The Obama administration is using the SEC’s fraud lawsuit against Goldman to try to push Wall Street reform through Congress.

The president will be in Manhattan Thursday to pitch reform and deliver yet another tongue-lashing of the financial industry.

In advance of his boss’ arrival in New York, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel pitched some of the city’s top investors on reform. A Goldman managing director was among the attendees.

Mayor Bloomberg, who isn’t a big fan of increasing Wall Street regulations, didn’t get a heads-up from the White House about Obama’s visit, and his invite to the speech came after the fact.

Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group is launching a six-figure media campaign today to push for background checks at gun shows.

Former Gov. George Pataki traveled to Reno and assailed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for making “corrupt deals” to get health care reform passed.

GOP state comptroller hopeful Harry Wilson is trying to make his Wall Street experience work for him on the campaign trail.

State lawmakers passed a third round of bare bones budget extenders, which will keep the state running through April 25.

A fight over property tax relief is contributing to the delay in a budget deal.

The ongoing budget stalemate caused Earth Day observances to be scaled back in Albany.

While lawmakers tried to hammer out a deal in Albany, Gov. David Paterson was in Manhattan meeting with his criminal defense attorney.

Assemblyman Joe Errigo cited frustration with Albany and a sense that “there are groups that control the state” as motivation for his decision not to seek re-election.

Eliot Spitzer’s unusual request that a Manhattan bank remove his name from a $5,000 wire transfer sparked the probe that led to his downfall.

“The opportunity to elect candidates on the basis of competence and ideas, rather than party and geography, can have a seismic impact on the way state government functions,” said former Mayor Ed Koch.

Koch is aiming to do away with a key part of the incumbency protection program: Politically-controlled redistricting.

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. insisted the latest allegations against him are “100 percent” false.

“I lose no sleep over these falsehoods,” said Espada, who suggested his new primary challenger, Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, is somehow connected to his latest legal troubles. (Her campaign denied this).

Espada’s counsel, Steve Pigeon, who is also implicated in the latest federal probe, hired an attorney.

Sen. Neil Breslin will endorse his colleague, Sen. Eric Schneiderman, for AG. (He’s the eighth senator to do so).

Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. received a $1,000 campaign contribution from an LLC at the center of a tax and money launder probe connected to his amigo, Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.

The National Legal and Policy Center filed an FEC complaint against former Rep. Eric Massa, seeking a probe into the $40,000 payment made to the ex-congressman’s chief of staff in the days before his resignation.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is struggling to break the 50 percent mark in public polls.

Charter school advocates ripped Sen. Bill Perkins, accusing him of “siding with the teachers union over parents and children.”

Outgoing city Commissioner of Homeless Services Robert Hess insisted his departure is voluntary. (He’s going to work at the Doe Fund, whose founder is a Bloomberg ally).

St. Vincent’s handed out 1,000 pink slips; criminal defense attorney and erstwhile City Council candidate Yetta Kurland is suing.

The DN wants Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to get tough on member item disclosure by NYC Council members.

Both Steve Levy and Rick Lazio are scheduled to be on Ogdensburg tomorrow night.

The Times says the Conroy decision on Long Island should “be the case that finally shames all communities into toning down the anti-immigrant fervor and insisting on effective, evenhanded law enforcement.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer went biking in the Hudson Valley.

Southern Tier Sen. George Winner wants the governor to call a special in NY-29.

Democratic NY-29 candidate Matthew Zeller just moved back to the district and is living with his uncle.

The deputy clerk of the scandal-tainted Bronx marriage license bureau was fired amid on ongoing investigation.

Sen. Vincent Leibell pledged to be a seven-day-a-week Putnam County executive, if elected.

Attendance for Queens Community Board members is not high.

Paterson wants to close poison control centers.

The LA Times reviews “Rough Justice.”

NY-23 is shaping up to be a three-way race – again.

The mayor of Binghamton has put a taxpayer funded “cost of war” sign that was to be hung at City Hall on hold.