NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly got a little misty presiding over his last graduation ceremony of police recruits this morning.

At the graduation, which was one of Mayor Bloomberg’s final appearances in office, the mayor continued to tout his record of reducing crime in New York City.

“If you compare this decade to the previous eras’ murder rates, we can literally say that we have saved more than 9,200 lives in the last 12 years,” Bloomberg said.

IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Dov Hikind plan to introduce a bill denouncing the Washington, D.C.-based American Studies Association for boycotting academic partnerships with Israeli institutions over the occupation of Palestine.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his 2013 year-end report featuring the progress New York has made in economic development. It points to new regulations and programs that contributed to the state’s tax cuts and job growth.

A Polish artist painted an unusual portrait of Bloomberg holding an owl. It can be yours for between $1,200 and $2,000 – or just make her an offer.

“Proud animal rights advocate” Russell Simmons called on Cuomo to sign a bill that gives local governments and citizens more ability to regulate puppy mills in their communities.

Connecticut State Police released a final report this afternoon on the deadly shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

Jerry Gretzinger is moving from WRGB (CBS Channel 6 in Albany) to take the job as the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s vice president for strategic communications and public relations.

Cuomo signed into law Sen. John DeFrancisco’s bill ending double sales taxation on vehicles owned by military servicemembers from New York.

Cuomo vetoed a bill seeking to increase the tax exemption in New York for vended food and beverages from 75¢ to $1.50. The the New York State Automatic Vending Association helped write the legislation.