In a secret-ballot election, House GOP lawmakers formally nominated Rep. Paul Ryan to serve as speaker, ending a month-long search to find a replacement for the departing John Boehner who could united the fractious party.

The MTA board approved a slimmed-down, $26 billion capital-spending plan for major construction, repair and improvement projects, following months of political wrangling between city and state officials.

Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t support abolishing the death penalty but would like to see it used more judiciously, another point of contrast with the most liberal members of her party and with her nearest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The state Department of Financial Services has fined Goldman Sachs Group Inc. $50 million for failing to properly supervise a former employee whom the agency had accused of stealing and sharing confidential regulatory materials.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit the Syracuse area tomorrow. More here.

Manhattan District Leader Paul Newell is gearing up for his second bid to replace Assemblyman Sheldon Silver. He unsuccessfully challenger then-Speaker Silver in a 2008 Democratic primary, but much has changed since then.

The funeral for NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, who was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect last week, was held today and featured many references to his service and to his native Guyana. “We know our city lost a remarkable man, a man who made us better by his presence,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A panel created by Cuomo to examine the Common Core education standards is set to hold its first public meeting tomorrow in New Rochelle, but you’ll have to act quick if you want to attend. (For the panel’s full schedule, click here).

Rockland Democrats are urging U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to investigate more than $216,000 funneled to Clarkstown supervisor candidate George Hoehmann and the Rockland Republican Party by the same donor through Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s Reform Party.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty to evading banking laws in a hush-money scheme, averting a trial by agreeing to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends the former House speaker serve no more than six months in prison.

A candidate forum for a vacant southern Brooklyn Assembly seat turned into a bitter verbal tussle over abortion last night – not between the two women running to represent the district, but between one of them and a civic leader in the audience.

The Public Service Commission again denied Assemblyman James Brennan’s latest bid to glean more information from the state’s privately owned power generators, saying the disclosures would put industry at a competitive disadvantage.

Bedford schools Superintendent Jere Hochman, a Common Core critic, is joining Cuomo’s cabinet as his top education aide.

The struggling coal-burning Huntley power plant outside Buffalo is looking into how much it would cost for ratepayers to subsidize it for another few years of operation.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Kate Murray for Nassau DA, cutting a television advertisement in which he calls the fellow Republican “tough on crime,” despite her lack of criminal law experience

Assemblyman Pete Lopez, often looked at as a potential candidate for the NY-19 seat Rep. Chris Gibson when he steps down next year, said this week he’s “putting the pieces together” for a campaign, but not ready to make a formal announcement.

According to the AARP’s voter guide, Senate hopefuls Fred Akshar and Barbara Fiala agree on at least one thing: New York should adopt a paid family leave insurance law to help overstressed caregivers and the loved ones for whom they care.

A pair of Albany stores are out of the tobacco business for the next six months after inspectors from the state Department of Taxation and Finance found they had a cache of allegedly bootleg cigarettes and cigars that lacked the needed tax stamps.