Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Ulster County and Albany.

The state Legislature is back in session in Albany.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in the Joe Percoco federal corruption trial in Manhattan.

President Donald Trump this morning meets with Republican members of the Senate on renewable fuel standards, and then will receive the Boy Scouts of America Report to the Nation.

This afternoon, the president meets with Republican House members to discuss trade, and later makes an announcement regarding additional leadership in the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

At 8 a.m., Crain’s New York Business Breakfast Forum features Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Rick Cotton, New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park S., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, SUNY New Paltz, Student Union, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means hold a joint committee hearing on the 2018-2019 executive budget in regard to environmental conservation, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, second floor, Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul, personal finance author Jean Chatzky join AARP members from across New York on AARP’s annual lobby day to urge lawmakers to enact Cuomo’s proposal to create a workplace retirement savings option that private sector companies could offer their employees, The Well, LOB, Albany.

At 11 a.m., VOCAL-NY, JustLeadershipUSA and grass-roots groups from around the state call on Cuomo to support progressive criminal justice bills introduced by state Senate Democrats, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the New York Immigration Coalition and religious leaders from across New York City hold a press conference as part of a National Day of Action calling on Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act, 131 W. 33rd St., Suite 610, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYCHA Citywide Council of Presidents announce a campaign to push New York City for human rights and dignified living conditions for people living in New York City Housing Authority communities, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:15 a.m., the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council holds its 2018 annual meeting, The City College of New York, Great Hall of Shepard Hall, second floor, 160 Convent Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, New York Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention — comprised of both state senators and assembly members — will join with advocates outside of the Senate Chambers to release a package of commonsense gun violence prevention bills, outside the Senate chamber, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:45 p.m., the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services urges Cuomo and state lawmakers for housing, criminal justice and adult home reforms, state Capitol, West Steps, Albany.

At 1 p.m., New York Renews rallies to demand Cuomo step up action on climate change and deliver a check for $7 billion, state Capitol, hallway outside the governor’s office, Albany.

At 1:15 p.m., advocates and members of the state Senate Democratic conference call for passage of the Child Victims Act, Senate Democratic Conference Room (315), stat Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., the Preservation League of New York State is bringing preservation and business leaders to the Capitol to ask lawmakers to support two key changes to New York’s Historic Tax Credits, LCA Press Room (130), LOB, Albany.

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul visits and supports efforts to assist NY immigrant and refuge communities, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, 991 Broadway, Suite 223, Albany.

At 4:30 p.m., Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and others invite the public to a flag raising ceremony in honor of the Dominican Republic’s Independence Day, City Hall, 40 S. Broadway, Yonkers.

At 5 p.m., Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and actor Sterling K. Brown host an open house to showcase the Central and West Harlem Youth Opportunity Hubs, 302 W. 124th Street, third floor, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Mark Gjonaj host a celebration in honor of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts a celebration of Dominican Independence Day with Councilmen Rafael Espinal and Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will open Gracie Mansion to the public for the next iteration of the Gracie Book Club, East 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa will speak at Professor Noliwe Rooks’s presentation, “Privatization, Segregation & Underfunding: The Attack on Public Schools,” Giffen Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St., Albany.

Also at 6 p.m., state Sen. Leroy Comrie hosts the second annual Military Black History Month Celebration, American Legion Post 483 Rosedale, 240-08 135th Ave., Queens.

Also at 6 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts his birthday celebration, Inn at New Hyde Park, 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park.

At 6:30 p.m., the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group meets, Mary Star of The Sea Senior Apartments, 41 First St., Brooklyn.


President Donald Trump said he would have rushed in to aid students and teachers during the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

“You don’t know until you’re tested,” the president said. “But I think I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too.”

Trump told governors gathered in D.C. that he would take action to ban the sale of bump stocks without Congress, and said it’s “OK” to push back against the NRA “every once as a while,” as the powerful gun lobbying group fights calls to enact stricter gun control laws after the shooting.

Florida lawmakers shot down an amendment that would have banned semi-automatic “assault” weapons like the AR-15 used in the Parkland shooting. They did, however, agree to raise the legal age for purchasing a firearm to 21 — and approved legislation giving teachers the right to carry guns in school.

Congress returned to work without following Trump’s lead on any of the major initiatives he has tossed into the debate since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The lieutenant governor in Georgia threatened to kill a proposed lucrative tax cut for Delta Air Lines after the company eliminated a discount fare program for the NRA over the weekend.

Accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz hired a lawyer to try to get his hands on a reported $800,000 inheritance almost two months to the day before his alleged killing spree, court records revealed.

An Oregon youth softball program has decided to move forward with plans to raffle off an AR-15-style assault weapon as part of its fundraiser, despite negative press coverage following the Parkland massacre.

Delaware is joining a growing number of states that are taking a collective approach to fighting gun violence, Gov. John Carney said.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was the first Republican to sign on to the States for Gun Safety group, which now includes six states and Puerto Rico, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

New York state lawmakers have split along party lines in their responses to the deadly Florida shooting, with Democrats calling for tighter gun laws and Republicans focusing on improving schools’ security.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to bypass the federal circuit courts in the legal dispute over the Trump administration’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, meaning that young immigrants known as Dreamers will be able to continue renewing their legal protections from deportation, at least for the time being.

West Virginia’s teachers are refusing to go to school for a fourth day today in protest of pay that is among the lowest in the nation. Such statewide strikes are unusual but not unprecedented.

Joseph Percoco scored a minor victory ahead of closing arguments at his corruption trial, when the judge tossed one of the seven felony counts against the former top Cuomo aide.

Ten other felony counts remain in the closely watched trial that has revealed glimpses into the inner workings of the Cuomo administration, the use of campaign donations by executives trying to affect state decisions and the extent of influence that politically wired lobbyists can have on Albany.

U.S District Court Judge Valerie Caproni issued her ruling after dismissing the jurors for the day. Both the prosecution and defense lawyers finished presenting evidence in the morning. The jury will begin its deliberations after the lawyers give closing statements over the next few days.

Standing in front of Caproni in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the chief defendant, Percoco, said he would not testify in his own defense. Nor would his three co-defendants, executives with two companies accused of bribing him in exchange for favors related to state business.

A federal judge in New York tossed out a sweeping lawsuit that sought to make marijuana legal under federal law, ruling that the plaintiffs had failed to take the necessary first step of asking the DEA to remove cannabis from its list of dangerous substances.

In a case that could have wide-ranging national significance for gay rights, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that a landmark civil rights law bars employers from discriminating against their workers based on sexual orientation.

Barely two weeks into NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term, aides launched a hunt for an alarm clock “visible” enough to get even the perennially tardy mayor moving, emails obtained by The NY Post reveal.

As New York considers congestion pricing, the systems used in London, Singapore and Stockholm could provide a valuable road map.

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, a gubernatorial candidate, criticized Cuomo for accepting campaign contributions from political appointees, saying the governor violated his own executive order.

The NY Post weighs in: “For all his big talk on ethics, Cuomo has only limped when he has needed to walk the walk — going all the way back to his unilateral axing of his anti-corruption Moreland Commission. In short, when it comes to hypocrisy, Cuomo and de Blasio are a matched pair.”

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is among a list of 65 mayors from across New York to endorse a three-pronged plan set forth by the Cuomo Administration in response the federal tax plan enacted by Trump.

The state Drinking Water Quality Council, charged with recommending a safe standard for the chemical 1,4-dioxane, estimated that removing the emerging contaminant could cost water suppliers in New York billions of dollars in capital spending and millions more annually to operate and maintain treatment systems.

Cuomo is not happy that the City of Newburgh is threatening to sue the state along with federal agencies and two private companies over the toxic chemical that has shut down the city’s primary water supply for nearly two years.

Cuomo’s inclusion of the Child Victims Act in his executive budget this year has put the controversial legislation on course for its first potential vote by the state Legislature.

When the siblings making up the well-known classical piano ensemble The 5 Browns were looking into bringing sexual abuse charges against their father, they briefly considered New York before learning the state’s weak laws wouldn’t work.

Cuomo can aim for his aggressive goals to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions in the state, or he can see a network of proposed new natural gas pipelines built. But he likely cannot do both.

Penn Station will be the testing ground for bomb-detecting technology, months after a failed suicide bomber tried blowing up the Times Square station, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could disrupt the finances of public-sector unions, but labor leaders vowed to fight back even if the court’s decision doesn’t go their way.

Without a hint of irony, First Lady Melania Trump declared that adults need to embrace “positive habits on social media” to set an example for the next generation.

Two Democratic state lawmakers from Manhattan called for a statewide ban on the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag and a fee on paper bags as a way to encourage renewable alternatives and crack down on one of the greatest sources of environmental pollution.

The NY Daily News takes a swipe at JCOPE.

NYPD officials said they support a NYC Council bill calling on state lawmakers to make it illegal for cops to have sex with suspects in custody. The governor has proposed a similar measure at the state level.

The board of directors of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts is facing mounting lawsuits from shareholders – including the NYS pension fund – who allege they breached their fiduciary duties when they ignored what has been described as a longstanding pattern of sexual abuse and harassment by the company’s founder, Steve Wynn.

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office is a hotbed of misconduct where prosecutors and other staffers neglect their work to shop, drink booze and have sex, according to a $15 million notice of claim filed Monday by a suspended employee who’s involved with an embattled NYPD cop.

New York’s top financial regulator has launched a broad probe of 170 insurance companies to see if any discriminated against selling life insurance to gay men who took HIV-prevention medicine.

Bloomberg executives defrauded the mega media company by rigging bids and taking kickbacks from contractors, according to reports and court records.

After a month of controversy, the plan to bring a high-tech manufacturer to DeWitt accelerated with two final approvals from state boards.

The street in front of the Queens station house where rookie cop Eddie Byrne worked before he was slain was named in his honor yesterday.

Long Island law enforcement officials criticized a Trump administration proposal to slash funding — in the thick of the deadly opioid scourge — to a federal anti-drug trafficking program that provided Nassau and Suffolk county police departments with their new overdose mapping technology.

Ex-NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant asked to have his corruption indictment dismissed on grounds that Preet Bharara repeatedly made “impermissible and inappropriate” comments about the case while serving as Manhattan US Attorney. But Manhattan federal Judge Gregory Woods rejected the requests.

The Buffalo area’s two House members – Reps. Chis Collins and Brian Higgins – put forward a new proposal for an improved plaza on the American side of the Peace Bridge, saying technology advances could put major border operations on the Canadian side of the span and minimize the need for any expansion of the U.S. site. Strong pushback was immediate.

The Plainedge school district recently emerged as the 28th on Long Island to be rapped by state auditors for amassing millions of dollars in cash reserves beyond legal limits.

NYC’s 311 operators would be required to field complaints about the New York City Housing Authority under a raft of new bills unveiled by state legislators.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who took office last month, announced “a zero-tolerance policy” for county employees involved with procurement or contracting procedures accepting gifts of any kind from county vendors, no matter how small.

Joye Brown: “It’s going to take more than a fruit basket ban to clean up contract improprieties in Nassau — considering that the county already had a limit on vendor gifts worth more than $75 before County Executive Laura Curran’s executive order Monday banning them.”

After Barclays Center chief executive Brett Yormark cast doubt in a TV interview about whether a New York Islanders arena will ever be built at Belmont Park, Cuomo’s office was quick to push back.

New York’s chief administrative judge has suspended a Guilderland town justice who was arrested last week on felony charges accusing him of scheming with another attorney to steal more than $4 million from the estates of people they had advised.

More than 80 Uber drivers protested a proposed six-month Suffolk ban on ride-sharing operators as a way for the county to leverage a local share of $24 million in revenue from the 4 percent state surcharge on ridesharing.

The Oyster Bay Town Board plans to vote on a 400 percent parking permit fee increase at its meeting tonight, according to a draft of the plan.

The Syracuse Department of Parks & Recreation requested an increase in fees for city parks facilities, including ice rinks, pools, golf courses, hobby classes and summer camps. The new fees would take effect April 1, if the City Council approves the hike.

A 12-mile stretch of Interstate 90 shut down in both directions between Rochester and Buffalo yesterday as state police pursued an “emotionally disturbed person” driving erratically, troopers said.

Former Village of Monticello and Beacon police Chief Doug Solomon was sworn in as the provisional head of Newburgh’s police department as he prepares to take a civil service exam to become permanent chief.

Cheektowaga police were called to the home of four-term Councilman James Rogowski on a domestic incident one week prior to his arrest on Friday, a police official confirmed.

Amherst Ethics Board member Thomas Grace had 30 days to file a financial disclosure form after taking office Jan. 23, but he missed the deadline by four days. Under the terms of the ethics code, which the Town Board revised last month, Grace’s seat is now vacant.

The top beer bar in all of New York state, according to a web site dedicated to serious craft brew fans, is a brewery tap room in Rome.