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

The Senate will be in session at 11 a.m. The Assembly isn’t even in town. Passover starts at sundown.

From 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Rep. Greg Meeks will discuss federal budget negotiations and local damage from Sandy at a breakfast and briefing he organized; Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Blvd., Queens.

At 5:30 p.m, Rep. Dan Maffei opens an Auburn district office and holds an open house, 24 State St., Auburn.


The Senate held a fairly short session yesterday – Palm Sunday – and passed three budget bills, but has to wait to take up the rest until they’re negotiated and printed.

Tom Precious writes: “One has to wonder, given the strangeness of how this process is playing out during what was to be a vacation week for lawmakers: how many legislators have non-refundable travel tickets?”

NYC GOP mayoral hopeful George McDonald will seek to receive matching, taxpayer-financed funds from the Campaign Finance Board – the very system he’s suing to circumvent.

An anonymous Cuomo administration source blames people connected to Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Center for the flawed SAFE Act, saying they – not the governor’s staff – drafted most of the law.

Mayor Bloomberg’s former chief Albany lobbyist, Micah Lasher, is set to become the new chief of staff for state AG Eric Schneiderman, replacing Neal Kwatra.

A number of the Legislature’s Latino members boycotted a Somos reception at the governor’s mansion Friday out of anger that the DREAM Act wasn’t in the budget. They’re not too happy with IDC leader Jeff Klein, either.

The budget deal includes a minimum fine of $50 for drivers caught texting while driving. (There’s currently no minimum, only a maximum fine of $150).

The budget does not include a bailout for SUNY Downstate Medical Center, despite warnings it could close without assistance. SUNY officials are instead directed to come up with a restructuring plan by June.

Bloomberg vs. the NRA, Round ?

The word “temporary” is fungible when it comes to enacting tax policy in Albany.

NYC Public Advocate/mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio disciplined a campaign aide for her inappropriate Tweets.

After losing their initial mayoral candidate, Tom Allon, the Liberal Party is now in search of a replacement and might back one of the GOP hopefuls, like Joe Lhota or John Catsimatidis.

Sal Albanese, a former city councilman from Brooklyn and Democratic mayoral hopeful, recommended legalizing pot so people who are found with small amounts of it during stop-and-frisks won’t be arrested.

The bankrupt Stockton, CA’s pension fund lawsuit is in court this week, and other public pension funds will be closely monitoring the case.

Cuomo has nominated two top donors for prestigious appointments — including Henry Silverman, a financier who tried to stiff his wife during a nasty and very public divorce.

The very pro-fracking NY Post agrees (!) with Cuomo that the industry must make a better case to the public on how drilling is safe.

The paper doesn’t approve of the luxury box the state will receive as part of the new Bill stadium deal.

Billionaire Bloomberg paid for not one, but four Broadway casts for his final Inner Circle Show response.

CapTon insider Bruce Gyory has a new gig with NYC mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson.

Thompson may be the only black candidate in the NYC mayor’s race, but he doesn’t have a lock on black voters.

The recent yogurt boom in upstate New York has meant more jobs and more economic activity, but it has not led to many more dairy cows in the state.

The characters in Sandra Lee’s first novel, “The Recipe Box,” strongly resemble the Food Network star and her live-in boyfriend, Gov. Cuomo. The book ends with a marriage proposal.

A Brooklyn fashion designer claims anti-fracking advocate Yoko Ono ripped off her wacky new clothing line, then tried to pass it off as her own.

Two potentially transformative cases about gay marriage will be argued at the US Supreme Court this week. Decisions are likely to come in June.