Here and Now
This morning, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet in the Oval Office with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, and Dr. Zeke Emanuel. (Prior to this meeting, the president sits down with Bill Gates).
In the afternoon, Trump and Pence hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, after which Pence will host the Pro-Life Caucus in his ceremonial office.
This afternoon, the president meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. And then this evening, Trump holds a “Make America Great Again” rally in Louisville, KY. (Kentucky Exposition Center).
FBI Director James Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the NSA, will appear today before the House Intelligence Committee to speak about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, including potential connections between Trump’s inner circle and the Kremlin.
Also happening on the Hill this morning: The start of Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule as of yet. Both houses of the state Legislature are in session, and budget conference committees start meeting with an eye toward the April 1 deadline.
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is headed to Albany today to “meet with state leaders” on a variety of issues concerning the Big Apple.
At 9 a.m., NYC Council members Daniel Dromm and Vanessa Gibson speak at day one of the New York Advisory Committee’s U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square W., Queens.
At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul attends the funeral of NY State Police Trooper Brian Falb, St. Peter’s Church, 114 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh.
At 10:30 a.m., health advocates, including the American Heart Association and national outdoor co-op REI; environmental advocacy organizations and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy announce their support for the governor’s Empire State Trail proposal, LOB Press Room (130), 198 State St., Albany.
From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rebuild NY Now, a broad-based coalition seeking to raise public awareness about the challenges facing New York State’s infrastructure, will hold a rally and lobby day, LOB, Albany.
Also at 11:30 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, NOW-NY President Sonia Ossorio and others launch Take Rape Seriously NOW Campaign to protect women and preserve VAWA funding, Bowling Green Fountain, Broadway and Whitehall Street, Manhattan.
Also at 11:30 a.m., Citizens Union releases the latest edition of its report, Spending in the Shadows, on unspecified lump sum spending in the fiscal year 2018 executive budget, state Capitol, third floor, outside LCA Room, Albany.
At noon, clergy will hold a press conference and deliver a petition signed by over 100 faith leaders calling for the Millionaire’s Tax to be expanded and the 2 percent spending cap eliminated in order to invest in fighting poverty and inequality, War Room, 2nd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.
Also at noon, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer and other Democratic female Assembly members discuss budget priorities and call for the inclusion of those priorities in the final enacted budget, LCA room, state Capitol, Albany.
Also at noon, Manhattan BPGale Brewer, NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and OATH Commissioner Fidel del Valle announce their upcoming town hall on how to navigate the city’s process for contesting summonses issued by city enforcement agencies, Chinese-American Planning Council, 150 Elizabeth St., Manhattan.
Also at noon, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz presents a check to the American Italian Cancer Foundation, Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 545 60th St., Brooklyn.
At 12:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers remarks at the Hispanic Federation Education Summit, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., NYC veterans voice their concerns about the issues they face in the city, including homelessness, substance abuse and lack of mental health services and job training, V.F.W. Post 3427, 136-06 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens.
At 4:30 p.m., Assembly and Senate General Budget Conference Committee meets, Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 5 p.m., the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City hosts a panel discussion on the role social media plays in gun violence, with New York University’s Dr. Shabnam Javdani and others, John Jay College, Moot Court Room,524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Assembly members Dan Stec, Joe Errigo, Mark Johns, Angelo Morinello, Peter Lawrence, and Ken Blakenbush all have separate fundraisers in various rooms and for various ticket prices at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany. (Assemblyman Marc Butler also has a fundraiser there at 5 p.m.)
At 6 p.m., Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. and Brooklyn BP Eric Adams co-host public hearings of the “Gifted & Talented Task Force,” Bronx High School of Science, 75 W. 205th St., Bronx.
Also at 6 p.m., Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick has a fundraiser at el Mariachi, 289 Hamilton St., Albany.
At 7 p.m., Declaration 17 will host a public reading by signatories of the “Declaration of Independence in Opposition to the Policies and Practices” of Trump, a document signed by hundreds of concerned citizens, Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. and Central Park West, Manhattan.
Most Trump cabinet members do not yet have leadership teams in place or even nominees for top deputies. But they do have an influential coterie of senior aides installed by the White House who are charged — above all — with monitoring the secretaries’ loyalty.
President Trump’s approval rating sank to a new low of 37 percent yesterday, while 58 percent of those questioned disapprove of the job he has been doing since Jan. 20, according to the latest Gallup poll.
The man tasked with shepherding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare – Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price – defended Trump’s campaign promise to cover every American, saying that the multi-layered GOP proposal would give everyone access to the care they want.
As Republicans continue to debate their plan for health care overhaul, Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, said that he won’t vote for the bill as it stands because it will not solve the problem of rising insurance premiums.
The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said new documents provided to Congress by the Justice Department provided no proof to support Trump’s claim that his predecessor had ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower.
Larry Johnson, a former intelligence officer, said he served unknowingly as a source of Fox News senior analyst Andrew Napolitano, who incorrectly used his information to back the claim that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower.
Trump told reporters that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was “acting very, very badly” hours after the rogue state test-fired a new type of high-thrust rocket engine.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney reiterated that Trump’s newly released budget — which would gut foreign aid, the EPA, crucial anti-poverty programs and scientific research — actually shows “compassion” to the mogul’s supporters.
Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job.
Democrats should avoid mimicking the obstructionism Republicans applied with former President Obama’s U.S. Supreme nominee, Merrick Garland — whose nomination they refused to act on at all — and instead ply Neil Gorsuch with critical questions, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg said.
Gorsuch told students that “many” female job seekers abuse maternity leave and must disclose plans to become pregnant, a former attendee at the University of Colorado Law School has alleged.
Democratic state AG Eric Schneiderman has hired Howard Master, one of the top public-corruption prosecutors under former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, to focus specifically on issues involving the Trump administration.
First lady Melania Trump and President Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron will reportedly be moving to the White House in June, at the end of the school year. (The source: TMZ).
A Washington lawyer is suing the president for allegedly obscuring the extent of his personal debts on his federal financial disclosure form.
The Secret Service detained a man late on Saturday after he drove his car up to a checkpoint near the White House and said he had a bomb, according to the police, an episode that resulted in his arrest and in security on the grounds being beefed up.
Upset with a state Senate Republican budget plan to boost charter schools, the powerful city and state teachers union bombarded GOP senators last week with nearly 20,000 faxes and 1,500 phone calls warning the plan would damage neighborhood public schools.
IDC Leader Jeff Klein says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build 90 homeless shelters across the city over five years is “a terrible idea.” (He prefers Assemblyman Daniel Hevesi’s rental subsidy proposal).
De Blasio struck out with Big Apple baseball fans yesterday as he rooted for his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, during a spring-training game in Florida.
Bradley Tusk, a former Bloomberg aide who has been seeking – without success – someone to challenge de Blasio this fall, considered approaching Bharara to run, but lost interest after the former U.S. attorney’s office declined to bring any charges against the current mayor for his political fundraising.
Bo Dietl wants to clean up New York City — and he’ll start by cleaning up the homeless. Literally. “I want to help the homeless — get them a shower,” he told DN columnist Linda Stasi. He plans to announce his run tomorrow on the “Bo Dietl NYC Cares” line.
Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, is calling for a hearing to on the potential unanticipated effects New York’s criminal laws might have in aiding Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
New York City officials plan to more than double the number of literacy coaches in elementary schools next fall in a push to get children reading on grade level by the end of second grade.
Mindy Meyer, who made headlines with her unusual GOP state Senate run in 2012, is at it again, generating attention for her color-coordinated outfits (always in pink) with her fellow Orthodox Jewish law partner.
The NYC Campaign Finance Board is holding a competition to design a new sticker to be handed out during the Nov. 7 elections, when voters will cast ballots for mayor.
He was supposed to be watching out for taxpayers and the MTA’s bottom line — but its chief procurement officer is now under investigation in a suspected bribery scheme, sources told The NY Post.
The number of hate crimes reported on Long Island is declining, according to Nassau and Suffolk police statistics — dropping even as hate crimes in New York City and across the country are on the rise.
The prospect of new subdivisions or other developments sprouting up on farmland around the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station worries local officials who fear such development could make it harder to safeguard the station in any future round of base closings.
Days after a massive snowstorm, two Central New York law enforcement agencies have reported fatal snowmobile crashes.
Don Heithaus’ long run as a member of the Westchester County Airport Advisory Board is over after a contentious year marked by a feud with the county executive, Rob Astorino, and nasty public exchanges that had fellow board members calling for his ouster.
Lobbyist Fred Hiffa has agreed to pay $10,000 in a settlement with the state’s lobbying and ethics watchdog, in connection with his former firm’s arrangement with the son of now-deceased state Sen. Tom Libous a decade ago.
Syracuse University assistant coach Mike Hopkins is taking over as the head coach at the University of Washington.
An online petition to keep the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street, which was installed on International Women’s Day, permanently in place has reached more than 19,000 signatures. (A group of elected officials agrees).
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