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

The Legislature is waiting for the bill form of deals struck by their leaders and Cuomo to “age” (hit the three day waiting period mark) so they can pass the measures and go home. The magic time is one minute after midnight this evening.

At 8 a.m., Republican NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will make a speech outlining his education reform plan at the ABNY breakfast at the NY Hilton, 1335 6th Avenue, Manhattan. (He’ll call for doubling the number of charter schools).

At 8:30 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission will discuss the proposed “Taxi of Tomorrow”, changes in rules concerning taxi leasing rates and other topics, 33 Beaver St., Manhattan.

At 9:15 a.m., Shaun Donovan, HUD secretary and chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, will make an announcement related to promoting innovation and resilient design in Sandy rebuilding, NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor, Manhattan.

At 9:45 a.m., Deputy Comptroller for Budget, Policy and Analysis Robert Ward will appear
at City & State’s “State of Emergency” Forum on state and local finance, Club 101, 101 Park Ave., Manhattan. (Former LG Richard Ravitch will also attend the event).

At 10 a.m., the Working Families Party will be in court trying to derail a high-stakes, year-long investigation into its conduct in the 2009 NYC elections, Appellate Division, Second Department, 45 Monroe Pl., Brooklyn.

At noon, LG Bob Duffy will speak at the swearing in of new state Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Court of Appeals Hall, 20 Eagle St., Albany.

Also at noon, AG Eric Schneiderman honors law enforcement officers during an award ceremony and reception; Peace Islands Institute, 535 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., members of the Assembly will call on state Education Commissioner John King to correct “mistakes” in the awarding of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, LCA Room, (130), LOB, Albany.

At 4 p.m., Duffy will deliver closing remarks at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, NanoFab South Rotunda, Building 255, 257 Fuller Rd., Albany.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Manhattan GOP and state GOP hold a fundraiser attended by Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno to kick off Hispanic outreach efforts at the home of Leo Kayser III, 480 Park Ave., Manhattan.


After failing to reach a deal with legislative leaders on an anti-corruption package, pledged to follow through on a longstanding threat to empanel a special investigative committee with subpoena power to probe wrongdoing by Albany pols.

A provision in a casino bill agreed to by Cuomo and legislative leaders allows the state to authorize four new racinos with video slot machines — including one on Long Island — even if the casino amendment fails to pass muster with voters.

If voters approve the constitutional amendment, New York would become the most populous state in the nation with full-scale Las Vegas-style casinos with table games like craps and roulette.

A statewide trade association that opposes part of the casino-expansion bill launched a robocall attack that caused the phones of upstate senators to ring for much of yesterday afternoon.

There’s also a deal to largely privatize the Long Island Power Authority, which fell out of favor with the administration after Sandy.

Tax Free-NY is now Start-Up NY, with expansion to downstate areas in order to land the support of the NYC and Long Island-based legislative leaders.

The uncoupling of what Cuomo introduced only two weeks ago as the unified 20-point Women’s Equality Act cleared the way for state Senate approval of nine of its components and left the future of the abortion rights piece unclear.

Several of the end-of-session deals are aimed at helping the beleaguered upstate economy, but it remains to be seen whether these programs will revive the area, where Cuomo’s popularity has eroded since he championed the SAFE Act.

State lawmakers are fighting over the appropriate color for bus lights in NYC.

CREW’s Melanie Sloan decries State Island DA Dan Donovan’s secrecy in the WFP case that heads to court today.

New York City’s massive teachers’ union, the UFT, backed former City Comptroller Bill Thompson for mayor, giving a big boost to the onetime school board chief who made an unexpectedly strong showing in the last race against Bloomberg.

The endorsement marks the UFT’s first foray into a mayoral race in more than a decade, and it is Thompson’s first big union get.

The NY Post agrees this is a big deal for Thompson, but wonders if he will be able to be impartial in negotiating with the union if he’s elected mayor.

NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn’s desire to keep NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly if she’s elected mayor became fodder for her Democratic primary rival, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, at a debate last night.

Quinn did say she would fire Kelly if he didn’t reduce the NYPD’s use of the controversial stop-and-frisk program.

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. accused Quinn of pandering to liberal and minority voters by rushing to pass the anti-racial-profiling bill before the Sept. 10 primary.

So far, Quinn’s memoir is not a big seller.

Civic-minded technology executive Jack Hidary is a late add to the already lengthy list of candidates trying to succeed Bloomberg. He plans to run as an independent.

Sen. Tom Libous on his battle with cancer: “I recognize some day it’s going to overtake me. But I’m going to give it my best shot.”

A state judge has ordered Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn to keep up its level of staffing after complaints by hospital workers that the SUNY was allowing it to wither away even as officials publicly claimed they were doing everything possible to keep it open.

NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan and his family have settled easily into their new high-tech Williamsburg (Brooklyn) pad.

Fulton Elementary School in Long Island’s Hempstead Village will be renamed in honor of former Gov. David Paterson – a former student there and the state’s first black governor.

The Humane Society of the United States is urging Cuomo to sign legislation that would make it illegal to import, possess, sell or release invasive wild pigs in New York.

Bloomberg’s charitable foundation is helping several cultural institutions use mobile-device technology to deepen visitors’ experiences.

Democrats in Monroe County Legislature along with several environmental activists are urging the county to pass legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing and related activities.

RIP former Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison.

The death of actor James Gandolfini at the age of 51 is front page news in NYC.