Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany. He’ll hold a cabinet meeting in the state Capitol’s Red Room at 11:30 a.m.

The Senate and Assembly one-house budget resolutions are expected to be passed today, signaling the beginning of the end of the sprint toward the 2013-14 spending plan.

At 10 a.m., the Senate Committee on Social Services discusses the impact of a minimum wage increase on summer youth employment, Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 181 State St., Albany.

Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco will participate in a live Q-and-A with the Syracuse Post Standard from his Albany office at 10:15 a.m. (Link here).

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Chris Gibson, Tick-Borne Disease Alliance Co-Chairman David Roth and others participate in a forum about tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease; Griffis Faculty Club, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Ave., Manhattan.

At 11:15 a.m., members of NY’s congressional delegation will announce the Flood Victim Premium Relief Act 2013. NASDAQ Press Room, 4 Times Square, (at the corner of 43rd & Broadway), Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the Rev. A.R. Bernard, state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox and RNC Chair Reince Priebus participate in an “African-American engagement and listening session.” Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn.


Senators are proposing to yank more than $5 million for the city of Albany from a one-house budget resolution they’re set to unveil today.

The Senate will also push to return up to $8.5 million from speeding-ticket fines to a spinal-cord research fund that had been raided since 2010 to balance the state’s budget.

Attorney Mike Rebell is confident New York City schools will see a planned $240 million cut restored, either as a result of a court order or legal change. (The Senate’s Education Committee chair says the GOP won’t restore the cash).

Should the Legislature and voters approve a constitutional amendment this year to authorize up to seven casinos to open in the state, Cuomo will reportedly not back off his position that the first three be located upstate.

Senior state lawmakers and top legislative staff are claiming Cuomo secretly encouraged last week’s efforts to pass a new fracking moratorium, and wants to delay a decision until after the 2014 election.

Sen. Charles Schumer is expected to urge federal officials to let New York turn some of its superstorm Sandy grant money into a loan fund to pay for long-term infrastructure improvements.

Today is the final day for NYC restaurants and food vendors to sell supersized sugary beverages, as Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial ban on drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces goes into effect tomorrow.

Some are vowing defiance of the new ban, while others are scrambling to prepare for it.

State lawmakers spent $7.1 million on mailings to constituents in the six months prior to their re-election bids – a 4.5 percent increase from the previous six months.

In a marked shift of protocol, the NYPD has begun conducting robust investigations of traffic crashes that result in critical injuries but not certain or likely death.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez found a 14-year-old intern so sexy that he fantasized aloud about living in a state where it was legal to sleep with underage girls, a source told the Daily News.

It’s Sunshine Week!

The Democrat and Chronicle surveyed major local public agencies as part of Sunshine Week, and found half of them are violating a new requirement in the Open Meetings Law.

Later this year, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will roll out a system that lets New Yorkers to see every check issued by the government and to follow exactly who is doing business with the state down to the penny.

The SAFE Act has sparked a “stampede” of weapons purchases in New York, which is exactly what Cuomo said he wanted to avoid by pushing the measure through the Legislature so quickly.

The real problem, according to law enforcement – and one not addressed by the SAFE Act – is the flow of illegal guns into the state.

While NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn kicked off her mayoral campaign with a five-borough tour, her Democratic rival Bill de Blasio was in lower Manhattan to kick off his Women for de Blasio campaign with 200 supporters, led by “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, a lesbian and gay-rights activist.

The five-minute video Quinn used to announce her campaign made no mention of her wife, Kim Catullo, or even addressed the fact that she would be the city’s first gay mayor.

GOP NYC mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota is heading out of town this week for a fund-raiser outside of Washington, where he will collect potentially tens of thousands of dollars in donations.

Former Gov. George Pataki appears poised to endorse supermarket/oil mogul John Catsimatidis’ quest to be the next mayor of NYC.

The Syracuse area’s TSA was found to be a hostile work environment four years ago when inspectors interviewed workers about the local director.

Carl Paladino’s candidacy and entrenched dysfunction have brought unprecedented attention to the Buffalo School Board races.

The list of seven finalists Cuomo is considering for a spot on the state’s top court includes attorney Maria Vullo, who worked for Cuomo in the AG’s office and lavished her ex-boss with more than $80,000 in campaign contributions.

While the Early Voting Act pending in both houses of the state Legislature could allow residents to vote up to 14 days before Election Day, some local officials argue that the convenience will come at a cost.

A defense lawyer says prosecutors are not seeking jail time for actor Stephen Baldwin, who’s accused of not paying his New York income taxes for three years.

The Greek yogurt boom has the potential to create hundreds of jobs in upstate, officials say.

Nearly 1 in 5 full-time Erie County workers cost the county – and by extension, taxpayers – at least $100,000 each in 2012, when salaries and benefits were combined with overtime, bonuses, cash-outs and other costs.