Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel from New York City to Washington , D.C. in the morning to meet with members of the New York congressional delegation and then travel to Albany in the evening. He has no public events planned as of yet.

T-minus one day before the 2019 state legislative session begins in Albany.

It’s the 18th day of the federal government shutdown, and President Trump will make his case for a border wall to the American people during a primetime televised address at 9 p.m. We will carry this live on Spectrum News.

At 8:30 a.m., the Crain’s Business breakfast forum features NYC Taxi & Limo Commissioner Meera Joshi, who will be stepping down in March after leading the commission since 2014, The New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park S., Manhattan.

Also at 8:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

At 9:30 a.m., state Sen. David Carlucci will be sworn in at Jawonio, 260 N. Little Tor Rd., New City.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey and Westchester County Executive George Latimer hold a press event to discuss the impact of the government shutdown on airport security officers, Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Road, Baggage Claim, White Plains.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announces a plan to introduce new legislation that would target negligent landlords, 15 Mount Carmel Place, Yonkers.

Also at 11 a.m., de Blasio will make an announcement on healthcare in New York City, Lincoln Hospital, 234 E. 149th St., the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announces enhancements to the county’s winter weather preparedness efforts, Suffolk County DPW Yard Salt Barn, Crooked Hill Road, Commack.

At noon, a coalition of civic organizations and legislative sponsors call for passage of an anti-corruption constitutional amendment, third floor, outside of the Senate Chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, NYC public advocate candidate Rafael Espinal Jr. announces his environmental sustainability plan, Kingsland Wildflower Garden, 520 Kingsland Ave., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., the Assembly Minority Conference will host a Swearing-In ceremony for its nine newly-elected members, Hearing Room B, LOB, State Street, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., Espinal Jr. and his NYC Council colleague, Peter Koo, rally in support of the Awnings Act with local businesses, 36-41 Union St., Queens.

At 2 p.m., Assemblymember Ron Kim, Sen. Toby Stavisky, their colleagues in both houses, and the Korean American Association of Greater New York and its president, Minsun Kim, announce the details of a resolution, Flushing Town Hall, front steps, 137-35 N. Blvd., Flushing, Queens.

At 7 p.m., state Attorney General Letitia James holds a thank you reception, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

President Trump is taking his case for the border wall directly to the American people in a prime-time address tonight, followed by a trip to the Mexican border Thursday.

After some deliberating, the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — said they will carry the address live at 9 p.m. EST from the Oval Office, providing Trump with a platform to pressure Democrats on a deal that would end a partial government shutdown that enters its 18th day today.

“Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” said Democratic congressional leaders, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. They said that “if his past statements are any indication,” Trump’s address tonight “will be full of malice and misinformation.”

Vice President Mike Pence briefed reporters on the status of shutdown negotiations in a hastily arranged session, part of an orchestrated effort to sway balking Democrats who say the government should reopen while they wrangle over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to begin his border wall.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are vowing to block legislation that is unrelated to re-opening the government until the Senate’s top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell, agrees to call House-passed appropriations measures to the Senate floor for a vote.

In advance of tonight’s speech, White House lawyers are weighing whether it’s legal for Trump to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and spend taxpayer dollars on constructing his long-promised border wall.

Presidential emergency powers, explained.

All four living ex-presidents have publicly rebuffed Trump’s claim that they privately gushed about the need for a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The impact of a partial government shutdown began to ripple across the economy as it stretched into Day 17, with mortgage applications delayed, public companies unable to get approval to raise capital and thousands of Secret Service agents expected to show up for work without pay. More here.

In a short but fiery hearing involving Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, a federal judge admonished an attorney representing a Russian firm, calling his behavior “unprofessional, inappropriate and ineffective.”

A Trump administration official says income tax refunds for 2018 will go out on time during the partial government shutdown because rules will be changed to make funding available to pay them.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in calling for codifying abortion rights in New York state law as a bulwark against any potential court challenges to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision made 46 years ago this month.

“No sane administration would go near Roe v. Wade,” Cuomo told a crowd of a few hundred supporters and dignitaries at Barnard College, referencing the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized the procedure.

Cuomo called for including abortion rights in the New York Constitution, calling it an unprecedented opportunity to protect a woman’s right to choose. He vowed not to sign the state budget unless the RHA is passed.

This isn’t new, but the pageantry of the occasion seemed to reflect the circumstances that had prompted it: a Legislature newly controlled by Democrats raring to broaden reproductive rights, and a federal government increasingly looking to rein them in, all against the backdrop of a state with abortion laws that are not as liberal as many perceive them to be.

A constitutional change requires two separately elected sessions of the state Legislature to approve an amendment before a statewide referendum is held. If first passage by the Assembly and Senate occurred this year, the earliest voters would consider an abortion amendment would be the fall of 2021.

If there is something unavoidable when Democrats control the government, as any Democratic official will say, it is the prospect for some political wildfire, some internecine warfare, to erupt at a moment’s notice that could lead to setbacks in Albany during what Cuomo has already predicted will be a “historic” 2019 session.

Clinton has spoken privately with several Democrats eyeing the presidency in 2020, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris, of California, and launched a not-so-subtle defense after media stories questioned whether female candidates are “likable” enough to win the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden’s younger brother unloaded on Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign — saying his sibling would have won Pennsylvania, would have campaigned aggressively in Michigan and would not have insulted voters as “deplorables.”

Amazon.com Inc. surpassed Microsoft Corp. to become the world’s largest public company, in the latest example of the list of Wall Street’s biggest names being reordered.

NY-19 Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado, whose career as a rapper more than a decade ago became an issue in his election campaign last year, had the last word as he settled into his Capitol Hill office, framing an image of his own lyrics for his new workplace.

As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington chased by ethics investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The AP he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Theodore Roosevelt and insisted the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue.

A man was found dead in the Los Angeles home of a prominent Democratic donor, Edward Buck, a former West Hollywood City Council member — the second death at his house in 18 months.

New York City Transit head Andy Byford admitted that if Cuomo’s last-minute miracle plan to fix the L-train without a shutdown is a train wreck, he’ll be the one feeling the heat, saying: “I’m now undertaking what I call the due diligence exercise because ultimately I own the risk.”

Parts of the plan, which involves wracking critical power and communication wires on the L train tunnel wall, was proposed in 2016 and rejected by engineers. But Byford claims their concerns at the time have been addressed.

The plan has been criticized as being a temporary fix and a risky solution since it has not been tried in New York before.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are scrambling to stick to an April deadline to begin repairs on the L train tunnel under the East River after Cuomo intervened with his new proposal.

A coalition of 175 grassroots and community groups is pushing Albany to pass a “fair elections” package that includes such elements as small-donor public financing, closing campaign funding loopholes and early voting.

More than 100 nonprofits have signed on to a letter to the 2019 Charter Revision Commission, seeking reforms that would create a “strict time frame” for NYC agencies to register their contracts with nonprofits that do crucial work like helping the homeless.

Jeremy Kappell, of WHEC-TV, an NBC station in Rochester, said his on air reference to “Martin Luther C–n King Jr.” park, which got him fired, was merely a “verbal slip” — much like the one that ESPN’s Mike Greenberg had in 2010, though he was allowed to keep his job.

Kappell promised that he did not use a racial slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr. and issued an apology to anyone who may have been hurt by his slip-up during a television broadcast last week.

Syracuse business executive Joseph Gerardi will remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction on federal corruption charges, a judge has ruled. That means it could be nearly a year, or more, before Gerardi finds out whether he must serve time in prison.

Assemblyman Dan Quart, a Manhattan Democrat, recently filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit by media company E.W. Scripps, which unsuccessfully tried to get information from the NYPD about unfounded sex assault allegations from 2014 through 2016.

Long Island Reps. Peter King and Thomas Suozzi have introduced bipartisan legislation that would retroactively restore the full State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction that was capped as part of the GOP’s 2017 tax reform measure.

A new petition calls for a permanent tribute to former President Barack Obama directly outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. Organizers want to rename a stretch of Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”

The Harlem Armory is safe for kids, officials insisted, even though there are plans to clean out lead dust from the the state-owned structure.

A Brooklyn man described the harrowing scene when firefighter Steven Pollard died Sunday night trying to save him from a wrecked car — and the survivors’ guilt that followed.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie defended pay raises for his colleagues in an amicus brief filled in connection with a case challenging the constitutionality of the special panel that authorized the first salary bump in two decades for lawmakers.

A state court decision to vacate Kennedy cousin Michael C. Skakel’s conviction for the 1975 killing of Martha Moxley will stand, potentially signaling the end of a long legal battle.

More than a third of employees at Amy’s Bread rang in the New Year with pay raises when the minimum wage in New York City increased to $15 an hour. The bakery’s founder said she is struggling to absorb the increased labor costs. She is not alone.

The leader of a group created to defend NYC yeshivas, downplays the latest delay preventing city education officials from entering and reviewing the schools, saying the yeshivas want clarification from the state Education Commissioner on guidelines released in November on what non-public schools must teach.

Federal inmates at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn ate like kings during the holidays, dining on Cornish hen, roast beef, macaroni and cheese and dessert, while prison guards were forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown, a union rep told The NY Post.

Lynne Patton, the family event planner that Trump named to head HUD’s operations in New York and New Jersey, had to delay her planned move into Gotham’s public housing because of the government shutdown.

The impact that marijuana legalization, should it pass, is expected to have on so-called drugged driving in New York was the topic of a panel hosted by state Sen. Todd Kaminsky.

An NYPD cop enraged to learn her sergeant boyfriend was cheating with a married subordinate got her revenge the modern way, posting pictures on Instagram of her lover kissing and caressing his girlfriend, which prompted the NYPD to swoop in and strip his guns away.

A New York State agency has dropped a lawsuit against Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino after he repaid almost $16,000 of federal disaster relief for which fund administrators contended he was not eligible.

An attorney who visited the estranged wife of former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato during her involuntary hospital stay testified in court that she was “coherent” and he had tried to get permission for her to leave.

A leader of a neighborhood watch group in Cohoes is being recommended to fill the vacancy left by Ralph Signoracci’s resignation as an Albany County legislator.

Dr. José Baselga, who resigned his position as the top doctor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after failing to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug companies, is now going to work for one of them.

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