Asked if his cabinet meeting was deliberately timed to coincide with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget testimony, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said: “Only a really twisted mind would come up with that one.”

The proposed Lago casino beat back a legal challenge in the form of an injunction request by opponents concerned about what the development will to do the area’s environment.

Cuomo did not endorse NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for permanent mayoral control of schools, saying: “I think it’s going well enough to extend it for three years.”

US Attorney (and US AG nominee) Loretta Lynch announced the arrest of three Brooklyn residents on charges they conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIL.

The CBC released its recmomendations to lawmakers regarding what to support and what to reject in the governor’s 2015-16 budget.

The all-Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel is urging Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next week.

The de Blasio diaries…”Fifty Shades of Blush.”

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg says the Keystone pipeline can be a major chip in climate talks with Canada.

Former Democratic state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk of Duanesburg will host a new radio show called “The Albany Report” on WGXC (90.7 FM) beginning next Monday at 10 a.m.

Brooklyn Sen. Velmanette Montgomery apologized for her racially charged comments regarding the imminent closure of a supermarket.

The developers of the former Nevele resort unveiled their “Plan B” for revitalizing the site in the wake of the state’s rejection of its casino application.

Families for Excellent Schools, a Manhattan-based nonprofit and lobbying group, is calling for New York state leaders to place 178 failing public schools, including some in Syracuse, under state receivership this fall.

The International Business Times reports that News Corp. gave Cuomo a book contract after his administration backed a series of state initiatives that benefited the media giant.

Hillary Clinton says she has been given three Fitbits and Jawbones, but she never really took to them.

Cuomo’s AIDS task force is trying to go beyond its mandate, not just reducing the number of new HIV infections below the threshold necessary to qualify as an epidemic, but virtually eradicating the disease.

SUNY Oswego alumnus Al Roker suggests global warming is to blame for the harsh winter.

Piglets and sows will return to the 2015 New York State Fair, Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball announced.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has signed a 20-year electric power purchase agreement for a solar array that will replace greenhouse-gas emissions equal to that created for 120 homes.

It’s historically cold in Buffalo.