President Donald Trump got conflicting advice today from Republican senators over whether he should go ahead and declare a national emergency as he’s said he “probably” would do to get funding for his proposed border wall.

Trump backed away from his threat to declare a national emergency to build the border wall one day after he said he would probably do so, saying today that he’s “not looking” to take such action right now.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin closing a handful of security checkpoints at airports around the U.S. as soon as this weekend in response to staff shortages triggered by a partial federal government shutdown now in its third week.

White House officials considered diverting emergency aid from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to build a border barrier, perhaps under an emergency declaration.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his campaign will be self-funded if he runs for president in 2020.

Federal prosecutors are recommending that Mary Boone, the veteran art dealer, be sent to prison for as much as three years, saying she deliberately defrauded the government by filing false tax returns and evading $3 million in taxes.

Veterans of the Democratic establishment, unsettled by Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lack of deference to seniority and party unity, have cautioned the freshman lawmaker to direct her potent social-media attacks toward Republicans rather than centrist Democrats.

Former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman said he hopes Ocasio-Cortez is “not the future” of the party — prompting the Democratic progressive darling to slap back: “New party, who dis?”

A fellow New Yorker, Rep. Nydia Velázquez, of Brooklyn, who shares Puerto Rican roots with Ocasio-Cortez, is playing a key role in trying to bring the new congresswoman into the Democratic fold.

Bill Hammond: “New York is closer to achieving universal access to decent health-care than is commonly understood. And the state, like the city, could close the remaining gaps without anything close to the massive expense and disruption that a Medicare for All-style single-payer system would entail.”

If U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces a 2020 run for president, she will likely be operating her campaign from the Frear Building in downtown Troy.

Gillibrand has hired several senior aides for an expected presidential campaign, a sign that she is all but certain to join the race against Trump and that her entry may be imminent.

Gillibrand’s new hires reportedly include Dan McNally, her campaign director; Meredith Kelly, the communications director; and Emmy Bengtson, the deputy communications director, who will lead the digital operation.

New York State returned over $35 million in stolen wages to nearly 36,000 workers throughout the state in 2018 — part of an effort by the state to curb employers from unlawfully withholding wages from employees, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

State lawmakers haven’t even introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, but a California company is already fielding a plan for a $200 million pot-growing farm on part of Buffalo’s waterfront.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to finally have found a friend in the Trump administration — federal housing chief Ben Carson.

De Blasio, who’s positioning himself as a national progressive leader, came up with a new rationale for supporting the nearly $3 billion in subsidies to lure Amazon to Long Island City: It’ll help pay for his $100 million expansion of health care to the needy.

Weekend Unlimited Inc. said that a New York City event celebrating Cuomo’s pledge to work for the legalization of recreational marijuana featured a DJ set by the rapper Snoop Dogg.

The New York City Hospitality Alliance, a trade group opposing a further increase proposed for tipped workers, said 47 percent of full-service restaurants that responded are planning to eliminate jobs this year because of the state-mandated wage increase. That is a jump from 36 percent in the previous year’s survey.

Insurance companies used to be able to consider New York state drivers’ occupation and level of education when setting auto insurance rates. No longer.

A state ethics panel rebuked a Bronx judge who urged a cop to “let it slide” after she rear-ended a police van.

The U.S. Episcopal Church, responding to the Albany bishop’s continued ban on gay marriage despite national approval, has issued a “Partial Restriction on Ministry” prohibiting him from penalizing anyone for participating in same-sex rites while his conduct is further examined by the church.