Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and Essex counties today.

At 1:30 a.m., he makes an announcement at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, 2608 Main St.

From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., executives discuss NYC budget and economic concerns to be addressed by recently elected officials during a conference hosted by Crain’s New York Business and the Partnership for New York City; Sheraton New York Times Square hotel, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy makes an announcement at Rigidized Metals, 658 Ohio St., Buffalo.

Also at 10 a.m., the Alliance for Quality Education will unveil its legislative priorities for 2014 during a conference call with reporters. At 3:30 p.m., AQE will hold a student speak-out at the Million Dollar Staircase, (between the 3rd an 4th floors), state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly Education Committee holds a hearing on the disclosure of personally identifiable student information by school districts and the state Education Department, Hamilton Hearing Room B, LOB, 2nd Floor, Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Michael Grimm and his dog (Sebastian the Yorkie) will join fellow members of Congress to voice support for the Pets on Trains Act of 2013, which would compel Amtrak to permit travel with pets on trains (non-service animals), with restrictions; Columbus Plaza Union Station, Massachusetts Ave and 1st St., NE, Washington.

At 11 a.m., the NYC Council committees on Civil Rights and Oversight & Investigations, will hold a joint oversight hearing on recent allegations of racial profiling at New York City-based department stores – Barneys New York and Macy’s – (the Rev. Al Sharpton will testify), Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., advocates unveil toxic chemicals found in kids toys, LCA Press Room, LOB, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Sen. George Latimer joins The Journal News editorial board for a live chat to discuss Common Core, Race to the Top, the culture of testing and more.

At noon, Sen. Bill Perkins and Harlem business owners deliver petitions and call on the governor to postpone the PACB vote on 121 West 125th Street until current businesses are included in the project, in front of Senate doors, 3rd Floor, State Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, AG Eric Schneiderman will discuss New York’s portion of the historic $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan Chase, Office of the AG, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1 p.m., Assembly Members Patricia Fahy, John T. McDonald III and Phil Steck join environmentalists to issue a report on the benefits of wind energy in New York, East Capitol Park, Albany.

At 2:30 p.m., NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio visits the Talking Transition tent at Varick and Canal Streets in Manhattan and then holds a media availability.

At 5:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli holds an event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and Puerto Rican Heritage Month, honoring Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr.; George L. Miranda, secretary-treasurer for Local 210; and Maria Perez-Brown, president of Perez-Brown Media Group; Bronx Community College, Colston Hall – Lower Level, 2155 University Ave., Bronx.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and representatives of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Gay Men of African Descent or GMAD, Health and Education Alternatives for Teens or HEAT and Mission & Advocacy Presbyterian participate in a third annual march across the Brooklyn Bridge to mark the “Transgender Day of Remembrance.”

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Citizens Union, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, NYPIRG and City & State host a forum for NYC Council speaker candidates, Baruch College Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave., Room 14-220, Manhattan.


Anti-fracking and anti-SAFE Act/pro-Carl Paladino protestors bonded at a demonstration outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo fund-raiser last night.

LG Bob Duffy, who has been Cuomo’s point man in WNY and has an event in Buffalo this morning, was not spotted at the fund-raiser, sources noted, further strengthening speculation that the two men are at odds.

New York’s tax rebates for movie and TV studios are so generous that the state is actually paying them to film here, according to an analysis prepared for – but not published by – Cuomo’s first tax commission.

The law office of Republican Rep. Tom Reed was nearly two months late in paying a property tax bill this fall, marking the 39th time that either he or one of his businesses has been tardy on such payments since 2005.

Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill raising the legal age to buy cigarettes in NYC to 21 from 18. The new law takes effect in 180 days.

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams is now in the race for the speakership. He refused to clarify his positions on gay marriage and abortion, both of which he reportedly opposes.

Former and potential future NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton backed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety proposal to eliminate fatalities.

Bratton insists he isn’t “campaigning” for another chance at the position under de Blasio, and hasn’t discussed it with the campaign team since the general election

Bloomberg’s bid to reappoint Iris Weinshall to the Taxi and Limousine Commission has been foiled by Weinshall herself, who said she wants de Blasio to be able to pick his own people.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found that state agencies, through the first nine months of the year, spent $462.6 million on overtime – a 16.43 percent increase over the corresponding period in 2012. The Cuomo administration called this report “baffling” and “flawed.”

Diane Ravitch, the outspoken education historian, policy analyst and author, called on educators across Long Island to boycott Common Core-related curricula and refuse to administer state tests as an act of defiance against the state and federal governments.

New York state’s highest court ruled that noncitizens must be warned about the risk of deportation before they plead guilty to felonies.

Sixteen people were fatally shot by New York City police in 2012, marking it as the deadliest year for civilians involved in gunfire with officers in more than a decade.

The NYPD was quick to point out that the number of fatal shootings involving officers had declined in 2013, as it issued preliminary figures for police shootings so far this year. The 2013 report is not expected until October.

A study to be released today found that New York City students with major attendance problems were able to turn things around academically if they started showing up to class.

Bronx elected officials, including IDC Leader Jeff Klein, are demanding that Montefiore Medical Center take a scalpel to its plans for an 11-story clinic in a residential area — and if not, the project is DOA.

Sen. Tom O’Mara says there’s a chance that new legislation or a change of heart by the governor could hold off major changes at the Elmira Psychiatric Center, at least for a while.

Long Island College Hospital’s mounting financial liabilities have climbed to about $500 million, far more than the proceeds expected from a sale of the property, State University of New York officials say.

The nation’s top emergency management official warned lawmakers that delaying rate increases affecting policies with the National Flood Insurance Program won’t help the program get out of debt.

A federal board responsible for identifying fraud in the nearly $58 billion superstorm Sandy aid package says it’s struggling to track the grants, loans and contracts most vulnerable to misuse.

Under the terms of an agreement with Schneiderman’s office, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will hire a new senior executive officer and add directors who are experts in standards of horse care.

Onondaga County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey says Rep. Dan Maffei shouldn’t be wasting time by calling for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

The New York Times debuted a new video series this morning called “The New York Times Minute,” a thrice-daily, one-minute news segment highlighting three top stories of the moment.