Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Suffolk County and New York City. The Senate and Assembly are both in session.

At 9:30 a.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner swears in 26 new officers to the Syracuse Police Department, Public Service Leadership Academy, Fowler High School, 227 Magnolia St., Syracuse.

At 9:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul keynotes Rep. Joe Crowley’s annual Women’s History Month event, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo speaks at a Paid Family Leave rally, IBEW Local 25 Union Hall, 370 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge, Long Island.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Sandy Galef holds a press conference to thank Cuomo for his letter to the FERC and subsequent directive to begin an Independent Risk Assessment, 355-399 Broadway, Buchanan.

At 10:15 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will host a press conference to make an announcement on gender equity, Chelsea Recreation Center, 430 West 25th St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., the Community Health Care Association of New York State holds Community Health Center Grassroots Advocacy Day with community health care supporters to seek help from lawmakers and regulators, Meeting Rooms 2-4, Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany.

At 11 a.m., the Patriotic Millionaires Board Chair Morris Pearl and a number of members of the group arrive at Albany Airport’s “Million Air” for a daylong push at the Capitol for closing the carried-interest loophole.

Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli holds a conference call with reporters to discuss his annual report on Wall Street bonuses, which will be released earlier this morning.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance call on Congress to stop anonymous shell corporations from laundering money on behalf of criminal and terrorist organizations, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will speak at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day Event and build support for her paid family and medical leave legislation, XO Group, 195 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., clergy members join students, parents and education advocates to rally for a Moral Monday event to call on the state to provide Schenectady City Schools with adequate funding, War Room, 2nd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:45 p.m., Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and the Women Builders Council holds a press conference calling for the passage of legislation that will expand the state’s 30 percent goal for minority- and women-owned business enterprises, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1 p.m., the Patriotic Millionaires meet private with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Room 349, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC subway and bus riders will rally with lawmakers from both parties, calling out Cuomo for zeroing out the MTA capital plan in his budget and demanding that the state follow through on the governor’s promise to fund public transit investment, Assembly staircase, 3rd floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m. the Patriotic Millionaires will join the Hedge Clippers, legislators, community and labor groups to unveil new legislation to close the carried-interest loophole, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., Hochul and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer join experts and advocates to take part in A Better Balance 10th Anniversary Conference: “Moving Families Forward: Reflections on a Decade of Change,” New York University School of Law, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio will appear on Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez to encourage parents to apply for Pre-K for All.


The state Rifle and Pistol Association has halted its lawsuit looking to strike down the SAFE Act because of the recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia. “It’s just the wrong time,” said Tom King, the association’s president and a NRA board member.

Chris McGrath, the GOP candidate for the Republican ex-Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ Long Island seat, is drawing heat from women’s rights groups and others for bankrolling two R-rated sex comedies that include gratuitous nude scenes — “Surf School” and “Death to the Supermodel.”

Assemblymen Jeff Aubry and Sean Ryan plan to introduce a bill today that would close the so-called carried interest loophole, which allows fund managers to pay a substantially reduced federal tax rate on much of their income. This is in conjunction with a statewide push by progressive groups.

Buffalo’s homeless shelters have been inspected, and their conditions seem mostly OK. “I would say that all 11 places I went to pretty much had passing grades,” said Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, who isn’t sure his office will bother to prepare a report.

As state budget talks heat up, Senate Democrats this week are set to come out formally against Cuomo’s push to shift a third of CUNY’s costs on to New York City. They’re also calling for a “substantive maintenance of effort” that prohibits the state from cutting funds for CUNY and SUNY, calling it “essential for the future of both institutions.”

Cuomo’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour could cost the state’s already stretched home health care providers at least $2.2 billion once fully phased in by 2021, according to the state Association of Health Care Providers.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle said he is pushing for a final vote on a bill to legalize the controversial sport of mixed martial arts in New York before the budget talks get into full swing later this month.

Twenty-five Syracuse area politicians, union organizers and others pledged yesterday to try to survive on $360 this week to increase pressure on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The challenge is organized by SEIU 1199, which is backing the governor’s push for a statewide $15 wage.

A group of 60 clergy have joined the push for the state to allow ridesharing services like Uber statewide. The 60 faith leaders, most of whom are from Harlem, the Bronx and other parts of the city, join 40 clergy who previously signed on to the effort.

A majority of New York voters says the city is becoming “less safe” under Mayor Bill de Blasio, while they believe his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg, made the Big Apple a better place to live, a poll to be released today reveals.

NYC Public Advocate Tish James said that her office should have increased authority as City Hall’s watchdog because de Blasio wields “too much power.”

The NY Post says Cuomo’s proposed executive budget is “so full of holes, gimmicks and ‘structural challenges’ that even usually mild state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is sounding alarms.”

Christopher Fasano, a research director at Neuro Stem Cell Research Institute, which receives millions in taxpayer cash, has been suspended after critics questioned some of his work.

Paul Gallay, a former DEC attorney and president of Hudson Riverkeeper, along with the Riverkeeper’s Michael Shank, OpEd in favor of the NRC canceling Indian Point’s operating licenses and starting an “orderly” shutdown of the nuclear plant ASAP.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants telecom companies to slam the handset down on those annoying, automated robocalls by making robocall-blocking technology available to all consumers. He also wants the FTC to pressure carriers to offer robocall-blocking technology and said Sunday that he’d consider a law forcing them to do so.

Schumer has asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to “aggressively” push Australian authorities to extradite an accused killer back to Brooklyn to face murder charges.

Call them the Metro North Twins. Or maybe Schumenthal. It’s “a love story,” as one Capitol Hill wag put it. The bond between the Senate’s two Jewish Boys from New York City – Schumer and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal — is as enduring and close as the 80-mile border that separates their respective states.

Following Heastie’s announcement of support for him, Bronx County Democrats have endorsed Assemblyman Keith Wright in the primary battle for Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel’s congressional seat, which includes parts of Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx.

Cuomo has named former New York City budget director Adam Barsky as chairman of the NIFA, but the state oversight board will soon be down another member. Businessman Adam Haber, appointed to the board at the recommendation of Heastie, is stepping down to run for the state Senate.

So far in 2016, gunfire has erupted every other day in the City of Buffalo.

Last night’s Democratic CNN debate in Flint, Michigan was a must-win event for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but Hillary Clinton came prepared and held her own.

After finding some early agreement over Michigan’s mishandling of the Flint water crisis, Clinton and Sanders clashed for the rest of the night on questions including campaign finance, gun control and the auto bailout.

Clinton joined Sanders for the first time in calling for the resignation or removal of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder over the Flint mess.

As the debate began, Sanders snagged his eight primary win, defeating Clinton with 64.3 percent of the vote in Maine.

Actor George Clooney’s said he will do whatever it takes to help Clinton get elected, and now the “Money Monster” star’s putting his money where his mouth is and plans on hosting a star-studded fundraiser for her.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is expected to decide within the next two weeks whether he will mount a third-party bid for the White House that could further upend a historically wild race. He’s also mulling a new leadership structure at his media company that would allow him to eventually step aside.

Some Queens Library staffers got a first look at their new boss last Friday, seeing Dennis Walcott, clad in a sweatshirt and jeans hopping off a library truck as it made stops at 13 branches around the borough to drop off books and other materials.

Kennedy Airport in Queens has the longest customs wait times of the nation’s 10 busiest airports for international passenger traffic, according to a new report from a New York City traveler’s advocacy group.

The city quietly revised a government agency’s online directory that used a “Star Wars” symbol to take a shot at de Blasio’s rival in Albany — a day after The NY Post reported the galactic diss.

Prompted in part by an accident this past November, NYC taxi regulators are combing through data they collect from cabs and car services as they prepare to propose tighter rules governing how long drivers can be on the road. New regulations could address breaks and time between shifts.

Opponents of Apex Clean Energy’s wind power project in Somerset and Yates have fastened on the company’s failure to agree to a state-mandated code of conduct as another reason to object to the plan.

The New York Islanders would invest $3.5 million in disputed funds from the failed Lighthouse Project into their new Eisenhower Park practice facility while another $1 million would go to improve the ice rink at Cantiague Park, under a deal set for consideration today by Nassau lawmakers.