Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

This afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch.

In the evening, the VP and Second Lady Karen Pence will attend the Congressional Ball.

At 9 a.m., Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s 2017 Student Cabinet is set to meet at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus in Schenectady ahead of the upcoming legislative session, 80 Nott Terrace.

At 10 a.m., NYC Council members hold a public hearing on lead paint removal at NYCHA, Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywomen Rodneyse Bichotte and Michele Titus and state Sen. James Sanders Jr. hold a press conference with the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Coalition on Article 15A, which is scheduled to expire in spring 2018, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will discuss the NY ABLE Program following Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s presentation on the “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” initiative, 84 Patrick Lane, Suite 130, Poughkeepsie.

Also at 11 a.m., the Assembly will hold a public oversight hearing on funding in the 2017-2018 budget for the New York State Council on the Arts, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room C, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Rodneyse Bichotte, Fred Thiele Jr. and Michele Titus and state Sen. James Sanders hold a public hearing examining the 2017 MWBE Disparity Study and the overall MWBE program, Legislative Office Building, Hamilton Hearing Room B, Albany.

At 11:50 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Cities Thrive Conference, New York Law School
School Auditorium, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

At 12:20 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver a “call to action” at the second annual Cities Thrive Conference, marking the end of the two-day event, New York Law School Auditorium, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., the state Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee meets, 875 Central Ave., Albany.

At 1 p.m., Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda will announce legislation that will prohibit the state DMV from cancelling, suspending, or rescinding drivers’ licenses issued to youth enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program when it ends in March, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with federal, state and NYC partners, will announce the conclusion of major long-term investigation, Brooklyn DA’s office, 350 Jay Street, 19th floor, Brooklyn.

At 2:30 p.m., oral arguments are set to begin regarding the Trump legal team’s motion to dismiss a sexual harassment case against the president, 111 Centre St., Room 352, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., state Sen. David Carlucci and members of New York State United Teachers call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that authorizes the boards of education in union-free school districts and central school districts to establish wards for the purpose of school board elections, 20 S. Main St., New City.

At 4:30 p.m., state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball will join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo to celebrate the grand opening of the Agriculture Development Center, the newest component of a multi-phase project to support the agricultural sector, 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

At 6 p.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner hosts a town hall focusing on the congressional tax reform plan, Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio will participate in a town hall meeting with NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich, P.S./M.S. 114 Belle Harbor School, 400 Beach 135th St., Belle Harbor, Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., LG Kathy Hohcul delivers remarks at the Orange County Partnership’s annual dinner, Anthony’s Pier 9, 2975 US 9W, New Windsor.

Also at 7 p.m., the Gertrude and Morrison Parker West Side Republican Club hosts Mark Meckler, founder of the Tea Party Patriots and president of the Convention of States Project, for a discussion of holding a national constitutional convention, The Jewish Center, Blue Room, 131 W. 86th St., 10th floor, Manhattan.

Headlines…

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges against it continue – a victory for the administration after its mixed success before the court over the summer, when justices considered and eventually dismissed disputes over the second version.

A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey’s description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information.

The White House’s chief lawyer told Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the FBI and lied to Vice President Mike Pence and should be fired.

The brazen assertion by one of Trump’s lawyers that a president cannot be found guilty of obstruction of justice signaled a controversial defense strategy in the wide-ranging Russia probe, as the president’s political advisers are increasingly concerned about the legal advice he is receiving.

Trump dramatically scaled back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, cutting Bears Ears to 220,000 acres from 1.5 million and slicing the 2-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante in half.

The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle that could alter the course of American land conservation, putting dozens of other monuments at risk and possibly opening millions of preserved public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.

The outdoor clothing brand Patagonia is joining environmental groups and Native American tribes in the fight against Trump’s attempt to scale back national monuments.

Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving member of the House, who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, plans to announce today that he will not seek re-election, according to a family member who now plans to run for his seat.

Trump is reportedly considering creating a private network of spies that would be controlled directly by him and his CIA chief, in order to counteract the supposed “deep state” in the national security apparatus that is opposed to the commander-in-chief.

A New York judge will hear oral arguments this afternoon about whether a defamation lawsuit, filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s show “The Apprentice,” who said that he kissed her and grabbed her when she went to see him in 2007 about a possible job, should be allowed to proceed.

Trump strongly endorsed Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a United States Senate seat here, prompting the RNC to restore its support for a candidate accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, one of six women who reached a settlement with Bill O’Reilly over harassment allegations, sued the ex-TV anchor and Fox News for defamation and breach of contract, saying that public statements he and the network made violated the settlement and portrayed her as a liar and politically motivated extortionist.

MSNBC has reportedly cut ties with contributor Sam Seder over a 2009 tweet about rape. Seder’s contract will not be renewed when it expires in February.

The U.S. Senate tax bill offers a huge tax cut for corporations, lower rates for the wealthy, and a big victory for Republicans and the White House. It also aims an economic dagger aimed at high-tax, high-cost and generally Democratic-leaning areas — most notably New York City and its neighbors.

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his counterparts from California and New Jersey seemed dead-certain about the tax bill’s intent, there are still an array of questions about how states would respond. None of the three Democrats have ofered concrete plans on what action their states might take if the tax bill were to become law.

A legal challenge against the measure may be a possibility when and if it is signed into law, Cuomo and California Gov. Jerry Brown said. But the immediate focus is on encouraging Republicans to reconsider before the final version of the bill is approved.

If the provision adopted by the House stays in the tax overhaul bill, graduate students across the country will face hundreds and even thousands of dollars in new taxes on the value of the tuition fees universities waive for them to study toward a doctoral degree.

Peter Martins, 71, the longtime leader of New York City Ballet, has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the two organizations jointly investigate an accusation of sexual harassment against him.

The Metropolitan Opera, already bleeding financially while struggling to sell tickets, is now reeling from a new blow — the sexual-abuse scandal involving its most celebrated conductor, Charles Levine.

A fourth man has come forward and accused Levine of sexually abusing him when he was a student decades ago.

The Ravinia Festival, where Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, announced that it had “severed all ties” with him, though he had planned to begin a five-year term as conductor laureate in the summer of 2018.

PBS has a replacement for Charlie Rose, whose interview program ended Nov. 20 following a report documenting a pattern of sexual harassment: Christiane Amanpour’s long-running CNN interview program, “Amanpour.”

As prep schools increasingly confront past sexual misconduct, they often use laws limiting when a lawsuit can be filed to avoid paying victims.

A federal courthouse in lower Manhattan has removed a historical exhibit outside the courtroom where former governor’s aide Joseph Percoco will be tried in January on bribery charges after complaints that it was biased against defendants.

Russia’s Justice Ministry has listed Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as foreign agents, a move that could see them lose their reporting credentials in the Russian parliament.

Asked whether the governor, rumored to be mulling a presidential bid, is at risk of facing a left-wing challenger in his 2018 re-election bid, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “For quite a while, the progressive and reform wing of the Democratic Party has been ascending and wants Democrats to be consistent Democrats — not Republicans lite…There’s something wrong in the state, and people are sick of it. And that’s what we need to address.”

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a Republican mulling a challenge to Cuomo in 2018, wasn’t on the ballot this year, so the week of the general election he traveled to Israel for five days with a local delegation.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb plans to decide this month whether he will run for governor in 2018, and insists “everything is going great” with his consideration about whether to mount a campaign.

With the scope of the health risks still unclear, a class-action case against New York City, in connection with the failure to conduct lead inspections in public housing, is now being prepared by a lead lawyer for families suing over lead poisoning in Flint, Mich.

The mayor’s office said he was not told the New York City Housing Authority chairwoman was going to claim that her agency was in compliance on lead-paint checks when she knew it wasn’t.

Despite the mayor’s assertions, ex-jails boss Joseph Ponte did not fully reimburse the city for the many miles he drove to Maine, but de Blasio said there’s a “silver lining.”

The de Blasio administration is moving too slowly to close Rikers Island, former state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman told a NYC Council hearing.

Queens Assemblywoman Michele Titus and her husband say his career as a court officer went up in smoke after his colleagues bullied him over his wife’s political office and made up allegations against the two of them — including that they were potheads.

A years-long battle over charges of racial discrimination at Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle was settled after the city agreed to overhaul its plan to develop the area.

Sen. Bard Hoylman is raising concerns about double-decker sightseeing buses in New York City, saying that tougher regulations are needed to protect tourists, pedestrians and motorists on the busy streets of the nation’s largest city.

Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, 88, the former chairman of Merck & Co., and his wife, Diana, are donating $250 million to Columbia Medical school, $150 million of which will fund an endowment that the school projects will ultimately enable it to underwrite its student financial aid.

The City University of New York has appointed Vincent Boudreau, 26-year veteran of the college, as the next president of its flagship, the City College of New York, after addressing the concerns of prominent African-American leaders in Harlem over his relationship with the neighborhood.

The FCC’s inspector general’s office has changed course by agreeing to assist state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a probe into fake comments submitted during a public comment period on a net neutrality measure.

Outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is urging state officials to not consider a contentious tunnel option for replacing the deteriorating stretch of Interstate 81 in the city. “A tunnel is not feasible financially and would have detrimental impacts on the economic and social health of our community,” she said.

Meanwhile, state Sen. John DeFrancisco says a $2 million independent study made public yesterday proves that a tunnel with a community street grid is a feasible option for replacing the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.

Jill Stein, the two-time Green Party candidate for president, chipped in a few bucks for the Syracuse mayoral race last month, cutting a $250 check to Green candidate Howie Hawkins.

After two students drowned in the water near a tunnel, Cornell officials have proposed installing a steel gate at its opening — blocking the only entrance to a section of Fall Creek Gorge stretching from the top of Ithaca Falls to the swimming area below Forest Falls — and the City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal tomorrow.

Manhattan Councilman Corey Johnson is set to unveil a set of reforms — including putting the entire city budget online 48 hours prior to a vote — he says would boost transparency in the Council that he’d commit to if elected speaker.

Reza Zarrab, the government’s star witness in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of violating United States sanctions on Iran, was recorded in a 2016 jailhouse phone call saying that one needed to lie “in America in order to make it out of prison,” according to a summary of the conversation released yesterday.

The victim in a wild Queens hit-and-run was fatally mowed down by his own buddy after a violent brawl over a parking space, cops and a relative said.

November ended with another record low in serious city crime but a rise in reported rapes, NYPD officials said, attributing the spike to widespread coverage of numerous accusations of sexual misconduct against celebrities.

The Boulevard Mall, the oldest enclosed shopping mall in the WNY region, has a new owner after Forest City Enterprises gave up control rather than go through a foreclosure. But there aren’t likely to be any changes for shoppers and tenants in the near future.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s $1.48 billion budget is expected to sail through the County Legislature with an assortment of amendments and changes from legislators – most notably, an additional $250,000 for Erie Community College.

A western New York woman who went into labor in her driveway is thanking a state trooper who came to her aid.

The Nassau Legislature’s GOP majority reversed course and voted to create an inspector general’s position to oversee county contracts. The vote came after Republicans had spent nearly two years rejecting efforts by minority Democrats to create the position.

Five days after bringing up the possibility of Nassau’s short-lived speed cameras coming back during a meeting with Republican lawmakers, County Executive-elect Laura Curran, in an interview, essentially said, “Never mind.”

Democrat Errol Toulon Jr., a former NYC deputy corrections commissioner, will be Suffolk County’s new sheriff after Republican candidate Larry Zacarese conceded the close race.

The chairman of the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee urged the state to join Suffolk’s water authority in suing manufacturers of harmful contaminants found in the county’s public wells.

After a failed attempt to reduce raises and cut added positions in Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners office, county lawmakers approved the $678.6 million 2018 budget with nearly $2 million in adjustments.

Clinton is returning to New Hampshire for the first time since just before the 2016 presidential election to sign copies of her new memoir.