Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Western New York today.

At 9:15 a.m., the governor will tour Buffalo Harbor development projects. His bus departs from corner of Hanover and Prime Streets, Buffalo Inner Harbor.

At 9:15 a.m., Cuomo will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school of medicine at the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Main and High Streets.

At 8:15 a.m., state Education Commissioner John King and and Regent James Jackson are scheduled to be at Troy’s School 2, 470 Tenth St.

At 10 a.m., the local chapter of the conservative group Young Americans for Liberty will hold an anti-SAFE Act rally titled “Rights That Secure All” in Collins Circle on the University at Albany’s uptown campus.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Board of Health meets to discuss rules governing tanning establishments, 125 Worth St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Rochester businessman and Green Party mayoral candidate Alex White will hold a press conference to discuss the City Council’s “drug-free zones” proposal, or, as White calls them, “rights-free zones,” City Hall, Church Street, Rochester.

At 11 a.m., the Westchester County PBA will endorse County Executive Rob Astorino’s re-election bid outside the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., White Plains.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Assembly’s Education Committee and the Sub-Committee on Students with Special Needs will conduct a roundtable discussion of the current programs and services offered by the state’s Special Act Sschool Districts, 853 Schools and 4201 Schools, Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch Auditorium, 1 Larkin Center.

At 11:38 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will be a guest on Market Makers, Bloomberg TV.

At noon, Casino-expansion opponents will smash a slot machine, re-creating a famous episode from the career of NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, West Capital Park, Albany.

Also at noon, MoveOn.org will rally outside Rep. Chris Gibson’s Kinderhook office, calling on him to support a “clean” continuing resolution to end the government shutdown, 2 Hudson St.

At 12:30 p.m., Lhota will attend an appreciation luncheon honoring union members involved in post-Sandy rebuilding efforts, 4 New York Plaza, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission holds a forum on biotechnology regulatory reform, Monroe County Office Building, Fourth Floor, Legislative Chamber, 39 W. Main St., Rochester.

From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Independence Party NYC mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion sits on a panel to discuss the state of Latino Studies at MEC & CUNY at Medgar Evers College, CUNY Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

At 5:30 p.m., Assembly members Jane Corwin, Janet Duprey, Shelly Mayer and Gabriela Rosa participate in a panel discussion on women in politics, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 49 E. 65th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Panel for Educational Policy will vote on plans to move charter schools into more than a dozen existing school buildings, Prospect Heights school complex, Brooklyn.

At 7:00 p.m., Lhota and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio meet at WABC studios for the first of three general election debates co-sponsored by the Daily News, Noticias 41 Univision and the League of Women Voters in the City of New York, 149 Columbus Ave., Manhattan.

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Carrion and his supporters will picket outside the debate to protest the fact that he is not being allowed to participate, northeast corner of 67th Street and Columbus Avenue.

At 7 p.m., NY1′s “Road to City Hall” features the “Wise Guys” – former NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, former state Democratic Chairwoman Judith Hope, and former US Sen. Alfonse D’Amato.

There will also be a post-debate show featuring analysis from Columbia University’s Ester Fuchs, NYU’s Jeanne Zaino, Fordham University’s Christina Greer and St. Francis College’s Fred Siegel.

Headlines…

US Senate leaders neared the completion last night of a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, but it remains unclear how it will be received in the GOP-controlled House, where the conservatives are not enthusiastic.

As LG Bob Duffy’s future with the Cuomo administration is in doubt, observers are floating names for his possible replacement, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, or Leecia Eve, a former Cuomo administration official.

Republican Rep. Tom Reed, a top DCCC target in 2014, raised more than half a million dollars in his bid for a second term representing NY-23.

A Manhattan lawyer is suing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver based on the novel claim that the speaker is guilty of breach of contact with New York taxpayers regarding the confidential settlement he entered into with two sexual harassment alleged victims of former Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

In advance of tonight’s debate between Democratic mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio and his GOP opponent, Joe Lhota, the NYT breaks down their strategies and strong and weak points.

There will be one clear loser in the debate: Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion, who isn’t being allowed to participate, and instead will be protesting outside WABC’s studios.

Lhota slammed novice TV host and actor Alec Baldwin as “anti-woman” after the actor called the Republican mayoral candidate’s spokeswoman, Jessica Proud, a “trash bag” on Twitter.

De Blasio’s plan to force developers to create 50,000 apartments for poor and middle-class people has started a debate over whether the goal is achievable.

Lhota and de Blasio exchanged barbs over the history of Columbus Day.

Donald Trump seemed cool to suggestions that he might be a worthy adversary for Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next year’s election, despite Assemblyman Bill Nojay’s support for the idea.

Since 2005, gambling and horse racing interests have spent more than $59 million on lobbying and political contributions in New York, and doubled down on their efforts this year as the casino amendment was passed a second time in Albany.

AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating about a dozen employment agencies that may have cheated job seekers.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes says he is staying in the race on the GOP and Conservative lines because of his Democratic opponent Ken Thompson’s association with a convicted felon, but he has been unable to produce evidence of that allegation.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is expected to sue the New York City Council today over its controversial “bias profiling” law on grounds it violates state law and is so confusing it forces NYPD officers to guess about how to do their job.

Michael Powell notes the many asterisks that have come with Cuomo’s supposedly independent Moreland Commission.

No new taxes are included in the 2014 budget proposal that Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is set to release today, but the plan does call for slightly higher spending on popular public items such as more funding for libraries and aid to arts and cultural groups.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino equated the support of the govenror’s Women’s Equality Act by his Democratic opponent, Noam Bramson, to infanticide.

A decision by State Education Commissioner John King to cancel a community meeting focused on new state curriculum standards has angered parents and teachers who hoped to air their concerns at the Williamsville event next week.

The Journal News calls King’s claim that public forums on the Common Core standards were “co-opted” by special interests “nonsense,” adding: “Sometimes, democracy is messy, and loud, and insulting.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the umbrella organization for Mayor Bloomberg’s charitable activities, has donated $10 million over the past two years toward combating obesity in Mexico under a three-year program.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield says it’s dropping out of public health insurance programs for the poor and disabled.

Rep. Sean Maloney of Cold Spring has parted paths with his fellow House Democrats more than a dozen times since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

Republican Rockland County executive candidate Ed Day criticized his Democratic opponent David Fried for accepting the additional party lines of the Working Families Party and Independence Party through an election law loophole.

Capital New York is hiring columnists as well as reporters as it gears up for its big Albany debut.