Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events scheduled.

President Donald Trump this morning heads to Salt Lake City, UT, where he will meet with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leaders and tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Welfare Square.

In the afternoon, Trump will give remarks at the Utah State Capitol, after which he will return to Washington, D.C.

At 9 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at the UFT rally for Puerto Rico, outside the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.

At 9:05 a.m., First Lady McCray will kick off the second convening of Cities Thrive, a network of nearly 200 cities committed to driving mental health reform on local and national levels, New York Law School, Auditorium, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., JustLeadershipUSA and #CLOSErikers will hold a rally outside the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall subway stop, preceding the City Council oversight hearing on the closure of Rikers Island jails.

At 10 a.m., Assembly Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation and Health, and the Subcommittee on Oversight of the DEC, hold a joint public hearing to examine water quality issues and to review implementation of the $2.5 billion in water infrastructure funding contained in the 2017-18 budget, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Tom Suozzi hosts an “Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Conference” aimed at helping this critical industry on Long Island grow and remain competitive, Tilles Center, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Dan Donovan and Staten Island Postmaster John Tanna will honor U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier Lisa Sweeney for saving the life of Marie Boyer, an 87-year old woman on her mail route, Staten Island.

Also at 11 a.m., residents, the NYCLU and clergy announce the results of lawsuit against NYC on plans to build affordable housing in the 31 acre site known as the Broadway Triangle area in Brooklyn, in front of the Supreme Court, 60 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Commissioner of Social Services Al Dirschberger and others cut the ribbon on the completely remodeled Social Services portal on the first floor of the Edward A. Rath county office building, Buffalo.

Also at 11 a.m., Brooklynites with developmental disabilities, their parents and caregivers, a bipartisan delegation of state legislators and community leaders rally to urge Cuomo and the state Legislature to ensure that direct support professionals receive a living wage, St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., city and state prosecutors and state officials announce a joint effort to combat wage theft in the construction industry, 80 Centre St., 8th floor training room, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Minister Kirsten John Foy, northeast regional director of NAN; along with NAN leadership, clergy, community stakeholders and activists” will “protest the FDNY hiring of racist son of former commissioner,” 9 Metrotech Center, Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., Reps. Brian Higgins and Chris Collins, state Sen. Robert Ortt, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and others unveil the results of a rider survey and economic study on Discover Niagara Shuttle’s impact on the economy, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara Falls.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will hold a media availability regarding crime statistics, Muster Room, 250 W 135th St., Manhattan.

Also ay 11:30 a.m., State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will deliver remarks at the 33rd Annual Religious and Independent School Educators Conference, Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd., Albany.

At 1 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will discuss fake comments that have corrupted the FCC’s public comment process on net neutrality, and call on the commission to cooperate with the AG’s investigation, 120 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 3:45 p.m., CUNY faculty and staff represented by the Professional Staff Congress march and protest to demand CUNY management negotiate a contract for faculty and staff, CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 5:15 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the United Community Civic Association’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, McManus Memorial Park, 81st Street & Grand Central Service Road, Queens.

At 6 p.m., Stringer delivers remarks at the Blackboard Awards for Schools, at the NYIT auditorium, 1871 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 6:15 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the Elmhust tree lighting ceremony, Clement Clarke Moore Homestead playground, Broadway between 45th Avenue & 82nd Street, Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., activists participate in a discussion on the upcoming NYC Council speaker’s race, the influence of money on elected officials and the impact on local communities of legislation and policies favorable to the real estate industry, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Room E242, Queens.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio appears on NY1.

Also at 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas will host the second in a series of public forums on the 2018 Budget proposal, Mount Vernon High School, auditorium, 1200 California Rd., Mount Vernon.

Also today, de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the (closed press) Cities Thrive holiday reception at Gracie Mansion. In addition, the mayor will deliver remarks at the Queens County holiday party, which is also closed to members of the media.

Headlines…

As the FBI’s Russia investigation draws closer to him, President Trump unleashed an extraordinary assault on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, calling it a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was “in tatters.”

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates hit back, also on Twitter, saying: “The FBI is in “tatters”? No. The only thing in tatters is the President’s respect for the rule of law. The dedicated men and women of the FBI deserve better.”

Trump’s attorney claimed he wrote a tweet about disgraced former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn that appeared on the president’s personal Twitter feed Saturday and raised legal red flags.

Trump said in a tweet that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating his ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, issuing a fresh denial amid a shifting timeline on when he may have known that Flynn had lied to the FBI.

With government funding set to expire Friday, Republicans are moving toward passing a two-week stopgap measure to avoid a looming government shutdown. But the path in the coming weeks is treacherous, with obstacles on both sides of the aisle as lawmakers push their own priorities, some unrelated to government spending.

Although polls show that the tax measure nearing the finish line in Congress is unpopular, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted that it will ultimately prove a political winner, with voters feeling positive effects next fall – just in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General is reviewing the role played in the Hillary Clinton email investigation by Peter Strzok, a former FBI deputy director who was removed from the staff of Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year, after Mueller learned that Strzok had exchanged anti-Trump texts with a colleague.

Trump is reportedly giving his staffers secret assignments by calling them to his private residence in the evening and telling them to hide his orders from chief-of-staff John Kelly.

Billy Bush has pushed back at Trump’s reported statements suggesting that the voice on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape is not his, writing in a NY Times OpEd that the president did indeed make the comment in the presence of Bush and seven other men.

In one of the largest transactions of the year, CVS Health said it had agreed to buy Aetna for about $69 billion in a deal that would combine the drugstore giant with one of the biggest health insurers in the United States and has the potential to reshape the nation’s health care industry.

Federal officials have opened an investigation into activities by senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway following a complaint that she violated ethics laws when she slammed Democrat Doug Jones — who is battling Republican Roy Moore to become Alabama’s next U.S. senator — on national TV.

Democratic senators attacked Republicans for passing tax cut legislation just hours after the bill was released, saying it would add more than a trillion dollars to the nation’s deficit if it becomes law.

McConnell yesterday seemed to back off Moore, whom he had previously said should resign, saying now that Alabama voters should make the final decision whether the Republican candidate is elected to the Senate.

Rep. Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat who is currently the longest-serving Jewish member of Congress, announced he would not seek reelection after more than three decades in office.

The Metropolitan Opera suspended legendary conductor James Levine after a report that the classical music maestro had allegedly molested a teen boy in the 1980s, and two more alleged victims came forward and accused him of abuse.

Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met, announced that the company was suspending its four-decade relationship with Levine, 74, and canceling his upcoming conducting engagements after learning about the accounts of the three men, who described a series of similar sexual encounters beginning in the late 1960s.

Bots, sophisticated computer programs used for mass online purchases, have already driven up ticket prices for Broadway shows and top concerts and are now turning their sights on the season’s hottest toys and games, said U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

If the governor chooses to deliver his re-election year State of the State address on Jan. 3, it will be the same day as the vote for the NYC Council speaker, which complicates things for some NYC lawmakers.

Citing a need to better deploy police and curb overtime costs, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is extending a policy that limits the number of permits allowed for neighborhood street fairs in 2018.

De Blasio’s attack on Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week regarding his handling of the fractured state Senate Democrats is considered a first salvo in a “revenge” plot designed to damage the governor as he heads into his own election year, some close to the mayor say.

An eight-year legal fight over racial discrimination by New York City in a proposed Brooklyn development is expected to be settled today, after community groups and the de Blasio administration agreed on a new plan for affordable housing for the site.

Queens Boulevard, once known as the “Boulevard of Death” in NYC tabloids, has not seen a pedestrian fatality in three years, and has become a centerpiece of the mayor’s Vision Zero traffic safety campaign.

Embattled New York City Housing Authority head Shola Olatoye will be grilled tomorrow by NYC Council members about her agency’s failure to do lead testing and her lies about it.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is expected to announce later this week he will seek the Democratic nomination for a crucial state Senate special election in Westchester County that could impact which party controls the chamber.

The GOP-oriented America Rising PAC announced it has filed requests under New York’s Freedom of Information Law seeking documents on the Cuomo administration’s purchase of a $12.5 million helicopter.

A pending misconduct complaint is raising the specter that another high-profile prosecution by embattled Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance could be headed for trouble.

Amid the failing state Senate Democrats’ peace deal, an anonymous Democratic state lawmaker compared the Senate Republicans to an alcoholic family, saying: “They fight it out behind closed doors and then come out in public, straighten their ties, comb their hair and try to pretend it’s not happening.”

A Bronx man’s claim he was punched by an NYPD lieutenant for no reason cannot be believed because he is now accused of murder, the head of a police union says.

The Manhattan Democratic Party is filing a lawsuit to block NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from appointing a pal as Board of Elections commissioner.

The Manhattan Housing Court’s advisory council, which reviews its judges after each four-year term, recently ruled that jurist Susan Avery should get the boot — as it catalogued years of complaints against her, sources said.

Lowell Hawthorne, the founder of the Golden Krust Jamaican beef patty empire, killed himself amid fears the feds were investigating him for evading millions of dollars in taxes, The NY Post has learned from a family member.

The entrepreneur’s death sent shock waves through the Caribbean community in New York, where he was seen as an immigrant success story, and in Jamaica. And it stunned his family, friends and customers.

NYC Public Advocate Tish James channeled her inner Tina Turner during a holiday party this weekend, belting out a surprisingly impressive rendition of “Proud Mary,” while the Queens Democratic leader, Rep. Joe Crowley, jammed alongside her on electric guitar.

The backlog at the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office has grown so big – more than 300 cases were open at one point – that the county has brought in specialists from New York City and elsewhere to do exam and autopsy work. The office has farmed out more than a fourth of all cases this year to non-staff pathologists.

LL Cool J became the first hip-hop artist ever to receive the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest distinction for performers, as artists ranging from Queen Latifah to Uniondale native Busta Rhymes paid tribute to his career last night.

Rockland Community College has joined a growing number of schools that are discounting tuition for students who were displaced by hurricanes Maria and Irma this past September.