Happy Groundhog Day!

President Trump is scheduled to attend the national prayer breakfast this morning at the Washington Hilton.

He’ll then meet at the White House with Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden, and Reps. Kevin Brady and Richard Neal, and lunch with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Ditto NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa host a northern Manhattan agenda breakfast, Yeshiva University, Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., state Canal Corp. Director Brian Stratton delivers a regional budget briefing, Montgomery County OEM Building, 200 Clark Dr., Fultonville.

At 9:30 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Sen. Daniel Squadron unveil report showcasing statistical evidence for greater investment in early childhood development, Magical Years Early Childhood Development Center, 230 60th St., Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Progressive Caucus members hold a press conference in opposition to Trump’s executive orders, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state Director of Veterans Affairs Eric Hesse delivers a regional budget briefing, Franklin County Board of Legislators’ Chambers, 355 West Main St., Suite 409, Malone.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci will hold the next meeting of his Senior Advisory Committee with a focus on creating a utility consumer advocate, Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown will attend, Nanuet Public Library, 149 Church St., Nanuet.

At 11 a.m., NYC mayoral candidate and state Sen. Tony Avella demands that the Montefiore Hospital release information on the investigation into the assault on Seong Soo Kim that resulted in severe brain damage, Montefiore Hospital, Moses Campus, 111 E. 210 St., Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC’s “official groundhog,” Staten Island Chuck, attends the kick-off ceremony of a new interactive exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! that allows visitors to relive and experience the excitement of a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square 365 days a year, Times Square, 234 W. 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Director of Downstate Intergovernmental Affairs Rochelle Kelly-Apson delivers a regional budget briefing, Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., Sunnyside, Queens.

Also at 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul visas the production expansion project at Recharge NY program recipient Confer Plastics, 97 Witmer Rd., North Tonawanda.

At noon, Secretary of State Rossana Rosado delivers a regional budget briefing, Grand Roosevelt Ballroom, 2 Hudson St., Yonkers.

Also at noon, a coalition of groups opposed to Trump’s agenda, including Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club, 350 NYC, 350 Brooklyn, WE ACT for Environmental Justice urge Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to join their effort, 780 Third Ave., (Schumer’s NYC office), Manhattan.

Also at noon, Albany climate activists take part in the statewide day of action urging Schumer to resist Trump’s “anti-climate agenda,” Federal Building, Clinton Avenue and Pearl Street, Albany.

Also at noon, Long Island Clean Air Water and Soil, Food and Water Watch and other Long Island environmental groups rally to urge New York’s U.S. senators to fight the Trump administration’s “anti-science agenda,” 145 Pinelawn Road, Melville.

At 12:10 p.m., Hochul tours the North Tonawanda Downtown Gateway Project, 211 Main Street & 110 Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda.

At 1 p.m., Stratton delivers his second regional budget briefing of the day, SUNY Oswego, Sheldon Hall, Oswego.

Also at 1 p.m., state Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and nonprofit human services organizations call on Cuomo and the state Legislature to strengthen New York’s human services sector, Urban Pathways’ Ivan Shapiro House, 459 W. 46th St., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the arrival ceremony for the first KC-135 Stratotanker to arrive at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Lockport Road Entrance, 2026 Lockport Rd., Niagara Falls.

At 4 p.m., Acting Civil Service Commissioner Lola Brabham delivers a regional budget briefing, Fulton–Montgomery Community College, 2805 NY-67, Johnstown.

Also at 4 p.m., Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo and the parents of Karina Vetrano, who was murdered last August, hold rally calling for the New York state Commission on Forensic Science to adopt guidelines permitting use of familial DNA matching, 164th Avenue and 83rd Street, Queens.

At 5 p.m., Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham, Communities United for Police Reform and others rally on the fifth anniversary of the death Ramarley Graham and demand accountability for the NYPD officers involved, Foley Square, 111 Worth St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Liam McCabe will be hosting a Groundhog’s Day Party, where he will be announcing his intentions regarding the 43rd City Council district race, The Leif Bar, 6725 5th Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 7 p.m., the Indo-Caribbean Alliance hosts an emergency discussion with community partners, stakeholders, elected officials and lawyers on the implications of Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, ICA office, 131-12 Liberty Ave., Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., the Green Party of Brooklyn hosts “Voting Justice Now! The 2016 Recount and Electoral Reform – Where Do We Go From Here?”, with 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and journalist Greg Palast, Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave., Brooklyn.


During a phone call last weekend, President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

At one point, Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that “this was the worst call by far.”

Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The AP.

Two Republican senators announced they would oppose Trump’s choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, marking the first GOP defections on a cabinet nominee, placing her confirmation in jeopardy and underscoring the warfare breaking out across Capitol Hill.

Trump, one day after introducing his nominee for the Supreme Court, urged Republicans in the Senate to make a major change to the chamber’s voting rules if Judge Neil Gorsuch can’t attract the necessary Democratic support to win confirmation.

Democrats are trying to figure out just how far they should go in opposing Gorsuch.

Just before the Senate confirmed Trump’s new secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, national security adviser ­Michael Flynn made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to deliver a tight-lipped warning to Iran over its most recent ballistic missile test. “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice, he said.

After voting for Trump’s nominees for defense and homeland security secretary and for CIA director, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made clear that he would oppose many of Trump’s remaining cabinet choices. “I will vote against nominees who will be the very worst of this anti-immigrant, anti-middle-class, billionaires’ club cabinet,” he said on Facebook.

Trump’s travel restrictions on people from seven countries could dampen international enrollment at U.S. colleges, at a time they have become increasingly reliant on tuition revenue from overseas students.

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., addressing a throng of students, professors and staff assembled in support of the school’s international community, denounced the new travel ban and vowed to fight it.

The legal fight against the immigration ban will return to Brooklyn Federal Court today when a team of lawyers who filed an emergency motion to stay the deportation of Iraqi refugees Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi over the weekend will again face off with Justice Department attorneys.

Trump, accompanied by his daughter, Ivanka and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, of Delaware, made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base yesterday to attend the return of the remains of the first American service member killed in action under his command.

Natalie Jones, the deputy chief of protocol who was appointed by President Obama in 2011 and resigned last month, is a leading candidate to be President Trump’s new social secretary, according to two people with knowledge of the selection process.

Lawmakers from New York and New Jersey plan to introduce legislation to block the federal government from using the region’s airports, including John F. Kennedy International, to detain or deport immigrants and refugees.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer: “If the federal government wants to wield its full authority on immigration, for example, it will be hard for states to object, because that’s an area where the courts have said the government has a clear capacity under the Constitution to do what it wants.”

A talk at the University of California at Berkeley by Milo Yiannopoulos, a polarizing Breitbart News editor, was canceled yesterday out of safety concerns after protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and started a bonfire.

Trump is already looking ahead to his re-election. His campaign and two related fund-raising committees have a combined $16 million in their war chest.

An aide to Melania Trump confirmed that the First Lady will move to the White House starting at the beginning of the summer. The White House also announced that Lindsay Reynolds would be joining the First Lady’s team as her chief of staff.

Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton were cheered as they left the Circle in the Square Theatre in Manhattan, where they had seen the a cappella performance of “In Transit.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order giving the state attorney general’s office the authority to investigate Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove for his handling of a case involving the fatal shooting of a DWI suspect by a Troy police officer last April.

The day after federal prosecutors accused former New York state pension executive Navnoor Kang of taking bribes, the giant retirement system fired another employee – Philip Hanna – in connection with the case, according to people familiar with the matter.

New York City’s police union has stood outside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s gym demanding higher pay for officers, launched a seven-figure advertising push to criticize the mayor, and flirted with backing his opponent in his re-election campaign. The effort was successful in pressuring the mayor into making a long-sought contract deal.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she won’t back any additions to the list of offenses that spur the city to cooperate with the feds on deportations, after de Blasio said he’s open to expanding the list.

NYC schools reported a 19 percent increase in cyberbullying for the 2015-16 school year, Education Department officials said.

Staten Island Chuck “will be in safe and steady hands” – hers – on Groundhog Day, Public Advocate Letitia James said, as de Blasio announced that he would be staying away from today’s ceremony for a second straight year.

The first of the tanker planes newly assigned to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station arrived yesterday. The KC-135R Stratotanker, transferred from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., landed at the base about noon, and an official welcoming ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. today.

AG Eric Schneiderman’s office filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications and its subsidiary Time Warner Cable, alleging the telecommunications company knowingly defrauded and mislead customers by selling them better internet service than it could supply.

The Cuomo administration’s economic development czar found himself yesterday defending how the state spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually on job creation efforts when he went before a skeptical group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers. “Why we call success failure is a mystery to me,” Howard Zemsky said.

Just weeks into the 2017 legislative session, it seems to be Cuomo versus, well, fill-in-the-blank.

Last year’s effort to reprivatize the New York Racing Association is officially dead. Cuomo used his pocket veto powers on a reprivatization bill, the final holdover from the 2016 legislative session. That action was not a surprise.

Thousands of new slot machines and table games debuting this month as part of New York state’s casino growth spurt are bringing not only more chances to gamble, but also millions of dollars more to help problem gamblers.

Republican and Democrat lawmakers alike vowed to the Flight 3407 families that they would fight to preserve aviation safety measures, despite an expected assault from the airline industry and a president intent on cutting regulations.

Hewlett-Woodmere schools on Long Island accumulated more than $30 million in excess cash reserves while disregarding an official warning to correct such practices, the state comptroller’s office reported this week.

The big winner from a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art over its recommended $25 admission charge is the plaintiffs’ lawyer — who is seeking a staggering $350,000 fee for handling a case that resulted in a nonmonetary settlement.

A top cop from Suffolk County, Owen J. Monaghan, has been tapped to lead the MTA’s police force.

Cuomo announced $25 million to fund rail and port improvement projects across New York. The Port of Oswego Authority is among those receiving funding.

The U.S. Army has awarded a $65 million contract to SRC Inc. of Cicero to develop a system that can detect and defeat one of the newest threats on the battlefield – small, slow and low-flying drones.

Cornell University officials say the Ivy League school will use a household products company’s $150 million gift to bolster the college’s business schools.

After a two-plus day walkabout in the leafy wilds of northwest Washington, an escaped bobcat returned to the National Zoo and walked right into a trap where some “goodies” had been left for her yesterday, zookeepers said.