Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Members of his cabinet continue to spread the gospel of the 2013-14 budget.

At noon, ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt will be at the CUTCO Theatre, 260 North Union St., Olean.

At 2:30 p.m., Budget Director Bob Megna will be at the Crandall Public Library
251 Glen St., Glens Falls.

State Operations Director Howard Glaser discusses Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts to open a “Rebuilding NY Conference” organized Crain’s New York Business; 8:30 a.m., at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 10:45 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher discusses power of SUNY as a driver of regional growth and employment, Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy.

At 11 a.m., Environmental and public interest groups call for environmental initiatives to fight for climate change, Third Floor LCA offices, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, Bronx businessman and the former president of Radio Cantico Nuevo Inc., the Rev. Erick Salgado, kicks off his mayoral campaign. He’ll be introduced by Sen. Ruben Diaz; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.

And also at noon, the Capital District Area Labor Federation will support the National Federation of Federal Employees “in fighting back against the impacts facing the Capital District’s working families as a result of the senseless sequester cuts.” Watervliet Arsenal, South Gate on Broadway.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be on Staten Island today.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., he holds an event with BP James Molinaro where residents can investigate whether they are owed unclaimed funds; Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace.

At 2 p.m., DiNapoli presents an oversized check representing unclaimed funds to Staten Island Zoo officials during an event with the zoo’s mascot, Staten Island Chuck; main entrance, 614 Broadway, Staten Island.

US AG Eric H. Holder Jr. presents a keynote speech during the 15th annual “Keepers of the Dream Awards” dinner at the National Action Network conference, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., also at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

Headlines…

The confidential informant in the NYC mayoral ballot bribe case is reportedly Monsey resident Moses Stern, who is accused of having orchestrated a $100 million dollar fraudulent real estate deal. More here and here.

The scandal has revived questions about NYC Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Chris Quinn’s oversight over the controversial earmark program. More here.

Jim Dwyer: “You could drag Malcolm A. Smith out of bed at 6 in the morning, and he’d still look like a million dollars.”

Smith blew through more than $2 million in campaign cash over five years — bunking at ritzy hotels, dining at four-star restaurants and even traveling to China, campaign- finance records show.

Smith is likely going to lose staffers in Albany as a result of IDC leader Jeff Klein’s decision to strip him of his chairmanships and other perks.

“You can’t legislate morality,” said Barbara Bartoletti, League of Women Voters legislative director. “What we’d rather do is change the culture so this becomes a real outlier instead of ‘a scandal a year.’”

Cuomo: “People do stupid things, frankly. People do illegal things. People in power abuse power. And that’s part of the human condition.”

The NYT suggests some changes to prevent this from happening again, and calls for the resignation of elected officials ensnared in this mess, “starting with the sleaze-spattered Mr. Smith.”

Bob McManus takes a contrary view to the bribery scandal, saying a public campaign financing system is “foolishly touted as an elixir for New York’s loathsome political culture.”

More than 200 state Thruway workers lost their jobs yesterday after agency and union officials were unable to agree on money-saving concessions.

Cuomo touted the 2013-14 budget in Central New York, saying the region will see an overall funding boost of $150 million.

The governor said he last spoke to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, his hand-picked co-chair of the state Democratic Party, “months ago.”

In a TU OpEd, former Gov. David Paterson lauds the new budget, says Cuomo is making government work better than it has in “decades,” and slams his former Senate Democrat colleagues for failing to muster the votes to mass marijuana reform.

Cuomo again defended the SAFE Act, telling the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial board: “I don’t believe I was fast. I believe I was incredibly slow.”

NYC GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota won’t participate in debates with the Democratic candidates until after the September primary, assuming he wins.

More than 400 workers are expected to engage in today’s one-day strike at 60 to 70 McDonald’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and other fast-food restaurants.

Clues to look for to determine whether Hillary 2016 is indeed a reality.

For the second time in a case stemming from Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, NYC lawyers are not stepping forward to defend a police commander accused of mistreating protesters.

Skaneateles Mayor Martin Hubbard plans to extend his voluntary pay cut another four years, saving the village $38,000.

An industry-created voluntary system to recycle toxic mercury from old thermostats is allowing too many to get into the trash and pollute the environment, according to a coalition of environmental groups.

The New York City Department of Education’s most prominent parent activist found herself in an uncomfortable position Wednesday – defending her surprising decision to send her children to private school.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese will release of thousands of pages of papers detailing information about priests’ sexual abuse, including depositions by church leaders like New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Three western New York newspapers – the Niagara Gazette, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and Tonawanda News – will stop publishing Tuesday editions the week of May 5.

Voters have chosen the theme for this year’s New York State Fair: “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of NY.”