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

At 11 a.m., NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, AG Eric Schneiderman and Rep. Jose Serrano make a public safety announcement, Office of the Attorney General, 120 Broadway, 25th Floor, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., state Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky will deliver remarks on international bank regulation at the Institute of International Bankers’ 25th Annual Washington Conference, Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

At noon, NYC Public Advocate Tish James joins parents pushing for de Blasio’s UPK agenda, at The Tweed Courthouse, at 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, religious officials hold a prayer vigil outside the governor’s NYC office to express opposition to his budget proposals for the next fiscal year, including planned tax reductions, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement in the Blue Room at City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity offer the results of their 16-school tour investigating the needs of fiscally strapped districts, Room 836, LOB, Albany.

At 5 p.m., James and others attend the LICH Communities Healthcare Meeting, at the SUNY College of Optometry, at 33 West 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m. Assemblywoman James Corwin raises campaign cash at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 6 p.m., the “regular” Senate Democrats host their winter reception at Taste, 45 Beaver St., Albany.

At 6 p.m., Sen. Cathy Young and Sen. George Maziarz have non-related events at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

6 p.m. Assemblyman Edward Ra and Assemblyman Philip Palmesano have non-related events at the University Club, 141 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 7:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito delivers greetings at the Bronx Museum Annual Spring Gala, 102 North End Ave., the Bronx.

Headlines…

The Assembly is set today to discuss – and perhaps vote on – a bill that would delay the use the Common Core testing standards on students’ grades and teachers’ evaluation.

Cuomo is poised to release a new statewide TV ad this week that pushes his Common Core reforms so students won’t unfairly be hurt by test scores under the new standards. “While the state’s new Common Core curriculum is heading in the right direction, testing on it is premature,” the governor says in the ad.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos vowed to address the plight of charter schools — which have been denied classroom space and capital dollars by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — as part of state budget talks, calling the mayor’s actions “unconscionable.”

De Blasio’s plan to double the number of middle-school students in after-school programs would provide more than 95,000 slots in a total of 512 schools, according to a report to be officially released today.

Fred Dicker reports Cuomo aides “have been secretly using state resources to ‘crowd-build’ turnouts at public events” for the governor’s new and supposedly all-volunteer Citizen Preparedness Corps, which responds to natural disasters.

Sen. Martin Dilan is calling for five dissident Senate Dems — who have teamed with the Republicans to run the chamber — to be booted from the party. He said the IDC members are “not Democrats, no matter what they say.”

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is reportedly on the short list to be tapped as lieutenant governor. “It’s the worst kept secret in New York state politics,” Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus says.

More than 160 women who are elected officials or hold other leadership posts have written to New York’s top elected officials – all men – urging them to enact public campaign financing.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is expected to announce this week whether he’ll challenge Cuomo, says: “I’d rather lose a race and stand on my principles than win a race and cave and give in to something I’m not.”

Members of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester are headed to Albany today, where they’ll rally in support of the Compassionate Care Act.

A lawsuit challenging fast-tracked toll increased approved by the Port Authority in 2011 is still pending.

Two Cornell University professors argue in favor of Cuomo’s plan to expand college courses for state prisoners.

De Blasio attempted to make a statement with his parade appearances this weekend, marching in the “St. Pat’s for All Parade” in Sunnyside, Queens on Sunday, while skipping parades in Staten Island and the Rockaways.

A former spokesman to ex-NYC Mayor David Dinkins (who was de Blasio’s boss at one point) says the new mayor’s press shop, which lacks seasoned veterans, needs to “let the Kool-Aid wear off a little bit.”

Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Blake Zeff has some advice for de Blasio on how to salvage his “toxic” relationship with the NYC media.

De Blasio’s City Hall so far trumps Michael Bloomberg’s and Rudy Giuliani’s opening lineups in diversity, and rivals that of David Dinkins, the city’s first and only black mayor, according to a Newsday analysis.

Writing in The Buffalo News, NFIB’s Mike Durant opposes Cuomo’s proposed circuit breaker.

A spokeswoman for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Lisa Linden, said: “Eliot has no plans to sit for a portrait, despite his significant contributions to government.”

If Elbridge Mayor Henry Doerr has his way, the village he was elected to govern will be no more. The mayor has asked the trustees to consider dissolving the 166-year-old village that is home to a little more than 1,000 people and let the town of Elbridge take over.

The strip club industry is under broad attack in New York, as opponents have embraced a startlingly effective strategy: Spare the strip clubs, but punish their liquor.

Sen. Gustavo Rivera endorsed his colleague, Sen. Adriano Espaillat, in his second quest to unseat Rep. Charlie Rangel.

A group of state lawmakers from New York City is pressing for a budget that keeps Cuomo from moving $40 million out of a fund dedicated to MTA operations.

The Cuomo administration has set new regulations for paid tax preparers, saying they will reduce errors and possible fraud.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin wants to see a casino in the “true” Southern Tier.

The state’s emergency response to Superstorm Sandy was hindered because the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Service’s computer network could not handle all the applications running, according to a new report from a western New York company that works for the agency.

The developer of the 3.3-million-square-foot apartment project at the former Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn is threatening to sell if the de Blasio administration keeps pushing for larger affordable housing space than originally proposed.

Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer introduced a bill that would make yogurt the official New York State Snack, which could make New York the fifth state to make such a designation.