communities,” Barber said in a statement.

“I am going to bring that work ethic, love of community, and ability to get results to Albany as this region’s next state senator. Over the coming months, I look forward to discussing important issues with residents and small business owners throughout the 51 st Senate District and earning their support for my State Senate campaign.”

His campaign plans a formal launch event at his family farm on Dec. 14.

Here And Now

Good morning and welcome to December. The snow is going to keep piling up today, unfortunately.

Parts of the Thruway and other highways will have their speed limits lowered to 45 mph due to the second punch of the snowstorm upstate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed non-essential state workers in affected areas should stay home today. Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public scheduled.

At 10 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will testify at a corrections hearing. 125 Worth St., New York City.

Also at 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability. OEM 165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will deliver opening remarks t the downtown revitalization initiative project. 116 S Union St., Olean.

Also at 11 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks. 1 Police Plaza, New York City.

Also at 11 a.m., advocates and supporters will rally in support of parking legislation, City Hall Steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks. New York Historical Society. 170 Central Park West, New York City.

Headlines:

Here’s a look at Michael Bloomberg’s legacy when it came to taxing the rich as the mayor of New York City.

It could be the most important moment of Jerry Nadler’s career. Starting next Wednesday, the impeachment inquiry reaches the House Judiciary Committee. As its chairman, Manhattan and Brooklyn Rep. Nadler, will be the leading voice.

Republican state Sen. George Amedore will not seek re-election. Amedore announced Friday afternoon that he will not seek another term serving in Albany in 2020.

State lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require the governor to come before the Legislature and answer questions similar to prime minister’s question time.

Five years ago, Gov. Cuomo sought to curb sexual assault and rape on college campuses, but compliance after the “Enough is Enough” campaign is unclear.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging Gov. Cuomo to provide more information on potential cuts to the Medicaid program in order to help close a $4 billion gap.

The overall state budget gap of $6.1 billion has taken shape despite an otherwise robust economy.

The New York Rifle and Pistol Association will be arguing a gun control case at the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a 2001 New York gun law.

Some lawmakers are proposing to equip state troopers with body cameras in New York, one of few states where the primary law enforcement agency doesn’t have body or dashboard cameras already.

The state inspector general’s office released a letter on the JCOPE leak investigation, shedding little new light on the circumstances.

Connecticut’s push to expand gambling laws so far has not been successful.

The New York real estate industry is looking toward 2020 as a rebound year after a tough 2019 following new efforts in Albany to approve regulations.

Transit workers are pushing the MTA to hire more subway workers in order to fight trash-strewn trains.

Homeless youth were promised by the de Blasio administration housing vouchers to help make rent in 2017, similar to what older people receive. They are still waiting.

Nassau County spent $43 million on a new computer system over the last decade and it’s still woefully in need of an update.

Democrat Bridget Fleming has announced plans to challenge Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Gov. Cuomo’s office is reviewing the murder conviction of Keith Bush, citing possible prosecutorial misconduct.

Republicans in heavily Democratic Westchester County are facing the question of how far they should go in embracing President Trump.

After more change to the STAR rebate program were approved, state lawmakers say that they’ve had enough.

To quit vaping, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is considering running the marathon.

Dermot Shea officially took over as the 44th police commissioner of New York City.

The New York City Council is planning a public hearing on the New York City schools inspector general after a whistleblower complained the office squelched investigations of the mayor and education chancellor.

Two top priorities for Rep. Brian Higgins — an infrastructure package and lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 50 — have gone nowhere in the House.

Part of Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy’s strategy as the new statewide GOP leader has been to travel the state and stage demonstrations in front of the offices of Democratic officeholders’ doors.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner is emerging as a top candidate for the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to study the high suicide rate among farmers.

In national news:

Lawyers for President Trump’s defense team said they will not participate in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing by the House Judiciary committee.

President Trump is traveling to the NATO summit this week amid anxiety over the future of the alliance.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is still struggling to gain black support and called for “moral unity” at a church in North Carolina.

In 24 hours, Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign raised $750,000.

Two major trade deals with North American countries and China could provide an election-year boost for the president.

Supporters of abortion rights are divided over how to proceed against new laws and court challenges.

Not surprisingly, online shopping is driving much of the holiday buying so far.

From the editorial pages:

Newsday urged Gov. Cuomo to sign three bills meant to prevent water pollution and contamination.

The Buffalo News writes it’s beyond dispute the climate is changing and fossil fuel usage is to blame.

The Times Union says the city of Albany is still struggling with its recycling program.

The New York Post called the impeachment push that’s intensify in the House an “ugly Christmas present” to the country.

From the sports pages:

Garbage from the Jets.

Garbage from the Giants.

Garbage from the Knicks.

Amedore Won’t Seek Re-Election

Republican Sen. George Amedore on Friday announced he would not seek another term to the district he has represented since 2014.

In a statement, Amedore said he never intended to become a career politician and made the decision to retire from the Senate after “careful consideration and reflection.”

The district was initially added to the Senate map by Republicans in 2012 with Amedore, then a member of the Assemblyman, in mind.

But Democrat Cecilia Tkacyzk narrowly won the seat in 2012. Amedore would win it in 2014.

The district stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Hudson Valley. It is seen as a potential pickup by Democrats; Michelle Hinchey has previously announced her bid for the district.

Here And Now

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

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

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

Happening today:

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

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

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

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

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

Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York City lawmakers have approved new parking placard regulations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In national news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the editorial pages:

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

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

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

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

From the sports pages:

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

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