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Here and Now

The federal government shutdown has entered its third day.

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

Jury selection in the trial of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo confidant and top aide Joe Percoco and others involved in the Buffalo Billion bribery case starts in NYC today.

Cuomo himself is in New York City this morning. In the afternoon, he’s traveling to Park City, Utah to see the Sundance premier of the documentary about the breast cancer fight of his girlfriend, Sandra Lee. He’ll be back in the state this evening.

President Donald Trump receives his daily intelligence briefing this morning, but has no public events scheduled.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Israel, where he participates in an official arrival ceremony and bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pence and First Lady Karen Pence also participate in an arrival ceremony at the Knesset, after which the Vice President will deliver remarks.

The VP and Netanyahu will deliver a joined statement, and then the Pences will have dinner with Netayahu and his wife, Sara, at the prime minister’s residence.

There will be a protest outside the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Centre St., Foley Square, Manhattan against the CPV Valley power plant in Orange County, which played a role in the Buffalo Billion scandal. Participants will also hold a press conference after the day’s trial proceedings are complete,

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the MTA holds a series a committee hearings throughout the day, MTA boardroom, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors meets with NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Fortis Lux Financial, 477 Park Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Board of Regents and its committees meet throughout the day, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 10 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivers her first State of the University System address, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a ribbon cutting for the Recording Academy’s New York office, 21 East 37th St., Manhattan.

At 11:05 a.m., Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan appears on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter.

At noon, Compassion & Choices New York Campaign Director Corinne Carey will be a panelist in the first of two League of Women Voters’ “Death with Dignity” forums, Cortland Community Center, 90 Central Ave., Cortland.

At 12:30 p.m., the SUNY board of trustees and its committees meet, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., boardroom, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., leaders of FASNY, NYS Fire Chiefs, NYS Fire Districts, as well as Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Billy Jones call for a bill to allow fire departments to recover the costs of providing emergency medical services, LCA Press Room (130), LOB, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the state Gaming Commission meets, Empire State Development Corp., 36the Floor, 36-A Conference Room, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Sens. Tim Kennedy, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Brad Hoylman, and John Brooks will join Erie County District Attorney John Flynn to discuss proposed corrective action regarding sexual abuse at private schools, Senate hallway, 3rd floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds a public hearing on uniform land use review procedure, Brooklyn Borough Hall, courtroom, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Rep Jerrold Nadler will hold a congressional town hall meeting, 40 Washington Sq. South, NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Rep Tom Reed will hold a congressional town hall meeting, Middlesex Fire House, Yates County.

Also at 6 p.m., the Business Council of New York State will host its 2018 “Legislators’ Reception,” Albany Capital Center, State Street, Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez hosts a budget forum, Isabella Nursing Home, 515 Audubon Ave., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio appears on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

At 8:30 p.m., Compassion & Choices New York Campaign Director Corinne Carey will be a panelist in the second of two League of Women Voters’ “Death with Dignity” forums, Tompkins County Public Library, Borg-Warner Room, 101 East Greet St., Ithaca.


The impact of the federal government closure is set to dramatically increase today. Hundreds of thousands of government employees face possible furloughs, some federal functions could cease, and it remains to be seen whether public museums and tourist attractions will remain open.

The government shutdown greeting the Trump administration’s first anniversary shows the president has remade a major political party, pushing it toward a new strategy and identity – but it was the Democrats, not his own GOP.

The U.S. Senate is set to vote at noon today to end debate on a measure that would fund the government through Feb. 8.

Senate Democrats gave no immediate sign that they would get on board with the temporary spending bill, leaving open the possibility of another failed vote today that could further deepen the partisan divide three days into the shutdown.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will bring up immigration legislation next month if negotiators can’t work out a larger deal by Feb. 8.

As the government shutdown continued for its second day, one thing was clear to both sides of the negotiations to end it: The president was either unwilling or unable to articulate the immigration policy he wanted, much less understand the nuances of what it would involve.

The Fisher House Foundation, a Maryland-based charity, has promised to ensure the families of fallen troops will be paid survivor benefits during the government shutdown – including a $100,000 payment made within days of a death.

State and federal officials reached a deal to reopen the Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island, a day after the federal government shutdown forced it to close. The state will pay about $65,000 a day out of its tourism budget to cover the sites’ operating costs.

The FBI was unable to preserve some text messages between two agents who have been accused of anti-Trump bias, including one who previously served on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to a letter from the bureau to lawmakers.

Trump trolled the 200 women’s marches held around the world Saturday by saying protesters should support his agenda.

The New York state Democratic Party has launched an advertising attack on the new federal tax law at the urging of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has vowed to sue over the measure.

While his former top aide, Joe Percoco, is the one facing a jury, Cuomo will be firmly on the hot seat as a blockbuster corruption trial gets underway today — one that experts say threatens to cripple a 2020 bid for the White House.

The trial will also complicate Cuomo’s re-election campaign this fall.

The Percoco trial is merely the first in a long list of corruption-related court cases on tap for this year – a scandal-palooza year for lawmakers, if ever there was one.

Insiders from both sides of the aisle say that Trump has spent his first year in office stealing the political spotlight with his controversial statements and tweets, which could wind up overshadowing the trial that could potentially do damage to the governor.

A coalition of progressive groups sent a letter calling on Cuomo to cancel all state permits for a planned power plant in Orange County that was central to the corruption accusations against Percoco.

The state Republican Party is readying a digital ad campaign and rapid-response team in anticipation of the start of the trial.

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The (Shutdown) Weekend That Was

There is growing optimism that the Senate will be able to muster the votes necessary to advance a three-week funding measure to reopen the federal government, Republican and Democratic aides and lawmakers say.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spurned President Trump’s $20 billion request for a border wall, suggesting Democrats in the lower chamber would oppose that figure even if it ensured a deal to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said if Congress fails to come up with a solution for the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” deporting them would be “one of the ugliest stains” in US history.

Speaking at s military facility near the Syrian border, Vice President Mike Pence told US service members that immigration talks between lawmakers and the White House couldn’t proceed until the government reopens.

Trump urged Republicans to use the “Nuclear Option” to reach a long-term solution to the shutdown.

Thirteen hours into the government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a flagrant attempt to peel Trump away from his Republican colleagues and White House aides, saying: “Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with jello, it is next to impossible.”

Schumer said that he agreed to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border wall as part of negotiations with Trump, but wasn’t able to win him over.

With much of the federal government shut down, the House and Senate reconvened for a rare Saturday session, hoping to find a way to restart the flow of funds at least temporarily.

Republicans and Democrats simultaneously blamed each other for the crisis, which unfolded one year to the day after President Trump’s inauguration.

Trump on Saturday took a swing at Democrats who blocked a last-minute measure to fund government operations, calling their near-uniform opposition an attempt to give him a “nice present” to commemorate his first anniversary as president.

He also accused the Democrats “of holding our military hostage” over their demand that a short-term spending bill include protection for illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.

Schumer came close to an agreement to avert a government shutdown over a cheeseburger lunch on Friday. But their consensus broke down later in the day when the president and his chief of staff demanded more concessions on immigration.

Unless lawmakers quickly agree to a deal, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed. Services that protect “life or human property” will continue.

Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney described his role as being in charge of the shutdown “kind of cool.”

Thousands of New Yorkers filled Manhattan streets Saturday to protest Trump and his agenda on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. They wore knitted pink-eared “pussy” hats and held an eclectic mix of colorful handmade signs.

By mid-morning, people gathered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Raleigh, North Carolina. In Philadelphia, many marchers wore pink cat-ear hats as a show of solidarity, while others carried signs stating opposition to Trump and his policies.

The Manhattan Democratic Party blackballed the nation’s most prominent’s women’s right organization — the National Organization of Women — just days before the Women’s March, rejecting a request to have a NOW representative serve on its panel to screen judicial nominations.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll don’t think Trump is a genius, as he described himself.

The FBI did not retain text messages exchanged by two senior officials involved in the probes of Hillary Clinton and Trump for a five-month period ending the day a special counsel was appointed to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a new congressional letter.

Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican, was pulled from the House Ethics Committee Saturday amid allegations that he used taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by a former aide.

A fall 2016 application for a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant targeting a former Trump campaign adviser has become the latest front in the partisan struggle over the investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

Cuomo criticized Trump at a breakfast preceding this weekend’s Women’s March in Manhattan, saying he “simply does not respect women.”

The shutdown of the federal government already has an early casualty: the Air Force Academy’s athletic schedule.

Joe Percoco, a longtime confidant of and aide to Cuomo, goes on trial with others accused of misusing and profiting from their state posts Monday. The governor himself is not implicated in any wrongdoing, but his administration will be exposed for how it operates.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb received his first county Republican committee endorsement – from Yates County – as he seeks the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Basic medical care could be as easy as a trip to Walmart under a proposal being pushed by Cuomo.

The agency that runs New York City’s troubled subway said it plans to spend close to $4 billion to buy over a thousand new train cars to modernize an aging fleet, a major investment meant to help remedy the delays and breakdowns that plague the system.

Internal emails obtained by the Daily News show an MTA honcho pushing staff to come up with a higher number of subway delays blamed on power issues, before Cuomo made a public show of citing problems with Con Edison as the single biggest source of disruption for riders.

Cuomo denied any involvement in driving up stats for subway delays blamed on power failures, before he made a public show of citing problems with Con Ed as the biggest source of disruption for riders.

The U.S. Justice Department announced it intends to retry Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, two months after a jury deadlocked on federal corruption charges against him. The move means Mr. Menendez will have to defend himself again in a year when he is up for re-election.

The state, not the city itself, will decide whether to set up congestion pricing to drive into Midtown Manhattan. Here’s why.

New Yorkers have paid more than $10 million over the last nine years to settle 88 cases of sexual harassment, discrimination, and related cases in state government, almost all of which were brought by women reporting groping, come-ons and demeaning treatment.

Cuomo reportedly will be in Utah for the Sundance premier of the documentary about the cancer fight of his girlfriend, Sandra Lee.

A former lieutenant at Brooklyn’s federal jail was convicted of repeatedly raping a female inmate entrusted to his care.

A former corrections officer turned North Country assemblyman, Democrat Billy Jones, says he knows how to make prisons in New York safer.

Perennial candidate and Kemore attorney Kevin Stocker says there’s a “50-50 chance” he runs for state Senate again, but this time, he would challenge Republican Sen. Chris Jacobs as a Democrat, because he has switched parties.

Two months after omitting municipalities in Monroe and Cayuga counties from its Lake Ontario flooding disaster area, federal officials have amended the declaration to make them eligible.

New York officials last February announced that Long Island would be the starting point for a plan to test groundwater at all state Superfund sites for the possible carcinogen 1,4-dioxane, but at the end of 2017 less than 20 percent of the hazardous-waste sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties had been screened.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen’s reelection campaign has raised $107,028 in the two months since her election as the town’s first Democratic supervisor in more than a century, new campaign finance reports show.

Smithtown opposition is hardening against a proposed Long Island Sound crossing that would link Kings Park to Connecticut.

Islip Town Board member Trish Bergin Weichbrodt apologized after facing harsh criticism for a Facebook post that some are calling racist, in which she suggested she would take her children to three countries that Trump reportedly referred to with a vulgarity last week.

National Grid proposed a rate settlement that would increase average residential electric rates about $2.20 a month this year and $8.50 per month over three years if state regulators approve. The proposal also would raise typical natural gas rates $1.20 a month this year and about $7.50 a month over three years.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s wild-child niece has finally coughed up the $100,000 she owed from a 2016 stolen-credit-card binge at a posh Greenwich Village pharmacy.

Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, a man who raised the profile of top chefs from invisible kitchen artists to international celebrities, has died at 91, French officials announced.

James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was fired last year by Trump, will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the school said.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Newsweek probe is focusing on alleged money laundering – a possible “money trail” linking San Francisco’s Olivet University and former executives at Newsweek Media Group, the magazine’s parent.

Newsday Media Group’s unionized employees approved a new contract Saturday, paving the way for the newspaper to move to a new location and have another company handle production, officials said.

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Baltimore has closed permanently after just two years in operation.


With a potential government shutdown looming, Trump cancelled a scheduled trip to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met in a closed-door meeting with Trump at the White House, but failed to reach a deal to avert a shutdown.

Mick Mulvaney, who heads the White House Office of Management and Budget, said the Trump administration is preparing for “what we’re calling the ‘Schumer shutdown.'”

The Trump administration accelerated its timetable for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, weighing a plan to retrofit the existing consulate there by the end of 2019 in order to fulfill a key campaign pledge by the president.

Trump — who has repeatedly slammed NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem — may skip the traditional Super Bowl pre-game interview.

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor suffered “symptoms of low blood sugar” and paramedics were called to her home today. The 63-year-old associate judge was treated and returned to work.

A conservative watchdog group released 78 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails –three of which contained classified information and others that revealed the former secretary of state knew about potential security issues with her private email server.

Have you ever wondered how CNN anchor and gubernatorial brother Chris Cuomo spends his day and stays so buff? Now you know.

Every year, NYC hires 200 “decoys” to act as if they live on the street during the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate, the city’s annual census of unsheltered homeless people, as a way gauging the count’s accuracy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s congestion pricing panel released its long-awaited plan and, as expected, it’s heavily reliant on cooperation from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom the governor maintains a chilly relationship.

Wegmans and Publix are America’s favorite grocery stores, according to a survey of 12,774 shoppers conducted by Market Force Information, a retail consulting firm.

Only weeks after she lost the Syracuse mayor’s race, House Democrats started recruiting Juanita Perez Williams to challenge GOP Rep. John Katko in this year’s mid-term election. But after two months of flirting with the idea, Perez Williams says she won’t take the plunge.

The water main break that flooded the basement at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs has shuttered the hotel for at least another four weeks and has forced the temporary layoff of 70 employees.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with a report that rips the state Commission on Corrections for the job it is doing with its oversight on state jails, lockups and prisons. One of the big lapses is with the review of complaints and problems coming out of the state prison system.

The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority created a new, $90,000-a-year job late last year and gave it to Bill Ryan, the chief of staff to former mayor Stephanie Miner.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Queens Democrat, introduced legislation last week that would require officials who appoint board members of the state’s public corporations to nominate women and men in similar numbers.

Some Elmont and Floral Park civic leaders are raising concerns that a development group led by the New York Islanders is paying a Manhattan-based consulting firm to conduct an environmental review before the team constructs an 18,000-seat arena at Belmont Park.

Good luck in your new endeavor, Matt Hamilton.

Here and Now

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

In the morning, President Donald Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.

Shortly after noon, Vice President Mike Pence will introduce Trump as he addresses March for Life participants and pro-life leaders.

In the late afternoon, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will depart D.C. en route to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL.

In the evening, the Vice President and Second Lady Karen Pence will depart Washington, D.C. on Air Force Two en route to Clare, Ireland for a refueling stop before arriving in Cairo, Egypt.

At 8:30 a.m., state Financial Service Superintendent Maria Vullo presents the governor’s FY 2019 budget, Long Island City Partnership, LIC Conference Center, 41-21 27th St., Long Island.

Also at 8:30 a.m., state Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon presents Cuomo’s FY 2019 budget, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Conference Room, 335 Adams St., Suite 2700, Brooklyn.

Also at 8:30 a.m., state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball presents Cuomo’s FY 2019 budget, Columbia-Greene Community College, Room 612, Professional Academic Center, 4400 NY-23, Hudson.

At 10 a.m., WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

At noon, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James speaks at a Police Athletic League luncheon, Mutual of America, 320 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., state Sen. Tony Avella and residents of Douglaston’s Willow Place and Stuart Lane call on New York City to reclaim privately owned streets, 9 Stuart Ln., Queens.

At 2 p.m., National Indigenous Congress of Mexico members hold press conference in New York ahead of the Women’s March being held tomorrow, 147 W. 24th St., Manhattan.

At 3:15 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul presents Cuomo’s FY 2019 budget, Onondaga Community College, Otis Suite, SRC Arena, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

At 6 p.m., Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon hosts a screening and discussion of the film “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” with former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace Event Space, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.


The House approved a stopgap spending bill last night to keep the government open past today, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure.

It would be the first federal government shutdown in four years.

The Senate couldn’t even agree on holding a vote last night, adjourning after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurned Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request to hold a vote and, assuming it failed, restart bipartisan negotiations on immigration and government spending levels.

If the government does shut down, are you unsure who to blame? Here’s a cheat sheet to assist with that.

Trump is scheduled to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration by traveling to his Florida estate of Mar-a-Lago today to host a six-figure fundraiser – even as Capital Hill lurches toward a government shutdown.

Two House bills backed by Republicans would keep military paychecks flowing and provide pay to any federal civilian employees given furloughs during a government shutdown.

The Trump administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the preisdent’s right to end the program protecting so-called Dreamers, but has decided not to seek permission for him to proceed with the wind-down on the schedule announced last year.

He once called himself “pro-choice.” But a year into his presidency, Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration’s efforts to roll back abortion rights.

Trump spoke in the Pittsburgh, PA area yesterday in what was originally billed as a campaign stop but what the White House later said was a speech to tout the benefits of tax reform.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Fix NYC” panel is expected to release its congestion pricing recommendations today, which would make the Big Apple the country’s first “pay-to-drive” city.

The plan is expected to be similar to the one floated by then-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2008, which was rejected in Albany.

Under the new plan, cars could be charged as much as $11.52 to enter the most traffic-clogged streets of Midtown Manhattan, with trucks forking over even more: $25.34.

While attending an event to benefit an organization that encourages women to become politically active, actress Cynthia Nixon was asked if she’ll primary Cuomo this fall. Her response: “Maybe.”

LG Kathy Hochul said she and Cuomo are focused on getting New York State through its budget deficit, not on politics or the 2018 election. But when asked if she’s considering running against Republican Rep. Chris Collins, Hochul didn’t say yes or no.

Amazon named 20 metropolitan areas as finalists for its second headquarters after reviewing 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. New York City and Newark are among the choices, but upstate didn’t make the cut.

If taxpayers and lawmakers were expecting that a new 37-page report from the state Tax and Finance Department would provide a definitive road map of how New York might sidestep the effects of Trump’s new federal tax plan and its sharp reduction in the deductibility of state and local taxes, they instead got a view of just how complicated this is.

A niece of the late Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Dr. Lucy Waletzky, has become the lone donor to his latest successor’s boutique political party: The Women’s Equality Party, founded by Cuomo in 2014.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has a double-digit lead over the next closest contender in a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates

Nearly a year after President Trump’s inauguration, the committee that raised a record $106.7 million for the event has not disclosed how much surplus money it still has or provided a final accounting of its finances.

A new bipartisan House bill would require members of Congress, as opposed to taxpayers, to pay for settling sexual harassment claims against them, the latest legislative response to the #MeToo movement that’s sparked a national debate over workplace standards of conduct.

Former Trump White House staffer Sebastian Gorka has an active warrant out for his arrest in Hungary, according to the Hungarian police’s website. It was issued before Trump was even elected.

Here are five questions about the president’s health, answered.

Trump touted his score on a cognitive test, suggesting he scored higher than his predecessors.

Jon Bon Jovi says he was fully prepared to move to Western New York if Trump’s “evil genius” hadn’t prevented him from buying the Buffalo Bills.

It’s tough to be out of office. Just ask former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who left office on Jan. 16. He was reportedly blocked from a VIP entrance at Newark Airport he had used for eight years, and directed to stand in TSA screening lines at Terminal B like anyone else.

In his first night out as a private citizen, Christie headed into New York City to catch a show by his idol, Bruce Springsteen.

The state Tax and Finance Department’s proposals for getting around the federal tax reform law are creative, but some are potentially illegal, experts say.

Hillary Clinton could still end up being president, a Harvard law professor says, if the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election finds evidence of a conspiracy. But the scenario would need to take several more twists and turns to actually come to fruition.

LG Kathy Hochul said she plans to run for re-election this year and dismissed the notion that she would instead challenge Republican Rep. Chris Collins as “political fodder of the chattering class,” but she refused to say whether the governor has actually asked her to be his running mate again.

Former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will serve as a senior advisor to the Latino Victory Fund with a focus on identifying and recruiting emerging Latino leaders, and expand fundraising and infrastructure in key states.

A national trade group representing the pharmaceutical industry is vehemently opposed to a proposal by Cuomo to levy a tax on opioids.

Cuomo wants to lengthen the period New York hospitals are required to retain forensic rape kits, but a sexual assault survivor and leading victims’ rights advocate doesn’t believe the proposal goes far enough.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Larry Summers, the former Treasury secretary, are announcing a new global group to advocate for so-called “health taxes” on tings like alcohol and sugar.

John DeFrancisco, the second-most powerful Republican in the state Senate and a potential Republican gubernatorial candidate, isn’t a fan of Cuomo’s proposed $168.2 billion budget, calling it a “nonstarter.”

A Buffalo Common Council committee is recommending a $3 million settlement to a state worker who sustained “life-changing” injuries in a lawn mower accident on the job.

Syracuse University administrator Rachel May is announcing a Democratic primary challenge against state Sen. David Valesky, who has angered local progressive activists.

State Police said the agency would not “take criminal enforcement action” against gun owners who unknowingly fail to recertify their pistol permits by the Jan. 31 deadline.

Saratoga Brewing Co., one of the oldest and largest brewers in New York state, abruptly closed last weekend. Its future is uncertain.

Here and Now

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

President Donald Trump this morning meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Oval Office, then heads to the Pentagon to meet with senior military leadership.

In the afternoon, the president will travel to Pittsburgh, PA, where he will tour H&K Equipment Company and deliver remarks there before returning to D.C.

At 5 a.m., Make the Road New York, immigrant youth and families from New York and Long Island depart for Washington, DC, to joint thousands from across the country in calling for the passage of”‘a clean Dream Act.”

At 8:30 a.m., state Sen. James Sanders Jr. holds a tax training session at his clergy breakfast, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 138-59 Lloyd Road, Queens.

Also at 8:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer participates in the NYC Council DACA Day of Action reminding recipients in his district to renew their status, 61st Street Subway Station, Woodside, Queens.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., the state AIDS Advisory Council meets, Amida Care Inc., 14 Penn Plaza, second floor boardroom, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the PSC holds its regular session, 19th Floor Board Room, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 11 a.m., leaders from the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, the Correction Captains’ Association, the Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association and NYC correction officers rally to demand safer jails, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will attend and deliver remarks at the NYPD promotion ceremony, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.

At noon, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and furry friends from the Hempstead Animal Shelter unveil new parks signs, no longer promoting the names of local politicians, along with an assortment of dog-friendly park amenities designed and built in-house from old, recycled park signs, Newbridge Road Dog Park, 2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore.

At noon, LG Kathy Hochul briefs members of New York’s foreign press on the state’s Paid Family Leave progrNew York Foreign Press Center, United States Mission to the United Nations, 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor, Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., NYC DOT Deputy Commissioner for Policy Michael Replogle gives the keynote address at the NYCx Technology Challenge, 25 Beaver St., Suite 201, Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., Hochul tours the Columbia University Nursing School Training Center and discusses state investment in workforce development, 560 West 168th St., Manhattan.

At 1:45 p.m., Hochul presents Cuomo’s executive budget proposal, Columbia University, Rusty Berrie Pavilion, Room 1, 1150 St. Nicholas Ave., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m. Hunter College holds its winter commencement, North Assembly Hall, 695 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., educational professionals host the fifth annual Conference on Community College Excellence, Meister Hall as well as North Hall and Library Hall, Bronx Community College, 2155 University Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 4 p.m., CUNY Citizenship Now! holds the first of two emergency Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program assistance events, CUNY School for Professional Studies, 119 W. 31st St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte gives her annual State of the District address, Brooklyn College Student Center, 2705 Campus Road, sixth floor, Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio will attend the cocktail reception for the Real Estate Board of New York’s 122nd Annual Banquet, New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americans, Manhattan. (U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is among the honorees).

Also at 7 p.m., the feminist training camp The Broad Room will host an inaugural fundraiser, featuring actress Cynthia Nixon, to sustain its free, all-female trainings and expand its programming in 2018, Kinfolk 94, 94 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Also at 7 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at Calspan Automotive Crash Test Lab’s grand opening, 4455 Genesee St., Buffalo.


House Speaker Paul Ryan tried pressuring Democrats to back legislation preventing a government shutdown this weekend — but also faced resistance from conservative Republicans, throwing any deal in doubt.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, which could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday.

Cardiologists not associated with the White House said that President Trump’s physical exam revealed serious heart concerns, including very high levels of so-called bad cholesterol, which raises the risk that he could have a heart attack while in office.

The FBI Director’s chief of staff will be interviewed behind closed doors today as part of a Republican congressional probe into the agency’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers America will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of Trump’s campaign promises on immigration were “uninformed.”

The White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with Russia.

The next presidential election is nearly three years away, but in the Capitol the race is already unfolding, with no fewer than six senators – including New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand — eyeing the Democratic nomination in 2020, with each angling to get to the left of the others, complicating things for their colleagues seeking re-election this year.

A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal whistleblower suit alleging he lost his job after leaking photos of a private meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a major Trump donor who heads one of the country’s largest mining companies.

Some of the country’s largest hospital systems are planning to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.

Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.

In a rare admission of error, Trump acknowledged that he regrets parts of his first year in office.

There was no red carpet, but Trump rolled out his “Fake News Awards” for the media outlets he feels have covered him inaccurately, though several of the awards themselves contained inaccuracies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to potentially restructure New York’s tax code received more details a day after he outlined the plan in his $168 billion budget proposal. As expected, one idea calls for a statewide payroll tax.

Another proposal would create one or more state-operated charitable funds to receive taxpayers’ contributions for healthcare and public schools. Taxpayers would receive a tax credit to lower their state income tax liability and also would be able to deduct the amount from their federal taxes.

New York state is spending so much money on medical care for older inmates that Cuomo said it’s time to let them loose via “geriatric parole,” potentially saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Cuomo has nearly $1 billion in “revenue raisers” in his 2018-2019 proposed budget, new and increased fees that some Republican legislators from Long Island said were akin to new taxes.

Nagging economic worries are reflected in the state’s school-aid proposal for Long Island that includes a modest $64.3 million increase in operating funds for next year — a 2.3 percent boost.

School districts in the mid-Hudson region are looking at a collective state aid hike of more than $30 million to a total of nearly $970 million.

Cuomo’s new budget proposal would put NYC on the hook for 50 percent of the funding to address not only the current subway crisis but any future ones.

What would legalized recreational marijuana, which Cuomo wants a state panel to study, mean to New Yorkers?

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Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Republican who has mostly supported Trump’s agenda, if not his manners, rose on the floor of the Senate to deliver a blistering rebuke of the media critic in chief — and a passionate, unapologetic defense of a free press.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said he believes tests reveal that Trump has heart disease.

Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of reapportionment.

Apple said it will invest $350 billion in the US economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of U.S. tax reform.

Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press.

Trump said Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

Federal prosecutors have turned over to the defense over one million pages of documents and other materials in the government’s alleged corruption case against former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife, Linda, and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has followed through on a promise to donate campaign contributions he has collected from disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, giving $111,000 to Women’s Justice Now, a NYC-based charitable organization.

Cuomo raised an average of more than $32,000 per day for the last six months, according to campaign finance reports, and has now amassed a $30.5 million campaign chest in 2018 that so far has helped him scare away serious rivals in his bid for a third term.

Cuomo raised $6 million for his 2018 election campaign in the last six months, and at least $1.24 million of that came from New York City area real estate interests, a review of state elections records show.

Bill Hammond: “Facing a multibillion-dollar gap in state finances, Governor Cuomo has turned to one of Albany’s favorite piggy banks: the health care industry.”

Ann Curry took only the most subtle shots at Matt Lauer in her first TV interview since leaving NBC News and “Today” when discussing the “pervasive” sexual harassment at the network, saying she’s trying to “do no harm in these conversations.”

Actor Timothee Chalamet said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse, becoming the latest actor to publicly distance himself from the 82-year-old filmmaker.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says Trump’s immigration authorities engaged in a “provocative action” when they detained a prominent Trinidadian-American immigrant activist last week and appeared to defend the NYPD amid criticisms over its treatment of protestors and elected officials rallying in support of the activist.

NYC arrested 16,925 people last year for low-level marijuana possession and smoking in public, a decline of only 1 percentage point from the previous year’s total of 17,097, even though de Blasio said he would cut down on arrests.

The GOP has failed to recruit strong candidates against a slate of potential opponents for president who are up for re-election this year – not just Cuomo.

State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, a potential Cuomo challenger in the fall, called the governor’s tax overhaul plans a “gimmick.”

EJ McMahon: “(T)he initial version of the budget doesn’t address any of the myriad corporate and personal income tax (PIT) conformance issues raised by passage of the new federal tax law. Nor does it actually restructure the state tax code in any way designed to thwart the new federal cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions.”

The Google Arts & Culture App matched Cuomo with a portrait of Napolean III completed in 1862; the portrait lives in the Museo Napoleonico in Rome.

Jurors in a Manhattan federal court will start hearing testimony next week on charges of bribery and corruption against a former top aide to the governor, Joe Percoco, two Syracuse business executives and an energy company official.

Three protesters were arrested outside U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Manhattan office where demonstrators were trying to hold the senator’s feet to the fire over a spending bill intrinsically linked to an effort to restore protections for undocumented youth.

Nearly a year after former President Barack Obama left office on Jan. 20, 2017, he revealed how he spent his first day off in an interview on David Letterman’s Netflix show. In short: He slept in, and was “pretty happy” to do it.

A week after Brooklyn federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment accusing Assemblywoman Pamela Harris of misusing some $60,000 in public money to underwrite expenses like her Victoria’s Secret tab and a cruise ship getaway, a judge has set down a July 23 trial date.

During his inauguration ceremony, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy took the opportunity to once again voice support for legalizing marijuana.

With state IDC leader Jeff Klein facing allegations of sexual misconduct, Albany is once again facing the question of how to respond when a conference leader is accused of bad behavior. If Klein chooses to step down, there is a system in place that will allow for his successor to be chosen.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran fulfilled a key election-year promise today, signing an executive order barring her appointees from holding leadership positions in political parties or donating to her campaign.

The Thruway Authority released details on its cashless tolling amnesty program at a press conference in Tarrytown this morning.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule, watching the snow come down like the rest of us.

President Donald Trump this morning receives his daily intelligence briefing. He will then head to the U.S. Capitol where he will attend, along with Vice President Mike Pence, a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Sen. Bob Dole.

This morning, Pence will host a breakfast meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

At 7:40 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on MSNBC.

At 9 a.m., state Sen. Marisol Alcantara and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan hold a press conference to ask for support for the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., former NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick endorses Assembly candidate Harvey Epstein, East 23rd Street and First Avenue, southeast corner, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Planning Commission holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., the NYC Design Commission holds a public meeting, City Hall, third floor, Conference Room, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany. (LG Kathy Hochul will preside over the session).

Also at 11 a.m., the state Thruway Authority releases details about their amnesty program as well as an action plan to improve awareness for cashless tolling billing at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, New NY Bridge Office, 303 South Broadway, Suite 413, Tarrytown.

At noon, members of the Hedge Clippers campaign, New York Communities for Change and The Center for Popular Democracy protest Blackstone, a company behind foreclosures in Puerto Rico, 345 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visit the pre-K Dual Language program at PS 20 and make an announcement, 166 Essex St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon will join gun control advocates to announce the formation of a coalition supporting enactment this session of a gun violence prevention law that would create Extreme Risk Protection Orders, outside Senate chamber, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 6 p.m., NYC Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams are joined by Rep. Adriano Espaillat, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa for a community rally in support of immigrants and human rights, Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 W. 179th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Chaim Deutsch, the FDNY and the American Red Cross host a fire prevention and safety event, Trump Village West, 2928 W. 5th St., Community Room, Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio participates in a town hall meeting, MS 114, 331 East 91st St., Manhattan.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $168 billion spending plan that he said held echoes of the darkest days of the recession, necessitating a raft of ideas to raise revenue and counter a new federal tax plan that he warned could devastate some taxpayers.

Cuomo called his idea to circumvent the new federal law the “New York State Taxpayer Protection Act,” and it would need approval of the state Legislature as part of the budget for the fiscal year that starts April 1.

“(T)he governor’s anger at Mr. Trump and Republicans in Washington animated what is normally a dry presentation; it also gave him a political boogeyman to blame for budget woes — which should be useful in a year where he faces re-election.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said “we need to explore” changing the state tax structure to move away from using a state income tax on employees and implementing a payroll tax on employers, adding: “To just do nothing…would be wrong.”

Cuomo scaled back an expected spending boost for elementary and secondary education, proposing a 3 percent hike instead of a previously planned 4 percent jump.

Voters’ view of Cuomo is up as he and state lawmakers head into a tough budget season, a new poll shows.

Spending for the top state agencies involved in state energy policy is largely flat in the budget. Community colleges are set to receive a 2.4 percent cut.

Here’s what Cuomo’s budget proposal means for NYC.

The plan did not include congestion pricing for Manhattan, but Cuomo will release that later this week based on the recommendations of his Fix NYC panel.

We do know that Cuomo has ruled out placing new tolls on bridges in favor of creating a geographic zone where drivers would be charged fees depending on the time of day and their type of vehicle. The goal is to reduce traffic and raise money to modernize the decrepit NYC subway system.

Newsday: “When you put it all together — tenuous economic times, an election year and an increasingly restive State Legislature — it’s hard to know how realistic Cuomo’s $168 billion spending plan is.”

Some members of Long Island’s state delegation supported Cuomo’s proposal to study legalizing marijuana in the state, but stopped short of saying they would endorse the idea.

Cuomo’s budget also includes provisions to pass the Child Victims Act, and at least $1 billion in new fees and taxes — including on opioids, vaping products, and insurance companies that benefit from the federal tax law – to help close a $4.4 billion deficit.

The 2019 executive budget allots $429 million towards the MTA’s $836 action plan that’s aimed at addressing both immediate and long-term issues with the subway, such as signal malfunctions and track maintenance.

Meanwhile, across the Hudson, Philip Murphy, whose brand of pragmatic progressive politics propelled him from Democratic donor and former American ambassador to the 56th governor of New Jersey, was sworn in, claiming a mandate to provide sweeping change and promising to focus heavily on the stagnant economy.

Conservatives say there’s enough Republican opposition to scuttle a plan by House GOP leaders to prevent a government shutdown this weekend.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for President Donald Trump, provoking a subpoena from the panel’s Republican chairman.

Trump has been speculating with aides and Republican lawmakers about potential challengers in the 2020 elections, but is not worried about the presidential candidacy of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. (He’s also not worried about Vice President Joe Biden, or U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand).

Trump performed “exceedingly well” on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president’s mental fitness for office.

The doctor did say Trump’s weight is 239 pounds and that he is too sedentary. His cholesterol is too high, despite taking medicine to lower it. At 6 feet 3 inches tall, the president has a body mass index of 29.9, which is just shy of officially being obese.

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President Donald Trump’s “overall health is excellent,” and his cognitive health is normal, according to presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. The president registered a body mass index that could be considered slightly under the classification of obesity.

Jackson said that while he “had no intention” of giving Trump a cognitive exam, the president specifically asked him to do one – and he performed “exceedingly well” on the test.

The White House continued to push back against accusations that Trump was a racist, with his spokeswoman citing his decade-long stint on reality TV as evidence

Stephen Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Trump’s associates and Russia.

Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as complicit with Trump for saying she did not hear him say the United States should not accept immigrants from “shithole countries.”

On his first full day in Chile today, Pope Francis immediately confronted the issue of sex abuse by the clergy in Chile and apologized and said he felt ashamed.

There’s speculation that Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren could replace LG Kathy Hochul as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate this fall, enabling Hochul to take on Rep. Chris Collins, who defeated her in 2012.

Democrat DuWayne Gregory, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, announced he will seek to challenge Rep. Peter King, the dean of the New York House Republican delegation.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver’s bid to block his retrial on corruption charges, paving the way for a planned April 16 start to the Manhattan Democrat’s new trial in federal court.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will call for increasing the federal gas tax by 25 cents a gallon over the next five years to help pay for rebuilding U.S. roads and bridges as part of its push for a federal infrastructure initiative this year.

Here are some key figures from the governor’s budget proposal today.

Republican members of Congress are angling for another short-term spending measure to avert a government shutdown.

Monica Lewinsky on Twitter marked 20 years of surviving the “unimaginable” (the exposure of her relationship with then-President Bill Clinton).

“It is with a mixture of disappointment and relief that we are announcing the cessation of editorial operations on The Awl at the end of this month.”

The FixNYC committee hasn’t determined what areas in Manhattan will be defined as congestion pricing zones just yet, but advocates are calling for tolls below 60th Street.

Jeffrey Deskovic, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years, for a murder and rape he did not commit, has some criminal justice reform recommendations for Cuomo.

Cuomo’s $168.2 billion budget proposal includes provisions to pass the Child Victims Act and create a commission to study the feasibility of legalizing marijuana in New York

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has determined that a Troy police sergeant cannot be prosecuted for the April 2016 fatal shooting of unarmed driver Edson Thevenin.

Just before leaving office, former NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law banning the sale or possession of bump stocks – a firearm accessory believed to be used by the shooter in last year’s Las Vegas massacre.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany, where he will be delivering his executive budget at 1 p.m. at the State Museum – a proposal that is expected not to include a lot of good news news to a multibillion dollar deficit and funding cuts from Washington.

The House Intelligence Committee is poised to question Steve Bannon, the onetime confidant to President Donald Trump, today.

Also expected to meet with the committee as early this week is White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides.

Trump greets President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan at noon. The two will then meet, issue a joint statement, and have lunch together, joined by Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence this morning will participate in a phone call with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan.

At 9:30 a.m., Rep. Joe Crowley and community leaders from Queens and the Bronx hold a press conference to outline plans to improve the lives of working families and middle-class New Yorkers, 8601 23rd Ave, East Elmhurst, Queens.

At 10 a.m., Tom Golisano holds a press conference to announce plans to help upstate homeowners – from Albany to Buffalo – fight for equitable property taxes, Golisano Foundation Office, One Fishers Rd., Pittsford.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul attends the inauguration of New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, NJ.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver keys to a senior signing his lease and moving into a new affordable housing development and host a media availability to discuss progress on building and protecting affordable housing and tenants across the city, Cypress Hills Senior Residences, 137 Jamaica Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11:30 a.m., elected officials and the NYC Department of Finance host a “Day of Action” to help seniors and people with disabilities meet the deadline to reduce their property taxes, 115-15 Farmers Blvd., St. Albans, Queens.

At 12:30 p.m., a pre-trial hearing in Assemblywoman Pamela Harris’ corruption case will be held, U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Courtroom 10B South, Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Cuomo delivers the FY 2019 budget address, Clark Auditorium, State Museum, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio appears live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”


Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his eighth state budget plan as governor today – a fiscal road map that must be able to address a worsening deficit, declining federal funding for state initiatives, rising unemployment in most areas of the state and an ever-hungry appetite for state dollars from education and health care sectors.

The NY Post: “It may be wise to hide the kids as Gov. Cuomo lays out his budget plans (today): His attempt to please all comers amid new fiscal strains could be an ugly sight.”

P​resident Trump on Twitter blasted Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who said the president used the term “s–thole countries,”​referring to him as “Dicky” and blaming him for scuttling a deal to help young immigrants.

Trump’s incendiary words about immigration have dampened the prospects that a broad spending and immigration deal can be reached by the end of the week, raising the possibility of a government shutdown with unknown political consequences for lawmakers in both parties.

Following a stunning false alert that Hawaii was the target of a ballistic missile threat, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said the incident underscores the need for Trump to directly negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration is taking its campaign against illegal immigration to the workplace. The raids by federal agents on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores last week were the administration’s first big show of force meant to convey the consequences of employing undocumented people.

Moderate Democrats, drawing criticism from progressive colleagues, have joined Republicans to support legislation that would relax many rules and regulatory obligations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.

On the eve of the Women’s March one-year anniversary, a rift is emerging between two groups: Women’s March Inc., which organized the Washington event and spent much of the year creating more social justice protests, and another organization of activists who planned sister marches last year and believe that winning elections should be the primary goal.

Capital Region activists on Saturday will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington — and the sister marches it inspired across the United States and around the world — with march and rally.

Cuomo, who is mulling a congestion pricing plan in Manhattan, said the state is capable of placing tolls anywhere in the Big Apple.

However, the governor’s potential congestion pricing plan to help fund the cash-strapped MTA would forgo tolling on the East River bridges, instead likely placing toll-collecting devices in a high-congestion zone in Manhattan.

Political ads are banned in the subways — but the MTA has no problem with a public-service ad that features a smiling Cuomo surrounded by kids in an election year.

Despite the sustained attacks on Washington Republicans by Cuomo and other top state Democrats, federal filings show the state GOP actually outraised the New York Democratic party in 2017.

The governor asked the US Department of the Interior to exempt New York from a controversial new plan to expand offshore drilling — one week after the department issued an exemption to Florida.

Prominent lawmakers and community leaders took aim at Trump’s racial rhetoric at a commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday hosted in Harlem by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

“It is embarrassing that this President comes from New York,” said Sharpton, who went on to call Trump’s vulgar comment a “national security threat” that could spark ISIS and Al Qaeda recruitment in Africa.

At Sharpton’s event, Cuomo mocked Republican senators who said they can’t recall Trump uttering a vulgarity during a meeting at the White House on immigration.

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