Two main story lines today: The Assembly and the snow.

Politically speaking, all eyes will be on Albany, where Assembly Speaker Silver is scheduled to meet behind closed doors with members of his conference for the first time since his arrest on corruption charges last week.

He’ll try to sell his colleagues – some of whom are skeptical – on his plan to remain as speaker while appointing a five-member leadership team to run things in the chamber while he’s focused on his legal battle.

“This is a top-down approach,” one anonymous Assembly member told the New York Times. “We weren’t consulted, and it’s wrong.”

The full Assembly is scheduled to be in session at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, down in New York City, residents and officials are bracing for that a storm Mayor Bill de Blasio says is potentially the largest ever to strike the Big Apple. He urged people to stay indoors to avoid powerful winds, low visibility and “treacherous” road conditions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement asking NYC-area commuters to stay home if they can, noting the snow will intensify through the day and could cause the closure of roads and mass transit.

Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. He’ll be monitoring the storm.

Also today…

At 8 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses his year in office and planned initiatives while speaking to ABNY members as part of the association’s breakfast forum series; Grand Central Ballroom, The Westin New York Grand Central hotel, 212 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the March of Dimes will host an early birthday celebration for founder Franklin D. Roosevelt, LOB, first floor (near the concourse), Albany.

Family Planning Advocates of NYS is holding its annual Day of Action, start at 11 a.m. in the Well of the LOB, Albany.

At 11:30 p.m., de Blasio holds a press conference to update New Yorkers on the storm, OEM Headquarters
165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.

At noon, New York Building Congress members hold their annual construction industry luncheon forum and membership meeting, where MTA Chair and CEO Tom Prendergast will promote government funding for the authority’s five-year construction and renovation program; 36th floor, Mandarin Oriental New York hotel, 80 Columbus Circle, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Moral Mondays organizers and participants react to Cuomo’s 2015-16 budget, NYS Capitol, War Room, Albany.

The Senate is in session at 3 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., three Republican lawmakers – Sen. Richard Funke, Sen. Patrick Gallivan and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco – hold fundraisers in different rooms at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Democratic Assemblyman Michael Benedetto holds a fundraiser at the Albany Room, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 6 p.m., Manhattan BP Gale Brewer and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel host one in a planned series of “town hall” meetings to discuss efforts to improve relations between the NYPD and residents, second floor, Alianza Dominicana Triangle Building, 530 W. 166th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Sen. George Latimer (a Democrat) holds a fundraiser at the Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Sq., Albany.

Also at 6 p.m., Democratic Assemblyman Gary Pretlow holds a fundraiser at the University Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.


Most major airlines are allowing customers whose flights are canceled in the next few days due to the storm to book new flights without paying a penalty. Customers ticketed on flights to dozens of Eastern airports are generally eligible for the allowance, though specific terms vary by airline.

Developer Lenoard Litwin, who is in his 101st year and never sought the limelight (other than to contribute large sums of campaign cash to a variety of candidates and committees), is embroiled in the Silver scandal.

Silver could be facing a state probe, too. He has not responded to a state ethics committee inquiry as to why he did not publicly reveal income he received from a small New York City law firm for about a decade on his annual financial disclosure forms as required by law.

The speaker Silver could be hit with state fines of up to $520,000 if JCOPE probers determine he violated New York’s ethics disclosure law.

Tom Precious: “The prospect of five Assembly Democrats sharing power, given the various competing complexities of the 105-member Assembly Democratic conference, will likely prove to be not only historic but remarkably challenging.”

If Silver goes into today’s session still speaker, Assembly Republicans will likely try to attach a hostile amendment calling for his resignation to a resolution honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Democrats will argue the amendment is “not germane,” but a full house vote will be required.

Sources tell Fred Dicker the governor is “freaked-out and furious” over the bombshell criminal charges dropped on Silver, and also “obsessed with fear” because of the ongoing federal corruption probe. The governor is also angry with US Attorney Preet Bharara for stepping on his 2015 Opportunity Agenda headlines.

The Silver scandal could negatively impact the de Blasio administration’s effort to land the 2016 Democratic National Convention for Brooklyn.

Silver, 70, became the state’s most powerful lawmaker by practicing politics the old-fashioned way – rewarding friends, punishing enemies and keeping words to a minimum.

Democratic Assemblyman Michael Cusick, the party’s assumed front-runner in the special election for the Staten Island seat vacated by disgraced former Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, said he is not running.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 40-minute eulogy for his father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was widely praised as one of the best speeches he has ever delivered. It also broke liturgical rules due to its length and its overshadowing of the Mass rite.

Interviews with veterans of the system and a review of guardianship court data conducted by researchers at Hunter College at the request of The New York Times show the practice of guardianship by nursing homes has become routine, underscoring the growing power the industry wields over residents and families amid changes in the financing of long-term care.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today will make his most decisive moves yet toward a presidential run by creating a political action committee, hiring eight experienced campaign aides and outlining plans for a spree of fund-raising events across the country.

The White House was on lockdown this morning due to the location of what a spokesman called “a device” on the grounds. Early indications are that no one was in danger. The president and first lady are on a three-day visit to India.

Things have changed at Bloomberg since its founder, Michael R. Bloomberg, returned to the office.

Federal agents are investigating political power broker Gary Melius over Newsday reports that Melius and a network of his associates collected more than $900,000 in fees from state court appointments.

New York judicial officials have proposed spending almost $2.1 billion in the coming fiscal year, up about 2 percent.

The fate of four public schools in Buffalo will likely be decided this week.