Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his statewide budget-touting tour with a stop in Suffolk County, while members of his cabinet deliver regional briefings on the new spending plan.
Down in D.C., President Donald Trump is scheduled this afternoon to meet with I-85 bridge first responders before heading to West Palm Beach, Florida and Mar-a-Lago.
At 8:30 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey speaks at a forum on the impacts of President Trump’s policies and budget on the Lower Hudson Valley, YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester, 515 North St., White Plains.
Also at 8:30 a.m., AARP hosts day 2 of a “Livability Summit” exploring how to achieve Cuomo’s goal of making New York the first state to join the AARP/World Health Organization’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany.
At 9:45 a.m., NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill will appear live on the Laura Ingraham Show with guest host Paul Viollis.
At 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and NYC Councilman Peter Koo, both Queens Democrats, will be joined by representatives of NYC Department for the Aging, NYC Housing Preservation and Development, New York City Housing Agency, and Selfhelp Housing for a panel discussion, Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Innovative Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens.
Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Board Room, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.
At 10:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers a regional budget briefing, Bronx House, 990 Pelham Parkway N., the Bronx.
At 10:30 a.m., Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton delivers a regional budget briefing, Niagara Falls Train Station, 825 Depot Ave. W., Niagara Falls.
Also at 10:30 a.m., O’Neill will preside over the swearing-in ceremony for new police recruits entering the Police Academy, 130-30 28th Ave., Queens.
Also at 10:30 a.m., Timothy Cardinal Dolan visits the Catholic Charities’ Bronx Food Distribution Center to distribute food to clients of the food pantry., 402 E. 152nd St., the Bronx.
At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the relaunch of the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th St., Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., state Sens. Tim Kennedy and Chris Jacobs will join Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Visit Buffalo Niagara President Patrick Kaler, and community advocates to celebrate the countdown to ridesharing, Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E. Huron St., Buffalo.
At 11:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Transportation Alternatives and others call New York to take immediate action and make safety improvements to the intersection where two cyclists were recently hit, 39th Street and 43rd Avenue, Queens.
Also at 11:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and 4th and 5th graders from St. Thomas Aquinas School unload 1,000 Easter hams that will be donated to five Bronx social service agencies, Stop & Shop, 961 E. 174th St., Bronx.
At 12:30 p.m., DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll delivers a regional budget briefing, FLCC Geneva Campus, 63 Pulteney St., Geneva.
At 1 p.m., state Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey delivers a regional budget briefing, 16 Camp Cass Rd., Rensselaerville.
Also at 1 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina hold a photo spray and deliver brief remarks prior to conducting their weekly education meeting on Staten Island, which is closed to members of the press, Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 126.
Also at 1 p.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will launch a major effort to push a new bipartisan bill that would help cutoff the flow of illicit fentanyl from China, Mexico, and other countries into Staten Island and across the United States, 121st Precinct House, Graniteville, 970 Richmond Ave., Staten Island.
At 2 p.m., the PSC holds a public statement hearings to receive public comment on RG&E’s and NYSEG’s preparation for and response to the severe windstorms on March 8 and 9, Monroe Community College, Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester.
At 2:30 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, Long Island.
At 3 p.m., state Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley delivers a regional budget briefing, Marist College, Student Center Room 3101, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie.
At 4 p.m., Jews For Racial & Economic Justice and others hold a Passover “Seder in the Streets” to press the de Blasio administration for actions providing New Yorkers sanctuary from President Trump’s agenda, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., state Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and others discuss healthcare issues on Capitol Hill, specifically on primary care, Melville Marriott Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville.
At 6 p.m., Rep. Jerrold Nadler holds a town hall, Brandeis High School Campus, 145 W. 84th St., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., NOW New York City hosts “Women’s Town Hall: Speak Out Against Violence” to “amplify the voices of survivors and advocates and to document the vital need for the threatened programs of the Violence Against Women Act,” with expected attendees to include Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke, NOW-NY President Sonia Ossorio and Hochul, YWCA Brooklyn, 30 Third Ave, Brooklyn.
Also at 6:30 p.m., Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez hold a joint town hall to discuss the latest federal policies affecting New York City, P.S. 20 Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., de Blasio hosts a town hall meeting with Staten Island Councilwoman Debi Rose, IS 27 Anning S. Prall, 11 Clove Lake Pl., Staten Island.
Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman appointed to New York State’s highest court, and the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge, was found dead in the Hudson River off Manhattan yesterday afternoon, authorities said.
Abdus-Salaam was reported missing by her husband. She was found fully clothed and there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, police said. A medical examiner is expected to determine the cause of death.
Friends and neighbors recalled the judge as a trailblazing Harlem resident who always played by the rules — and never abused her power on the bench.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that Abdus-Salaam was a pioneer with an “unshakable moral compass” and “a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.”
Chris Churchill: “A scholarship is not really a scholarship if you might have to pay it back. For that reason alone, New York’s new Excelsior Scholarship, the name now being used for (Cuomo’s) much-hyped plan for free tuition, doesn’t come as advertised.”
The Excelsior Scholarship program is the centerpiece of Cuomo’s new focus on the middle class as he looks to raise his national profile and potentially run for president in 2020.
President Donald Trump said the U.S. dollar “is getting too strong” and he would prefer the Federal Reserve keep interest rates low. He also said his administration won’t label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week.
Trump said he has offered Chinese President Xi Jinping a more favorable trade deal for Beijing in exchange for his help on confronting the threat of North Korea.
Following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meeting with Russian President Valdimir Putin, Trump conceded that the countries’ relationship was not starting to thaw, as he had promised during the campaign.
At the same time, Trump embraced NATO — a military alliance he had previously derided as obsolete — as an effective and vital force for peace and security in a region where Russia has been an aggressive actor.
Trump thinks it’s “unlikely” Russia had no advance knowledge of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on civilians last week.
The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force that the president promised on the campaign trail as he railed against the dangers posed by illegal immigration.
The NY Post recalls Cuomo’s onetime pledge to be the “students’ lobbyist” and says it died with “a whimper” when it comes to teacher evaluations.
Though his administration has stopped two major fossil fuel transmission projects in the past year, Cuomo says he supports pipeline construction in New York “as long as they’re done well and done correctly.”
Cuomo has flooded NYC airports with state troopers over the last few months, causing friction with both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Port Authority cops.
A New York panel approved changes to a policy that would allow searches for the DNA of family members of suspects, but pushed off a final vote on whether to allow the controversial technique.
Nora Anderson, the Manhattan judge overseeing the estate of Robert Durst’s long-missing wife, Kathie, is facing a potential ethics probe by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Months after the deadly September train crash inside Hoboken Terminal, in which the engineer responsible was found to have sleep apnea, less than half of NJ Transit’s locomotive engineers and a small number of conductors and signalmen have been screened for the disorder.
The bicycle deliveryman who is suing former NYC Mayor David Dinkins over an alleged hit-and-run is asking the judge to hand him a default victory, because the retired pol has allegedly refused to sit for a deposition.
For local policy geeks, yesterday’s debate over government consolidation was the Ali-Frazier of Syracuse.
Syracuse’s next mayor will inherit a city on the brink of serious financial challenges. The city is operating with an annual deficit that ballooned this year to a projected $18.5 million, which is two-thirds of the city’s reserves.
In just three years, two poets from the CUNY system of public colleges and universities have won the Pulitzer. And this year, Sarah DeLappe, a graduate student at CUNY’s Brooklyn College was a finalist for the Pulitzer for drama.
In bizarre twist to local politics, Erie County Republicans backed Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, a Democrat, for county clerk. The party formally backed Kearns once again after supporting him in three previous Assembly contests on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines.
It is going to cost twice as much for adult teams to play on Buffalo’s fields and diamonds this summer, and that is not going over well with some of the players.
One day after news broke that a grand jury is investigating allegations of bid rigging at Niagara County Community College, the college made news for a much better reason: Schools.com ranked it the second best among 39 community colleges in New York.
The University at Buffalo’s dermatology residency program at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has lost its accreditation.
David B. Callard, the Republican chairman of the Orleans County Legislature, announced he plans to retire at the end of December, ending 28 years of public service.
The government email records of Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove were seized by investigators with the state attorney general’s office in an ongoing investigation into his handling of a fatal police shooting case last year in Troy.
The operators of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are preparing a pitch to bring the Islanders back to the recently renovated Nassau Coliseum, according to Kevin Law, the president and chief executive of Long Island Association, the region’s largest business group.
The LIRR has issued a key document that would guide the construction of a new third track between Floral Park and Hicksville.
While on his way to meet with Miami residents about their experiences living in public housing, HUD Secretary Ben Carson got a first-hand look. The elevator got stuck, and he was trapped for 15 minutes.
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