Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area today.

At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg discusses the local, national and global impact of the 2003 Smoke-Free Air Act on the law’s 10th anniversary, 45 E. 18th St., Manhattan.

At 3:20 p.m., VP Joe Biden will participate in a press call ahead of tomorrow’s National Day of Action calling for gun control, which was organized by Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The US Supreme Court justices are on Day II of oral arguments related to same-sex marriage cases – this time they’ll hear challenges to DOMA.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presents the 2013 Woman of the Year award, 5 p.m., City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse.

At 6:30 p.m., Bloomberg speaks at the Smoke-Free Air Act 10th anniversary celebration, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., IDC member Malcolm Smith holds a town hall on how federal funding for Sandy relief should be spent, Peninsula Preparatory Academy, 611 Beach 19th St., Queens.


The state Senate finished passing the budget around 4:30 a.m. this morning after a debate that included talk of kumquats and vampires, as Nick Reisman notes in the blog post below. Members aren’t due back in Albany until April 15.

You can read more about the late night session here, here, and here.

Senate Republican No. 2 Tom Libous fired back at good government groups who criticized the late night session by saying they should “get real jobs.”

The minimum wage deal includes a tax break for businesses to help offset the added cost of paying employees.

The budget also contains $27 million for a gun database.

State education funding increased about $1 billion dollars in the budget.

The budget contains a tax credit for restoring historic buildings and added incentives for movie makers to film upstate.

The MTA will get up to $40 million more in state funds than expected – partly the result of transit-dedicated taxes coming in higher than the authority predicted in its 2013 fiscal plan.

The Times Union obtained draft copies of mailers the IDC may send out touting the budget deal – the first one ever negotiated by four men in a room instead of three.

A proposal to allow for-profit investment in two hospitals in New York was dropped from the budget – thanks largely to Assembly Health Committee Chairman Dick Gottfried. This is an unexpected setback to a push to open health care systems to private investors for the first time.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell once again calls on Cuomo to greenlight hydrofracking – this time in a Daily News OpEd.

NYC Council Speaker and mayoral front runner Christine Quinn may be changing her position on requiring businesses to provide compensated sick time.

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says Quinn’s idea of implementing a NYPD Inspector General to monitor policies could “make the city unsafe.”

Newtown, Connecticut residents plan to protest outside an NRA outpost in response to the groups robocalls asking Newtown residents to oppose gun control legislation.

Bloomberg’s cigarette regulation bill would set a minimum price of $10.50 for a pack.

A picture of former Sen. Al D’Amato with 2 members of the Gambino crime family was used by federal prosecutors in a Brooklyn murder trial.

Sen. Diane Savino and Gottfried re-introduced the medical marijuana bill.

General David Petraeus spoke publicly for the first time since he resigned as the CIA Director amidst reports of an affair with his biographer, issuing a heartfelt apology during a speech at the University of Southern California.

A TSA agent at Kennedy Airport sent 5 co-workers to the hospital after he was “horsing-around” with pepper spray, the NY Post reports.

Page Six reports that dinner at a private party for Mayor Bloomberg was delayed by an hour earlier this month when they city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspectors conducted a routine inspection.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, was caught on tape pulling a relative’s dog off a baby sea lion in California.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is getting his own reality TV show. His primary opponents are not amused.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie joked that he would make sure Prince Harry behaves when he visits the Garden State this summer.

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, May 11.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union endorsed Rep. Ed Markey in his quest for former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s seat.

Room 8 is back.