Assemblyman Richard Gottfried insists support from his conference for embattled Speaker Sheldon Silver is not only steadfast, but “enthusiastic.” He’d be “astonished” if Silver resigns.

Top Queens Democratic Party officials are calling Assembly members in Queens, Manhattan and Nassau County about the possibility of supporting Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan for speaker if Silver goes.

Six WNY Assembly members – five Republicans and one Democrat – held a press conference calling for Silver’s immediate resignation.

Is US Attorney Preet Bharara trying to set a national standard for lawyer-legislators across the nation with the Silver case? Someone thinks so.

Former CNY Assemblyman Michael Bragman, who mounted a failed coup against Silver in 2000 and paid a high price (his seat, eventually) for it, isn’t bitter and won’t dance on Silver’s grave.

The law firm Weitz & Luxenberg – one of two firms that played a role in Silver’s alleged corruption schemes – has contributed a lot of money to political campaigns at the state and federal levels.

Bill Hammond: “What sets the stunning charges against (Silver) apart from other Albany scandals is the breathtaking cynicism and hypocrisy of his alleged schemes.

Yikes!

A day after he defended Silver, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted the speaker’s arrest will be a “distraction” in Albany, and “change the nature of this session.”

Hillary Clinton did not have 65 Secret Service agents protecting her in Canada on Wednesday, despite a report from a Canadian radio station to the contrary.

Clinton will be the keynote speaker at a political journalism award ceremony in March as the likely presidential candidate, who has had a sometimes-rocky relationship with the press, heads toward another campaign.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25. A host city has yet to be selected.

SBA President Ed Mullins met privately with de Blasio recently and the two have made progress toward ending their bitter public dispute.

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants to put a system-appointed college adviser in every New York school district, she announced during her State of the University address.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg tried to buy the New York Times toward the end of his tenure at City Hall – an idea pushed by his longtime political advisor Kevon Sheekey.

…the paper insists it’s not for sale.

Bloomberg is scheduled to speak at the Aspen Institute on Feb. 6.

Gambling parlors on Long Island could include not only video slot machines but electronic poker and blackjack, under a provision tucked into Cuomo’s proposed budget.

Orange County GOP is hosting a “sweethearts brunch” fundraiser with special guest Rep. Chris Gibson on Feb. 8.

Cuomo wants to expand the unsuccessful public campaign finance pilot program launched for the 2014 elections, but declined to speak to the one candidate who particiated in it.

Southold Union Free School District Superintendent David Gamberg called Cuomo’s focus on standardized tests in his education reform plans “almost reprehensible.”

WNY lawmakers are trying to persuade the Cuomo administration to reject a casino in the Finger Lakes that they say jeopardizes the financial health of existing gambling facilities in the region.

New York Times theater reporter Patrick Healy is switching beats, and will become a national political correspondent focusing on the 2016 presidential race.