Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, where he will deliver the keynote remarks at a luncheon on campaign finance reform at noon at Covington & Burling, 620 8th Ave., Manhattan.

Cuomo’s cabinet members continue to spread his message to all corners of the state.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns is first up at York College, Faculty Dining Room, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens, 9 a.m.

Civil Service Commissioner Jerry Boone will be at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bruggeman Conference Center, 1623 15th St., Troy at 11 a.m.

OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito speaks not once, but twice today.

The first time at 11:30 a.m. in East Syracuse, Central New York Alliance for Retired Americans, NYSUT Regional Office, 4983 Brittonfield Parkway. The second at 2 p.m. at Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Dr., Rome.

ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt speaks at 1 p.m. at Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Falls St., Seneca Falls.

Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT), Hakeem Jeffries (NY) and Frank Pallone (NJ) will discuss the “devastating effects that the Republican sequester could have on aid” to Sandy victims on a DNC conference call with reporters at 11:45 a.m.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., NYU mental health professor Gary Belkin, Bridgeport, Conn., Mayor Bill Finch, Sen. Jose M. Serrano and others participate panel discussion on gun control and mental illness. Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 7th floor, 20 Cooper Square, Manhattan.


Police received a 911 call last year from the concerned mom of an aide to Assemblyman Vito Lopez after the staffer said she saw him ogling a young intern – the daughter of a Brooklyn judge. No charges were filed.

Cuomo is warming to the idea of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York.

The governor doesn’t plan on using messages of necessity to speed the budget process along.

Organizations unhappy with his proposed 6 percent state funding cut to services for people with developmental disabilities are going to have to make do with less in tough economic times, Cuomo said.

But, the Assembly Democrats and the IDC-GOP Senate coalition are both planning to restore the full amount of money – $120 million – that the governor is seeking to cut.

The Assembly Democrats want to create a $25 million state DREAM Act to provide college aid for kids of illegal immigrants, and will also seek $2.9 million to ensure DREAMers are eligible for other higher education opportunity programs.

NYC’s Department of Education has apologized to parents of an Upper West Side elementary school for failing to inform them that a faulty light fixture in a classroom leaked a toxic chemical in December.

Broome County Public Safety Building, county lawmakers and other top officials introduced a resolution opposing the “expedited enactment” of the NY Safe Act and asking for it to be repealed to allow for more public input.

Top state officials say they are crafting amendments to the SAFE Act, but many of its opponents insist they’ll settle for nothing less than full repeal.

Two nuclear power plants in Oswego County will receive more inspections and oversight from the NRC to follow up on corrective action.

New York’s small city, suburban and rural school districts expect to spend an average of $155,355 this year to implement the state’s new teacher and principal evaluation plans.

New York added 29,600 jobs in January – a record 17 consecutive months of private-sector job growth – but the state’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent, still outpacing the national average.

New York City’s unemployment rate rose back above 9 percent at the start of 2013, even though the city started the year with more jobs than it had ever had.

Even if the labels say otherwise, the “faux fur” garments sold by Century 21 are made with the fur of cuddly Chinese raccoon dogs, an investigation by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and the Humane Society found.

Deputy Senate GOP Leader Tom Libous vowed to prevent the fracking moratorium bill from coming to the floor for a vote.

A small Georgia town may soon require every household to own a firearm – a law that, if passed, would make it the second town in the state to mandate gun ownership.

Former Rep. Vito Fossella endorsed John Catsimatidis for NYC mayor.

Even as advocates for the homeless pummel the Bloomberg administration for not doing enough to help the homeless, NYC taxpayers are picking up the tab for record numbers of homeless who are staying in shelters longer than ever.

A Western New York jurist is one of seven individuals to be nominated for the State Court of Appeals following the death in November of Associate Judge Theodore T. Jones.

Hillary Clinton’s plan for the next two years: “beaches and speeches.”

Rensselaer County officials say Sen. Cathy Young, who improperly received tax exemptions on both her Olean home and a North Greenbush condo, never applied for the second exemption, but will still repay $4,214.42 anyway.

Former President Bill Clinton OpEds against DOMA, which he signed into law in 1996.

US Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, won’t seek re-election in 2014.

AFT President Randi Weingarten, who used to head NYC’s UFT: “I don’t know what has happened to (Bloomberg), but he’s no longer a partner in terms of trying to move a school agenda that is good for students.”

The Bloomberg administration plans to hire 81 new park enforcement patrol officers to bolster safety at New York City’s 29,000 acres of parkland, part of an overall plan to hire 414 employees to handle a range of tasks.

New York is poised to become the first state in the nation to design its own version of the GED.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney was noncommittal when asked if she’s mulling a 2014 challenge to Rep. Dan Maffei.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried rolled out the latest version of his perennial bill establishing a statewide single-payer health care system, a structure often shorthanded by advocates as “Medicare for all.”

In what has become a yearly tradition, the state Senate has passed a bill to allow licensed, out-of-state health care providers perform services for athletes at Lake Placid’s Ironman triathlon.

The renovation of New York state’s Capitol building is being recognized by the Associated General Contractors of America as one of the most significant construction projects of 2012.