Business leaders who intend to raise $10 million to help Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo fight state employee unions through the new Committee to Save New York have found an unexpected ally in Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera.

Cuomo is “domiciled” in Sandra Lee’s $1.2 million Mount Kisco home, where the two “share in expenses…including the property tax expense.”

Cuomo paid the residency tax in NYC, where he keeps an apartment, out of an “abundance of caution,” a spokesman said, even though his primary residence is in the suburbs.

The two residences thing can get confusing.

The governor-elect tapped old allies from the AG’s office and his father’s administration to serve as his closest advisers on the Capitol’s second floor.

The man occupying the top post among Cuomo’s senior staff, Steve Cohen, wanted to leave state government, but agreed to stay after prodding by the governor-elect.

Page Six is not pleased with Cuomo’s spokesman Josh Vlasto, adding his name to “the liar’s den.”

New Yorkers are girding themselves for tax increases in spite of Cuomo’s assurances that there will not be any.

The Times wants Cuomo to push for stronger lobbying laws.

Rep. Anthony Weiner and the Rev. Al Sharpton are at odds over the tax cut deal President Obama cut with the GOP.

Republicans blocked a vote on the Zadroga bill, whose backers now hope to attach it to the tax cut agreement.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called the GOP”s filibuster of the Zadroga bill “cynical” and “morally reprehensible.

The tax cut battle has put Sen. Chuck Schumer at odds with the president.

NYC Schools Chancellor-in-waiting Cathie Black was reportedly not the first choice for Mayor Bloomberg, who offered her the job after his longtime ally, Geoffrey Canada, turned it down.

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Black has the potential to be a “fantastic leader.”

Bloomberg LP has big, big plans that coincidentally correspond with the timing of the next presidential election.

New York is not Washington, Joyce Purnick reminds us (and the mayor).

The Post, which endorsed Bloomberg for a third term, suggests he focus on the job he already has.

NYC took the unusual step of suing the state, claiming it overcharges millions of dollars to house downstate juvenile offenders in upstate jails.

“I don’t feel I accomplished anything very substantive,” lamented departing LG Richard Ravitch.

The TU calls on the Senate to punish Sen. Kevin Parker following his conviction on misdemeanor charges.

Former Sen. Vincent Leibell’s guilty plea didn’t do anything to improve Albany’s reputation in the eyes of Hudson Valley residents.

White Plains Mayor Bradley plans to appeal the guilty verdict in his domestic abuse trial.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s “underperformance” in his old assembly district does not bode well for the Nassau County Democrats, Dan Janison says.

Sen. Craig Johnson filed an appeal brief seeking a hand count in the 7th SD.

On his way out the door, Public Integrity Commission Executive Director Michael Cherkasky calls for change.

Wisconsin and Ohio’s federal high-speed rail funding loss is New York’s gain.

Frack Action protested in Buffalo.

Forty-three NYC schools made the state’s persistently low-achieving list.

An attorney sees a cautionary tale in the NYT story about the fight between Steve Rattner and Cuomo.

Rep. Scott Murphy has been evicted early from his Washington, DC offices.

Rep. Bill Owens will vote “yes” on the tax cut deal; Rep. Mike Arcuri’s position is not yet known.

The Middletown Times Herald-Record supports on-line elections.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was disappointed, but not surprised, about the DADT repeal failure.

This does not bode well for independent redistricting efforts.

The NYC OTB closure has so far not impacted Vernon Downs.

Most Americans are not big fans of the Fed.

Remembering Elaine.

Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz sings about bike lanes.

Goodbye Four Loko.