Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Schenectady County and New York City. At 10 a.m., he will attend the funeral for Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, 3040 Hamburg St., Schenectady.

At 5 p.m. this evening, Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at the lying in state of the Honorable George H.W. Bush.

At 7:45 a.m., former NYC Council Speaker and current NYC public advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito greets subway riders at the 181st Street 1 Subway Station, Washington Heights.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. holds a press conference to unveil a statue of Shirley Chisholm, Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Council subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Justice System meets jointly with the Committee on Criminal justice, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes, the Assembly Standing Committee on Health, the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations, and the Assembly Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse hold a joint public hearing, Babylon Town Hall, 200 E. Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez holds a dedication ceremony to rename the Post Office at 6 Doyers St. after local groundbreaking figure Mabel Lee, First Chinese Baptist Church, 21 Pell St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Land Use meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Sheriff Robert Maciol will sign an agreement with Utica City School District Superintendent Bruce Karam to place special patrol officers in all of Utica’s elementary schools, Jefferson Elementary School Gymnasium, 190 Booth St., Utica.

At 11:30 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Standards and Ethics continues a recessed meeting, 250 Broadway, 15th floor, Manhattan.

At noon, NYCHA tenants and local clergy members will endorse Assemblywoman Latrice Walker’s NYC public advocate bid, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Jorelmon St., Brooklyn.

Also at noon, dozens with Sunrise New York and Indivisible Brooklyn will rally outside U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office to demand that he use his power to ensure that the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee rejects fossil fuel money and supports a Green New Deal, 780 3rd Ave., Manhattan.

Also at noon, immigrant New Yorkers and elected officials will rally to demand passage of legislation in Albany to restore access to driver’s licenses for all and the New York Dream Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Standards and Ethics meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Education meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Public Safety meets jointly with the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee room, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Steven Aiello is scheduled to be sentenced for his role in the Buffalo Billion corruption case, federal courthouse, 40 Foley Sq., Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Assemblywoman Nily Rozic speaks at ADL’s Annual Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan joins School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo and Principal William Bassell to mark the beginning of construction of the new Academy of American Studies building, 28-01 41st Ave., Queens.

At 4:30 p.m., CUNY holds a Board of Trustees public hearing, LaGuardia Community College, mainstage theater, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Queens.

At 5:30 p.m., the MTA holds a public hearing on proposed fare hikes, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island.

At 6 p.m., Bloomberg Philanthropies’ documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” has its NYC premiere, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St., Manhattan. (Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg will attend).

At 6:30 p.m., Rep. Yvette Clarke and immigration experts host a roundtable regarding the proposed public charge rule change, Lenox Road Baptist Church, 1356 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Also at 7 p.m., the New York Immigration Coalition, the New York State Immigrant Action Fund, Neighbors Link, and Indivisible Westchester will join State Sen. Shelley Mayer for a community forum in support of legislation to expand access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains.

At 7:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the Interfaith Center of New York’s Civic Leadersh

At 8 p.m., Mark-Viverito attends the Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens holiday party, Club Evolution, 76-19 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens.


Former FBI Director James Comey announced he has dropped his legal challenge to House Republicans’ efforts to compel him to testify in a closed-door setting about the political bias and mismanagement they say permeated the Hillary Clinton and Trump campaign probes under his watch.

Republican lawmakers agreed to release a transcript of his testimony in 24 hours and to allow Comey to speak about the meeting publicly, he said on Twitter. “This is the closest I can get to public testimony,” he said.

Staring down a Friday deadline with major conflicts left to resolve, lawmakers were discussing a short-term spending bill that would avert the possibility of a partial government shutdown as Washington mourns former President George Bush, according to people familiar with the talks.

The C.I.A. has evidence that Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, communicated repeatedly with a key aide around the time that a team believed to have been under the aide’s command assassinated Jamal Khashoggi, according to former officials familiar with the intelligence.

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, of Manhattan, said that a new plea deal from Michael Cohen, Trump’s former longtime lawyer, raises questions as to whether the Kremlin still has a “hold over” the president.

China agreed to cut tariffs on American cars, Trump said on Twitter.

Qatar said it is quitting OPEC from January 2019 but would attend the oil exporter group’s meeting this week, saying the decision meant Doha could focus on cementing its position as the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ordered government flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the late former President George H.W. Bush.

Sully H.W. Bush, service dog of the former president, will accompany the late commander-in-chief one last time — traveling alongside his casket as it heads to Washington, DC, this week for his funeral.

At the time of his death, Bush was the most popular former president alive.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her memoir, “Becoming,” with fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Saturday, and shocked the crowd when she swore. While speaking about inequality for women in both the workplace and marriage, she noted women can’t be responsible for changing their own placement.

Obama canceled part of her book tour so she can pay her respects to Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, said she will make a decision about a potential 2020 presidential bid during this year’s holiday season.

A giant menorah, which shined bright against the dark fog that blanketed Central Park, has been lit hundreds of times by rabbis, mayors and governors, was lit again last night. But this time – coming amidst a rise in antiSemitism – felt different.

De Blasio — who was booed at last week’s Christmas-tree lighting in Rockefeller Plaza – was late to the menorah lighting ceremony in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

The Daily Gazette breaks with most other media outlets and editorializes against linking a legislative pay raise with a ban on outside income.

Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky: “Andrea Stewart-Cousins presents as a woman of grace and flair. She has considerable political skill as well. She will need all that and more as she becomes the new Senate majority leader.”

Spurred by the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress and Julia Salazar to the state Senate, the Democratic Socialists of America has become a potent political force to be reckoned with in New York City politics.

The already-popular waterfront Queens neighborhood of Long Island City was named as the future home of Amazon’s Gotham headquarters last month — and buyers have been on a feeding frenzy looking for investment properties ever since, according to real estate local brokers.

Some hardcore Amazon foes broke into a company-owned building in Long Island City Saturday evening, scrawling “Scama­zon.con” across its floor-to-ceiling windows from the inside.

With state Sen. Michael Gianaris positioning himself as a leading opponent to the deal bringing Amazon to New York, Democratic insiders are wondering what his endgame is and whether he will work to try to kill or change the agreement.

The Gateway Program to expand and revitalize rail tunnels beneath the Hudson River could be a major boon to Trump’s legacy — so long as he can look past Cuomo’s critiques to fund it, veteran New York Republican former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato said.

Critics of a controversial state law that makes construction companies 100 percent liable for work-site injuries – the so-called “Scaffold Law” – are pushing for an overhaul of the statute amid ramped-up talks over the Gateway project, which they say could add up to $300 million to the cost.

Prosecutors don’t want to stop at just locking up Buffalo businessman Louis P. Ciminelli in federal prison for a number of years. They want the government to grab back the money his company made off the Buffalo Billion, too.

Cuomo and state labor leaders are accusing Charter/Spectrum cable of “union-busting” activities and are set to unleash today a campaign seeking new boycotts against the company, the Daily News has learned.

De Blasio announced sox months ago that he’d committed half a billion taxpayer dollars to pay for the group’s pet project – construction of thousands of units of senior citizen housing on vacant NYCHA lots. But so far, not a dime has been spent.

Cuomo said a program enacted in April would help protect employees from new federal limits on the deductibility of state and local taxes. So far, few of the state’s employers have opted in.

A financially struggling bus company was kicked out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan after failing to pay $214,000 in fees. But instead of shutting down, the scofflaw company found a new home at a fraction of the cost: on the curb outside.

SL Green Realty is making its biggest investment in the booming Hudson Yards area in Manhattan by acquiring a 91-year-old building in a deal that values the property at $440 million.

Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham plans to release a list of priests with credible claims of child abuse against them as he awaits the naming of his successor.

The Syracuse diocese’s list of abusive priests contains the names of “dozens” of people who can no longer be prosecuted for sex crimes against children, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

With Republicans quietly discussing whether state party Chairman Ed Cox should go after a disastrous Election Day for the New York GOP, one name that has surfaced as a possible replacement is outgoing upstate Rep. John Faso.

With the new state legislative session about a month away, public transportation advocates are sending a little holiday reading to Cuomo and legislators – a book on 2018’s worst subway experiences.

Nearly 150 upstate New Yorkers who have been battling medical debts for years had what they owed mysteriously paid off, and were notified as such by mail.

An historic tugboat that the state wants to turn into a Thruway rest stop display could be made seaworthy again well into the next century, according to a 2014 consultant’s report to the state Canal Corp.

Half a dozen NYPD canines headed off to disaster school this weekend — where they were certified ready to sniff out victims buried in rubble after a cataclysmic event.

Bruce Springsteen has made it clear he’s no fan of Trump – but that doesn’t mean The Boss has a ton of faith that he won’t still be sitting pretty in the Oval Office come 2020.

Hall of Fame Brett Favre says he was duped into recording an anti-Semitic video by a group posing as a veterans organization.

The couple whose lost engagement ring went viral after it was retrieved by the NYPD has been found, and all is right with the world for a moment as love wins.