Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Pope Francis has departed NYC, but don’t expect traffic to ease as a result, because now President Obama is in town. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie continues his upstate tour in Sullivan County.

A full calendar of today’s events appears at the end of this post.


As he follows the scent of corruption in state government, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is examining the bidding practices applied in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” revitalization program, including its largest undertaking, the SolarCity factory rising along a bend in the Buffalo River.

Federal investigators are looking at how government-funded projects were awarded, and whether state elected officials played a role in choosing who would benefit from the major infusion of funds. Cuomo’s ESDC has been subpoenaed, along with SUNY Poly.

The ex-wife of Charles Dorego, the senior vice president and general counsel of Glenwood Management and a common denominator in the corruption scandals that felled two legislative leaders this year, funded a shadowy lobbying campaign that has attempted to undermine efforts by New York City to lessen the disproportionate burden faced by poor minority communities in removing the city’s trash.

Cuomo’s office is in discussions with the White House about providing free tuitions at New York’s community colleges, which are among some of the costliest to attend in the nation.

Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Philadelphia for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to “miracles of love,” closing out his six-day tour with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America’s bishops.

In an ad running in the Daily News and other publications today, the Transport Workers Union Local 100 depicts NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio riding a relic of old New York — a tagged-up train — with the caption, “Where are you taking us?”

As the sale of Buffalo-based First Niagara Financial Group looms, only one WNYer sits on the board that will decide the fate of one of the region’s most important corporate headquarters.

It’s for only a small number of village governments in New York, but the property-tax cap for them is dropping again: to 0.45 percent for the fiscal year that starts March 1. It’s the lowest rate ever enacted for local governments or schools.

As de Blasio struggles to control rising homelessness in New York, the city plans to hire more lawyers to help financially stressed residents avoid eviction – especially in neighborhoods that are quickly gentrifying.

Former Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce Mitchell will learn her sentence today for her role in the escape of convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt. She pleaded guilty in July to promoting prison contraband, a felony, and facilitating criminal activity, a misdemeanor. She’ll appear before a judge in Clinton County Court in Plattsburgh.

Rep. Chris Gibson questioned how his potential 2018 rival for the GOP gubernatorial nod, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, can consider another run for governor a year after he’ll likely seek re-election to his local post.

Disgraced former state Senate majority Leader Malcolm Smith was scheduled to turn himself in last week so he could begin his seven-year jail sentence on corruption charges, but he got his surrender date pushed back more than six weeks by claiming that he must be checked for prostate cancer by his own doctor before prison.

When NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito got Pope Francis’ ear for a few minutes during his visit to a school in East Harlem on Friday, she asked him to to pray for a jailed Puerto Rican nationalist.

Justice Darcel Clark, 53, an associate justice of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division, was chosen last week by Bronx Democratic leaders to succeed the Bronx district attorney, Robert Johnson. If elected in November, Justice Clark, who does not yet have a Republican challenger in the predominantly Democratic borough, would become the first woman to hold the position.

Johnson’s quick transformation from a candidate for re-election to a nominee for state court justice – without a vote being cast – is raising questions about the clout that state election law gives to party leaders and shedding light on New York’s largely obscure judicial electoral system.

Frustrated by stubborn Coney Island landowners, the de Blasio administration plans to seize property under the city’s rarely used power of eminent domain in order to spur long-stalled economic development in the People’s Playground.

Freedom of religion isn’t reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.

In the first of two addresses he will deliver at the United Nations, the president committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world, telling a global summit that a sweeping new development agenda is “not charity but instead is one of the smartest investments we can make in our own future.”

At least seven guns were fired during the gang-related shootout that killed Cuomo aide Carey Gabay – including one weapon that was used in another unsolved homicide.

A document certifying a new employment position for one of Hillary Clinton’s senior aides at the State Department, Huma Abedin, was signed by Clinton’s then chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, according to a copy of the document provided to The New York Times.

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield power.

The recent layoffs and digital shift at the New York Daily News, once the city’s ultimate hometown paper, signals something bigger afoot in the newspaper industry. “If people don’t want horses and buggies anymore and they want to ride in automobiles, then you better damn well get into the auto business,” said DN owner Mort Zuckerman.

US Sen. Charles Schumer, seeing red over the high prices of eyeglasses, demanded Sunday that federal authorities make it easier for consumers to shop for better deals.

The New York Republican Party’s only choice to challenge Schumer next year, CNBC economic analyst Larry Kudlow, has indeed decided to run for the Senate — but he’s going to do it in Connecticut instead, against Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, he told disappointed GOP leaders.

DeWitt Town Police Capt. John Anton said joggers discovered a partially burned corpse around 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Le Moyne College. The Jesuit school is just outside the Syracuse city line and has about 2,500 undergraduates.

The days of digging into the bottom of a purse, or a crack of a car seat for that quarter to feed the meter are on their way out in Buffalo, which is in the process of requesting proposals for contracts that will establish how motorists pay for on-street city parking for years to come.

Happening today…

At 8:30 a.m., AARP unveils “High Anxiety” survey showing Erie County Generation X and Baby Boomer voters’ struggles with financial and retirement preparedness and security, Salvatore’s Italian Garden, 6461 Transit Road, Depew.

At 9 a.m., Assemblyman Keith Wright, Rep. Charlie Rangel, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Manhattan BP Gale Brewer, Queens BP Melinda Katz, women’s rights groups and others hold a press conference “demanding responsible action and full funding for Planned Parenthood,” City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly, and First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to attend the speech, UN, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours NBC Studios, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi of India, UN, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Brewer presents proclamation with members of the New York City Council on the 100th anniversary of Ethel Rosenberg’s birth, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the Assembly holds hearing on Plum Island, Brookhaven Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville.

At 11:30 a.m., Public Advocate James gives remarks at annual bride’s march against domestic violence, Ft. Washington Presbyterian Church, 21 Wadsworth Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, State GOP Chairman Ed Cox and the Empire Club host US Sen. Rand Paul, a 2016 contender, for a luncheon, Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Staten Island elected officials and family members of fallen MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officer Thomas Choi hold street renaming ceremony in his honor, Lily Pond Rd. and Tompkins Ave., Staten Island.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul attends a Women’s Business Luncheon hosted by Kathy Wylde and the Partnership for New York City, Moelis & Company, 399 Park Ave., 5th Floor, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer join veterans of The Samuel H. Dow Post American Legion 1017 to announce funding for repairs, 295 Warburton Ave., Yonkers.

At 1:15 p.m., Obama attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN, Manhattan.

At 1:20 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie meets community leaders in Sullivan County along with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 100 Hurd Rd., Bethel.

At 1:50 p.m., Heastie tours the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

At 2 p.m., elected officials and community groups join the UFT in protesting new admission preference for charter school staffers’ children, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul and NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin convene a small business roundtable, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 62 Mott St., Manhattan.

Also at 2:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a press conference to make an announcement about preventing homelessness, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2:50 p.m., Heastie visits DeFillippis Bakery and tours Broadway in Monticello.

At 3 p.m., Obama chairs the United Nations Peacekeeping Summit, UN, Manhattan.

At 3:25 p.m., Heastie tours Montreign Resort and Casino, Joyland Road, Route 17/I-86, Exit 106.

At 4:15 p.m., Heastie meets with Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano and tours downtown Middletown, Middletown City Hall, 16 James St., Middletown.

At 4:30 p.m., Hochul speaks to students and faculty about implementing Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” Law, Pace University, 161 William St., 18th Floor, Manhattan.

At 4:45 p.m., Heastie meets with Town of Mt. Hope Supervisor Chad Volpe and Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew, Middletown City Hall, 16 James St., Middletown.

At 5:05 p.m., Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, UN, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Hochul attends the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Gala, Pier 40, 353 West St., Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., Obama and the first lady host a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government, Lotte New York Palace, Manhattan.