With an early morning tweet, President-elect Donald Trump revived an issue that hasn’t been front and center in American politics for more than a quarter-century: Flag burning.

Trump said anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified “consequences,” such as jail or a loss of citizenship. This is a direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and comes as Trump prepares to name a secretary of state.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, strongly criticized Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. “Nominating Congressman (Tom) Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house,” New York’s senior senator said.

Schumer said he welcomed a fight with Republicans over their attempts to privatize Medicare and signaled Democrats’ plans to make it a major issue in confirmation hearings for Price.

Schumer open a new line of attack on Trump and his fellow Republicans, accusing the GOP of “plotting a war on seniors” with its plans to repeal Obamacare and potentially privatize Medicare.

Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on Trump to offer proof to back up his allegations of voter fraud. “If you’re now president-elect of the United States and you really believe millions of people voted illegally, you should have some proof,” the South Carolina Republican told reporters.

Former VP Dan Quyale met with Trump today, and initially was not recognized by the press corps.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are launching a “thank-you” tour in Cincinnati, OH Thursday.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a self-made billionaire who considered mounting his own third party presidential bid this year, but ultimately quelled his own ambitions for fear of helping to elect Trump – phoned the president-elect yesterday and had a “very good” and “long” talk with him.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said it is “unsustainable” for the city to shell out for the security needed to protect Trump Tower, which reportedly amounts to more than $1 million a day.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro delivered the keynote address at a state Conference on Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governing in Schenectady today. Both he and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was HUD secretary under former President Clinton, touted New York’s efforts to battle homelessness and redevelop aging communities.

With a special session — and a legislative pay hike — still up in the air, Cuomo reportedly huddled quietly this past Sunday with leaders of the Assembly and Senate.

Cuomo went on a veto frenzy last night, killing 72 bills intended to do everything from improve the state’s disaster preparedness plans to coordinate upstate transit system improvements.

E.J. McMahon: The governor also signed a bill that marks the most substantial improvement to the Freedom of Information Law in years, limiting the amount of time that public entities can stall a FOIL request after a judge has ordered the release of public records.

Cuomo is expected to be in Rochester tomorrow afternoon, according to a note sent to members of the Finger Lakers Economic Council.

A decision by the state Court of Appeals has ruled that it is constitutional for police to refuse physical coordination tests to non-English speakers suspected of driving under the influence.

Ivanka Trump wrote in her 2009 self-help book, “The Trump Card”: “My friend Andrew Cuomo, New York’s great attorney general, tells me that e-mail is the key to prosecuting just about everyone these days.”

Since the Bridgegate debacle, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has stepped away from the bi-state Port Authority and deferred to his appointee, chairman John Degnan. At the same time, Cuomo has taken aim at Degnan and plans to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Daniel Horwitz, the chairman of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, has stepped down, and Commissioner Michael Rozen, another Cuomo appointee, served as the acting chairman during today’s meeting.

Former top Christie aide Maria Comella, who has recently been advising Cuomo, was also doing work for millionaire developer Paul Massey, a potential Republican challenger to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.

Two Staten Island GOP legislators warned of grave security risks de Blasio goes forward with designs to wipe the files of his municipal identification program in order to protect its undocumented immigrant applicants, saying they are examining the possibility of taking the city to court over the plan.

De Blasio, who supported and campaigned for Hillary Clinton, thinks the Electoral College should be abolished.

Cuomo today announced that New York State has secured international certification of nearly $100 million in new “Green Bonds” to drive the development of housing that has a positive impact on the environment and climate.

Actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” was spotted eating lunch alone at the Millbrook Diner in Millbrook, N.Y.

NY PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman has been named the winner of the 2016 Dive Awards: Policymaker of the Year by Utility Dive, a leading industry news publisher.

Former Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti today was named interim dean of Hofstra Law after Eric Lane, a former counsel to the Senate minority, stepped down from the post he held for five years.

Overworked, underpaid equity analysts on Wall Street just got another reason to fret. The Eliot Spitzer-backed financial data service TipRanks is putting their performance under the microscope.

Creators of Jersey Boys, the Tony-winning play about iconic pop group The Four Seasons, took at least part of their now-famous show from an unpublished autobiography of founding member Tommy DeVito, according to a jury verdict yesterday.