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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with one public event scheduled.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

President Donald Trump is in Washington, D.C., where he’ll meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 11:30 a.m., discuss the federal budget “over lunch,” (participants were not revealed by the White House), hold a discussion with senior staff about the budget, and lead a legislative affairs strategy session in the afternoon.

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to St. Louis, Missouri to participate in listening discussions with American workers and employees of the Fabick Cat equipment and engine dealer, a 100-year-old family-owned-and-operated business.

At 9 a.m., the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing holds 29th rally outside Cuomo’s office urging the governor and legislative leaders to finalize the affordable housing memorandum of understanding, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul unveils renovations at the Coney Island DMV office, 2875 W. 8th St., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Council members Laurie Cumbo and Jumaane Williams and Assemblyman Walter Mosley hold press conference against building privatization, Saint James Playground, Lafayette Avenue and Saint James Place, Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., ATU 1179 call on the MTA to negotiate with the union which represents bus operators, mechanics and supervisors who work from the Far Rockaway and JFK Depots of the MTA Bus division, outside MTA NYC Transit’s Two Broadway HQs, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Assemblyman James Skoufis and others announce the introduction of federal legislation to honor the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor with a commemorative coin, 374 Temple Hill Rd., New Windsor.

At 11 a.m., the Assembly Committee on Health, Committee on Aging, Committee on Labor and Task Force on People with Disabilities hold a public hearing on the home care workforce, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYPIRG, Food & Water Watch, 350.org and others will deliver a letter to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office in support of his ongoing investigation into Exxon Mobil Corp., 120 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci and Good Samaritan Hospital will announce a new initiative designed to promote a cleaner, safer method of destroying unused opioid medications, Good Samaritan Hospital, 257 Lafayette Ave., Suffern.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Hofstra University’s Executive Dean Larry Levy, WCNY.

At 11:30 a.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at an at 1199SEIU rally to protect “quality healthcare” in New York, Albert Einstein College of Medicinem Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus, Forchheimer Building – Robbins Auditorium, 1300 Morris Park Ave., the Bronx.

At 11:45 a.m., Hochul highlights New York’s biotech investment in BioBAT, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th St., 6 G, Brooklyn.

At noon, Chief Judge Janet DeFiore presents her first “State of Our Judiciary” address, Bronx Hall of Justice, 265 E. 161 St., the Bronx.

At 1 p.m., Hochul tours construction of Tech Incubator 1776, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Suite 814, Building 280, 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 1 p.m., Democratic NY-25 Rep. Louise Slaughter holds a media availability, Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building, Lower Level Conference Room B-0350, 3120 Federal Bldg. 100 State St., Rochester.

Also at 1 p.m., Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell speaks on the economic outlook and monetary policy at a Forecaster’s Club of New York Luncheon, The Cornell Club New York, 6 E. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., Assemblyman Michael Blake and Sen. Gustavo Rivera hold Black History Month celebration, honoring veterans for the services they have given, Claremont Community Center, 489 E. 169th St., the Bronx.

At 5 p.m., healthcare advocates hold a protest rally outside a fundraiser held for freshman NY-21 Republican Rep. John Faso, Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

Also at 5 p.m., Sen. George Latimer and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer hold a community budget hearing on the New York state budget, Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers.

At 6 p.m., Rep. Adriano Espaillat hosts the first open house in his Bronx office, 2530 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Joe Crowley hosts his 18th annual Black History Month celebration, Bruno’s on the Boulevard, 88-25 Astoria Blvd., Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., Rep. Yvette Clarke hosts a “Brooklyn Resists” town hall meeting, Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., Sen. Leroy Comrie, Assembly members Alicia Hyndman and Clyde Vanel and NYC Councilman I. Daneek Miller host a screening of the PBS documentary “Black American Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-4 Jamaica Ave., Queens.

At 6:45 p.m., Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will address the Manhattan Republican Party, Women’s National Republican Club, 3 West 51st St., Manhattan.


The Trump administration implemented sweeping changes to the way immigration policy is enforced, making clear that millions of people living illegally in the U.S. are now subject to deportation and pushing authorities to fast-track the removal of many of them.

Documents released by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.

Trump’s tough new policies will — at least for now — leave protections in place for immigrants known as “dreamers” who entered the country illegally as children, officials said.

Immigration lawyers have already begun taking steps to challenge Trump’s sweeping new directives to step up deportations.

Activist scaled the Statue of Liberty and unfurled a red and white “Refugees Welcome” banner just hours after the Department of Homeland Security unveiled its sweeping new deportation plan.

Immigrants are driving economic growth in Syracuse and Buffalo by regenerating the population, providing employers with needed labor and starting small businesses, according to a new study.

Lawmakers from both parties are mounting efforts to bolster the federal government’s scrutiny of surging Chinese investment in the U.S., emboldened by Trump’s anti-China rhetoric on trade.

Trump said the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States since his inauguration was “horrible” and “painful,” reacting publicly for the first time to mounting threats targeting Jewish people and institutions after he drew criticism for being slow to condemn them.

The battle over the next Supreme Court justice will soon shift into a higher gear with less than a month to go before Judge Neil Gorsuch appears before a Senate panel considering his nomination.

In an interview on NY1 last night, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand departed from her fellow New Yorker and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, calling for an “up-or-down” vote on Gorsuch and admitting that he will ultimately be confirmed.

Trump has still not set foot in New York City as president, puzzling and emboldening some protesters who see his weekend visits to his Florida estate as something of a retreat to friendlier ground.

First Lady Melania Trump has revised her defamation lawsuit against the Mail Online for claiming she was a hooker — scrubbing claims that the Web site’s article ruined her “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to cash in on the presidency.

In left-leaning New York City, stress-relief specialists – from acupuncturists to barkeepers and therapists – say the fledgling Trump administration has triggered a surge in demand.

The presidential daughter’s extravagant jewelry company, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, apparently owes $5,165.06 in unpaid taxes, according to a warrant issued by the New York state department on Jan. 27.

John Podesta has reiterated his theory the FBI deliberately sabotaged Hillary Clinton’s election campaign, saying there were forces within the bureau that “wanted her to lose.”

A federal judge ruled that a conservative group cannot get State Department records about Clinton’s use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State because those documents don’t show evidence of government “malfeasance.”

A man who destroyed Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism.

New NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David Hansell promised a thorough review of ACS operations, continued reforms at the administration, and a new emphasis on using data to measure program effectiveness.

Immigration advocates urged New York City to impose civil rather than criminal penalties for certain nonviolent offenses to protect immigrants who could be deported if they have a criminal record.

Republican NYC mayoral candidate Paul Massey, in his first news conference, accused de Blasio of being “so distracted by corruption charges that he has no time to actually run the city.” De Blasio said Massey is out of touch.

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The Department of Homeland Security released a set of documents translating Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security into policy, bringing a major shift in the way the agency enforces the nation’s immigration laws.

NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman: “The Trump regime has dramatically expanded the number of immigrant New Yorkers who could find themselves in the crosshairs of the president’s mass deportation machine. These new rules will result in thousands of lives being ruined and families being torn apart.”

Following Trump’s initial Jan. 27 executive order banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the demand for travel to the United States took a nosedive, according to data from several travel companies and research firms.

After touring the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, Trump denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible…painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Prosecutors in Ukraine are investigating whether a member of Parliament committed treason by working with two associates of Trump’s to promote a plan for settling Ukraine’s conflicts with Russia.

Trump will issue “further guidance” on an Obama administrative policy aimed at protecting transgender students in public schools, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

Milo Yiannopoulos, the incendiary writer and commentator who helped make Breitbart News a leading organ of the “alt-right,” resigned from the news organization today after a video of him endorsing pedophilia surfaced online over the weekend.

Residents in a northwestern suburb of Stockholm predominantly inhabited by immigrants clashed with police officers yesterday – two days after Trump unleashed a vague but pointed critique of Sweden’s migration policies.

After initially saying Trump had only played a few holes in Florida this weekend, the White House reversed itself after professional golfer Rory McIlroy posted on his website that he had played 18 holes with the president.

Dr. Jill Biden, educator and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been named board chair of Save the Children.

Newly elected Congressman Adriano Espaillat came under fire during a town hall over the weekend from locals angry about his chosen state senate replacement, Marisol Alcantara’s choice to join the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference.

At a time when the sports talk at the state Capitol is about making baseball the Empire State’s official sport, Queens Sen. James Sanders is looking to boost cricket.

New equipment and additional employees allowed the New York State Police’s forensic laboratory system to speed up testing for drunk driving cases, the governor announced.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat, said he plans to stay in Washington — leaving one less potential challenger to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he faces re-election later this year. Meanwhile, Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick is still contemplating a run.

In his first news conference, Paul Massey, a Republican contender in the New York City mayoral race, took direct aim at de Blasio, accusing him of being “corrupt” and incompetent.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says U.S. AG Jeff Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s dealings with Russia.

Schumer predicted that Republicans will split with Trump within months unless the administration changes course, explaining: “A lot of the Republicans, they’re mainstream people…They will feel they have no choice but to break with him.”

New York made Forbes’ list of the “10 worst states for higher earners.”

Republican Chairman John Antoniello has resigned as head of the Staten Island party, temporarily passing the baton to First Vice Chairman Bill D’Ambrosio, as three potential permanent chairs battle for the votes of party bosses.

The online poker community is hopeful that a bill to categorize their pastime as a game of skill in New York, thereby legalizing it, has a shot at becoming law this year.

Runaway bull in Queens! He was captured, and was supposed to be going to an animal sanctuary instead of back to the slaughterhouse from which he escaped, but unfortunately died.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

State lawmakers are home in their districts (or on vacation) for a mid-winter break. Ditto, members of Congress.

At 8 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosts a breakfast for faith leaders, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours the Lighthouse Women’s Residence for Substance Abuse Treatment, Buffalo Municipal House Authority Complex, 244 Hempstead Ave., Buffalo.

At 10 a.m., Hochul welcomes new Americans at a naturalization ceremony, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Aven., Buffalo.

Also at 10 a.m., Fight Back Bay Ridge of Brooklyn and Staten Island Women Who March hold rally outside of Republican Rep. Dan Donovan’s office, to demand he represent them and their support of the Affordable Care Act, and that he hold an in-person town hall meeting with his constituents, 7308 13th Ave., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a press conference on the future of the Administration for Children’s Services, The Children’s Center, 492 1st Ave., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Assembly members Ron Kim, Clyde Vanel and Stacey Pheffer Amato, Sen. Jose Peralta and local leaders will be meeting at Flushing Town Hall to announce new legislative measures aimed at helping small businesses, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC taxi drivers hold march and protest against Taxi and Limousine Commission Practices, including “astronomical fees for summons/first time applicants,” Nagel Avenue and Dyckman Street, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams launches the 2017 edition of Dine In Brooklyn, the borough’s restaurant week celebrating and promoting the “local foodie culture,” Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., Republican NYC mayoral candidate Paul Massey holds a press conference to “expose Bill de Blasio’s historic network of corruption,” City Hall, Manhattan.

At noon, Sen. Daniel Squadron will kick off a tour of senior centers across his district to organize against a state budget proposal that could have serious unintended consequences for senior centers, Eileen Dugan Senior Center, Court Street, Brooklyn.

Also at noon, Urban Youth Collaborative, Desis Rising Up and Moving, The Point, Girls for Gender Equity, and Rockaway Youth Task Force are joined by NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso to protest what they describe as “the unrelenting over-policing of students of color in New York City,” City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Sen. Terrence Murphy and other local officials will announce the New York State Water Infrastructure Relief Act, which provides details on the use of the proposed $5,000,000,000 Clean Water Bond Act of 2017, Yorktown heights Rail Trail, 284 Saw Mill River Rd., Yorktown Heights.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, NYCLU and attorneys identify specific actions de Blasio needs to take to protect immigrants from possible deportation under Trump, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., as part of efforts to craft legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, IDC members David Carlucci and Jeff Klein will host a roundtable discussion keynoted by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Ossining Town/Village Hall, 14 Croton Ave., Ossining.

At 5 p.m., Reps. Jose Serrano and Adriano Espaillat host a Dominican Heritage Month celebration in the Bronx, with local community groups and advocates, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd., the Bronx.

Also at 5 p.m., CUNY Board of Trustees members meet, CUNY Baruch College Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio participates in a town hall meeting with NYC Councilman Andy Cohen and Bronx residents, MS/HS ‎368 In-Tech Academy, 2975 Tibbett Ave., the Bronx.


President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn received about $40,000 for his appearance at a 2015 party for the Russian government-funded TV channel RT — one of a handful of visits to Moscow that the disgraced ex-Trump aide is under scrutiny for.

Trump plans to issue a revised version of his temporary travel ban targeting majority-Muslim countries as early as today, with a likely focus on fewer people so it will survive legal challenges.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appears to be at odds with Trump on Russia and other key issues, setting up potential discord but also helping to nudge the White House toward more conventional policy stances.

Trump criticized Sweden’s immigration policies after walking back his suggestion that a major incident had recently occurred in the Nordic country. “The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” he tweeted.

Instead of celebrating Presidents’ Day, thousands of demonstrators lined Central Park to protest Trump, saying his election win was “illegitimate” and his policies dangerous. Similar “Not My President’s Day” rallies took place across the country.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. commitment to the European Union is “steadfast and enduring,” seeking to reassure European leaders anxious about Washington’s direction under the new administration.

While he is planning on staying in Washington next weekend to prepare for his first joint address to Congress, businesses in Palm Beach say they have been told to expect the President at Mar-a-Lago (AKA: The Winter White House) every weekend until May.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s oldest daughter and a convert to Judaism, issued a statement over Twitter calling for “religious tolerance” after a new wave of threats against Jewish community centers. It was her most vocal foray into a public discussion to date.

In the weeks since losing the election, Hillary Clinton has gone to four Broadway shows — often enough that industry wags joke about making her a Tony voter.

Milo Yiannopoulos, a polemical Breitbart editor and unapologetic defender of the alt-right, lost both his speaking post at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference and his book deal after publication of a video in which he condones sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and laughs off the seriousness of pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests.

Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, apparently died of a heart attack in Manhattan at the age of 64, officials and sources said.

Trump-hating residents at a posh Upper West Side co-op building decided to celebrate Presidents Day weekend by plastering their windows with signs denouncing the new commander in chief — setting off a war with building management, which ordered them to cut it out.

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison are the top contenders for chair of the Democratic National Committee. The contest is looking more and more like a Bernie Sanders-Clinton rematch, and a vote will take place this weekend.

Eleven passengers strolled through a security lane without being screened at Kennedy Airport early yesterday after Transportation Security Administration agents left the area unsupervised, law enforcement sources said.

For more than two hours hours, Capital Region Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko took questions at a town hall meeting on, among other topics, environmental policies pushed by Trump, the manufacturing workforce, efforts to repeal of the Affordable Care Act and hate crimes that have gained considerable attention since the election.

NYC Mayor Bill de Basio said he’s “very open” to banning plastic bags outright after the state legislature and Cuomo blocked a city law to impose a five cent fee on the bags.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced he’s running for a forth term, and is poised to attempt to equal the longest serving mayor in the city’s history, Jimmy Griffin, who served from 1978 to 1994.

Share Better, an anti-Airbnb coalition that includes politicians and the hotel industry, is launching a new ad campaign and website today warning about a new law cracking down on the advertising of illegal short-term rentals and the costs of violating it.

David Hansell, who held top jobs with the city, state and federal governments before going to work for the giant accounting and consulting firm KPMG, has been tapped by de Blasio to take over the embattled NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

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President Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who has been serving as acting national security adviser, will become the National Security Council chief of staff, Trump said.

Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has died suddenly in New York City at the age of 64.

Vice President Mike Pence told a rattled Europe that Trump fully supports crucial European institutions — despite the president’s perplexing comments and occasional insults — and said he supported the firing of the national security adviser.

At least 13 bomb threats in multiple Jewish community centers across the United States once again led to evacuations of the buildings today in Alabama, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. Every incident turned out to be a hoax.

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee is requesting federal agencies preserve all records relevant to the committee’s investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election.

Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, said Russia “could have” cost the Democrat the presidential election and suggested more questions needed to be asked of Trump and his team.

The Conservative Political Action Conference has rescinded its invitation to Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after he appeared to defend pedophilia in video clips that emerged on social media this weekend.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden will soon introduce legislation to prevent Customs and Border Patrol agents from demanding the passwords to online accounts and mobile devices from American travelers without a warrant.

A former US ambassador to Sweden said that the country is perfectly safe even though it had accepted a large number of refugees from Syria, refuting concerns raised by Trump during a rally yesterday.

A Swedish newspaper responded to Trump’s remarks on an incident “last night” in Sweden with its own list of the day’s events, including a man setting himself on fire in Stockholm and a drunk car chase.

David Hansell, who currently works for the consulting firm KPMG, has been named as the new commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services – an agency that has been under heavy scrutiny in recent months.

Across the U.S., communities’ hopes for major transportation projects could be caught in the crossfire as Trump threatens to strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that defy his immigration policies

Conservatives are aggressively ramping up their campaign to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court this week, using a rare congressional recess to needle vulnerable Senate Democrats into supporting President Donald Trump’s high court nominee.

In the wake of scandal, SUNY Polytechnic Institute is “rudderless,” according to a Silicon Valley executive. It’s also grappling with significant debt and a series of cancelled projects.

Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson endorsed Cuomo’s free college tuition plan, saying it’s “good news for those struggling to afford higher education” and the Legislature should approve it.

New York is paying $3 million to the family of a developmentally disabled boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-managed group home.

Was the Upstate Revitalization Initiative – intended to fund “the economy of tomorrow” – supposed to pay for a $20 million highway ramp?

Anti-tax activate Grover Norquist weighed in on the state subsidy of upstate nuclear plants, saying it’s an end run around the Legislature that will result in a rate hike for utility customers.

Four years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the NY SAFE Act, Republican members of the Rensselaer County Legislature are still showing their opposition to the law.

Cuomo’s proposal for a developer to build a lodge on Goat Island would harm the island’s reputation as a place of natural beauty, and also would put other hotels in the Falls at a competitive disadvantage, members of the Niagara Falls City Council and the Niagara County Legislature say.

State officials are warning New Yorkers to beware of new scams this tax season that target company payroll and human resources workers, with con artists sending emails posing as company executives seeking employee Social Security numbers.

Rep. Claudia Tenney said she’ll probably opt for telephone town hall meetings rather than traditional in-person forums, which she said would only be disrupted by “paid protesters” or protesters who “have no interest in dialogue.”

The three candidates vying for the Democratic nominee for Nassau County executive will share a stage for the first time next month

He found fame in the 1980s impersonating Frank Sinatra, President Ronald Reagan and countless others on “Saturday Night Live,” followed by numerous Hollywood gigs, stand-up routines and a drive-time radio show. Now Joe Piscopo is mulling a run for governor of New Jersey.

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Happy President’s Day!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the “New York City area” with no public schedule. The state Legislature is on winter break, and thus lawmakers are not in Albany.

President Donald Trump is still at the winter White House – Mar-a-Lago – in Florida, where he spent the weekend, and will be returning to Washington, D.C. this afternoon.

At 8:45 a.m., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara speaks at the annual meeting of the Association of Town of the State of NY, Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan. (State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will also be speaking).

At 10:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul celebrates President’s Day with a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

At noon, a “Not My President’s Day” rally is planned inside outside Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Also at 7 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at Manhattan High School for Girls performance of “Shvester Selma,” LaGuardia High School, 100 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.


Donald Trump quietly crossed a milestone today, spending 32 days in the White House, which means that no matter what happens, his presidency will not be the shortest one in American history.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told senior European Union officials in Brussels that the Trump administration was looking at ways to “deepen our relationship” with the EU.

A week before Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. Now Flynn is gone, but the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it.

Trump brought more contenders for national security adviser to his Palm Beach club for in-person interviews yesterday, hoping to fill the job in the coming days as he seeks to refocus his young administration.

The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.

A draft of Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S. – even if they haven’t used it yet.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said he worries about Trump’s grasp of issues facing the United States and his conflicting statements that create confusion among the nation’s allies.

Preparations are underway to bring senior North Korean representatives to the United States for talks with former American officials, the first such meeting in more than five years and a sign that Pyongyang sees a potential opening with the Trump administration.

The time Trump spends at Mar-a-Lago means clogged roads and strict security protocols that hurt local businesses and frustrate residents, though economic development officials are ecstatic over the free publicity provided by news reporters’ live waterfront shots.

There are questions on the right whether Trump, who has never claimed to be a conservative but so far has governed conspicuously to the right, will ultimately be loyal to conservatives’ agenda.

As a first-time government official with no prior diplomatic experience, Rex Tillerson faces close scrutiny over how successful he will be in managing both the State Department bureaucracy and its relations with Trump and his administration.

Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission, submitted her resignation letter to Trump yesterday with a plea to embrace campaign finance reform.

In the chaotic hours after Trump signed the sloppily written executive order meant to fulfill his Muslim ban campaign promise, Stephen Miller called the home of Robert Capers to dictate to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District how he should defend that order at a Saturday emergency federal court hearing.

The federal government should pick up the ballooning cost for the 200 NYPD cops who protect Trump and the First Family in Manhattan at an estimated cost of $500,000 a day, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan accused Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, of jeopardizing New York’s interests in Washington by their continued attacks on Trump.

Maulik Pancholy, Jack’s assistant Jonathan from “30 Rock,” resigned from the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders last week, along with nine other members, in protest against President Trump’s travel ban.

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos spoke tolerantly of pedophilia in video clips shared ahead of his speaking engagement at next week’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

Chelsea Clinton attended an anti-Trump rally in New York City yesterday to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

“We have to acknowledge that there is a change in our country…there is a shift toward more hate crimes and more hate,” said hip-hop mogul and rally co-host Russell Simmons. “We are here unified because of Donald Trump.”

Among the dozens of speeches delivered by some of the state’s top elected officials throughout caucus weekend in Albany, it was difficult to find one in which the specter of Washington – and Trump, in particular – didn’t loom large.

Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was fired following criticism in a private speech of the preident’s policies and his inner circle of advisers.

Huge crowds of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed Rep. Tom Reed’s town hall meetings in Ashville and Cherry Creek Saturday morning, with the progressives repeatedly interrupting and shouting down the congressman’s comments as he tried to defend Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Weekend That Was

President Donald Trump will interview four candidates today at Mar-a-Lago to replace his dismissed national security adviser, three of them military veterans, but one of America’s most prominent retired generals, whose name had been floated, is not in the running.

A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said.

Democratic Party leaders are trying to rein in the talk of impeachment that’s animating the grass roots, the product of a restive base demanding deeper and more aggressive investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia.

Most Americans think the resignation of Michael Flynn as the White House national security adviser last week is worthy of a congressional investigation, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a near-majority saying his conduct could be indicative of a broader issue.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus insisted that Flynn, who resigned last week after admitting misleading officials about talks he had with the Kremlin before the inauguration, “didn’t do anything wrong.”

In a speech on Saturday, Trump suggested that something had happened “last night in Sweden,” prompting baffled Swedes to take to Twitter and other social media wondering what on earth the American leader might have been referring to.

Chelsea Clinton mocked Trump on twitter for his Sweden comment.

Long Island Republican Rep. Pete King, a staunch Trump supporter, urged the commander-in-chief to “stop making unforced errors,” like posting bizarre tweets and conducting free-wheeling press conferences.

Just four weeks into his administration, Trump held a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday, repeating his political promises and continuing his attacks on the “dishonest media.”

Sen. John McCain said Trump is wrong to tweet the press is an “enemy of the American people” — a label a “dictator” might use. “If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and at many times adversarial press,” the Arizona Republican said.

McCain has emerged as Trump’s main Republican nemesis – along with Sen. Lindsey Graham – a position he has accepted with some ambivalence.

The managing director of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida says his presidency “enhances” membership at the private Palm Beach club, and that “people are now even more interested” in joining as a result.

Democratic House members rallied in Manhattan Saturday to warn that Trump-led GOP plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would “Make America Sick Again,” while critics of the president later staged a mock funeral to mourn what they lamented as the “death” of the American presidency.

Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.

Two of Trump’s sons ceremonially opened a Trump-branded golf club in Dubai on Saturday, meeting privately with Emirati elites as questions remain about how separated their father is from the empire bearing his name.

The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

Trump is having difficulty filling administration posts in part because he remains fixated on the 2016 campaign as he applies a loyalty test to some prospective officials.

Meet Kyle Mazza, a 19-year-old who created UNF, or Universal News Forever, and got a moment in the national spotlight recently when he asked Trump a softball question about the first lady during a White House news conference.

Norma McCorvey, the reluctant hero of the pro-choice movement who changed abortion rights in America, has died at the age of 69. She was better as the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in a landmark 1973 Supreme Court case legalizing abortion.

The mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Egyptian-born Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, 78, also known as the “the blind sheikh,” has died in federal prison in North Carolina.

A buoyant Trump on Friday made a campaign-style speech at a Boeing plant in South Carolina — basking in the crowd’s cheers and soaking up some love from the state’s star-struck governor.

Many of Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign staffers – especially mid-level Brooklyn veterans – are now on the front lines of the left’s anti-Trump resistance.

Priorities USA, the main political action committee behind Clinton’s 2016 campaign, is rolling out a series of digital ads in an early attempt to target potentially vulnerable members of the GOP ahead of the 2018 midterms elections.

The Secret Service conducted only cursory reviews into more than a half-dozen social media threats against Clinton’s life after Trump floated the idea during the campaign that “Second Amendment people” could act against her.

First Lady Melania Trump’s closest confidante is only a New York minute away, and it’s the older sister nobody knows. Ines Knauss, 48, lives in a $2 million, one-bedroom apartment in a posh Park Avenue building owned by the Trump ­Organization.

The progressive protest movement that has confronted federal lawmakers from around the country swept into Western New York on Saturday, as Rep. Tom Reed encountered hundreds of protesters and loud voices everywhere he went during four town hall meetings in the western Southern Tier.

Rep. John Katko says he won’t give in to constituent requests and hold a town hall meeting until things “cool down.”

Someone did a lot of shopping at stores like stores like Target, Best Buy and BJ’s Wholesale Club with money from George Maziarz’s campaign fund when he was a state senator. The questions for investigators: Who and why?

Gov. Chris Christie boasted that months of private negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo resulted in a $32 billion Port Authority capital plan that, for the first time in the bi-state agency’s history, put New Jersey first.

The leading Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey says he’s willing to “fight tooth and nail” to secure more funding to build a new Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, even if came down to blocking projects supported by Cuomo.

The Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago could require a $1.5 billion endowment, its architects say, three times what was raised for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

A source informs the NY Post that Christie is telling friends and staff he is taking a role with the Trump administration. The GOP governor’s position has not been worked out, but he would not replace ­Reince Preibus as the president’s chief-of-staff, the source said.

Cuomo is pressing for major changes to the state’s charitable gambling laws to help the charitable groups reverse the slump in revenues that has eaten into their support of local activities due to expanded lottery and commercial gaming. But is this effort too little, too late?

“I’m Sandra Lee, this is my job,” Cuomo’s longtime girlfriend said when asked, after posting a cryptic wedding-themed tweet, whether she and the governor are planning to wed.

Lee later clarified things further on her Facebook page: ” I am not engaged nor hinting at my partner about a wedding or a proposal – we have been together 12 years, we don’t hint at this point.”

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer convinced his hooker gal pal to leave an NYPD station house before she could file assault charges against him for a bloody night in his $1,000-a-night Plaza suite, new court papers claim.

The New York City Independent Budget Office found that, over the past three years, 86 percent of home sales for more than $2 million were in Manhattan, which comes after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed adding a 2.5 percent tax on such sales.

Speaking at an annual conference of black and Puerto Rican lawmakers in Albany Saturday, de Blasio tried to rally support for his proposal, which has met stiff resistance from the GOP-controlled state Senate.

The Citizens Budget Commission accuses Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self-imposed 2 percent per-year spending cap.

While NYC regulations already require addresses to be visible, a bill recently approved by the City Council would strengthen the rules by requiring all public doors — even side exits — of buildings in the city to carry an address number. And it would also raise fines for scofflaw buildings.

The state Assembly has introduced a bill designed to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek legal recourse, though it does not go nearly as far as some survivors want.

A federal magistrate has referred the civil lawsuit of COR Development against lobbyist Todd Howe for possible resolution by a mediator, according to court papers.

Construction of an 11-acre retail and entertainment complex next to the Nassau Coliseum is on hold as Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and arena developers consider a new plan for the site that could include housing.

At the end of his 11th State of the City address, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown offered a bit of a tease that deviated from past addresses. It’s been an honor, he said, to serve Buffalo and its residents “for three terms and counting,” which some took as an indication he’ll seek a fourth term.

In a tongue-in-cheek editorial, the Democrat & Chronicle pans Sen. Jim Seward’s proposal to make baseball the official sport of New York, saying: “New York’s official state game is called “avoiding real ethics reform.”

In answer to mounting outcry, Mayor Paul Dyster issued a statement stating he remains “confident” that discussions between the city and state officials will find a different, more “suitable” location for Cuomo’s proposed Niagara Falls State Park lodge.

A federal civil rights investigation into the police chokehold death of Eric Garner has been moving forward in New York, but its future is uncertain as a U.S. attorney general with a law-and-order bent takes over the Justice Department.

Cuomo proposed a new plan for New York’s Finger Lakes Racetrack designed to compensate for the gambling dollars moving away from that track’s racino to the nearby, newly-opened del Lago casino.

The pastors of two Buffalo churches said their congregations will offer “sanctuary” for immigrants they say are victims of a new persecution by the federal government. But they acknowledge that what level of protection they can offer and how federal authorities will react remain unanswered questions.

New York now has 14 different minimum wages for various sectors and regions – including a statewide wage and different ones for fast-food workers and tipped employees.

Five months after state Assemblyman Bill Nojay shot himself to death in a city cemetery, the accusations against him of fraud and thievery continue to echo through Western New York and beyond.

Rivers Casino & Resort brought in $3 million in gaming revenue in its first week of business, according to data released by the New York State Gaming Commission.

Albany-based Nine Pin hosted 15 other cider producers and roughly 800 fans of the beverage at Gathering of New York Farm Cideries, a sort of birthday party for the state’s cider sector.

An Upstate New York woman has been arrested after she was accused of abandoning her two ferrets named Malice and Mayhem at an apartment complex.

Jimmer Fredette went off, pouring in 73 points in a Chinese Basketball Association game Sunday, falling in double-overtime but capturing the world’s notice yet again.


The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by the AP.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the AP report “100% not true,” adding: “It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this.”

The U.S. Senate this afternoon confirmed Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, even as he faces a new court order.

Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents.

Trump reportedly let a rival chief executive listen in on a call about lowering the cost of Lockheed Martin’s F-35, a move that has been described as “unorthodox” and “unusual.”

The Army has formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota, and its Corps of Engineers branch is continuing efforts to accelerate cleanup at a protest camp near the drilling site that’s threatened by spring flooding.

Cities across the nation and New York signed on to support a federal lawsuit in Brooklyn that seeks to continue blocking President Trump’s immigration order issued last month.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, is pushing the Department of Justice to slap criminal charges on Bryan Pagliano – an aide who helped maintain Hillary Clinton’s private email system.

An e-mail blast sent from the Trump-Pence campaign asked supporters to take a survey “to do your part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions.”

Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments did not include $12.5 million worth of funding for the city of Albany, without which Mayor Kathy Sheehan cannot balance her budget.

While she awaits word on whether the state will come through with the cash, Sheehan has put a halt on hiring.

Northern District U.S. Magistrate Therese Wiley Dancks has referred the civil lawsuit of COR Development against lobbyist Todd Howe for possible resolution by a mediator, according to court papers.

Despite a tweet that seemed to hint otherwise, Cuomo and his long-time girlfriend, Sandra Lee, are not getting married.

De Blasio today appointed former Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez (under ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer) as a senior advisor.

The Senate IDC has made raising the age of criminal responsibility a priority for this session, but some Democrats of color in the state Assembly are wary that the breakaway group will “water down” the issue and question its motives for pushing the measure.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, a potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate, presented his 2017 State of the County address this week in a 38-minute speech that included more than a few jabs at state government and Cuomo.

A threat to boycott Wegmans due its stocking of Trump wines appears to have backfired, triggering a sellout in some stores.

Ex-NIFA member George Marlin called endorsing Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano “the worst decision in my 45 years as a Conservative activist.”

A new Pew Research Center poll shows that Trump’s rating – 56 percent of Americans disapprove of his job performance to date – is historically low when compared with other presidents during their respective first weeks in office.

A report released by Long Island civic leaders and civil rights activists argues that housing segregation in Nassau County has reached a “crisis” point that is forcing people of color to relocate from the suburbs.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 9 a.m., Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Lester Young, Jr., and state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will speak as part of the opening plenary session of a day-long symposium on My Brother’s Keeper, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.

At 9:30 a.m., the last in a series of 13 joint legislative budget hearings on the governor’s 2017-18 spending plan will be held, focusing on the housing portion of his proposal, Hearing Room B, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and will take questions from listeners.

At 10:30 a.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein, Assembly members Mark Gjonaj, Michael Benedetto and Jeffrey Dinowitz as well as New York City Councilman Andrew Cohen host a closed press Valentine’s for Veterans event with Miss USA Deshauna Barber, James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center, 130 W. Kingsbridge Road, the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci will release a report on the condition of Rockland County’s dams and urge passage of new legislation that will prioritize aging water infrastructure to target available funding to improve them, 46 Old Mill Rd., West Nyack.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella, NYC Councilman Barry Grodenchik and community members hold press conference to protest the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s bioswale project in Northeast Queens, 200-15 36th Ave., Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney will join with seniors and advocates at the Stein Senior Center to warn against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Stein Senior Center, 204 East 23rd St., (just off 3rd Avenue), 2nd Floor, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and The Legal Aid Society announce a lawsuit protecting low-income tenants of the New York School of Urban Ministry dormitory residence from unlawful eviction, 31-10 47th St., Queens.

At 11:15 a.m., NYC Commissioner of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin honors the cast and creators of VH1’s new Made in NY series, “The Breaks,” by renaming 44th Street and 7th Avenue to The Breaks Way, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan.

At noon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers his 11th State of the City address, the last in his current term.

At 1:30 p.m., de Blasio will tour the offices of AppNexus, a new tech startup, and then join Andrew Rasiej in a discussion regarding the tech sector and announce more details about the City’s new tech hub at Union Square, 28 W. 23rd St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Sen. Marisol Alcántara holds an immigration town hall with Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, New York Legal Assistance Group, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, LatinoJustice and MFY Legal Services, P.S. 48, 4360 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., an invite-only “chair’s reception” is held to kick off Caucus Weekend 2017, Empire State Convention Center, Albany.

At 9 p.m., City & State holds a Caucus Weekend Kickoff Cocktail Reception, The State Room, 100 State St., Albany.


President Trump dismissed reports about his associates’ contacts with Russia last year and vigorously defended his performance in his first four weeks in office, in a contentious news conference that showcased his unconventional and unconstrained presidency.

“My message is being filtered,” Trump reportedly told senior administration officials inside the Oval Office hours before his freewheeling news conference. “I want to speak directly to the American people about the progress we’ve been making.”

Trump blamed the problems the country and world currently face on the “mess” he “inherited” as president, but pledged to “tackle these challenges.”

At the conference, which lasted 80 minutes, Trump forced a point he has been repeating in early morning tweetstorms for days: all of the controversial news about his administration is nothing more than “fake news” — a term he has come to use for any news article he does not like — and that the mainstream media is out to get him.

Robert Harward, the retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL who was Trump’s top choice to replace his ousted national security adviser, turned down the post in the latest setback for a White House already in turmoil.

Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke is expected to be named as White House Communications Director, and the appointment is expected to be announced as early today.

Moving quickly to replace his original U.S. Labor Secretary pick after controversial fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his name, Trump played it safe with his selection: Alexander Acosta. Even the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, said Acosta deserved “serious consideration” for the post.

EPA employees have been calling their senators to urge them to vote today against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency – a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the agency.

In a surprise move, the Department of Justice now says the president “intends in the near future to rescind” his executive order on immigration, and will “replace it with a new, substantially revised” order, though Trump himself seemed to contradict that.

Trump said he’ll issue a new executive order next week, though he provided no details about what it will contain.

House Republican leaders sketched out a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, offering a set of policy specifics but showing they have yet to bridge significant GOP divisions over many of its components.

Restaurants, from San Francisco to Phoenix to Washington, D.C., were some of the most visible spots affected by yesterday’s “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration, with well-known chefs closing some of their eateries for the day in support.

Melissa Mark-Viverito delivered her last State of the City address as the speaker of the New York City Council, peppering the speech with policy, Spanish and invocations of immigrant contributions — and lacing it with allusions to, but no direct mention of, Trump.

Mark-Viverito vowed to further restrict the city’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities under Trump, delivering a full-throated defense of immigrant communities. “If you are here, you are a New Yorker,” she said.

Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order threat to cut federal funds to cities and counties that decline to cooperate with federal authorities enforcing policies on illegal immigrants is unlikely to hurt the municipalities’ credit, at least in the short term, according to credit-ratings firms, analysts and investors.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo denied allegations that the agency was hiding intelligence from the president, calling reports that it was doing so “dead wrong.”

Advocates for those living in the country illegally say this week’s two local raids netting 32 people demonstrate a significant uptick in law enforcement activity stemming from Trump’s executive order to depart “all removable aliens.”

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn misled the FBI about discussing sanctions with a Russian diplomat ahead of Trump’s inauguration. That could have meant criminal charges, but investigators reportedly don’t believe Flynn intentionally lied.

An elite Upper East Side private school’s annual ice-skating party at Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park reportedly had to be canceled after parents refused to send their kids in protest of the president.

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The president has selected R. Alexander Acosta, currently dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century Bank, to be secretary of Labor after fast food exec Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration.

Acosta was assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in the Bush administration. He’ll be the first Hispanic member of the Trump cabinet if he’s confirmed.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, to lead the Office of Management and Budget in a narrow vote this morning, giving the congressman one of the most powerful positions in Trump’s Cabinet and the responsibility of reconciling the new administration’s conflicting spending priorities.

During a free-wheeling press conference, Trump expressed disappointment about media reports of “chaos” in his administration, saying that he “inherited a mess,” and adding: “It is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

The House passed a measure in a 230-188 vote that would reverse a last-minute rule from the Obama administration that said conservative states can’t block the women’s health and abortion provider from receiving family planning dollars under the Title X program.

In her final State of the City address, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito decried Trump’s policies and promised that city lawmakers would strike back against federal immigration policies and guarantee women free birth control that the GOP has promised to restrict.

Another Broadway show standing ovation for Hillary Clinton last night. (She saw Sunset Boulevard).

Keep it short and free of nuance – that is the new guidance that has recently circulated to some intelligence analysts who compile materials for the president’s Daily Brief on security threats around the globe.

A coalition of Long Island business groups is calling on state judges to expedite LIPA’s legal challenges to the taxes it pays on National Grid power plants, saying the delays are costing businesses and homes millions of dollars a year.

The state Department of Health has sent out the first results to 370 residents whose blood was tested for a toxic chemical found in Newburgh’s water supply.
Not all the Momentive workers are happy with the three-year contract that ended their 105-day strike, though it was approved in a 317-211 by union members.

Outspoken political activist John “Rus” Thompson pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor offense for voting on Grand Island in 2015 after he had moved to Niagara Falls. After rejecting a deal offered by a previous DA, Thompson said he felt this outcome was fair.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand penned an OpEd about why the country needs a national paid family leave program.

In an Albany TU OpEd, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes on Cuomo over his effort to do away with foundation aid, which was set up to settle the CFE case, but never fully funded.

For the first two months of the new Congress, the 292 Republicans have scheduled just 88 in-person town hall events — and 35 of those sessions are for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. In the first two months of the previous Congress in 2015, by contrast, Republicans held 222 in-person town hall events.

In NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech this week, which ran to over 8,000 words, a mere 214 of them were devoted to education.

The City of Buffalo is considering regulating AirBnBs like traditional bed and breakfasts.

A student at Sol La Music Academy in Santa Monica, CA turned Clinton’s campaign concession speech into a song called “To All the Little Girls.”

In the face of mounting complaints about his failure to fund capital improvements at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an $8 million allocation for the state-owned facility.

The Obama administration’s accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been paused by the Trump administration, and they’re on thin ice in Congress. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants states to keep going on their ESSA plans.

Clinton praised Oscar de la Renta as an inspiration to striving immigrants like himself at an event honoring the late fashion designer with a series of commemorative stamps.

In case you’re curious, actress Lena Dunham says she is not, in fact, single-handedly to blame for Clinton’s loss to Trump.

Government prosecutors may be investigating 21st Century Fox for quietly settling sexual harassment claims against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes without reporting it to the media giant’s shareholders.

Just one full-length novel under his belt and Syracuse University professor George Saunders is on Stephen Colbert’s list of top living authors.

The Governor’s Play List

With the political world in turmoil, it’s easy to understand if you missed what amounts to Governor Cuomo’s mixtape to New York. But as the governor on Wednesday announced that the Spotify music streaming service was expanding its footprint in New York, he also unveiled his Spotify playlist — which showed his love for middle-aged white guy rock — which makes sense considering he’s a middle-aged white guy.

Frankly, I’m shocked Cuomo’s list was free of Boston — the ultimate in non-threatening suburban listening for men of a certain age. Let’s also put aside some of the more eclectic tracks such as those by the Alabama Shakes and Bruno Mars or even Tom Waits who is at least interesting.  I want to focus on the obvious stuff which rings more authentically Cuomo: a couple of tracks from Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising” and “Erie Canal.” Both perfectly respectable. I would have maybe gone with “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” and “Spirits in the Night.” Or perhaps something dark that really captures the essence of New Jersey, like “Atlantic City.”

The least surprising picks included his friend Billy Joel but here is where I really would have to part ways. Shortly after the press conference, WNBC-TV’s Andrew Siff immediately walked up to me, cocked his head, and asked “We didn’t Start the Fire?! Really?!” It was a sentiment I share. Of all of Billy Joel’s many songs, this one is just bad. I think even Billy hates that song. I mean, how could he not!?! It’s not the worst song ever written because that prize clearly belongs to “Benny and the Jets” by Elton John — with “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood a close second.

Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Billy. My mom used to put on “The Stranger” when I was little and we would dance around the apartment. “The Nylon Curtain” was by far my favorite album when I was in the fourth grade. I can even rock “The Bridge.” But “Storm Front” was a bit much. And “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is not only emotionally aggressive but also painfully contrived and riddled with pseudo-sentimentality. Not to mention I feel like he is shouting at me. Stop yelling. Oh, and don’t even get me started on “River of Dreams.”

The Tina Turner stuff on the governor’s list is both good, and anticipated. For those of us who covered the 2014 Cuomo re-election campaign we became very accustomed to hearing the theme song, “Simply the Best,” which was played loudly at every stop. “Proud Mary” is on there too and it’s hard to argue against. Interestingly enough with all the hits Tina churned out in the 70s and 80s, the only song she ever recorded that hit number one on the charts was “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” which is not on here. The Lady Gaga stuff is good in the wake of a Superbowl halftime show that was deeply patriotic while also managing to be very entertaining. The Journey tune on there (guess which one) just wins the obvious award. And that John Fogerty song, “Rock and Roll Girls” is hardly a winner. Let’s be honest.

It’s hard not to love “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. Of course Jay-Z was going for the stadium anthem here, and me not being a playa hater, I’m willing to let him have it. One day it will seem quaint that New Yorkers used to exit sporting events to Frank Sinatra instead of the more modern Jay-Z, who was at least very much on top 17 years ago as opposed to 60.

But here is the bottom line. I give the Governor a lot of credit for even putting out his playlist. I’m sure we’d all have some gems on our own that we wouldn’t exactly be proud to share with the general public. I certainly have some. In fact, Jesse McKinley from The New York Times has been on my case since I revealed to him and his colleague Vivian Yee at a generously-served dinner that my four Pandora radio stations are Michael Jackson, Big Daddy Kane, Steel Pulse and Traffic. And yes, it’s the last one he won’t stop bringing up. Whatever, dude. Steve Winwood was brilliant prior to 1980. It was the “Bring me your Higher Love” stuff we would all have been better off without. It’s not quite Lionel Richie “Dancing on the Ceiling” bad, but awful nonetheless. Besides, I suppose I can cop to Traffic since I’m not very far from being a middle-aged white guy myself.