Governor Andrew Cuomo begins his “People First” tour today at Noon in Syracuse.

Part of that is a push for marriage equality.

Gay rights advocates say marriage equality was a “distant notion” when they first organized years ago.

New ESDC Chair Ken Adams says the term Empire State has been “misleading for years.”

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for New York to collect taxes on cigarette sales on Indian lands.

The case looks like it will go to the Supreme Court.

The special election in NY-26 is getting national attention following Speaker John Boehner’s visit yesterday.

ICYMI: Democrat Kathy Hochul is leading in a poll commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos and SEIU.

US Senate Republicans look like they are going to pull back on the medicare cuts House GOP supported in Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, in part because of NY-26.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand plans to stump for Hochul in the final weeks before the election.

President Obama is going to roll out his immigration reform “blueprint” today in El Paso, Texas.

Some state legislators want New York to pull out of an immigration enforcement policy put forth by the White House.

Obama had two helicopters on standby in case something went wrong during the raid on bin Laden’s compound.

Mayor Bloomberg jokes that Ray Kelly would make a good president.

Democrats and Republicans may find themselves fighting over which Supreme Court justices should recuse themselves when the health care reform bill is on the docket.

Speaker Boehner is calling for $2 trillion in cuts in exchange for a vote to raise the debt ceiling.

Rep. Bill Owens warns that failing to raise the debt ceiling would be “catastrophic.”

SUNY is set to raise health costs for retirees.

Over the past few years, the New York State pension fund has invested hundreds of millions in hyrdofracking companies.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief is touring Indian Point today. Reps. Lowey and Engel are also touring the facility.

Spitzer 2010, account is still up and running.

The convicted rapist who was seeking a heart transplant that could have cost $800,000 is back in prison now.

Former Staten Island borough president Guy Molinari says he “detests” Newt Gingrich.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has separated from his wife, Maria Shriver.