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

The Buffalo School Board elections are today. These races will be closely watched, thanks largely to Carl Paladino’s candidacy. (Edited).

From 8 a.m. to noon, City & State hosts its State of the State conference, Taste Albany, 45 Beaver St., Albany.

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy will be in Buffalo to make an announcement about the “Buffalo Billion” and unveil a new ad campaign. Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

At 10:15 a.m., NYPIRG releases a report showing 103,805 violations of state campaign finance laws since 2011, LCA Press Room, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, 181 State St., Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. endorses Bill Thompson for NYC mayor, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At noon, Duffy will be at the Riverside Convention Center in his hometown of Rochester to deliver remarks at the Rochester Rotary Law Day program. 123 E. Main St.

At 11 a.m., there will be a hearing in federal court on the Obama administration’s motion to stay order of the Plan-B decision. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Courtroom 8A S, Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., the Senate Republicans are holding an invite-only hearing on “abuses” in NYC’s public campaign finance system. Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

With only 20 days left in the 2013 legislative session, the New York State DREAM Coalition is increasing its presence in Albany to finally pave a path to higher education for undocumented students. At 1 p.m., the group holds a press conference with supportive lawmakers, Room 130, LOB.

NOW-NYC, in partnership with Pace University, will host back-to-back forums featuring candidates for mayor at 7 p.m. Joyce Purnick, author of “Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power and Politics,” will moderate. One Pace Plaza, Manhattan.


NJ Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band surgery and has already lost about 40 pounds. He says it was for his wife and kids, not his political career.

With the arrest of another former state Senate majority leader, John Sampson, Albany has seen 32 state level officials snared in corruption cases in the past seven years.

Sampson asked a mole in the US Attorney’s office for the names of witnesses cooperating to make a case against him so he could “take them out.”

Tom Precious believes Sampson’s alleged embezzlement of nearly $500,000 to help fund his campaign to be the top law enforcement official in Brooklyn “could be a first” and is “bizarre” – even by Albany standards.

Sampson pleaded not guilty, but has one month to decide whether to take the following plea agreement: Accept a sentence of 37 to 46 months by pleading to embezzlement and one other charge.

If he doesn’t take the plea deal, Sampson faces up to 120 years behind bars.

Sampson’s attorney, Zachary Carter, said: “This is an ordinary case that has been given an official corruption coat of paint. I believe that is unfair and prejudicial.”

Three of the past four Senate leaders all face federal criminal charges, and one (Pedro Espada Jr.) has pleaded guilty already.

The DN endorses Cuomo’s reform plan.

The NYT: “For all the talk among Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other leaders about cleaning up New York’s rancid state government, it is the F.B.I. that is doing the cleaning — indictment by indictment.”

Assemblyman Eric Stevenson pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted about $20,000 worth of bribes in exchange for legislative favors.

Stevenson rode off from court in a shiny black Mercedes-Benz sedan after telling a judge he didn’t have enough money to defend himself against bribery charges.

Bill Hammond: “Albany has hit a new low in my book…never, until this spring, have I seen so much sleaze exposed in such a short amount of time.”

The New York Public Interest Research Group reports more than 100,000 actual violations of state campaign finance laws since 2011, including campaign committee failures to file accurate reports, or any reports at all.

The final numbers aren’t yet confirmed, but Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the state pension fund is coming back even stronger than a year ago, when it posted a gain of nearly 6 percent.

NYC Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Chris Quinn will propose a significant overhaul of gifted and talented programs that would provide space for more children and loosen admissions requirements.

Former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau slammed Modell’s CEO for soliciting donations to Joe Lhota’s mayoral campaign from fellow Police Athletic League board members.

GOP NYC mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis must confront the public’s often-strained relationship with the company for which he is best known: Gristedes, the unloved uncle of the New York City grocery scene.

Nicole Gelinas writes about Bloomberg’s “legacy of debt.”

The Journal News says it’s time for Cuomo to stop playing “Hamlet on hydraulic-fracturing” and make a decision about fracking.

The number of stop-and-frisk reports filed by New York City police fell 51 percent in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year.

A Village Voice intern explains the backstory to the Cathie Black emails.

The Senate confirmed Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals, marking the first time a black woman has been elevated to the state’s top court. She’ll be sworn in today.

A new advocacy group called Blind Justice is launching a national advertising campaign calling for prosecutor accountability and the importance of conviction integrity.

The head of the contract administration for the Civil Service Employees Association has formally requested a state ethics probe of the former director of the Division of Lottery.

James Carville hasn’t spoken to Hillary Clinton about 2016.

Things are looking up for most of the nation’s commercial casinos, as gambling revenue increased by nearly 5 percent last year and jobs held roughly steady.

The US Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping — for many a largely tax-free frontier — to state sales taxes.