Good morning and happy Wednesday!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and will attend a labor rally. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be traveling to Washington, DC today to meet privately with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Happening today:

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Mark Treyger hosts a rally with city and state elected officials to call for more interpreters in more languages at city polling sites, City Hall steps, Manhattan

Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly Committee on Higher Education holds a public hearing on state funding for SUNY and CUNY, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, second floor, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Public Housing meets jointly with the Committee on Aging, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts a Hanukkah and menorah lighting ceremony, with New York City Councilman Andy King in attendance, Riverdale YM-YWHA, 5626 Arlington Ave., the Bronx.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Technology meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. hosts a rally with dozens of small-business owners against a recent trend of business awning violations, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., transit activists with the Riders Alliance will rally and inform fellow transit riders about the need for state lawmakers to fully fund transit modernization plans in the coming year’s budget, Queens Plaza E/M/R subway station, eastbound platform toward Forest Hills and Jamaica.

At 6 p.m., state Sens. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Michael Gianaris hold a fundraiser reception in support of newly elected state Sen. Jessica Ramos, Anheuser-Busch, 125 W. 24th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is a guest at the New York Building Congress’ Industry Recognition Gala, Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, state Sens.-elect Julia Salazar, Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson, and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick attend the JFREJ Awards Gala, Community Church of New York, 40 E. 35th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Rep. Eliot Engel, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and NYC Councilman Andy King have partnered with Columbia University Medical Center and CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, to host “A Care for the Caregiver Series Event on Alzheimer’s Disease,” the Williamsbridge NAACP ECEC, 680 East 219th St., the Bronx.


President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation as “substantial.”

Flynn was ousted as the national security advisor after he was found to have lied regarding his contact with Russian officials. Since then, his accounting of events has been a closely guarded secret in Washington.

U.S. senators briefed by the CIA director said they came away from the meeting certain that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

National Security Advisor John Bolton says President Trump plans another meeting with the leader of North Korea.

There is a clear timeline and schedule for trade negotiations between China and the U.S., Chinese officials said amid a 90-day truce in the trade war.

The stock market continued to plunge this week amid investor anxiety over the trade war.

Gov. Cuomo will be sworn in for a third term on Ellis Island after spending much of his re-election campaign criticizing President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Amazon has hired SKDKnickerbocker, a powerhouse consulting firm, to help it navigate the world of New York politics as it builds its headquarters in Queens.

A lawsuit alleges Republican Chad Lupinacci, now the Huntington supervisor, sexually assaulted an aide while he was in the state Assembly.

Making his first public appearance of the week on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio answered some of the questions regarding the employment status of emergency management commissioner Joe Esposito.

Michael Ryan is used to hearing it from critics, but now they want his head. Prominent officials are calling for the executive director of the city’s Board of Elections to resign, including the city comptroller, the good-government group Common Cause, and Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams.

The New York Police Department has a new fleet of 14 drones. The department said on Tuesday that the potential uses include search and rescue, hard-to-reach crime scenes, hostage situations, and hazardous material incidents.

Winter is coming, and so are new Game of Thrones MetroCards. Starting Tuesday, several subway stations began selling the limited edition MetroCards which depict some of the most iconic moments from the HBO megahit.

New York City taxi regulators approved new pay standards for app-based car services Tuesday that they say will raise drivers’ annual earnings by $10,000 a year, making it the first U.S. city to set such minimum pay standards.

Sitting on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk right now is a bill that could change the rules of sexual abuse in private schools forever. If signed, it closes a decades-old state loophole that has allowed private high schools to not report allegations of sexual abuse.

The sanctuary city debate arrived in Troy Tuesday night, as residents and lawmakers discussed the issue during the city council’s public safety meeting.

It’s the season of giving, and New York State lawmakers are adding a special request this year held near and dear to their wallets. A pay raise for state lawmakers has languished in politics for years in Albany, and it’s becoming an increasing bone of contention for legislators.

Three Amber Alerts in as many weeks in the Rochester area is not a common occurrence. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is speaking out about this unusual string of alerts.

With the year coming to a close, the Rochester Housing Authority is celebrating 12 low-income families who are now homeowners through their homeownership program.

More than nine months after the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced the creation of an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, dozens of cash offers have been made to clergy abuse victims.

The New Era Cap company has given official notice that the Derby location will be closing early next year. The company says it will close its doors between March 15 and 29.

Mayor de Blasio is spending less and less time at City Hall, leading some to question whether he’s lost focused.

The proposal to change admissions criteria at New York City’s elite high schools is running into opposition from parents at community meetings.

Rebate checks for property taxpayers are heading out the door as the year winds down.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on the Trump administration to speed up the implementation of a new law that allows for the use of a new firefighting foam at airports that does not contain a toxic chemical.

The College of St. Rose is among the schools hit with a lawsuit in recent weeks over their accessibility to the visually impaired.

The federal government has signed off on a $15 million aid package to fight poverty in Syracuse.

Just like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz once said, “There’s no place like home.” Tajiri the Giraffe captured the world by storm in the past two years, leaving fans sad to hear he’d be leaving by the end of the year.