Good morning!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with nothing public scheduled.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in town and has several events planned.

Happening today:

At 11 a.m., de Blasio will sign legislation, Blue Room, City Hall, New York City.

At 1 p.m., de Blasio will make an announcement, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City.

At 4 p.m., People for Ron Kim will be hosting a campaign kick-off for his public advocate campaign. 32-30 43rd Ave., Long Island City, Queens.

Headlines:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun 2019 and his third term with an inaugural address on Ellis Island, promising the most progressive agenda in state history.

The speech was national in scope as Cuomo pledged to continue to take on Trump in his third term.

In particular, the speech focused heavily on immigration and New York’s historic role in welcoming newly arrived Americans.

“Anyone who thinks this governor is slowing down doesn’t know Andrew Cuomo,” Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa said. “He’s not capable of slowing down. He’s hard-wired to keep pushing the envelope.”

Cuomo told the crowd at Ellis Island that America’s only threat is from “within” as he plotted out a “Justice Agenda” within the first 100 days of the new year.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has amassed a mini-empire of non-profit organizations and is touring the country as part of a promotion for his memoir, being viewed as a campaign-in-waiting should he run for president.

The federal government shutdown hasn’t deterred visitors from national parks, but in some instances is leading to anarchy at popular attractions.

In an op/ed, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney writes that President Trump’s character “falls short” in helping to unite the country.

The incoming acting secretary of defense pledged to carry out the president’s agenda at the Pentagon following the resignation of James Mattis over the plan to withdraw troops from Syria.

As Democrats prepare to take power in the House of Representatives, they are planning an anti-corruption agenda and efforts to counteract Trump on immigration.

A new group being formed this year will push for election reforms, including automatic registration, in New York.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple is denying solitary confinement is used at the county jail amid a lawsuit brought by inmates.

Cuomo says a website for reporting potholes would be too pricey and the money is better spent on actually fixing roads.

Western New York is getting more than $500,000 to combat tax evasion and welfare fraud.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the scrutiny of the time she spent growing up in Yorktown to the debunked birther conspiracy theory.

President Trump huddled with top congressional leaders as the federal government’s shutdown drags on.

Police say a top official at the Office of Children and Family Services drunkenly crashed her car and tried to flee from officers.

After he was criticized by retired Gen. Stanley McCrystal, the president on Twitter wrote that McCrystal has a “big, dumb mouth” and was “fired like a dog.”

The new year means no more plastic foam coffee cups, takeout containers, or packing peanuts in most places in the nation’s largest city.

Buffalo is considering new school zone legislation to deal with speeding.

The Polar Plunge attracted hundreds of people for the annual dive into Lake George’s frigid waters to kick off the New Year. This year’s event benefited the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Mass.

New Yorkers are getting used to writing 2019 on their checks and notes, but that’s not all they’ll need to adjust to in the New Year. A handful of laws went into effect at the stroke of midnight, from the increased minimum wage – which kicked in on December 31 – to a law requiring changing tables in both women’s and men’s restrooms and a series of new health-related laws.

Sometimes a well-written headline can tell you the entire story.