Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with a new puppy and no public schedule.

The Joe Percoco corruption trial resumes this afternoon in federal court in Manhattan, with disgraced ex-lobbyist Todd Howe, who has been spending his night in jail since late last week, appearing in a business suit – not prison garb – as per the judge’s orders.

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

President Donald Trump this morning hosts a meeting with Members of Congress on trade. This afternoon, he hosts a roundtable with the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Later this afternoon, Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump host a National African History Month reception.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning delivers remarks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and then tours the museum.

At 12:45 p.m., Pence participates in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch.

At 6:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul cuts the ribbon celebrating OneJet’s first direct flight between Buffalo and Albany, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 4200 Genesee St., Buffalo.

At 8:30 a.m., the New York Immigration Coalition hosts its 2018 New York City legislative breakfast with elected officials and policymakers, Tribeca Grill, 375 Greenwich St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., members of the #bFair2DirectCare campaign rally in support of people with developmental disabilities and the professionals who support them, Legislative Office Building, outside of Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Legislature holds a joint committee hearing on the 2018-2019 executive budget proposal in regard to mental hygiene, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. joins Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. to launch the South Bronx Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, Via Verde Community Room, 700 Brook Ave., 20th floor, the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Republicans unveil a 2018 “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda” that would provide significant tax cuts for businesses, cut red tape, reduce regulatory burdens, invest in workforce development, and strengthen New York’s economic development programs, Room 124, state Capitol, State Street, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez announce Car Free Day 2018, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the charter schools committee of the State University of New York board of trustees meet, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., Global Classroom, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state lawmakers join members of members of the #bFair2DirectCare campaign for a press conference regarding the joint hearing on mental hygiene, Legislative Office Building, outside Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 10:45 a.m., VOCAL-NY and criminal justice reform organizations call on Cuomo to strengthen and revise his criminal justice platform, state Capitol, War Room, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Sen. Kemp Hannon will be joined by survivors of sexual assault, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislative colleagues from both sides of the aisle for a press conference focused on on three measures currently before the houses that advance state protections and rights of sexual assault survivors, Room 124, state Capitol, State Street, Albany.

At noon, activists launch a new “toxic tour” campaign against state senators who have received large donations from Wall Street, 159 State St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., state Senate Democrats announce legislation to reform the state’s criminal justice system, Senate Democratic Conference Room, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., AG Eri Schneiderman will announce the takedown of a major Hudson Valley organized crime ring, 44 South Broadway, White Plains.

Also at 1:30 p.m., the state Legislature will begin the bi-partisan interview process of the New York State Board of Regents, Assembly Parlor, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 3 p.m., 50 Long Island advocates travel to educate legislators and collaboratively combat the opioid epidemic, LCA Press Room 130, Albany.

At 5 p.m., state Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer host a community budget forum, Riverfront Library, second floor, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds a public meeting, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Albany.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address, Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.


President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which makes significant cuts to some federal agencies and projects as part of an effort to slash the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years.

The proposal, worth $4.4 trillion overall, outlines steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and a ballooning federal deficit that illustrates how far Republicans have strayed from their longtime embrace of balanced budgets.

The White House is seeking to cut more than $2.5 billion from the annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency – an overall reduction of more than 23 percent.

More than a year into his administration, Trump is presiding over a staff in turmoil, one with a 34 percent turnover rate, higher than any White House in decades.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new member in his administration: His puppy, Captain. The governor said in a video posted to his Twitter page that getting the 14-week-old dog was his daughters’ idea, and the puppy is now working on “mansion training.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a rumored 2020 presidential candidate along with Cuomo, also got a dog named Maple last year.

Cuomo unveiled several amendments to the budget he proposed in January that are intended to offset the impact of the new federal tax law on New Yorkers by, among other things, implementing a new, optional, payroll tax system and creating new charitable foundations.

Some business leaders have criticized the payroll tax idea, including Mike Durant, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, who said his members view the proposal as “a solution in search of a problem.”

The Cuomo administration is also proposing $7 million in the upcoming budget so that every New York county can have at least one poll site open 12 days before an election.

The governor announced that he will advance legislation that would give the head of the state prison system more power to crack down on ill-behaved correctional officers.

Trump’s daughter-in-law Vanessa was taken to a hospital after she opened a piece of mail addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jr., that contained an unknown white powder.

The substance was in an envelope with a Boston postmark and was most likely corn starch, which is not hazardous.

Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan will do little to address Long Island’s road, bridge and transportation needs, in part because it relies on already-stretched local governments to kick in substantially more money for projects than they do already, experts said.

The plan upends the criteria that have long been used to pick ambitious federal projects, putting little emphasis on how much an infrastructure proposal benefits the public and more on finding private investors and other outside sources of money.

An ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter lashed out at the Trump administration for their reaction to the fallout over the assault allegations that led to Porter’s dismissal.

Former President Barack Obama went gaga for Michelle Obama’s official portrait, thanking the artist for capturing the former first lady’s “hotness.”

The Trump administration is abandoning a decade-long plan to build a new FBI headquarters in Maryland or Virginia, and has instead decided to demolish the current building and replace it with a brand new one — on the exact same site.

Rep. John Katko defended the FBI and the Justice Department from attacks by some of his Republican colleagues over the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot has slipped over the last few weeks. But Republicans have gradually lost advantages of their own.

The flu epidemic is hitting the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.

In a small victory for prosecutors, their star witness, disgraced former lobbyist Todd Howe, will be able to wear a suit when he returns to the witness stand, and not prison garb. Whether that’s enough to distract jurors from the inconvenient fact of his incarceration remains to be seen.

Angry exchanges over the state’s teacher-evaluation law reignited as Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia confirmed that a moratorium on the controversial statute could be extended past its expiration in July 2019.

Need to be at a New York state budget hearing? Better not plan on doing much else that day. Some legislative hearings on the governor’s spending proposals go on for up to 13 hours, giving the Empire State some of the nation’s most drawn-out budget discussions.

The state health department will open an investigation into what impact NYCHA’s lead paint failures have had on public housing tenants in southern Queens.

The NYC Council’s ethics committee found that Bronx Councilman Andy King broke anti-harassment rules and ordered him to get sensitivity and ethics training.

The hero soldier who perished saving others from a deadly Bronx blaze in December will be honored at NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech tonight.

De Blasio will use the first State of the City address of his second term to announce a plan to change the City Charter as a way to improve the city’s campaign finance system.

The NYC Council’s new For-Hire Vehicle Committee met for the first time, and heard testimony from several people advocating for a cap on the number of livery drivers in the Big Apple.

NYC is sitting on more than 1,000 vacant lots that could be developed for housing, and is moving at a glacial pace to capitalize on the opportunity despite a housing crunch, Comptroller Scott Stringer charged.

The mayor’s decision to pay school-bus workers seniority benefits that are not part of their contract is going to cost taxpayers $136 million — and a city lawmaker is calling for an investigation.

Hotel rooms provided by FEMA have been a rare source of stability amid the turmoil brought by Hurricane Maria. But Puerto Rican families worry about what comes next.

Ruling that graffiti — a typically transient form of art — was of sufficient stature to be protected by the law, a federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens.

More than 50,000 NYC students 17 and up will have the chance to register to vote through their schools this year, city officials said.

A group of mayors from around the state demanded that Cuomo acknowledge the work they’ve already done to share services between municipalities.

Thirteen million gallons of water are regularly pumped out of the NYC subway system on a dry day – one of the many problems the MTA is trying to deal with as it struggles to improve service.

Several Democratic Assembly members and senators backed a bill to require online political ads to include the source of funding, something that has been required of political ads on television for decades.

Rafael Flores, a one-time campaign surrogate for former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was convicted last week in El Salvador on a charge he impersonated a U.S. drug enforcement agent in a plot to extort a local mayor.

A pair of passionate protests took aim at a Bronx middle school principal who’s accused of barring a teacher from giving black history lessons.

RIP Sandra Townes, a former English teacher at Corocoran High School who went on to become the first black woman appointed as a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. She died Thursday at the age of 73.

Valentine’s Day this year is also Ash Wednesday, which hasn’t happened since 1945.

This creates a dilemma for Roman Catholics and followers of other Christian denominations who observe Ash Wednesday. How can one simultaneously mark a solemn day that requires abstinence and fasting, while also celebrating one that glorifies the kisses and champagne of romantic love?

The U.S. Coast Guard has a message for anyone thinking of boating across Lake Champlain this summer to take advantage of legal recreational marijuana in Vermont: Pot possession on the lake has been, is and remains a federal offense that carries potential jail time and a fine of up to $5,000.

Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre will host 14 productions, including 10 musicals and the world premiere of a comedy by a local playwright, during their respective 2018-19 seasons.