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

In the morning, President Donald Trump will meet with Republican Members of the Senate.

In the afternoon, Trump will meet with the RNC chairwoman, and then will sign a proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Later, the president will meet separately with Congressional leadership, and the former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

In the evening, the president and First Lady Melania Trump will host a Hanukkah Reception.

Michigan Democratic Sen. Al Franken is expected to make an announcement about his political future today after a long list of his Democratic colleagues – including Kirsten Gillibrand, and the chamber’s top Democrat, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – called for him to resign in the face of mounting sexual harassment allegations.

Minnesota Public Radio reported that Franken will be resigning, but a tweet from the senator’s verified account indicated he was still speaking with his family and had not yet made a decision.

If Franken does step down, he will be the most prominent lawmaker so far to be felled by the swirling allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct sweeping through the Capitol.

At 9 a.m., NYU’s School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Urban Lab hosts the When Real Estate Meets Innovation panel presentation, New York University Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the Build NYC Resource Corp. holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC IDA holds a public hearing, 110 William St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., key Democratic Members of Congress will join with Puerto Rican teachers and health care professionals to call on Congress to pass additional federal recovery assistance for the Island, Cannon House Office Building, Room 234, Washington, D.C.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda announces 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 early March of 2018, outside Senate chamber, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 10:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at Small Places Close to Home: An Annual Celebration of Human Rights Day, FDR Presidential Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park.

Also at 10:15 a.m., the state Department of Health Statewide Early Intervention Coordinating Council convenes for its quarterly meeting, Empire State Plaza, Convention Center, Meeting Room 2, Albany.

At 10:45 a.m., Regent Beverly Ouderkirk will deliver remarks and participate in a question and answer session at the Northeastern Council of School Superintendents (NECOSS) 47th Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza Resort, 101 Olympic Dr., Lake Placid.

At 11:15 a.m., Hochul makes an announcement, Family Services, 29 N. Hamilton St., Lobby, Poughkeepsie.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at Hudson Valley Magazine’s Women in Business Awards Luncheon, Villa Borghese
70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls.

Also at 12:30 p.m., county leaders, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen O’Dell, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and others discuss the impact of federal tax reform on NY homeowners, LCA press room, 130, LOB, Albany.

At 1 p.m., the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 2325 hold a rally to call on the Office of Court Administration and state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to immediately implement a policy to end court coordination with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 1:30 p.m., the Metropolitan Area Planning Forum meets for its 2017 annual meeting, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, 55 Beaver St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Hochul presents WW II veterans with the governor’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Proclamation, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, 2094, Building 1, Albany Post Rd., Montrose.

At 4:45 p.m., Hochul meets Seimens Competition in Math, Science & Technology winners, Half Hollow Hills District Office, 525 Half Hollow Rd., Dix Hills.

At 5:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host the borough’s annual Christmas tree lighting, along with other special holiday festivities, the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., a NYC reception is held in honor of state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, The Eventi Hotel, 861 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., National Organization of Women New York City hosts a forum for New York City Council speaker candidates, focusing on women’s issues, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College, 47-49 E. 65th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul delivers welcoming remarks at the Association for a Better Long Island holiday party, Carlyle at the Palace, 1600 Round Swamp Rd., Plainview, Long Island.

At 7 p.m., Hochul accepts an award on behalf of the governor and makes an announcement at the Crime Victims Center’s Parents for Megan’s Law “Champions for Children” Gala, IBEW Hall, 370 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, Long Island.

At 8 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a town hall meeting with Manhattan Councilman Ben Kallos for residents of Council District 5, 317 E. 67th St., Manhattan.

De Blasio will deliver remarks at the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Benefit, which is closed to members of the media.


Leading Republicans are looking at scaling back some of the corporate tax cuts that they are trying to usher into law, two people involved in the tax negotiations said, convinced that they need to find new revenue to make last-minute fixes to the giant package moving through Congress.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the current tax structure allows the state to pay for key programs like social services and free college tuition for some, and warned of big tax hikes if the reform measure is passed eliminating state and local deductions.

Those involved with building affordable housing across the state are bracing for a potential significant impact as the House and U.S. Senate look to reconcile legislative differences when it comes to how certain types of municipal bonds are treated in the federal tax code.

Voting mostly along party lines, the House approved legislation loosening gun regulations and allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states – a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

The bill was blasted by New York City law-enforcement authorities at a press conference in Times Square.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said House Republicans will aim to cut spending on Medicare, Medicaid and welfare programs next year as a way to trim the federal deficit.

Disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn assured an ex-business partner that economic sanctions on Russia would be “ripped up” as soon as the Trump administration entered the White House, according to documents made public yesterday.

The son of scandal-plagued Michigan Rep. John Conyers — endorsed by his dad to succeed him in Congress — was taken into custody, but not charged, in the stabbing of his girlfriend earlier this year, records show.

Like several commanders-in-chief before him, Trump is expected to sign a six-month waiver on plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite his announcement about recognizing the latter as Israel’s capital.

Since her arrival in the U.S. Senate, where she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton when she became secretary of state in 2009, Kirsten Gillibrand has constructed a brand as an advocate for women’s issues in general – and sexual assault victims in particular.

Six women sued Harvey Weinstein and the film studio he co-founded, alleging a vast “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” that enabled the movie producer to sexually assault and harass women for decades.

A former spokesman for Clinton, Josh Scherwin, says Trump is so determined to undo his predecessor’s accomplishments that he would keep cancer from being cured just to prove a point.

Donald Trump Jr. refused to tell lawmakers about conversations he had with his father regarding a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer after emails detailing the meeting had become public, according to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.

Teamsters whose pension benefits were cut could see some future relief under a proposal backed by Schumer, who, along with several other Democratic senators, is backing legislation that would create a remedy through the Treasury Department.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio met with New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy in a closed-door session that focused on transportation, education, jobs and fighting the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress.

As the national conversation bursts with a reckoning over sexual misconduct, activists hope that this year they will succeed and are advancing a new, more aggressive strategy to pass the Child Victims Act.

Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, two of New York’s most popular and longest tenured radio hosts, were placed on leave by New York Public Radio as the company investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct.

De Blasio spent more than $10 million — including $3.5 million in public matching funds — on his re-election, a race he led handily from the get-go.

The NYT says Cuomo needs to hold out for a new contract with the state’s prison guards that “strengthens state control over the prison system by holding (them) more closely accountable for wrongdoing.”

Residential treatment centers are having a hard time keeping sex trafficking victims from returning to the streets, due to laws that prevent them from restricting the movements of patients.

District attorneys in all five boroughs of New York City and in other counties, in coordination with state agencies, have ratcheted up efforts against wage theft in the construction industry.

Thousands of private landlords have successfully tracked lead-paint inspections for more than two decades using a proprietary software program — and now they’re offering to share it with the hapless New York City Housing Authority, which has been struggling with compliance issues.

Seven African-American employees of the New York Fire Department have filed a lawsuit saying that “a broad pattern of racial discrimination” within the department has caused them to be paid less than white counterparts or cost them chances at promotions.

Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin is blasting the settlement of a racially-charged legal battle over development in his district.

A judge issued an order temporarily barring NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from putting an ally on the city Board of Elections.

The Brooklyn Nets called out de Blasio after he jokingly criticized the decision to move the franchise to the Big Apple during a recent town hall meeting.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s one-year pilot for the new position of Customer Service Ambassador was unable to fill all 75 open spots, with 33 posts empty.

FEMA has denied a request for a major disaster declaration for the state of New York in a response to the July 1 flooding that destroyed numerous homes and flooded communities throughout Oneida County.

Cuomo announced that the acreage added to Schunnemunk State Park in Orange County was purchased from the Open Space Institute for about $800,000, which will help open trails in the park year-round and protect natural habitat.

AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating the Buffalo Police Department’s use of traffic checkpoints and enforcement sweeps inside public housing developments, after a complaint filed by members of Black Lives Matter Buffalo and other community groups accused the department of engaging in a “repeated, persistent and widespread pattern of unconstitutional policing.”

State transportation officials said they are working to expand the DeWitt rail yard controlled by CSX into an “inland port,” a decision that appears to put an end to more ambitious plans put forth in 2015 by regional business leaders.

A Buffalo music promoter has been sued by Schneiderman for failing to refund customers for a cancelled festival.

A Buffalo man’s fight with the IRS made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and several justices seemed sympathetic to his lawyer’s argument that the agency went way too far in branding him a felon.

Federal investigators have begun examining whether Robert Stricoff, former head of both the Babylon Democratic Party and the town Industrial Development Agency, engaged in “financial improprieties” when he was in those positions, sources said.

The psychiatrist who treated the estranged wife of former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato after police forced her to go to a hospital in September testified he believed she had experienced drug-induced psychosis from too much Ritalin.

The state recently offered $2.7 million in funding for an opioid treatment center in Broome County, but the Broome County Legislature has declined the initial offer and will not re-consider the matter until January, 2018. Now Erie County wants the facility.

Despite the angry accusations and insults the two lawyers have traded over the past six months, Stephen E. Barnes says he would like to continue running the Cellino & Barnes law firm with his estranged partner, Ross M. Cellino Jr., whom he called “my friend for over 25 years.”

A request for proposals has been issued for private companies interested in booking non-fair events at the New York State Fairgrounds in Geddes, Onondaga County.

A college professor was beaten by a group of teens as he was walking to campus on Staten Island.

An Albany judge has upheld the state’s construction of new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks, which had been opposed by an environmental group.

The state’s highest court may soon be called to solve a debate that’s been raging in the town of Bethlehem for more than two and a half years, which involves an electronic road sign and the local zoning law.

At least six members of The College of Saint Rose’s board of trustees, including the chair, have resigned in recent weeks following intense division over the leadership of the school and governance of the board.

A Volkswagen senior manager has been sentenced to seven years in a U.S. prison for concealing software that was used to evade pollution limits on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.

RIP, Mickey Carroll.