It’s day 19 of the federal government shutdown, and Day One of the 2019 state legislative session in Albany.

The president said during his prime time Oval Office address last night that he has invited Democratic leaders back to the White House for more talks on how to potentially end the shutdown.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no announced public events or appearances as of yet.

At 7:50 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul is a guest on WBEN’s “A New Morning” with Susan Rose and Brian Mazurowski

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Education meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., grassroots groups rally to call on Cuomo, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to support election reforms, Prime at the Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an economic announcement, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker/Public Advocate Corey Johnson holds a pre-charter Council meeting press conference, Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At noon, the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany. (Hochul will preside at 1 p.m.)

Also at noon, the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli attends the swearing-in ceremony of Stewart-Cousins, Senate chamber, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., Johnson presides over a meeting of the NYC Council, Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board meets, Riverstone Senior Life Services, 99 Fort Washington Ave., Manhattan.


President Trump argued during his prime-time speech last night that Democrats needed to back funding for his long-promised wall — but stopped short of declaring a national emergency over what he has called the “crisis” at the Mexican border.

Embarking on a strategy that he himself privately disparaged as unlikely to work, Trump devoted the first prime-time Oval Office address of his presidency to his proposed barrier in hopes of enlisting public support in an ideological and political conflict that has shut the doors of many federal agencies for 18 days.

Trump said he had invited congressional leaders from both parties to discuss the shutdown at the White House today. Three previous such meetings have proved unfruitful.

The NYT fact checked Trump’s speech, and found it contained a number of statements that were either misleading, lacking context or outright false.

More fact checking from Politico, which found “untruths and distortions” in the president’s speech, “most of which he’s uttered before.”

“Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at the beginning of the televised response she and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave to the speech. “The president has chosen fear.”

Here are the full transcripts of both the president’s speech and the Democratic response.

The Internet had a lot to say about the joint Schumer and Pelosi appearance.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trashed the commander in chief and his xenophobic rhetoric.

Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her claim that Trump is an unabashed racist, listing off policies, business practices and comments made by the commander-in-chief to prove her point.

Ocasio-Cortez and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who outraged the White House when she called the president a “motherf–ker” who would be impeached, tweeted out the stories of a few of the roughly 800,000 federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

Nearly 173,000 food stamp recipients in the Buffalo metro area and millions more nationwide received a reprieve as the Trump administration announced that it will be able to fund their benefits through February. But other funding is at risk.

Trump’s Oval Office plea for a steel barrier at the southern border left New York Democrats — from the state’s two U.S. senators to Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo — aghast. But Republican Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed offered a far more positive spin on the speech.

Critics including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont highlighted the inaccuracies woven into the 11-minute address and urged Trump to reopen the government.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a response to Trump’s prime-time speech, saying: “Americans know truth when they hear it. And they also know self-serving, aggrandizing false political rhetoric. Mr. President, re-open our government now.”

Nina Khrushcheva, whose great-grandfather, Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev, built the Berlin Wall, pans Trump’s push for a wall at the US-Mexico border.

President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway got into a verbal smackdown with White House nemesis Jim Acosta of CNN — calling him a “smart ass” when he asked her if Trump would be honest in his Oval Office speech on border security.

As a top official in Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort shared political polling data with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing. The document provided the clearest evidence to date that the campaign may have tried to coordinate with Russians during the 2016 presidential race.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was “right in spirit” to call for higher taxes on the nation’s highest earners.

A judge has reined in NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio from implementing a new rule moving horse carriages inside Central Park — after a horse owner claimed the move was beyond the administration’s regulatory authority.

Tenants who signed leases in sweetheart deals in North Brooklyn amid the looming threat of an L train shutdown saved a staggering $26.5 million – and will come out as the “biggest winners,” thanks to Cuomo’s 11th-hour plan calling off the closure.

Carmen Bianco, who was the president of New York City Transit from 2013 to 2015, calls the governor’s plan to change course on the L train tunnel fix “risky and premature,” adding: “This new plan has not been fully evaluated in terms of costs, available MTA resources and, most important, safety.”

Cuomo has ramped up criticism of the state-controlled MTA in recent weeks, referring to it as bloated, bureaucratic and resistant to change. He will work with state legislators to hammer out deal that could provide billions of dollars for troubled agency.

MTA 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 a new proposal.

De Blasio announced a plan to provide doctor-based medical care for the city’s 600,000 uninsured residents — including 300,000 illegal immigrants.

The mayor, who has some hefty legal bills to pay, reiterated his support for allowing pols like him to raise money to pay for their legal defense, as the City Council begins considering legislation on the subject.

The Seneca Nation of Indians must resume the $100 million-a-year casino revenue payments it has withheld from the state since early 2017, a three-person arbitration panel has ruled.

The City of Niagara Falls is in line for a significant financial windfall as a result of the ruling.

Cuomo’s state Health Department has been spending millions of dollars annually to provide the city’s junkies with the needles, which they refuse to throw in de Blasio’s special disposal bins and instead toss on the ground.

Scandal-scarred celebrity chef Mario Batali will not be charged for alleged sex attacks on two women, sources told The NY Post.

Ocasio-Cortez is heading to the Sundance Film Festival to see herself on the big screen on Jan. 27 in the documentary “Knock Down the House.”

Developers who want to do business with the city would be required to publicly disclose previous relationships with government officials under a bill being introduced today at the NYC Council.

Cuomo may have the antidote to ward off an early case of the third-term doldrums that plagued other governors: A steady dose of Trump.

You might not know it from the number of incumbent state legislators constantly getting re-elected, but New Yorkers have a low opinion of their state’s legislative branch.

The recent elections in New York recast the state Legislature, including more than a quarter of the state Senate being succeeded by new members and top posts in the state Assembly changing hands.

Whether an all-blue state government translates to progressive policies will depend on the dynamic of three individuals at the apex of power in Albany: incoming Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Cuomo, all of whom are jockeying for position as the session gets underway.

With the Senate Democrats joining their Assembly counterparts in the majority, the debate over state education aid may change.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan, said her colleagues will roll out legislation on voting and campaign finance today as they kick off their formal session.

The TU catches up with some of the state senators ousted in the 2018 elections – 25 percent of the chamber is turning over – to determine what their future plans are.

A bill to target so-called “zombie” campaign accounts announced by state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, and Assemblywoman Judy Griffin on the day former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos reported to federal prison would require convicted lawmakers to disperse any remaining campaign donations within two years.

The Advance Media editorial board has “high hopes” for progress on fixing Albany’s “wicked ways” from the new state Legislature.

After what many state Republican leaders say was a disastrous election cycle, a move is afoot to pressure state GOP Chairman Ed Cox to resign, with 11 upstate county Republican chairs from the northern part of the state issuing a letter saying it’s time for him to go. (He says he’s not going anywhere).

Outgoing NYC taxi chief Meera Joshi — who announced plans to leave her post over the weekend — pumped out some high-octane criticism at one of her most persistent foils in the City Council.

New York City’s eight specialized public high schools have long accepted fewer girls than boys. A study drawing new attention to that disparity finds the entry exam underestimates girls’ academic success.

The 19-year-old city man facing charges after he was shot and paralyzed from the chest down by an Albany detective last year won’t be prosecuted by Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office.

Scores of attorneys in the greater Capital Region are facing suspension because they repeatedly failed to register and pay a mandatory biennial registration fee of $375 to the state Office of Court Administration.

New Jersey and New York are in a race to see who legalizes pot for adult recreational use first.

If drivers still have concerns, complaints or are confused by Buffalo’s new parking policy, Common Council members say don’t call them, call the Brown administration, which originated the plan.

The village of Fort Edward’s water line was not one of the many projects that received funding through the Regional Economic Development Council awards announced last month, and the lack of cash could hurt local development projects.

The executive director of the Friars Club admitted to filing bogus income taxes between 2012 and 2015 following an investigation that prosecutors said revealed the storied comedy destination was in dire financial straits.

Actress Rose McGowan has agreed to a no-jail plea deal in her Virginia criminal case involving cocaine found in a wallet that was left behind on an airplane, her lawyer confirmed.

Actor/comedian Joseph Gay, Jr., who was pulled over last summer with “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson in Fayetteville and charged with having marijuana, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.