The head of CUNY’s faculty and staff union criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for excluding the NYC university system from his decision to raise the minimum wage in the SUNY system to $15 an hour.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken issued a statement of support for the governor’s action, adding: “We look forward to working with the administration and the Board of Trustees to ensure that CUNY’s employees receive a fair minimum wage.”

The six former staff members, all of them women, who sued former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak for sexual harassment will appeal a court ruling dismissing all or part of their lawsuits.

Brian Benjamin, a real estate developer and former organizer and fundraiser for President Obama, has formed a campaign committee for the state Senate seat held by Bill Perkins, who is campaigning in a crowded primary for retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat.

Disputes over freezing pensions, increasing health care costs and changing paid time-off policies for nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville are at the center of a nurses strike set for next week.

ICYMI: Cuomo’s right hand is in a cast. He had surgery after injuring it while playing basketball with his brother, Chris.

Local governments and police agencies don’t have much time to comply with Cuomo’s new homelessness mandate, which was issued Sunday and takes effect tomorrow.

Albany Med, the second-largest health care provider in the Albany area and one of the region’s largest employers, is now working with the Hudson-based Columbia Memorial Health, dramatically expanding its reach and range of services.

Cuomo opted for a wintry photo of a Dutchess County farm over a family portrait for his holiday card this year.

Former President Clinton hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire on behalf of his wife.

De Blasio today swore in a group of 26 judges – 11 new justices and 15 re-appointees – to serve in various courts across the five boroughs.

Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the arrest of four people – including an employee of the state Office for Information Technology Services – in an alleged stolen laptop ring using still-in-the box computers that were supposed to be going to various state agencies.

One of new acting Erie County DA Michael J. Flaherty Jr.’s first moves was to assign an assistant DA to “take a fresh look” at one of the cold cases that his predecessor didn’t prosecute, though he wouldn’t reveal which case.

A Georgia academic medical center has agreed to pay the federal government $9.8 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former top official of Upstate University Hospital.

Two major downstate transportation projects are moving forward this year – the opening of the first stretch of the Second Avenue Subway and an overhaul of LaGuardia Airport – but big questions remain about how they will be funded.

A Glens Falls brewpub said it has banned tips for its staff and will instead install an 18 percent surcharge on customers’ bills because of a 50 percent increase in the tipped wage in New York.

Katie Couric will be in Buffalo tomorrow as part of her new series, “Rebuilding America,” for Yahoo News.

Dr. Zizmor, a ubiquitous presence in the NYC subway system, has retired.

Albany Medical Center has finalized its first broad affiliation agreement with another hospital, dramatically expanding its reach and range of services.