Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Steuben County, Monroe County and New York City.

At 8:15 a.m., NYC HPD Commissioner Vicki Been, Councilman David Greenfield and others speak on a panel, “Celebrating 100 Years of NYC Zoning: Setting the Future Agenda for Developers and Policy Makers,” New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regent Luis O. Reyes will attend the First Annual English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners Literacy Conference, Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Convention Hall, S. Mall Arterial, Albany.

At 9 a.m., faith leaders, homeless New Yorkers, community groups and advocates from the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing hold rally to call for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to release $1.9 billion for supportive and affordable housing, Cuomo’s New York City office, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will deliver testimony at an Assembly hearing on the rising costs of higher education and student loan debt in New York, Legislative Office Building, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, 198 State St., Albany.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Alstom Manufacturing Facility, 1 Transit Dr., Hornell.

At noon, LG Kathy Hochul highlights the governor’s commitment to the craft beverage industry during a tour of Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown.

At 1 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, The Community Place of Greater Rochester, 145 Parsells Ave., Rochester.

Also at 1 p.m., Elia will deliver remarks at the New York State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Mental Health Summit at Union College, 450 Nott St., Schenectady.

At 2 p.m., World Chess Championship’s final tie-breaker match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin will be held at Fulton Market, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., John Jay College holds a screening for a documentary by Bill Moyers called “RIKERS”, which focuses on people formerly detained at the NYC prison, 524 West 59th St., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., Hochul announces the winners of the 76West Clean Energy Business Competition, Binghamton University, Innovative Technologies Complex, Engineering and Science Building Rotunda, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

At 4 p.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Finance and Administration Committee holds a public meeting, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., boardroom, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee holds a public meeting, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., boardroom, Manhattan.

Also at 5 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will host a tree lighting ceremony in front of Albany City Hall, with refreshments, music and informational tables, Eagle Street, Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council will host a Puerto Rican Heritage celebration, Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Farina Attends a Town Hall meeting of District 31’s Community Education Council, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island.

Also at 6 p.m., Elia will join Regent Judith Chin for a meeting of the Queens Parent Advisory Council at Queens Borough Hall, Conference Room 213, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., LGBT icon and activist Edie Windsor will headline a fundraiser for de Blasio, The Kurland Group, 160 Broadway, East Building, 11th Floor, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., the Bellmore Merrick Democratic Club holds a “Stronger Together” forum, Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse, 2550A Clubhouse Road, Merrick.

Also at 7 p.m., NYC Councilman Donovan Richards and the city Department of Small Business Services host an informational session on how the new Greater JFK Business Improvement District will affect the Springfield Gardens area, PS 52, 178-37 146th Terrace, Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Brooklyn community groups release “Profits Before Safety,” a report documenting environmental violations by a privately owned waste transfer station and call for action against North Brooklyn’s environmental issues, Light Space Studios, 130 Thames St., Brooklyn.

Also at 7 p.m., the EPA holds a public workshop to discuss the status of the second five-year review for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site, Albany Marriott, Grand Ballroom Salon B, 189 Wolf Road, Albany.

Also at 7 p.m., Effective Radio with Bill Samuels Presents “A People’s Convention,” the first episode in a new monthly special series on New York’s 2017 Constitutional Convention vote, AM970.

At 8:30 p.m., de Blasio will light the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, 610 Fifth Ave., Concourse Level, between 49th and 50th streets, Manhattan.


Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney sat down for a ritzy meal with Donald Trump at Jean-Georges restaurant in Manhattan as the President-elect continued to mull his secretary of state pick.

After the dinner, Romney made an impassioned statement in support of Trump to try to erase doubts about him among Trump’s supporters and remain in contention for the post.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein paid $3.5 million yesterday to clear the way for Wisconsin’s presidential vote recount but had a judge reject her lawsuit to require all Wisconsin counties to do the recount by hand.

The group responsible for the planning and funding of events surrounding Trump’s Jan. 20 swearing-in in Washington is offering a slew of pricey packages to help cover the weekend’s $75 million tab.

Trump and his team struck a deal to keep Carrier Air Conditioning from outsourcing hundreds of jobs to Mexico. The negotiations will keep close to 1,000 factory jobs at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis, the company said in a statement.

Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs alum and movie producer, is expected to be nominated as the next treasury secretary.

After largely opposing his 2016 presidential campaign, financial-services executives are making fast friends with Trump.

Katy Perry was the night’s big honoree, but Hillary Clinton got the biggest ovation as the former presidential candidate made a surprise appearance to present the pop star with an award from UNICEF at last night’s Snowflake Ball in Manhattan.

The other Trump Tower — in White Plains — is in financial trouble after the condominium discovered its longtime treasurer had been allegedly stealing cash for years, according to a lawsuit filing.

In the aftermath of Democrats’ demoralizing election defeat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to return as minority leader has been transformed into a larger debate about what has gone wrong with a party that eight years ago controlled Congress and the White House. She is expected to be re-elected to the post today.

New York state’s three-tiered election system would be very difficult to hack for electoral advantage, state Board of Elections officials told an Assembly hearing at the Capitol.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ducked reporters after a stop in Saratoga Springs yesterday, his first public appearance since several of his former top aides and campaign donors were indicted on corruption charges a week ago.

Making a rare appearance in Schenectady, Cuomo and HUD Secretary Julian Castro touted the Capital Region’s revitalization.

In a major development showing that the battle against HIV/AIDS is progressing, not a single baby in New York City was diagnosed with the infectious disease virus last year, the Health Department announced.

Four local and state officials – NYC Council members Mark Levine, Antonio Reynoso, and Brad Lander, along with state Assemblyman Francisco Moya – were arrested in Manhattan for disorderly conduct yesterday morning at a rally calling for a national $15 minimum wage.

Leonard Greene: “If former Gov. David Paterson feels so strongly about someone challenging Mayor de Blasio next year, why doesn’t he do it himself?”

De Blasio refused to speculate on why Paterson, a fellow Democrat with ties to the mayor’s arch political rival, Cuomo, would so publicly push for primary challenge against him.

Faced with escalating deaths of pedestrians and cyclists, de Blasio said the city is ramping up efforts to stem traffic fatalities. “You’re going to see stepped-up enforcement going into the holiday season,” he said. “Vision Zero has just begun. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The mayor insists that his group of five private consultants never brought up their clients when advising him — but recently released e-mails show he had no problem bringing them up himself.

The de Blasio administration’s reluctance to give charter schools space in public buildings is costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in needless rental costs, a new report from Families for Excellent Schools shows.

As murders in New York City have declined significantly over the last 25 years, one category has remained stubbornly high: domestic violence homicides.

Tucked into a veto message of a related bill, Cuomo wrote that he remains supportive of the initiative to authorize ride-hailing outside of New York City and he urges the Legislature to take up the issue in the upcoming state budget, which must be completed by April 1, 2017.

An Upstate New York autoshop association said a new state law signed by Cuomo this week that requires shops to measure window tint during vehicle inspections is unfair and onerous.

Cuomo signed a bill establishing a 14-person task force within the state Department of Environmental Conservation to use science-based data to identify causes and ways to address ocean acidification.

The NY Post editorial board praised the governor, saying he “stood with the public by vetoing several special-interest bills — including two we’d denounced under the headlines ‘Schoolbus Banditry’ and ‘No More Giveaways to the Rich.'”

Did Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci overstep his authority when he altered county payroll in January? County officials want an independent auditor to figure that out, but they say Antonacci is blocking those efforts.

In the latest shakeup at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Jerry Gretzinger is out as the school’s spokesman.

A bed tax proposal to charge the town of Clifton Park’s hotel guests an additional 1.5 percent has been vetoed by the governor, who said the state only advances occupancy taxes for counties and cities.

Among bills Cuomo vetoed was a measure that would have allowed charities to sell raffle tickets online or on smartphones, arguing it runs afoul of the state constitution.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who has been indicted on corruption charges, presided over a town board meeting yesterday, two weeks after saying an announcement about his plans for the future would be forthcoming.

Nassau’s fiscal control board rejected the county’s proposed 2017 budget night, directing the administration of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and legislative leaders to find $36 million in spending cuts or revenue to fill a budget gap that opened when lawmakers slashed a $105 fee on traffic and parking tickets.

Former Rep. Tom Reynolds served as the unofficial emcee and head cheerleader for a raucous rally inside the Buffalo Museum of Science, demanding a living wage for the 110,000 workers across the state who provide direct services for the developmentally disabled.

The former West Carthage town justice has been indicted on a felony after being accused of reducing a fine in exchange for sexual favors.

Dowling College, a private liberal arts college on Long Island, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of New York, and said in the filing that it will sell properties including its two campuses.

After ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s indictment on charges that he had used his office to reap millions in legal payments, the Legislature in 2015 passed a law requiring the many lawyers who are lawmakers to disclose their clients. But a major loophole is emerging, JCOPE commissioners warned.

Columbia University can’t cut the salary or staff of Dr. Robert Taub, a mesothelioma researcher embroiled in the Silver corruption scandal, new court papers emphasized.

Santiago Taveras, of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, joins a list of principals tasked with turning around troubled schools, only to leave or be forced out after Education Department inquiries.

Tara Lenich, a high-ranking prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, was arrested and fired after investigators learned she had spied on a police detective and a colleague, an official said.

The House is expected to pass a bill today that will provide a single ZIP code for three hamlets in Southampton Town, Rep. Lee Zeldin said.

Rep. Chris Collins took the strongest stand he could take against Apex Clean Energy’s proposal to build up to 70 wind turbines in the region: he introduced a bill that aims to block the project.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is headed back to Washington for what is likely to be his last visit to the Obama White House. He and his wife, Michelle, were invited to a holiday reception tonight hosted by President Barack Obama and the First Lady.

School officials in Buffalo are raising concerns about high rates of absenteeism among teachers. The long-simmering issue came to the forefront during recent negotiations for a new contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation, when district leaders noted that one in four teachers missed 15 or more days during the 2015-2016 school year. About half missed between five and 15 days.

Buffalo lawmakers took a stand yesterday against unruly parties hosted by college students and others by enacting a law banning “nuisance parties.” At the same meeting, lawmakers agreed to develop regulations covering ride-booking in case the service is eventually approved for upstate New York.

The Cosmos’ future is in question. The soccer team, which plays its home games at Hofstra, is considering its options and refuted a report that said the team was set to fold.

PEC Group of New York, which provided guards who took over as the final flights of the day arrived at Albany Airport after the Transportation Security Administration workers went home, is being investigated by the state for failing to pay its employees.

A New York Environmental Conservation officer is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound after investigating reports of potential illegal hunting activity in Columbia County

Bosses at Riker’s Island inexplicably gave department cooks a 10 percent unconditional wage increase — and then took it back because the move violated collective bargaining rules and would set a potential pattern for every city worker.