Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City today.

At 8:30 a.m., state Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky will deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 New York Insurance Association Annual Conference, The Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 8:30 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers the keynote address at The Bond Buyer’s Tri-State Public Finance Conference, The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg addresses Harvard University graduates at their commencement ceremony, Cambridge, MA.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo signs Sandy Tax Abatement Legislation, Heritage Park (former Blissenbach Marina site), Richmond Terrace and Tompkins Court, Staten Island. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will join the governor at this event.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on Live From the State Capitol with Fred Dicker.

At 11 a.m., supporters of a “Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing” coalition of more than 130 community, disabilities, family, homeless, housing, legal, mental health, minority, social services and youth organizations call for city and state officials to expand supportive housing for residents with disabilities and other special needs; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Astorino will attend and deliver remarks at the New York State Insurance Association Annual Conference Luncheon, Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 3:30 p.m., de Blasio will hold a public hearing and sign Intro 243-A, which will raise the maximum income level of seniors eligible for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program benefits from $29,000 to $50,000, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 4:35 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on the Lisa Wexler Show, WFAS 1230AM.

At 6 p.m., a memorial service will be held for the late Basil Paterson, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr., Manhattan. De Blasio will speak.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James holds a town hall meeting on Paid Sick Leave, 120 East 149th St., the Bronx.

Headlines…

People within the Working Families Party have reached out to Diane Ravitch, an advocate of public-school education, about a possible challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This comes as public campaign finance talks between the governor and Senate Republicans have stalled.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is acting as a behind-the-scenes mediator between the WFP and Cuomo as tense negotiations over the party’s endorsement in the governor’s race escalate ahead of its nominating convention Saturday. The is a reprise of the role de Blasio played in 2010.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino wants one-on-one debates with Cuomo – no minor party candidates allowed.

State Republicans are planning to develop a second ballot line for the party’s statewide candidates. The independent line will likely have something to do with the Common Core.

The Erie County Democratic Party’s executive committee endorsed Legislator Betty Jean Grant over Sen. Tim Kennedy, setting the stage for a rousing intra-party battle. Kennedy accused the party leaders of colluding with Senate Republicans.

Former Queens Councilman Dan Halloran is using an insanity defense to stall his trial next week on charges that he aided in Rep. Malcolm Smith’s plan to rig the 2013 mayoral race.

Last week’s shooting spree that left seven people dead in Santa Barbara, CA has not caused Astorino to change his opposition to the SAFE Act. He said the incident demonstrates the need for a stronger mental health system.

Several hundred Catholic school students rallied in Buffalo for the education tax credit, calling on Cuomo to keep his word and support this issue.

De Blasio’s budget sets aside $5.4 million in the coming fiscal year to lease sites for three Success Academy charters – more than $11,000 in rent for each child expected to be enrolled.

The NYC Council will vote today on 17 “Vision Zero” bills and resolutions, as part of de Blasio’s goals to end traffic deaths within 10 years.

State university officials have called off negotiations with Don Peebles, the Florida developer who hoped to make his big break into the New York market with the nearly $1 billion development of Long Island College Hospital.

One of the most successful shopping mall developers in the nation – Scott R. Congel – is exploring a potential partnership with billionaire B. Thomas Golisano to purchase the Buffalo Bills in conjunction with a $700 million development of a long-dormant West Seneca plaza that could include a new stadium.

Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno received a standing ovation when he showed up at an anti-SAFE Act rally in his home county of Rensselaer.

AG Schneiderman applauded the Assembly for passing the Consumer Credit Fairness Act, which will help protect consumers from abuse by debt collectors, and urged the Senate to follow suit.

Cuomo announced that five electric and natural gas companies are working with the state to design programs to provide workforce training for veterans interested in working for a utility.

The Senate majority coalition has proposed a broad package of 25 bills to crack down on the growing use of the dangerous drug.

Former NYC mayoral candidate Sal Albanese and Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander got into a fierce Twitter fight over the de Blasio administration’s policing tactics.

Responding to criticism of the gift shop since the 9/11 museum’s dedication earlier this month, Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation, said the museum would enlist more help in vetting products from the 9/11 family members who sit on the foundation’s board.

The Wegmans LPGA Championship in August at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford will reportedly be the last one held in the Rochester area. The tournament is moving to NYC in 2015.

Some good news to soften that blow: The Rochester-Finger Lakes region is among 12 communities nationwide to receive a “manufacturing community” designation, opening the door to a billion-dollar pool of federal funds and potential new jobs.

The LIRR unions’ chief negotiator says he wants to make a deal with the MTA that would delay a possible July strike until after Labor Day, sparing Long Island’s summer tourism business and buying more time to negotiate a contract settlement.

A joint venture of two major gaming companies dropped out of the running for a Capital Region casino.

Indicted NYC Councilman Ruben Wills held a press conference to make it “crystal clear” that he has never worn a wire, despite requests from the AG’s office for his assistance in gathering incriminating evidence on his colleagues.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a potential 2016 contender, will speak at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention next month.

A ferry carrying local leaders who were examining possible ferry service to Kennedy International Airport ran aground near Jamaica Bay yesterday, stranding its occupants for more than an hour. No one was hurt.

Rep. Dan Maffei called on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to resign following the release of a preliminary report highly critical of systematic delays and other problems within the VA health care system.

Manhattanhenge is here!

RIP Albany Bear.