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

The state GOP holds its big dinner in NYC tonight. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the keynote speaker.

Rep. Ron Paul won’t be joining his rival, Newt Gingrich, at the dinner. He’ll be in Ithaca holding a town hall-style event with students at Cornell University.

Cuomo’s New York Energy Highway Task Force members will hold a conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown at 12:30 p.m. to give comprehensive overview of the Energy Highway.

An incremental ruling in the Fidler-Storobin race is expected today, (court time: 2:15 p.m.) but it’s increasingly possible the winner – whoever that might be – will never actually make it to Albany.

Today’s national Q poll showed President Obama with a narrow lead over Mitt Romney, 46-42. Obama’s edge is thanks to big support from women voters.

Self-described “historic Hillary hater” Andrea Peyser thinks the secretary of state should run for president – this year. Consultant Hank Sheinkopf is ready to sign up to volunteer for her 2016 campaign.

The draft Hillary movement keeps on rolling.

Former NYC Councilman Simcha Felder will run (as a Democrat) in the new “super Jewish” Senate district. He won’t be resigning his job as a deputy to embattled Comptroller John Liu during the campaign.

Just months after his surprise return to the job triggered rumors of a possible political comeback, former TWU President Roger Toussaint has filed his retirement papers.

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, half of the McCain-Feingold sponsorship duo, calls in a DN OpEd for Cuomo to “lead the charge” against Citizens United by enacting a state-based public campaign finance system.

“I can attest to how well it works,” Feingold writes. “I won my first election, to the Wisconsin state Senate, with public financing.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver plans to proceed with two campaign finance reform bills: One that would create a public-financing system for all offices, and one that would create a pilot program for the race for state comptroller – to see which would be more “palatable” to the Senate.

In the first federal effort to address serious air pollution associated with fracking, the EPA issued new air quality standards that require oil and gas companies to capture toxic and climate-altering gases from wells, storage sites and pipelines.

Former NYSE Chairman Dick Grasso is rallying rich friends, including Ken Langone and Hank Greenberg, to support NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly if he signals an interest in running for mayor in 2013.

In his sentencing memorandum, former Sen. Carl Kruger, facing 11 years in prison, asked the judge for mercy and to consider his “birth into fatherless poverty.”

New York’s 16 Medical schools released a report highlighting the economic and scientific benefits of the state’s thus far, $223 million investment in STEM Cell research.

Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblyman James Brennan have re-introduced a so-called “lockbox” bill that would apply to all mass transit funding after Cuomo neutered their original MTA-only measure.

The US Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is holding onto a fundraising edge as the party tries to protect its narrow majority in the chamber.

There has been an outpouring of support for musician and Woodstock resident Levon Helm since his wife’s shocking revelation that he’s in the final stages of terminal cancer.

Putting an end to a presidential campaign can be a “nightmare that lasts years.”

The owners of residential buildings would have to adopt smoking policies and disclose them to prospective apartment buyers and tenants, under a law proposed by Bloomberg.

….needless to say, smokers, who already feel under siege, aren’t thrilled.

He may be down on smoking, but Bloomberg is big on breast feeding.

MMA fighter Jon “Bones” Jones’ grueling cardio workouts include sessions in the pool.

Silver on MMA: “On the one hand I do believe it’s rather violent. On the other hand, I can turn on my television and see it, every child can see it in their homes on regular TV.”

With Suffolk facing “the greatest fiscal crisis in its history,” County Executive Steve Bellone and his top aides will freeze their salaries and start paying a portion of their health care.

The state Education Department and Buffalo’s school district tried to ratchet up the pressure in advance of a critical meeting today of the city teachers union on the stalled system for evaluating teacher performance at six troubled schools.

A quick-thinking student working for the Marist poll saved an Upper West Side woman’s life.

The Senate passed a bill that would make stealing a family pet a felony offense.

Greg David parses two wildly different views of Cuomo.

Could Live with Pat and Kelly be in the offing?

Here’s state GOP Chairman Ed Cox telling “Inside City Hall” host Errol Louis that the NYPD commissioner would “make a terrific mayor.”