The U.S. Senate confirmed Gina Haspel to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency’s past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.

Trump asserted that federal investigators attempted to infiltrate his 2016 campaign with a confidential informant — a scandalous overreach, he said, that would be “bigger than Watergate!”

While railing against California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, Trump referred to some people who cross the border illegally as “animals” — drawing a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders for the harsh rhetoric.

Millions of dollars have been allocated for a second year in a row to help students enrolled in New York’s public colleges off-set the high cost of textbooks.

Responding to a growing debate in the state Legislature, of which he was once a member, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns has decided that Erie County Auto Bureaus won’t process driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon held a campaign event on the L line of the NYC subway, shaking hands with riders, posing for photos, and ultimately, due to delays, taking a 20-minute trip a mere two stops away.

Nixon asked weary subway riders to talk about their commutes on social media this morning and call out Cuomo’s “sham subway plan.”

Nixon’s latest campaign blitz attacks Cuomo over the sorry state of the city’s subways with $30-a-pop T-shirts bearing the trademarked F-train logo — which she’s selling without the MTA’s permission.

Hank Sheinkopf: “Right now, Nixon’s riding a wave of name recognition from her time on a show about rich white women galavanting around the Upper West Side, but that’s not going to cut it when it comes to turning out support from black women.”

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is being courted to run for AG by people all across the political spectrum. He’s leaning against it, but hasn’t yet formally said “no,” either.

One party insider said John Cahill, a former Pataki administration official and 2014 attorney general candidate, is 90 percent committed to running again this year after no major GOP figure showed interest before Schneiderman’s departure.

Rep. Dan Donovan, a Staten Island Republican, says in his first TV ad of the GOP primary race that he “stands tough with Trump.”

The Buffalo School Board member who replaced Carl Paladino has abruptly resigned. Catherine Flanagan-Priore, who was appointed in September to fill the vacant Park District seat, gave a prepared letter of resignation to Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold after last night’s meeting.

Former AG Robert Abrams offers some (unsolicited) advice to those who are putting themselves forward as potential successors to ex-AG Eric Schneiderman.

Trump’s lawyer, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said there was nothing illegal about Trump campaign advisers meeting with a Russian lawyer purportedly offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani and his staff “doored” a pedicab driver in Midtown today, officials said.

Steve Barnes, the TU’s “Table Hopping” columnist, believes the governor’s proposal to end the tipped hourly wage will significantly hurt New York’s restaurant industry and its workers.

“…In related news, the Troy location of Slidin’ Dirty, normally open for lunch, will be closed until 5:18 p.m. Friday to allow its staff to participate in a rally opposing the change, management said.”

Embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing campaign funds and failing to disclose funds that he used for personal expenses.

Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy appear ready to clash over filling the vacant post of deputy executive director of Port Authority, which the two control. Murphy wants to fill the position, while Cuomo looks likely to stymie such an appointment. Murphy could retaliate by delaying authority projects

Leticia Astacio is appealing the decision by the Commission on Judicial Conduct to remove her as a Rochester City Court judge.

Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island member of the now-defunct IDC, has a Democratic primary challenger, Jasmine Robinson, who is being supported by a number of progressive groups and the WFP.

Tuition would rise and security would be strengthened at Niagara County Community College under a tentative budget for the next academic year, which includes $250,000 for two armed peace officers and a contract with a local police agency to supply a regular police officer to patrol during the day.