Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany, where he’ll deliver his 2015 Opportunity Agenda and also hold a reception at the executive mansion for a variety of elected officials and political operatives.

The Senate and Assembly are both in session today. (The Senate convenes at noon, prior to the governor’s big speech).

At 9:15 a.m., NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and religious officials who are members of the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable and the New York City Clergy Roundtable are scheduled to meet; Bronx Christian Fellowship church, 1015 E. Gun Hill Rd., the Bronx.

At 10 a.m., members of the NYC Council Committee on Technology hear testimony about the film and television industry, and discuss a legislative proposal that would require the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting to release annual and monthly reports; committee room, 14th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin and advocates for senior citizens hold a news conference to outline a legislative proposal that would require landlords to notify tenants about the “NYC Rent Freeze Program”; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., New York for Democracy holds a rally in support of making this the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment against “corporate personhood” and “money as speech,” the Well, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At 11 a.m., on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling, activists urge the Legislature to make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision and get corporate money out of politics, starting at the Well, LOB, then marching to convention center in advance of Cuomo’s speech, Albany. (Numerous lawmakers and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are scheduled to attend).

At 11:30 a.m., New Yorkers Against Fracking hold a rally to celebrate the Cuomo administration’s decision to ban the controversial natural gas drilling process, Empire State Plaza Concourse, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration holds a demonstration to protest police brutality and call for criminal justice reform, Empire State Plaza Concourse, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., Cuomo will deliver his 2015 Opportunity Agenda (the combined State of the State and budget addresses), Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. (Many elected officials, including NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, just returned from Paris, will be in the audience).

Outgoing state Budget Director Bob Megna and incoming Budget Director Mary Beth Labate will hold a briefing for press in the Hart Lounge immediately following the governor’s speech.

At 2 p.m., Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo’s 2014 Democratic primary opponent, responds to the governor’s speech and take questions, Empire Plaza Convention Center, Albany.

At 5 p.m., the Campaign for 100% Green Energy by 2030 holds a forum to discuss “What’s Next After Saying No to Fracking?”, helping lead the discussion will be Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund, Prof. Steve Breyman of RPI, and two-time Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St., Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., Sen. Jack Martins holds a $600-a-head fundraiser, Fort Orange Club, West Main Lounge, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos holds a $1,000-a-head fundraiser, For Orange Club, President’s Room, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.


In his second-to-last State of the Union address, President Obama outlined an economic agenda aimed at providing relief to a still-struggling middle class and, noting the protests over the death of Eric Garner, called for reforms to the criminal justice system.

Obama’s speech was an attempt to define the Democratic Party as the middle-class party – and Republicans as protectors of the wealthy – while leaving the president with a little wiggle room to strike deals on issues where the two parties are not that far apart.

The Democratic priorities in the SOTU include taxing the wealthy and big banks to help pay for education and child care for members of the middle class.

Republicans rejected most of Obama’s proposals, saying he’s unwilling to compromise. (To drive home his displeasure with the GOP agenda, the president issued veto threats for several initiatives hours before he spoke).

The Columbia University senior who has won national notice for carrying a mattress to protest the school’s failure to punish her alleged rapist attended the State of the Union address to promote legislation aimed at stopping sexual assaults on campus. She was US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s guest.

One of the most attention-grabbing moments in Obama’s speech: “I have no more campaigns to run. (Smattering of applause in the room) .I know because I won both of them.”

Some Republicans, like Central New York freshman Rep. John Katko, praised the bipartisan tone Obama struck in parts of his SOTU. (Katko sat with Democrats during the speech).

Here’s the transcript of Obama’s speech, and the GOP response, delivered by Iowa freshman Sen. Joni Ernst.

Hillary Clinton, the likely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, tweeted praise for president’s SOTU, saying he “pointed the way to an economy that works for all.”

Under a plan unveiled by Cuomo, New Yorkers will finally be able to take the train to LaGuardia. He wants to build a new $450 million AirTrain to connect the Queens airport to the subway.

Cuomo wants the state to send $1.3 billion to the Thruway Authority to prevent toll increases and help pay for the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The monday would come from $5 billion the state has received from financial settlements with banks and insurers. It’s not clear how much would go toward the bridge and how much would go toward the Thruway’s day-to-day operations.

Another $750 million will be earmarked for other Department of Transportation-managed roads and bridges, but what exactly that entails also will remain a mystery until Cuomo’s budget is unveiled.

The DN’s Juan Gonzalez calls the minimum wage hike Cuomo is proposing “half a loaf.”

Eight small cities are fighting for more state aid in a legal battle that will begin oral arguments today in state Supreme Court in Albany. The AG’s office has sought for six years to get higher courts to throw out the lawsuit. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the court’s ruling could affect needy districts statewide.

More than 80 state lawmakers have joined a long list of advocates urging Cuomo to include a big boost in spending among any education proposals he lays out in his address today.

Cuomo has been laying the groundwork for an aggressive education agenda as he begins his second term, signaling that he will seek several major changes that, atypically for a Democrat, will put him in direct conflict with teachers’ unions.

The governor reportedly will propose tying together two education initiatives that have split the left and right — creation of a state DREAM Act and an education tax credit. This is the first time he’s including the DREAM Act in his budget, which is something advocates have been pushing.

Here’s what Cuomo’s 2014 GOP opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who has made clear he may run again in four years, is hoping to hear the governor say today.

NYC Council members ripped into executives at a contentious hearing, accusing the company of helping landlords transform affordable housing units into illegal hotels.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled through Paris yesterday, laying wreaths at the sites of the recent terror attacks, meeting with dignitaries and Jewish community leaders and, as the mayor of a city with a prominent Jewish population, speaking about “the cancer of anti-Semitism” throughout the world.

Complaints about short-term apartment-rental services such as Airbnb soared in the past year — but there were only 12 inspectors to act on them, a city official said.

A new report says the NYC Education Department’s support networks for public schools fail to boost student achievement, just days ahead of an announcement by city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to overhaul the massive, citywide system.

A recent contract agreement with the City of Buffalo’s white-collar union – which eliminates retiree health care for new employees – will mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in long-term savings to the city, Mayor Byron W. Brown said.

Outspoken and controversial PBA President Patrick Lynch is facing competition when he comes up for re-election in June.

A slate of candidates known as the Strengthen the Shield platform kicked off its campaign in Brooklyn, blasting Lynch’s 16 years of what they call autocratic leadership and faulting him for a five-year delay in getting a new contract.

Former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, the son of the legendary congressman who was ousted by Rep. Charlie Rangel in 1970, is running for his father’s seat again. It will be the third time he has run, though this time, Rangel is not expected to be in the race.

Mitt Romney will charge Mississippi State University $50,000 to deliver a lecture on campus next week, most of which will go to charity — a dramatically lower fee than the $250,000 to $300,000 Clinton requires for her university lectures.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to the U.K. next month, the third foreign trip in less than six months for the possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Clinton is set to speak in Winnipeg, Canada this afternoon as part of a series of talks on global issues.

Barry Kamins, the former chief judge who resigned because he improperly gave campaign advice to former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes while sitting on the bench, has joined a top NYC law firm.

Assemblyman James Tedisco says he’s concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town. He has asked Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.

New York’s health exchange says it is sending out more than 300,000 tax statements to households where someone enrolled for private health coverage through the exchange last year.

Voters trust education professionals over politicians to set policy, according to a new Siena College poll.

Bloomberg LP suffered a PR black eye this week when the company, built on a finely tuned tech chassis, postponed its newest Bloomberg Business product launch. No reason was given for the delay.

Pope Francis’ first visit to New York City, announced this week, will most likely last only a day, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, wrote on his blog.

A proposal to shrink the amount of time members of the public get to address the Niagara Falls City Council during its meetings has been put on hold by lawmakers.

New York City Opera may have run out of money, filed for bankruptcy and sold its costumes and instruments, but two rival groups are so interested in trying to reinvent the company that they held a bidding war in court for its name and remaining assets.