Still no “fiscal cliff” deal. President Obama addressed the nation a short time ago to urge Congress to come to a resolution.

It appeared to be good news at first because the meeting with President Obama and Congressional leaders was “very constructive,” and could yield an agreement in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, stocks plunge as “fiscal” clock ticks down

Can the Senate do away with the filibuster?

A plaid shirt-clad Gov. Andrew Cuomo paid a surprise visit to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise office, and talked about the need to create an anchor event that will draw tourists to Saranac Lake – among other things.

A potential fiscal cliff compromise that would prevent tax increases on household income of $400,000 or below is starting to come together, but it’s far from a done deal.

A limited number of tickets for President Obama’s inaugural ball will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up here for more information.

Mayor Bloomberg urged New Yorkers not to change their commuting habits in the wake of the second subway pushing in a month.

RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson has resigned as co-chair of the Capital Region Economic Development Council. Co-chair Michael Castellana, president of SEFCU, the largest credit union in the Albany, New York area, stepped down in early October. More here and here.

Departing MTA Chairman Joe Lhota says the new “Subway Time” app will “reduce anxiety” among riders.

Two WSJers tested the app, using it to ride trains at several stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They found a lag time between the app and the boards in stations to be anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute.

The Rockettes will be joining Bloomberg in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers – including VP Joe Biden – a raise.

Another AP political reporter has jumped ship – this time for NBC News.

Although the murder rate is on track to be historically low, major crime in NYC inched up this year. Bloomberg blamed that on the fact that too many iPhones and iPads are being stolen.

A new Rasmussen poll finds that 78 percent of Likely U.S. voters rate the overall quality of the health care they receive as good or excellent, but nearly half expect the system to worsen in the coming years.

Former President George H.W. Bush remains in intensive care at a Houston hospital, but he’s improving. A spokesman says he’s “alert and, as always, in good spirits.”

Sixteen days into the latest public-comment period on the state’s proposed hydrofracking regulations, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has received a total of 837 comments. The period ends Jan. 11.

Log Cabin Republicans of NYS Chairman Gregory T. Angelo has been named interim executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans. He starts his new job Jan. 2.

Brooklyn Strategies President Evan Thies says the Democratic Party “has been taking a dive on gun control for some time now,” in part to win control of the House back in 2006.

Former LG Richard Ravitch thinks the next mayor of NYC isn’t going to have enough cash in 2014 to maintain the level of spending and services New Yorkers are used to and will face multibillion dollar deficits.

E-ZPass holders will be able to use their tags at North Carolina toll facilities starting Jan. 3. E-ZPass is already accepted in 14 states throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. (No link).