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

Joint legislative budget hearings start today, and the first topic is sure to generate news: Local governments/general government. Legislative Office Building, 181 State St., Hearing Room B, Albany, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Among those on the list to testify: Mayor Bloomberg. (He’s up first). Also: Syracuse Mayor/state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner, who has publicly tangled with Cuomo over his pension smoothing proposal.

A day after his formal campaign announcement, NYC mayoral hopeful/Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will stump in all five boroughs today.

He’ll also appear on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” (8:15 a.m.), WNYC’s the Brian Lehrer Show (11:25 a.m.) and NY1’s “Road to City Hall” (7 p.m.)

At 11 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and GOP Councilmembers James Oddo and Eric Ulrich push for passage of new laws creating penalties for those who target New Yorkers during states of emergency, Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At noon, ESDC Chairman/CEO Ken Adams will deliver versions of Cuomo’s State of the State and budget addresses. Amherst Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd., Buffalo.

AG Eric Schneiderman will also be in Buffalo to announce the results of the first three months of his Homeowner Protection Program. Main Place Tower, Suite 300A, 350 Main St., 1 p.m.

Also at noon, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler speak at New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform launch, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

Day 2 of the 46th annual NYS Conservative Party political conference at the Wolf Road Holiday Inn in Colonie. Today’s main event: Lunch speaker David Bossie, of Citizens United.

One of the GOP NYC mayoral candidates, Doe Fund founder George McDonald, will be on hand for the CPPAC reception and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Down in Washington, D.C., President Obama welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House at 1:40 p.m. to honor their 2012 victory.

Also, the president and vice president will meet privately to discuss gun violence with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities scarred by mass shootings last year.

A slew of state lawmakers are holding fund-raisers in Albany tonight, including: Assemblyman Keith Wright (Victory Cafe), Sen. George Maziarz (For Orange Club), Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (The Albany Room), Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (Fort Orange Club) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (The Albany Room).


Cuomo’s new Gaming Commission is set to begin work in four days, but no one knows who the commissioners or executive director will be for a body that could determine where New York’s first non-Indian casinos will be built.

A source grumbled to Fred Dicker that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s insistence that lawmakers have a role in deciding where new casinos are located (if approved at all) would enrich the speaker’s lobbyist friends.

Quinn, widely viewed as the frontrunner in the race to replace Mayor Bloomberg, goes glam for a NY mag cover story.

Jonathan van Meter writes of Quinn (AKA “Madam Would-be Mayor”): “A very skillful political operator nonetheless finds herself caught between those who see her as Bloomberg Lite and, well, those who see her as Bloomberg Lite.”

Quinn landed the backing of the Rev. Calvin Rice, pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, a major black congregation.

Disgruntled Senate GOP members use Kenny Lovett’s column to send a message to their conference leader, Dean Skelos, expressing concern he’s bowing too much to Cuomo’s liberal agenda.

Conservatives are venting their collective spleen at the Senate Republicans during their annual political action conference.

Some are calling Cuomo’s new budget proposal to rework the state’s existing tax breaks for renovating historic commercial structures a “game changer” for historic renovation – particularly in aging upstate cities.

Assembly Democrats are strongly opposed to Cuomo’s decision to impose a second strings-attached deadline on the city to approve a teacher evaluation plan. (As Silver told our sister station, NY1, last week).

EJ McMahon calls details of Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget proposal “dubious.”

New York’s top anti-smoking groups are assailing Cuomo’s budget proposal as the latest cut to effective programs aimed at saving lives and keeping teenagers from smoking.

Two months after government officials struck a landmark deal with landlords to set aside 2,500 affordable units to house victims of superstorm Sandy, one apartment lease has been signed.

Quinn sent a letter to Con Edison officials, demanding that the utility fix its Sandy-ravaged infrastructure without raising rates.

Cuomo’s top aide, Larry Schwartz, defended the governor’s controversial pension smoothing proposal in a DN OpEd.

The NYT says Cuomo is “is heading in the right direction” when it comes to reducing wrongful convictions.

Former Gov. David Paterson was back in Syracuse for the Mayor’s Ball. While in town, he went for a spin at the Destiny Mall go-kart track. Didn’t mention he’s legally blind. Finished dead last.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the latest to publicly voice hope that Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.

Hillary and Barack, the “60 Minutes” interview. More here and here.

Clinton said she would have put Obama in her cabinet had she won the 2008 election.

A powerful group of senators from both parties has reached a deal on the outlines of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, which is expected to be announced today – one day before Obama heads to Las Vegas to outline his own plan.

Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday that if Secretary of State Clinton were president, the nation’s fiscal crisis would have been averted.

Bob Woodward on why Obama picked former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to replace Clinton as secretary of state, even though his confirmation is an uphill battle with the Senate.

Jim Messina, Obama’s ex-campaign manager who will chair the relaunched, tax-exempt version called “Organizing for Action,” visited Bloomberg’s office at City Hall last week to coordinate the fight for gun control legislation.

Law enforcement officials said they knew of no cases solved in New York City because of a lead generated by a partial DNA match.

At least two members of the Buffalo Common Council plan to reaffirm their opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” during a news conference at noon today in the Council’s conference room at City Hall.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says he hasn’t exchanged “any words” with Beyonce since the inaugural lip-syncgate, and seems pretty peeved she hasn’t called to apologize.

The Syracuse Post-Standard opposes the governor’s proposed expansion of Quick Draw: “(T)he state should not be in the business of encouraging its residents to gamble more.”

Big cans = big business for the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in central New York.