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

The NYC Council is holding hearing on paid sick leave: City Council Chambers, City Hall; Manhattan, 10:30 a.m.

Prior to the hearing, paid sick leave supporters and some NYC Council members will participate in a march (from Foley Square to City Hall, 9 a.m.) and rally (at City Hall Park, 9:30 a.m.)

From 12:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., Democratic NYC mayoral candidates John Liu, Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson attend a forum on community development sponsored by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. Kimmel Center at NYU, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan.

State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky is delivering the keynote address at the above event at 9:30 a.m.

At 6:30 p.m., the Somos el Futuro conference kicks off with a welcome reception at Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

That’s followed by a New York City Council reception at 8:30 p.m., Meeting Room Six, Empire State Plaza, Albany.


Lawmakers are in a holding pattern as final details of the more than $142 billion (fixed) state budget are still under negotiation; they’re due back at the Capitol to start passing bills Saturday – or perhaps late Sunday.

The new Buffalo Bills stadium will feature a 12-seat luxury box for the Cuomo administration’s use, which will be controlled by the ESDC.

The idea, state officials said, is to have a place where state agencies can host out-of-town executives who might be considering moving a company to Erie County or to hold events to promote the region.

There’s a so-called “Jimmy Fallon tax credit” in the budget deal that appears specifically tailored to help lure the “Tonight” show back to New York.

The bill says it is intended for “a talk or variety program that filmed at least five seasons outside the state…(and) episodes are filmed before a studio audience of at least 200 more” with a budget of at least $30 million.

Asked about the issue, Cuomo administration officials denied that the tax break was written with “The Tonight Show” in mind, but said it was simply an effort to expand the existing tax break.

The extension of the 18-a utility tax, as well as a three-year top income-tax-rate extension through 2017 and a hike in the state’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage to $9 by 2016, has businesses leaders fuming.

The Beacon Correctional Facility will close within 60 days under this budget deal, and local elected officials are looking for ways to mitigate the impact of the closure.

The deal will not close any North Country prisons.

Education advocates are praising some of what’s reportedly in the budget deal and questioning other aspects of it. (There are still no school runs available).

The budget includes a provision initially proposed by Cuomo that requires the state Education Department to toughen standards for teacher certification and implement a teacher “bar exam.”

The budget deal calls for $25,000 to be used to study health and safety of thoroughbred jockeys who regularly ride on New York’s horse tracks.

There will be a pension smoothing plan in the budget, but it’s essentially a modified version of an existing amortization program the state comptroller offers to municipalities reeling from skyrocketing pension costs.

Cuomo wants the teacher-evaluation program to fall under the Triborough Law, which allows all the terms of an expired labor contract between localities and public employees to remain in place until a new agreement is approved.

Says the TU: “The budget now on legislators’ desks pays more attention to political careers than to the problems facing schools, cities and public health.”

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos is opposed to giving the movie industry a special “carve-out” from the gun-control law so that action scenes staged in New York could include actors armed with assault weapons.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said a provision of the SAFE Act, set to take effect April 15th, may be postponed while talks continue on how to amend the controversial gun control law.

Silver said he, Cuomo and Senate leaders plan to suspend any provision of the law that “presumes that manufacturers are going to manufacture” seven-round magazines, because seven-round magazines aren’t manufactured.

Says the NY Post: “All of this, of course, might’ve been easily avoided if the governor hadn’t bypassed the constitutionally mandated three-day waiting period for legislation. Or if lawmakers had more than 15 minutes to consider the bill before voting on it.”

A new lawsuit challenging the SAFE Act alleges it violates the Second and 14th Amendment rights; restricts interstate commerce by prohibiting the sale of banned weapons and restricting the sale of ammunition; and violates due process rights with several vague provisions.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make one of her first public appearances since leaving the Obama administration when she speaks at the annual Women in the World Summit in NYC next month.

A recording played in court during the stop-and-frisk trial suggests that, in at least one NYPD precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped.

Assurant Inc., the largest seller of “force-placed” home insurance in the U.S., agreed to pay a $14 million penalty and provide restitution to some New York homeowners under an agreement with state regulators to settle allegations of overpriced insurance and excessive profits.

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State has filed improper labor charges against UB, after UB subcontracted with Roswell Park Public Security to also provide coverage at university-owned facilities around downtown.

The severance package for former President and CEO John Koelmel from First Niagara Financial Group Inc. totals $5.45 million, and interim CEO Gary Crosby will get at least $2.65 million in compensation.

GOP NYC mayoral candidates distanced themselves from Bloomberg at a candidates forum last night.

Christopher Porco failed to convince a state appellate judge to sustain a restraining order that would have prohibited Lifetime Network from airing a television movie about his murder case.

A loss of as many as 8,000 soldiers from Fort Drum by 2020 would cause significant harm to the region’s long-term economy, according to a local response to an Army assessment of force levels.

VP Joe Biden joined Bloomberg and some families of the victims of the Newtown massacre to push for new federal gun laws, just days after US Senate Democrats dropped an assault weapons ban from a gun-regulation package they plan to consider next month.

Six barges and tugboats carrying construction equipment for work on the new Tappan Zee Bridge will begin arriving next week.

Residents with properties the state had planned to take for the new Tappan Zee Bridge say the builder wants to buy their houses — though talks have just started.