Here And Now

Good morning and happy Tuesday! The mugginess continues.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo travels to Niagara County and Lake Ontario today.

At 6:50 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on CNN.

At 8:30 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will appear on Democracy Now!

At 9:45 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will tour the Center for Safety & Change and highlight efforts to combat domestic violence. 9 Johnsons Lane, New City.

At 10:30 a.m., Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will appear on CNN Newsroom.

At 10:45 a.m., Williams will appear on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

At 11 a.m., Hocul will announce opening of Foundations Recovery Center. 25 Smith St., Nanuet.

At 11:30 a.m., Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy will hold a press conference, LCA Pressroom, Room 130, Legislative Office Building.

At noon, Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement, Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 3371 W Lake Road, Wilson.

At 3 p.m., Assemblyman Ron Kim and NYCHA residents will celebrate improvements made to a playground and basketball court. Bland Playground, 40th Road, Flushing.

At 7 p.m., Hochul will deliver remarks at the Aurora Games Opening Ceremony. Times Union Center, 51 S Pearl St., Albany.


Five years after the death of Eric Garner, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday that the officer at the center of the case will be fired from the department.

The commissioner said police officers make “split-second, life-and-death choices” as the department grappled with what to do.

Not even two hours after the police commissioner announced the firing of Daniel Pantaleo on Monday, the head of the uniformed police officers’ union let loose.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called PBA President Patrick Lynch “reprehensible” and someone you shouldn’t believe. The feeling is mutual, Lynch said.

Elected officials are split over the firing of Pantaleo.

After five years of demanding accountability for her son’s death, Gwen Carr sent strong message to NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, keeping the focus on her family’s loss.

Criminal justice advocates say the firing of Pantaleo is only the beginning of an effort to hold police more accountable.

Mayor de Blasio joined Errol Louis to discuss the firing of Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the death of Eric Garner.

The mayor also talked about the progress of divesting pension funds from the fossil fuel industry and talk about his presidential campaign as he prepares for a CNN town hall.

Court papers show Jeffrey Epstein signed his will to leave behind his $600 million fortune two days before his death in a federal jail.

The head of the U.S. prison system was removed in the wake of Epstein’s suicide.

Two members of the Proud Boys were convicted for a brawl near a GOP club in Manhattan.

A decade ago, New York began a long climb out of a deep recession. Today, fiscal watchdogs say the state is not completely ready to handle the next one.

New York City is on pace to draw a record 67 million tourists this year.

An audit by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office the state lost track of vehicles for years.

Gov. Cuomo in a radio interview blasted a Times Union editor for a column he said was “ignorant and insensitive.”

Joe Rabito, a longtime official in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, has been named interim director and chief information officer at the state Office of Information Technology Services.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse will appear in federal court in Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon to change his plea in connection with an indictment on wire fraud and false statement charges.

By April 2020, your license plate could look very different. The state is planning for a new design, but what it looks like is in your hands.

The license plate replacement will come with a mandatory $25 fee for those with blue and white plates.

The labor union 32BJ is using its clout to improve maternity care.

Severe weather thrashed most of Central New York this weekend, causing major flooding on Utica’s Arterial Highway.

Lightning is believed to have been the cause of a fire at the historic church attended by Harriet Tubman.

A dispute between an East Rochester man and teenager is getting some attention on social media. Video shared online shows a white man telling a black teenager that he’s part of the KKK, then spraying the boy with a hose.

Bankruptcy is an option for those accused under the Child Victims Act as more claims are expected to be filed.

For four state lawmakers, telling their stories of abuse was entwined with the push for the Child Victims Act.

There are now three Republican candidates officially in the 2020 race for New York’s 27th Congressional District. The latest, current state Senator Rob Ortt, won’t speculate on how many more might join in the coming months.

From the national pages:

In a sign the Trump administration is concerned about a recession, there is talk of a payroll tax cut in Washington, a move meant to stimulate the economy.

President Trump is calling for a large interest rate cut and once again criticized the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

If there’s a recession on next year, which of the 2020 Democratic candidates would benefit most from the downturn?

States are planning an anti-trust investigation of major technology firms, dovetailing Department of Justice plans to review the business practices of Apple and Facebook.

Planned Parenthood said it would refuse to comply with a new federal rule that forbids referrals to doctors who can perform abortions and will withdraw from a federal family planning program.

President Trump backed away from previously stated support for background checks for gun purchases.

From the editorial boards:

The New York Times writes the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo provides a measure of justice to the Garner family.

The New York Post says there’s a chance “to move past cop hating” after Daniel Pantaleo was fired by the NYPD.

The Daily News writes the firing of the head official at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is only a band-aid for a broader problem.

The Times Union writes the two-way deal between Gov. Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli to restore oversight powers falls short of what good-government demand.

From the sports pages:

RIP Al Jackson, a star of an otherwise low team for the Mets franchise.

The Red Sox’s Chris Sale’s season is officially done.

The Aurora Games kick off today in Albany.


Five years after the death of Eric Garner, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday that the officer at the center of the case will be fired from the department.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday in a radio interview addressed at length the heated exchange his brother Chris had with a man who called him “Fredo” — a reference to the film “The Godfather” he said was demeaning to people with Italian heritage.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse will appear in federal court in Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon to change his plea in connection with an indictment on wire fraud and false statement charges.

Emergency regulations issued late last week by the state Department of Health will require doctors to provide more documentation, including specific justifications, for when children are given exemptions for vaccinations.

Severe thunderstorms that crossed the region over the weekend are believed to be the cause of a damaging fire at the historic Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church in Auburn.

A Henrietta man has been arrested for allegedly spray painting racist and homophobic graffiti on a car earlier this month.

A man has been issued a $350 summons by Cheektowaga police for distributing white nationalist propaganda.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Monday! It’s gonna be hot and muggy today.

Happening today:

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

At 9:45 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will join local officials for a tour of the development projects of downtown Riverhead. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead.

At 1 p.m., Hochul will announce energy efficiency improvements at SUNY Stony Brook University, Centers for Molecular Medicine, 100 Nicolis Road, Stony Brook.

At 3 p.m., at kick off event will be held for the Aurora Games, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 7 p.m., Hochul will participate in discussions of the future of women in leadership at the Hamptons Institute, 158 Main St., East Hampton.

At 7:30 p.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be live on NY1’s Inside City Hall.


The NYPD judge who recommended Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired for putting Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold says that the officer’s recount of the incident was “untruthful,” according to an opinion from the judge obtained by the New York Times.

The judge, the Times reported, called Pantaleo’s claim “implausible and self-serving” in a 46-page opinion.

Activists rallied in Manhattan Sunday, calling on the Senate to act on passing gun safety legislation.

Records show the worst New York City Housing Authority is in West Harlem, which is in need of $286 million of repairs.

Verizon is ending its contract with local news channel RNN, a move that will end Fios1 News in November.

Republican state lawmakers had their day in court, arguing on Friday against a cap on outside income backed by a compensation commission that also raised their salaries.

Jimmy Vielkind: The outcome of the outside income limits could ultimately affect who comes back to Albany.

Medical marijuana patients are crossing the border to Massachusetts for what are considered to be better, cheaper products.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized an agreement that would return oversight of procurement and contracting to the comptroller’s office, powers that had come under scrutiny following the corruption arrests of a close former aide to the governor, upstate developers and the president of SUNY Polytechnic.

Back in April, Cuomo’s budget director, Robert Mujica, said that pre-audit authority had already been restored, but it turns out that statement was false.

When lawmakers passed the Child Victims Act in January the financial impact of the bill was left to be determined. Even as hundreds of plaintiffs filed lawsuits this week under the new law, that impact still isn’t totally clear.

The political wrangling over the law also allowed alleged abusers and institutions to shield their assets from the coming civil suits.

As the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo faces more than 100 lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act, a former seminarian is now accusing the diocese of blackmail.

Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt made it official on Saturday morning — he’s throwing his hat into the 2020 race for the 27th Congressional District.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate a fatal plane crash in Dutchess County.

Salaries for officials at the New York City Department of Education have received raises as high as 35 percent.

Police have charged the man they took into custody Saturday in connection with Friday’s rice cooker scare in Manhattan.

A picnic and a meet-and-greet are on the schedule for Mayor Bill de Blasio Sunday, Day 2 of his weekend trip to New Hampshire.

Nearly 3,000 New York City workers have donated to the Democratic candidates for president, and not just Mayor de Blasio.

The head of the New York City police union is slamming de Blasio over a violent melee cops found themselves in in Brooklyn over the weekend.

Jails in New York City are being reimagined with solitary confinement as a component to their design.

Organizations are increasing efforts to prevent suicides nationwide, including the FCC and the NYPD.

The organizers of Operation Adopt-a-Soldier planning their recovery after fire ripped through the non-profit’s building in Wilton.

Three candidates for the State Supreme Court in the Sixth District are running more than their campaign together. Christopher Baker, Oliver Blaise, and Mark Masler are running together for the three open seats in the district, but Sunday, they also ran a triathlon together.

Algae bloom has been reported in More Lake State Park, which officials say they are closely tracking.

For the last year, residents along East 10th Street say Department of Sanitation trucks have been stinking up their block.

Republican challengers are rushing to run against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In national news:

President Trump dismissed concerns a recession is possible and cautioned China over its reaction to protests in Hong Kong.

Gun control experts say the focus should be on high-capacity magazines as the number of mass shootings rise.

The women who say they were sexually assaulted and harassed by journalist Mark Halperin are blasting his new book deal.

In South Carolina, Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke at a church as she sought to boost her standing with black voters.

Online fundraising by former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has struggled to continue momentum, suggesting trouble with generating grassroots enthusiasm.

Foreign diplomats are bracing themselves for the president to be re-elected next year and what that will mean for negotiating with the United States.

People who live in Greenland are baffled — and opposed — to the idea of President Trump making a move to purchase it.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union knocked the Troy Police Department’s efforts to paper over the death of a civilian during an interaction with a police officer last year.

The New York Post blasted the mismanagement and skyrocketing overtime costs at the MTA.

The Daily News touted two bills in the state Legislature that are meant to make adoptions fairer.

From the sports pages:

Congrats to Pete Alonso of The New York Mets for achieving a rookie milestone.

Just what, exactly, is Brett Gardner’s weird bat thing in the dugout all about?


Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said Friday.

A new report on Metropolitan Transportation Authority overtime shows large work load and out of date rules have contributed to a surge in employee pay.

Police are looking for the person or persons responsible for spreading anti-semitic flyers around Queens this week.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said a grand jury found the two men who fired weapons in the Memorial Day weekend shooting death of a former Albany High School basketball star in Niskayuna were “legally justified” in defending themselves.

The state plans to file a motion asking for Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola’s federal suit to be transferred to the Western District court or be put on hold until a judge makes a decision on a similar action in Erie County.

New York State Sen. Jen Metzger is announcing funding to prevent lyme disease in the Hudson Valley on Thursday.

Two of the men involved with an attempted bomb threat against a Muslim community will spend up to a dozen years in prison.

Syracuse and Utica will be getting more money to remove lead from homes.

A New York State trooper is laid to rest, after dying of a 9/11-related illness. Family and friends said their final goodbyes to trooper Jeffrey Cicora this morning.

A source says Republican state Senator Rob Ortt will announce his candidacy Saturday for New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

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

At 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

Also at 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will attend the funeral of New York State Police Commander Jeffrey Cicora. Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs Road, Fayetteville.

At 6:45 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak at the New York City Center for Black Pride Heritage Awards Ceremony. 515 Lenox Ave., New York City.


Nine police officers have taken their lives this year, prompting the NYPD’s top brass to declare a mental health emergency and issue urgent directives encouraging officers to seek help.

Patrolman’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch in a video also had a blunt message for suicidal cops.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office told the NYPD his administration can offer mental health support to cops, pointing to the ThriveNYC program.

An audit by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found duplicative payments under the Medicaid program cost the state $102 million over four years.

New York City is streamlining the process for applying to public middle and high schools, ending a two-round gauntlet that had parents wrestling with in paperwork.

Gregory Russ, the brand new chairman of the New York City Housing Authority stopped at a call center Thursday as part of his two-week tour of the agency he now runs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a new law Thursday which would define “hate-fueled murder with the intent to cause mass casualties” as an act of domestic terrorism.

The proposal comes after mass shootings that were likely inspired by white supremacy.

At a trial for members of the “Proud Boys” who are alleged to have participated in a brawl last year, prosecutors called the group’s founder a “hate monger.”

Financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. published a study this week about the top 30 worst congressional districts in the country for black Americans to live.

The state’s commercial casinos are struggling to generate revenue amid an oversaturated market in the northeast.

New York investigators have subpoenaed for the bank records of the Sackler family, amid claims the family that controls Purdue Pharma may have sought to transfer money offshore.

State lawmakers earlier this year approved a bill that would allow early retirees to return to work and earn up to $35,000 a year — an increase of $5,000 from the cap set in 2007 without any hit being taken to their pensions.

Republican Bob Antonacci’s victory in a central New York state Senate district was a rare positive note for the GOP last year. But now he’s running for a judicial post and could leave the seat vacant.

New lawsuits are being filed under the new Child Victims Act, including those against the Catholic Church.

Buffalo Public Schools is now added to the growing list of organizations being sued under the one year look-back window of the Child Victims Act.

The global clergy sexual abuse crisis has forced 19 U.S. Catholic Diocese to file for bankruptcy protection since 2004. Elected leaders and attorneys representing hundreds of survivors in Western New York weighed in, should the Diocese of Buffalo decide to follow suit.

The Department of Transportation is fixing road signs for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge so they include the late former governor’s middle initial.

The labor union that represents Metro-North conductors and engineers is balking at a proposed fingerprint system meant to cut down on overtime cheating.

A judge’s ruling on Thursday should end the saga surrounding who should be the mayor of Mount Vernon.

The lead crisis in Newark is growing more dire as a bottled water distribution effort was bungled.

Renaming the stretch of Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower after former President Barack Obama is unlikely to happen, despite a popular online petition to do so.

Fifty people in six states are reporting an illness believed to be linked to vaping, which is baffling doctors.

The artist who painted that bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton in a blue dress had no idea it was hanging in Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion.

The owner of Poughkeepsie’s Chance Theater, Frank Pallette, said on Thursday that community members upset about his decision to book the band, Confederate Railroad, should take a breath.

In national news:

President Trump had urged the Israeli government to block two members of Congress who are critics of him from visiting the country.

Democrats lashed out at the decision.

More gyrations in the markets as U.S. and global stocks climbed higher.

With the economy on something of a wobble, the president sought to turn that into an electoral strength.

And yet, the president is reportedly worried about the potential of a downturn and its impact on the 2020 election, while his aides say they are not preparing for one.

President Trump believes Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, would be a “fantastic” senator for New Hampshire.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke flatly ruled out running for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas as his presidential campaign is yet to gain steam.

Ever the real estate developer, President Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of the United States buying Greenland.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes that the opening of the one-year look back period in the Child Victims Act is a chance for justice to be served for survivors and victims.

The Daily News writes that New York City must do more to help suicidal police officers suffering from mental health problems.

Newsday called Gov. Cuomo’s proposed anti-domestic terrorism bill a “good step” but said more needs to be done to address gun violence.

From the sports pages:

A couple of football scores from Thursday. The Jets won a pre-season game, 22-5, over the Falcons. The Yankees lost 19-5 against the Indians.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Thursday!

Happening today:

At 10:45 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will join elected officials for a back-to-school backpack giveaway, 5100 Kings Plaza, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., The Riders Alliance will poll riders to create a “Riders Capital Plan.” Bowling Green, opposite MTA headquarters, 2 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will join students to discuss diversifying tech jobs. Hand in Hand program, WNY STEM Hub. 1140 Ellicott St., Buffalo.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul will deliver remarks at Sen. Tim Kennedy’s senior grill and child wellness cookout. William-Emslie Family YMCA. 585 William St., Buffalo.

At 12:30 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability, M.S. 890, 21 Hinckley Place, Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement, New York City Bar Association, 42 W 44th St., New York City.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Julia Salazar, and Senator Brian Kavanagh will host a town hall to recap the 2019 New York State Legislative Session. Bushwick Inlet Park Community Room, 86 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Sens. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Shelley Mayer will hold a townhall meeting. Yonkers Riverfront Library, Second Floor, One Larkin Center, Yonkers.


An NYPD officer died Wednesday evening in Queens after shooting himself, the ninth officer to take their own life in New York City this year, the police department confirmed.

ThriveNYC pulled out of a mental health event after the pro-cop group Blue Lives Matter sponsored it.

The NYPD is getting closer to determining whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired.

With the one-year look back window now open under the Child Victims Act, 20 lawsuits alone were filed against the Diocese of Albany.

A lawsuit has been filed against Boy Scouts of America in the Capital Region. Filed under the lookback window within the Child Victims Act, three plaintiffs say they were abused by scoutmasters or leaders who were approved by Twin Rivers Council.

An autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein found he had several broken neck bones.

A bizarre painting of Bill Clinton in a blue dress was discovered in Epstein’s townhouse.

Guards at the federal jail facility where Epstein was housed let a serial bank robber go free by mistake.

A New York City Housing Authority complex in the Bronx has been running on generators for a month.

Since unveiling his NYC Care plan, Mayor Bill de Blasio has framed the program as a groundbreaking success, including out on the presidential campaign trail.

Wearing white clothes and with their children in tow, more than a thousand people lined the block around the Albany County Courthouse Wednesday to hear the opening arguments in a case challenging New York’s end to the religious exemption for vaccinations. Jackie Herig traveled from Long Island to attend.

Chris Cuomo’s “Fredo rant” in context: The Cuomo family has spent decades pushing back on anti-Italian stereotypes in the media and elsewhere.

Contractors who helped restore homes after Hurricane Sandy allege the Build It Back program owes them nearly $2 million.

Activists clashed Wednesday after disability advocates announced a lawsuit against the MTA, calling for the transit agency to bring back bus stops along 14th Street it removed for Select Bus Service.

In Albany, the Center for Law and Justice is taking a closer look at the relationship between residents and police in a report released Wednesday.

As the discussion around Interstate 81 and the viaduct in downtown Syracuse continues, there’s another part of the project making a little noise. Changes could raise the volume in some neighborhoods near the highway.

Law enforcement agencies have started to utilize drones more frequently as the technology continues evolving, but constant training is required.

Across the Rochester City School District, graduation rates are at a 10-year high. But Board of Education President Van White says this is not a time to celebrate, because while these numbers represent hope for families in Rochester, this is not “mission accomplished.”

A petition that would name the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower after former President Barack Obama has gained 140,000 signatures.

Levon Helm played at Woodstock 50 years ago. He passed away in 2012, but his legacy lives on in upstate New York.

After years of planning, the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival’s 50th anniversary is almost here. But, there remins some information to know before heading up to Bethel for the festivities.

A giant praying mantis was spotted on the 6 train, which understandably freaked straphangers out a bit.

In national news:

Alarm bells are ringing over a potential recession and global slowdown amid concerns about the effect of the U.S.-China trade war.

And the shocks surrounding the trade dispute are worldwide, as Germany appears to be close to officially dipping into a recession.

What’s the yield curve? Basically, it’s a sign that investors aren’t making long-term bets. Here’s an explainer.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will end his presidential campaign and run for U.S. Senate.

A suspect in a Philadelphia standoff that left six police officers wounded has surrendered.

President Trump is resisting efforts to have the U.S. support protesters in Hong Kong.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in an interview that he hopes former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned amid multiple allegations of forcible touching, would run again.

Gun control groups are rallying in all 50 states to pressure Republican officials on the issue.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News blames President Trump for a sputtering stock market that is stoking recession fears.

The Times Union writes the state should once again fund education programs for inmates, calling it both morally right and prudent, since it’s been shown to reduce recidivism.

The New York Post criticized MTA workers for taking an average of 54 days off last year, which led to increased overtime costs.

Newsday knocks the Trump administration’s move to limit social services for immigrants, saying it plays on stereotypes.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees have utterly crushed the lowly Baltimore Orioles this season.

Bad news for the Mets: Jeff McNeil is headed to the IL.

Here is the latest on the equal pay fight for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.


Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s estate is being sued under the Child Victims Act.

The Child Victims Act went into effect Wednesday, opening the gates to a flood of child sexual abuse lawsuits, something survivors were previously blocked from filing. Coming to light today in one of those lawsuits: allegations against former Bishop Howard Hubbard.

Within the first 12 hours of the lookback window opening, there were 103 cases filed in Erie County alone, in addition to three cases in Niagara County and one in Cattaraugus County.

But while some have been busy meeting with attorneys and getting lawsuits ready, others can’t find lawyers to take their cases.

Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter had to take steps recently to correct a campaign finance violation.

Activists clashed Wednesday after disability advocates announced a lawsuit against the MTA, calling for the transit agency to bring back bus stops along 14th Street it removed for Select Bus Service.

For the first time in over a decade, there will be a challenger in the race for Onondaga County District Attorney. And now, that challenger is getting an endorsement that’s raising some eyebrows.

Niagara Falls is the latest municipality in Western New York to receive a downtown revitalization grant from the state.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

Happening today:

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

At 9 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will hold a rally announcing a new youth employment education bill. City Hall Steps, New York City.

At 10 a.m., the Progressive Caucus will hold a rally for a legislative package of HRA reforms, City Hall steps, New York City.

At 10:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make an announcement. The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 1010 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Speaker Carl Heastie will be with Assemblywoman Monica Wallace for a walking tour of Lancaster, Lancaster Coffee Co., 24 Central Ave., Lancaster.

At 11:15 a.m., Heastie will visit the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., Heastie will join Assemblywoman Karen McMahon to visit the Donald Spoth Farm, 2715 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

At 2 p.m., Heastie will visit the Williamsville Public Library, 5571 Main Street, Williamsville.

At 2:30 p.m., Heastie will visit Sweet Jerry’s Ice Cream, 56 East Spring Street, Williamsville.


Many low-income legal immigrants in the United States may soon have to make a choice: if they want to prolong their stay, they might have to stop using Medicaid, to which they are entitled.

The victims’ advocacy group Safe Horizon is sponsoring public service announcements featuring four New York state lawmakers who were victims of abuse themselves.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of cases are expected to be filed today as the one-year look back window opens under the Child Victims Act.

A retired National Guard general is filing paperwork to run for the Republican nomination in the 19th congressional district against Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado.

Gov. Cuomo’s office said more than 128,000 workers last year were able to access paid family leave benefits as the new law took effect.

The head of the NYPD sergeants’ union sent members an overtly racist video in an email that complains about “Section 8 scam artists and welfare queens.”

A member of the “Proud Boys” said he felt justified to beat up counterprotest members of antifa during a Manhattan confrontation last year that left people injured.

A bill sponsored by state lawmakers would teach students the hateful meaning of racist symbols.

Reform advocates and family members of Eric Garner are making a renewed push for the NYPD to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

A report found New York City had the most “violent and disruptive” schools in the state last year.

Capital Region schools were also found to be above average in that category as well.

New York City lawmakers are calling for the creation of a patient advocate office that would handle complaints of health care facilities and providers.

In a rare admission of New York City’s homeless problem, Mayor de Blasio in an interview on Fox Business said there needs to be a better job of getting violent vagrants off the streets.

Overtime spending at the New York City Housing Authority has increased once again, hitting $95 million.

The Justice Department says two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in a Manhattan jail have been placed on administrative leave, and the facility’s warden has been temporarily reassigned.

An MTA official demonstrated the new tap-and-go fare payment system known as OMNY, short for One Metro New York, to mark a milestone: OMNY recorded its one millionth tap last Thursday night in the Fulton Center Station in lower Manhattan.

Since 1897, the Hudson River has surged through a hydro plant in Mechanicville. Though the plant is 122 years old, it can help solve a distinctly 21st century problem: Fighting climate change by shifting New York to renewable sources of energy in the coming decades.

In the coming years New York will have one of the longest bike and walking trails in the United States, a continuous 750 mile path forming a T across New York. Lawmakers like Assemblywoman Pat Fahy want to make the most of it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has a renewed plan to help taxpayers workaround the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.

Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday approved a three-bill package meant to strengthen safety for infants in New York.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie visited western New York as part of his annual trip to see parts of the state outside his New York City home.

Historic tax credits have sparked plenty of investment in Western New York. For years, the focus of this growth has been on downtown Buffalo. Rep. Brian Higgins spoke Tuesday afternoon in the city, saying now that revitalization is shifting into local neighborhoods.

ShoppingTown Mall NY LLC, the owner of ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt, has directed the mall to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

For the first time since the deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is speaking out. If there is anything hopeful that can come of the shootings, it’s what the authorities are learning and passing along to the public in an effort to prevent such future tragedies.

President Trump multiple times on Tuesday sounded off on Twitter about Chris Cuomo’s “Fredo” meltdown caught on video, including complaints that Republicans were backing up the CNN anchor.

In national news:

States, including New York and California, are suing the Trump administration over a rollback of power plant regulations.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to drop a $5 billion border wall request and redirect the money to be used to fight gun violence and white supremacy.

Following the shooting in El Paso, the “send her back” chants are taking on an even more ominous tone for some.

The United States is delaying the implementation of some tariffs in order to allow stores to stock up for the holidays.

The president during a visit to a chemical plant in Pennsylvania aired his usual grievances in a 67-minute speech: Former President Obama, the media and Hillary Clinton among them.

After a slow start in Iowa, Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign hopes to make inroads with voters there.

The New York Times has demoted an editor amid a series of controversial tweets and lashing out at critics.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes that the cost of health care in the United States is a sad status quo that should be considered intolerable.

The Daily News applauded the one-year look back window taking effect today as part of the Child Victims Act.

Newsday says there should be more support for police officers dealing with mental health issues amid a spate of suicides.

The New York Post assesses the water problems facing Newark, calling it New Jersey’s version of Flint, Michigan.

From the sports pages:

What the Yankees are doing to the Baltimore Orioles is now just mean.

It’s getting late for the Mets to keep up an August surge and still make the postseason after dropping two games in a row.


The Justice Department says two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in a Manhattan jail have been placed on administrative leave, and the facility’s warden has been temporarily reassigned.

Hundreds of new sexual abuse cases are expected to be filed on Wednesday as the one-year look back window in the Child Victims Act opens.

New York City police officers who are struggling are being urged to reach out for help after an eighth member of the department committed suicide early Tuesday morning.

Police have released new surveillance video of four men wanted in a string of assaults and attempted robberies in Brooklyn, including attacks on Jewish men.

An investigation by the Troy Police Inspectional Services Bureau into the death of Edson Thevenin found the sergeant involved gave false information.

ShoppingTown Mall NY LLC, the owner of ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt, has directed the mall to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

State police are warning travelers in the Hudson Valley of likely traffic delays coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival.

In the coming years New York will have one of the longest bike and walking trails in the United States, a continuous 750 mile path forming a T across New York. Lawmakers like Assemblywoman Pat Fahy want to make the most of it.

Schumer Wants Money For Election Security

From the Morning Memo:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday in an Albany suburb pushed for money to be steered toward election security ahead of the 2020 presidential vote.

Schumer at a news conference outside of an election security firm in East Greenbush pointed to the interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election and the threats faced by other hostile powers.

“They want to interfere in our elections so people don’t trust them any longer,” Schumer said. “If people don’t trust the freeness, fairness and preciseness of our elections, this could be real trouble for our democracy.”

Schumer is pushing legislation that would spend up to $1 billon on bolstering ballot security, providing aid to state and local boards of election for upgrading software and paper ballot backups.

“We need to make sure there are significant resources at the state and local boards of elections to deal with that threat,” he said.

New York election officials have said the state’s own ballot systems are safe. None of the machines New Yorkers use to vote are connected to the internet and the decentralized nature of the state’s voting makes it more difficult to hack.