Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his fourth annual State of the State address today at 1:30 p.m. in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

Elected officials from all over the state will be descending on Albany for this event, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will be holding a media availability after the speech in Meeting Room 1.

Before the SoS, IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be hosting separate receptions, while Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos will have one afterwards.

Also happening today at noon: The NYC Council speakership vote, City Hall, Manhattan.

In weather-related news: Cuomo announced late last night that all roads closed due to the extreme winter conditions in western New York would re-open at approximately 6 a.m. this morning.

However, Interstate 81 will remain closed from exit 34 to exit 48 in central New York until conditions there improve.

At 7:10 a.m., new NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer appears on PIX11 Morning News.

At 7:45 a.m., NYC residents board buses in Manhattan headed to Albany to attend an anti-fracking rally outside the governor’s State of the State Address.

At 10 a.m., members of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board hold a monthly public meeting; conference room, second floor, 40 Rector St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, contestants from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and Time Warner Cable representatives announce measures to combat obesity, LCA Press Room, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 3 p.m., the New York State Youth Leadership Council hosts an undocumented “State of the State” rally in support of the NY DREAM Act, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 3 p.m., People for New York holds a reception honoring the BPHA Legislative Caucus and its 2014 Progressive Agenda, Hilton Albany, Ballroom C, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Time Warner Cable News NY1’s “Inside City Hall” features Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero.


Outside today’s speech, anti-fracking protestors are going to have to coexist with tourism booths set up on the Empire State Plaza Concourse.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver doesn’t think there’s enough for NYC in Cuomo’s $2.2 billion tax cut plan, which will be the centerpiece of his speech today.

Cuomo is his own chief speechwriter. He uses a few words on a piece of paper – or, for longer speeches, power point productions – to prompt himself along.

Forces allied with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio were working furiously into the night yesterday to squelch any remaining chance that his handpicked Council speaker candidate, Melissa Mark-Viverito, could be defeated.

During his brief visit to the state Capitol yesterday, VP Joe Biden heaped praise on his potential 2016 rival Cuomo for his response to Superstorm Sandy.

“You’re not just leading New York, you’re leading the country,” Biden told the governor.

Members of the newly created Citizen First Responder Corps envisioned by Cuomo would receive, among other things, safety goggles, duct tape and six food bars.

At the 24th annual People’s State of the State, advocates for New York’s poor called for a minimum wage of at least $10 to address what they call a state crisis of inequality.

Four GOP House members don’t recall Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino saying for certain during a private meeting that he would challenge Cuomo this fall, but he reportedly gave a “strong indication” he planned to do so.

Astorino says he’ll decide whether to run in the next 60 days, but already sounds like a candidate.

A super PAC encouraging Hillary Clinton to seek the presidency in 2016 raised $2.75 million during the last six months of 2013.

All told, Ready for Hillary collected $4 million form more than 33,000 donors last year.

New York University’s plan to build about two million square feet of new facilities in Greenwich Village is in jeopardy after a court ruled that at least some of the project requires state legislation.

The members of de Blasio’s new press team include several alumni of President Obama’s political operations and veterans of the mayor’s past offices and campaigns.

Could there be an IDC-type caucus in the NYC Council?

There are thousands of bills introduced last year in Albany that are still “live” this year, and an additional 114 have been introduced since New Year’s Day. Most are local or of the headline-chasing variety.

Eighty NYPD and FDNY retirees, whose departments suffered devastating losses on 9/11, collected millions of dollars in disability-pension benefits by pretending they were at Ground Zero and suffered emotional trauma, authorities said.

Sen. George Maziarz wants federal infrastructure cash to be directed to Niagara County to help repair and upgrade the Niagara Falls and Lockport wastewater treatment plants that were damaged by severe rain and flooding events last summer.

Assemblyman Eric Stevenson’s public corruption trial is underway.

The trial is the first growing out of a corruption scandal that rocked Albany in April when US Attorney Preet Bharara announced charges against Stevenson and said that another Democratic assemblyman, Nelson Castro, had resigned and was cooperating with the government.

Stevenson showed up late to the trial, and then shook his head repeatedly as a prosecutor described him as a politician who sold his office for thousands of dollars in cash from four businessmen.

Nassau Community College failed to collect $14 million in tuition and fees since 2006, depleted its reserves to “dangerously low levels” and spends more money than other area community colleges, a county comptroller’s audit found.

The Ulster County sales tax spat continues in the Legislature. County Executive Mike Hein was spotted at the state Capitol yesterday meeting with Speaker Silver.

A prison support group has started an online petition calling on Cuomo to grant clemency to Barbara Sheehan, the Queens woman serving a five-year sentence for gun possession in the fatal shooting of her ex-cop husband.

It’s early in the winter yet, but harsh weather already has some school superintendents eyeing vacation days to make up for all the time lost due to snow.

Sen. John Defrancisco’s wood frog bill started with a 9-year-old named Lili, who, along with her classmates, is now preparing a “persuasive essay” to help convince lawmakers in Albany to pass the measure.

Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb is calling on Cuomo to announce whether he plans to call special elections to fill nine vacant seats in the Legislature.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ceremonially signed into law a bill to allow undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition rates – AKA the DREAM Act – underscoring his position among national Republicans as a moderate on immigration.

Martin H. Tankleff, a Long Island man who served 17 years in prison for murdering his parents before a state appeals court vacated his conviction, will receive more than $3 million under a settlement of his wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.