Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 8 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul meets with small business owners at the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce Roundtable for National Small Business Week, Charlotte’s Yogurt, 294 Main St., Farmingdale.

At 8:30 a.m., Rep. Chris Gibson will deliver the keynote address at the 20th annal Elder Law Forum prior to a panel discussion featuring moderator Benita Zahn, Assemblyman John McDonald, Sen. Kemp Hannon, New York Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen Acquario, and attorney Louis Pierro, Century House, Latham.

At 9 a.m., the state Education Departmentis kicks off an all-day “Learning Summit” on teacher and principal evaluation today. The event will be webcast live from the Carole Huxley Theater in the New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.

At 10 a.m., Hochul convenes the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council meeting, Long Island Association, 300 Broadhollow Rd., Melville.

Also at 10 a.m., Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the US Small Business Administration and member of President Obama’s cabinet, visits a Brooklyn business with Rep. Yvette Clarke to highlight the SBA’s loan program, Miti Miti Taperia, 138 5th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., the Assembly will hold a public hearing to examine the need for reforms to the criminal justice system to ensure fairness, improve community/police relations and to protect the safety of law enforcement officers, Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will join AG Eric Schneiderman as he makes remarks on zombie homes in Long Island, front steps Of Nassau County Legislative Office Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola.

At 11 a.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein, Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres and community, immigrant rights and labor advocates discuss the release of a report about an undercover investigation of local employment agencies; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will deliver remarks at the One Police Plaza Memorial Wall in honor of fallen members of the service who died in 2014, Madison Street, Manhattan.

At noon, Contreras-Sweet will deliver remarks at the WNET PBS launch of “The Community Challenge,” an initiative to seek cities where local officials and PBS affiliates collaborate to expand and publicize resources for small businesses owned by veterans and military spouses, The Tisch WNET Studios PBS @ Lincoln Center, Southwest Corner of West 66th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at noon, NYC Councilman Mathieu Eugene and diplomats from Nepal call for international donations of money and supplies to assist residents of Nepal affected by the Saturday, April 25, earthquake; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Union Square, Northern Plaza (at 17th Street) , Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., de Blasio presents his FY 2015 budget, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 2:30 p.m., Hochul convenes the New York City Regional Economic Development Council meeting, The New York Genome Center, 101 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be holding a forum, Niagara University, Castellani Art Museum, 5795 Lewiston Rd.

At 6 p.m., Contreras-Sweet attends a Millennial Event with Mike Muse and JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn HQ, Empire State Building, 350 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 6:15 p.m., Hochul meets with honorees and attends at the at the Westchester Bar Association’s 117th annual banquet, Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook.

At 7 p.m., Gibson will join Dr. Kenneth Liegner for a discussion of Lyme disease treatment, research, and legislation hosted by the Pawling Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Pawling, Lathrop Center, Pawling.


In a NYT Oped, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he’ll convene a wage board – the second in less than year. This time, he will direct its members to examine raising wages for workers in the fast food industry, which is a signature issue for labor advocates and their left-leaning allies.

Empaneling a wage board allows Cuomo to circumvent the need for legislative approval – a maneuver that AG Eric Schneiderman, who has been pursuing cases of wage theft in the fast food industry since 2013, publicly called on the governor to pursue in a Daily News OpEd last month.

Cuomo did not specify what he thought those workers should be paid, but he sought (unsuccessfully) during the budget talks to increase the minimum wage to $11.50 in New York City and $10.50 in the rest of the state. Advocates have been pushing for a $15-an-hour wage for fast food workers across the country.

Assemblyman William Scarborough will face a prison sentence under two plea agreements he has reached with state and federal prosecutors. He’s expected to plead guilty of felony fraud charges involving false per diem vouchers in US District Court in Albany this morning.

Democrats walked out of the Senate in protest yesterday after Republicans blocked their effort to oust the majority leader, Dean Skelos, following his arrest on federal corruption charges. The walkout followed a shouting match over parliamentary procedure.

“Clearly they don’t want a vote. If they had everyone voting to keep Senator Skelos, there would be no issue,” said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Some NYC real estate heavy hitters play a starring role in the corruption scandals of Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but are cooperating with the feds and not being accused of wrongdoing.

In his first comments since the Long Island Republican’s arrest, Cuomo called the charges against Skelos “disturbing and troubling,” if they are true, but he stopped short of calling for the majority leader to give up his post, saying: “It’s not my place to tell them who their leader should be.”

State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said he told Skelos that “he has a responsibility to step aside so business can go on,” adding: He certainly didn’t agree with my comments, but I said toughing it out won’t do any good for anybody.”

North Country Sen. Betty Little joined the growing number of GOP senators who have abandoned Skelos and believe he needs to step down. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s just not going to work this way,” she said after the tumultuous day in the chamber that she said “reminded me of some of the dysfunction that we had in the past.”

Staten Island DA Dan Donovan’s victory in the NY-11 race triggered jockeying to succeed him as Staten Island’s top prosecutor, marking the unofficial start of an election season in which three of New York City’s five district attorney posts are up for election.

It’s unclear whether Cuomo will appoint an acting district attorney Donovan goes to Washington as Staten Island’s congressman, but what is clear is that there soon will be a new DA. The top GOP candidate to replace Donovan: GOP Sen. Andy Lanza, though he hasn’t publicly said he’s interested.

Homelessness in New York City has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression, according to advocates, with shelter populations in December exceeding 59,000 people, including about 23,000 children. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio today will unveil a budget that includes $100 million in annual spending to address the problem.

The NYT calls on Cuomo – and Albany, writ large – to assist de Blasio in addressing the homelessness crisis, in part by re-upping a city-state partnership established in 1990 under Mayor David Dinkins and Gov. Mario Cuomo that creates supportive housing and provides services to those who need it.

De Blasio is also is calling for an overhaul of housing programs and tax incentives to spur the construction of tens of thousands of apartments for poor New Yorkers, as well as teachers, firefighters and other workers, who increasingly find themselves priced out of a booming real estate market and rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. The plan needs approval in Albany.

As part of his affordable housing program, the mayor is proposing a “mansion tax” on homes that cost more than $1.7 million.

De Blasio will also announce he’s beefing up a successful pilot program aimed at ridding the vermin from seven neighborhoods with $3 million to make it permanent and allow it to expand citywide. That’s over six times the $400,000 the pilot received in last year’s budget.

At tribute for slain NYPD Officer Brian Moore, police Commissioner Bill Bratton said: “(W)e’re in a crisis at this time, in this country, on issues of race, around effectiveness of policing, around police tactics, probably the most significant I’ve seen since I joined policing in 1970.”

More than 30,000 police officers from across the country and Canada are expected to descend on Nassau County to attend the wake today and the funeral Friday for Moore, officials said.

Following the news that Moore was shot with a gun stolen from a shop in Georgia, US Sen. Chuck Schumer urged the ATF to crack down on gun smuggling from southern states to New York.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took an unexpected detour from her fundraising-only schedule in San Francisco, CA yesterday to visit a Chinatown teahouse, where she spent an hour with Mayor Ed Lee discussing urban issues including housing and homelessness.

Clinton is cementing her support for a super PAC seeking massive contributions to advance her presidential bid, meeting with top donors to the group during her fundraising swing through California this week.

The $50 million transformation at the New York State Fair, for many, boils down to this: horses v. race cars.

Public schools in New York are not required to contact parents if students make suicidal remarks. Activists are trying to change that by supporting a bill that would set up mandatory protocols — including contacting the student’s parents — for schools to follow if a student expresses suicidal thoughts.

An internal investigation by the Port Authority led to the dismissal in November of nine probationary police officers and the suspension of three others for their conduct at a graduation party at a bar in Hoboken. Now, the Authority’s police union has sued the agency, charging that investigators improperly demanded that probationary officers grant them access to their personal cellphones