Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. The 2015 legislative calendar had the session ending yesterday, but lawmakers remain at the Capitol because there’s still no “Big Ugly” with deals on outstanding big-ticket issues like the expired NYC rent laws and NYC mayoral control.

The governor is scheduled to host a $2,500-a-head fundraiser for his campaign committee (Andrew Cuomo 2018) at 6 p.m. at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. There was some hope that this event would force an end to the dragging negotiations over rent, but so far, no dice.

Cuomo – assuming he indeed plans to attend his own fundraiser – does, of course, have the benefit of the state aircraft at his disposal, which makes the down-and-back trip to the city a lot more doable.

Much to his colleagues’ chagrin, Assemblyman Keith Wright, chair of the chamber’s Housing Committee, raised the possibility during a CapTon interview last night that the Legislature could still be in session next week, and said he has no qualms about staying as long as necessary to get a deal on the rent laws that he finds satisfactory.

Also happening today…

At 8 a.m., Manhattan Councilman Daniel Garodnick delivers a keynote speech as local construction, design and real estate professionals discuss future real estate projects during an event titled “Transformative Projects-Transformative Issues: New York’s New Generation of Real Estate Development Projects”; Club 101, 101 Park Ave., Manhattan.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., international Cannabis Association officials present the “Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition,” which began Wednesday with workshops and continues through Friday; The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York, 655 W. 34th St., Manhattan.

At 9:15 a.m., former Gov. George Pataki, a GOP 2016 contender, will be interviewed by Carol Costello on CNN.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement, entrance to Prospect Park at Bartel-Pritchard Square, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., members of the NYC Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs receive testimony about a legislative proposal that would require the city Department of Consumer Affairs to issue licenses and regulate commercial laundries used by hospitals, hotels and restaurants, titled the “City Laundry Equity and Accountability Act” or “CLEAN Act”; 14th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul speaks at a rally of fast food workers prior to a wage board public hearing on their hourly pay, Entrance to College Center Building, Nassau Community College, One Education Drive, Garden City, Long Island. (This is the board’s third of four scheduled hearings).

At 1 p.m., advocates, government officials and parents call for increased funding for school construction and expansion and their discuss their concerns about school overcrowding; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Pataki speaks before the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th St., Philadelphia, PA.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray speaks at the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. Annual Leadership Awards Reception, Pfizer World Headquarters, Lower Level Conference Room, 235 East 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., the state Conservative Party holds its 2015 “Restoring the Dream” reception and dinner, with GOP 2016 contender Carly Fiorina and the keynote speaker, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York Ballroom, 811 7th Ave., Manhattan.

At 10:30 p.m., Brooklyn BP (and former state senator) Eric Adams, NYC Council members, community, housing and legal advocates and tenants participate in a rally and overnight campout demonstration near the governor’s Manhattan office, calling for state officials to modify and renew rent control regulations; 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.


With deals on a host of major issues still unresolved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, rank-and-file lawmakers were left to spend hours on the Senate and Assembly floors debating a hodgepodge of bills – including the Senate’s proposal to make the wood frog New York’s official amphibian, which has no Assembly sponsor.

Some lawmakers were furious the wood frog bill even came up for debate when the future of the rent laws remains an open question. Sen. Mike Gianaris called the measure “asinine,” adding: “We’re sitting here discussing what should be the official amphibian when two million people in New York City are not sure if they have a home.”

The bill’s sponsor, GOP Sen. John DeFrancisco, of Syracuse, defended the proposal, which had come to him via a class of third graders in his district. “It’s a great educational opportunity for (the third-graders) to get involved in government,” he said. “To compare this to rent control is complete nonsense.”

The bill passed by a single vote, 32-31, with opposition coming from Democrats and Republicans alike.

As the session winds down, some major issues appear poised to be left on the table, including a minimum wage hike, the DREAM Act and criminal justice reform.

The governor and legislative leaders did manage to reach an agreement on a law that would more strictly regulate the state’s thousands of nail shops, an expanding industry in which paying far less than minimum wage and operating without licenses is commonplace. Lawmakers are expected to pass the measure today.

Union leaders representing New York City police officers and firefighters huddled privately yesterday with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and emerged saying they are pleased he’s working on a deal to increase disability pensions for newly hired members.

A group of 71 Assembly Democrats, led by former Speaker Sheldon Silver, wants to change next year’s proposed presidential primary date because it falls during the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker arrested for helping two killers escape, reportedly gave her husband a painting of her children for their anniversary that was done by one of the convicts now on the lam: Richard Matt.

Mitchell backed out of a plan hatched with Matt and his fellow escape, David Sweat, that involved killing her husband and serving as a getaway driver because she possibly “feared for her life,” the local district attorney said.

Stephen Johnston, Mitchell’s attorney, said she had no role in the alleged conspiracy to kill her husband, Lyle.

The TU: “The escape of two convicted murderers from Clinton Correctional Facility continues to raise questions, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is right to want answers. But his appointment of his own inspector general to find them is the wrong move.”

State lawmakers moved to toughen penalties against subway grinders but stopped short of making the crime a felony. Under legislation expected to be approved in both the Assembly and Senate, anyone who “subjects another person to sexual contact” to gratify their “sexual desire” on a bus, train or subway would face up to a year in jail.

A Brooklyn landlord was arrested on charges that he drove tenants out of rent-regulated apartments by doing construction and demolition at one of his buildings and shutting off the heat. This was the first arrest by a joint task force launched in February by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and AG Eric Schneiderman.

De Blasio is expected to announce today that large portions of Central and Prospect parks will be permanently closed to weekday car traffic.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, the unpaid head of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, is adding staffers to the city’s payroll, bringing the number of people working for her on the taxpayers’ dime to four.

Assemblyman Sam Roberts was confirmed by the Senate as commissioner of the state agency that oversees all welfare and disability cases. (He has to resign his seat before he starts his new job).

The MTA board could get three fresh faces from the de Blasio administration. And Cuomo’s two picks for the board — former top aide Larry Schwartz and Peter Ward, the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council — incensed transit advocates who wanted a reappointment of Allen Cappelli, a Staten Island attorney.

Cappelli had been awaiting news of the future of his seat on the board when a Staten Island Advance reporter informed him of the governor’s decision to replace him. “I haven’t heard from the governor’s office but if that is the case, it’s the governor’s prerogative,” he said.

Cappelli was a close ally of the governor’s father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and worked in his administration.

De Blasio administration Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris whacked the state and federal governments as wholly ­unreliable to explain why the city is often forced to go it alone.

A bill working its way through the closing hours of the this year’s legislative session would require drivers to submit an updated photo of themselves when they renew their driver’s licenses every eight years. It has been hailed as a common sense security measure in the post-9/11 world.

PSEG Long Island will receive at least $5.47 million in performance-incentive pay for 2014 in addition to its $45 million annual management fee, but the utility is pressing for a bigger bonus.

Schneiderman’s office has reached a settlement with the East Syracuse-based Aspen Dental Management Inc., a company with eight locations in the Capital Region, that includes a $450,000 civil penalty and a decentralizing overhaul of its business practices.

The Buffalo Board of Education has whittled its list of prospective candidates for district superintendent from 20 to nine. Of those, it appears that some reside out of state. The board agreed to name an interim superintendent from within the district at its regular meeting next week. That person would lead the district as of July 1 until a permanent leader is named.

US Sen. Charles Schumer said he will work with the new owners of medical device manufacturer Welch Allyn to make sure the company is committed to a future in Skaneateles. The the company was sold to Hill-Rom Holdings of Chicago for more than $2 billion in cash and stock.

Yesterday, after months in which dozens of verticals — piles, piers and columns — have gradually been poking out of the Hudson River, the replacement for the aging Tappan Zee received its first horizontal structure and finally became a bridge.

In the past two months, New York City’s courts have resolved 42 percent of more than 1,400 criminal cases involving defendants who had been at the Rikers Island jail complex for more than a year.

The former Granit Hotel may finally have hit rock bottom. A financial backer of the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa said it will demand the keys and close the resort, putting 160 people out work, unless the state approves video lottery terminals for the resort by June 30. The odds of that happening? Slim to none.

A defendant in the Islip dumping case pleaded not guilty to a seven-count felony indictment that accuses him of evading nearly $30,000 in state taxes.

Two weeks after changing its controversial Redskins mascot name, the Lancaster School District received some unexpected praise from the nation’s top education chief. Education Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted a thank you Tuesday night to the district for “challenging status quo,” and then questioned why the Washington Redskins haven’t done the same.

Brian Williams, the popular NBC News anchor who became embroiled in controversy over false statements he made about his reporting, will no longer be the anchor of the network’s evening newscast and will be assigned to handling breaking news on cable network MSNBC.

Former Florida Governor and 2016 GOP contender Jeb Bush is set to hold a fundraising breakfast next week in New York City that is co-hosted by an extensive list of 35 donors, including some New Jersey names.

Former Clinton aide Mark Penn is leaving his executive position at Microsoft to form a new fund to invest in digital marketing services.

Former top US officials can be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees rounded up after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for minor immigration violations, a federal appeals court said, citing the importance of the rule of law even in times of crisis.

The US Treasury plans to add a “notable woman” to the ten dollar bill’s design in 2020. The government hasn’t decided which woman they’ll add — and they’re soliciting input at the website and on Twitter using the hashtag #TheNew10.