Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in the Southern Tier and Albany today.

At 9:30 a.m., he and LG Bob Duffy will kick off another regional economic development council assessment tour at Binghamton’s FirstAir, 2514 Airport Road, Johnson City.

At 2 p.m., the governor will hold a cabinet meeting in the Capitol’s Red Room, giving LCA reporters a first crack at getting his response to yesterday’s news of a coalition government in the Senate. (AKA Skleinos).

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will appear on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter to discuss his deal with IDC leader Sen. Jeff Klein.

Also on the show weighing in on the unprecedented coalition: Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Defrancisco, who says he’s likely to keep his title.

The Senate Democrats, who don’t have much to celebrate after yesterday, will hold a holiday party/fundraiser co-hosted by Conference Leader John Sampson and DSCC Chairman Mike Gianaris. 6 p.m., The Library, 15 Central Park West, Manhattan. (Tickets: $1,000 – $25,000).

PLEASE NOTE – this event is taking place tomorrow. (Sorry). From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and NYC Comptroller John Liu will participate in a breakfast forum on the impact of Sandy and Wall Street on the New York economy. Ballroom at 4 West 43rd St., Manhattan.

The Alliance for Quality Education says hundreds of people will board buses in Buffalo, Elmira, New York City and several points in between this morning, all headed to Albany for a 3:30 p.m. rally seeking additional school aid.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council’s Committee on Governmental Ops holds a hearing to evaluate the Board of Elections’ Performance in the 2012 General Election. Council Speaker Chris Quinn is expected to attend. City Hall, Lower Manhattan.

The Assembly will hold a public hearing to review the operations of county and city veterans’ service agencies that are overseen by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs. LOB, Hearing Room B, 1 p.m.

The Assembly will hold a public hearing to examine the effectiveness of the competitive grants that are included in the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) Program for the SFY 2012-2013 Budget. City Hall Council Chambers, 233 East Washington St., Syracuse, 11:30 a.m.

At 6 p.m., Chelsea Clinton will moderate public forum on “Climate Change, Sandy, and the Future of New York City.” New York University’s Global Center Concourse, 238 Thompson Street, Manhattan.

ADDED: Julie Menin, former chair of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, will announce her 2013 campaign for Manhattan borough president at 1 p.m. City Hal steps.


The dissed Senate Democrats dismissed the IDC-GOP coalition deal as little more than a second coup.

Sen. Dave Valesky’s response to fellow Democratic senators disappointed with Skleinos: “My priority is to represent my constituents. It’s not to make friends with the other senators.”

Critics say Klein’s just in it for the power.

Through a spokesman, Cuomo called the Senate deal an “internal legislative matter” and said he’ll “withhold judgement” until he sees it in action.

The NY Post takes a dim view of the coalition, saying it “promises no end of banana-republic buffoonery in coming months.”

Newsday disagrees, saying the coalition could “actually provide progress for New Yorkers.”

An insider calls NYSUT, which went all in for the Senate Democrats this past election cycle, the “a loser” in Skleinos.

State Democratic Party Co-Chair/Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner took an optimistic view of Skleinos, saying it should be given an opportunity to work.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota met with Mayor Bloomberg (whom he called an “idiot” not long ago, and then apologized) to discuss his potential 2013 mayoral run, which Bloomberg reportedly did not encourage.

Bloomberg did not take kindly to being asked if he had called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and implored her to run to succeed him.

The story made for an awkward public event between Bloomberg and his previously perceived favorite in the 2013 race, Speaker Quinn.

Michael Goodwin muses on the motives of both Clinton and Bloomberg in leaking the phone call story.

Dueling attorneys in the 46th SD fight spent all yesterday battling over ballots in court, but in the end, opened none.

Cuomo’s promised “Buffalo Billion” economic-development program, outlined during his visit here Tuesday, doesn’t contain any quick fixes. More here.

Announcing that the Maid of the Mist will stay in business, Cuomo called Niagara Falls “a jewel that we haven’t invested in, that we haven’t given the time and attention that it deserves.”

Victims of Sandy could be entitled to billions of dollars in unclaimed funds held by the state comptroller’s office – perhaps has much as $3 billion, all told.

The nation’s disaster-relief fund will run out of money by spring due to Hurricane Sandy, and will need an infusion of cash to keep the recovery going, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told a House committee.

Rep. Jerry Nadler says FEMA is “ill-equipped” to handle urban disasters like Sandy.

The Journal News editorializes on the difficulty of getting federal disaster aid, saying Sandy could not have struck at a worse time.

With expanded non-Indian casino gambling looking more like a sure bet within the next several years, a group of activists and consultants is pushing a plan to give cities, towns or counties the last word on whether they should host casinos within their boundaries.

An appeals court has set April 1 as the date it will hear the Buffalo Public Schools’ appeal of the teacher transfer case, and unless the teachers union and district officials radically change their stances, city schools will lose $33.4 million in state aid.

In a move with possible statewide implications, the city of Binghamton is mounting an appeal of the landmark legal decision that struck down its moratorium on oil and gas drilling.

A spokesman for former NYC Mayor Ed Koch says he’s being treated for a lung infection, and should be well enough to leave the hospital to celebrate his 88th birthday next week.

For the first time since 1974, Ithaca may no longer be the site of a full-time congressional district office.

American voters favor the legalization of marijuana, 51 – 44 percent, with a substantial gender and age gap, according to a new Q poll.

The construction company replacing the road deck on the Tappan Zee Bridge was hit with a $235,000 fine by the New York State Thruway Authority for causing hours of gridlock during Tuesday’s morning rush.

Cuomo and Semi-First Lady Sandra Lee have an all-white Christmas tree guarded by what appears to be an expensive silver-plated tiger statue.