Here And Now

Good Wednesday morning, all. Here is the news.

Happening today:

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

At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce the start of construction of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project. Canalside. Central Wharf, Buffalo.

At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit a classroom at JHS 259 William McKinley. 7305 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Brooklyn.

At 10:50 a.m., de Blasio will make an announcement, JHS 259 William McKinley. 7305 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Brooklyn.

At 3 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer will sign worker protection legislation. 148 Martine Ave., 8th Floor, White Plains.

At 6 p.m., housing advocates will rally for money to be invested in the homes guarantee proposal for 2020. Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Place, New York City.

At 9:30 p.m., Hochul will highlight efforts to combat anti-Semitism at the Jewish Community Council’s Sukkot celebration. 1427 President St., Brooklyn.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Tuesday with WAMC’s Alan Chartock said the n-word while quoting a New York Times article and talking about anti-Italian discrimination.

Cuomo quoted a New York Times article from over the weekend that had some believing the governor crossed the line. Part of that article was about Italian Americans from Sicily and slurs that were used against them.

The governor’s office largely fell silent for the rest of the day on Tuesday after he used the word in the radio interview.

The New York Post compiled a list of the some of the governor’s most recent verbal flubs.

A judge determined cutest the state’s home care program are in violation of the constitution.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

The state Democratic Committee has adopted gender non-binary language rule changes.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son Dante earned $650 a week working for his father’s presidential campaign.

Campaign finance records show contributions to de Blasio’s failed bid for the presidency had dried up long before the campaign ended.

Health groups have filed a brief in support of New York’s flavored tobacco vaping ban amid a court challenging from the vaping industry.

Rep. Paul Tonko is holding a comfortable fundraising lead over his Republican challenger.

Immigration advocates on Long Island faulted President Trump’s administration for pushing through a “public charge” rule change.

Just two days before the City Council is expected to take a final vote to approve Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build smaller jails around the city and close Rikers by 2026, two announcements were made.

The Republican candidate challenging Democrat Melinda Katz for the Queens district attorney post is a registered Democrat.

A woman’s group is calling for the removal of NBC President Andrew Lack from a state tourism board, pointing to his handling of the Matt Lauer sexual assault and rape allegations.

City & State has a profile of Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat who has sought to out-work everyone around him.

Jon Campbell at the USA Today Network profiles the New York years of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Only a handful of New York City’s selective schools are posting or releasing their admissions criteria.

New Jersey’s minimum wage next year is set to increase by $1.

New Yorkers are divided along party lines when it comes to impeaching and removing President Donald Trump from office, a Siena College poll released Tuesday found.

The poll also found a majority of New Yorkers would support college athletes receive some sort of payment for the use of their likenesses or endorsements.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has officially filed suit against the International Joint Commission.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a month-long strike by members of the United Auto Workers union that has paralyzed the company’s factories.

An off-duty NYPD sergeant died Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, the police department confirmed, the tenth currently-employed member of the department to take their own life this year.

It’s been 95 years since passenger trains rumbled down the tracks of the Bay Ridge Branch. Now, it’s a freight line.

Newburgh police and firefighters listened to a budget presentation proposing several layoffs in both their departments and other departments Tuesday evening.

In Albany Tuesday night, community members appeared — once again — to talk about ways to keep their neighborhoods safer.

Rensselaer will be the lead agency in the environmental review of the proposed Capital Gondola project, coordinating with Albany.

Through a lawsuit filed Tuesday morning in federal court, the New York state Nurses Association is claiming Albany Medical Center’s Filipino recruitment program violates human trafficking laws.

About 350 seniors in Buffalo will be receiving some property tax exemptions as officials consider expanding the criteria to include more people.

Erie County Legislative Chair April Baskin called for more information Tuesday in the recent death of Erie County Holding Center inmate, Robert Ingalsbe.

Synacor is cutting 14 jobs in western New York after losing a contract to manage AT&T’s web portal.

A measure meant to create an assessment “bill of rights” which would have included 24-hour-a-day operators answering assessment questions died in the Nassau County Legislature.

The candidates for Nassau County district attorney squared off in a debate.

In national news:

Elizabeth Warren’s rivals repeatedly jabbed at her during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, accusing the Massachusetts senator of ducking questions about the costs of Medicare for All universal health insurance and her signature “wealth tax” plan.

The attacks on Warren, who is emerging as the race’s frontrunner, should not come as a surprise.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has, for now, held off on a vote to formally launch an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is turning to “confidential informants” in his investigation of President Trump’s finances.

The men indicted last week on campaign finance charges were spotted dining with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a Miami night spot.

New York prosecutors have subpoenaed a former House lawmaker from Texas in the criminal investigation of Giuliani’s overseas work.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News says the New York City Council must support the plan to close Rikers Island jail.

The Buffalo News cheered the installation of stop-arm cameras on school buses, but added the fines for passing a stopped bus are too low.

The Times Union says a project to construct a gondola between Rensselaer and Albany should be proven to be viable for taxpayer money is committed to it.

From the sports pages:

The Washington Nationals, once the lowly Montreal Expos, have won the National League pennant.

The Yankees dropped the first game of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium to the Astros.

Public Finance Commission Will Present Report Next Month

The Public Finance Reform Commission held another public meeting Monday, and the commissioners set out their agenda for the rest of the calendar year. According to section 3, part 6, the Commission will issue it’s final report on Wednesday, November 27th, which is the day before Thanksgiving. ( See below )

Sources say after dominating much of the early conversation, commission members have moved away from discussing what to do with fusion voting. That doesn’t mean it won’t get dropped back in at the 11th hour, it just means there have been fewer emails about it lately, and not much discussion about it Monday.

The commissioners are “trying to create a functioning program,” according to one insider. And in terms of the public finance component, they are looking at a 6 to 1 match, much like you currently have in New York City. In addition, there may be an adjustment based on geography where it’s as high as 8 to 1 or even 12 to 1. The logistics of administering something like that in different parts of the State becomes markedly more complicated, however.

Yesterday, the Commission voted to retain attorney Jim McGuire as a legal adviser. He’s already defending the Commission in the lawsuit filed against it. Both the Conservative and Working Families Parties have challenged the Commission’s authority to end fusion voting.

However, Commission members have now also asked McGuire to look into whether or not they have the legal authority to limit campaign contributions to those who do not participate in public financing. There are some who believe that without lower contribution limits, there is no way to have a system that functions properly. If they cannot lower those contribution limits, some would say the Commission’s report should be a recommendation only, and not binding as is spelled out in the law. The fear is that if contribution limits aren’t lowered for everyone, few will bother to opt in, especially in statewide races.

Here is the Commission’s agenda.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Here’s the news:

Happening today:

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

At 8 a.m., Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will appear the Association for a Better New York Power Breakfast. 1335 6th Avenue, New York City.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will tour Hofstra University’s new school of business. Hofstra University. 148 Hofstra University. Hempstead.

At 11 a.m., the New York State Nurses Association will announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against Albany Medical Center. Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will deliver remarks at a small business roundtable. Hofstra University. 148 Hofstra University. Hempstead.

At 6 p.m., the Assembly Republican task force on learning to work will hold a forum. Orleans Niagara BOCES. 3181 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

Also at 6 p.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul and Sen. Tim Kennedy will great families at a women’s health forum. Lafayette Parent Center. 370 Lafayette Ave. Buffalo.

At 7 p.m., Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks. Gracie Mansion. New York City.


The State University of New York has a new wage database that offers estimates of how much a student would earn by degree.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow college athletes to receive payment for endorsements and other uses of their likeness. Similar measures have been proposed in other states and California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed that state’s version into law.

Despite efforts by the state, poor conditions persist at New York’s nail salons, workers in the industry say.

A new study questions whether the economy benefits actually benefits from the state’s generous film tax credit program.

Environmental activists are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a new ban on pesticides.

Immigrants have found themselves and their benefits in limbo after a federal court halted the public charge rule change.

The new Kosciuszko Bridge was meant to ease congestion for commuters going between Brooklyn and Queens, but new data released by the Wall Street Journal shows not much has changed.

Mayor de Blasio joined Errol Louis to weigh in on the battle over a statue for Mother Cabrini, the increase in cyclist deaths, and the shooting at an illegal gambling club in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

The mayor also spoke about the City Council’s upcoming vote over closing Rikers Island, harassment allegations against NYCHA general manager Vito Mustaciuolo, and property tax reform.

Sen. Brian Benjamin has proposed a tax relief program for renters.

NBC continued to play defense in pushing back against Ronan Farrow’s new book, denying the company tried to cover up a rape allegation against Matt Lauer.

Three more women have come forward to level sexual abuse allegations against Cuba Gooding Jr.

Lawmakers in the state Senate are exploring ways to provide supplemental funds to the Child Victims Act.

The progressive challenger running a primary against Rep. Carolyn Maloney has raised more than $100,000 in less than weeks.

Rep. Nita Lowey insisted her decision to retire was not motivated by a primary challenge she is facing next June.

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres is proposing new whistleblower protection laws for New York City.

The Innocence Project is joining the effort to preserve the prosecutorial conduct board, a measure that is opposed in the courts by the state’s local prosecutors.

At one time, in the early 1990s, the number of inmates in New York City jails was about 22,000. Today, the population is about 7,000 — and the city now says it expects to cut that number by more than half by 2026.

A delayed response time has put a snag in New York City’s 911 overhaul.

The company behind a controversial police interrogation technique is suing Ava DuVernay and Netflix over its depiction in a miniseries about the Central Park jogger case.

Overall crime is down in Suffolk County, but the county could surpass its 2018 homicide total this year.

The stars of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” are urging New Yorkers to vote the proposed city charter.

The Working Families Party endorsed replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

A nonprofit organization backing bail changes affiliated with NYU bailed out the man accused of killing homeless people in Chinatown after he attacked a court officer.

New York is seeing a spate of deadly attacks against homeless people.

A lawsuit brought by an architect against the design of the World Trade buildings is proceeding.

Once a major contributor to the local economy, the old General Electric plant in Fort Edward is scheduled to start coming down next week.

New York City is facing potentially up to 17 more sexual abuse lawsuits and millions of dollars in legal exposure as a result.

A fourth allegation has been made against former Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard.

Protesters were arrested at a festival parade in Binghamton as they demonstrated against deaths at the Broome County Jail.

New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and grants.

A federal lawsuit is expected to be filed Tuesday by the New York State Nurses Association, which represents nurses at Albany Medical Center. The union claims the hospital effectively forced hundreds of Filipino nurses to continue working there.

The Carrier Dome is an iconic part of the Central New York skyline and it’s in the midst of a makeover. Work is underway on a $118 million renovation project and there’s an update on the project.

Rochester Police Officer Denny Wright has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility for the next phase of his treatment, according to the Rochester Police Department.

With 140,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and some of the city’s best views of the Buffalo River, Rep. Brian Higgins believes the second floor of the old DL&W Terminal is an attraction waiting to happen.

In national news:

President Trump called for a cease-fire in northern Syria and imposed sanctions against Turkey following its incursion into the country.

A former Trump administration advisor testified to congressional lawmakers that Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and personal lawyer to the president, was running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton called Giuliani “a hand grenade.”

The violent video shown at a pro-Trump conference was the product of right-wing activists and allies of the president.

Democrats are set to meet in another televised debate this evening, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren given the clear advantage among the frontrunners.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held lengthy private chats with conservative pundits concerned about censorship on the social media site.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News writes the NYPD is clearly sidestepping a transparency law.

The Buffalo News says the voters in the 27th congressional district need to pick their new representative soon in a special election.

The Times Union says state lawmakers should have the “political courage” to limit their own outside pay after courts struck down a cap on private-sector salaries.

From the sports pages:

The Packers beat the Lions in Monday Night Football.

Here And Now

Good morning! Some of us are back to work after a beautiful fall weekend. It’s Columbus Day and most government offices are closed for the day.

Happening today:

At 9:30 a.m., pro-public financing advocates will hold a news conference to push a state commission to adopt their version of a public financing system. The Gateway Center, Westcheser Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla.

At 10 a.m., the state’s public financing commission will meet. The Gateway Center, Westcheser Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla.

At 11:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will march in the Columbus Day Parade. 44th St. and 5 Ave., New York City.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., Gov. Cuomo will march in the Columbus Day Parade. 5th Ave. and W. 46th St., New York City.

At 7 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will be on NY1’s Inside City Hall.


Dice were thrown, cards were dealt and shots were fired inside a Brooklyn social club Saturday morning, leaving four dead and three others injured.

A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule from taking effect nationwide.

Impeachment could be an impediment when it comes to re-election in certain New York congressional districts.

An open question remains after former Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty in his insider trading case: Will he be pardoned by President Trump?

Gov. Cuomo pledged his support Saturday for a statue of Mother Frances Cabrini, an Italian-American who is the patron saint of immigrants and the first person in America to be canonized a saint.

Buffalo schools are determining whether to celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ day and are handing the decision to the students.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi, an upstate Democrat elected to a district the president easily carried in 2016, is walking a fine line on the impeachment question.

Gov. Cuomo is again delaying a Medicaid payment to avoid busting a spending cap, a move that some analysts warn is a mistake.

Striking autoworkers are calling on Gov. Cuomo to sign a bill that would allow earlier access to union members on the picket line.

General Electric Co. has frozen pensions, and observers say employees should consider their finances carefully as a result.

Meanwhile, the demolition of GE’s shuttered plant in Fort Edward is about to get underway.

Attorney General Letitia James won’t be appealing court decisions that overturned the outside income ban for New York lawmakers.

A little-noticed change in the law allowed Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs to serve on a panel that could determine the future of campaign finance laws in the state.

Sex offenders have formed a political action committee to gain a political voice as they argue they have not been protected enough in secure facilities.

Chelsea Clinton, receiving the Val-Kill Medal from her mother: “There’s no space to be anything but optimistic — even in this moment of horror and disappointment in our leaders, because we’ve had leaders like Eleanor Roosevelt before and we will again.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie at a recent fundraiser vowed to help incumbents in the Democratic conference withstand primary challenges next year.

Lyft is suing New York City less than a month after Uber filed suit for the same reason: New York City’s cap on cruising times.

State lawmakers are once again considering changes the school funding formula, one of the thorniest issues to tackle in New York state.

With just days left before the City Council takes a vote on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island, supporters of the proposal are turning up the pressure.

The head of New York City’s police sergeant’s union warned of a return to the bad days of crime in the city, blasting the commissioner’s and mayor’s policing policies.

Many of the most desperate people in New York have been caught up in “crimes of poverty” like petit larceny.

Part of Brooklyn’s waterfront is restricted to maritime use and New York City is losing out on billions of dollars as a result.

A new movie is taking a look back at the causes and legacy of the South Bronx fires.

Western Regional OTB still would have preferred not to release the names of people who it has given event tickets to.

Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia was given the key to the City of Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon.

The Niagara SPCA is celebrating a big milestone. It’s now saved more than 15,000 animals since it became a no-kill shelter back in 2012.

Some new changes went into effect this week at the DMV with an eye toward improving passenger safety in limos and other larger vehicles.

Dozens took part in the “Antiracist East-West Walk” in Downtown Rochester Saturday to help bring awareness about racism and inequities in the community.

The Albany community heard from an addiction recovery advocate this weekend, one many know from Major League Baseball.

In national news:

A violent video — showing a fake President Trump shooting and killing his critics in Congress and the media — was shown at a Miami conference of his supporters.

Hunter Biden is stepping down from a Chinese private equity board and is promising to not take any overseas jobs if his father is elected president.

As U.S. troops withdraw from Syria, ISIS detainees under Kurdish watch reportedly escaped.

President Trump is not second-guessing his decision to withdraw troops from the region, pointing to his campaign pledge to end Middle East wars.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff says the whistleblower may not testify in the impeachment probe, citing concerns for their safety.

The legal questions swirling around former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his associates have given Joe Biden a new punchline on the campaign trail.

The issues surrounding the Ukraine mess have led to difficult times for the nation’s foreign ambassadors.

The U.S. is moving to jumpstart peace talks with the Taliban.

Fox News has featured big boosters of the president, and yet he feels the network has not been sufficiently loyal to him.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News defends the legacy and meaning of the Christopher Columbus statute.

The Buffalo News says New York’s lawsuit over the International Joint Commission is more likely to make headlines than any actual progress against flooding at Lake Ontario.

The Times Union writes that a revival of a police review board will lead to more accountable policing in Troy.

The New York Post blasted the latest economic development news announced by Gov. Cuomo in Syracuse last week.

Chris Churchill in The Times Union writes about the intrigue surrounding the Troy mayoral race.

From the sports pages:

The ALCS is tied at a game a piece after the Yankees lost a heartbreaker in Houston.

The Jets notched their first win of the season with a healthy Sam Darnold.

Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has nothing public planned.

At 9 a.m., VOCAL New York and other advocates will rally in Queens for charges against Peggy Herrera to be dropped. Queens Criminal Court. 125-01 Queens Blvd. Queens.

At 9:30 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak at the In My Mind conference, 63 5th Ave., New York City.

At 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will be on WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will hold a town hall event. Malone AMVETS Post 8, 1474 Co HWY 25, Malone.

At 11 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will be delivering remarks. Battery Park Police Memorial Wall. 385 South End Ave., New York City.

At 3 p.m., Rep. Stefanik will host a town hall event, Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Company, 3715 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls.

At 5:15 p.m., Public Advocate Williams will speak at the Black Girl Takeover Weekend screening. 1000 5th Ave., New York City.

At 6 p.m., state and city lawmakers and officials will hold a workshop for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. The Bridge Multicultural Project. 1894 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.


A special session in December? Assembly Democrats will meet in December in Albany as a recommendations from the public financing commission will be released.

Gov. Cuomo is yet to sign a bill that would limit President Trump’s ability to pardon people accused of crimes by New York prosecutors.

Attorney General Letitia James’s office will not be challenging court decisions that struck down outside income restrictions for state lawmakers.

With 11 votes in favor and 2 opposed, the City Council’s Land Use Committee took a rare step Thursday to block the construction of any future correctional facility on the land in the East River between Queens and the Bronx that is now home to the city’s most notorious jail complex.

Transportation officials are putting the brakes on a major stretch of the West Side Highway.

Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey on Thursday announced she will not seek re-election to the congressional seat she has held for the last 31 years.

Speculation is now being stoked that Chelsea Clinton would run for the seat Lowey vacating.

Sen. Gillibrand returned home to the Capital Region to help further a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act.”

President Donald Trump’s call to have foreign governments investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense, said Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik on Thursday to reporters before a town hall-style event in Johnstown.

A Stefanik town hall event today is expected to be heavily staffed by law enforcement amid expectations supporters and opponents of President Trump will be there.

Residents at a town hall held by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat who has not embraced the impeachment call, questioned the lawmaker about his support.

People with disabilities earn about 20 percent less in New York City, according to a new report.

Corrections officers in New York City have been ordered to stop calling inmates “perps.”

G/O Media has closed down the website Splinter, a vestige of the Gawker-era of websites.

Newsday has sold its free commuter newspaper am New York, and the paper’s staff penned its final editorial as the sale became official.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has revived a call for staggered start times for state workers to ease congestion in the Albany area.

Rotterdam courts could be getting a pay raise and a third judgeship under a new proposal.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2020 budget proposal on Thursday, which included a 3.4 percent tax increase.

After allegations against Mavis Discount Tire surfaced this week that it did no perform safety work on a limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people, mechanics say trust is everything in their business.

A Schenectady-based software company is opening another international office.

The Rochester City Council’s Finance Committee called on members of the Rochester City School District to answer questions regarding the deficit crisis at a special meeting Thursday night.

Western Regional Off-Track Betting has reluctantly released a list of people it’s given luxury suite tickets for various events in the area.

The new cashless bail system will be going into effect in New York state in just a few months, but in Erie County, the practice was adopted a year and half ago.

Democratic congressional candidate Nate McMurray is asking the judge on Collins’ insider trading case to force Collins to return his congressional salary and forfeit his pension as part of his sentencing.

The trial of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., accused of groping, has been delayed.

In national news:

Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the Ukraine investigation were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection.

The men were arrested as they were preparing to board an international flight.

Allies of President Trump’s are worried they can’t count on Senate Republicans in the upcoming impeachment fight.

The president’s frustration with Washington boiled over during a rally on Thursday evening.

Multiple national security officials raised alarms about the president’s policy toward Ukraine before and after the call with the country’s president now at the center of the impeachment controversy.

More subpoenas to Trump allies were issued.

The whistleblower who has raised concerns with President Trump’s Ukraine phone call may have worked with Joe Biden during his time as vice president.

A judge found the National Rifle Association does not have to pay the legal bills of its former president, Oliver North.

The estate of the late pop icon Prince wants President Trump’s campaign to stop playing “Purple Rain” at his rallies.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union is worried about bees dying at an alarming rate, a concern being addressed by Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in legislation.

The New York Post slammed Senate Democrats for not adhering to a sexual harassment law the Legislature approved.

Margaret Sullivan writes the smear against Sen. Elizabeth Warren over whether she was fired for being pregnant is a sign of how poisoned the media world is.

From the sports pages:

The Astros overwhelmed the Rays to advance to the ALCS.

Believe it or not, but home runs are actually down in the MLB postseason.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Thursday! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with nothing public planned.

At 10 a.m., Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried will take testimony regarding the New York Health Act. Memorial Art Gallery Ballroom. University of Rochester, 500 University Ave., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks. Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. New York City.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will host “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” VFW Post 6912, 7744 W State St, Lowville.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce statewide funding for a farm-to-school program. Waterfront Elementary School. 4th St., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., Assemblyman Colin Schmitt will host a press conference to announce that he has been named a member of the New York State Assembly Minority Task Force on Water Quality and is bringing a public hearing to his district later this month to address the water quality issues facing the Hudson Valley. Blooming Grove Town Hall (Court Room), 6 Horton Road, Blooming Grove.

At 11:30 a.m., NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy and Dutchess GOP Chairman Mike McCormack will be joined by supporters in front of Poughkeepsie City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

At 11:45 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking of Mandela Market’s expansion. 272 E Ferry St., Buffalo.

At noon, de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Firemen’s Monument. West 100th St. and Riverside Drive. New York City.

At 2:30 pm., U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will stand with union leaders and advocates at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 9, Local 201 in Menands to announce her legislation, the Build Local, Hire Local Act. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 9, Local 201. 191 Broadway, Menands.

At 3 p.m., Stefanik will host a second “Coffee With Your Congresswoman.” Johnstown Senior Center, 109 E Main St, Johnstown.

At 4 p.m., NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy and Republican candidate for NY-18 Chele Farley will be joined by supporters and local officials in front of Rep. Maloney’s District Office, 123 Grand Street, Newburgh


Ahead of a vote this month on the approval of a plan to close Rikers Island, the City Council is submitting a new proposal to ban the future construction of new jails on the facility’s land, sources confirmed to NY1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Mavis Discount Tire falsified its records of brake work allegedly done on the limo that crashed and killed 20 people in Schoharie last October, according to new court documents filed by the Schoharie County district attorney.

The bombshell development in the limousine crash investigation, first reported by The Times Union, comes as the owner of the limousine is facing criminally negligent homicide charges.

Ronan Farrow’s new book, which alleges former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer raped a co-worker, has NBC executives worried.

Fiscal watchdog groups say New York’s increasing Medicaid costs are due to poor budgeting.

WBAI workers are planning to tape protest shows about the efforts of its parent company to shut the left-wing radio station down.

Lindsay Boylan, who is challenging Rep. Jerry Nadler in a Democratic primary, says she has raised nearly a half-million dollars for the campaign.

The ThriveNYC program, a project by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, is being accused of dodging questions surrounding the Chinatown murders of several homeless people.

Implementing raise the age juvenile justice law changes in New York City is off to a rough start.

As some tenants endure long waits from state bureaucrats to determine if they’ve been overcharged by their landlords, they are turning to hiring outside contractors to check their math.

There was outrage last spring when just seven black students were offered admission to Stuyvesant High School. But as middle schoolers prepare to take the entry exam for Stuyvesant and seven other elite public high schools, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza warns little is likely to change.

Mayor de Blasio’s administration is pushing a rule that would require new hotels in Union Square to hire unionized workers.

New York City is suing e-cigarette vendors, accusing them of marketing their products to kids.

Nassau County Executive Laura Gillen is calling for an investigation after secret recordings show sanitation workers alleging they offer bribes for better routes.

Rep. Kathleen Rice says she wants tougher gun control laws meant to make it harder for domestic abusers to buy firearms.

Gov. Cuomo says the State of New York is suing the International Joint Commission over its regulation of the level of Lake Ontario.

In a visit to Rochester Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo called for legal action to address the fiscal health of Rochester City Schools.

On Wednesday in Albany, about a dozen poll workers gathered at the county board of elections to learn about how voting is changing in New York.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and GOP operatives worked to pressure Republican Troy mayoral candidate Tom Reale into dropping his bid.

New legislation by Sen. Alessandra Biaggi would work to preserve beehives in New York.

Parents in Saratoga County who work nights and need to sleep during the day may soon be eligible for childcare subsidies.

New York businesses that have filed to complete sexual harassment training are out of compliance with a new state law.

More than 400 jobs will be available in Syracuse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Thanks to a health care group– and a tech group.

Ahead of the November election, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and her opponent Adam Bello discussed an issue that many are calling a crisis in the county: Early childhood intervention.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says the biggest challenge the department currently faces is staffing. The department is budgeted for 342 officers, and currently they are short 47.

Police officers are in Kingston are working to adapt to the city’s growing Spanish-language population.

A small group, mostly unknown to each other, all came for a singular purpose: To provide a dignified farewell to a stranger who recently died alone — former Army Specialist Ambrose Jacob.

In New York’s 27th Congressional District, current Republican state Senator Chris Jacobs is leading the way in fundraising. Although the latest federal reports aren’t out yet, Jacobs said he’s raised more than $1 million and has $850,000 cash on hand.

Former Rochester City Councilmember Adam McFadden has pleaded guilty to one count of federal wire fraud.

A federal judge has denied several parties attempts to get involved in ongoing litigation regarding the legality of New York’s new Green Light Law.

Cost overruns at the George Washington Bridge bus terminal are putting retail space up for grabs.

M. Stanley Whittingham, a Binghamton University professor, is a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the lithium-ion battery.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will begin his trial in a New York court for allegedly groping a woman at a bar.

In national news:

Former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time backed an impeachment drive against President Donald Trump.

Planned Parenthood has amassed a $45 million war chest as part of an effort to flip the Senate and oust President Trump in 2020.

An anti-Trump group is launching $1 million in pro-impeachment ads that will appear in swing states.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy is joining President Trump’s legal defense team. He led investigations of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, while in office.

Turkey is now in its second day of an offensive in Syria, a development the president called a “bad idea” after he backed the withdrawal of U.S. troops there.

Trump also downplayed the U.S.’s longstanding alliance with the Kurds, saying they didn’t help us win World War II.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted the U.S. did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria.

Northern California is facing massive power outages as the utility PG&E tries to stem wildfire risks.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News writes there are deadly gasp in mental health services that led to the deaths of four homeless men in a murder spree.

The New York Post criticized both Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray for not accepting criticism of the ThriveNYC program.

The Times Union says the return of brook trout to the Adirondacks is a case study in why a carbon tax should be introduced.

Newsday writes President Trump should cooperate with an impeachment probe being launched by House Democrats.

From the sports pages:

The Buffalo Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, in overtime.

The Nats shocked the Dodgers.

The Cards blew out the Braves.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Wednesday. Here’s what’s in the news:

Happening today:

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City with no public events scheduled.

At 8:30 a.m., Sen. Pat Gallivan’s office will host a small business summit. 1133 Lehigh State Rd, Henrietta.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will make an announcement. The Main Place. 251 Main St., Hornell.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated on Tuesday his push for the federal government to act on curtailing the use of vaping products. The move follows the first death in New York of a 17-year-old resident in the Bronx believed to be linked to e-cigarette usage.

At an afternoon event in the Hudson Valley, Senator Charles Schumer proposed a two-pronged approach to curbing vape use. In addition to launching an educational campaign, Schumer is supporting a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The New York attorney general office’s long-winding case against ExxonMobile over concealing the causes of climate change is finally heading to court.

The state Board of Regents officially ended the use of “growth” scores to evaluate teachers, handing more control to school districts and unions over how teachers are reviewed.

Census experts are worried New York’s Complete Count commission is punting on the needed preparations New York needs to participate in the once-a-decade head count of the country.

The City has a breakdown of how the MTA plans to spend billions of dollars to upgrade the subway.

Hate crimes in New York City remain on the rise even as crime overall has declined compared to last year, the NYPD says.

New York City is cracking down on fake tour operators after Alec Baldwin was scammed at the Statue of Liberty with his family.

New York City’s Times Square-style floating billboards will be a thing of the past following a court settlement.

The MTA is going full throttle when it comes to running trains faster. And Gov. Cuomo is backing it, full speed ahead.

The comments MTA workers began gathering from bus riders Tuesday will help shape the future of service in Brooklyn.

The CEO of a New York City charter school network says schools should focus on achievement of students.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was not pleased with The New York Post’s coverage of the ThriveNYC mental health program.

Video shows a New York City worked dispatched to help homeless people after several killings in Chinatown completely ignore a man sleeping on a bench.

The campaign fundraising haul of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is far outpacing her Republican rivals.

A New Jersey man has been accused of scouting New York City bridges as part of planning for terrorist attacks.

The death of a 41-year-old Hudson Valley man was not the result of criminal culpability on the part of a New York State trooper, Attorney General Letitia James’s office said in a statement released Tuesday.

On Gov. Cuomo’s desk is a bill creating a pilot program for the five-hour driver’s education course to be taken online.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro met his counterpart, Democratic Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, at the half-way point of the Walkway Over The Hudson to announce bipartisan action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Glens Falls Common Council is moving forward with a set of ground rules when it comes to protests on public streets. It comes after some tense moments during recent political demonstrations.

In a letter to friends and acquaintances over the weekend, convicted former Rep. Chris Collins said he is now a Florida resident.

Every time someone stays at a hotel in Onondaga County, there is a 5 percent room occupancy tax. That money is invested in the convention center district, but a trio of hotel owners is behind in its bills.

The chief financial officer for the Rochester City School District has handed in his resignation.

As the Rochester City School District audit committee prepares to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening over a looming $30 million budget deficit, two new developments surfaced regarding what entities should control the city schools.

Nearly 200 officers and colleagues of Rochester Police Officer Denny Wright were in court on Tuesday for the arraignent of the man who is accused of attacking and seriously injuring him.

A shortage in early intervention care providers in Monroe County has created a long waitlist of families needing help for their children, and parents are demanding action.

After months of parishioners voicing mistrust toward the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo over the handling of the clergy abuse crisis, Pope Francis has sent Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio to Buffalo.

Buffalo’s largest health insurance company is being sued for overcharging hospitals, schools and municipalities for 16 years to the tune of millions of dollars.

Rep. Brian Higgins told Spectrum News on Tuesday the best redevelopment plan regarding the Skyway is to tear it down.

A new book by Ronan Farrow claims former NBC personality Matt Later raped a former colleague of his at the network.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore is praising courts in Nassau and Suffolk counties for cutting case backlogs.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing an LGBT discrimination case that originated on Long Island.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the federal Environmental Protection Agency of not doing enough to stop toxic arsenic seeping into the soil and water in Carmel.

The mayors of Schenectady and Saratoga Springs are taking a MidEast trade mission to learn about “smart cities.”

In national news:

The White House pushed backed against impeachment in a forceful letter, declaring the Trump administration would not cooperate with Democrats in the effort.

The stance by the White House presents a challenge and a threat to the impeachment drive by House Democrats.

The whistleblower has said the president’s call with Ukraine was both “crazy” and “frightening.”

The Ukraine saga has ensnared the relatively low-profile Energy Secretary Rick Perry and his focus on a gas company in the country.

For now, former Vice President Joe Biden’s numbers remain stable in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, despite the focus on his son’s work on Ukraine.

A poll found a majority support of voters support the impeachment push, but do not back removing President Trump from office.

The decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria began with a light-night phone call between President Trump and the Turkish leader.

Western companies are seeing the ability of China to cut support for the NBA as a warning to not step out of line over political issues like the Hong Kong protests.

Trump nominees on the Supreme Court could play a pivotal role with cases on LGBT rights in the workplace now before them.

From the editorial pages:

The Buffalo News raises concerns with how Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised Medicaid reimbursement rates just as a major donation came from the hospital industry.

Chris Churchill writes in The Times Union that Democrats like Rep. Antonio Delgado are “playing with fire” when it comes to backing impeachment.

Mental health advocate DJ Jaffe writes in The Daily News there should be an expansion of Kendra’s Law to help avert future tragedies involving the homeless.

The New York Post writes the NBA went too far in kowtowing to Chinese officials over the Hong Kong protests.

From the sports pages:

Jets QB Sam Darnold has been cleared to return after battling mono and is ready to start against the Cowboys.

Good news for the Yankees after the Rays roughed up Astros starter Justin Verlander to force a game 5.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Here’s the news.

Happening today:

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

At 10 a.m., New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks, City Hall Rotunda, New York City.

Also at 10 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer will sign a bill creating an advisory council on people with disabilities. Westchester Disabled On The Move. 984 North Broadway, Yonkers.

At 11 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks, NYPD Police Academy. 130-30 28th Ave., Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. Empire State Convention Center. Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul will highlight clean energy investments. Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany.

At 2 p.m., the Association of School Business Officials will hold their annual finance symposium. LOB Room 711A. 198 State St., Albany.


Mayor de Blasio joined Errol Louis from Gracie Mansion to respond to criticism over replacing Rikers Island with four jails, and discuss his bill to force most employers to provide paid vacation.

A physical therapist at Rikers Island has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate.

Tensions between the NBA and China over a tweet by the Rockets general manager criticizing the response to the Hong Kong riots has led the government to cancel an event for the Brooklyn Nets.

Critics say Mayor de Blasio’s revamp to combat homelessness in New York City should begin with First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Thrive NYC program.

New York City’s homeless population is seeking an elusively safe refuge in the subway system.

New York City Council members are backing legislation meant to rein in the use of facial recognition technology.

Some of the democratic socialists who are launching primaries against incumbent Democrats in Albany are backing proposals like abolishing private property.

The New York Times charts the rise of Chris Collins as a prominent supporter of Donald Trump in Congress to convicted felon.

A federal judge rejected President Donald Trump’s claim to be immune from all criminal investigations Monday and dismissed his lawsuit challenging a state grand jury subpoena for eight years of his tax returns sought by Manhattan’s district attorney.

The Trump campaign is crediting a change in New York’s election law with easing the president’s path to re-election.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is also pouring nearly $1 million into a digital advertising effort in New York.

Gov. Cuomo has signed a bill that would ban pelvic examinations on sedate women who have not given their consent.

The State Liquor Authority is weighing rule changes that would alter what food delivery apps like GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats can charge.

Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has been disbarred after he was convicted in a corruption scheme.

New York City has agreed to pay $560,000 to 2,800 911 operators as part of the class action lawsuit.

The subsidy for New York City’s commuter ferry is the second-most expensive in the country.

Comptroller Tom Dinapoli sent a letter to General Motors’ CEO last week calling for a quick end to the dispute. He says the 21-day strike by thousands of union members is costing the state money.

A vigil is being held this morning for the four victims of the deadly beatings on the streets of Chinatown over the weekend.

The state legislative calendar for the 2020 session was released on Monday, showing state lawmakers are scheduled to be in Albany for 57 days next year.

For the better part of a decade, UAlbany has been training students how to counter hacking and cyber attacks through its emerging cybersecurity program.

A bill that would bar ambulance and first response service providers from disclosing or selling the information of patients to third parties was signed into law on Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A half dozen good-government organizations on Monday in a letter to the commission determining the contours and specifics of New York’s system of publicly financed campaigns urged the panel to release a draft report of its recommendations.

Attorney General Letitia James’s office is urging an appellate court to renew a criminal case against former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over his handling of a fatal police shooting.

The state’s blossoming CBD industry is growing at a rapid rate, but is also at something of a crossroads.

New York’s roadmap for handling the coming 2020 Census will be considered at a meeting of the state commission overseeing the effort today.

Both Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado and Republican Elise Stefanik decried the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Syria as a major blow.

Employees at WBAI woke to some bad news Monday morning: the longtime station was being shut down by the Pacifica Foundation, the nonprofit organization out of California that owns WBAI.

A Brooklyn homeless shelter could evict all the homeless families and rent the apartments at market rate because of a dispute with the city.

The Department of Defense has told New York’s senators a long-delayed filtration projection for the Hudson Valley is set to begin.

There are renewed calls from local lawmakers for Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez to step down, after seven women came forward earlier this year accusing the legislator of inappropriately touching them or making suggestive comments to them.

A number of civil lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the families of some of the Schoharie limousine crash victims.

It was more than two weeks ago members of the Erie County Legislature asked for information from Western Regional Off-Track Betting about the corporation’s “high-rollers” or “Suitestakes” program. Government Affairs Committee Chairman Kevin Hardwick gave OTB an informal deadline.

Lawmakers in Syracuse have agreed to a plan to reduce the city’s deer population.

What started as a Facebook event Monday morning asking people to put up blue lights outside their homes quickly took on a life of its own. The community is rallying support for office Denny Wright as he continues to recover in the hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds.

Rochester Police have made an arrest three days after Officer Denny Wright was stabbed while responding to a call on Peck Street.

A top official at the State Education Department is backing an effort to have the state monitor the school district in Hempstead.

Few leaf peepers and hikers are abiding by a parking ban in the Adirondacks and the result is something of a mess.

There’s always a local angle, even for the Nobel Prize.

In national news:

President Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria has blindsided national security officials in the federal government.

The president’s decision also led to a warning and rare rebuke by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Bernie Sanders’s heart attack has stoked questions over the future of his candidacy in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

House Democrats are considering steps that would continue to conceal the identity of the whistleblower from Republican allies of Trump’s in Congress.

Subpoenas from House Democrats have been issued to the White House Budget Office and the Pentagon, a sign the investigation is expanding.

The U.S. has added more Chinese firms to a blacklist, citing the repression against a Muslim minority.

From the editorial pages:

The New York Times wonders whether New York City, a city built on big ideas, is now an empire in decline with a narrower vision.

The Times Union blasted a local government in Saratoga County for failing to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

The Buffalo News says a lawsuit against Niagara University suggests a toxic culture against the college’s women’s swim team.

Newsday endorses in the race for East Hampton town supervisor.

From the sports pages:

Yankees swept the Twins and advance to the pennant series.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Monday! It’s back to the grind for most of us on a rainy fall day.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and the New York City area with nothing public planned.

At 11:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy hochul will highlight National Disability Employment Awareness month. 87-46 123rd St., Richmond Hill.

At noon, New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy will denounce Rep. Max Rose’s support for impeachment. Rose’s district office, 265 New Drop Lane, Staten Island.

At 1 p.m., Hochul will mark statewide Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Staten Island University Hospital. Breast Cancer Imaging Center. 265 Mason Ave., 2nd Floor, Staten Island.

At 2:30 p.m., local elected officials in New York City will attend a press conference opposing a women’s shelter transition. 237 W. 107th St., New York City.

At 7 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Shelley Mayer will host an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. United Community Center of Westchester. 360 North Avenue. New Rochelle.

At 7:15 p.m., Hochul will deliver remarks at the Waterfront Alliance’s Heroes of the Harbor Award Dinner and boat parade. The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York City.


President Donald Trump took to Twitter to call her a “Wack Job”; she responded by calling him a “criminal who betrays our country.” All of it was sparked by an apparent supporter who went off the rails at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s town hall meeting.

Despite being rattled by Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory over Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018, the Queens Democratic machine has done little to change.

Low-level housing authority officials have doled out $250 million worth of no-bid, and some instances no-work, contracts.

The Bronx has logged the most heat and hot water complaints of any borough.

A Newsday analysis found men earn $1 for every 67 cents a woman is paid in Long Island government.

Transportation and fiscal policy experts say there are questions over how the MTA will pay for its $51 billion capital plan.

Impeachment talk has complicated the progressive primary challenges to incumbent lawmakers in New York.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of the Hudson Valley defended House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s handling of the impeachment inquiry.

Jimmy Vielkind in The Wall Street Journal writes the Erie County executive’s race could be seen as a bellwether for the presidential election next year.

New York City voters will be asked in a referendum if they would want to rank candidates by preference.

Multiple elected officials are calling on the NYPD to include hate crime attacks in its weekly crime statistics.

Good news for Albany-area commuters: The new Northway airport exit is nearing its completion.

More than 200 people this weekend protested the proposed new jail for lower Manhattan.

The proposed city jails have also drawn the ire of architects.

Parole panels have been producing deadlocked votes, leading to prisoners left in limbo.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s failed bid for the White House may hurt his job prospects after he leaves City Hall, experts say.

Elections officials purchased new voting machines over concerns they might be hackable.

A coalition of good-government groups are celebrating a legal victory over Governor Cuomo that would have required them to reveal the identity of their donors.

Sunday marked one year since the limousine crash in Schoharie cut short 20 lives, with the tragedy spilling over into all the communities they touched.

One year after the tragedy in Schoharie that took 20 lives, many of them Amsterdam residents, the city is still grieving — but its people are grieving together.

Echoing recommendations from the NTSB, state and federal lawmakers have been calling for new laws that would require new limousines to come with lap and shoulder belts for every seat. But, limo companies say new vehicles are equipped with seat belts.

Police have charged a man with killing four homeless men in Chinatown this weekend.

The arrest of the 24-year-old suspect came after his confession, police said.

A new report by Pattern for Progress says the Hudson Valley is in the middle of a demographic shift.

The legislature did approve a new vehicle inspection fee, tougher legal and civil penalties for illegal limo operators, and gave the Department of Transportation and the State Police to remove license plates from limousines that fail inspection. Limo companies must also display certification, inspection information and driver qualifications. But a year after the crash, some lawmakers, including Senator Jim Tedisco, say they deserve an incomplete grade for what got done.

Allegations of sexual abuse are leveled against Bishop Howard Hubbard for what is now the third time this year.

Albany County is exploring the idea of closing restaurants and bars at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. Bar patron Lauren says that is a proposal she disagrees with.

As part of breast cancer awareness month, a Manhattan fertility clinic is offering to help those battling or recovering from the disease to start a family when they are ready.

The Niagara Falls City School District hopes newly installed technology on their school buses will keep students safe when traveling to and from school.

A never-before-seen J.D. Salinger collection will be on display at the main branch of New York Public Library.

In national news:

The Associated Press reports: As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.

A second whistle-blower may step forward to claim first-hand knowledge of dealings between President Trump and Ukrainian officials.

The impeachment drive has been a struggle for Republican lawmakers to respond to, with many weighing their political futures and legacies.

Attorney General William Barr, along with a federal prosecutor, cast a broad net in their investigation of the circumstances that led to investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Supreme Court is ready to gavel back into session into one of the most politically consequential terms in recent memory.

Former President Jimmy Carter received a black eye and is recovering after a fall.

From the editorial pages:

The New York Times urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to “get back to work” and that it’s not too late to salvage what’s left of his time as mayor.

The Daily News chided the mayor for failing to do “his homework” on a paid vacation proposal.

The Times Union says the package of proposed federal legislation to address limousine safety is a good start toward preventing another tragedy.

Newsday says President Trump is trying to distract the American public from his dealings with Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

The Buffalo News complimented the budget proposal of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for controlling costs while still maintaining funding for roads, education and human services even as it was weighed down by mandated spending.

From the sports pages:

The Buffalo Bills are 4-1, beating the Titans 14-7.

A step back for the new Daniel Jones-led Giants.

The Jets stink and really should not be included in a roundup of professional sports.

The Washington Mystics have taken a 2-1 lead in the WNBA Finals.

The Letters

The plot thickens.

When Niagara County Judge Richard Kloch recused himself from the lawsuit filed against the Public Finance Reform Commission on behalf of the Working Families and Conservative Parties, it raised questions as to motive. I asked the Commission’s lead Attorney James McGuire for a copy of the letter he sent to the Judge, but James refused to provide it.

Why would he refuse to do so ( besides the funny answer which is “your tax dollars hard at work” )? Well, it turns out Justice Kloch shared an opinion with Attorney’s that McGuire didn’t like, which is that the Commission may not have the authority to throw out fusion voting.


Anyway, here is McGuire’s letter to the judge.

2019.09.25 Letter by Zack Fink on Scribd

And here is the Judge’s response where he basically says he will recuse himself.

Km Bt 22220190930155444 by Zack Fink on Scribd