Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices will decide at a private meeting whether to enter the legal fray over same-sex marriage by accepting a case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. An announcement could come this afternoon or Monday.

President Obama is taking his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff on the road in hopes of pressuring Republicans and mobilizing public support. He’ll be in the Pennsylvania suburbs today.

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Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy are joining forces in a regional effort to land nearly $83 billion in federal aid to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

As they await federal disaster aid, both Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have proposed initiatives to help New Yorkers recovering from the storm.

A major problem since the storm: Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw or partially untreated sewage running into waterways from crippled treatment plants.

A revised set of proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing natural gas has been released by the DEC, which will begin taking public comment on them in December.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says New York “would be crazy” not to allow fracking in the Marcellus.

Senate GOP attorney David Lewis defended the delay tactics in the 46th SD, saying: “I know people don’t like waiting…but the truth of the matter is it is far better to get a real and accurate answer than just any answer.”

The first arguments over disputed ballots in the race will take place next week. Ulster County, where Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk performed the best on Election Day, has the most contested ballots: 521.

As absentee and affidavit ballots continue to be counted, Democrat Terry Gipson holds a lead of 1,571 votes over Republican incumbent Steve Saland in the prolonged state Senate 41st District election.

LG Bob Duffy, who is responsible for presiding over the Senate, says he hopes its members put hyper-partisanship and dysfunction behind them.

Senator-elect George Latimer reveals both he and Senator-elect Ted O’Brien have talked with IDC members about policy since they were elected, but neither plans on joining the breakaway Democratic conference.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle calls IDC head Jeff Klein’s power-sharing plan “unnecessary” and a potential recipe for dysfunction.

The TU says a coalition in the Senate would only be worth it if the progressive agenda Klein is pushing materializes and the deal is about more than just perks and power.

As Susan Rice comes under increasing fire, Congressional Republicans are coalescing behind Sen. John Kerry as a replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Half of the MTA board failed to make most or all of the public fare-hike hearings this month, including former Gov. David Paterson.

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to overhaul the roof-light system for yellow cabs, eliminating the off-duty designation so that the lights will convey only two possibilities: available or unavailable.

Elective surgeries vary by region for Medicare recipients, a new report found.

The legal struggle over the deadly 2005 capsizing of the Ethan Allen tour boat on Lake George ended after the state’s highest court dismissed a lawsuit over the state’s inspection of the boat.

Some of New York State’s largest gun show operators have agreed to new guidelines to restrict illegal sales.

The state constitution has over the years grown into a 56,326-word behemoth that its critics say needlessly governs the most obscure minutiae of New Yorkers’ lives.

Rep. Chris Gibson’s is catching heat for his explanation about why he’s renegging on Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

Education reformer David Bloomfield insists a “simple change” would enable Cuomo to effectively control the Board of Regents and dramatically impact policy.

Rockland County Democratic Chairwoman Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky is under fire for the way she engineered her election to a election commissioner post.

Former state Sen. Vincent Leibell used to call the shots in Putnam County. Now his former allies are keeping their distance as he moves out of prison and into a halfway house.

The New York Times hails Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s signing of an executive order requiring county agencies to translate essential public documents and forms into six languages besides English and to provide translation services for residents who don’t speak English well.

David Fried, a Democratic Rockland County village justice, has announced his intention to run for county executive.

MTA leaders insist the $5 billion cost of Superstorm Sandy won’t be passed on to riders, but transit advocates question whether that’s possible in the years to come.