Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. UPDATE: Cuomo will make an announcement at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol’s Red Room.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is hosting a forum conducted by FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other agencies on how businesses and non-profits impacted by Sandy can apply for disaster assistance programs that are set to expire next month. 9:15 a.m., Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin.

From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., state Education Commissioner John King and NYSUT President Maria Neira will participate in a ceremony honoring teachers who earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2012. Schenectady High School Library, 1445 The Plaza, Schenectady.

The Assembly will hold a public hearing, as part of its budget oversight responsibilities, to examine the economic development programs included the SFY 2012-2013 budget. LOB, Hearing Room C, 10:30 a.m.

The Assembly will also hold a public hearing to examine the impact of the enacted 2012-13 state budget on supportive housing programs. Hearing Room B, 10:30 a.m.

At noon, state Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales will convene the Electoral College for the State of New York in the Senate chamber at the Capitol. (Third floor). The proceedings will be broadcast live here.

(Electors from every state are meeting today to make the results of the Nov. 6 presidential election official).

At 12:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg makes an announcement about “gun violence.” City Hall, Blue Room, Lower Manhattan. He’ll be joined by relatives of victims from past mass shootings, including: Aurora, Colo.; Tucson, Az.; Oak Creek, Wisc.; and Virginia Tech.

The Executive Committee of the State University of New York Board of Trustees meet at 12:30 p.m. The State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

Members of the NYC Council’s Small Business and Lower Manhattan Redevelopment committees tour Sandy-damaged South Street Seaport businesses. Tour starts at 2 p.m., Made Fresh Daily, 226 Front St. Roundtable discussion at Pasanella and Son, Vintners, 115 South St., 2:45 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Assemblymembers Kevin Cahill and Frank Skartados will join Senator-elect Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk to call for a “fair elections campaign finance reform package. The Governor Clinton Building at 1 Albany Avenue, Kingston.

The final ballots available for opening in the 46th SD will be counted today in Greene County. Republican Assemblyman George Amedore is expected to hold onto his slim lead, but this fight is likely headed back to court.


“These tragedies must end,” President Obama said last night at an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Conn. He pledged to “use whatever power this office holds” to stop future massacres.

Here’s the full transcript of Obama’s speech, which he delivered after meeting with the families of the victims and first responders.

More details are emerging about the shooter, Adam Lanza, who left a very light footprint behind.

Ron Fournier, a veteran reporter whose son has Asperger’s, urged in a first-person essay that the syndrome not be stigmatized because Lanza had it.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy confirmed Lanza was alive when police first arrived at Sandy Hook on the day of the shooting.

Lanza used the AR-15 style rifle — the most popular rifle in America, which was also the weapon of choice in a number of past mass shootings.

The funerals start today.

Longtime gun control advocate Bloomberg, speaking on “Meet the Press,” said: “This myth that the NRA can destroy political careers is just not true.”

Will gun control be the issue that splits the IDC from the GOP in the Senate? More here.

Newtown itself is home to a number of unlicensed firing ranges and was the site of a fierce debate over gun control.

Nervous, grieving teachers across the country are preparing to return to classrooms in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. More here.

Education Commissioner King sent an e-mail to superintendents Friday advising school leaders to be alert for students or staff who might be struggling in the aftermath of the national tragedy.

Schools in New York City were encouraged to review safety measures, which include posting security officers in lobbies and requiring identification from all visitors.

Today is the deadline for Cuomo to take action on the year’s 30 final bills, including one to reinstate state-funded health insurance for employees of the now-defunct NYC OTB.

Fred Dicker’s annual winners and losers list includes Cuomo, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and IDC head Klein as winners. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Minority Leader John Sampson (among others) as losers.

Open government expert Bob Freeman is giving the new NYRA board lessons in transparency.

Kids in grades 3 to 8 will face much tougher questions on state math and English exams in April and May — and education officials expect scores to nose-dive.

The NYT asks: “Why is the Bloomberg administration making it so hard for people who need emergency food stamps because of Hurricane Sandy to get them?”

Casino advocates and their opponents already are stepping up their political efforts in advance of the Jan. 9 kickoff of the state legislative session.

Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks will ban all tobacco products on campus as of Aug. 1, 2014.

A utility is blaming a short circuit in an underground electrical system for explosions that shattered windows and sent several manhole covers flying in Newburgh yesterday.