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It’s week 3 of the federal government shutdown, with no end in sight.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. At 11 a.m., he’ll make an announcement with Hillary Clinton on “reproductive justice” in New York. They’ll be joined by members of the Legislature and women’s rights advocates, Barnard College, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway, Manhattan.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have lunch today in the private dining room at the White House.

At 8:30 a.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer attends the Association for a Better New York’s Power Breakfast, Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte joins elected officials and legal organizations at a press conference to protest the termination of the Haiti’s temporary protected status, near Tillary Street and Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Governmental Operations meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Seattle City Council members, economic development experts, Amazon fulfillment center workers and New York elected officials discuss the impacts of Amazon’s new office in New York City, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, 370 Seventh Ave., fifth floor, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., state Sen. Todd Kaminsky hosts a roundtable of law enforcement, traffic safety experts and state senators to discuss the impact of recreational marijuana on road safety, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre.

Also at 11 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Tourism Council co-host the media preview for the eighth annual Savor The Bronx restaurant week, Beatstro, 135 Alexander Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, grassroots groups and local leaders call on Cuomo and local officials to prove their commitment by quickly passing comprehensive election reform legislation, War Room, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Barbot will deliver remarks on NYC’s new law banning tobacco sales at pharmacies, Greeley Square Park, Broadway between W. 32nd and W. 33rd streets, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul discusses the 2019 legislative session and New York Women’s Agenda at a Downtown Women for Change event, Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., Manhattan.


President Trump remained steadfast in his demand for a wall between the United States and Mexico, characterizing it as a “battle” that his administration has to win because it defines “who we are” as a country.

The president said his administration is pushing for a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall along the southern border, calling it a “good solution” amid a partial government shutdown centered on discussions over funding for the structure.

Trump’s evolving definition of a border wall animated negotiations to end a partial government shutdown, while House Democrats moved to increase pressure on him by vowing to pass individual bills to reopen targeted departments that handle critical functions like tax refunds and food stamps.

Former VP Joe Biden is reportedly in the final stages of deciding whether to run for president and has told allies he is skeptical the other Democrats can defeat Trump – an assessment that foreshadows a clash between the veteran Washington insider and the more liberal, younger contenders for the party’s 2020 nomination.

Biden brushed off Trump’s claim other presidents wanted to build a wall, saying “come on,” and: “I can’t think of a single one who said that.”

An American airstrike in Yemen last week killed one of the suspected plotters of the deadly Qaeda bombing of the United States Navy destroyer Cole in 2000, Trump and military officials confirmed.

The editorial board for The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, a newspaper in Vermont, is urging Sen. Bernie Sanders not to run for president in 2020.

Queens Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on national TV that there is “no question” Trump is a racist.

“The president certainly didn’t invent racism,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”

Paul Krugman: “What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know about tax policy? A lot.”

GOP Long Island Rep. Pete King said Republicans and Democrats both are to blame for the partial government shutdown over funding for a border wall and called for them to stop appealing to their political supporters and find a compromise to get the hundreds of thousands of federal employees back to work.

Trump may be able to declare the nation’s lack of a border wall a national emergency after all — but proving the U.S. urgently needs to construct such a structure could prove more difficult.

NY-19 Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado is taking over the portfolio on easing water contamination in Hoosick Falls, and more broadly the fight to restore regulatory teeth to Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could meet in Vietnam’s capital for their second summit on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo said.

A slew of congressional lawmakers are vowing to decline their paychecks in a show of solidarity with federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown that has stretched into its third week.

Long-suffering New York straphangers face the prospect of even more frustrating delays and service cutbacks because the MTA is losing $150 million a month in federal funding due to the partial government shutdown, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned.

More than 50,000 federal workers and contractors in the metropolitan area, including thousands on Long Island, are not receiving paychecks thanks to the government shutdown, Schumer said.

An FDNY firefighter died after falling from the Belt Parkway’s Mill Basin drawbridge in Brooklyn —where he was trying to save two injured motorists who flipped their car and got trapped.

Susan Grelick, a top lawyer for new state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who has vowed to make combating sexual abuse a main priority, recently urged leniency for a sex-harassing former pol, Buffalo Democrat Marc Panepinto.

Hillary Clinton is joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he pushes to pass the Reproductive Health Act in New York and decriminalize abortion, she announced on Twitter.

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott has been replaced by Letizia Tagliafierro, a longtime Cuomo aide whose previous posts include the top staff job at the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. It’s unclear what prompted the decision to replace Leahy Scott, who has been in the job for the past five and a half years.

Michael Kopy, a longtime state police supervisor and former volunteer fire chief in Mamaroneck, has been named the new Director of Emergency Management for Cuomo.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is refusing to say how he and his members can accept a pay raise when they believe the committee that authorized them acted illegally.

Many state Senate Republicans were both sympathetic and angry with the announcement that their leader, Long Island Republican John Flanagan, is back in rehab for alcohol addiction.

An ethics complaint alleging pay-to-play politics by Dutchess County Executive and failed GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro has been dismissed.

Newsday: “Cuomo’s sudden interest in avoiding a 15-month shutdown of New York City’s L subway shows what can happen when he takes charge of what he called a ‘highly impactful’ issue.”

Orange County Sen. James Skoufis is introducing a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, of the Bronx, that would prohibit political parties in New York from using the words “independent” or “independence” in their names.

A coalition of more than 50 national groups is calling on Cuomo to follow through on his commitment to enact campaign and electoral reforms.

Letitia James, the state’s first black attorney general and first woman elected to the position, vowed to root out corruption “however small or large” during her inauguration ceremony inside a basketball court turned auditorium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

The NYPD knows that legal weed is coming, but its commissioner, James O’Neill, has fears about underage smoking and dangerous marijuana grow houses.

A state prison inmate has accused a guard at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora of facilitating his 2018 beating by a fellow inmate who was allowed to enter a locked cell and attack the victim with a makeshift weapon, leaving him in a coma with a skull fracture and other serious injuries.

Amazon also employs far more people than its competitors, but its employees are paid far less than other tech workers.

Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky: “Change is in the air. Lots of new faces in the state Legislature, genuine in their energy and optimism. It’s a very good thing.
Wish them luck.”

While the Empire State drags its heels on making sports gambling legal, New York residents are creating their own wheels of fortune by crossing the river to plunk down their bets — spurring a windfall for the Garden State.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s cameo on “The Simpsons” lasted a mere six seconds last night — with Hizzoner getting just one line on his self-proclaimed favorite sitcom.

The mayor’s second appearance on “The Simpsons” is part of a long-standing personal relationship with the show. He loves it and thinks it’s an “amazing American institution” – even though it airs on Fox.

Crime is down in New York City, but rape reports have risen 22 percent – a trend officials say reflects a growing willingness to report the crime fueled in part by the #MeToo movement.

For four months last year Joseph Lhota’s daughter Kathryn Lhota, 27, earned nearly $13,000 while working on Cuomo’s re-election campaign as her father ran the Cuomo-controlled transit system.

For the first time since its founding shortly after the Revolutionary War, a group that puts on a formal dinner to raise money for charity just before the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City – the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the City of New York – will allow women to attend.

Kristen Hanson, community-relations advocate for the Patients Rights Action Fund, continues her husband, J.J.’s, activism against the push to legalize doctor-assisted suicide in New York.

The NY Post: “News that the special election to replace just-moved-on Public Advocate Tish James will cost city taxpayers $23 million ought to bolster the campaign of Curtis Sliwa — the only candidate pledging to abolish the office.”

The Nassau County district attorney has asked the Village of Hempstead not to investigate allegations of corruption by a trustee and the deputy police chief — both indicted in November — pending the outcome of the criminal cases against them.

LIRR riders could find their regular trains more crowded than usual, diverted to a different location or canceled altogether when the latest round of construction-related service disruptions begins at Penn Station in Manhattan today.

Here’s the full list of there 2019 Golden Globe winners.

Actress Sandra Oh, who co-hosted the Golden Globes, became the first Asian to win the award for lead actress in a drama for her terrifying turn as MI-5 agent Eve Polastri in “Killing Eve.”

Actress Glenn Close quickly recovered from the shock of her Golden Globes best actress win, which was expected to go to Lady Gaga, delivering a show-stopping speech about her experiences as a wife, mother and woman.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” won best drama, and its star, Rami Malek, won best actor at the Golden Globes, and “Green Book” took home three awards, including best movie, musical or comedy.

Broadway performers and stage managers are demanding a share of the profits from hit shows they help to create, setting off a labor dispute that is threatening to disrupt the high-stakes development of new musicals and plays.

Veteran producer Susan Zirinsky is set to replace David Rhodes as the first female head of CBS News, which has been rocked in recent months by multiple investigations into allegations of sexual assault, in March.

A Buffalo man who has been in a mental institution since committing arson in 2000 after setting fire to an apartment complex owned by former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, wonders if he’ll ever be free again.

The Aloma D. Johnson Charter School in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood, which struggled in recent years to attract enough students, will close at the end of this school year in June.

Democratic Erie County Legislator Peter Savage was re-elected chairman of the Erie County Legislature last week in a 10-1 vote despite an earlier, failed effort by the Republican-supported minority caucus to create a new, bipartisan majority coalition.

A doctor accused of gross negligence and fraud allegedly lied on his job application while trying to get hospital privileges at Ellis Medicine in 2016.

Schenectady police officer Mark McCracken, once a finalist for police chief who most recently was involved in a costly excessive force lawsuit, is retiring after 17 years on the force.

Federal prosecutors denied claims they withheld evidence favorable to the defense in the corruption case against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, saying the assertions “are meritless once the hyperbole and accusations are stripped way,” newly filed court documents say.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson issued a statement affirming that his office won’t prosecute anyone for violating the seven-round ammunition limitation that was imposed on gun owners under the 2013 New York State SAFE Act.