Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. The state Assembly is back to work today after lawmakers’ mid-winter break. The Senate returns tomorrow.

At 7:30 a.m., the Siena College Research Institute hosts the 2nd-annual “State of the Region” breakfast, featuring keynote speakers from local chambers of commerce, Century House, 997 New Loudon Rd., Latham.

At 10 a.m., UAlbany Business School leaders and area chambers of commerce release a report on the local business climate, Standish Living Room, School of Business building, UAlbany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany.

From 10 a.m. to noon, top officials from the state Tax Department will meet with representatives from more than one dozen local non-profit, community and government groups, Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, UCCC Campus, 1 Development Court, Kingston.

At 11:30 a.m., Assemblyman Mike Cusick and Sen. Phil Boyle discuss “Robin’s Law,” which would require the state to develop guidelines to protect victims of sexual abuse from finding themselves in outpatient substance abuse programs with convicted abusers, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Democratic congressional candidate Martha Robertson calls on her GOP opponent, Rep. Tom Reed, to release all correspondence related to House ethics inquiries, Guthrie Corning Hospital, 176 Denison Parkway East, Corning.

At 12:15 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement before visiting a pre-kindergarten class, at P.S. 130, 143 Baxter St., Brooklyn. (Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina will also be present).

At 1:05 p.m., de Blasio visits a pre-K class at the same school.

At 2 p.m., Homeland Security Commissioner Jerome Hauer speaks during roundtable discussion on emergency preparedness hosted by Sen. Greg Ball, Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility, 39 Seminary Hill Rd., Carmel.

At 3 p.m., education-funding advocates hold a press conference following their statewide tour of school districts, Board of Education room, District Administration Building, 11 Liberty St., Amsterdam.

At 6:30 p.m., Sen. Terry Gipson holds a town-hall meeting on tax relief, Fishkill Village Hall, 1095 Main St., Fishkill.

At 6:45 p.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks at the Tracey Towers Resident Association meeting, at Tracey Towers, 40 West Mosholu Parkway, South Bronx.


State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli assessed Cuomo’s 2014-15 budget, and said the governor’s assumptions of the state’s future fiscal picture might be too rosy.

On the $2 billion surplus Cuomo insists will materialize, the governor’s spokeswoman said: “All budgets make assumptions,” and the administration chooses to assume the state will continue to keep spending under 2 percent.

Cuomo took what some interpreted as a shot at AG Eric Schneiderman while pitching a group of rich Republicans on his re-election bid.

A third Senate Republican – Joe Robach of Rochester – has announced support for a medical marijuana bill.

Gary Melius, a major political fundraiser and owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, was shot in the head yesterday on the grounds of his Gold Coast estate-turned-wedding-venue by a masked gunman who drove off, Suffolk police said.

Police are still looking for the shooter, whom former US Sen. Alfonse D’Amato said made an assassination attempt on Melius’ life.

Cuomo wants to consolidate the operations of the Wadsworth Center public health labs, which the administration says are “functionally obsolete and deteriorating,” at the Harriman Campus.

City landlords are fighting back against Cuomo’s marquee tenant-rights initiative – the state’s Tenant Protection Unit – along with a set of new rent regulations that favors renters, filing a lawsuit challenging the new regulations.

Assembly members Patricia Fahy and Phil Steck – both Democrats – came out against key elements of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2 billion tax-cut proposal, including two years’ worth of property tax hike rebates to homeowners.

With two empty seats in the Senate, how many votes does it take to pass a bill? (In other words: What constitutes a majority?) The Senate Democrats did the research and think it’s “likely” 32, but the question remains unsettled. The Republicans (naturally) disagree, saying 32 is the final word.

Cuomo again defended his college-for-convicts plan, insisting it will save the state money in the long run.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican editorialized against the plan, saying education opportunities are great, but “taxpayers should not be asked to provide inmates with college degrees.”

New York is likely to keep its title as the state with the costliest Medicaid program, according to a new analysis from state comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

At least three operators planning to submit bids to build one of the four casinos now legal in New York have signed peace-keeping labor agreements with the Hotel Trades Council.

Cuomo confirmed a major economic-development agreement today that would preserve IBM jobs in Dutchess County and expand the company’s high-tech footprint in New York.

IBM will also anchor a new information technology hub in downtown Buffalo, bringing some 500 jobs to the city.

In a new report, a coalition of groups opposing New York’s estate tax offered a full-throated argument in favor of Cuomo’s plan to lower its rate and raise its exemption threshold from $1 million to the federal level of over $5.34 million over five years.

Democrats Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and congressional candidate Sean Eldridge have formed a joint fund-raising committee to benefit their respective campaigns called the Hudson Valley Victory Fund.

The mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., met last week with federal prosecutors investigating the closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in September.

Kerry Kennedy’s attorney said the Ambien she took before getting into her car – and eventually being arrested for drugged driving – “hijacks your ability to make decisions.”

The president of a Brooklyn wholesale food distributor testified that he delivered more than $7,000 worth of holiday turkeys to Assemblyman William Boyland’s political club in 2008 and a nonprofit controlled by the Brooklyn Democrat picked up the tab.

A temporary measure aimed at reducing truck traffic congestion at the Peace Bridge began Monday after nearly 20 years of discussions between the U.S. and Canada, allowing pre-inspection of US-bound trucks at the more expansive plaza at Ft. Erie, Ont.

NY-21 elected officials are underwhelmed by the candidates seeking to replace retiring Rep. Bill Owens.

Although the Republican leadership has coalesced behind Bruce Blakeman for the 4th Congressional District on Long Island, Frank Scaturro persists in his hopeless quest for the seat, just as he did two years ago, and four years ago.

De Blasio will play himself in an upcoming episode of the CBS political drama “The Good Wife.”

Residents north of New York City should pay discounted tolls when they drive across the new Tappan Zee Bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties, lawmakers say.

Twenty-eight more people, including retired police officers and firefighters, have been indicted as part of the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into an extensive scheme to defraud Social Security disability insurance.

The Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public hearing March 12 in Ray Brook on plans that could allow restoration of two historic fire towers.