Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back in New York and back upstate. He and LG Bob Duffy will participate in a Western New York Regional Economic Development Council tour. 10 a.m., Buffalo Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo.

He didn’t stick around in D.C. for a meeting President Obama and VP Joe Biden are having at 10:10 a.m. at the White House with some of the nation’s governors to discuss possible ways to grow the U.S. economy and the need to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction.

The SUNY Board of Trustees and its committees will meet over the two-day period starting today. Members of the public are invited to attend. State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany. 8:30 a.m.

The NYC Districting Commission meets at 9 a.m., Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, Manhattan. Members are expected to formally withdraw controversial new Council maps.

Lawyers for the candidates battling it out in the 46th SD race are back in court at 9:30 a.m.

NYC officials and developers will break ground on Hudson Yards, a $15 billion 15-structure mini-city on Manhattan’s West Side that will create more office space than exists in Portland, Ore.

Headlines…

Hillary Clinton for NYC mayor? Mike Bloomberg thought she’s make a perfect successor, but she wasn’t interested. (Bad news for Bloomberg’s previously perceived favorite, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn).

In a long-speculated move, former Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who lost power during the 2009 coup, has left the Democratic conference to join forces with the IDC.

Senator-elect Simcha Felder’s constituents weren’t surprised by his decision to caucus with the GOP, said one: “It was understood that he was a Democrat by name, but not in his views so much.”

DN columnist Bill Hammond accuses Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos of “selectively squashing Democratic ballots” in the 46th Senate District race, and says every vote should be counted ASAP.

While Cuomo was in D.C. seeking post-Sandy help for New York, US Sen. Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a warning for lawmakers who don’t step up for the storm-battered region: If you’re not there for us, we won’t be there for you.

Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand say the first federal funds for New York City’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy have been approved and are on the way.

After meetings with top Obama administration officials and congressional leaders, Cuomo said he’s “optimistic” that Congress will act quickly to provides tens of billions of dollars to help his state recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat who heads a subcommittee overseeing disaster funding, remembered how a New York lawmaker supported her state after Katrina and pledged to “step up” to return the favor.

Cuomo announced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will follow in his lobbying footsteps, heading to D.C. Thursday.

New York State voters overwhelmingly say they believe that Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the effects of climate change, a new Siena poll found.

While in Buffalo, Cuomo will unveil plans for a down payment involving efforts to bring next-generation private research and development companies to Buffalo, quashing concerns that state financial problems will undermine his $1 billion job-creation pledge for WNY.

Maybe the Democrats in Congress and the White House actually want to go over the fiscal cliff rather than cut what they see as a sub-standard deal with the GOP.

Rep. Louise Slaughter insists that, based on her long “experience” in Congress, she can accurately predict that the fiscal cliff will be averted. (Subscription).

Congressman-elect Sean Patrick Maloney, who defeated GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth in NY-18, makes a list of “ten fresh faces to watch in the new Congress.”

A day after the Port Authority hiked cash tolls at its bridges and tunnels to a staggering $13, a watchdog group revealed the most senior PA cops are paid an average of $83.99 an hour — dwarfing the $58.86 earned by their counterparts at the NYPD.

Supermarket mogul and former “Clinton Democrat” John Catsimatidis is setting up an exploratory committee to consider running for mayor of NYC next year.

Cuomo rejected proposals by a health panel that would have increased taxes and regulations on alcohol, according to a published report.

Campaign finance reformers hope to see a boost for their issue in Cuomo’s third State of the State address next month.

Opponents called for a public hearing on the potential health risks associated with fracking, something that currently would not be required under the DEC roadmap which will oversee the decision on whether drilling should be allowed in the Marcellus.

The anti-frackers called the lack of information about the Cuomo administration’s health review process “insane” and “surreal.”

Assemblyman Karim Camara urges the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to reconsider a plan to close another 27 schools, noting a host of “successful” parochial school grads – including Cuomo.

AG Eric Schneiderman has requested a full financial disclosure from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund — which Borough President Marty Markowitz co-founded with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Brooklyn Community Foundation to help rebuild storm-slammed neighborhoods.

The NYC public advocate field is getting crowded. Democratic Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez is interesting in running next year; he’s the sixth contender, but the only Latino.

Albany County lawmakers voted to exceed the state property tax cap, one of the marquee issues of Cuomo’s first term, for the second time in its two-year existence, approving a 2013 budget that hikes taxes 7.6 percent yet leaves the fate of the county-run nursing home in limbo.

Add actor Dustin Hoffman to the list of people who believe Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016.

Obama is reportedly considering nominating Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, to be either his next ambassador to the U.K. or France, as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies that never seem out of fashion.