Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events announced as of yet.

President Donald Trump will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence for two Hanukkah receptions today – one at 4 p.m., the other at 8 p.m. – both in the East Room at the White House.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet with United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. This meeting is closed press.

At 9:15 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks at the Bronx Health & Housing Consortium’s Eighth Annual Health and Housing Convening, Lehman College, Music Building, East Dining Room, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., the Bronx.

At 9:30 a.m., Rep. Joe Morelle delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Kodak Visitor Center, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester.

At 10 a.m., state Sen. Rich Funke attends the American Cancer Society Action Network’s presentation on cancer treatment, Car T-Cell Therapy, 711-A Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sen. Brad Hoylman, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Transportation Alternatives and Riders Alliance will call attention to the safety benefits congestion pricing would bring to New York City streets., Forsyth Plaza, Canal & Forsyth, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds a regular public hearing on land use, Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton; Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother; and NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams hold a rally and press conference in support of Eric Garner, who was killed in an unlawful chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, NYPD headquarters, One Police Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer provides an update on Memorial Field plans, Michaelean Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., 9th Fl., White Plains.

At 11 a.m., the Assembly Committee on Mental Health holds a public hearing on access to mental health and developmental disability services and supports, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, second floor, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Melissa Mark-Viverito, former speaker of the NYC Council and current NYC public advocate candidate, will unveil “Weed for Rails,” her 4-point plan to legalize marijuana and use the tax revenue to fix the MTA’s broken subway system, Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall 6 train station, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Health meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., the state Compensation Committee meets, State University of New York – Global Center, 116 East 55th St., Manhattan.

At 3:45 p.m., Assemblywoman Nily Rozic presents a panel discussion on how to build a legislative agenda at the New American Leaders National Leadership Academy, FHI360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

At 5 p.m., “Driving Forces” features state Sen. Liz Krueger, CUNY board of trustees Chairman Bill Thompson and Assemblywoman-elect Catalina Cruz, WBAI, 99.5 FM.

Also at 5 p.m., AARP NY holds forum to unveil a report by The New School on the retirement crisis in New York and to brainstorm solutions as part of AARP’s campaign to #DisruptDisparities impacting communities of color, The New School’s Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, 63 Fifth Ave., Manhattan

At 5:30 p.m., Diaz Jr. hosts the borough’s annual Bronx Christmas tree lighting ceremony along with special holiday festivities, Bronx County Building steps, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

At 6 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the Gracie Book Club, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Rep. Eliot Engel, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York City Councilman Andy King host A Care for the Caregiver Series event, Williamsbridge NAACP Early Childhood Education Center, 680 E. 219th St., the Bronx.

Also at 7 p.m., Williams is among those honored by the Alliance for Quality Education at a celebration featuring a number of elected officials and advocates, DCTV Firehouse, 87 Lafayette St., Manhattan.


The spiritual home for the past half century to George H.W. and Barbara Bush – St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston – began its final goodbye yesterday as the 41st president’s body was carried inside with echoes of Hail to Chief still ringing in the air.

The final funeral service will be this morning. And then Bush’s body will be taken by the Union Pacific Railroad’s Presidential Train Car for burial on the grounds of the presidential library alongside his wife and their daughter, Robin, who died from leukemia short of her 4th birthday.

In a state funeral service at Washington National Cathedral yesterday, three former presidents and President Donald Trump looked on as former President George W. Bush emotionally eulogized his father as “the brightest of a thousand points of light.”

As bells tolled and choirs sang and flags flew at half-staff, the nation’s 41st president was remembered as a “kinder and gentler” leader whose fortitude steered the country through a tumultuous moment in history even as his essential decency stood in contrast to the politics of insults now in vogue.

Greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are growing at an accelerating pace this year, researchers said, putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of global warming sooner than expected.

In a move meant to stabilize an organization still reeling, and barely standing, in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, U.S.A. Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy in Indianapolis.

An unusual coalition of liberal and conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices may be ready to stop the federal and state governments from prosecuting suspects twice for the same crime.

Trump tried to calm global markets and ease concerns that his trade truce with China was floundering, declaring in a series of tweets that the Chinese government was sending “very strong signals” about a weekend agreement he reached with President Xi Jinping and suggesting that American exports to China are about to surge.

The utility company operating in the heart of the region devastated by the deadly Camp Fire in California was named as the target of a class-action lawsuit, which alleged Pacific Gas & Electric bears responsibility for the “unprecedented disaster.”

The French government has nixed for now an impending tax on diesel fuel amid widespread violent protests, but activists say it may not be enough to stop the demonstrations.

To fund costly repairs to the rapidly crumbling subway system, some New York state and city leaders are talking about legalizing recreational marijuana to collect sales tax that would be dedicated to the transit agency.

Rising Democratic stars Beto O’ Rourke and Andrew Gillum have reportedly both met with former President Obama recently — fueling speculation about possible 2020 presidential runs.

New York state will receive more than $9 million in federal funds to broaden its fight against opioid addiction.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has maintained a diminished presence at City Hall, allowing his attention to stray more and more. He averaged 17 days a month there in 2015, but that number dropped to just 10 in September of this year.

New Yorkers approve of Amazon bringing its second headquarters to Long Island City, Queens far more than they approve of de Blasio, a new Quinnipiac University Poll found.

The donor de Blasio now blasts as “a liar and a felon” was once considered a “brother,” new emails show.

A Chapin School sophomore has garnered more than 11,600 signatures on a petition urging Cuomo to sign a bill into law this week requiring private schools to report allegations of sexual abuse.

Usually, a videotaped admission of guilt coupled with DNA evidence almost guarantees a conviction. But the Queens jogger case demonstrated that jurors are starting to doubt such evidence.

A coalition of 136 advocate groups in a new letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo say it will take more than ending cash bail to effectively end mass pretrial jailing.

The NYT editorializes: “The state pay committee should insist that lawmakers’ raises be tied to ethics reform.” The compensation committee is due to meet today, and will issue a report by Monday.

Tuition to the state’s public colleges could increase once again in the 2019 academic year, driving up the cost of a four-year public college education in New York.

As the strike by Spectrum workers enters its second year, well over 1,000 union employees rallied in Manhattan along with Cuomo in support of the IBEW Local 3 workers.

A failed NYC Council candidate and the former head of a Bronx day care center were indicted on charges they cooked up a straw donor scheme to rip off the city public campaign finance system.

While Obamacare has come under attack nationally, it still remains popular in New York. Enrollment in health plans through a state exchange for 2019 is ahead of last year’s pace, the state Health Department announced.

A cutting-edge program to help severely mentally ill people live on their own, moving them out of institutions into private apartments over the past four years under a landmark 2014 settlement, has actually endangered people who were not ready to make this leap, a new investigation shows.

NYPD officers shot a man during a chase and gun battle in the Bronx last night that rattled the University Heights neighborhood and left the gunman, a female bystander and 12-year-old girl injured.

A Wall Street finance man was sentenced to up to a decade behind bars for swindling $3.5 million in investment and cybercrime scams — stealing from a Bronx church and from Villanova University, authorities said.

Last spring, Judith Jones and Carolyn Kenyon, both of Ithaca, heard about R.I.P. Medical Debt, which purchases bundles of past-due medical bills and forgives them to help those in need. So the women decided to start a fund-raising campaign of their own to assist people with medical debt in New York.

Embattled former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, facing trial on sexual abuse and harassment charges, sent an email to friends that began: “I’ve had one hell of a year.” The missive, which also on criticized police investigators, quickly leaked, drawing a torrent of outrage from his accusers, and others.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors have long been aware that Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman is footing the legal bills for her Nxivm cohorts, a new filing charges — they’re just throwing a tantrum now because none of the accused sex cultists have pleaded guilty.

The World Trade Center PATH station will be closed almost every weekend for the next two years, the Port Authority announced.

Questions about how to fund what will eventually be more than $300 million in raises for State University of New York professors and other employees took center stage as two sides, the workers union and SUNY’s administration, offered different views of the system’s fiscal situation.

The possibility of starting Saratoga’s historic thoroughbred racing meet a week earlier was not on the agenda of the New York Racing Association board at their meeting yesterday, despite an expectation that the topic would be broached.

The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has acknowledged its list of 57 priests accused of child sex abuse could be incomplete, and investigations are continuing.

The Buffalo Diocese has offered $400,000 to a woman who accused the Rev. Fabian J. Maryanski of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager in the 1980s. It’s the largest known settlement offered under a new diocese program aimed at compensating victims of clergy sex abuse.

Former Suffolk County state Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, who was elected to a local office this past November, is being accused of sexually assaulting his chief of staff during an overnight visit to Albany last year.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is getting panned on Twitter after claiming he was the victim of a conspiracy because his tweet led followers to an anti-Trump site. More here.

Calling for unity, a local union leader in Schenectady urged the rank and file to seize the moment in their push to get the mayor and city leaders to address allegations of bullying and harassment by supervisors.

Three struggling Syracuse city schools may be taken over by outside managers, the state Education Department announced.

The College of Saint Rose is among the most recent targets of a series of lawsuits filed against colleges and other organizations related to the accessibility of their websites to blind of visually impaired users.

A former “Saturday Night Live” writer was yanked off stage in the middle of a performance at Columbia University for telling jokes about race and sexual orientation that made students uncomfortable.

Like Hillary Clinton before her, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has published a children’s book about powerful women. The Albany native, who succeeded Clinton as New York’s junior senator in 2009, will visit UAlbany tomorrow to discuss “Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.”

Niagara County Democratic Chairman Jason A. Zona said he will not run for re-election to his County Legislature seat in 2019, in order to concentrate his efforts on the party post.

Roughly a month before the first Buffalo Police officers start wearing body cameras, some city residents expressed concerns about officers having the ability to turn the cameras off and on.

Six years after the FBI accused him of faking an on-duty injury, former Buffalo Police Officer Robert Quintana is entering a diversion program that could spare him a criminal conviction.

John Ingram, a Lackawanna community leader who tried repeatedly to win a seat on the City Council, was certified the winner in the race for the 1st Ward.

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti and his estranged wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, have settled their messy child and spousal support battle, and the agreement includes forking over the company plane.

A letter from Albert Einstein that discussed God and religion was sold for far more than the presale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million.

Work on a $27.7 million train station coming to downtown Buffalo is expected to begin in early 2019 and be completed by the fall of 2020.

Artechouse, a for-profit company that presents what it bills as “a true 21st-century art experience,” said it plans to open a 6,000-square-foot space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood next spring.

The City Beer Hall in Albany is Lyft customers’ most visited bar upstate in 2019, the ride-sharing company said.

It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.