Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn and Council Deputy Majority Leader Inez Dickens host the Council’s sixth annual Women of Faith Breakfast featuring a keynote address by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt delivers versions of Cuomo’s State of the State and budget addresses. Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

Occupy Albany, the Hunger Action Network, the NYS Labor-Religion Coalition and others will hold a pro-minimum wage hike demonstration outside the state Capitol at around 11:45 a.m. and then picket the offices of IDC leader Jeff Klein, GOP Leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo.

At noon, Syracuse clergy and community leaders call on state Senate to approve minimum wage increase, Hopps Memorial CME Church, 1110 S. State St., Syracuse.

At 7 p.m., N.Y. Sen. Tony Avella, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, federal lawmakers and FAA reps participate in a public meeting about complaints of increased air pollution and noise in Queens following changes in LaGuardia Airport’s departure procedures; Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., the Muslim Democratic Club of New York celebrates its launch with NYC mayoral hopeful Sal Albanese in attendance, Second Floor Lounge, 320 W. 38th St., Manhattan.


The standoff with the Herkimer shooting suspect, Kurt Myers, continues.

Loud bangs, alarms and a PA system have been heard early this morning at a barricade situation outside a building where police believe Myers is holed up.

Since June 2003, when reforms aimed at limiting the appointments of politically tied officials were implemented, Klein and his law partner/sometime legislative aide, Dominick Calderoni, have earned nearly $730,000 in fees for work performed as court-appointed fiduciaries.

The four-month-old Senate IDC-GOP coalition could face the greatest test to its unity over raising the state minimum wage, though Klein insists there are no cracks in the relationship.

Former MTA Chairman/GOP NYC mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota has raised about $720,000 since mid-January.

No candidate in the past two mayoral races has raised as much as Lhota did during the same period, though he didn’t bring in the $1 million some backers optimistically predicted.

According to Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign manager Bradley Tusk, state election law makes creating an effective super PAC in the NYC mayoral election difficult if not impossible.

Thirty council members have signed a Common Cause letter that slams Quinn, the Democratic NYC mayoral front-runner, for blocking a vote for three years on a union-backed measure mandating that businesses in the city with more than five employees offer five paid sick days a year.

The selection of Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, shifts the church’s focus and center away from Europe.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan emerged from the conclave with “rock star” status in the church, but faces challenges here at home.

Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard was surprised by how quickly the new pope was selected.

Assembly Democrats want the Cuomo administration to put into state law financial “clawback” penalties against the Buffalo Bills if the team breaks the terms of a new lease deal and leaves Western New York in the first seven years of the contract.

Buffalo leaders aren’t taking kindly to Assemblyman Steve Katz’s comments that $60 million in the state budget for the Buffalo Bills is poorly spent.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has begun production in Brooklyn and Long Island and is expected to be the biggest movie ever to be made in the state — creating up to 3,500 jobs along with roles for up to 11,000 extras, Cuomo says.

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s former chief of staff is scheduled to plead guilty to playing a role in the bribery scheme, as part of an agreement with the government that could produce new evidence against her ex-boss.

Six leading financial companies have bowed to pressure from the New York City’s Comptroller’s office to broaden their clawback policies to cover more executives, increase disclosures or add potential triggers.

Acting Albany County State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara denied activist Bob Schulz’s request for a preliminary injunction against the SAFE Act.

AG Eric Schneiderman: “There are multiple lawsuits challenging the SAFE Act on numerous grounds, and our office will continue to fervently defend the protections embodied in the law.”

Some landowners who are opposed to fracking are learning that a 2005 law means they can’t stop gas under their property from being drilled once 60 percent of the land around the well is leased or owned.

Model, actress and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi came to the Capitol to advocate for programs that enhance health and nutrition for young people, and to discuss her own experience with endometriosis.

More Americans cite dissatisfaction with government as the biggest problem facing the country than at any other time since the months leading up to the Watergate scandal, a new Gallup poll finds.

Carl Paladino intensified his long-standing feud with the Buffalo School Board after accusing Superintendent Pamela Brown of refusing to release a long-awaited report on the district by Distinguished Educator Judy Elliott.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, former first lady Betty Ford and horse racing’s most successful female jockey, Julie Krone, are among this year’s inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano defended his administration’s economic policies and took some shots at the man who he ousted – and who’s trying to make a comeback this fall – Tom Suozzi – in his State of the County address.

Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are buying a $10.5 million spread right across the street from Madison Square Park in Manhattan.

Agrana Fruit US Inc., a company that makes fruit preparations for the dairy industry, will try to capitalize on the Greek yogurt boom by investing more than $50 million in Lysander to build a plant that will employ up to 120 people.

The Tonawanda News says New Yorkers “are due an answer from the state Assembly as to why leaders refuse to take up the legalization of (MMA), a sport that’s growing in popularity and could add to state coffers at a time when revenue is desperately needed.”