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

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will attend the Robin Hood Foundation Heroes Breakfast, Manhattan. (This event is closed to members of the press).

Vice President Mike Pence at 12:45 p.m. participates in the Senate Republican policy lunch at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in D.C.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg unveils his foundation’s documentary, “Paris to Pittsburgh,” in Iowa – home of the nation’s first-in-the-U.S. presidential caucuses, while mulling a 2020 White House run.

While in Iowa, Bloomberg will also tour an electric- and solar-energy factory in Cedar Rapids, lead a roundtable discussion with local politicians and business leaders, talk to community college students about wind farms and stop by an event held by Moms Demand Action, the gun-control group he funds.

In the evening, Pence will deliver remarks at the United in Purpose: Ziklag Group Dinner, also in Washington.

At 8 a.m., NYNMedia hosts Nonprofit TechCon, National Geographic Encounter, 226 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., members of the Independent Drivers Guild will hold a rally calling for fair pay ahead of the vote by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission on the final pay rules for ride-hailing drivers, 33 Beaver St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., right before a NYC Council hearing the Climate Works for All coalition will rally in support of a proposal to fight climate change and create good jobs by cleaning up the city’s dirty buildings, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez will hold a press conference with Council colleagues, advocates and stakeholders prior to the Committee on Transportation oversight hearing on how to fix the subway and bus crisis in NYC, outside the City Hall R train station entrance, (at Broadway), Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Committee on Environmental Protection meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly Committee on Labor and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary hold a public hearing on wage theft, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres visit the scene of New York City’s deadliest fire in 25 years to announce the details of the implementation of new fire safety laws, 2363 Prospect Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, p.m., Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, and NYC Council members Jumaane Williams, Donovan Richards, Brad Lander, Rory Lancman and others call for the firing of all NYPD officers involved in the killing of Garner, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:45 p.m., NYC Council Members Mark Levine and Donovan Richards will be joined by their colleagues to condemn the recent spike in hate crimes across the city, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosts her annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony, with Assemblyman David Weprin in attendance, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 6:20 p.m., McCray will appear live on appear live on Fox 5 News at 6 with Ernie Anastos, WNYW.

Headlines…

The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.

With all the pomp and pageantry of the first presidential state funeral in 12 years, Bush was welcomed back to the building where he served four years in Congress at the start of a political career that would take him to the heights of power. He will lie in state until tomorrow’s funeral service at Washington National Cathedral.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump briefly paid their respects to Bush, with Trump giving a quick salute at the casket, then leaving. First the couple stood for a few moments before the casket with their eyes closed.

Congressional leaders unveiled a short-term spending measure that would extend government funding for two weeks beyond Friday’s deadline, preventing a messy budget battle as Capitol Hill mourns the death of Bush.

While lawmakers are hopeful that more negotiating time will help resolve a prolonged standoff around Trump’s demand for $5 billion in wall funding, people in both parties lamented that two more weeks is unlikely to do much to change the overall dynamics of the impasse.

Trump now wants a pound of flesh from Stormy Daniels topping $778,000, his lawyer said in court.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel will reportedly brief Senate leaders this morning on what the spy agency knows about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the hands of Saudi operatives.

Why did Trump’s former attorney and fixed, Michael Cohen, turn on the president? It appears he has concluded that his life has been utterly destroyed by his relationship with Trump and his own actions, and to begin anew he needed to speed up the legal process by quickly confessing his crimes and serving any sentence he receives.

Trump’s son Eric put out a tweet accusing prominent D.C. lawyer George Conway of “utter disrespect” toward his wife, White House aide Kellyanne Conway, apparently because of Conway’s public comments criticizing the administration.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on lawmakers in Congress to increase pay for members of their staff, saying that staffers currently don’t make a living wage.

In which former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is mulling a 2020 White House run, explains why he’s traveling to Iowa.

Louis Ciminelli, a Buffalo developer, was sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine in a bid-rigging scheme connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.

Caproni credited Ciminelli for his generous giving and said she had taken into account the developer’s recent diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. But also scolded him for obstructing the federal investigation by deleting a critical email after he heard the footsteps of the FBI.

Hearing the judge who was about to sentence him describe how he defrauded the state and conspired to do it, Ciminelli cocked his head as if to say: No, that’s not so. The Judge – Valerie Caproni – didn’t like that, but suspended Ciminelli’s term while he appeals his conviction.

The 2011 state law creating the Joint Commission on Public Ethics ensures Senate Republicans, who narrowly controlled the chamber at the time, will retain their three appointments to the 14-member panel even as they head into the minority.

After a weekend of confusion over his employment status, New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito, who was initially fired by Mayor Bill de Blasio, now says he will remain on the job while the city searches for a successor.

“We have started the process of leadership change at New York City Emergency Management. Commissioner Joe Esposito will continue to lead OEM as we conduct a national search for his successor, the mayor said in the statement.

The handling of Esposito’s departure — a three-day misadventure where no one seemed to know whether he had been fired — left even supporters of the mayor publicly challenging the process.

NYC Council members panned Esposito’s initial firing by a deputy mayor over the city’s underwhelming response to last month’s freak snowstorm.

Michael Ryan, head of the NYC Board of Elections, failed to properly report trips that were paid for by the company that manufactures the city’s vote-scanning machines, which have caused problems in recent elections.

NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner says she was spat on by a menacing racist while riding the subway with her family last week, and that NYPD officers brushed her off when she tried to report the incident.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for the first time released a list of 57 priests with “credible” allegations of child sexual abuse against them.

Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham’s choice to release a list of abusive priests is part of a “slow awakening” to the seriousness of child sex abuse, he said.

The Buffalo Diocese so far has offered as much as $360,000 and as little as $10,000 to settle molestation claims against some of its priests.

A former administrator at SUNY at Plattsburgh has sued the school in federal court contending he was the victim of anti-male gender discrimination by the school’s female-led Title IX enforcement staff.

A judge rejected a motion filed by the state attorney general’s office that sought to reargue the dismissal of criminal charges against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove over his handling of a fatal police shooting case.

An epic subway meltdown caused by a signal problem led the NYC Council speaker to call for the city’s takeover of subway and bus service from the state-run MTA.

The MTA expects to lose about $215 million to fare evasion on New York City’s subway and buses in 2018, according to officials, who say the 13 percent evasion rate on buses is much higher than the 4.1 percent national average.

Some New Yorkers cannot afford to pay rising fares. Others might be protesting terrible service. Rather than jumping the turnstile, those who avoid paying fares mostly sneak in using an emergency exit — a problem that has quadrupled since 2011, officials said.

NYC Transit President Andy Byford rolled out his proposed budget cuts at a special meeting of the MTA board’s finance committee on Monday — a meeting that started 15 minutes late because its chairman, ex-Cuomo aide Larry Schwartz, had train troubles.

De Blasio donor Jeremy Reichberg, who stands accused of bribing NYPD cops, will be facing off against his brother, Moshe Reichberg, according to a new court filing.

Panicked and lying to seemingly everyone, the corrupt de Blasio donor was caught on a wiretap being assured there was a “close to zero chance” the feds were listening to his calls.

Amazon’s deal for a second headquarters in Long Island City, has prompted Sen. Mike Gianaris to draft legislation that would prohibit the buying or selling of real estate based on any nonpublic government action.

Beginning New Year’s Day, hailing a cab in the busiest parts of New York City will come at a premium. Passengers will pay a $2.50 fee when they step into or get out of a taxicab on the most traffic-clogged streets in Manhattan, bringing the starting rate for a ride to $5.80.

One of the city’s highest ranking African-American police officials is calling it a career. Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes, who heads Patrol Borough Queens North, is retiring to take a private-sector job.

Rep. Nydia Velázquez and other Democrats sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday asking questions about the increase in anti-Semitic crimes across the city and offering help to the city’s nascent Hate Crimes Task Force.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled a plan to combat ticks and the diseases they carry on Long Island.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the Buffalo police officer who fatally shot Rafael “Pito” Rivera in September did nothing wrong and will not be prosecuted. That doesn’t mean the matter is settled, however.

Flynn also said that his staff is now looking into whether Deputies Kenneth P. Achtyl and James W. Flowers knowingly wrote false statements in a different case and should be charged with a misdemeanor, since a body-camera video seems to contradict their accusations.

PCBs left behind in the Hudson River after a cleanup project by General Electric Co. have spread to contaminate nearby areas that were dredged, according to a consultant hired by the environmental group Scenic Hudson.

Amplified by the #MeToo movement, the federal Equal Rights Amendment, a cause championed by feminists in the 1970s and 1980s, is getting newfound attention from legislatures in southern states like Virginia and South Carolina, but the effort lags in New York.

Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman has been quietly paying the legal fees of her accused fellow sex cult members, prosecutors claim.

NYC is drowning in so many frivolous lawsuits — over everything from food packaging and advertising to the design of retail websites — that the city’s court system has become one of the nation’s worst places for civil justice, a damning report out today reveals.

Wall Street hedge funds are cashing in on New York’s legal feeding frenzy by financing “mass tort litigation” over prescription drugs and medical devices in exchange for a piece of the action when the cases settle, the “Judicial Hellholes” report reveals.

After being sworn in as the new Syracuse police chief, an emotional Kenton Buckner – wearing an orange tie – stood in front of a standing-room only crowd and thanked the Lord, saying he had “prayed” for the new job opportunity.

The University at Buffalo community can meet the three finalists for the position of police chief at public forums scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

New footage shows a huge rat chasing an MTA worker out of a station booth in Brooklyn – as the rogue rodent scurries brazenly across a computer keyboard, paperwork and office furniture.

More than 1,000 officers joined Cuomo in Schenectady to honor State Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand, 36, who was killed last Tuesday when his vehicle was rear-ended while he waited to turn into the trooper station in Fonda, near Albany.

Calling the Capital Region “an international gateway for tourism and commerce,” Cuomo announced the award of a $50 million contract to make the gateway’s airport more accessible.

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman drew a crowd of 3,000 at UAlbany as she discussed her life experiences and new book as part of the school’s fall speaker series.

The Blarney Rock Pub, for decades the home bar for thousands of Syracuse University sports fans in New York City, around the corner from Madison Square Garden, appears to have closed.

Cardi B was a no-show at her scheduled New York City arraignment on charges stemming from an August fight at a Queens strip club, and the judge said he would order a bench warrant for her arrest if she misses the postponement.