The U.S. Senate was to begin a major, free-for-all immigration debate, its first in nearly five years, this evening that could decide the fate of 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants, young people brought into the country illegally years ago as children.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is throwing his support behind a GOP proposal that lines up with President Trump’s immigration framework, as the chamber turns to a battle over the controversial issue.

Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and — unlike the plan he released last year – never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.

Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan calls for selling off federal government interests in the two major Washington, DC, area airports.

The plan’s funding and feasibility and ability to pass in Congress are all in doubt. It also would not necessarily benefit Trump’s home state of New York as much as one expect – despite the state’s dire need of investment in repairing crumbling roads and a sclerotic subway system.

Trump’s daughter-in-law, Vanessa, was taken to a hospital Monday morning after she opened a piece of mail addressed to her husband that contained an unknown white powder, polices sources said.

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama painted by, respectively, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

In the first electoral season since the stunning loss that extinguished her years-long drive for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, 70, has begun a discreet and low-profile reentry into the political fray.

Despite having an even lower favorability rating from the American people than Trump, Clinton will selectively campaign for Democratic congressional hopefuls for the decisive 2018 midterm elections.

Remington, the gunmaker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Prosecutor Janis Echenberg said she wants a jury to be told only that Todd Howe was arrested because he might have violated his bail conditions. Federal Judge Valerie Caproni said she did not plan to instruct the jury.

Howe will be allowed to wear a suit instead of a prison jumpsuit when his testimony resumes in Manhattan federal court.

A Sackets Harbor man has found success in selling bags for dog feces with a caricature of Trump’s face on them.

As part of the 30-day amendment to his executive budget proposal, Cuomo announced that he will advance legislation that would give the head of the state prison system more power to crack down on ill-behaved correctional officers

The New York City Health Department has confirmed the fourth pediatric flu death this season.

Transit activists were flanked by multiple state lawmakers at the Capitol this afternoon as they called on Cuomo and the Legislature to provide more funding to fix New York’s ailing subway and bus transit systems.

A movie director is filming a mock trial of NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner.

A Hempstead Village police detective has filed a complaint with the state’s Division of Human Rights, alleging that racism and discrimination within the department and village government keep him and other black officers from being promoted.

The new mental health awareness custom NYS license plates were unveiled and are available for ordering here.