Downstate and D.C. are digging out from a massive storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas. The storm caused heavy flooding along the coast and left 18 people dead.

The storm set a near-record in NYC, with more than 26 inches of snow recorded at Central Park, which broke the all-time daily snowfall record set in 2006. The National Weather Service says this was the second largest snowstorm to hit the Big Apple since 1869.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio issued separate declarations of a state of emergency (in the governor’s case, for NYC, LI and parts of the Lower Hudson Valley), resulting in the closure of some roads, the LIRR and part of the subway system.

It’s going to take days for NYC to completely clean up all the white stuff.

The LIRR may not be ready for tomorrow’s morning commute due to “significant damage” sustained by the system during the storm.

Cuomo, who worked as a tow truck driver while attending Albany Law School, stopped to help a motorist stranded on the highway. His office sent out photos to document the event.

The governor said New York “survived and then some,” though five people died while clearing snow. “If you are old like me, you want to think twice before you go out there and start shoveling,” Cuomo said. “At least that’s the excuse I used not to shovel any snow today.”

De Blasio said schools will be open tomorrow, and called on the Department of Sanitation to do a better job cleaning the streets of snow in Queens.

As of this morning, the governor was continuing to urge people to avoid unnecessary travel, even though a travel ban had been lifted, saying there were dangerous black ice conditions on the roads.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s River Tour is temporarily frozen, as the group has postponed its scheduled tour stop at Madison Square Garden tonight.

The storm caused Broadway to cancel shows for Saturday, but the curtains went up as scheduled today.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race, because he has been galled by Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.

Cuomo praised Bloomberg’s past handling of snowstorms when he was in City Hall, but said he’s going to stick with his endorsement of fellow Democrat Clinton.

Clinton on the Bloomberg-for-president float: “He’s a good friend of mine. The way I read what he said is if I didn’t get the nomination, he might consider it. Well, I’m going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn’t have to.”

De Blasio, who managed Clinton’s first US Senate campaign and has endorsed her for president (albeit not quickly), says he respects his predecessor, Bloomberg, but Americans aren’t interested in a race between billionaires Bloomberg and Trump.

The DN’s Josh Greenman says this is “almost certainly” not the year for Bloomberg to win the presidency as an independent.

Trump said he would “love” for Bloomberg to get into the race.

Jack Davis, the Akron industrialist who spent about $8 million of his own money on four congressional candidacies in the 2000s based on his anti-free trade views, admires Trump’s similar policies. He plans to buy and distribute lawn signs and bumper stickers for Trump, and has hired his old media consultant – Curtis Ellis – to help.

Trump says his supporters are so loyal they would stick with him even if he shot somebody.

After almost every event in Iowa or other primary states, Trump boards his private jet and flies back to Trump Tower, where he continues to make decisions for his global real-estate business. He rarely sleeps anywhere but his own bed. He says business is “phenomenal.”

Clinton accused Charles Grassley, the senior Republican senator from Iowa, of trying to undermine her presidential campaign by leaking negative information about her tenure as secretary of state. She also criticized him for showing up at an Iowa rally for Trump on Saturday “for the simple reason to defeat me.”

Clinton said that reports raising concerns about her health are just another attempt to smear her. “I’ll match my endurance against anybody,” she said. She also cited a letter her doctor released last summer, which said that Clinton “is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States.”

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Bloomberg was a “great mayor” and is a “good man,” though “much more liberal than I am.”

Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs says he will head to New Hampshire with what he dubbed a “Long Island brigade” of 80 local volunteers to stump for Clinton next weekend in the run-up to the Granite State’s Feb. 6 primary.

The Des Moines Register – a major Iowa paper – endorsed Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio in advance of their respective parties’ caucuses.

Former North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, going further than any Democratic candidate to date, announced his candidacy for retiring Rep. Steve Israel’s Long Island seat and will give up his paid and unpaid state posts to campaign full-time for the job.

Madeline Singas awarded nearly $800,000 in pay raises to 180 nonunion staff members on Jan. 1, the day she took over as Nassau County district attorney, according to new county payroll data.

Twelve NYC Department of Education administrators, including top deputies of Chancellor Carmen Fariña, used their DOE credit cards to throw lavish staff parties, bought expensive goods that couldn’t be found, and failed to document thousands of dollars in purchases, an investigation found.

More New York City residents are worried about the quality of their drinking ­water, 311 records show. There were 1,233 water-quality complaints in 2015, up 4 percent from 1,186 in 2014 and 50 percent from 2011, when residents made just 822 calls.

New York State’s 2 percent tax cap hasn’t been 2 percent in three years, and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli made it official last week when he announced that school districts will be limited to a growth in taxes of just 0.12 percent for the 2016-17 school year. That’s because the rate is based on the rate of inflation.

The $3 billion vision for Manhattan’s Penn Station includes more light, a new grand entrance, added retail and office space and even a hotel — all part of the plan to transform the cavernous rail hub that Cuomo called “a blight on the greatest city in the world.”
The new details emerged from a request for proposals issued Friday. Submissions from interested developers are due in April.

Cuomo signaled a shift in New York’s oversight of Wall Street by tapping Mario Vullo, a longtime corporate lawyer, to run the state banking regulator previously overseen by an aggressive career law enforcer.

The village of Whitesboro has confirmed it will change its official logo a day after the image, which appears to show a white man throttling an Indian, was ridiculed on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Village officials and members of the nearby Oneida Indian Nation will meet to discuss creation of a new image.

For the first time since 2009, gas prices at a few scattered locations in and around Buffalo have fallen below $2 a gallon.