Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

The Legislature is not in session.

Jury deliberations are scheduled to start in the Joe Percoco federal corruption trial.

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

President Donald Trump this morning receives his daily intelligence briefing, and then holds a meeting on school safety.

In the afternoon, Trump will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and the Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and then meet behind closed doors with members of the U.S. Senate.

At 9 a.m., SUNY Kristina M. Johnson will provide welcome remarks at the Open SUNY Summit, an annual meeting of online learning directors, instructional designers, and online faculty who have grown the Open SUNY platform to enroll more than 177,000 students, SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Community Services Board holds its quarterly full board meeting, Health Department, 42-09 28th St., Room 5-22, Queens.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the Lehman College Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies hosts its eighth annual conference, Artist as Witness: Cultural Production, Conflict, and Human Rights in Syria, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., East Dining Room, Music Building, the Bronx.

At 10 a.m. – Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblyman Ron Castorina and state Sen. Marty Golden speak out against a proposed internet sales tax, Maplewood Place, Staten Island.

At 10:15 a.m., the True Blue NY Grassroots Coalition, made up of more than 60 resistance groups, will announce their endorsements of challengers in five districts represented by Senators in the IDC, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., the New York Progressive Action Network announces its endorsement of Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa participates in a panel discussion on education and securing Puerto Rico’s future at the national conference, “Puerto Rico: The Road to Recovery and Reconstruction,” U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 209-08, Washington, D.C.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblyman Ron Castorina announces his introduction of a bill that would require an NYPD officer at every school in New York City, Tottenville High School, 100 Luten Ave., Staten Island.

At 11:15 a.m., state Sens. Jeff Klein and Jamaal Bailey, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Westchester County Executive George Latimer announce unclaimed funds in the district, Doles Center, 250 S. Sixth Ave., Mount Vernon.

At 11:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer announces his new county corrections leadership team, Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., 9th Floor, White Plains.

At 12:30 p.m., Rep. Nita Lowey will hold a press conference in front of the USPS Processing and Distribution Center in White Plains to address the systemic issues plaguing the post office branches in Westchester and Rockland counties, including lost checks, missing bills, and undelivered medications, 1000 Westchester Ave.

At 2 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights the state’s women’s agenda at the Council on Women and Girls regional forum, Long Island University, Tilles Center for Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville.

At 2:30 p.m., state Sen. Martin Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis speak out against a proposed internet sales tax, 7408 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney attends the 2018 New York Republican State Convention Welcome to Saratoga Reception, Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Also at 5:30 p.m., the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s board of directors meets, Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main St., Roosevelt Island, Manhattan.

At 5:45 p.m., Hochul attends the Irish American Heritage & Culture Month Celebration, Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., state Sens. Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman and New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg speak at Finding Solutions to Our Transportation Crisis, CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Assemblyman Marcos Crespo hosts the Bronx Democratic Party’s annual winter reception, Billy’s Sports Bar, 856 River Ave., Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Assemblyman Dan Quart, NYC Councilman Mark Levine and state Democratic Party Executive Director Geoff Berman attend the Barack Obama Democrats monthly meeting, Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., the Queens Village Republican Club meets with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Knights of Columbus/St. Anne’s Council, 263-15 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks.

At 8 p.m., Hochul recognizes female leaders in Brooklyn at the Power Women in Business Event, El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Ave., Brooklyn.


President Donald Trump backed a U.S. Senate proposal to expand background checks on gun sales, as part of a call for a sweeping overhaul of U.S. gun policy in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

Trump also dashed conservative hopes that he would support a move now for gun owners who legally carry concealed firearms in one state to carry them in the other 49 states, a long-sought goal of the NRA.

In a meeting aired on live TV, the president veered wildly from the NRA playbook, calling for comprehensive gun control legislation that would expand background checks to weapons purchased at gun shows and on the internet, keeping guns from mentally ill people, securing schools and restricting gun sales for some young adults.

Even as he voiced support for proposals generally backed by Democrats — including expanded background checks and raising the age limit to 21 for some gun buyers — the president peppered his remarks with inaccurate facts about mass shootings and gun policy.

Two of the nation’s leading gun sellers, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, took steps to limit their sales of firearms, thrusting themselves into the middle of the polarizing national debate over gun control.

Crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church yesterday, prompting a nearby school to cancel classes.

For more than 20 years, federal law has effectively halted the CDC’s ability to research gun violence. Now, the shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school in February has prompted a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers to take another look at the restrictions.

Democrats in New Jersey are moving forward with several bills to further tighten the state’s gun laws, which are already among the strictest in the nation, making the Garden State the latest to take up the issue after the Florida school shooting.

State Senate Republicans beat back an attempt by Democrats to force a vote on measures tightening gun regulations in New York.

Democratic Senate lawmakers tried – and failed – to force a vote on gun control via a parliamentary gambit, attaching proposals to an existing bill, a move known as a hostile amendment, trying to make the Republican leadership to formally vote them down in an election year.

The NRA makes few political donations directly to politicians in heavily Democratic New York, but instead has spread more than $175,000 in contributions over the last 10 years to political parties and more than $13,000 to the parties and politicians through its state affiliate, state records show.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed frustration with his fellow Democrats on the national level for what he characterized as inaction on gun control, two which U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer replied: “The national Democrats are seriously debating it, so for him to say we won’t do it is incorrect. We are going to do it.”

PolitifactNY deemed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s tweet about how one provision of the SAFE Act can be easily circumvented to be true.

Long Island educators continue to struggle in their efforts aimed at making schools safer and calming the nerves of students, parents and faculty still jittery after the deadly Valentine’s Day shootings in Florida.

Sayville school officials are moving to end the employment of a custodian accused of making a remark about bringing a gun to school that some interpreted as a threat, according to Superintendent John E. Stimmel.

Hope Hicks, White House communications director, said she is resigning, marking the departure of a presidential confidante and longtime lieutenant from the West Wing.

Hicks, 29, has been one of Trump’s longest-serving aides, handling most of the communications responsibilities for his 2016 election campaign before joining him as director of strategic communications.

Hicks made the sudden announcement about her departure a day after she testified before a House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, where she admitted to telling “white lies” on Trump’s behalf — a public concession that reportedly left him displeased.

Multiple White House aides said Hicks’s decision to leave was unrelated to her appearance before the House committee, insisting she told a small group of people in the days before the session that she had planned to resign, partly because she never liked Washington and chose not to try to pretend to.

Trump reportedly refers to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “Mr. Magoo” behind closed doors.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating a period of time last summer when Trump seemed determined to drive Sessions from his job, according to people familiar with the matter who said that a key area of interest for the inquiry is whether those efforts were part of a months-long pattern of attempted obstruction of justice.

Donald Trump Jr. reported for jury duty yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court, turning heads and generating a buzz — but went home without getting picked for a case.

The state Department of Financial Services asked several banks for information about their relationships with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his finances, sending expansive and comprehensive inquiries last week to firms that include Deutsche Bank AG and Signature Bank.

Apollo, the private equity firm, and Citigroup made large loans last year to the family real estate business of Kushner.

Referencing “The Sopranos” is not a crime. That sentiment regarding the HBO hit series was part of the closing argument givenby a lawyer for a former top Cuomo aide, Joe Percoco, following a six-week corruption trial that featured the hit TV show’s term ziti – or cash – prominently.

According to his attorney, Percoco, the burly, reliable presence at Cuomo’s side for more than two decades, was not the governor’s right-hand man – an image Percoco himself once cultivated – but rather more of a foot soldier, a scheduler and “nuts and bolts guy” in charge of assembling stages before events or overseeing the holiday card mailings.

A Long Island federal corruption trial can steer into a felonious businessman’s dealings with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — it just can’t veer into the absence of charges against him.

The state Democratic Party — controlled by Cuomo — has launched an online campaign targeting upstate GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney over her recent comments that “so many” mass murderers “end up being Democrats.”

Referencing Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie teamed up to call for passage of a state bill that would require social media companies in New York to disclose who paid for online political ads.

The new head of New York City’s cash-strapped public hospital network has cut $16 million in consulting costs since he started two months ago — but the system is losing up to $190 million a year for unbilled services to the insured.

De Blasio named Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho as the next head of the country’s largest school system, going for a leader with a record of expanding school choices and improving student achievement.

Carvalho will oversee the nation’s largest system, one made up of 1.1 million children, many of whom face similar challenges to those he has overcome in his current post.

Carvalho replaces Carmen Fariña, de Blasio’s chancellor since taking office in 2014. She announced in December that she would retire from public education, having spent nearly a half-century in the profession.

Three Muslim women have each reached a $60,000 settlement with New York City after they were forced to remove their hijabs to be photographed while in police custody.

The opioid epidemic has turned librarians into emergency medical workers and prompted a debate over whether they should administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

The state Senate passed a pair of bills introduced by the IDC to increase oversight of the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.

NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez copped to disorderly conduct for parking himself in front of an ambulance while protesting the feds’ detention of immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir — and he’s not a bit sorry.

The number of people living in city shelters held steady last year for the first time in a decade – a victory, say New York City officials, given the difficulty of combating homelessness.

Hundreds of upset parents showed up last night at contentious meeting in Manhattan where a city panel was going to vote on closing 13 public schools this summer. About 200 people signed up to comment, so the meeting stretched for hours.

A special prosecutor in the case of Lindsay Henry, a Babylon Town attorney charged with assaulting his girlfriend, said he expects the case to be dismissed tomorrow if the alleged victim continues not to appear in court.

Aides to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone are clashing with Comptroller John Kennedy over Kennedy’s plan to audit the administration’s bidding process for a new vendor to operate county beach concessions.

After hearing from both the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority administration and its management company, Common Council members are no closer to understanding how some public housing tenants were left without heat and hot water in the middle of winter.

Tesla wants state lawmakers to allow it to open 15 stores upstate, on top of the five stores it previously got approval to open in the New York City area. But the company faces a roadblock. For decades, state law has required automakers to sell new vehicles to customers only through franchised dealers.

Police are guarding the home of one of the Capital Region’s most prominent state Supreme Court judges, Thomas Breslin, after he received a death threat that authorities deem genuine.

The Saratoga Springs Republican Committee unanimously endorsed Gerard Amedio for Saratoga County district attorney last night, according the challenger’s campaign.

Two members of the town’s ethics board resigned in disgust last night after the Town Board went against the ethics committee’s recommendation and appointed a politically active woman to the ethics’ group.

A former dentist has been arrested and charged with trespassing after authorities said he walked uninvited into the Centre Island home of Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity.

A software engineer has sued Google, alleging she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment by male co-workers and the Internet giant didn’t do enough to stop it.

PEN America has announced that Hillary Clinton will deliver the closing lecture at this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, capping off a week of events dedicated to the theme “Resist and Reimagine” and featuring more than 165 writers of over 50 nationalities.