Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the North Country with no public schedule. Looks like it’ll be an Adirondack New Year’s for the governor and his family.

Mayor Bloomberg will be lowering the 2013 New Year’s Eve Ball with the Radio City Rockettes at midnight in Times Square.

Headlines…

The fiscal cliff deadline is almost here, and so far, there’s no final deal.

The Senate is returning to work tonight. Happy New Year!

The two sides are closer, but significant differences remain over two key parts of a deal — the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester and the estate tax.

Republican senators agreed to take Social Security cuts (via the “chained CPI”) off their list of immediate demands. Democrats saw this as progress.

Even beyond the cliff, 2013 could be a year of perpetual crisis in D.C.

The outlook for passage of the Sandy disaster aid bill in the House is not good.

Cuomo reportedly plans a top-to-bottom shake-up of the Empire State Development Corp. early in the new year after concluding it is outdated, ineffective and poorly organized.

President Obama called the Newtown school massacre “the worst day” of his presidency as he reiterated on “Meet the Press” Sunday his determination to sign a gun-control bill into law early in his second term.

Cuomo remains eager to be the first governor in the nation to sign new gun laws since the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook massacre, but it’s unclear if he’ll propose new measures in his State of the State address.

Gun control is hardly the only issue on the Legislature’s increasingly crowded plate in 2013.

Would be NYC mayor John Catsimatidis says he’s a Republican, a Democrat, a conservative AND a liberal, but most of all, “pro-people” and “pro-business.”

The long-standing paralysis in Congress over immigration reform has some dairy farmers opting to use robots to deal with a shortage of farm workers.

Assemblyman George Amedore is holding off on hiring any staff or opening an office despite his apparent win in the 46th Senate District race due to the Democrats’ ongoing legal challenge to the outcome.

Heading into his final year as mayor, Bloomberg insists he won’t be a lame duck and won’t stop running things – although he won’t second guess his successor – after he leaves City Hall.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said resistance in his house to lifting the ban on MMA is “getting less.” One of the key opponents, Assemblyman Bob Reilly, is retiring this week.

Reilly said he hasn’t worried about accomplishments during his Assembly career, viewing himself as a “quiet slug” doing his job “with integrity.”

The chairman of New York’s Westchester County Board of Legislators Ken Jenkins says he’ll run for county executive in 2013 – likely against Republican incumbent Rob Astorino, who hasn’t yet announced his re-election campaign, but is expected to do so. More here.

Hurricane Sandy created a wealth of steady work for day laborers who are used to usually just scraping by on odd jobs.

New state laws banning sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and giving businesses new tax exemptions for installing solar energy systems are set to take effect this week.

Hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers from as far away as California and Canada, came to Webster in a show of support for Michael J. Chiapperini, 43, one of two volunteer firefighters fatally shot last Monday in an ambush by a gunman.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured Erie County Family Court Judge Paul G. Buchanan for going to see a suicidal 14-year-old girl in a hospital’s psychiatric unit, giving her a book and some cookies and telling her she had a lot to live for.

Performance review standards for teachers and principals in the Niagara Falls City School District have been approved by the state education commissioner, assuring the district of a full share of state financial aid for this school year.

Sen. Diane Savino believes there’s sufficient support in both parties to pass her medical marijuana bill. The main obstacle now? Cuomo.

The DN notes the difficulties facing Cuomo as he tries to figure out how to replace outgoing MTA Chairman Joe Lhota.

The NY Post bids a fond and bittersweet farewell to retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

The paper also slams Cuomo for playing “second fiddle” to Ohio’s John Kasich when it comes to fracking.

The NY Times says Sandy “inadvertently saved” Jones Beach from a development by Donald Trump that would have put an 86,000-square-foot catering hall and restaurant “in one of New York’s greatest public spaces.”

NHL labor talks are expected to resume today.

Happy Birthday New Year’s Eve baby AG Eric Schneiderman!