The Assembly Democrats are still behind closed doors trying to figure out what they want to do about Speaker Sheldon Silver, who made his case to the membership and then left them alone to hash things out amongst themselves. (He’s in his office at the back of the chamber). While we await an outcome, which will hopefully come sometime tonight, here are some headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a travel ban on all state and local roads in thirteen downstate counties effective at 11 p.m. tonight. All MTA and Port Authority systems will also be suspended at that time until further notice.

The governor and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held dueling pre-storm press conferences.

A federal court convicted the son of Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous on charges that he under-reported his income on federal tax returns.

Speaker math.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has a considerable pool of money to draw on in his legal battle: $3.3 million in his campaign account.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said an Assembly led by a five-member team would be ‘chaotic’ and urged her colleagues in the lower house to ‘resolve the leadership issue’ as quickly as possible.

Blake Zeff explains how Silver’s scandal puts Cuomo between a rock and a hard place.

After taking heat for raising prices during past storms, Uber has capped how much prices can rise in U.S. cities during disasters or emergencies.

Another big snowstorm bearing down on NYC, another sign language interpreter getting noticed on social media.

Cuomo said “the changing climate” is responsible for extreme weather events like the snowstorm set to hit the Northeastern U.S. this week.

The first budget hearing – local government – which was supposed to take place tomorrow, has been cancelled due to the storm. It will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., in Hearing Room B of the LOB.

US Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating massive tax breaks granted to a luxury condo building in Manhattan, where a mystery buyer just paid a record $100 million-plus for the duplex penthouse.

Bharara, US Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials announced charges against alleged members of a Russian spy ring.

IBM workers in New York are again expected to be held harmless in another round of layoffs.

A bill that would require biometric testing for travelers leaving the US found itself under attack from all directions, as Rep. Chris Collins introduced a proposal to potentially weaken the requirement.

Is New York’s public education system really as bad as Cuomo says?

A state official admitted in court that she stole thousands of dollars from trust fund accounts held for Cayuga Indian Nation minors, which she oversaw.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz has withdrawn his appointment of Carol Dankert-Maurer as commissioner of the Erie County Department of Mental Health.