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

Members of Cuomo’s cabinet continue to deliver versions of his State of the State and budget addresses across New York. On Tap today: Thruway Authority’s Tom Madison, Canal Corp.’s Brian Stratton, Secretary of State Cesar Perales, and Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.

LG Bob Duffy is on the road, too. He’ll join local officials to make economic development announcements in Getzville (GEICO Regional Service Center, 300 Crosspoint Parkway, 9:30 a.m.) and Buffalo (Richardson Olmsted Complex, 400 Forest Ave., 10:30 a.m.)

Today is Day One of the NYS Bar Association’s annual two-day meeting, which official expect over 4,000 attorneys to attend. Hilton New York hotel, 1335 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. US AG Eric H. Holder Jr. presents a keynote address at a NYS DAs Association awards lunch where Queens DA Richard Brown will be honored, Grand Hyatt New York hotel, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy holds a recovery roundtable with IDC members David Carlucci, Malcolm Smith, Diane Savino and Democratic Sen. James Sanders, Nanuet Public Library, 149 Church St., Nanuet.


The Cuomo administration is drawing up plans for a shortfall almost twice as large as the $1.35 billion gap described by the governor in this week’s budget address, as the federal government seeks to reduce how much it pays for health care to some of the state’s most severely disabled people.

Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are at odds over deciding where new casinos should be located (assuming the constitutional amendment allowing their creation is given second passage and receives public approval).

Jim Dwyer takes Cuomo to task for failing to use his pardon/clemency power, suggesting he’s playing it safe with an eye toward 2016.

Mayor Bloomberg is not on the ballot this fall, but he’s taking a beating from his would-be successors.

The proliferation of mold in the wake of Sandy and how to address it was a hot topic at a mayoral forum last night.

Localities across the New York region, already reeling from the cost of cleaning up from Sandy, are confronting the prospect of an even bigger blow to their finances: a precipitous decline in property tax revenues.

The Sandy disaster aid bill already passed by the House is expected to be taken up by the Senate next Monday.

Saying he was going to “end the mystery” for residents, NJ Gov. Chris Christie announced that he was adopting FEMA’s updated advisory flood maps to allow for smarter and faster rebuilding after Sandy.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez is declining to testify in the investigations into allegations that he sexually harassed four former aides and the Legislature’s response to those allegations.

Cuomo’s no drama budget may end up causing sparks after all.

Despite a proposed increase in state education aid, Cuomo’s budget may end up causing more cuts for many school districts.

A member of the governor’s Education Reform Commission writes in a TU OpEd: “Schools today still operate as they did when our grandparents headed off to kindergarten.”

Now that Cuomo’s new budget plan has been unveiled, he’s revisiting a number of the bills he previously rejected, including a scaled-back plan to boost the state’s Environmental Protection Fund with $15 million in 5-cent bottle deposits that go unclaimed.

Organizers of the annual antique and collectible weapons show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center this weekend anticipate a record turnout in the wake of Cuomo’s recent gun control measure.

The Erie County Legislature wants County Clerk Chris Jacobs to hold off on responding to public information requests regarding the names and addresses of handgun permit holders until the state court system “has made a definitive ruling” on whether that information should be public.

Local elected officials across the nation are using the power of the purse to push for gun control since Newtown.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s defection from the Democratic conference to the IDC brought a bigger payday for his closest aides, who received $58,500 worth of raises.

Seeking to address criticism about lacking of diversity in the IDC-GOP coalition, Senate officials offered two black Democrats committee chairmanships. But one, freshman Sen. James Sanders, said he has declined to serve.

Sen. Dave Valesky, the IDC’s deputy leader, will chair the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee.

Carl Paladino on his potential Buffalo School Board run: “I think it’s time for change, and I’m going to lead the community in seeking change. I’m going to destroy (the board members) – all nine of them.”

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s State of the City address received mixed reviews.

GOP Sen. John DeFrancisco, mentioned as a potential challenger to Miner, made a cameo appearance in her pre-speech video.

Sen. John Kerry’s secretary of state Senate confirmation hearing was interrupted by an anti-war protestor, whom the senator praised.

The New York Army National Guard will serve as a testing ground for the Pentagon’s new policy of integrating females into combat battalions.

The White House delivered a strong message to Wall Street, taking the unusual step of choosing two former prosecutors as top financial regulators. One, Mary Jo White, tapped to head the SEC, is the first female US attorney in Manhattan.

Surrounded by cops, shooting victims and a wall of fearsome-looking guns, top D.C. Democrats launched a new bid to pass the most sweeping gun-control bill in 20 years – a federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Bill and Hillary Clinton are reportedly in the market for a “stately but relatively modest-priced” oceanfront home to rent or buy in the Hamptons.

Ashley Dupre, the former hooker who brought down ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is the mother of a two-month-old baby girl named Izabel Jagger Earle.

New Jersey utility regulators this week approved 103 measures that would force utilities to expand their preparations for storms and improve communications with customers and state officials.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn is expected to announce NYCHA reforms today.

Environmental groups are pushing back against the Cuomo administration’s plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations.

The Democratic Governors Association is going after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for hosting a fundraiser next month for Christie, asking its supporters to pressure Zuckerberg to cancel the event.