Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events on his calendar.

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

The jury continues its deliberations in the Joe Percoco corruption trial in Manhattan.

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

President Donald Trump this afternoon greets and then meets with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. The two leaders will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting.

After that, the president will meet with Swedish business representatives, and then participate in a joint press conference with the prime minister.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning participates in a phone call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, and then departs D.C. aboard Air Force Two en route to to Omaha, NE.

In Nebraska, Pence will deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event, and also speak at a campaign event for Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The vice president then heads to Lexington, KY, where he’ll be spending the night.

At 8:30 a.m., protestors will rally outside de Blasio’s gym (the Park Slope YMCA), which is near the scene of a crash yesterday that left a 4-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy dead and a pregnant woman critically injured.

Also at 8:30 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli attends the NYS Council of School Superintendents Conference, Albany Capital Center, State Street, Albany.

At 9 a.m., the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 946, Conference Room, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., Friends of Recovery – New York holds its annual Stand Up for Recovery day, featuring state Sens. George Amedore and Chris Jacobs, Empire State Plaza, Convention Hall, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at ribbon cutting for a new Strive New York job training and placement site, 205 E. 122nd St., third floor, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a public hearing, 1 Centre St., ninth floor, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. launch the new HPD outreach van, The Davidson Community Center Inc., 2038 Davidson Ave., Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Deputy Commissioner Nicole Perry holds a press conference to address top consumer concerns and complaints, IRS, 290 Broadway, 30th floor, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Airbnb hosts and advocates will be joined by actor and activist Danny Glover for a rally in support of home sharing, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Health Commissioner Mary Bassett announces the launch of a sexual health marketing campaign for women, Planned Parenthood NYC’s Diane L. Max Health Center, 21-41 45th Road, Queens.

At noon, over 500 members of Make the Road New York from New York City, Long Island and Westchester will rally to pressure Cuomo and the Legislature to enact key policies that benefit immigrants and working-class New Yorkers of color, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, advocates from across the state hold a press conference to call on Cuomo and the Legislature to address the overwhelming need for additional resources to promote and support recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions in New York, Western staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will provide remarks at the NYC Unity Project Faith Summit and the official launch of the Unity Project Faith Network, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., Brewer hosts the opening reception for an exhibition of works by Béatrice Lebreton, Borough President’s Office, Maggi Peyton Art Gallery, 1 Centre St., 19th floor, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley holds a fundraiser, Manhattan. (The location is being provided upon RSVPing; tickets are $500 a head and up).

At 6:30 p.m., GOP state Senate candidate Julie Killian holds a fundraiser, Ernie’s Wine Bar & EATS, 7 Pondfield Rd., Bonxville. (Tickets are $99 apiece, $50 for district leaders).


Prepare yourself, a second nor’easter is set to hit the tri-state area in less than a week as March gets underway.

The next storm is particularly bad news for thousands of people in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley who are still without power due to last week’s storm.

The worst-case scenario now for the mid-week storm is for a foot or more of snow in the areas that got hammered last week, but that can change as the storm gets closer.

Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, spent much of the day yesterday promising to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, even throwing down the challenge to “arrest me,” then backed off his defiance by saying he would probably cooperate in the end.

Nunberg provided entertaining television as he went — while possibly drunk — on a news marathon, calling White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a “fat slob” and vowing to defy a grand jury. CNN’s Erin Burnett asked him if he had been drinking, and he insisted he had not.

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, 80, chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, will resign April 1 for health reasons. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.

When it comes to a trade imbalance with China, Trump and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appear to agree, but the senator says he needs more information about the president’s plan to instate a 25 percent tax on all steel imports and a ten percent tax on aluminum imports.

Trump insisted that he’s “not backing down” on his plan to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite anxious warnings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans of a possible trade war.

The bank used by Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to wire $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, a former adult-film actress, flagged the transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department.

Rep. Peter King, other New York members of Congress and comedian Jon Stewart denounced as “downright irresponsible” a Trump administration proposal that would change the leadership of a federal health program that provides aid to 9/11 first responders.

Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala, a Democrat who served as Health and Human Services secretary under President Bill Clinton, is running to replace retiring Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, according to paperwork filed with the FEC.

In response to a deadly Florida school shooting last month, the state’s Senate narrowly passed a bill that would create new restrictions on rifle sales and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools.

Jon Romano, who is serving time for a 2004 shooting at Columbia High School and is now 30, praised the survivors in Parkland, Fla., for their “courageous and inspiring” calls for stricter gun control laws.

A recent scare and lockdown at a South Buffalo community center, coming in the wake of the nation’s most recent mass shooting, has Common Council members poised to implement active shooter training for employees at city facilities.

The long-looming deadline — March 5 — for youthful immigrant Dreamers facing loss of legal status under Obama-era DACA protection came and went yesterday with more of a whimper than a bang.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan includes $1 billion in new taxes and fees. But that could change, with lawmakers and the governor agreeing there’s as much as $750 million in additional money coming in from existing revenue streams.

The Republican-led state Senate yesterday approved bills intended to improve school safety in the wake of the latest school shooting massacre, but only after voting down a number of Democratic gun-control proposals and trading insults.

The state Senate also passed a bill ordering the Health Department to devise regulations regarding ultraviolet lamps that nail salons use to dry the gels that are used in manicures.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped the superintendent of Houston schools, Richard Carranza, to be the city’s next schools chancellor, days after the mayor’s first choice pulled out.

Carranza will be paid a record $345,000 a year by the city — over $100,000 more than outgoing Chancellor Carmen Farina.

At one of his first meetings with de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, to discuss the job of New York City schools chancellor, Carranza serenaded them with a mariachi song: “Maria Elena.”

Observers wondering why the mayor’s wife has had a role in appointing top City Hall staffers are sexist, he said.

A day after de Blasio called for a ban on plastic shopping bags in New York, a spokesman for Cuomo revealed that the governor is considering such a step, though no timetable was given for him to make a decision.

De Blasio is suing to block a Cuomo administration order that would force the closure of a jail facility on Rikers Island that houses nearly 400 inmates — including 100 teenagers.

Two children were struck and killed by a car while in a crosswalk in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn yesterday afternoon, police said, at an intersection that has long been considered hazardous for pedestrians.

A “real and credible” threat caused Utica College to go in lockdown for hours yesterday, but no shots were fired on campus and no students were injured. The investigation continues, though students and professors were released at 5 p.m.

Lockdowns have also occurred recently at Long Island public schools as police investigated social media threats.

A single New York county outside of Albany – Rensselaer – participates in a program that deputizes local authorities as immigration agents — and now advocates are calling on Cuomo to prohibit the initiative statewide.

Day Three of deliberations at the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco saw jurors ask to review an array of testimony and exhibits — most involving his wife’s alleged “low-show” job and the prosecution’s tainted star witness.

Regardless of the outcome of the trial, the political damage to Cuomo, who has not been formally accused of any wrongdoing, may already be done.

State Budget Director Robert Mujica penned a letter in response to a Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, saying it “ignores the unarguable fact that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s record on state spending outshines any previous administration.”

Manhattan’s largest development company says it was snookered into paying union workers $42 an hour — and a lot more for overtime — just to deliver coffee at its Hudson Yards megaproject.

A judge has issued an immunity order requiring former Oyster Bay Town Attorney Leonard Genova to testify in the upcoming federal corruption case of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former town Supervisor John Venditto, court records show.

Cuomo announced (via LG Kathy Hochul) the opening of the Women’s History Month exhibit in the state Capitol. The exhibit highlights 25 New York women and century of progress since the 1917 victory of women’s suffrage in New York.

Outdoor conservation groups face an uphill fight in convincing state lawmakers that hunting curriculums should be offered in high schools.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action.

Bloomberg was assigned to boost the UN Climate Summit in 2019 and to mobilize more ambitious action to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

Gay conversion therapy for LGBT minors is now illegal in Erie County.

The Bethpage Water District lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. hit another snag after a federal appeals court affirmed a lower ruling dismissing the case, saying the utility waited too long to seek relief over groundwater contamination.

The Hempstead Town Board is to vote today to hire Samantha Levine, a former spokeswoman during Bloomberg’s administration, as the town’s new communications director, officials said.

Milton Town Supervisor Scott Ostrander, who ran on a campaign of ethics, is now violating the town’s ethics law by asking prospective new Board of Ethics members to apply through him.

Lackawanna lawmakers by a unanimous vote returned Abdulsalam Noman to the seat he vacated at the end of 2017 after a series of court challenges that eventually ousted Mohamed Albanna from the First Ward seat he had won in the November election.

U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni last week signed off on a $6.5 million legal settlement between the parent company of the Price Chopper supermarket chain and roughly 1,400 past and present employees who had sued for unpaid overtime.

Niagara, Orleans and two other Lake Ontario counties have decided to take charge of dredging of small-boat harbors along the lakeshore. The task is now in private or municipal hands, but the counties think they can do it more efficiently with a regional approach.

A Binghamton University spinoff may bring the manufacturing of its foot-vibrating device from China to Central New York as sales grow.

Adrienne Lawrence dropped the hammer on ESPN over the weekend, filing a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the Worldwide Leader for incidents dating back to 2015.

In addition to the Academy Award and the Kawasaki Jet Ski that costume designer Mark Bridges won Sunday at the Oscars, he also earned a shout-out from his alma mater: Stony Brook University, where the Niagara Falls native studied for his bachelor of arts degree in theater arts.

Buffalo collector Michael Merisola might not have received a thank you from stage during the Oscar ceremony, but he deserves some for the credit for helping this year’s big winner look its best. His business provided some two dozen set pieces for the award-winning film “The Shape of Water.”